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MechChem Africa July 2017

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MechChem Africa July 2017Atlas Copco Compressor Technique is on our front cover for July. We talk to the new business unit manager for CT services, Ian Ainsworth about his vision for improving the experience of Atlas Copco customers.

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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

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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SA vehicle specialist adopts Windchill 11, the connected PLM solution

Published: 21 July 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.

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IPC platform combines openness with real time control

Published: 21 July 2017

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...

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Valves for critical flow control applications

Published: 21 July 2017

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...

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A visit to the Mad Giant microbrewery

Published: 21 July 2017

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...

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Hydraulic systems advance drum reclaimer technology

Published: 21 July 2017

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...

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Local manufacture key to African mining

Published: 21 July 2017

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...

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Hydraulic motors improve mine safety and reliability

Published: 21 July 2017

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...

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The IIoT: Customers’ views of advanced diagnostics

Published: 20 July 2017

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...

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One million jobs by growing manufacturing

Published: 20 July 2017

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.

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New mounted and unmounted bearings and housings from KML

Published: 20 July 2017

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...

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Service priorities for customer growth

Published: 20 July 2017

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...

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United Way South Africa launches in Johannesburg

Published: 11 July 2017

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...

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Process-focused solution ups crusher plant output

Published: 05 July 2017

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...

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MOVITRANS improves handling reliability in wax plant

Published: 26 June 2017

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...

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SAIChE Spotlight: SA’s global chemical award finalists

Published: 26 June 2017

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...

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Pump systems 101: Getting a return on your training Investment

Published: 26 June 2017

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...

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The energy mix: the case for maximising renewables

Published: 26 June 2017

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...

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Producing plant-based drinking bottles from FDCA

Published: 26 June 2017

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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Gas and electricity generation for Southern Africa: Shifts in the landscape

Published: 26 June 2017

MechChem Africa’s Glynnis Koch reports on the Gas Africa 2017 keynote address delivered by Mike de Pontes, the chief operating officer of iGas.

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Festo South Africa: engineering tools and the launch of Cabinet Guide Online

Published: 26 June 2017

Festo’s Adrian Bromfield talks about Festo’s modern drive to enhance the competitive edge for customers and the launch of the new Cabinet Guide Online tool.

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CSIR/DST NIDF: Crossing the nano chasm

Published: 26 June 2017

The CSIR together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have established the Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF) to enable industry, research entities and SMMEs to develop and scale...

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Cast resin transformer technology: an efficient low-risk option

Published: 26 June 2017

Greenergi (Pty) Ltd, the sole distributor of cast resin transformers (CRTs) from Trafo Elettro Italy, has established a relationship with Martec – now part of the Pragma Group – to...

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African hydropower plant achieves international recognition

Published: 26 June 2017

Several of Aurecon’s local hydropower development clients, including Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), have recently received international recognition for their successes, marking a stamp of approval for the progress of the...

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CDE will shed light on how to improve efficiencies and ROI at ConMin

Published: 22 June 2017

Leading wet processing company CDE recently showcased years of international expertise to Nigerian and other West African mine and quarry operators at the ConMin West Africa trade show in Abuja...

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Maximum value minerals processing

Published: 07 June 2017

MechChem Africa talks to Cedric Walstra, Glencore Technology’s Africa business development manager, who paints a broad picture of the high-recovery, high-efficiency processing equipment on offer from the technology side of...

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Zero hour high horsepower engine remanufacturing

Published: 07 June 2017

Cummins Southern Africa has transformed its Kelvinview engine service centre in Johannesburg into a fully-fledged Cummins Master Rebuild Centre (MRC). MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton tours the facility and talks to...

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Safeguard against costly condensation

Published: 19 May 2017

In today’s manufacturing environment, compressed air is an essential power source and therefore its quality requirements are vital. Even when meeting operational requirements, air moving through pipelines can lay down...

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Mobile discharging of PAC from bulk bags helps solve pesticide overload fast

Published: 19 May 2017

When a water treatment works in northern England faced a spike in pesticide concentration exceeding the allowable concentration limit for the incoming water, the site was forced to shut down...

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Promise of stainless steel undermined

Published: 19 May 2017

There is a rising trend towards carbon steel fabricators moving into the stainless steel area without a proper understanding of the differences. The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda)...

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Bridges, corrosion and lifecycle cost thinking

Published: 19 May 2017

In his quarterly column, Gary i. Crawford of Mettle Strategic Creativity talks about the costs of corrosion and the modern approaches being adopted to better manage the life and lifecycle...

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Mine water and the alarming water situation in SA

Published: 19 May 2017

At the SAIChE annual dinner for the Gauteng branch, Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE), delivered this keynote address on acid mine drainage (AMD) and...

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From ‘predictive protection’ to predictive maintenance

Published: 19 May 2017

Martec’s Mario Kuisis looks at continuous improvement in the maintenance field and presents an example of how vibration analysis being used to predict premature failure led to a change in...

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Butterfly valve triples life in cement application

Published: 19 May 2017

Gemü Valves Africa offers a flexible range of rugged customised solutions that are fine-tuned to best suit customer applications and to maximise reliability and valve life. MechChem Africa talks to...

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Comment: Water distress and our distracted response

Published: 19 May 2017

Peter Middleton questions the disproportionate response in South Africa to Eskom and nuclear issues and compares them to the muted response to our potentially more damaging water woes. 

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