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MechChem Africa Feb 2018 front cover

Endress+Hauser’s new iTHERM TrustSens compact thermometer for food & beverage and life sciences industries is features on the February cover of MechChem Africa. This unique sensor incorporates a fully automated inline self-calibration function for continuous and traceable monitoring of the instruments accuracy and performance.

SAIChE IChemE news features a talk by Mike Hancock at UCT, who talks about Chester and is university, along with branch news from the KZN and Gauteng Members Groups.

The Plant maintenance, lubrication and filtration feature continue to highlight the Industrial Internet of Things IIoT. We talk to Stefan Swanepoel of Pragma about the new technologies that are blurring the lines between asset management, condition based maintenance and operational performance. We also present new professional solutions unveiled by testing, inspection and certification leader, Bureau Veritas (BV); and we visit Mato Products to talk to Benjamin Sibanda about the company’s refurbished clop manufacturing machine and its conveyor belt lacing and cleaning solutions

Materials handling, conveying and lifting opens with a piece from thyssenkrupp about its solutions for the South and Southern African sugar industries. This is followed by articles from Weba Chute Systems, ContiTech and FLEXICON.

In our Corrosion feature, Michel Basson, sassda’s Western Cape branch manager talks about the vital role of chrome-rich passive layer on stainless steel and the importance of access to oxygen in maintaining and reforming this microscopic layer should it be damaged.

HVAV features: an article from UNIDO’s Stephan Sicars about the migration towards natural refrigerants for chillers, who argues that the disadvantages are diminishing; and a piece from Ingersol Rand about its highly efficient sub-freezing air dryer.

Water and wastewater processing is our richest feature in this issue. Xylem’s water reclamation specialist, Lucinda Jooste, talks to us about the current drought in the Western Cape, which she compares to Arizona in the USA. Jooste argues for longer-term solutions based on reduced reliance on rain dependant surface resources.

Also featured are: a piece from IDTechEx about the case for producing drinking water from brackish water using integrated energy harvesting technology; an article from AVK Holdings about the need to identify and invest in alternative water sources in the Western Cape; and, from SRK Consulting’s principal hydrogeologist, Sarah Skinner, a piece about identifying the real source of nitrogen contamination in minewater.

And our Innovative feature is from columnist, Gary Crawford, who presents some of the innovative new building materials and solutions he has discovered while construction his new light steel frame (LSF) home.

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MechChem Africa Jan 2018Welcome to 2018.

Intellectual property and patent law specialist Hahn & Hahn features on our January front cover. We speak to one of the company’s directors, Janusz Luterek, who gives some advice to developers to file a provisional patent early: “because once a product is successful, its too late”.

We interview Hamied Mazema for our SAIChE IChemE member profile this month, whose career spans over 40 years with a particular focus on cleaner technologies and better resource management.

This first issue of 2018 is rich in exclusive content: We talk to SEW-EURODRIVE’s Raymond Obermeyer for our Power Transmission lead; Brian Abbott of SMC Pneumatics takes us on a tour of his company’s environmentally friendly solutions for the Hydraulics and Pneumatics lead; Ross Anderson of productONE talks to us about Augmented reality in our CAE feature; and we present highlights from Rockwell Automation’s Automation Perspectives 2017 event as the lead Automation story.

Minerals Processing is particularly rich. JD Singleton, Weir Mineral’s Africa’s process director talks of his company’s extensive bottlenecking and uptime solutions for mining, mill circuit and tailings duty; we cover the opening of Wacker’s first MYLAB in Johannesburg; and Motlatsi Mabaso of MMRisk summarises the new major hazard installation amendments for chemical and petrochemical facilities.

Innovative engineering comes from LanzaTech and talks of a low-carbon jet fuel being made from process-gas emissions from the steel industry.

Enjoy.

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MechChem Africa December 2017Air Liquide and its industrial gases for the food, beverage, water and automotive industries graces the December 2017 cover of MechChem Africa. Across Africa, the food industry is becoming increasingly important and sophisticated, so the cover story for this issue unravels Air Liquide’s gas solutions and supply options for carbonated soft drink (CDS); modified atmospheric packaging (MAP); and the use of liquid nitrogen for fast freezing.

The Pumps feature leads with an article from KSB about its world-class local production facility followed by article from eDart Slurry Valves; Integrated Pump Rental; Becker Mining; Thuthukani Engineering; and AR Controls.

Power generation features the first-ever utility scale floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland and a Zest WEG success story about it containerised switchgear.

Other key featured articles include industrial cleaning pieces from MCES and Nilfisk; Local manufacturing from Marthinusen & Coutts and Metric Automotive and, from Sassda, a piece about its lifecycle costing competition to evaluate the benefits of using stainless steel for the Eiffel Tower.

This edition completes the first year of MechChem Africa. Thanks for your interest and support and we hope you continue to enjoy the magazine for many years to come.

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MechChem Africa Nov 2017 front coverThe November cover and cover story features thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ Process Industries. We talk to GM Neville Eve and Bruce Bassett, senior manager for Special Projects.

We preview FILTECH 2018 as the lead feature for the Plant Maintenance, which also includes the Mario on Maintenance column and stories from Multotec, Weir Minerals, SKF and Wearcheck.

Material handling kicks off with a rich piece from FLSmidth about its Modular Reflux™ Classifiers (RCs). We visit the companies Delmas Supercentre and talk to Roy Hazell about their use to beneficiate waste fines. In the corrosion feature, John Tarboton of sassda tells us about a recent case he has been involved with on the dairy industry. His key message is that stainless steel surfaces need access to oxygen in order to maintain their passivated protective surfaces.

For our lead Water and Wastewater feature, we visit Prentec and talk to Martin Pryor and Peter Günther about minewater and seawater desalination. Gary Crawford also talks about water this month in his Tracking industrial trends column and our innovative feature comes from a company called KAG Technical Solutions: Gavin Coetzer tells us about his Bluetooth-based locking system for greater security of infrastructure assets.

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MechChem Africa October 2017 front covers 1Festo adorns our October front cover, with images from its new Process Automation microsite. Using a football analogy, Festo has simplified the selection of its valve automation package components into four industry ‘leagues’: Chemical; Water and Wastewater; BiotechPharma; and Food and Beverage. By identifying combinations of valve component ‘players’ that can be ‘teamed up’ to win in each of the leagues, optimised valve automation packages can be quickly selected.

Featured content includes: Hytec’s hydraulic diamond sampling tool for the SS Nujoma; productONE’s Charles Anderson’s talk about PLM software and its convergence with the IIoT; an Omron Adept-based automation piece about future proofing the manufacture of Phillips shavers; and the innovative use of H2scan hydrogen analysers from RTS to optimise the performance and efficiency of Africa’s oil refineries.

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MechChem Africa September 2017 front coverThe BMG Reveal event is featured on our front cover for September, the unveiling of its expanded and refurbished BMG World facility in Droste Park, Johannesburg, which took place on September 14 and 15. We have an extended pump systems feature this month with articles from Integrated Pump Rental, KSB, Verder Pumps, Weir Minerals, Atlas Copco, Air and Vacuum Technologies and Gemü Valves, along with Harry Rosen’s Pumping systems 101 column, which talks about the import role of pressure gauges.

We visit Cummins for our lead Power Generation feature and look at Cider production with Endress+Hauser for the Petrochemical industries lead feature. We also publish a Bioremediation article in our newly named Environmental, waste management and cleaning technologies feature.

Contact MechChem Africa

Title: Editor
Name: Peter Middleton
Email: mechchemafrica@crown.co.za or peterm@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Editor
Name: Glynnis Koch
Email: mechchemafrica@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Brenda Karathanasis
Email: brendak@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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