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MechChem Africa October 2018

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MechChem Africa October 2018 front coverOn the October cover is Festo South Africa, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. In the cover story, Brett Wallace takes us through the company’s rich heritage. In our features, we talk to several more engineering professionals for exclusive articles: BI’s Burtie Roberts and Ross Trevelyan; SEW’s Raymond Obermeyer and Norman Maleka; Rockwell Automation’s Barry Elliott; Ian Fraser from RTS and Graham Anderson from Mitak.

In addition we report on two recent events; the Altair- and Nelson Mandela University-hosted Innovation in Industry Conference held in Port Elizabeth last months, and Omron’s recent Innovation Conference held at the CSIR.

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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

Transport assets: doing development differently

Published: 16 October 2018

Peter Middleton presents and comments on what Herbert Phahlane of WSP has to say about planning and implementing transport projects to get the most out of the growth opportunities they...

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i-Automation, OEE and the  smart connected factory

Published: 16 October 2018

Talking at Omron’s Innovation Conference at the CSIR earlier this year, Driaan Coetzer, field application engineer and product manager for control and visualisation, opened the proceedings with a talk about...

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Dust control with spin filters

Published: 16 October 2018

MechChem Africa’s Glynnis Koch speaks to Ian Fraser, managing director of RTS Africa Engineering (RTS Africa) at the recent Electra Mining show held at Nasrec, Johannesburg. This year, the company...

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Exporter introduces high-chrome mill liners to the local aftermarket

Published: 16 October 2018

Abrasive wear lining specialist, Mitak, operates one of the largest dedicated high chrome white iron (HCWI) foundry in the world. MechChem Africa visits the proudly South African company’s stand at...

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Digitalisation: the evolutionary approach

Published: 16 October 2018

MechChem Africa visits the Rockwell Automation stand at Electra Mining Africa (EMA) and talks to the company’s South African MD, Barry Elliott, who presents a slower, evolutionary approach to digitalisation...

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Unlocking Africa’s aerospace and defence potential

Published: 16 October 2018

Through global computer software and services specialist, PTC, local distribution partners productONE and 1Worx continue to work with African Aerospace and Defence (A&D) manufacturers to place them at the forefront...

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Innovation in Industry: critical for SA growth

Published: 16 October 2018

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton attends the Nelson Mandela University- and Altair-hosted 2018 Innovation in Industry Conference and presents a few takeaways from the presentations.

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Latest high-efficiency smart compressor  products launched

Published: 16 October 2018

MechChem Africa highlights some of Atlas Copco’s Smart Air Solutions: GA 90+ to 160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors; the new Optimizer 4.0 central controller; and its BD+ and CD+ desiccant...

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SEW-Eurodrive looks to the future at EMA

Published: 16 October 2018

At a press briefing at the SEW-Eurodrive stand at Electra Mining, the company’s South African MD, Raymond Obermeyer, outlined some of the company’s global expansion plans while national sales and...

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Partnerships and collaboration extend supplier’s network

Published: 16 October 2018

MechChem Africa visits the Parkhaven head office of BI and talks to Ross Trevelyan and Burtie Roberts about new strategies for taking product to market in South Africa’s constrained economy...

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Maggie Chetty: chosen by chemical engineering

Published: 16 October 2018

MechChem Africa profiles Manimagalay (Maggie) Chetty, who is a senior lecturer in chemical engineering for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Durban University of Technology (DUT); a...

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Festo SA: 45 years and stronger than ever

Published: 16 October 2018

In celebration of 45 years of successful local growth and development, Brett Wallace, managing director of Festo South Africa, narrates the company’s rich history, global heritage and the ongoing pursuit...

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4IR/IIoT event at Zwartkops Raceway

Published: 27 September 2018

productONE will be hosting a 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) event at the Zwartkops Raceway to look at how South African businesses can take advantage of the potential of 4IR and...

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Bio-based disinfectants: a development journey

Published: 19 September 2018

A proudly South African company called Biodx has developed a cost-effective disinfectant technology that comes from nature and works with nature. MechChem Africa visits the company’s Modderfontein premises and talks...

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Fast, reliable and predictable mobile power

Published: 19 September 2018

Atlas Copco’s QES mobile generator range is defined by simplicity – easy to move, easy to operate and easy to service. The QES range was developed using the company’s extensive...

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Local content verification for Mining Charter III

Published: 19 September 2018

MechChem Africa talks to Multotec CEO, Thomas Holtz, about the localisation of manufacturing for the mining and minerals processing industries and his company’s pioneering approach to local content verification.

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Industrial efficiency initiatives: An AMSA success story

Published: 19 September 2018

MechChem Africa talks to ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) energy efficiency manager, Louis Bosch, and Greg Adcock from pump system optimisation specialist, TAS Online, about the substantial energy and cost savings...

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The benefits of holistic engineered solutions for pumping slurry in mill circuits

Published: 19 September 2018

According to Weir Minerals Africa pump product manager, Marnus Koorts, the wear life and efficiency of a high-quality pump may not be optimal if the selection of other pump circuit...

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SAIChE IChemE Members Group news

Published: 19 September 2018

MechChem Africa summarises recent events and activities of the SAIChE IChemE regional members groups in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Filtration Solutions for efficient contamination control

Published: 19 September 2018

David Dyce, business unit manager of Fluid Technology at BMG, talks about the company’s comprehensive range of filtration solutions, which ensure that fuel and lubricant oil are maintained within the...

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Mining Charter III, B-BBEE and localisation: positive engagements

Published: 19 September 2018

Following several interviews before and after Electra Mining Africa, Peter Middleton finds a positive attitude emerging towards the draft Mining Charter III and B-BBEE.

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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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