MechChem Africa

On November 29, 2017, WACKER, the Munich-based chemical company, together with its long-term distributor IMCD South Africa, launched its first MYLAB mobile laboratory in Johannesburg.

MechChem Africa talks to Weir Minerals Africa’s Process Director, JD Singleton, about the extensive range of products, services, solutions and technical expertise the company offers to help process plant operators reduce bottlenecking, improve uptime and optimise plant performance.

Following the November 2017 Rockwell Automation Fair, MechChem Africa summarises the opening address of president and CEO, Blake Moret, and highlights some of the key takeouts from the Automation Perspectives media forum.

MechChem Africa visits productONE in Centurion, Pretoria and talks to applications engineer, Ross Anderson, who demonstrates how easily augmented reality (AR) experiences can be created and the advantages of PTC’s ThingWorx AR platform.

Brian Abbott, product manager for SMC Pneumatics South Africa, takes us on a tour of some of its his company’s energy-efficient product displays at its Midrand showroom.

MechChem Africa talks to Raymond Obermeyer, MD of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, about the expansion of the role and range of the company’s X-series helical and bevel helical gear units and his outlook following his first few years of leading the local entity.

In this first SAIChE IChemE Member Profile for 2018, MechChem Africa talks to Hamied Mazema, a chartered engineer, chartered environmentalist and chartered scientist who has been a member of the Institution for over 40 years.

MechChem Africa talked to Janusz Luterek of Intellectual Property specialist, Hahn & Hahn about his company’s experience of obtaining and protecting patent, design and Trade Mark rights in South Africa and the entire African continent.

Peter Middleton recalls a time when the words transformation and empowerment were about skill development towards employment and career success rather than shuffling the ownership of company shares and land.

Natural gas provides about one fifth of the world’s total energy requirements, with industry accounting for around 40% of total gas consumption. Virtual Gas Network, together with fellow CNG Holdings division, NGV Gas, has already converted some canneries, manufacturing and assembly plants in Gauteng and will soon be operative in KwaZulu-Natal.

Statoil is currently at the final commissioning stage of its Hywind Scotland Pilot Plant, the world’s first floating windfarm, which consists of five 6.0 MW, 170 m wind turbines (FWT) floating on 78 m submerged steel cylinders anchored to the seafloor using a simple three-line mooring system.

eDART dual valves and poppet samplers continue to offer exceptional level control at Northam’s Booysendal plant near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga.

Based on a thorough costing analysis of the Eiffel Tower, Sassda’s 2017 Lifecycle Costing Competition winner, Amrish Punwasi proved that stainless steel can often deliver lower long-term costs across the complete lifecycle of a construction.

Peter Middleton comments on a modern approach being adopted by energy sector newcomer, Fusion Energy, which, out of the sector’s “murky past”, is blazing a cleaner and more cost effective energy future. 

Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, is consolidating its role as an integrated electrical and mechanical services provider across Africa, and internationally. Together with subsidiary, ACTOM Turbo Machines, Marthinusen & Coutts offers the full range of maintenance, repair and special manufacturing services of electric motors, generators, turbo machinery and other high-speed mechanical rotating equipment.

Managed Care Economical Solutions (MCES) is an organisation that has associated itself with experienced developers and manufacturers of innovative, environmentally responsible, biotechnology products based on the use of natural microbes and enzymes. According to MCES, biological action is always preferable to chemical action, as it is non-caustic, non-corrosive and offers maximum effectiveness in this tough environment.

Pretoria based engineering firm, Thuthukani Engineering was contracted by Exxaro to supply a gland water service system for their largest coalmine, Grootegeluk in Limpopo.

The School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits held a ceremony on the 7th November 2017 to mark the naming of the Peter King Minerals Processing Laboratory in recognition of the late Prof Peter King’s contribution to the mathematical modelling of minerals processing.

Protecting people while they work in dirty or hazardous environments has always been the focus of Ansell’s business. Whether one is working with liquid or solid chemicals, asbestos, paint, oil, grease, viruses and blood borne pathogens, or one of the countless other workplace contaminants in evidence today, Ansell Microgard Limited can always be trusted to keep you better protected.

Rockwell Automation held its annual Automation Fair in Houston, Texas, on November 15 and 16, preceded by the Automation Perspectives press event on November 14. Peter Middleton attended and interviewed Thomas Donato, Rachael Conrad and Scott Lapcewich, who highlight the company’s exciting IIoT and ‘Connected Enterprise’ innovations.

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