MechChem Africa

Varibox CVT Technologies, a South African Intellectual Property (IP) company, has recently received search report feedback from a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) application for its RADIALcvt design in which all 12 claims have been granted without modification. MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton talks to Jan Naude of Varibox, the company’s managing director and principle inventor.

MechChem Africa talks to Alan Cousins, who has been member of SAIChE for over 30 years and, for the past ten years, the chemical profession’s representative on the professional advisory committee (PAC) for ECSA.

Advanced Process Control from Rockwell Automation has been taken to the next level by a software platform that combines empirical and first principles into a single composite model. Pavilion8 software uses an unrestrictive and robust configuration approach and is mooted to reduce the design and execution time of step tests by up to 30%.

Early warning systems across a range of Multotec’s wear solutions – built in as standard and at no added expense – are important aspects of the group’s efforts to save customers from the high cost of unexpected failure.

Leuze has recently developed a new compact, space saving design for smart process gating (SPG), which enables the bridging of a protective field without additional muting sensors. The SPG system, supplied locally and across sub-Saharan Africa by Countapulse Controls, also reduces installation and service costs.

The Tokyo Institute of Technology has succeeded in developing a hydraulically driven, high-power, artificial muscle that is expected to become part of the smallest, lightest and most powerful consumer robots yet created.

Fluid management specialists, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), a Hytec Group company, has moved into a new 2 800 m2 facility in Spartan. MechChem Africa talks to HFT’s general manager, Sandor Bottyan about the extended customised service kits offering that comes with the move.

On April 4, 2017, Festo South Africa hosted a seminar at which its global Industry 4.0 campaign head, Eberhard Klotz demystified the concepts and introduced the key opportunities.

Reliable level measurement under extremely harsh conditions is now possible thanks to VEGApuls 64 radar level sensors. This article highlights the 80 GHz instruments’ use in diamond ore processing and the advantages one operator was able to gain by switching to radar level measurement at

MechChem Africa talks to Burtie Roberts, CEO of BI – formerly Bearings International – and the company’s head of the products and engineering, Ross Trevelyan.

Australia-based HMPS is now exporting its automated food filling and packaging machinery to South African companies. MechChem Africa looks at some successes.

Peter Middleton highlights the opportunity for local manufacturing plants to retrofit machines with sensors and networking capabilities to begin benefiting from Industry 4.0 technology advances.

In March 2017, Altair released HyperWorks 2017: The Comprehensive Platform for Simulation and Innovation, with added functionality for open architecture CAE software platforms.

The remote operation to mine one of the world’s largest finds of high grade graphite – the Balama deposit in Mozambique – will be powered by a generator plant being constructed through South Africa-based Zest Energy, part of the Zest WEG Group.

Peter Middleton talks to Weir Minerals’ GM for products, Ronald Govender, and dewatering product manager, Kevin Roelofse, about two modern API pumps for the petrochemical industry: the Floway vertical spindle pump for high flow applications and the new WSP Roto-jet, Pitot-tube between-bearings pump for high-head low-flow applications.

SMC Pneumatics celebrates its second year in South Africa this April. MechChem Africa talks to the pneumatics and automation specialist’s general manager, Adrian Buddingh, about the company’s growth path and 2017 plans.

The supply of ten SEW-Eurodrive DRN motors with MC-series gearboxes for the aerators at a local wastewater treatment plant represents the first project success for the company’s new IE3-rated motors since their release into South Africa last year. MechChem Africa talks to head of projects, Rudi Swanepoel.

SAM Engineering, the manufacturer of SAMCO pumps in South Africa, delivers a variety of chemical and corrosion resistant pumps that are custom made to suit the harsh conditions of the minerals processing, mining and petrochemical industries as well as the demands of process applications involving, food, chemicals, pulp and paper and fertiliser. MechChem Africa talks to Danny Lubbe, the company’s sales manager.

When I first started TAS over 20 years ago, we specialised in developing pump selection software for the pump manufacturers. Over the years we developed various software modules that could handle anything from submersible, vertical line-shaft, multi-stage and positive displacement pumps through to the pumping of slurries and viscous fluids.

Implats has established a fuel cell project with the ultimate aim of taking its Impala Platinum Refinery off the Eskom grid. Peter Middleton takes a look at the expanding range of applications for fuel cells in a greener economy.

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