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MechChem Africa February 2017


On the cover: Metering with Heartbeat: rethinking instrument health:

The February 2017 issue of MechChem Africa, features Endress+Hauser on the front cover. We talk to product managers Jan Gerritsen and Frans van den Berg about Heartbeat™ Technology and its role in keeping flow and level meters healthy. Read more … 


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Comment: Asset management and the state of our nation

Responding to Jacob Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation address, Peter Middleton reflects on South Africa’s political maturity and compares it to the maturity analysis and asset management processes suggested by Pragma on its Asset Management Road Map. Read more…


Apps to make an engineer’s life easier  Click to read in the online magazine

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Plant maintenance, lubrication and filtration

Integrated asset management: the Road Map

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton talks to Karl Nepgen about optimising plant ownership and operations by following the Pragma way, a multi-level approach to implementing physical asset management solutions. Read more...

Reliability-focused maintenance as a profit centre

Synchronous condenser reassembly and recommissioning Click to read in the online magazine

Mario on maintenance: The engineer’s nemesis

Continuous electronic traceability thanks to valves with RFID Click to read in the online magazine


Materials handling

PVC modifers re-packaged: a case study

This case study describes an efficient, dust-free system for re-packaging PVC modifiers, designed and installed by bulk materials handling specialist, Flexicon. Read more...

Local wedgewire manufacturer receives a boost Click to read in the onine magazine

Reducing maintenance on chute systems is simple Click to read in the online magazine

Local crane company puts rivals to flight Click to read in the online maazine


Corrosion control and coatings

KPAL acquires Sadolin Paints

MechChem Africa reports on Kansai Plascon Africa’s acquisition of Sadolin Paints and presents some of the companies industrial offerings. Click to read in the online magazine

BASF to offer tailor-made product innovations Click to read in the online publication


Heating, cooling, ventilation and air conditioning

Global HVAC specialist sponsors African art

MechChem Africa talks to HVAC specialist Jaco Smal of AHI Carrier about the Silo district’s novel HVAC solution and Carrier’s R600 000 sponsorship for the Zeitz MOCAA. Read more...

Ozone depleting gas smugglers face clampdown Click to read in the online magazine

Global and local fan specialists merge to offer full ventilattion product range Click to read in the online magazine

New approaches to extend the life of HVAC equipment Click to read in the online magazine


Water and wastewater processing

Mine water treatment that improves profitability


Peter Middleton talks to Multotec’s Carien van der Walt, who believes that her company’s continuous ionic filtration (CIF®) process could change the mining sector’s outlook on wastewater treatment.  Read more...

Product and industry news:

Tracking Industrial trends: Blurring the lines and the new renaissance Read more..


Innovative engineering

Thermoacoustic refrigerator with no moving parts

This article, from Tokai University’s Shinya Hasegawa and colleagues, describes a multistage travelling-wave, thermoacoustic engine capable of powering a refrigerator from waste heat at temperatures lower than 300 °C. Read more...


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Contact MechChem Africa

Title: Editor
Name: Peter Middleton
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Phone: +27 11 622 4770
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Title: Editor
Name: Glynnis Koch
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Brenda Karathanasis
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
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