African Fusion

Air Liquide presents a success story from Tru-Trac®, a user of its Arcal shielding gas range, which uses gas cylinders fitted with the integrated EXELTOP pressure and flow regulation solution.

Following the signing of a technology transfer and licence agreement with wear coatings solutions specialist, Castolin Eutectic, Hlakani Engineering is bringing wear plate manufacturing and vertical rolling mill refurbishment capabilities to South Africa. Johan van Niekerk outlines the company’s new offering.

November 2018 marked 25 years for Babcock’s fabricating facility as it celebrated providing fabrication and a full range of specialised support services to Africa’s power generation and metallurgical industries. David Brook, technical director, explains.

African Fusion talks to Afrox’s Johann Pieterse and Arnold Meyer about shielding gas choices: the ultimate differentiator when optimising gas metal arc (GMAW) and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) processes using Afrox’s 360° welding solutions service.

African Fusion visits the fabrication facilities of Tsipe Engineering near Rosslyn in Pretoria North and talks to the company’s MD, Martin Krebs, about his investment in a Torchmate 4800 air plasma cutting system from Lincoln Electric distributor Cosmo Automation Solutions, a purchase that has transformed the sustainability and service potential of his SME.

by R French, W Yeadon, G Kapellmann-Zafra and H Marin-Reyes

This paper – from the IIW 2018 International Conference hosted by the Indonesian Welding Society on 19 and 20 July 2018 in Bali – follows observations of novel weld-pool activity during TIG welding in the 300 to 1 000 A range at the University of Sheffield.

African Fusion profiles ISO 3834-certified Hlakani Engineering, and talks to sales director Gerhard Holtshauzen about the company’s successes and future outlook.

Following a visit from The German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP), the body that coordinates NDT activities in Germany, SAIW is now gearing up to offer training in phased array and other advanced NDT methods to South African plant and fabrication inspectors. African Fusion talks to SAIW’s Mark Digby about the technology.

Professor Adolf Hobbacher from the University of Applied Sciences in Wilhelmshaven, Germany presented a series of SAIW-hosted fracture and fatigue seminars during February 2019. African Fusion presents some of his comments from the opening session.

In light of the global acquisition by ESAB of India-based EWAC Alloys, Chris Eibl talks about the expanded range of preventive maintenance, repair and wear-related solutions now available from ESAB South Africa.

In this month's comment, Sean Blake tells us that welding for the future is a key focus for 2019 and the SAIW is very proud to have completed the SAIW Future Welding Centre. 


Lincoln Electric’s latest VRTEX® virtual reality arc welding trainers, which now also include a dual user option and TIG process capabilities, among other improvements, provide a more powerful than ever solution for developing welding talent quickly and resourcefully.

African Fusion attends the launch of Air Products’ new R90-million Dissolved Acetylene plant in Midvaal and takes the tour with plant manager, Anton Grobbelaar.

Jürgen Tuchtfeld of voestalpine Böhler Welding talks about UTP’s AF ROBOTIC seamless hardfacing wires.

Afrox has developed a forward-looking gas delivery solution for TIG welders working at heights on high-integrity pipework. African Fusion talks to the development team: Arnold Meyer, Roberto Dionisio, and Johann Pieterse.

African Fusion visits eNtsa, the internationally recognised research and innovation hub and engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, and talks to its director, Danie Hattingh. 

African Fusion profiles Anderson Engineering, a specialist fabricator in stainless steel and the 2018 winner of the Sassda Stainless Steel award in the Agro-Processing, Food and Beverage Category. 

The 70th Annual Dinner of the SAIW was held at Emperors Place on Friday September 7 with two new awards introduced to reflect the rising importance of ISO 3834 certification.

Following the Philip Doubell Memorial Lecture at the Eskom Academy of Learning in October, Sean Blake reflects on Philip’s life and his groundbreaking work as part of the development team for WeldCore®.

Arc Torchology has released its New Arc T range of TIG torches, which offer maximised performance with minimum possible weight.

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