African Fusion

With the worldwide introduction of its innovative laser-sealed cored wires during Schweissen & Schneiden 2017 in Germany, filler metal specialist Böhler Welding marked a new milestone in the evolution of the metal-cored arc welding process.

For the third year in a row, Yaskawa technology group is in the list of Top 100 Global Innovators, an accolade that recognises the world’s most innovative companies.

ESAB has released a next-generation range of ultra-clean 70S-6 GMAW welding wires that promise to keep welders welding and robots running. Called Purus, the range includes G3Si1 and G4Si1 solid wires, either copper-coated or copper-free with AST (advanced surface technology).

In response the transformational agenda in South Africa, Cosmo Industrial has introduced a range of consultancy, training and admin services to make it easier for its clients to earn local procurement, recruitment and skills development recognition points, along with SETA approval for training grants against the Skills Levy.

African Fusion talks to Arnold Meyer, Afrox’s applications development manager and an IIW Welding Engineer, about his determined efforts to achieve acceptance in South Africa for advanced pipe welding processes using modern GMAW solutions such as Miller’s PipeWorx welding system.

Alain Laurent, business developer and welding metallurgist for Lincoln Electric’s Oerlikon brand of welding consumables, talks to African Fusion about the company’s consumable range for welding modern high yield strength steel (HYSS).

SAIW, through the SAIW Foundation, will commit R1.5-million over two years to subsidise 20 welding apprentices on a QCTO pilot training programme. It is now seeking industrial partners willing to recruit apprentices and partner with SAIW on this groundbreaking scheme. African Fusion talks to Etienne Nell.

Lincoln Electric, through Cosmo Automation Solutions, has officially launched its light duty Torchmate CNC air plasma cutting system into South Africa – with immediate success. African Fusion talks to Pierre Theunissen, from newly launched Cosmo Automation Solutions, and Benoit Lamotte, MD of Lincoln Electric Southern Africa.

At the NDT Conference hosted by SAINT on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Manfred Johannes highlights challenges facing the industry and suggests some new directions for a more modern and successful NDT industry.

Sean Blake appeals for the new leadership in Government and SEOs to announce new infrastructure projects so that the welding and fabrication industry does not lose momentum and skills.

Afrox, in partnership with non-profit upliftment organizations, POPUP, has established and equipped a 12-bay welding school at the Training Centre in Soshanguve, in 2016.

SAIW’s NDT Training Manager Mark Digby talks to African Fusion about the increasingly important role of Visual Testing (VT) and its place as an NDT method in own right.

Jan Lourens, MD of thermal spray coating specialist, Thermaspray, talks about reducing costly erosion damage to components, equipment and systems.

SAIW held its 69th Annual dinner and Awards on Friday October 20, 2017 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng. With actor Jason Greer as Master of Ceremonies and the Supreme 3 singing Mowtown era classics, record numbers of welding industry stakeholders turned up to celebrate the industry’s success.

These welding consumables significantly reduce fume emission rate (FER), by up to 40%, and CrVI emissions by up to 60%; which can help create a better working environment for welders.

African Fusion visits MegChem/SecMet in Centurion, Pretoria and talks to Andrew Seebregts, the company’s principal welding engineer, and Ronald Koenis, business unit manager for metallurgical engineering.

African Fusion talks to Chris Eibl, who has returned to formally re-establish ESAB South Africa as the premier supplier of the world leading ESAB brand in Southern Africa, about the entity’s expanding facilities at Howden Africa and his vision for better servicing the welding industry.

This paper, which won the SAIW Harvey Shacklock in 2017 for its principal author Angel Krustef, was first delivered at the ASME 2017 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference of July 16-20, 2017 in Hawaii. It details the development of a technique for controlling the heat input during tube-to-tubesheet welding of Alloy 825.

On 20 October at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, in celebration of 90 years in the gases and welding industry and in honour of its founding CEO, Afrox presented the prestigious Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award at the 69th SAIW Annual dinner.

On September 7, Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge culminated in the official opening of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding school that was developed by Afrox in partnership with LIV and the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW).

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