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MechChem March 2019 contentsON THE COVER

Weir Minerals: a world-class local manufacturer

MechChem Africa visits the Isando manufacturing facilities of Weir Minerals Africa to hear about the company’s transformational approaches being adopted. Read more...

 

PETER’S COMMENT

Keeping the IIoT real: Peter Middleton makes the link between efficiency and measurement – that one cannot exist without the other. He notes that routine measurement is an essential prerequisite for all effective efficiency management. Read more...

 

SAIChE News: Water management - a book launch lecture: Looking at the water issues of 19 countries, and the inputs of 53 contributors, Professor Thokozani Majozi of Wits University delivers a lecture discussing developments in energy-efficient water production and other aspects relating to water management. Read more...

 

SPECIAL REPORT

In-time condition monitoring and diagnostics 

On the evening of March 21, 2019, condition-monitoring specialist Martec unveiled its new brand and outlined its future strategy. MechChem Africa reports. Read more...

 

PUMP SYSTEMS, PIPES, VALVES AND SEALS

Dewatering with a difference: Atlas Copco has solidified its place at the forefront of the pumps industry with the introduction of WEDA 50+ and 60+ dewatering pumps. Read more...

Innovation-packed liquid ring vacuum pump: Atlas Copco announced a new breakthrough in the world of Liquid Ring Vacuum technology with the launch of its LRP 700‑1000 VSD+ range of intelligent liquid ring vacuum pumps. Click to read in the online magazine...

KSB expands aftermarket services: With service centres situated at all local branches around South Africa, KSB SupremeServ is an expanded aftermarket service for the company’s 22 000 pump variants. Click to read in the online magazine...

Grindex slurry pump perfect for Africa: Colin Adams, managing director of Integrated Pump Technology cautions on the effects of incorrect pump choices for demanding applications. Click to read in the online magazine...

Industrial IoT fuels growth for intelligent pumps: The increasing adoption of IIoT technologies has intensified the need to transform intelligent pumps into smart pumps. With this in mind, the traditional role of pump systems is evolving rapidly. Click to read in the online magazine...

The ABCs of steam system inspections:  MechChem Africa looks at a simple process for inspecting steam systems which may help save money in the long term. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

LOCALISATION, MANUCFATURING, PRODUCTION AND FOOD PROCESSING

MAP packaging for good-looking red meat: Hans Strydom, Afrox’s production quality manager, talks about the unusual requirements for packaging red meat. Read more...

 

ECDriveS® for SA automotive manufacturers: SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has secured its largest project to date for its ECDriveS drive system for light-load conveyor technology at a major automotive manufacturer in Gauteng. MechChem Africa finds out more. Click to read in the online magazine...

Assembly line production with smart connectivity: The Connect, an industrial smart hub, recently unveiled by Desoutter Industrial Tools, is poised to transform assembly line production. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

POWER GENERATION, SUSTAINABLE ENRGY AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Africa Energy Indaba 2019: Employment the key energy driver:  Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe delivered the keynote address for the Africa Energy Indaba 2019 at the Sandton International Convention Centre. Read more...

Energy saving in the agri-sector: Using Zest WEG Group products such as the IE3 Top Premium Efficiency electric motor and variable speed drive combination for driving equipment such as pumping systems in the agri sector can reduce owning and operating costs while providing much more reliable performance. Click to read in the online magazine...

Genset choices for surviving load shedding: Hire It has a range of solutions to assist its customers to deal with the fallout from renewed load shedding. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

PETROCHEMICAL, OIL AND GAS

Natural gas set to grow across Africa: MechChem Africa unpacks the importance of the discovery of gas condensate at Brulpadda, 175 km off the shore of Mossel Bay and the potential of natural gas as a cleaner hydrocarbon fuel for our power stations. Read more...

Mokveld Typhoon Valve system receives innovation award: Mokveld’s Typhoon Valve System has scooped the ONS2018 Innovation Award in recognition of its industry-transforming low shear technology. Click to read in the online magazine...

VEGAPULS monitor to track molten polyethylene levels: This article presents a success story from VEGA Americas, which helped a car parts manufacturer track the polyethylene levels in its tanks through creative mounting of its VEGAPULS 64. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

ENVIRONMENTAL, WASTE MANAGEMENT AND CLEANING TECHNOLOGIES

Decontaminating soil using bioremediation:  Croatian company CorteCros, part of Cortec Corporation Group, describes environmentally safe bioremediation solutions using Bionetix products. Read more...

Potential ground-breaking changes for mine closure:  Webber Wentzel’s Garyn Rapson and Kirsty Kilner, talk about NEMLA IV and the potential it creates for a new rehabilitation industry in South Africa. Click to read in the online magazine...

The ugly truth about climate change: John J Coetzee, CEO of Green Worx Cleaning Solutions, talks about the dangers and risks we face due to climate change and some of the things we can do in mitigation. Click to read in the online magazine...

South Africa’s used oil re-refining challenges: Inspite of global trend towards re-refining used oil back to base oil, South Africa, is struggling to transition towards a re-refining model. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

Skyriders puts an eye in the sky: Industrial rope access company, Skyriders, has introduced a collision resistant drone technology to access areas that may pose health, safety and environmental risks. Read more...

 

REGULARS

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

Back page: Wacker Neuson zero-emission boulevard at Bauma.  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: Assistant Editor
Name: Phila Mzamo
Email: philam@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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