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Who We Are

OUR HISTORY:

Founded in 1979, in Olifantsfontein in the serene surrounding of an abundance of trees and lush greenery along with an array of wildlife on the Westpfahl small holding strategically placed for its accessibility to major highways. This unusual tranquil setting for an engineering company situated on property being rich in cultural history on its own merits already sets the foundation for engineering with a difference. West took 2 years to become known for their quality of manufacturing in 1981. With constant expansion, West Engineering was forced to build a state of the art factory in 1997 for the newly acquired CNC machines and to French export market competition standards.

OUR ACTIVITIES AND PRODUCTS:

West Engineering (Pty) Ltd was established for the purpose of manufacturing industrial machine components by turning, milling and welding operations. Customers include the mining sector and general industrial industries. West Engineering is a world-class rebuilder of mining equipment and engineer, design and manufacture alternative replacement parts for the surface as well as underground mining industry.

We at West have been affiliated in the Engineering industry with big projects that we have been proud to be part of, namely; the Pebble Bed Reactor in Pelindaba, Bombela Projects along with the Gautrain, we have

Machined strategic parts and assisted in the development of the Rooivalk Helicopter, and service and assist the Aerosud team with their utmost stringent requirements which goes in the components in the aviation

Industry.  West Engineering has exported automotive parts to the French automotive industry, we also assisted in the tooling of the household brand name BOSCH owned by Robert Bosch to name but a few.

Make an appointment for a casual one on one with the MD (Eddie Westpfahl) and he’ll be the modest, talkative, big friendly giant with a small heart. Be assured for a very in-depth hour long conversation on how and what West  Engineering has accomplished over the years.

We offer to exceed our customer’s expectation and West Engineering is constantly updating and investing in the latest CNC machines, tooling and software to ensure that the highest quality parts are made. We

Constantly strive to improve our quality in all our operations.

Key product characteristics for the above markets and the sector customers involved have been identified as follows:

  • . Consistent product quality

  • . Customer technical service

  • . Fast delivery of products

  • . The logistics of distribution and service

OUR PURPOSE:

As a company manufacturing a wide range of machine components, we aim to provide a personal service and to satisfy customers with an excellent standard of quality manufactured products no matter the size or entity of the potential customer.

West Engineering is commercially aware and provides advice and guidance on all aspects of our products and their use in mining, aviation and all industrial environments.

We are able to devote time and attention to customers’ affairs and develop close relationships with management and staff. We still have the loyalty of the staff that has walked the “golden mile” with West

Engineering as is evident in still having the original 1979 team on board that don’t retire or want to give up the passion they portray in their work whether it be on the turning and milling. We have the original “Rooi seal

Olifantsfontein paper” boilermakers, fitters, turners and machinists.

OUR MISSION:

We will endeavor to provide the highest standard of product and service to our current and potential customers; to the staff of our organization in terms of growth, self-assurance, health, identity, autonomy, as

Well as to develop an achievement of excellence in all our activities.

OUR VISION:

We want to become known as a first world-class supplier in the field of manufacturing and to provide an unrivaled product and service to our customers in terms of product and operating environment and to expand our expertise and customer base in all available avenues.

CNC TURNING:

West Engineering is equipped with a full range of machining capabilities for the production of high precision parts.

Overview:

High precision engineering parts is achieved by using accurate CNC machines ensuring that the manufacturing process renders large volume components of consistent quality. Designed or drawn parts are directly transferred from Pro-Engineer Wildfire to manufacturing software from where machining programs are generated.

With 8 CNC lathes and 10 CNC Milling, we are able to machine a wide range of sizes from small diameters up to 705mm diameter and 1600mm between centres.

  

CNC MILLING:

Nearly any profile can be machined with our simultaneous four axis CNC machining centres by using the latest CAD/CAM programs.

Overview:

By using the state of the art CNC machines and CAM software we are able to manufacture a wide range of different shape configurations up to the highest accuracy. With spindle speeds of up to 15 000 rpm we are

able to ensure state of the art finishes. Our machines are also equipped with 4th Axis rotary tables enable us to reduce machine times and having greater flexibility. With our nine CNC milling machines we are able to

Machine various sizes up to 2000mm long x 600mm wide x 350mm high.

MARKETS:

Over the past years of operations since ’79 we have serviced almost every aspect of industry and the relevant parts whether individual or by quantity.

  

Below is a list of industries that we are geared up for and have or are currently servicing:

*If your industry is not listed here please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can be of any assistance.

  • . General Industrial

  • . Power Stations

  • . Material handling

  • . Agricultural and farm equipment

  • . Off-highway equipment

  • . Lifts and hoists

  • . Power-transmissions

  • . Construction equipment

  • . Mining equipment

  • . Human transporters

  • . Transmission gears

  • . Heavy-duty truck components

  • . Heavy earth moving

  • . Aviation Parts

  • . Antenna Parts 

  • . High volume water pump gearboxes

  • . High volume vacuum pump gearboxes

  • . Marine applications

  • . Canning and bottling machinery

  • . Special gear box builders

  • . Final drives

  

MARKET OBJECTIVES:

West Engineering has developed its business objectives in the South African

Automotive and Allied Industry to include:

  1. To grow exports sales as a percentage of total sales

  2. To achieve 100% on time delivery for all customers

  3. To decrease production costs to match world price benchmarks

  4. To decrease rework and reject rates (Part per million–PPM)

  5. To identify alternative products that offer sustainable profits.

STRATEGY:

  • . Local market crowded out

  • . Indirect participation in export

  • . Strategic alliances

  • . Technology partners

  • . Business relationship

                    

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE:

South African Competitive Advantages:

  1. . Cost effective local resources

  2. . First world production facilities

  3. . Exchange rate

  4. . World beating cost ability on short & medium runs

  5. . Very competitive tooling costs

  1. . High degree of manufacturing flexibility

  2. . Strategic Location

West Engineering’s Competitive Advantages:

  1. . Hands-on involvement by significant stakeholders

  2. . Continual process development

  3. . Pure Play

  4. . Skills

  5. . Experience

  6. . Technical expertise

  1. . Flexibility

  2. . Modernized technology with old school experience

  3. . Low overheads and no massive debt obligations in terms of machinery or property

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT:

We are committed to quality. To products that fit, products that work and products with superior performance.

At West Engineering we provide engineered solutions and answers to problems that hinder our customer’s production. We have and continuously invest in the latest 3D Design Software for our

Experienced design team to work with, headed by the MD himself MR Westpfahl allowing them to redesign problem areas on machines to maximize productivity.

We are able to design alternative replacement parts that allow us to improve problem parts. This also means that obsolete machines can be refurnished to original specifications. All parts are designed with extreme care to make sure superior performance and quality standards are met.

We are also able to receive electronic drawing formats in DXF, DRW, TIF or PDF file formats that we can print at our offices to speed up the quoting process. For manufacturing we can also receive IGES,

PRT and STEP files to manufacture to make sure that your true models get machined precisely as you have constructed it.

3D Inspection,  programmable measurements for machined parts.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT:

Management is committed to achieve total customer satisfaction through, among others, the maintenance of a formalized Quality Management System in accordance with the requirements of recognized system standards such as ISO 9001 : 2008 (Certificate No. IND13.1015U/Q ). We recognize that such a system will assist in achieving our goal of being a world-class manufacturer and will enable West Engineering to become

internationally competitive.

West Engineering received ISO certification for its Quality Management System in 2005.  This was achieved on the first audit, a clear indication of the company’s commitment to Quality.

West Engineering is currently also improving on ISO and achieved the AS/EN 9100 rev-D standards which is a great achievement for us. 

Below is the description of the desired quality management system:

ISO 9001

  1. Quality Management System Standard

  2. The standard specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization:

  3. Need to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product/service that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

All requirements of ISO 9001 are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organisations, regardless of type, size and product provided.

ISO 9001 is based on the following 8 principles

  1. Customer Focus

Organizations depend on their customers and therefore should understand current and future customer needs; should meet customer requirements and strive to exceed customer expectations.

  1. Leadership

Leaders establish unity of purpose and direction of the organization. They should create and maintain the internal environment in which people can become fully involved in achieving the organization’s objectives.

  1. Involvement of people

People at all levels are the essence of an organization and their full involvement enables their abilities to be used for the organization’s benefit.

  1. Process Approach

A desired result is achieved more efficiently when activities and related resources are managed as a process.

  1. System Approach to Management

Identifying, understanding and managing inter related processes as a system contributes to the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its objectives.

  1. Continual Improvement

Continual improvement of the organization’s overall performance should be a permanent objective of the organization.

  1. Factual Approach to Decision Making

Effective decisions are based on the analysis of data and information.

  1. Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationship

An organization and its suppliers are interdependent and a mutually beneficial relationship enhances the ability of both to create value.

The plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle is the operating principle of ISO Management Systems standards.

West Engineering is furthermore also registered with the following affiliates within the engineering sector as determined by the Department of Labour and Labour Relations Act.

  • Metal and Engineering Industries

  • Bargaining Council Steel

  • Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa

  • Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services SETA Unemployment Insurance Fund

  • Workman’s Compensation Fund

Please do not hesitate to contact West Engineering with any further queries, requests or information that you may need that has not been covered in the company profile and in an attempt to assist you in whichever manner related to our services.