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For SAIChE ICHEME, we profile new president Craig Sheridan and Innovative engineering features a visit to a microbrewery in central Johannesburg. Lead feature articles include Bearings International’s new power transmission products; Hytec hydraulic systems for the thyssenkrupp drum reclaimers at Medupi and Kusile; the adoption by Paramount Combat Systems of PTC’s Windchill 11 PLM solution; a rich piece from Endress+Hauser about the IIoT and advanced diagnostics; and a report back from the sassda AGM.

Contents images July 2017Cover story: Service priories for customer growth

MechChem Africa talks to Atlas Copco’s Ian Ainsworth, the new business line manager for Compressor Technique Services (CTS). Read more...

Comment: One million jobs by growing manufacturing

Peter Middleton summarises the keynote address by delivered by Manufacturing Circle chairperson, Andre Ruyter at the Manufacturing Indaba. The key message? We should and could be doing a lot better. Read more...

Craig Sheridan: lavender oil, wine and water research

MechChem Africa profiles Craig Sheridan, the new SAIChE ICHEME president, who is passionate about the environment and, more specifically, about looking after our scarce water resources. Read more...


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Power transmission, bearings, bushes and seals

New mounted and unmounted bearings and housings from KML

This article highlights new products on offer from Bearings International (BI): bearings and housings from KML; KÖBO’s chain and sprocket range; and ROCOL lubricants for reaming, tapping and drilling operations. Read more...

Special services for the sugar industry

An article about BMG’s field service teams and their involvement in the local sugar industry. Click to read in the online magazine...

Hygienic design of bearings is key to food safety 

An article from SKF about its approach to food grade bearing design. Click to read in the online magazine...


Hydraulic and pneumatic systems

Hydraulic systems advance drum reclaimer technology

MechChem Africa talks to Klaus Marggraff, systems sales manager for Hytec; about the novel hydraulics being used to advance the performance of thyssenkrupp SA’s drum reclaimer technology. Read more...

Hydraulic motors improve mine safety and reliability

A Hägglunds direct drive hydraulic motor success story for a conveyor at a Brazilian iron ore mine. Read more...

Next Generation R-Series 200-250 kW 

A piece about Ingersoll Rand’s latest R-series compressors. Click to read in the online magazine...


Computer-aided engineering

SA vehicle specialist adopts Windchill 11, the connected PLM solution

MechChem Africa talks to productONE PLM solutions’ architect, Johan Strydom, and sales manager, Francois Du Toit, about the adoption by Paramount Combat Systems of PTC’s Windchill 11 PLM solution. Read more...

Artemis Racing and designing the difference 

Altair’s design simulation and optimisation software has been used on the daggerboard design of the Swedish America’s Cup entry, Artemis. Click to read in the online magazine...


Automation, process control and instrumentation

The IIoT: Customers’ views of advanced diagnostics 

Endress+Hauser’s Jenish Gheewala presents experiences from around the world about the implementation of the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how advanced diagnostics is adding value to process plant operations. Read more...

IPC platform combines openness with real time control 

Omron’s Driaan Coetzer introduces the company’s new Industrial PC to the South African market, a solution that combines a built-in Sysmac machine controller with a connected Windows-based PC. Read more...

Valves for critical flow control applications

We visit the Metso Flow Control stand at the Africa Automation Fair and talk to Douglas McCrum and Steve Clark about new Neles globe valves and Metso’s universal NDX valve controller. Read more...


Minerals processing, metallurgy and materials

Local manufacture key to African mining 

The HMA Group has been appointed as Uretech’s sole international distributor, including South Africa, with the HMA Group’s own broad product range to be made available in Africa for the first time. Read more...

Local stainless steel industry battles SA’s economic storm 

This article summarises executive director John Tarboton’s annual report from sassda’s AGM. Read more...


Innovative engineering

A visit to the Mad Giant Microbrewery

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton takes a tour of the Mad Giant microbrewery and talks Eben Uys and Ndumiso Madlala. Click to read more...


Product and industry news 

United way South Africa launches in Johannesburg.


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New opportunities for gas operations  Click to read in the online publication...

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