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African Fusion March 2017Advanced training solutions: from virtual to real

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 skills during real welding. African Fusion talks to Benoit Lamotte and training school specialist, Louis Uys of Airtrax. Click here for more info.

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Sean Blake talks about WorldSkills SA; TVET Colleges; the SAIW Foundation’s success and that of the IIW International Welder training model. Read more

Features content for March 2017

Morris Maroga1In conversation with SAIW’s president:

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

Next generation inspectors qualify

African Fusion reports on SAIW’s first graduation dinner for 2017. Read more…

WorldSkills SA and the new approach to artisan training

African Fusion talks to SAIW’s Etienne Nell about the WorldSkills SA, artisan training and trade tests. Read more…

HC Heat Exchangers Stainless steel tubed1HC Heat Exchangers exceeds challenging requirements

African Fusion talks to ISO 3834 Part 2-certified HC Heat Exchangers’ welding coordinator, Hans Banza. Read more…

Extending the life of welded components through UP

Jacob Kleiman and Yuri Kudryavtsev present work about the use of peening (UP), to prevent fatigue crack initiation and extend the service life of welded products. Click to read in the online magazine.

Welding solutions for LNG/LEG

Marco Engelvaart of voestalpine Böhler Welding in Germany, talks about his company’s solutions for cryogenic LNG applications. Click to read in the online magazine.

Yaskawa spot welding cell1Modern industrial spot welding solutions

This article presents Yaskawa’s compact and flexible system for high-speed robot-based spot welding. Read more…

Coating solutions for the sugar industry

A compilation of articles form South Africa’s surface engineering and thermal spray coating technology specialist, Thermaspray. Click to read in the online magazine. 

Plant maintenance - An early NDT perspective

SAINT, president Keith Cain remembers the early days of shut-downs and RTS projects and draws some lessons. Read more…

ESAB SGX SILO cutting1ESAB expands regional support

African Fusion talks to ESAB’s regional product support team: Keith Saunders, Brett Cameron and Eugene van Dyk. Read more…

G-Plant CSI fund success

Air Products celebrates the completion of projects at Seeiso Primary, Lebohang Secondary and Bophelong Primary schools. Click to read in the online magazine.

FlexArc: a new generation welding cell

Raising quality and productivity standards using Modular and modern standardised robot cells such as ABB’s FlexArc®. Read more…

Welding and cutting forum: Click to read in online magazine

Today’s technology: CMT upgrade for robotics power source Click to read in online magazine.

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African Fusion November 2016

Front cover story:

TRUE series plasma cutting, ideal for SMMEs

African Fusion talks to ESAB South Africa’s country manager, Kim Brightwell about the release of its new hand-held range of plasma cutting equipment, the Cutmaster True series, a simple, robust range of plasma cutters ideally suited to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). Download the PDF.

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African Fusion August 2016Front cover story:

Efficient welding repairs in the cement industry

This article by Jürgen Tuchtfeld, Thomas Assiom and Issam Chiguer of voestalpine Böhler Welding, UTP Maintenance, describes welding applications for the cement industry, where hardfacing applications of highly stressed components as well as repair welding of broken parts are part of the daily routine. Click here to download the pdf.

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African Fusion June 2016Front cover story: SA’s first onshore helium and natural gas field

On May 4, 2016, The Linde Group; its African subsidiary, Afrox; and alternative energy company Renergen Limited – through its subsidiary TETRA 4 – signed an historic agreement for the commercialisation of the Free State Helium and Natural Gas field. African Fusion attends and talks to Nazmi Adams Afrox general manager of sales and marketing.

The full article SA's first onshore helium and natural gas field can be downloaded here.

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AfricanFusion march 2016Front cover story: A new dimension in strip cladding

Lincoln Electric company, through its global multi-arc welding systems specialist, Uhrhan & Schwill Schweisstechnik, has developed a new hybrid electro-slag strip cladding process (H-ESC) for significantly better deposition rates and lower dilution levels on nickel-based and stainless steel cladding applications.

Click here to read A new dimension in strip cladding.

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AfricanFusion November 2015Arcal New Generation with EXELTOP: a premium shielding solution

Following the official launch of Air Liquide’s ArcalTM New Generation range of welding gases at Electra Mining 2014, a new premium service offering is available with the added benefit of EXELTOPTM, which is a cylinder-integrated double-stage regulator and flow control solution. African Fusion talks to Air Liquide’s welding and cutting manager, Rolf Schluep. Read the full article here.

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African fusion august 2015Robotic automation: SA's challenges and opportunities

African Fusion talks to Yaskawa Southern Africa's Terry Rosenberg about the manufacturing challenges in South Africa and how the growth of robotic automation can help to improve global competitiveness, economic growth and employment prospects. Click here to read the full article.

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African Fusion June 2015 FCAfrox gas and welding solutions for the CSP industry

In response to the specific requirements and needs of establishing and operating concentrated solar power (CSP) plants, Afrox has developed a comprehensive product and energy solutions offering to specifically suit the industry. African Fusion talks to Johan Pieterse, Afrox's business manager for the manufacturing industries.

On a 1 100 ha site near Pofadder in the Northern Cape, the 100 MW KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) plant has now been commissioned. It is the first CSP plant in South Africa to use parabolic trough technology. Following close on its heels are Khi Solar One, a 50 MW power tower CSP plant outside Uppington, and the 50 MW Bokpoort solar parabolic trough CSP plant, which is nearing completion.

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African Fusion March 2015

Publication of our March edition of African Fusion marks the end of the first quarter of 2015 – and it's been a tough one with significant movement in the welding fabrication industry in South Africa. Most notably, Jim Guild has retired as executive director leaving Sean Blake in charge of the Institute. We wish Sean well and are confident that he will lead the Institute successfully.

Our SAIW news pages for this issue open with the Young Welder of the Year competition, which has been won by Steinmüller apprentice, Jaco van Deventer. The 2015 competition was the largest ever and the quality of the young welders continues to improve.

Our lead SAIW feature this month comes from Albrecht Hans' EN 15085 seminars that SAIW hosted in Johannesburg and Durban. We report on this important standard for local manufacturers involved in the welding of railway vehicles and components.

The 2015 Young Welder of the Year is almost upon us, and African Fusion talks to Houston Isaacs, the 2013 winner and 2010 runner up about his experienced and subsequent successes.

The SAIW has also assisted the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering with peripheral equipment for its R13.5-million Gleeble thermal-mechanical simulation facility. Wit's University's Tony Paterson tells us about this high-tech machine.

The first paper in this issue is by Prince NSP Dlamini, who was awarded the SAIW's 2014 Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal in August this year. Through case studies, Dlamini highlights some of the technical challenges associated with the materials, welding and weld quality for the new-build power stations.

Our SAIW news section opens with the Institute's 66th Annual Awards Dinner, which was held at the Gold Reef City Conference Centre on Friday August 15. Compèred by cabaret artist and comedienne, Irit Noble with additional entertainment by music group, the Delivery Boys, some 350 SAIW and welding industry stakeholders celebrated the industries 2013/2014 successes.

Then, in an article entitled ‘SA's fabrication can emulate Korea's success' Sean Blake discusses Korea's welding and fabrication success and suggests that South Africa, like Korea, should build an economy around fabrication.
Our company profile is form ND Engineering, a particularly impressive Durban-based fabricator. We visit the company's Queensburgh fabrication workshops and talk to Elvis Green, the current owner and MD, and Mark Ackerman, GM. This article is the ‘must read' in this edition.

This issue features two technical papers from IIW's 67th International Assembly and Conference held in Seoul, South Korea during July. The first explores the post weld heat treatment (PWHT) requirements of modified Grade 91 steels, while the second outlines a novel tri-arc dual wire method for high deposition low heat input welding. The full list of references for "A tri-arc dual wire method for high deposition low heat input welding" by Zheng Geng , Zhanjing Wei, Xuefei Han, Qinghua Wang, Wei Wang, Guang Qiu can be downloaded here.

This issue of African Fusion has as fresh look. We hope you like it, but feel free to comment. The content, of course, remains but we have had another go at strengthening the inspection and NDT component, which is one of the Institute's strengths.

Opening the magazine, you will notice an SAIW section, branded with their red and blue colours and the ‘flash' emblem in the page corners. These pages are dedicated to articles and of SAIW-related events and news.

In this issue we open with the SAIW's intention to support EN 15085 for welded railway vehicles, a railway manufacturing code that will almost certainly be required by local manufacturers wishing to participate in the PRASA and Transnet rejuvenation programmes. Harold Jansen, SAIW's NDT manager, follows this with a piece about the role of NDT Level 3 Inspectors. Following a survey, Jansen clearly identifies the advantages of using Level 3 Inspectors in industry, even though their use is not directly mandated.

Welcome to the first issue of African Fusion for 2014.

Our opening feature in the SAIW News section of the magazine comes from SASSDA's recently hosted duplex stainless steel seminars in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. We present presents a summary the welding-related opening sessions.

This issue's company profile is about Genrec, one of the largest structural steel engineering companies in Africa. We talk to Michael Mamotte, the company's marketing and new business development manager.

Both the papers come from the Essen IIW Congress and Conference held in Essen in 2013. First, A Burt, C Fink and D Mundersbach present work on surface overlay cladding using a dc TIG process with ac hotwire, while their colleague, P Kuebler from Rocklea, Queensland presents some examples of sustainable, innovative and automated welding and cutting applications from Australia.

Welcome to the final issue of African Fusion for 2013.

Our opening article in the SAIW news section of the magazine is from one of the evening meetings at the Institute's City West premises. Shelton Zichawo, quality systems assessor for SAIW Certification outlined, very clearly and succinctly, the requirements for those wishing to implement ISO 3834. This is a must read for anyone about to embark on the process and a must circulate for welding quality professionals needing to convince administrators to go this route.

The featured paper: Laser metal deposition microstructure of modified low-C martensitic stainless steel, was presented by research stalwarts, Corney van Rooyen and Herman Burger of the National Laser Centre and Madeleine du Toit of the University of Pretoria at the SAIW-hosted IIW Regional Congress and Conference of November 2012 - and won the SAIW Harvey Shacklock Gold medal for its authors.

The SAIW has had a busy few months, culminating in the 65th Annual Dinner and Awards evening on August 16. Congratulations to the top students: Charl Brazelle and Khutso Moahloli; to the Shacklock Gold Medal award winners for research, Corney van Rooyen, Herman Burger and SAIW president Madeleine du Toit; and to Steinmüller Africa on being awarded the SAIW Gold Medal.

We feature Steinmüller Africa in our company profile this issue. With the Medupi unit 6 delay, it is not so easy to find ‘uncontaminated' good news among the contracting fabricators, but Steinmüller Africa certainly bucks the trend, for all the reasons identified by the SAIW in its award citation: its commitment to training at the highest levels; to investing in and applying modern technology; and to the implementation of welding quality standards, most notably ISO 3834.

The new SAIW Materials Testing Laboratory is now up and running at the Institutes' Johannesburg West facilities. It completes the comprehensive technical services offering available through Sean Blake and his team. In the opening article of this issue, we look at the testing equipment in the laboratory, its capabilities and the implications for SAIW and the welding industry.

Also featured in the front of the magazine is the SAIW- and SASSDA-hosted seminar by Damian Kotecki. While it is impossible to cover all of a valuable seminar like this as a magazine article, we hope we have done justice to the opening session on martensitic stainless steels.

Our company profile this month is a long one because it profiles three companies within the Tubular Holdings Group. We visit Tubular Structural Engineering (TSE) and Tubular General Fabricators (TGF) in Witbank and Abeyla Trading, the pipe and tube specialist. The Group is involved on our power station new-builds and has made a massive contribution towards the air-cooled condenser structures.


The year opened early for the SAIW with preparations for the 2013 Young Welder of the Year Competition that was held during the last week of January. Houston Isaacs, last year's runner up - and a graduate of the West Midlands College, one of the IIW approved welder training institution - was the emphatic overall winner, having outscored the other competitors for all material types. Shandre Janse van Rensburg, another West Coast College graduate, was runner up.

The competition is getting better and better every year, boding well for our ability to attract and train new welders in South Africa.

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