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Ruben Roos

26th August 2015 • By

Ruben RoosI obtained my bachelor’s degree in education at North West University in 2008. After five years of teaching experience I made a career change into the mining sector as a contractor. For two years I dealt with foreman, engineers and condition monitors within the mining industry. As a salesman I constantly had to think out of the box to find specific solutions to problematic issues my clients encountered and through this I gained a lot of experience on different applications. During this time I found that the greatest machine failures within the market were caused by surface degradation enhanced by contaminants and dirt ingress. This is where my passion for efficient contamination control systems grew stronger as I found that there is a need within our market for these type of systems.

I currently work as a filtration specialist compiling and presenting proposals to customers in need of effective solutions. We as a company apply our knowledge to design contamination control systems to reduce unwanted downtime on machinery and increase the lifetime of the machinery to generate maximum operational growth.

I’ve worked on open cast mining sites of Anglo Coal, underground mining sites of Anglo Coal and Sasol Secunda. I’ve been part of Total Fluid Management audits at Anglo Platinum Modikwa and Anglo Coal Goedehoop to suggest contamination control systems to be put in place. Within other sectors in the market like Pulp and paper, I have dealt with Mondi and Sappi to enhance their productivity by lowering costs caused by unwanted downtime in the plant.

I believe that every sector within the market that has a line of production needs a contamination control system in place, as well as the necessary training. I am currently compiling a NQF accredited learner programme for staff training to enhance the base of skills and knowledge of sales teams and maintenance teams to better understand the effects of wear within mechanical systems and how to prevent it from escalating to the point of breakdown.