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MechChem Africa August 2018

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MechChem Africa August 2018APE Pumps and its innovations are featured on the August front. Lead feature content includes: an in depth interview with Martec’ CEO, Johannes Coetzee about the value of the IIoT; maintenance-related articles from Afrox, SKF/Lincoln Lubricants and ACTOM Turbo Machines; a lead materials handling feature from FLSmidth about its thicker solutions with accompanying articles from Stefanutti Stocks, Multotec, Weir Minerals and CDE; a corrosion piece about anti-graffiti coatings from Wacker; HVAC articles from A-Gas and Johnson Controls; A water white paper from Lanxess about its membrane technology for reverse osmosis, along with news from Veolia and ANDRITZ; and an innovative technology feature from Kwatani about the development of vibrating equipment for the industrial market.

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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

Vibrating equipment and the development mindset

Published: 27 August 2018

MechChem Africa visits the Spartan facilities of Kwatani and talks to COO, Kenny Mayhew-Ridgers, about the company’s industrial offering, the research and development mindset and some key aspects of vibrating...

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Ambitions for Africa and a new blending plant

Published: 27 August 2018

The Veolia group is a global leader in optimised resource management. With over 163 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to...

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Realistically predicting separation behaviour of RO membranes

Published: 27 August 2018

In this edited white paper, Uli Dölchow, Julien Ogier and Jens Lipnizki from chemical technology specialist, LANXESS, strive to better characterise the performance of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

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Effective protection against graffiti and more

Published: 27 August 2018

WACKER has developed a new, highly effective anti-graffiti product, which permanently protects surfaces with a thin film of silicone. Graffiti and stickers can be readily washed off with just cold...

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Delivery solutions, thickeners, classifiers and the digital future

Published: 27 August 2018

FLSmidth senior account manager for sub-Saharan Africa region, Ricus van Reenen, talks about the company’s range of technical, transportation and assembly options as well as optimal design and delivery solutions...

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The high value industrial safety offering

Published: 27 August 2018

Precision matters in everything we do, says Hans Strydom, technical services manager for special products and chemicals at Afrox. Here he talks about Afrox’s HiQ range of innovative solutions, tailor...

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Equipment reliability: a true value IIoT opportunity

Published: 27 August 2018

Johannes Coetzee, MD of condition monitoring specialist Martec, a Pragma Group company, unpacks some of the buzzwords associated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and urges adopters to focus...

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Mixed matrix membranes: Promising materials for AMD treatment

Published: 27 August 2018

By Michael O Daramola Water is connected to almost everything on earth. In South Africa, the words ‘mining’ and ‘water’ lead one to think about acid mine drainage (AMD). This month...

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Innovative Pumps at the heart of Africa

Published: 27 August 2018

MechChem Africa visits the Wadeville manufacturing facilities of APE Pumps and talks to Richard Harper and Norman Kroukamp about the refurbishment of concrete volute pumps at Lethabo Power Station and...

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Maintenance, the IIoT and the fast changing workplace

Published: 27 August 2018

Peter Middleton comments on how easy it now is to work remotely and how the IIoT is not only changing where we can work, but it is also likely to...

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Innovation in Industry Conference: Have you registered? 

Published: 27 July 2018

Friday 7 September: NMU, Port Elizabeth from 08:00 until 17:30. Sponsored by Altair and hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), a full agenda is now in place for the very...

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Ugandan wins 2018 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Published: 11 July 2018

MechChem Africa reports on the 4th Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, which was won by Brian Gitta from Uganda.

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House Crawford: an LSF case study

Published: 11 July 2018

MechChem Africa columnist Gary i Crawford of Crawford Consulting gets to grips with the realities of his light steel frame (LSF) house project in Hartbeespoort and highlights key differences between...

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State-of-the-art software upgrade on cut-to-length lines

Published: 11 July 2018

Allied Steelrode has now completing a second upgrade to its cut-to-length CTL3 line while further improvements are mooted. The company’s deputy CEO, Justin Cloete, explains.

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New i4 SCARA product family introduced at Automatica

Published: 11 July 2018

New top of the line i4 SCARA robots offer speed and precision and are designed for easy integration into the production line with predictive maintenance functions.

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Innovation in Industry 2018 to unveil ‘amazing’ technology

Published: 11 July 2018

The first Innovation in Industry Conference will be held at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth on September 7, 2018. MechChem Africa talks to Clive Hands, the conference...

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Africa’s first IIoT lab launched at TUT Soshanguve

Published: 11 July 2018

At the launch of the Emerging Industrial IIoT Lab in Soshanguve we talk to Duan Gauché and Sizwe Mngadi of 1Worx, and TUT’s computer systems engineering HOD, professor Pius Owolawi...

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Land Cruiser wet brakes for the mining industry

Published: 11 July 2018

Axiom Hydraulics has become the agent for Ausco Products’ wet enclosed LC brake for the Toyota Land Cruiser, the mining industry’s utility vehicle of choice.

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Benchmarked custom drive solutions

Published: 11 July 2018

To match its global parent’s standards and to offer faster and better drive solutions to its African customers, Bonfiglioli South Africa is currently expanding its Linbro Park facility. MechChem Africa...

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Product vs REP: a split approach to managing bearings

Published: 11 July 2018

SKF South Africa MD Mahdi Sebti explains his company’s two new value propositions: Products and Rotating Equipment Performance (REP).

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Agri-Smart integrated solutions launched at NAMPO

Published: 11 July 2018

MechChem Africa visits the BI stand at NAMPO in Bothaville and talks to Gerhard Pienaar, manager of the agriculture sector, about the new Agri-Smart product range. 

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ChemEng and the applications of process control thinking

Published: 11 July 2018

We profile SAIChE IChemE member Carl Sandrock, Gauteng chair, senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria and a process control specialist.

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Smart Air Solutions and 12 innovations

Published: 11 July 2018

Atlas Copco’s Ian Ainsworth and Pieter van Wyk introduce 12 innovations launched at the company’s ‘Smart Air Days’ Oil-free Air and Compressor Technique Service sales conference in Antwerp earlier this...

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Unravelling the IIoT at TUT

Published: 11 July 2018

Following the launch of the PTC, productONE and 1Worx sponsored Emerging Lab in Soshanguve, Peter Middleton reflects on the merging of CAD, IT, OT and automation, the disruptive change it...

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Robotics industry takes on cycling challenge

Published: 09 July 2018

The Robotics Division of YASKAWA Southern Africa (YSA) is taking on the Berg & Bush Cycling Challenge from October 9 to 11, 2018.

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Wonderware Southern Africa becomes IS3

Published: 09 July 2018

Wonderware Southern Africa, sole regional distributor of Wonderware industrial software solutions, an EOH company, has undergone a digital transformation to become IS³ – Industry Software, Solutions and Support. Pronounced ‘eye-es-cube’...

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Ithemba Trust to spearhead transformation at BVSA

Published: 05 July 2018

Bureau Veritas South Africa, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification, has launched The Ithemba Trust, an independent body to spearhead its transformation journey.

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Electra Mining Africa: More Than Just A Show

Published: 15 June 2018

For 46 years, Electra Mining Africa has been winning the minds and hearts of mining and related industries. Delivering an effective platform to showcase the latest innovations, technologies and trends...

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Putting Africa top & centre at Manufacturing Indaba 2018

Published: 15 June 2018

productONE and 1Worx will be demonstrating how Africa can make its mark in the world at the continent’s leading manufacturing event – Manufacturing Indaba – taking place at the Sandton...

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Best practice waste management for environmental peace of mind

Published: 12 June 2018

EnviroServ is South Africa’s oldest and most respected waste management solutions provider. MechChem Africa talks to the company’s CEO, Dean Thompson, profiles the company and highlights some successes.

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Electrical heat tracing for energy conservation

Published: 12 June 2018

Dirk Venter from eltherm South Africa, a heat-tracing specialist, highlights the energy savings and reliability advantages of using electrical heat tracing (EHT) solutions to maintain fluids at an optimum viscosity...

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Biomimicry: learning from evolution in nature

Published: 12 June 2018

Following the SAIChE IChemE AGM on April 10, 2018, the Gauteng member group held its annual dinner at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. MechChem Africa attends and highlights the presentation...

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Are hydrogen-powered trains the future of rail?

Published: 12 June 2018

A hydrogen-powered train that uses off-gas from industrial processes – and with a raft of environmentally friendly features to help reduce its impact on the environment – could hold the...

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Biorefinery facility to address waste challenges

Published: 12 June 2018

The South African government has launched a R37.5-million biorefinery facility in Durban to enable extraction of maximum value from biomass resources. The facility, which is a first for South Africa...

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Food safety: Winning consumer confidence

Published: 12 June 2018

Today’s consumer is more aware and discerning when it comes to buying fresh foods. Afrox’s Hendrik Pretorius highlights safety trends and the advantages of involving a food gas expert when...

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Turbo machines and reverse engineering

Published: 12 June 2018

MechChem Africa visits ACTOM Turbo Machines in Sasolburg, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, and talks to Mark Gulbis, project engineer, about his division’s expertise in the maintenance repair and...

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