Condition monitoring specialist firm, WearCheck, has brought their sister company, Set Point Water Laboratories into the fold, including a new division to WearCheck’s scientific testing structure.
The water evaluation firm is now integrated totally into WearCheck, and varieties yet another space of expertise together with WearCheck’s other providers, which embody scientific used oil analysis, asset reliability care, transformer oil testing and lubricant-enabled reliability services.
Set Point Water Laboratories is ISO 17025:2017-accredited, and checks water from any supply – starting from drinking water to factory effluent, and every little thing in between – to determine the presence and levels of probably harmful substances.
Set Point Water Laboratories was established in Johannesburg in 1998 as a minerals laboratory, then often recognized as Set Point Laboratories. The company launched water testing in 2013 and expanded with the launch of a Cape Town water laboratory in 2019, reaching accreditation of the Cape Town Laboratory in 2020, and thereafter focusing solely on water evaluation.
Thelma Horsfield, common manager of Set Point Water Labs, outlines their providers, ‘Our laboratory technicians select the related tests for the water pattern relying on the wants of the customer. They determine what’s incorrect with the water and advise customers on potential consequences of using / discarding such water.
‘Water evaluation is carried out using varied accredited strategies similar to; photometric, electrometric, colorimetric, gravimetric, ICP-OES, ICP MS and enzyme substrates. These strategies get hold of the absolute best leads to chemical and microbial analysis of effluent/wastewater, consuming water, processed water, floor water and groundwater.
Industrial operations

‘In the case of commercial operations needing to get rid of wastewater right into a river system, the sea and even merely down the drain, there are strict by-laws that should be adhered to, outlining the “acceptable” ranges of contaminants earlier than disposal, to prevent potential fines and even prosecution. diaphragm seal decide the exact ranges of contaminants and advise on acceptable levels for safe discarding.
‘Many of our mining prospects function boreholes, using the water within the mining process. We regularly monitor the water high quality from the boreholes to test whether contaminants from the mining process have leached into the water provide.
‘As an instance – cyanide is usually utilized in gold mining, the presence of this toxin must be constantly monitored. Uranium is often found within the ore with gold, and as uranium is radioactive, it could be very important monitor the degrees and check whether or not it has leached into the water provide. This is even an issue on disused mines and mine dumps – lots of our clients living near these come to us to check the standard of their ingesting water. Chromium-6, a carcinogenic element, is a by-product from chrome mines, so it is very important know if humans shall be ingesting water with high levels of this.
‘Health is a primary cause for many of our customers for ingesting water safety, each personal and in the restaurant trade for making juices and coffees – they usually need to know the hardness of their municipal water as it affects their espresso machines.
‘In addition to the above, scope water can be utilized for dialysis. It is essential to note the patients on dialysis have little to no kidney operate. Kidneys assist compensate for the higher intake of gear obtained from food and drinks that would otherwise build up in the physique. Dialyzing with pure water prevents the publicity of substances/toxins that cannot be eradicated from the body. We are at present doing some water high quality checks for a renal unit to make sure suitability for dialysis

‘Irrigation water high quality is a crucial aspect of greenhouse crop manufacturing. Water with excessive alkalinity can have an result on nutrients uptake by the plants and trigger nutrient deficiency which compromises plant well being.
‘Borehole water testing is a popular merchandise with customers who want to know whether the water is secure to use on their backyard, to fill the pool, to drink and use within the family. In Cape Town, many boreholes have high salt content, and, after testing the water, some customers need to dilute it with municipal water or put processes in place to take away most of the salts.
‘Through WearCheck, our water services present analytical companies by way of an intensive network of operations in South Africa and internationally

‘And’, adds Horsfield, ‘as a results of the worldwide Covid pandemic, we added alcohol content testing to our services in addition to a newly launched logistics resolution to allow easy movement of water and sanitizer samples.’

Previously, WearCheck was a half of the bigger Set Point group till the corporate was bought by current homeowners Synerlytic in 2019, together with SetPoint Water Laboratories.