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MechChem Africa June 2018Best practice waste management for environmental peace of mind: Waste management specialist EnviroServ turns our front cover green this June and we profile the company’s important work and its successes in the cover story.

Lead feature content also includes: Weir Minerals celebrates 80 years of Warman pumps; we visit ACTOM Turbo machines to look at reverse engineering; eltherm highlights reliability and energy saving advantages through heat tracing; CSIR’s Bruce Sithole talks about SA’s new biorefinery facility; and our we look at the use of hydrogen fuel cells for rail and energy production in Innovative engineering.

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MechChem Africa May 2018

We feature SEW-EURODRIVE on the front cover for May. In the associated story, Norman Maleka tells of the company’s DRN IEC electric motor range and reminds customers that while SEW-EURODRIVE is better known for gearboxes, its geared motor range proves its technical expertise as an electric motor manufacturer. Read more...

Lead feature content also includes: The Mario on maintenance column, which focuses on Risk management; an article from BI about its Cooper and FAG bearing solutions for materials handling equipment; a passive fire protection (PFP) and corrosion coatings piece from Kansai Plascon; an article from Boksburg based Elemental Analytics about the importance of combustion monitoring; and, in or Water and wastewater feature, a story about cloud seeding from a company called WAS.

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MechChem Africa April 2018VEGAPULS 80 GHz radar level sensors from VEGA Controls decorate MechChem Africa’s April front cover and in our front cover story we unravel the advantages of the technology for chemical plants, wastewater treatment facilities, cement manufactures and any other liquid or solid product level measurement application. Read more...

Lead features also include: an interview with Cummins CSA’s Orlando Ferrão; A visit to Axiom Hydraulics’ new premises in Wadeville; a conversation with productONE’s Thulani Mazibuko and Charles Anderson about the new release of PTC’s Creo 5.0; the opportunity offered by FLSmidth’s CCD thickener technology; and in Innovative engineering, we report on Eaton’s new Wadeville microgrid.

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MechChem Africa March 2018

Trident Plastics and its PTFE solutions feature on the front cover of the March edition, a manufacturer that is now exporting significant percentages of its locally processed product back to its German owners. Read more...

Weir Minerals and its Multiflo pontoons for dewatering is the lead Pumps feature, followed by Harry Rosen’s Pumps 101 feature and pump articles from FLSmidth, Integrated Pump Rental and Integrated Pump technology.

Localisation leads with a story from De Beers about transforming the diamond industry; Power generation features Cummins and its new distributed generation solution, along with WEG Transformers Africa, a Zest WEG company and its oil analysis offering to help customers to avoid transformer failure; and the Petrochem feature leads with a some good news from Skyriders.

The ROSE Foundation’s CEO, Bubele Nyiba offers some advice about how to disposed of used oil in our Environmental management feature, and this month’s Innovative article comes from SOLA Future Energy: Dominic Willis suggests five ways for industrial energy users to use PV to help optimise their energy.

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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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