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MechChem Africa April 2019

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MechChem Africa April 2019VEGA Controls and its 80 GHz radar level sensing technology is featured on MechChem Africa’s the outside front cover for April and the associated cover story unravels the retrofit opportunities this technology offers.

A look at SKF’s bearing and seal solutions for tunnel boring machines opens our Power transmission feature; Festo’s I4.0 leads for Hydraulics and Pneumatics; a competition win that uses SICK Automation’s LiDAR sensor is the focus of Automation and CAE; while Petra Diamond’s thyssenkrupp AG mills and HPGRs at its revitalises Cullinan Diamond Mine is the highlight feature article for Mineral’s processing.

Other companies featured in this issue include BI, Hytec/Bosch Rexroth, BMG, Rand Air, Altair, Rockwell Automation, Sandvic, Rolfes Chemicals and Johnson Controls.

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MechChem Africa: Latest News

Nanotechnology and the changing coatings industry

Published: 11 April 2019

MechChem Africa talks to Clive Govender, MD of Rolfes Chemicals, about nanotechnology and how it is modernising the coatings industry. 

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BenchREMOTE monitor for Elf Drilling

Published: 11 April 2019

Epiroc has completed a landmark sale of the first BenchREMOTE in South Africa to key customer, Elf Drilling. CEO Faghmi Cader and founder Eduard Mostert of Elf Drilling explain how...

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Updated Studio 5000 for enhanced industrial security

Published: 11 April 2019

The latest release of the Studio 5000 integrated development environment from Rockwell Automation includes new digital design capabilities to reduce machine design, testing and commissioning times. It also introduces CIP...

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SimLab slashes simulation cycle time for SMEs

Published: 11 April 2019

Designed with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in mind, the new mid-market simulation solution from Altair, SimLab sT, is set to significantly accelerate time-to-market for new products and accelerate product...

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Swerve robotic platform relies on SICK LiDAR sensor

Published: 11 April 2019

A SICK Automation LiDAR sensor was used to build a winning robotic platform in the prestigious Drexel University’s annual College of Engineering (CoE) senior project design competition.

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Revolutionising cost and quality for a flawless spray-painting finish

Published: 11 April 2019

The key factor with compressed nitrogen is that it is inert, absolutely clean and devoid of moisture and contaminants. The colourless, odourless and tasteless compressed nitrogen is set to bring...

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How I4.0-based machines benefit from automation platform

Published: 11 April 2019

From the early days of Industry 4.0, Festo has been deeply engaged and has built up significant experience in research, production and process optimisation. Now an impressive automation platform enables...

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The Cross-Check Torque Seal from DYKEM

Published: 11 April 2019

MechChem Africa talks to Richard Lundgren, BI Product Manager about the DYKEM tamper-proof vibration-warning indicator paste and how it can be simply applied to improve safety, reduce inspection time and...

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Flexibility, innovation and tailormade drive solutions

Published: 11 April 2019

MechChem Africa presents some recent success stories from SEW EURODRIVE that demonstrate the flexible use of its drive technology in satisfying a wide range of customer-specified outcomes.

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From process engineering to quality management

Published: 10 April 2019

MechChem Africa profiles Qasim Fakir AMIChemE, an active SAIChE IChemE member in the Gauteng Branch, whose rich and varied career highlights the vital role chemical engineering plays in enhancing local...

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CPO software for true energy savings

Published: 10 April 2019

Russell Hattingh, engineering manager for Johnson Controls Systems & Service in South Africa, talks about Central Plant Optimisation (CPO) software, which, he argues, offers better energy savings than any building...

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Load shedding – taking back control

Published: 10 April 2019

Peter Middleton argues that, unlike the Brexit debacle in the UK and the impending election in South Africa, investing in alternative energy options does represent a way of taking back...

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CDM’s high-efficiency diamond recovery circuit

Published: 10 April 2019

Petra Diamonds has installed a modern, fit-for-purpose diamond processing plant at its Cullinan Diamond Mine (CDM), which incorporates thyssenkrupp autogeneous grinding (AG) mills and HPGRs (high-pressure grinding rolls) in the...

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Bearing and seal design for tunnel boring machines

Published: 10 April 2019

The safe, reliable operation of tunnel boring equipment relies on the integrity of critical bearings and seals. This article from SKF describes the design considerations involved in arriving at suitable...

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80 GHz radar secures cosmetic material supply

Published: 10 April 2019

Pharmaceutical and cosmetics plants are often hesitant to replace existing sensors with different measurement devices because the effort and expense of new approvals are frequently much greater than the costs...

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Industry bids farewell to Gunter Vogel

Published: 08 April 2019

Engineer and self-made industrialist Gunter Vogel, founder and chairman of South African vibrating equipment manufacturer Kwatani, has passed away in Johannesburg after a long illness. He was 75 years old.

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Skyriders puts an eye in the sky

Published: 18 March 2019

Industrial rope access company, Skyriders, has brought cost and time saving solutions to the company and its clients by introducing collision resistant drone technology to access areas that may pose...

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Decontaminating soil using bioremediation

Published: 18 March 2019

When replacing underground reservoirs at petrol stations, it is necessary to remove the soil around the reservoir to protect it from gasoline and diesel fuel contamination. Croatian company CorteCros, which...

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Natural gas set to grow across Africa

Published: 18 March 2019

Just ahead of Africa Gas Forum, 2019, Total announced the discovery of gas condensate at Brulpadda, 175 km off the Mossel Bay coast of South Africa. This Gas Forum Africa...

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Energy saving in the agri-sector

Published: 18 March 2019

Using Zest WEG Group products such as the IE3 Top Premium Efficiency electric motor and variable speed drive combination for driving equipment such as pumping systems in the agri sector...

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Africa Energy Indaba 2019: Employment the key energy driver

Published: 18 March 2019

On February 19, Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe delivered the keynote address for the Africa Energy Indaba 2019 at the Sandton International Convention Centre. MechChem Africa attends and highlights some...

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ECDriveS® for SA automotive manufacturers

Published: 18 March 2019

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has secured its largest project to date for its ECDriveS® drive system for light-load conveyor technology. The project is for seven conveyors and 40 accumulation zones at...

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MAP packaging for good-looking red meat

Published: 18 March 2019

Afrox, through its Foodfresh® brand of gases, has developed a wide range of modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) solutions for keeping fresh food unspoilt, attractive and appetising while on supermarket shelves...

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Grindex slurry pump perfect for Africa

Published: 18 March 2019

Tough operating conditions are to be expected in daily mining operations, and even more so when it comes to slurry pumping applications in the mining sector. Incorrect pump choices for...

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KSB expands aftermarket services

Published: 18 March 2019

With service centres situated at all local branches around South Africa, KSB SupremeServ is an expanded aftermarket service for the company’s 22 000 pump variants and includes dedicated walk-in-centres for on‑the‑go‑services.

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Dewatering with a difference

Published: 18 March 2019

Atlas Copco has solidified its place at the forefront of the pumps industry with the introduction of WEDA 50+ and 60+ dewatering pumps. These pumps have been designed to provide...

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In-time condition monitoring and diagnostics

Published: 18 March 2019

On the evening of March 21, 2019, condition-monitoring specialist, Martec unveiled its new brand and outlined its future strategy. “Martec has embraced Industry 4.0 and is excited about the possibilities...

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Water management: a lecture, a book and a collaborative effort

Published: 18 March 2019

On February 28, 2019, professor Thokozani Majozi of the University of the Witwatersrand delivered a lecture on Water management: social and technological perspectives, a book written as a collaborative research...

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Weir Minerals: a world-class local manufacturer

Published: 18 March 2019

MechChem Africa visits the Isando manufacturing facilities of Weir Minerals Africa and talks to Hloni Ledwaba, operations director, and Danillo van Eck, general manager for operations, about the transformational approaches...

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Keeping the IIoT real

Published: 18 March 2019

Peter Middleton makes the link between efficiency and measurement – that one cannot exist without the other. He notes that routine measurement is an essential prerequisite for all effective efficiency...

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Coal Ash: Tapping into resource potential

Published: 20 February 2019

With mountains of coal ash available at all South African coal-fired power stations, there is no shortage of supply of the ‘grey gold’. With a little innovation and a sound...

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SA’s woven geotextile dewatering solution

Published: 20 February 2019

MechChem Africa talks to Carien Spagnuolo, general manager of ZebraTube, a 100% South African company that can claim two decades of experience in retaining solids and percolating liquids through locally...

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Enhanced production for ion exchange resins

Published: 20 February 2019

Specialty chemicals company, LANXESS, is investing in its ion exchange resin production facility at its Leverkusen site in Germany. The company is optimising its process technology and operating efficiency for...

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Responsible management of refrigerant gases

Published: 20 February 2019

MechChem Africa talks to A-Gas sales manager, Mike Labacher, about current trends with respect to refrigerants and the need for more responsible lifecycle management of these gases.

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Hydroclone shines in diamond processing

Published: 20 February 2019

The successful performance of Weir Minerals’ Cavex hydrocyclones at a diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has proved the technology’s applicability in dense medium separation (DMS) plants that...

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Risk management for industrial safety

Published: 20 February 2019

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSH Act) requires companies to take steps in order to protect workers and the public from injury and death in the workplace. The Act...

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