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Cover story: The diamond in level measurement

April contentsThis article highlights the use of the 80 GHz VEGApuls 64 radar level sensors in diamond ore processing. Read more...


Comment: Industry 4.0 and the retrofit opportunity.

Peter pic latest smallFollowing a presentation by Festo’s Eberhard Klotz of the global Industry 4.0 campaign. Peter Middleton highlights the opportunity for local manufacturing plants to retrofit machines with sensors and networking capabilities to begin benefiting from Industry 4.0 technology advances. Read more...


SAIChE News: Chem Eng and the bigger picture

MechChem Africa profiles Alan Cousins, a SAIChE member for over 30 years. Read more...


Power transmission, bearings, bushes and seals

Technical know-how and best-fit solutions

MechChem Africa talks to Burtie Roberts, CEO of BI and the company’s head of the products and engineering, Ross Trevelyan. Read more...

A revolutionary CVT is born in SA

Varibox CVT Technologies recently received search report feedback from a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) application for its RADIALcvt design in which all 12 claims have been granted without modification. Peter Middleton talks to Jan Naude, the company’s principle inventor. Read more...

A world of reliable rotation

SKF’s Sarel Froneman talks about the strategic decision to focus back on SKF’s core strength, bearings. Click to read in the online magazine...

X-Series IG units for Lesotho diamond mine

SEW-Eurodrive has supplied three industrial gear (IG) packs to a tailings operation at a diamond mine in Lesotho. Click to read in the online magazine...


Hydraulic and pneumatic systems

Customised service kits for extended service intervals on specialised equipment

Fluid management specialist, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT) has moved into a new 2 800 m2 facility in Spartan. MechChem Africa talks to general manager, Sandor Bottyan. Read more...


Innovative and enriched compressed air service

We preview the Ingersol Rand products to be showcased at ComVaC 2017 in Hannover later this month. Click to read in the online magazine.

SA’s sole distributor for Dabeb-Elram

News of the Hytec Groups appointment as sole distributor of the Dabeb-Elram range of actuators. Click to read in the online magazine.


Computer-aided engineering

HyperWorks 2017: the comprehensive simulation platform

In March 2017, Altair released HyperWorks 2017: The Comprehensive Platform for Simulation and Innovation with added functionality for open architecture CAE software platforms. Read more...

Partnering effectively using smart numbering

FLSmidth’s Roymec software facilitates absolute control for conveyor build projects. Click to read in the online magazine...


Automation, process control and instrumentation

Industry 4.0: A world of new business models and markets

At a Festo South Africa hosted a seminar, global Industry 4.0 campaign head, Eberhard Klotz demystified the concepts and introduced key opportunities. Read more...

Smart process gating: muting reinvented

Gerry Bryant of Countapulse Controls talks about the new Leuze solution for smart process gating. Read more...

Process control software: faster and more intuitive

Christo Buys of Rockwell Automation talk about Pavilion8 software and the latest release of FactoryTalkBatch. Read more...


Minerals processing, metallurgy and materials

Multotec’s wear and risk warning systems

Early warning systems across a range of Multotec’s wear solutions – built in as standard and at no added expense – are important aspects of the group’s efforts to save customers from the high cost of unexpected failure. Read more...


Materials engineering in practice: Can we give simple answers to complex realities?

Tony Paterson argues against attempts to simplify engineering decisions. Click to read in the online magazine...


Innovative engineering

High-power artificial muscle for consumer robots

The Tokyo Institute of Technology has succeeded in developing a hydraulically driven, high-power, artificial muscle that is expected to become part of the smallest, lightest and most powerful consumer robots yet created. Read more...


Product and industry news

A collage of stories news from: Zest WEG; Energas; Rand Air; Cummins; Verder Pumps SA; The Africa Automation Fair; WearCheck; Comtest; Instrotech; Eaton and MSA. Click to read in the online magazine...


Back page: Australian packager partners with SA manufacturers

Australia-based HMPS is now exporting its automated food filling and packaging machinery to South African companies. MechChem Africa looks at some successes. Click to read in the online magazine...

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