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MechChem Africa October 2017 contents pageOn the cover: Process Automation: winning solutions from Festo

Festo South Africa has introduced a new valve automation package and, via a microsite that creates an analogy between Process Automation and football, has simplified the selection of valve automation system components. MechChem Africa talks to Alexander Acksel. Read more...

Peter’s Comment: Industry 4.0, employment and skills

Peter Middleton argues for embracing new technology and using our youth’s love for all things Internet-connected to resolve our unemployment and training challenges. Read more...

SAIChE member profile: Philip Lloyd

MechChem Africa profiles SAIChE iCHEMe stalwart Philip Lloyd and his six and half decades of exciting work in the chemical engineering sector.Click to read in the online magazine.


Featured contents

Power transmission, bearings, bushes and seals

Customised agricultural solutions for African soil

MechChem Africa visits BI’s Parkhaven distribution centre to find out about the recently established agriculture sector product range. Read more...

The RADIALcvt for EVs and industrial reducers

Varibox CVT’s Jan Naude summarises the advantages of using his RADIALcvt for EVs and as a variable speed option for motor-driven industrial drives. Read more...

New service packages for rotating equipment users

An article about SKF’s two innovative service packages for manufacturers and users of rotating equipment. Click to read in the online magazine..


Hydraulic and pneumatic systems

SS Nujoma sea vessel gets advanced hydraulic sampling tool

Hytec has successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned the hydraulics for three systems on board the advanced marine diamond-sampling vessel, the SS Nujoma. Read more...

Conserving energy with plug-and-play vacuum solutions

A piece about Atlas Copco’s liquid ring vacuum pumps for use in demanding environments.  Click to read in the online magazine...

Standby valves and clean-style valve manifolds

An article featuring two of SMC Pneumatics’ latest releases for the food and other industries. Click to read in the online magazine...

Computer-aided engineering

The convergence of PLM and the IIoT

Charles Anderson of productONE highlights the role of technology as a vehicle of transformation in the defence sector. Read more...

VW Caddy fitted with 3D-printed front-end

Through a project known as 3i-PRINT, Altair and several other industry partners have used the front-end structure of a classic VW Caddy to demonstrate the full potential of industrial 3D printing in the automotive industry. Click to read in the online magazine...


Automation, process control and instrumentation

A future-proof assembly concept for high-end shavers

Sietze Bremer describes the implementation of a forward-looking automated assembly concept for Phillips shavers, which uses the Omron Adept range of automation  solutions. Click to read in the online magazine...

Smart sensors for smart factories: at the crux of Industry 4.0

An article from SICK Automation. Click to read in the online magazine...

Customised measurement, control and monitoring: A local specialist

MechChem Africa visits the local manufacturing facility of AFRISO Africa. Read more...

E+H instruments are IIoT-ready; are your processes?  Click to read in the online magazine...


Minerals processing, metallurgy and materials

Rapid drying oven improves sample turnaround times

Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions SA, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven sets the speed and efficiency benchmark in mineral sample drying. Click to read in the online magazine...


Innovative engineering

Hydrogen scanning for optimised refinery performance

Tshwane-based hydrogen specialist, RTS Africa Engineering, is now introducing H2scan hydrogen analysers, which are ideally suited to optimising the performance and efficiency of oil refineries. Read more...


Product and industry news  Click to read in the online  magazine...


Back page: Enhanced vehicle communicator for the connected car.  Click to read in the online magazine.

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