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MechChem Africa October 2017

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MechChem Africa October 2017 front covers 1Festo adorns our October front cover, with images from its new Process Automation microsite. Using a football analogy, Festo has simplified the selection of its valve automation package components into four industry ‘leagues’: Chemical; Water and Wastewater; BiotechPharma; and Food and Beverage. By identifying combinations of valve component ‘players’ that can be ‘teamed up’ to win in each of the leagues, optimised valve automation packages can be quickly selected.

Featured content includes: Hytec’s hydraulic diamond sampling tool for the SS Nujoma; productONE’s Charles Anderson’s talk about PLM software and its convergence with the IIoT; an Omron Adept-based automation piece about future proofing the manufacture of Phillips shavers; and the innovative use of H2scan hydrogen analysers from RTS to optimise the performance and efficiency of Africa’s oil refineries.

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Industry diary: 2017

Keeps Africa informed about industry related events across the continent and beyond. Regularly updated, MechChem's Industry diary records the dates, venues and contact details of upcoming conferences, exhibitions and training courses. To add an event email the details to mechchemfafrica@crown.co.za.

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MechChem Africa: Latest News

Hydrogen scanning for optimised refinery performance

Published: 17 October 2017

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...

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The RADIALcvt for EVs and industrial reducers

Published: 17 October 2017

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...

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The convergence of PLM and the IIoT

Published: 17 October 2017

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...

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Industry 4.0, employment and skills

Published: 17 October 2017

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.

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Process Automation: winning solutions from Festo

Published: 17 October 2017

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...

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Customised agricultural solutions for African soil

Published: 17 October 2017

“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...

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VW Caddy fitted with 3d-printed front-end

Published: 17 October 2017

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...

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Customised measurement, control and monitoring

Published: 17 October 2017

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...

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SS Nujoma sea vessel gets advanced hydraulic sampling tool

Published: 16 October 2017

In its biggest sea vessel project ever undertaken, Hytec has successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned all the hydraulics for three systems on board the SS Nujoma, the most technologically...

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SMC sponsors ProPak Cape in line with dedication to packaging industry

Published: 05 October 2017

SMC Pneumatics is dedicated to product innovation for the food processing and packaging industry while at the same time maintaining its global commitment to safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions...

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Transformative Technologies for the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries

Published: 21 September 2017

The Aerospace, Maritime & Defence Conference 2017 takes place at the CSIR, Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria, from 28 - 29 September.

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What kind of engineering graduates are required today?

Published: 19 September 2017

In the current ‘#FeesMustFall’ climate we've decided to open up a discussion around issues related to higher education in South Africa. Here is an opinion piece by Wolf Bernhardt, honorary...

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Whereto for thermoelectrics?

Published: 19 September 2017

Harry Zervos, principal analyst, IDTechEx in Florida, USA, explains what's hype and what's reality, in thermoelectrics and its potential in energy harvesting applications.

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Bioremediation in the petrochemical sector

Published: 19 September 2017

GK-IT Environmental Services is offering risk-averting solutions, particularly for hydrocarbon-contaminated soils.

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Smarter cider production

Published: 19 September 2017

High-Tech Processing, a local brewery, beverage, alcoholic and soft drink plant solutions provider, chose Endress+Hauser to join with them on a large project to offer the customer, an international beverage...

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SA ranks 10th for general RE investment conditions

Published: 19 September 2017

South Africa, India, Brazil, Indonesia have emerged as high-need hotspots for renewable energy (RE) investments, according to a report by Allianz Climate and Energy Monitor 2017. The G20 needs to...

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Locally manufactured API pumps for Europe’s refineries

Published: 19 September 2017

KSB Pumps and Valves South Africa has engineered, manufactured and supplied sizeable contracts for advanced magnetic drive API pumps to refineries in Russia and Germany, where they are being used...

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From pump rental to sales: the solution-driven approach

Published: 19 September 2017

MechChem Africa visits the new expanded premises of Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) and Integrated Pumps Technology (IPT) and talks to IPR’s managing director, Lee Vine.

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Pumping systems 101: What are pressure gauges actually telling us?

Published: 18 September 2017

Harry Rosen discusses the very important role of pressure gauges: why they must to be accurate; the need to measure absolute pressure on the suction side; and how to determine...

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Legendary engine support and from Cummins Southern Africa

Published: 18 September 2017

MechChem Africa visits Cummins Southern Africa and talks to Meshach Kwegyir-Aggrey: general manager of Cummins Zambia; Racheal Njoroge, regional director of operations for Mozambique and Zimbabwe; and Thierry Pimi, managing...

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BMG World revealed

Published: 18 September 2017

BMG, part of Invicta Holdings Limited, held two open days on September 14 and 15 to showcase and unveil its expanded and refurbished BMG World facility in Droste Park, Johannesburg...

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Grid parity now favours renewable investments

Published: 18 September 2017

Peter Middleton looks at grid parity based on the latest UK and South African IPP bid prices and argues for accelerating the adoption of renewables.

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Comment: Wastewater - the new resource

Published: 23 August 2017

Peter Middleton argues the case for seeing all wastewater, including sewage and AMD, as vital water resources for potable and industrial use and for the widespread adoption of high-recovery water...

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Water, wastewater and the circular economy

Published: 23 August 2017

MechChem Africa visits the South African headquarters of Veolia Water Technologies South Africa in Modderfontein, Gauteng and talks to business development manager, Thabo Mogadima, and general manager for marketing, Chris...

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Remedying problems in reverse osmosis processes

Published: 23 August 2017

Jens Lipnizki from the Membranes Liquid Purification Technologies business unit of LANXESS talks about keeping reverse osmosis water purification systems healthy and how to overcome some of the problems that...

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Asset Management and ISO 55000

Published: 23 August 2017

Asset Management is a rapidly developing field, with more and more companies placing it amongst the top three strategic initiatives for driving a step change in bottom line profit. “Ensure...

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Why an OEM’s support solutions are so effective

Published: 23 August 2017

According to some, maintenance is a skill in its own right that requires a disciplined and coordinated programme to ensure that the necessary systems are implemented. When first starting a...

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Engineering and refurbishment expertise for African growth

Published: 23 August 2017

With a reputation for quality and flexibility, Parnis Manufacturing’s roots and expertise go back over 40 years in the mining and energy sector. Today, the company continues to take its...

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DeSALx®: the enabler for high water recovery

Published: 23 August 2017

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton talks to Multotec process engineer Carien Spagnuolo about the first commercial installation in Africa of the continuous ion exchange desalination solution, DeSALx®, which Multotec is introducing...

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Light steel frame construction – has its time come?

Published: 23 August 2017

In his Tracking industrial trends column this month, Gary i. Crawford of Mettle Strategic Creativity talks about our resistance to adopting innovation and the ‘no brainer’ light steel frame (LSF)...

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Cummins Southern Africa updates for Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Published: 23 August 2017

Cummins Inc, a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems...

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Pump leader Gruppo Aturia comes to Africa

Published: 23 August 2017

APE Pumps’ global holding company, WPIL, acquired the Italian pump company, Gruppo Aturia along with all of its brands during the second half of 2015. Richard Harper of APE Pumps...

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Cold zinc-rich coatings protect steel

Published: 23 August 2017

Rust-Anode® and Rust-Anode Primers from BMG are made of ecologically green materials, have low VOCs and excellent resistance to corrosive environments. Marc Gravett, the business unit manager for seals at...

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TSA coatings overcome CUI problems

Published: 23 August 2017

Corrosion under insulation, or CUI, is a common problem in many industries, including those in the petrochemical and power sectors. Evaluation of life-cycle savings has recently led to new, simple...

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Local stainless steel industry battles SA’s economic storm

Published: 21 July 2017

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.

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Craig Sheridan: lavender oil, wine and water research

Published: 21 July 2017

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.

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