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MechChem Africa October contentsON THE COVER

Festo SA: 45 years and stronger than ever 

In celebration of 45 years of successful local growth and development, Brett Wallace, managing director of Festo South Africa, narrates the company’s rich history, global heritage and the ongoing pursuit of new and better automation solutions for Africa. Read more...

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   Festo South Africa
   08600 FESTO (33786)



Transport assets: doing development differently 

Peter Middleton presents and comments on what Herbert Phahlane of WSP has to say about planning and implementing transport projects to get the most out of the growth opportunities they offer. Read more...



Maggie Chetty: chosen by chemical engineering

MechChem Africa profiles Manimagalay (Maggie) Chetty of DUT.


Partnerships and collaboration extend supplier’s network  

MechChem Africa visits the Parkhaven head office of BI and talks to Ross Trevelyan and Burtie Roberts about new strategies for SA’s constrained economy. Read more...

Seals for dependable performance in extreme conditions 

BMG’s Marc Gravett talks about Garlock seals and sealing solutions. Click to read in the online magazine...

SEW-EURODRIVE looks to the future at EMA 

SEW-EURODRIVE’s Raymond Obermeyer outlines the company’s global expansion plans, while Norman Maleka presents the forward-looking control, drive and motion technologies on display at Electra Mining Africa. Read more...

Top B-BBEE rating for Zest WEG Group 

CEO, Louis Meiring and operations director, Juliano Vargas, talk about what their new B-BBEE Level 1 rating means for the Group. Click to read in the online magazine...



Latest high-efficiency smart compressor products launched 

MechChem Africa highlights some of Atlas Copco’s Smart Air Solutions: the GA 90+ to 160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors; the new Optimizer 4.0 central controller; and its BD+ and CD+ desiccant air dryers. Read more...

Enhanced efficiency for Western Cape hydraulics facility 

A piece about Hyflo’s Cape Town’s recently completed rationalisation programme. Click to read in the online magazine...

Optimised wheel assembly for TENTE Castors 

Joseph Ngungu of Tectra Automation describes a pneumatic automation success where pressing a rim into a tyre can now be done in under three minutes. Click to read in the online magazine...

Customised compressed air solutions 

An article about Integrated Air Solutions’ turnkey air compressor solutions and services based on the ELGi compressor brand. Click to read in the online magazine...

NitraLife’s nitrogen generation cuts fabrication costs 

NitraLife proudly announces its first export of a NitraCut nitrogen generator into Africa. Click to read in the online magazine...

Containerised workshop for mine-based hydraulic services 

Hytec Group Company launches its onsite hose and fittings service to its mining customers across Africa. Click to read in the online magazine...



Innovation in Industry: critical for SA growth 

Peter Middleton attends the Nelson Mandela University- and Altair-hosted 2018 Innovation in Industry Conference and summarises a few presentations. Read more...

Unlocking Africa’s aerospace and defence potential 

Local PTC distribution partners productONE and 1Worx continue to work with African Aerospace and Defence (A&D) manufacturers to place them at the forefront of innovation by providing leading CAD, PLM and IIoT solutions. Read more...



Digitalisation: the evolutionary approach 

MechChem Africa visits the Rockwell Automation stand at Electra Mining Africa (EMA) and talks to the company’s South African MD, Barry Elliott. Read more...

Next generation linear modules 

Tectra Automation has expanded its range of linear actuators to include third generation Bosch Rexroth MKK and MKR modules. Click to read in the online magazine...



Exporter introduces high-chrome mill liners 

Mitak’s Graham Anderson talks about the company’s revitalised high chrome white iron (HCWI) mill lining aftermarket offering. Read more...

Process control slurry samplers for real-time results 

Modisaotsile Nyokong presents the benefits of a Multotec total sampling solution that combines both a process control sampler and a metallurgical accounting sampler in the same stream. Click to read in the online magazine...

Dust control with spin filters  

MechChem Africa’s Glynnis Koch speaks to Ian Fraser of RTS Africa Engineering about its inertial spin filter solution. Read more...

Staying in business and managing explosive costs 

Charles Hurly, marketing lead for Solar Mining Services, explains his company’s tailor-made approach to assist customers in understanding the price curve. Click to read in the online magazine...



i-Automation, OEE and the smart connected factory 

Field application engineer, Driaan Coetzer, talks about i-Automation, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and Omron’s vision for the smart factory. Read more...



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

Back page: Superconductors for electrical transportation Click to read in the online magazine...

Contact MechChem Africa

Title: Editor
Name: Peter Middleton
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Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Assistant Editor
Name: Phila Mzamo
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Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Brenda Karathanasis
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