African Fusion

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).

African Fusion talks to Warwick Hogan and Anthony McGuinness of Brand Weld about welding brand choices and their approach to meeting the needs of the diverse South African market.

Ronald Koenis, principal metallurgical engineer for MegChem, talks about fitness-for-service (FFS) and remaining life assessments (RLAs) of welded components that operate within the creep range and those with crack-like flaws.

At an afternoon seminar at SAIW on July 26, 2017, Alain Laurent, business developer of consumables for Saf-Fro and Oerlikon, presented the companies hardfacing offering and its ten-steps approach to achieving optimum surface layer characteristics.

by L Wu, J Cui, HB Zhang, KJ Song, and PS Du

This paper from the proceedings of the IIW 2017 International Conference in Shanghai, China, describes the development of successful welding techniques for zirconium-clad pressure vessels and reactors using narrow gap submerged arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and some shielded metal arc welding.

Global voestalpine Böhler Welding specialists for cladding, petrochemical and chemical processing, M Decherf, R Demuzere and F Ciccomascolo, present an advanced electroslag strip cladding process that enables thin single layer Alloy 625 deposits to be achieved that meet the iron (Fe) content requirements for the oil & gas and chemical processing industries.

African Fusion visits SAIW’s Material Testing Laboratory and talks to the Institute’s new technical services manager, Riaan Loots.

On August 4, 2017 at Lincoln Electric SA’s Weld Tech Centre in Midrand, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held an event to send off South Africa’s welding champion to the 2017 World Skills International Competition. African Fusion reports.

Since publication of the last issue of African Fusion, Morris Maroga, Jim Guild, Harold Jansen, Herman Potgieter and I have attended a very busy week in Shanghai, China. Several welding related events were staged, starting with the IIW Annual Assembly and International Conference.

Harold Jansen and I were recently in Vienna for the EN/ISO 9712 International Conference for Certification and Standardisation in NDT, along with the ICNDT Working Group 1 meeting. The EN/ISO 9712 Standard specifies the qualification and certification requirements for personnel who perform industrial NDT.

Following four years of CHIETA-funded planning and curriculum development work, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has released a new artisan-training programme for welders that is now ready for implementation. African Fusion talks to SAIW’s business development manager, Etienne Nell, about this exciting change.

Having become the southern African distributor for Polysoude orbital welding systems, Renttech SA held an orbital welding open day at its Secunda branch. African Fusion’s Peter Middleton attends and talks to welding specialist, Eduan Naude.

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