MechChem Africa

Since GE Additive’s acquisition of Concept Laser in December 2016, the M-Line Factory’s design architecture, system and software have undergone extensive review and redesign to align with established GE processes and in response to beta testing with selected customers.

Drakenstein Municipality’s city’s engineer for water operations, Hein Henning, says the city was faced with the dilemma of having to pump water to its neighbouring town, Paarl, for just one month a year. For the rest of the year the pump station would be dormant, while still needing hundreds of thousands of rands in maintenance to prevent corrosion, perishing, and lubrication and bearing damage to the idle infrastructure.

Gibela’s flagship Dunnottar train manufacturing plant in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, was officially opened by Cyril Ramaphosa last month. The first of its kind on the continent, over the next 10 years, this facility will construct 580 Alstom X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains.

Mixtec founders, Timothy Clamp and William Baguley, have been in the agitator business for several decades, initially with UK-based Kestner Industries, the original home of Mixertech-UK, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African entity.

“In our industry there is constant demand for robot welding programmers; it is a skill that requires multiple disciplines and, especially in the automotive industry, companies find it difficult to find suitably qualified people,” said Yaskawa’s Terry Rosenberg.

No matter how stormy the weather, industrial chimneys with a helical structure stand firm. Numerous experiments at various times in the past have proven beyond all doubt that the helix solution patented by Scruton and Walshe prevents them from vibrating.

According to Alastair Gerrard of Integrated Solutions at Zest WEG Group, the energy sector on the continent is seeing a growing number of power-related projects funded by recognised lenders and financiers. The African Development Bank, for example, has committed to fund $12‑billion for energy development in Africa over the next five years.

Its COP time again. The United Nations Frame- work Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold its 24th annual Conference of the Parties (COP24) from December 2 to 14. At the ‘breakthrough’ Paris Agreement of 2015, 175 Parties, including the US, China and the EU, agreed to specific greenhouse gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance measures for implementation from 2020 onwards. COP24 in Katowice, Poland, is mooted to be ‘Paris 2.0’ where rules and guidelines will be established to ensure countries deliver on these commitments.

The winners of the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards were announced at a Gala Dinner in Fourways, Johannesburg on Thursday October 25, 2018. From the 189 entries from 53 different companies, the judges compiled a list of more than 60 finalists, from which 18 winners had to be chosen. Peter Middleton reports.

The use of geotextile dewatering bags is recognised globally as an efficient and economical method for desludging to improve the functionality and safety of wastewater treatment works. Johnny Oriokot, geotechnical engineer for Fibertex SA explains.

Annually, heating and cooling systems in residential and commercial buildings are depended upon to keep interior temperatures continuously comfortable. However, many people do not realise how the wear and tear on a heating and cooling system can mount up over time.

Weir Minerals Africa has expanded its Cavex® hydrocyclone footprint across Africa with its two most recent orders going into the Central African Copperbelt; one in Zambia and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

On November 1, 2018, Marthinusen & Coutts unveiled a new 140 t lathe at its 14 000 m2 Power Generation facility in Benoni. MechChem Africa attends and talks to Mike Chamberlain, the business’ marketing executive.

In the light of the recently published National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NWSMP), Aveng Water process engineer, Andrew Hammond, presents a holistic view of South Africa’s water challenges and highlights the need for innovative solutions and a committed response from us all.

Peter Middleton presents some takeaways from the opening addresses of our education minister, Naledi Pandor and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) Group CEO, Marcel Fasswell from the launch of the tkIS Training Academy and welcomes an invitation by Fasswell to adopt German cultural values with regard to the respect and value placed on artisans in society.

On November 8, 2018 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) officially opened its Training Academy on the site of its Chlookop Service Centre. MechChem Africa talks to training manager Chris Bouwer and the manager of the newly implemented apprentice programme, Willie Potgieter.

Peter Middleton presents and comments on what Herbert Phahlane of WSP has to say about planning and implementing transport projects to get the most out of the growth opportunities they offer.

Talking at Omron’s Innovation Conference at the CSIR earlier this year, Driaan Coetzer, field application engineer and product manager for control and visualisation, opened the proceedings with a talk about i-Automation, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and Omron’s vision for the smart factory.

MechChem Africa’s Glynnis Koch speaks to Ian Fraser, managing director of RTS Africa Engineering (RTS Africa) at the recent Electra Mining show held at Nasrec, Johannesburg. This year, the company showcased its inertial spin filter solution, designed for use in the challenging conditions of the mining sector throughout Africa.

Abrasive wear lining specialist, Mitak, operates one of the largest dedicated high chrome white iron (HCWI) foundry in the world. MechChem Africa visits the proudly South African company’s stand at Electra Mining Africa and talks to Graham Anderson, business development director, about its mill lining aftermarket offering.

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