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In a video interview earlier this month with Cummins Africa CEO, Thierry Pimi, I asked him why he is so upbeat about Africa’s potential. “Africa,” he responds, “is the latest frontier of the emerging markets and represents the largest untapped business opportunity for Cummins’ portfolio. Whether talking about construction or infrastructure development or power generation, we see Africa as the place to build capacity so that we can pursue growth.”

MechChem Africa talks to Gavin Coetzer, managing director of KAG Technical Solutions about its proudly South African “Bluelock” Keyless Access Solution, an innovative approach to managing access to deployed network infrastructure such as telecommunication and electricity substation enclosures, while overcoming physical key management challenges.

In his ‘Tracking Industrial Trends’ column this month, Gary i. Crawford of Crawford Strategic Consulting talks about the precious nature of water and some of the latest steps being taken to protect this limited resource.

Veolia Water Technologies continues to deliver landmark water treatment solutions the world over, and this was confirmed at the recent Global Water Awards 2017 in Madrid, where three of the company’s plants were distinguished in their categories.

 Prentec (Process Engineering Technology) has been active in South Africa since 1974, mostly in the water and wastewater space. MechChem Africa talks to Martin Pryor, process manager for South African water and wastewater specialist, Prentec, along with Peter Günther, managing director of Prentec’s sister company, Prentec Technical Services.

When stainless pipework is installed, it is usually pressure tested, which is generally done by pumping water into the pipework. If the water is left in the pipe after the successful completion of the test, it creates deaerated conditions, which starve the stainless of oxygen, preventing the formation of the passive layer on the inside surfaces.

Two new modular Reflux™ Classifier plants, built in a little over six month, were the focus of FLSmidth’s product launch day at its Delmas Supercentre on October 23 this year. Designed around ten interconnecting modules, each the size of a 20-foot container (excluding walkways, handrailing and product stacking arrangements), these plants are to be incorporated into the tailings treatment lines of two local UG2-based PGM producers for the recovery of chromite.

Shesby Chabaya, HOD of operations for WearCheck Zambia, describes the results of a case study on the ten-year and ongoing oil analysis programme being implemented at Zambia Sugar.

Mario Kuisis of Martec talks about the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 and why maintenance professionals need to sit up and take notice.

FILTECH 2018, the largest filtration event in the world, takes place from 13 to 15 March 2018 in the German city of Cologne, which will be filled with people passionate about the filtration, separation and related sectors. The associated FILTECH 2018 Conference will again feature the latest advances and techniques in liquid/solid and gas/particle separation – dust, gas and air filtration. The conference offers a three-day opportunity to glean in-depth technology knowledge and practical know-how.

By David Ming et al

On 12 October, a new book for chemical and plant engineers on attainable regions was launched, a theory that principal author, David Ming, outlines below.

MechChem Africa visits thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa and talks to Bruce Bassett, senior manager for Special Projects, and Process Industries GM, Neville Eve.

Tshwane-based hydrogen specialist, RTS Africa Engineering, is now introducing H2scan hydrogen analysers, which are ideally suited to optimising the performance and efficiency of oil refineries. MechChem Africa talks to the company‘s MD, Ian Fraser.

Varibox CVT Technologies was founded by Jan Naude, an inventor of CVTs (continuous variable transmissions) who has several unique patents across three different CVT technologies. This article summarises the advantages of using Varibox’s RADIALcvt for electric vehicles (EVs) and as a variable speed option for motor-driven industrial drives.

On Friday September 29, Charles Anderson of productONE delivered a presentation at the Aerospace, Marine and Defence (AMD) conference at the CSIR, in which he highlighted the role of technology as a vehicle of transformation for the defence sector. MechChem Africa reports.

Peter Middleton argues for embracing new technology and using our youth’s love for all things Internet-connected to resolve our unemployment and training challenges.

Festo South Africa has introduced a new valve automation package. To simplify this very complex topic, a global campaign with a microsite has been developed that creates an analogy between Process Automation and football. MechChem Africa talks to Alexander Acksel.

“In order to better target its bearings, gears, belts, chains, motors and drives to the farming community, in September 2017, BI (formerly Bearings International) has established a specialist agricultural industry sector under the leadership of Gerhard Pienaar,” begins BI’s CEO, Burtie Roberts.

In a joint development project known as 3i-PRINT, Altair, APWORKS, csi entwicklungstechnik, EOS, GERG, and Heraeus have used the front-end structure of a classic VW Caddy to demonstrate the full potential of industrial 3D printing in the automotive industry.

AFRISO-Euro-Index was founded in 1869 by Adalbert Fritz in Schmiedefeld, Thuringia, Germany. “AFRISO invented the capsule pressure gauge and today, AFRISO is a business that is still owned and managed by the Fritz family, with two brothers, Aldab and Jeurgen Fritz, as the current directors of AFRISO Europe,” begins Singer.

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