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African Fusion March 2018

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African Fusion March 2018

 Welcome to the first edition of African Fusion for 2018.

Lincoln Electric and its Torchmate air plasma cutting system features on our front cover; Etienne Nell talks about SAIW’s pilot QCTO apprenticeship in SAIW News; we feature the opening address from SAINT’s 50th anniversary NDT conference along with industry articles from Böhler Welding, Afrox, Cosmo Industrial, Oerlikon, ESAB, Air Products and Yaskawa.

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African Fusion: Latest News

Laser-sealed cored wire from Böhler Welding

Published: 27 March 2018

With the worldwide introduction of its innovative laser-sealed cored wires during Schweissen & Schneiden 2017 in Germany, filler metal specialist Böhler Welding marked a new milestone in the evolution of...

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Yaskawa remains among top 100 innovators

Published: 27 March 2018

For the third year in a row, Yaskawa technology group is in the list of Top 100 Global Innovators, an accolade that recognises the world’s most innovative companies.

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Purus: a wire that cleans up after itself

Published: 27 March 2018

ESAB has released a next-generation range of ultra-clean 70S-6 GMAW welding wires that promise to keep welders welding and robots running. Called Purus, the range includes G3Si1 and G4Si1 solid...

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Cosmo: doing the business the South African way

Published: 27 March 2018

In response the transformational agenda in South Africa, Cosmo Industrial has introduced a range of consultancy, training and admin services to make it easier for its clients to earn local...

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Towards acceptance for advanced pipe welding

Published: 27 March 2018

African Fusion talks to Arnold Meyer, Afrox’s applications development manager and an IIW Welding Engineer, about his determined efforts to achieve acceptance in South Africa for advanced pipe welding processes...

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Cold cracking, consumables and high yield strength steels

Published: 27 March 2018

Alain Laurent, business developer and welding metallurgist for Lincoln Electric’s Oerlikon brand of welding consumables, talks to African Fusion about the company’s consumable range for welding modern high yield strength...

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QCTO apprenticeships and the dual system

Published: 27 March 2018

SAIW, through the SAIW Foundation, will commit R1.5-million over two years to subsidise 20 welding apprentices on a QCTO pilot training programme. It is now seeking industrial partners willing to...

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Light duty CNC cutting and the SMME opportunity

Published: 27 March 2018

Lincoln Electric, through Cosmo Automation Solutions, has officially launched its light duty Torchmate CNC air plasma cutting system into South Africa – with immediate success. African Fusion talks to Pierre...

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NDT today: through my looking glass

Published: 27 March 2018

At the NDT Conference hosted by SAINT on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Manfred Johannes highlights challenges facing the industry and suggests some new directions for a more modern...

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Sean’s comment March 2018

Published: 27 March 2018

Sean Blake appeals for the new leadership in Government and SEOs to announce new infrastructure projects so that the welding and fabrication industry does not lose momentum and skills.

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Afrox and POPUP establish welder training centre

Published: 27 March 2018

Afrox, in partnership with non-profit upliftment organizations, POPUP, has established and equipped a 12-bay welding school at the Training Centre in Soshanguve, in 2016.

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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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Contact African Fusion

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

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

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