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African Fusion November 2017 front coverIn this November issue: African Fusion talks to Chris Eibl, who has returned to formally re-establish ESAB South Africa as the premier supplier of the world leading ESAB brand in Southern Africa, about the entity’s expanding facilities at Howden Africa and his vision for better servicing the welding industry. Click to see cover story...

The SAIW pages feature the SAIW Annual Dinner, which was celebrated by record numbers of industry stakeholders; Afrox’s 90th anniversary in SA’s welding industry; a piece on visual testing (VT) from Mark Digby and an important invitation to attend the SA Institute of NDT’s (SAINT’s) Golden Conference, which will take place in February next year.

We include Angel Krustev’s award winning paper on a new orbital tube-to-tubesheet welding technique; along with an IIW conference paper on the use of helium for narrow gap GMAW.

And our industry pages feature: Afrox and the LIV Welding Academy; Oerlikon’s new low CrVI emissions stainless consumables; and Renttech’s new focus under Duncan Whitehead; and, from voestalpine Böhler Welding, a piece about a new seamless SAW basic-cored wire for further productivity improvements.

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African Fusion: Latest News

Visual Testing: the first line of defence

Published: 29 November 2017

SAIW’s NDT Training Manager Mark Digby talks to African Fusion about the increasingly important role of Visual Testing (VT) and its place as an NDT method in own right.

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Thermal spray coatings and solid particle erosion

Published: 29 November 2017

Jan Lourens, MD of thermal spray coating specialist, Thermaspray, talks about reducing costly erosion damage to components, equipment and systems.

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Record numbers celebrate welding success

Published: 29 November 2017

SAIW held its 69th Annual dinner and Awards on Friday October 20, 2017 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng. With actor Jason Greer as Master of Ceremonies and the Supreme 3...

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Stainless welding consumables with low CrVI emissions

Published: 29 November 2017

These welding consumables significantly reduce fume emission rate (FER), by up to 40%, and CrVI emissions by up to 60%; which can help create a better working environment for welders.

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The MegChem way: long-term support well beyond project scope

Published: 29 November 2017

African Fusion visits MegChem/SecMet in Centurion, Pretoria and talks to Andrew Seebregts, the company’s principal welding engineer, and Ronald Koenis, business unit manager for metallurgical engineering.

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ESAB South Africa refocuses for growth

Published: 29 November 2017

African Fusion talks to Chris Eibl, who has returned to formally re-establish ESAB South Africa as the premier supplier of the world leading ESAB brand in Southern Africa, about the...

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Modified GTAW orbital tube-to-tubesheet welding technique, and the effect of a copper weld retainer during welding of Alloy 825

Published: 29 November 2017

This paper, which won the SAIW Harvey Shacklock in 2017 for its principal author Angel Krustef, was first delivered at the ASME 2017 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference of July...

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Afrox presents Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal

Published: 29 November 2017

On 20 October at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, in celebration of 90 years in the gases and welding industry and in honour of its founding CEO, Afrox presented the prestigious...

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Afrox unveils welding school at LIV Village

Published: 29 November 2017

On September 7, Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge culminated in the official opening of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding...

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Cost-effective welding solutions: a tiered approach

Published: 04 September 2017

African Fusion talks to Warwick Hogan and Anthony McGuinness of Brand Weld about welding brand choices and their approach to meeting the needs of the diverse South African market.

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Creep, cracks and fitness for service

Published: 04 September 2017

Ronald Koenis, principal metallurgical engineer for MegChem, talks about fitness-for-service (FFS) and remaining life assessments (RLAs) of welded components that operate within the creep range and those with crack-like flaws.

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How to hardface: The ten-step approach

Published: 04 September 2017

At an afternoon seminar at SAIW on July 26, 2017, Alain Laurent, business developer of consumables for Saf-Fro and Oerlikon, presented the companies hardfacing offering and its ten-steps approach to...

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Welding techniques and quality evaluation on zirconium-steel clad plates for large-scale reactors

Published: 04 September 2017

by L Wu, J Cui, HB Zhang, KJ Song, and PS Du This paper from the proceedings of the IIW 2017 International Conference in Shanghai, China, describes the development of successful...

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High-quality electroslag strip cladding for alloy 625

Published: 04 September 2017

Global voestalpine Böhler Welding specialists for cladding, petrochemical and chemical processing, M Decherf, R Demuzere and F Ciccomascolo, present an advanced electroslag strip cladding process that enables thin single layer...

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SAIW’s expanded technical services

Published: 04 September 2017

African Fusion visits SAIW’s Material Testing Laboratory and talks to the Institute’s new technical services manager, Riaan Loots.

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Sean’s comment

Published: 04 September 2017

Since publication of the last issue of African Fusion, Morris Maroga, Jim Guild, Harold Jansen, Herman Potgieter and I have attended a very busy week in Shanghai, China. Several welding...

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SA goes for World Skills Welding gold

Published: 04 September 2017

On August 4, 2017 at Lincoln Electric SA’s Weld Tech Centre in Midrand, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held an event to send off South Africa’s welding...

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Fluxofil, Fluxocord and the seamless advantage

Published: 05 July 2017

African Fusion’s Peter Middleton talks to country business developer, Eduardo Poblete of Air Liquide Welding France about Oerlikon seamless cored wires for flux-cored (FCAW) and submerged arc (SAW) welding.

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Sean’s comment June 2017

Published: 29 June 2017

Harold Jansen and I were recently in Vienna for the EN/ISO 9712 International Conference for Certification and Standardisation in NDT, along with the ICNDT Working Group 1 meeting. The EN/ISO...

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Sparking skills: QCTO artisan welder training

Published: 29 June 2017

Following four years of CHIETA-funded planning and curriculum development work, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has released a new artisan-training programme for welders that is now ready...

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Advanced orbital TIG welding arrives in SA

Published: 29 June 2017

Having become the southern African distributor for Polysoude orbital welding systems, Renttech SA held an orbital welding open day at its Secunda branch. African Fusion’s Peter Middleton attends and talks...

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Optimising SAW deposition rates using Long Stick Out

Published: 29 June 2017

At an SAIW evening meeting earlier this year, Thulani Mngomezulu, technical manager at Lincoln Electric South Africa, presented a talk about submerged arc welding and highlighted a simple and cost...

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Sky Hill boldly expands local capability

Published: 28 June 2017

African Fusion’s Peter Middleton visits Hydra Arc’s Sky Hill engineering, fabrication and machining facilities in Secunda and talks to engineering manager Ewan Huisamen and Gert Swanepoel, the superintendent of the...

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Cost per part fabrication solutions

Published: 28 June 2017

At Machine Tools Africa during May, global laser and bending specialist, Bystronic, represented in South Africa by First Cut, presented its holistic approach for fabricators. African Fusion talks to Bystronic’s...

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Nexelia – gas solutions for laser welding

Published: 28 June 2017

As part of the Nexelia offering for automotive and metal fabrication, Air Liquide has developed a unique set of proprietary nozzles for modern laser welding processes. African Fusion finds out...

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Rental and industrial offering enhance affordability

Published: 28 June 2017

In order to better help SMEs, farmers, industrial workshops and fabricators from large to small to succeed in the leaner economy, Afrox has added several new cost-effective products to its...

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Modern industrial spot welding solutions

Published: 27 March 2017

Yaskawa has developed a compact and flexible system for high-speed robot-based spot welding. The modular solution comprises a cell with positioner and two spot welding robots; particularly lightweight spot welding...

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Sean’s comment March 2017

Published: 27 March 2017

The WorldSkills SA competition was held in Durban last month and we are very pleased with the organisation of the event and the results. Philippus Terblanche, who won our SAIW...

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WorldSkills SA and the new approach to artisan training

Published: 27 March 2017

African Fusion talks to SAIW’s Etienne Nell about the WorldSkills SA Welding competition and the breakthrough progress being made in South Africa with respect to artisan training and trade tests.

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Next generation inspectors qualify

Published: 27 March 2017

At SAIW’s first presentation dinner for 2017, 132 diplomas were awarded to successful students on SAIW Welding Inspection and IIW Welding Specialist, Technologist and Engineer courses. African Fusion reports.

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In conversation with SAIW’s president

Published: 27 March 2017

African Fusion talks to SAIW president Morris Maroga about his career, his outlook for the welding industry in South Africa and his ideas about a different approach to skills development.

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Plant maintenance - An early NDT perspective

Published: 27 March 2017

In this new column from South Africa’s Institute for NDT, SAINT, president Keith Cain remembers the early days of shut-downs and RTS projects and draws some lessons about the importance...

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Advanced training solutions: from virtual to real welding

Published: 27 March 2017

Following the proven success of the VRTEX® virtual training solution, Lincoln Electric is launching its REALWELD® training system into South Africa, a monitoring and live coaching system designed to monitor...

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HC Heat Exchangers exceeds challenging requirements

Published: 27 March 2017

Based on an assessment carried out on December 1, 2016, HC Heat Exchangers’ workshop in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, was certified under the IIW Manufacturer Certification Scheme for the management of quality...

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ESAB expands regional support

Published: 27 March 2017

African Fusion talks to ESAB’s regional product support team: Keith Saunders, who is responsible for standard equipment, automation and engineering; Brett Cameron, process specialist responsible for welding consumables and manual...

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FlexArc: a new generation welding cell

Published: 27 March 2017

Optimal productivity requires welding equipment that combines effective operation with maximum cost-efficiency. Modular and modern standardised robot cells such as ABB’s FlexArc® are an established way of raising quality and...

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Contact African Fusion

Title: Editor
Name: Peter Middleton
Email: peterm@crown.co.za
Phone: (011) 622 4770
Fax: (011) 615 6108

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Name: Helen Couvaras
Email: helencou@crown.co.za
Phone: (011) 622 4770
Fax: (011) 615 6108

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