MechChem Africa

The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) held its 2017 AGM in Sandton, Johannesburg on June 14. This article summarises executive director John Tarboton’s annual report.

MechChem Africa profiles new SAIChE IChemE President Craig Sherida, who was elected to take over from Dawie van Vuuren at the Institute’s Annual General meeting on April 20, 2017.

MechChem Africa talks to productONE PLM solutions’ architect, Johan Strydom, and sales manager, Francois Du Toit, about the adoption by Paramount Combat Systems of PTC’s Windchill 11 PLM solution.

Omron has released a new Industrial PC (IPC) platform for the connected future: a rugged Windows-based PC range that is available with a built-in Sysmac machine controller. MechChem Africa talks to Omron field application engineer, Driaan Coetzer.

At the Africa Automation Fair 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome last month, Metso Flow Control demonstrated its niche range of valves, actuators and its universal valve controller. MechChem Africa visits the stand and talks to Douglas McCrum, regional sales manager for Flow Control and Steve Clark Metso’s director for the Africa market area.

On June 27, 2017, Air Products hosted a visit to the Mad Giant microbrewery on 1 Fox Street in central Johannesburg. MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton takes the tour and talks to Ndumiso Madlala from Ubuntu Kraal Brewery and Mad Giant’s Eben Uys.

Following the recent commissioning of two ThyssenKrupp drum reclaimers at the Medupi Power station and the delivery of a further three to Kusile, MechChem Africa talks to Klaus Marggraff, systems sales manager for Hytec, about the novel hydraulic being used to advance the performance of ThyssenKrupp SA’s specialist technology.

The HMA Group has been appointed as Uretech’s sole international distributor, including South Africa, with the HMA Group’s own broad product range will be made available in Africa for the first time.

In the hazardous mining environment, safety is as important as productivity. This is why one Brazilian multinational, producer of around 15% of the world’s iron, chose to install Hä̈gglunds direct drive hydraulic motors from Bosch Rexroth.

At an Endress+Hauser breakfast function held at the African Automation Fair 2017, Jenish Gheewala, Industry manager for mining, presented experiences from around the world about the implementation of the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how advanced diagnostics is adding value to process plant operations.

Delivering the keynote address at the opening session of the Manufacturing Indaba, Nampak CEO and Manufacturing Circle chairperson, André de Ruyter, talked about kick-starting industrialisation in South Africa.

Bearings International now has some exciting new products on offer, mounted and unmounted bearings and housings from KML; products for bulk materials handling and cement applications, such as KÖBO’s high-quality, reasonably priced sprocket and chain product range; and ROCOL RTD lubricants for reaming, tapping and drilling operations.

MechChem Africa talks to Atlas Copco’s Ian Ainsworth, the new business line manager for Compressor Technique Service (CTS) about positioning the service offering to better suit the needs of its compressor users.

United Way South Africa, a proudly South African non-profit organisation (NPO) that is part of the global United Way Worldwide movement, held its official launch at the beginning of June in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Stilfontein-based sand and aggregate supplier CNC Crushers raised throughput at its Roadstone Shaft 5 crushing plant by 45% while cutting back on maintenance and simultaneously increasing production, after implementing a full process-focused solution from Weir Minerals Africa.

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton visits Sasol’s wax packaging plant to find out about its use of SEW-Eurodrive’s MOVITRANS® contactless energy transfer solution to manage the transfer of loaded pallets from its robot packing cell.

MechChem Africa shines a spotlight on South Africa’s three chosen finalists for IChemE’s Global Awards 2016: Willie Coetzee of TerraServ; Michelle Low of the University of the Witwatersrand and Vernon Harding of Vuselela Energy.

In the Pump systems 101 column this month Harry Rosen highlights how lessons learned during 2KG training courses are now being directly applied by delegates as proof of the educational value of the training.

Peter Middleton looks at current progress being made towards grid parity from independent renewable power projects, including those listed in the delayed Bid Window 4, and questions the reluctance of Eskom to champion and expand the REIPPP Programme.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an environmentally sound and economical method for producing furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from plant sugars for the production of plant-based plastic products.

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