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MechChem Africa February 2019

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MechChem Africa February 2019Our February edition has Endress+Hauser on the front cover and from the company’s SANAS accredited Flow Centre laboratory, Preston Reddy talks about verification and calibration and the difference between them. Asset, maintenance and risk management includes a piece by Tim Carter about classic wear failures and how to avoid them, while Materials handling includes features form Weir Minerals, Kwatani, Weba Chute Systems, HPE Africa and Multotec.

For this month’s HVAC feature we talk to Mike Labacher about responsible refrigerant management; Lanxess leads our Water and wastewater feature and we present an exclusive about  ZebraTube dewatering; and our Innovative feature highlights the value of coal-ash as a business opportunityClick to read in the online magazine...

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Industry diary: 2018

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

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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Classic wear failures revisited

Published: 20 February 2019

Johannesburg based consulting engineer, Tim J Carter, B.Tech, C.Eng, FIMMM, talks about wear failures and the importance of using the best possible lubricants and lubrication strategies.

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Innovation award for Sasol R&T team

Published: 20 February 2019

SAIChE’s 2018 Innovation Award was presented to Sasol Group Technology’s Research and Technology team, consisting of Enrico Caricato, Herman Hoffeldt, Ricky Kotze, Jared Lloyd, Nico Prinsloo and Carel Swanepoel for...

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Endress+Hauser’s SANAS accredited verification and calibration laboratory

Published: 20 February 2019

Preston Reddy, business driver for Service at Endress+Hauser South Africa, talks about his company’s verification and calibration offerings, the difference between them and the advantages of using the company’s local...

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The state of the nation?

Published: 20 February 2019

Peter Middleton discusses SONA 2019 and argues for a shift to technical-style analysis and competence-based management with respect to financial, operational and technical decisions if we are to move forward...

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Kathu CSP plant in-sync with energy needs

Published: 28 January 2019

The 27 energy agreements signed with power producers by Energy Minster, Jeff Rhadebe, early last year – at a total cost of R56-billion – will play a significant part in...

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Integrated solutions extend Cullinan’s working life

Published: 28 January 2019

Juan Kemp says he is general manager of the world’s most celebrated diamond mine in the world. “This is a truth,” he begins, relating that on stating this at a...

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Toll processing: ideal for junior miners

Published: 28 January 2019

B&E International, now part of the Raubex Group of companies, was established in South Africa back in 1972 as a drilling and blasting specialist and soon diversified into the mobile...

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Revolutionising FEA with solid simulation

Published: 28 January 2019

Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) are intrinsic parts of product development. CAE simulation tools are extremely important because they allow for performance validation and optimisation of...

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Towards a holistic 4IR

Published: 28 January 2019

“As an industrial engineer, I take abuse from the other self-proclaimed ‘real engineers’. But I ask them this: How many revolutions have you gone through in your discipline? Today, us...

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SMC ZA: Your local connection into SMC’s global solutions

Published: 28 January 2019

To more closely align with its global parent and its international network, SMC Pneumatics South Africa has changed its name to SMC Corporation ZA.

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Robust drives for wastewater treatment

Published: 28 January 2019

Such is the quality and reliability of SEW’s geared motor and gearbox technology that local original equipment manufacturer, Wamechsi Group, has standardised on the German company’s products for demanding agitation...

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An academic in pursuit of challenges

Published: 28 January 2019

In 2003, Kapil Moothi matriculated from the secondary school in Ladysmith, a small town in KwaZulu-Natal where he was born and raised. “My interests were always in the science, technology...

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Privatisation: a UK perspective

Published: 28 January 2019

My first stint of living in London was at the time of the first of Thatcher’s sell-offs of state-owned assets, which started with British Telecom in 1982.

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Young engineers revitalise rotating equipment life services

Published: 28 January 2019

“In terms of new technologies and services at SKF, several new things are happening. First, our engineering team is rapidly expanding. We now have 15 engineers supporting the different SKF...

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GE announces industrial scale additive manufacturing system

Published: 05 December 2018

Since GE Additive’s acquisition of Concept Laser in December 2016, the M-Line Factory’s design architecture, system and software have undergone extensive review and redesign to align with established GE processes...

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Using pumps to generate electricity

Published: 05 December 2018

Drakenstein Municipality’s city’s engineer for water operations, Hein Henning, says the city was faced with the dilemma of having to pump water to its neighbouring town, Paarl, for just one...

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Mega train manufacturing ramps up in Dunnottar

Published: 04 December 2018

Gibela’s flagship Dunnottar train manufacturing plant in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, was officially opened by Cyril Ramaphosa last month. The first of its kind on the continent, over the next 10 years...

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Mixtec: SA’s agitation and suspension expert

Published: 04 December 2018

Mixtec founders, Timothy Clamp and William Baguley, have been in the agitator business for several decades, initially with UK-based Kestner Industries, the original home of Mixertech-UK, which is now a...

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Robot welder unveiled at SAIW

Published: 04 December 2018

“In our industry there is constant demand for robot welding programmers; it is a skill that requires multiple disciplines and, especially in the automotive industry, companies find it difficult to...

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Endurance test for vortex breakers

Published: 04 December 2018

No matter how stormy the weather, industrial chimneys with a helical structure stand firm. Numerous experiments at various times in the past have proven beyond all doubt that the helix...

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Integrated solutions key to growing Africa’s power generation

Published: 04 December 2018

According to Alastair Gerrard of Integrated Solutions at Zest WEG Group, the energy sector on the continent is seeing a growing number of power-related projects funded by recognised lenders and...

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An inhospitable earth or urgent green spending?

Published: 04 December 2018

Its COP time again. The United Nations Frame- work Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold its 24th annual Conference of the Parties (COP24) from December 2 to 14. At...

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Stainless Steel Awards showcase local innovation and talent

Published: 23 November 2018

The winners of the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards were announced at a Gala Dinner in Fourways, Johannesburg on Thursday October 25, 2018. From the 189 entries from 53 different...

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Geobags for capturing dredged sludge

Published: 23 November 2018

The use of geotextile dewatering bags is recognised globally as an efficient and economical method for desludging to improve the functionality and safety of wastewater treatment works. Johnny Oriokot, geotechnical...

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Maintaining HVAC systems

Published: 23 November 2018

Annually, heating and cooling systems in residential and commercial buildings are depended upon to keep interior temperatures continuously comfortable. However, many people do not realise how the wear and tear...

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Hydrocyclone footprint expands across Africa

Published: 23 November 2018

Weir Minerals Africa has expanded its Cavex® hydrocyclone footprint across Africa with its two most recent orders going into the Central African Copperbelt; one in Zambia and one in the...

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One-stop drive-train services and partnerships

Published: 23 November 2018

On November 1, 2018, Marthinusen & Coutts unveiled a new 140 t lathe at its 14 000 m2 Power Generation facility in Benoni. MechChem Africa attends and talks to Mike Chamberlain...

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Water scarcity: responding to SA’s Master Plan

Published: 23 November 2018

In the light of the recently published National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NWSMP), Aveng Water process engineer, Andrew Hammond, presents a holistic view of South Africa’s water challenges and...

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Artisan training and German cultural values

Published: 23 November 2018

Peter Middleton presents some takeaways from the opening addresses of our education minister, Naledi Pandor and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) Group CEO, Marcel Fasswell from the launch of the tkIS...

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The tkIS Training Academy: towards transferable skills

Published: 23 November 2018

On November 8, 2018 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) officially opened its Training Academy on the site of its Chlookop Service Centre. MechChem Africa talks to training manager Chris Bouwer and...

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