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MechChem Africa December 2018

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MechChem Africa December 2018MechChem Africa’s 12th front cover and cover story for 2018 features Mixtec, a proudly South African company that, with its locally developed impellers, is achieving global success with its EDICT down and up pumping agitation systems.

Our local manufacturing lead comes from Gibela’s rail car manufacturing workshop in Dunnottar, where systems integrator, DESign, has installed the assembly lines, one of which includes the largest Yaskawa Motoman robots ever used in South Africa.

Also in this issue are featured articles from KSB Pumps; FLSmidth Krebs pumps; Weir Minerals Africa; Zest WEG Integrated Solutions; thyssenkrupp Electrolysers and Polymers; and GE Additive Manufacturing.

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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

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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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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