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MechChem July 2018 contents

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Smart Air Solutions and 12 innovations: Atlas Copco’s Ian Ainsworth and Pieter van Wyk introduce 12 innovations launched at the company’s ‘Smart Air Days’ Oil-free Air and Compressor Technique Service sales conference in Antwerp earlier this year. Read more...



Unravelling the IIoT at TUT: Following the launch of the PTC, productONE and 1Worx sponsored Emerging Lab in Soshanguve, Peter Middleton reflects on the merging of CAD, IT, OT and automation, the disruptive change it is likely to cause in the workplace and the nature of the new jobs needed. Read more..



ChemEng and the applications of process control thinking: We profile SAIChE IChemE member Carl Sandrock, Gauteng chair and senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria. Read more...



Agri-Smart integrated solutions launched at NAMPO: MechChem Africa visits the BI stand at NAMPO in Bothaville and talks to Gerhard Pienaar, manager of the agriculture sector, about the new Agri-Smart product range.  Read more...

Product vs REP: a split approach to managing bearings: SKF’s Mahdi Sebti explains his company’s two new value propositions: Products and Rotating Equipment Performance (REP).  Read more...

Benchmarked custom drive solutions: Robert Rohman of Bonfiglioli talks about the expansion of the company’s Linbro Park facilities.  Read more...

SA gears up for local assembly of helical bevel units: A story from SEW about the introduction to its assembly line of K19 and K29 helical bevel units.  Click here to read in the online magazine...

Cummins ISF engine range for light vehicles  Click to read in the online magazine...



Land Cruiser wet brakes for the mining industry: Axiom Hydraulics has become the agent for Ausco Products’ wet enclosed LC brake for the Toyota Land Cruiser, the mining industry’s utility vehicle choice.  Read more...

Africa: a huge potential hydraulics market: A piece from Bosch Rexroth, now the owner of all of the shares in Hytec. Click to read in the online magazine.

PE RSC hub for hydraulic services: BMG has consolidated its Eastern Cape hydraulics services facilities. Click to read in the online magazine.

Oil-free boost compressor: a first in SA: Rand Air announces the introduction of Atlas Copco oil-free DXT85VSD high-pressure boost pumps to its rental fleet. Click to read in the online magazine.



Africa’s first IIoT lab launched at TUT Soshanguve South Campus: At the launch of the Emerging Industrial IIoT Lab in Soshanguve we talk to Duan Gauché and Sizwe Mngadi of 1Worx, and TUT’s systems engineering professor, Pius Owolawi. Read more...

Innovation in Industry 2018 to unveil ‘amazing’ technology: We talk to Clive Hands of NMU and Ernst Burger of Altair about the September 7 Innovation in Industry Conference. Read more...



New i4 SCARA product family introduced at Automatica: A piece about Omron’s new top of the line i4 SCARA robots. Read more...

Scanner technology protects world’s longest railway tunnel: This scanner is currently protecting the overhead lines of the longest railway tunnel in the world. Click to read in the online magazine...

Desalination plant facilitates continuous smelter operations: A success story from Rockwell Automation. Click to read in the online magazine...

Complete solution for handling starter batteries: An application of Schmaltz vacuum lifters from Hytec’s Tectra Automation. Click to read in the online magazine.



State-of-the-art software upgrade on cut-to-length lines: Allied Steelrode has now completing a second upgrade to its cut-to-length CTL3 line while further improvements are mooted. The company’s deputy CEO, Justin Cloete, explains. Read more...

House Crawford: an LSF case study: Gary Crawford gets to grips with the realities of his light steel frame construction on Hartbeespoort. Read more...

Welding procedures on plastic pipe to be qualified: Development news from the Installation and Fabrication of Plastic Pipe Association (IFPA). Click to read in the online magazine...

Soil decontamination in Europe gets help from SA: Multotec hydrocyclones and spiral concentrators are helping to rehabilitate contaminated land in Europe. Click to read in the online magazine...

Gold leach technology optimised using oxygen: A story from Afrox about its end-to-end solution for the gold leach process. Click to read in the online magazine...



Ugandan wins 4th Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation: MechChem Africa reports on the 2018 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, which was won by Brian Gitta from Uganda. Read more...



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

Back page: REFAB to showcase improved crops for greater food security  Click to read in the online magazine...

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