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The world’s first self-calibrating thermometer

Endress+Hauser is launching the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 compact thermometer for food & beverage and life sciences industries. Read more...

 

PETER’S COMMENT

We have to stop waiting for rain

With all three Cape provinces in South Africa being declared disaster areas due to drought, Peter Middleton argues for the adoption of Arizona-style water reclamation solutions so that we are better able to cope with an inevitably drier future. Read more...

 

PLANT MAINTENANCE, LUBRICATION AND FILTRATION

IIoT and the changing face of asset management 

MechChem Africa talks to Stefan Swanepoel of Pragma about how the IIoT is blurring the lines between asset management, condition-based maintenance and operational performance. Read more...

Gearless mill drives assembled for Combre Panamá   Click here to read in the online magazine...

Atlas Copco CTS’ rejuvenated customer-first service offering   Click here to read in the online magazine...

New testing, inspection and certification services from BV   Click here to read in the online magazine...

Anglo wins sustainability award for process metering   Click here to read in the online magazine...

 

MATERIALS HANDLING, CONVEYING, LIFTING AND LOGISTICS

Local belt clip production extended 

Following the R4-million refurbishment of Mato Product’s clip-manufacturing machine, MechChem Africa talks to the company’s general manager, Benjamin Sibanda, about conveyor belt lacing and belt cleaning solutions. Read more...

Closing the loop in Africa’s sugar industry diminishing    Click here to read in the online magazine...

The true cost of sub-standard transfer points diminishing   Click here to read in the online magazine...

Solutions for the dust-free discharge from screw conveyors   Click here to read in the online magazine...

 

CORROSION CONTROL AND COATINGS

Passivity key to keeping stainless stainless 

Michel Basson, manager of sassda’s Western Cape branch, talks about the vital role of the chrome-rich passive layer on stainless steel and how inadvertently blocking the layer’s access to oxygen can ruin its corrosion resistance.  Read more...

 

HEATING, COOLING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING

Disadvantages of natural refrigerants diminishing 

Stephan Sicars from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, talks about the market situation for plants using natural refrigerants in emerging and developing countries.   Click here to read in the online magazine...

Sub-freezing air dryer delivers Class 3 air    Click here to read in the online magazine...

 

WATER AND WASTEWATER PROCESSING

Wastewater reclamation and the Western Cape crisis 

MechChem Africa talks to Xylem’s water reclamation specialist, Lucinda Jooste, who argues that the current situation offers an opportunity to put in place lasting solutions to overcome increasing water scarcity.   Read more...

Desalination, brackish water and bio-saline agriculture news   Click here to read in the online magazine...

A race to spare every drop of water news    Click here to read in the online magazine...

Helping mines find the real source of nitrates in water 

From a paper presented at the 13th International Mine Water Association Congress in Finland recently, SRK Consulting principal hydrogeologist Sarah Skinner highlights the importance of tracing the real source of nitrogen contaminants in minewater.  Read more...

 

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

Advanced materials and LSF construction 

MechChem Africa columnist, Gary i Crawford, who is currently building a new property using only light steel frame construction principles and products, presents some of the advanced materials that make this possible.  Read more...

 

REGULARS

SAIChE news: Mike Hancock of Chester University presents at UCT   Read more...

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

Back page: Volvo’s first climate-neutral manufacturing site  Click to read in the online magazine...

 

Contact MechChem Africa

Title: Editor
Name: Peter Middleton
Email: mechchemafrica@crown.co.za or peterm@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Editor
Name: Glynnis Koch
Email: mechchemafrica@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Brenda Karathanasis
Email: brendak@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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