MechChem Africa

productONE will be hosting a 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) event at the Zwartkops Raceway to look at how South African businesses can take advantage of the potential of 4IR and the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) to enable them to compete aggressively in the local and global market.

A proudly South African company called Biodx has developed a cost-effective disinfectant technology that comes from nature and works with nature. MechChem Africa visits the company’s Modderfontein premises and talks to CEO, Burt Rodrigues.

Atlas Copco’s QES mobile generator range is defined by simplicity – easy to move, easy to operate and easy to service. The QES range was developed using the company’s extensive experience over many years in global construction environments.

MechChem Africa talks to Multotec CEO, Thomas Holtz, about the localisation of manufacturing for the mining and minerals processing industries and his company’s pioneering approach to local content verification.

MechChem Africa talks to ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) energy efficiency manager, Louis Bosch, and Greg Adcock from pump system optimisation specialist, TAS Online, about the substantial energy and cost savings being achieved at the steel maker’s Vanderbijlpark plant.

According to Weir Minerals Africa pump product manager, Marnus Koorts, the wear life and efficiency of a high-quality pump may not be optimal if the selection of other pump circuit components such as valves, pipes and bellows is neglected. MechChem Africa finds out more.

MechChem Africa summarises recent events and activities of the SAIChE IChemE regional members groups in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

David Dyce, business unit manager of Fluid Technology at BMG, talks about the company’s comprehensive range of filtration solutions, which ensure that fuel and lubricant oil are maintained within the required cleanliness standards for the better protection of modern equipment assets.

Following several interviews before and after Electra Mining Africa, Peter Middleton finds a positive attitude emerging towards the draft Mining Charter III and B-BBEE.

MechChem Africa visits the Spartan facilities of Kwatani and talks to COO, Kenny Mayhew-Ridgers, about the company’s industrial offering, the research and development mindset and some key aspects of vibrating product design.

The Veolia group is a global leader in optimised resource management. With over 163 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.

In this edited white paper, Uli Dölchow, Julien Ogier and Jens Lipnizki from chemical technology specialist, LANXESS, strive to better characterise the performance of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

WACKER has developed a new, highly effective anti-graffiti product, which permanently protects surfaces with a thin film of silicone. Graffiti and stickers can be readily washed off with just cold water.

FLSmidth senior account manager for sub-Saharan Africa region, Ricus van Reenen, talks about the company’s range of technical, transportation and assembly options as well as optimal design and delivery solutions devised for the supply of large thickeners, while commercial manager, Terence Osborn, unveils the company’s Electra Mining focus

Precision matters in everything we do, says Hans Strydom, technical services manager for special products and chemicals at Afrox. Here he talks about Afrox’s HiQ range of innovative solutions, tailor made to suit customers’ specific speciality gas and equipment requirements.

Johannes Coetzee, MD of condition monitoring specialist Martec, a Pragma Group company, unpacks some of the buzzwords associated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and urges adopters to focus on the true value that will successfully be unlocked, as opposed to implementing the next best thing.

By Michael O Daramola

Water is connected to almost everything on earth. In South Africa, the words ‘mining’ and ‘water’ lead one to think about acid mine drainage (AMD). This month we feature an opinion piece by Professor Michael Daramola on membrane technology to treat AMD. The views expressed in this article are his own, informed by experience, literature review and other expert opinion pieces.

MechChem Africa visits the Wadeville manufacturing facilities of APE Pumps and talks to Richard Harper and Norman Kroukamp about the refurbishment of concrete volute pumps at Lethabo Power Station and the company’s growing reach in Africa.

Peter Middleton comments on how easy it now is to work remotely and how the IIoT is not only changing where we can work, but it is also likely to have a profound effect on the skills required in the workplace of the future.

Friday 7 September: NMU, Port Elizabeth from 08:00 until 17:30.

Sponsored by Altair and hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), a full agenda is now in place for the very first 2018 Innovation in Industry Conference, which takes place at NMU on Friday 7 September 2018 in Port Elizabeth.

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