MechChem Africa

Following the commissioning and construction of the KISS mobile measurement station for Shell’s reservoirs on the coast of Holland, the station’s successor, KISS Next, enabled by the SICK FLOWSIC600 ultrasonic gas flow meter, is adding new features for stable gas volume measurement. 

Due to climate change, the era of fossil-fuelled transportation is drawing to a close. While there are sound cases to be made for the adoption of transportation alternatives such as battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) hold the better potential for diminished environmental harm in the longer term. 

Following a Cummins Media Breakfast last month, MechChem Africa speaks to Orlando Ferrão, the recently appointed general manager for Cummins South Africa (CSA), about his service vision for the Cummins range.

Global power management company, Eaton, recently inaugurated a new microgrid at its Wadeville site in Gauteng, South Africa, which includes the first deployment in Africa of Eaton’s energy storage system, xStorage. The microgrid is geared towards enabling the site to become self-sufficient from an energy consumption perspective, relieving pressure on the national electricity grid and associated electrical infrastructure. Glynnis Koch reports.

Bruce Bassett, Process Industries senior manager for Special Projects at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, explains why modular chlorine plants are particularly suited to the African market.

With metallurgical operations constantly looking to improve recoveries, the RhoVol densimetric measurement system from De Beers Technologies SA (DebTech) now makes it possible to determine material density on-site quickly and easily – allowing process plants to be quickly optimised for best results.

MechChem Africa visits the Constantia Kloof premises of FLSmidth to talk to Terence Osborn, commercial manager of minerals in sub-Saharan Africa, and Roy Hazell, the region’s head of sales, about the company’s counter-current decantation (CCD) thickeners, its P-Duc feedwell innovation and the use of LDX stainless steel for highly acidic application.

With the help of Altair’s HyperMesh® for rapid model generation; OptiStruct® for finite element analysis; and RADIOSS® for analysing the physics, recreational motors and motorcycle company, ArciMoto has developed a new-concept Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV), a small and safe all-electric commuter vehicle called the SRK Generation 8.

MechChem Africa talks to productONE principal applications engineer and subject matter expert, Thulani Mazibuko, and the company’s MD, Charles Anderson, about the new capability and direction of Creo Parametric 5.0, which was released on March 19, 2018. 

MechTech Africa visits the Wadeville premises of Axiom Hydraulics and talks to Eugene Tondolo about how the company’s exclusive brands are custom engineered for the hydraulic systems that drive South African industry.

To kick off the year’s proceedings, the Gauteng members’ group opened on a high note by showcasing the exciting organisation, Engineers Without Borders SA (EWB-SA), and giving members a chance to find out more about this organisation. 

Radar is one of the most common level measurement technologies in the instrumentation market. Whether measuring liquids or solids, from chemical plants to wastewater facilities and for ready-mix cement manufacturers, radar provides accurate, reliable level measurement without the need for ongoing maintenance and frequent recalibration. Radar sensors are not only a trusted means of pinpointing level control; they are easy to use as well.

Peter Middleton discusses power developments, the renewable IPP programme and the revised IRP and urges stakeholders to put aside immediate vested interests and take the tough decisions needed to deliver a genuine better life for all. 

Dominic Wills of SOLA Future Energy outlines how offgrid rooftop solar PV installations can optimise the energy use in commercial and industrial buildings.

The ROSE Foundation (Recycling Oil Saves the Environment) has been championing the responsible collection and removal of used oil for proper recycling since 1994. Bubele Nyiba, CEO of the ROSE Foundation offers some practical advice.

One of the largest transformer manufacturers in South Africa, WEG Transformers Africa, offers an extensive range of services at its advanced oil laboratory in Heidelberg, Gauteng.

In order to facilitate the growth and transformation of the South African diamond industry, De Beers has embarked on an Enterprise Development Project for Diamond Beneficiators. MechChem Africa talks to Frank Auger, project manager for De Beers Group.

From work at tank farms to power station boiler inspection, Skyriders’ five-year contract at a major petrochemical (petrochem) producer in South Africa has progressed in leaps and bounds indicating the total value-add that a specialist service provider such as Skyriders can add to its customers’ operations.

With the rainy season approaching in most of South Africa’s mining regions, monitoring the capacity of process water return ponds becomes increasingly critical – to ensure that silt build-up does not jeopardise the dams’ function.

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