Argotek was established in 2014 and is owned and directed by Hein Etzel, a young and innovative BSc Mechanical Engineer with a passion for design, manufacturing and research and development in the fields of motorsport, lean manufacturing, automotive, packaging and machine design.
Argotek is situated at the St Claire Centre, 32 Andrew Zondo Road (Previously Kingsway Road), Warner Beach.
Argotek can perform all stages of the engineering design process - from conceptualisation through to prototype testing and mass production - to deliver bespoke turnkey solutions to our customers. Upon evaluation of an engineering problem, we can provide a solution using our modelling software to design prototypes and even run simulations. Once a design has been approved for prototyping, we then manufacture all components using our engineering machining tools. Thereafter, we are able to commission components or machinery to ensure that the customer is satisfied with the product and that they meet the customers requirements satisfactorily.
With three CNC lathes, a CNC milling machine and conventional machines, we are able to manufacture components we design with short lead times and optimal precision. We manufacture products ranging from ferrous and non-ferrous metals to various polymers. Our machines consist of but are not limited to Fanuc based controlled machines and operate at a repeatable precision of 0.002mm. Our seasoned CNC programmers are fluent and efficient at programming, setting and operating; further decreasing lead times. For parts with complicated contours, such as moulds and dies, Computer Aided Manufacturing software is used.
Using various welding techniques, such as TIG, MIG and arc welding; we are able to fabricate structures to our customers requirements. Argotek has the capabilities to produce an extensive range of steel structures to a high standard, for example: A Baja SAE vehicle was built by the Argotek team and was entered into the 2012 Sasol Baja SAE competition, placing 1st runner up as well as winning the main event, a 4 hour endurance race. The entire structure for the Argotek electroplating line was manufactured in-house and has proven to be reliable and effective as it holds over 3.5 tons of solution.
Designed and manufactured a micro steam powered car which travelled 1.3km on limited fuel and placed 2nd for the event.
Graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and completed the degree in the minimum time possible with Deans commendation
Competed in the 2012 Sasol Baja SAE International Baja Challenge
Worked at H1 Racing for the Basil Read Ford national rally team as Research and Development Engineer.
Worked at Defy Appliances as Process Engineer for their East London, Ezakheni and Jacobs manufacturing plants.
Founded Argotek specialising in nickle chrome electroplating and engineering. The electroplating line would go on to run two shifts a day for ten months to cater for Defy Appliances production requirements.
Acquired very first CNC Lathe, this marked the turning point for Argotek to shift its focus to the precision engineering discipline.
Through the course of the year we acquired four more CNC lathes - one of which we retrofitted - and one CNC Milling machine.
BSc Mechanical Engineer
BSc Mechanical Engineer
32 Kingsway Road
St. Claire Centre
P.O Box 486