MechChem Africa

In today’s manufacturing environment, compressed air is an essential power source and therefore its quality requirements are vital. Even when meeting operational requirements, air moving through pipelines can lay down more moisture through condensation than what is acceptable, causing costly damages to production machinery.

When a water treatment works in northern England faced a spike in pesticide concentration exceeding the allowable concentration limit for the incoming water, the site was forced to shut down. The company then had to divert water from a regional water treatment works in order to provide clean drinking water to its customers until the problem could be solved.

There is a rising trend towards carbon steel fabricators moving into the stainless steel area without a proper understanding of the differences. The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) is fighting to uphold industry standards and be a voice for best practice.

In his quarterly column, Gary i. Crawford of Mettle Strategic Creativity talks about the costs of corrosion and the modern approaches being adopted to better manage the life and lifecycle costs of bridges and other structures.

At the SAIChE annual dinner for the Gauteng branch, Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE), delivered this keynote address on acid mine drainage (AMD) and the state of South Africa’s water resources.

Martec’s Mario Kuisis looks at continuous improvement in the maintenance field and presents an example of how vibration analysis being used to predict premature failure led to a change in maintenance practices that extended bearing life – via the use of ultrasonic detection to optimise lubrication levels.

Gemü Valves Africa offers a flexible range of rugged customised solutions that are fine-tuned to best suit customer applications and to maximise reliability and valve life. MechChem Africa talks to Francois van der Merwe about the company’s soft-seated butterfly valves and a successful application at an AfriSam blending and packing plant.

Cummins Southern Africa has transformed its Kelvinview engine service centre in Johannesburg into a fully-fledged Cummins Master Rebuild Centre (MRC). MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton tours the facility and talks to its leader, Patrick Mohale.

Peter Middleton questions the disproportionate response in South Africa to Eskom and nuclear issues and compares them to the muted response to our potentially more damaging water woes

Christopher Maxwell from Bloodhound SSC presents some of the technology behind the car being developed to break the land speed record – by breaching the 1 000 mph benchmark – and Altair’s involvement with the project.

Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique has become the a fifth independent business area for the Atlas Copco Group, alongside Compressor Technique, Construction Technique, Industrial Technique and Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. MechChem Africa talks to Sofiane Kerfali, regional business line manager for vacuum pumps and systems in the Middle East and Africa; and Willem Brits, the representative for Industrial Vacuum in South Africa and neighbouring southern African countries including Zimbabwe and Namibia.

MechChem Africa talks to Cedric Walstra, Glencore Technology’s Africa business development manager, who paints a broad picture of the high-recovery, high-efficiency processing equipment on offer from the technology side of Glencore’s business.

Following a two-year design and laboratory test phase and a further two years of field testing, the new generation of Franklin Electric’s 4-inch submersible motors was launched into the Southern African market last year.

When buying cables for mission critical applications such as security, fire and CCTV video transmission, installers should make their cabling choice as if their own life depends on it.

Ingersoll Rand®, a global leader in compression technologies and services, introduced new models to its line of Next Generation R-Series oil-flooded rotary screw air compressors, which provide a more energy-efficient solution for customers with high capacity air requirements.

One of the largest orders in the history of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa for its MC Series industrial gear units is being supplied to a gold-mining project in Kazakhstan, which will see the assembly and supply of 31 of these units.

The management of SKF South Africa, specialist in bearings, engineering and rotating technology, proudly announces attainment of Level 4 recognition on the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Revised Codes of Good Practice.

Optris GmbH, represented locally by Instrotech, has announced that the Optris PI 450 and PI 640 infrared cameras can now also be calibrated for a temperature measurement range of up to 1 500°C.

‘Sustainable power’ and ‘renewable sources’ are appealing buzzwords often used in captivating phrases related to energy stability in South Africa. But the fact remains that these would be impossible to efficiently implement without first achieving energy efficiency, which is regarded as the ‘world’s first fuel’ by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Louis Pasteur was a French biologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurisation. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases

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