MechChem Africa

Shinya Hasegawa and colleagues at Tokai University have developed a refrigerator capable of generating temperatures down to -107 °C, powered off waste heat by a multistage travelling-wave, thermoacoustic engine.

Maintenance as a key part of overall strategy can improve profits by reducing the costly effects of machine downtime. “Indeed, maintenance should be seen as a profit centre,” according to Greg Sassen, SKF asset reliability consultant.

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton talks to Karl Nepgen, a partner consultant for Pragma, about optimising plant ownership and operations by following the Pragma way, a multi-level approach to implementing physical asset management solutions.

Mineral processing specialist Multotec believes its continuous ionic filtration (CIF®) process could help change the mining sector’s outlook on wastewater treatment. Peter Middleton talks to Carien van der Walt.

In the first Mario on maintenance column for 2017, Martec’s Mario Kuisis shares advice for helping engineers.

In this new quarterly column, Gary i. Crawford of Mettle Strategic Creativity talks about increasing integration in engineering, the creative value of interactions across disciplines and the value of breaking out of the ‘silo’ mindset.

When an efficient, dust-free system for re-packaging PVC modifiers was required by the US chemical manufacturing company, Kaneka, bulk materials handling specialist, Flexicon, was chosen to supply the solution. This case study describes the solution.

Originally developed back in 2012, Endress+Hauser’s HeartbeatTM Technology simplifies instrument diagnostics, verification and condition monitoring, leads to better predictability and uptime and lowers costs. Peter Middleton talks to Endress+Hauser product managers Jan Gerritsen and Frans van den Berg.

I write this following the 2017 State of the Nation address by South African president Jacob Zuma, a violent, divisive affair that can surely do nothing for investor or rating-agency confidence. Once again, Zuma’s SONA 2017 address was read to a house filled with only his own ANC colleagues. Not a healthy sign of a maturing democracy.

AHI Carrier has announced a R600 000 sponsorship for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. MechChem Africa talks to Jaco Smal, the company’s Cape Town-based commercial sales director.

A new type of adhesive that combines the bonding chemistry of shellfish with a bio-based polymer has been shown to perform as well as commercially available products and can be easily degraded, representing a potential non-toxic alternative.

Upskilling the engineers of tomorrow is the main aim of an internship programme offered by Rio-Carb, a leading manufacturer of R-C700 CrC wear liners and pipes for heavy materials-handling applications in the mining and allied resources industries.

Tom Murphy, a chartered engineer with a degree in electro-acoustics and 30 years of experience in ultrasound, thermography and vibration measurement, will be visiting South Africa later this month to deliver the Level 1 and Level 2  Airborne and Structure Borne Ultrasound Inspector training.

A revolutionary refuse sweeper on the market makes broom, picker and refuse pushcart a thing of the past. This compact machine saves time thanks to the powerful storage battery, is easy to operate and considerably enhances hygiene and safety.

Yesterday marked a very special occasion for Cummins Southern Africa, in fact, for Cummins in the continent of Africa as a whole: the company has been serving the African continent for 70 years as at the end of 2016.

MechChem Africa talks to Dawie van Vuuren, president of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE), about his experience of the industry and his views of chemical engineering as a career choice.

It’s a fact of life that all bearings, even the most highly engineered, will eventually wear and require either repair or replacement. In this article, Rudolf Groissmayr from SKF explores the options for engineers working in the paper and pulp industry.

The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has developed a new lifecycle costing (LCC) programme to enable the costs of using stainless steel in projects to be compared to alternatives based on realistic estimates of the total costs of products or structures across their full service lives.

Nel Hydrogen’s Eric Dabe recently visited South Africa in support of southern African agency, RTS Africa Engineering. MechChem Africa talks to Dabe and RTS Africa MD, Ian Fraser.

During the last months of 2015, Southern Africa’s hydraulics stalwart, Hyflo, was acquired by Invicta Holdings’ major subsidiary, BMG Group. MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton talks to Hyflo’s new MD, Emil Berning about the company’s focus on engineering expertise and its customised hydraulics, pneumatics and mechatronics capability.

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