MechChem Africa

For 46 years, Electra Mining Africa has been winning the minds and hearts of mining and related industries. Delivering an effective platform to showcase the latest innovations, technologies and trends, it’s much more than a show – it’s a tradition.

productONE and 1Worx will be demonstrating how Africa can make its mark in the world at the continent’s leading manufacturing event – Manufacturing Indaba – taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre, 19 -20 June 2018. 

EnviroServ is South Africa’s oldest and most respected waste management solutions provider. MechChem Africa talks to the company’s CEO, Dean Thompson, profiles the company and highlights some successes.

Dirk Venter from eltherm South Africa, a heat-tracing specialist, highlights the energy savings and reliability advantages of using electrical heat tracing (EHT) solutions to maintain fluids at an optimum viscosity.

Following the SAIChE IChemE AGM on April 10, 2018, the Gauteng member group held its annual dinner at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. MechChem Africa attends and highlights the presentation by biomimicry practitioner and chemical engineer, Yuma Langenbach.

A hydrogen-powered train that uses off-gas from industrial processes – and with a raft of environmentally friendly features to help reduce its impact on the environment – could hold the key for sustainable transport of the future: writes Robin Whitlock for World Steel.

The South African government has launched a R37.5-million biorefinery facility in Durban to enable extraction of maximum value from biomass resources. The facility, which is a first for South Africa, will support innovation in forestry, agro-processing and other biomass-based industries. MechChem Africa talks to the CSIR’s Bruce Sithole, the chief scientist and manager of the facility.

Today’s consumer is more aware and discerning when it comes to buying fresh foods. Afrox’s Hendrik Pretorius highlights safety trends and the advantages of involving a food gas expert when preparing perishables for sale to the modern consumer.

MechChem Africa visits ACTOM Turbo Machines in Sasolburg, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, and talks to Mark Gulbis, project engineer, about his division’s expertise in the maintenance repair and reverse engineering of high-speed rotating machines.

In this month’s Pumping system 101 column, Harry Rosen of TAS Online and 2KG Training, compares his experience of getting his landlord to refund overbilled utility expenses with the approach that needs to be taken to optimise a pumping system. 

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Charles Harold Warman’s first Warman® Pump, Pieter Jordaan, Weir Minerals Africa sales director for Africa and the Middle East, talks about the history and evolution of the Warman slurry pump. 

Following the ‘world’s worst ever’ listeriosis outbreak, Peter Middleton looks at the ever-shifting nature of such crises, calls for the food industry to raise its standards and urges consumers to use their spending power to favour safety-focused producers.

On June 22, 2018, 1Worx together with Tshwane University of Technology will be launching the world’s first African Industrial Internet of Things laboratory powered by PTC ThingWorx.

Trevor Hill, head of Audi South Africa, believes that electrification is going to be driving the future of global mobility and that infrastructure for electric vehicles is becoming increasingly urgent in South Africa. Here he outlines a roadmap towards a competitive, premium solution.

By making use of the latest advancements in rain-enhancing technology, Middelburg-based firm, WAS seeks to use cloud seeding to increase precipitation.

Robbie Frank of Boksburg-based Elemental Analytics, a company specialising in analytical instrumentation applications, talks about combustion monitoring and control in fired heating systems.

MechChem Africa talks to Kansai Plascon protective coatings’ specialist, Alvin Varaden about the latest in protective coating solutions, passive fire protection (PFP) and the modern trend towards fewer and thicker coatings designed for faster application and a longer life.

MechChem Africa talks to BI’s Ross Trevelyan, business unit head at the company’s Parkhaven distribution centre, about Cooper and FAG bearings and power pack components, which he recommends for materials handling equipment such as conveyors and crushers operating under South Africa’s harsh conditions.

In this issue’s Mario on Maintenance column Mario Kuisis deals with risk management and suggests that, as we slowly return to normal business practices following several years of unpredictability, plant and industrial operators should look beyond survival and towards reducing operational uncertainty to minimum levels possible.

In this issue we profile SAIChE IChemE member Walter Focke, who talks to MechChem Africa about the link between chemical engineering and his passion for reducing the impact of malaria in Africa.

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