MechChem Africa

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.

MechChem Africa reports on the 4th Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, which was won by Brian Gitta from Uganda.

MechChem Africa columnist Gary i Crawford of Crawford Consulting gets to grips with the realities of his light steel frame (LSF) house project in Hartbeespoort and highlights key differences between LSF and building using traditional materials.

Allied Steelrode has now completing a second upgrade to its cut-to-length CTL3 line while further improvements are mooted. The company’s deputy CEO, Justin Cloete, explains.

New top of the line i4 SCARA robots offer speed and precision and are designed for easy integration into the production line with predictive maintenance functions.

The first Innovation in Industry Conference will be held at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth on September 7, 2018. MechChem Africa talks to Clive Hands, the conference champion from NMU’s engineering department, and Ernst Burger of Altair.

At the launch of the Emerging Industrial IIoT Lab in Soshanguve we talk to Duan Gauché and Sizwe Mngadi of 1Worx, and TUT’s computer systems engineering HOD, professor Pius Owolawi.

Axiom Hydraulics has become the agent for Ausco Products’ wet enclosed LC brake for the Toyota Land Cruiser, the mining industry’s utility vehicle of choice.

To match its global parent’s standards and to offer faster and better drive solutions to its African customers, Bonfiglioli South Africa is currently expanding its Linbro Park facility. MechChem Africa talks to MD, Robert Rohman.

SKF South Africa MD Mahdi Sebti explains his company’s two new value propositions: Products and Rotating Equipment Performance (REP).

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