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MechChem Africa July 2018

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MechChem Africa July 2018Atlas Copco and its Smart Air Solutions feature on front cover for July. Lead feature content also includes: the launch of BI’s Agri-Smart integrated solutions at NAMPO; an interview with SKF’s Mahdi Sebti about new Products and Rotating Equipment Performance (REP) value propositions; the introduction of Ausco wet brakes for the Toyota Land Cruisers on our mines; the launch of an Emerging Lab to bring the Internet of Things to TUT in Soshanguve; a preview of NMU’s first Innovation in Industry Conference in PE; and the prize winners from the fourth Africa Prize for Innovation.

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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

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 South Campus:

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 systems engineering 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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Pumping systems 101: Landlords and pumping systems

Published: 12 June 2018

In this month’s Pumping system 101 column, Harry Rosen of TAS Online and 2KG Training, compares his experience of getting his landlord to refund overbilled utility expenses with the approach...

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Warman pumps: 80-years of continuous development

Published: 12 June 2018

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Charles Harold Warman’s first Warman® Pump, Pieter Jordaan, Weir Minerals Africa sales director for Africa and the Middle East, talks about the history...

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Raising food-safety standards

Published: 12 June 2018

Following the ‘world’s worst ever’ listeriosis outbreak, Peter Middleton looks at the ever-shifting nature of such crises, calls for the food industry to raise its standards and urges consumers to...

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Taking IIoT to eKasi

Published: 08 June 2018

On June 22, 2018, 1Worx together with Tshwane University of Technology will be launching the world’s first African Industrial Internet of Things laboratory powered by PTC ThingWorx.

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A roadmap to premium electric mobility

Published: 14 May 2018

Trevor Hill, head of Audi South Africa, believes that electrification is going to be driving the future of global mobility and that infrastructure for electric vehicles is becoming increasingly urgent...

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Cloud seeding technology to maximise precipitation

Published: 14 May 2018

By making use of the latest advancements in rain-enhancing technology, Middelburg-based firm, WAS seeks to use cloud seeding to increase precipitation.

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Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

Published: 14 May 2018

Robbie Frank of Boksburg-based Elemental Analytics, a company specialising in analytical instrumentation applications, talks about combustion monitoring and control in fired heating systems.

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Passive fire protection and modern industrial coatings

Published: 14 May 2018

MechChem Africa talks to Kansai Plascon protective coatings’ specialist, Alvin Varaden about the latest in protective coating solutions, passive fire protection (PFP) and the modern trend towards fewer and thicker...

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Drive train solutions for cost-effective materials handling

Published: 14 May 2018

MechChem Africa talks to BI’s Ross Trevelyan, business unit head at the company’s Parkhaven distribution centre, about Cooper and FAG bearings and power pack components, which he recommends for materials...

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Mario on maintenance: Risk management and proactive maintenance

Published: 14 May 2018

In this issue’s Mario on Maintenance column Mario Kuisis deals with risk management and suggests that, as we slowly return to normal business practices following several years of unpredictability, plant...

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Polymer research, community service and containing malaria

Published: 14 May 2018

In this issue we profile SAIChE IChemE member Walter Focke, who talks to MechChem Africa about the link between chemical engineering and his passion for reducing the impact of malaria...

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