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MechChem Africa December 2017

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MechChem Africa December 2017Air Liquide and its industrial gases for the food, beverage, water and automotive industries graces the December 2017 cover of MechChem Africa. Across Africa, the food industry is becoming increasingly important and sophisticated, so the cover story for this issue unravels Air Liquide’s gas solutions and supply options for carbonated soft drink (CDS); modified atmospheric packaging (MAP); and the use of liquid nitrogen for fast freezing.

The Pumps feature leads with an article from KSB about its world-class local production facility followed by article from eDart Slurry Valves; Integrated Pump Rental; Becker Mining; Thuthukani Engineering; and AR Controls.

Power generation features the first-ever utility scale floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland and a Zest WEG success story about it containerised switchgear.

Other key featured articles include industrial cleaning pieces from MCES and Nilfisk; Local manufacturing from Marthinusen & Coutts and Metric Automotive and, from Sassda, a piece about its lifecycle costing competition to evaluate the benefits of using stainless steel for the Eiffel Tower.

This edition completes the first year of MechChem Africa. Thanks for your interest and support and we hope you continue to enjoy the magazine for many years to come.

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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

Natural gas: powering a revolution in SA’s industry

Published: 11 December 2017

Natural gas provides about one fifth of the world’s total energy requirements, with industry accounting for around 40% of total gas consumption. Virtual Gas Network, together with fellow CNG Holdings...

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Utility-scale floating wind production

Published: 11 December 2017

Statoil is currently at the final commissioning stage of its Hywind Scotland Pilot Plant, the world’s first floating windfarm, which consists of five 6.0 MW, 170 m wind turbines (FWT)...

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eDART valves and samplers enhance plant efficiency

Published: 11 December 2017

eDART dual valves and poppet samplers continue to offer exceptional level control at Northam’s Booysendal plant near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga.

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Lifecycle costing for the Eiffel Tower

Published: 11 December 2017

Based on a thorough costing analysis of the Eiffel Tower, Sassda’s 2017 Lifecycle Costing Competition winner, Amrish Punwasi proved that stainless steel can often deliver lower long-term costs across the...

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A declaration of energy independence

Published: 11 December 2017

Peter Middleton comments on a modern approach being adopted by energy sector newcomer, Fusion Energy, which, out of the sector’s “murky past”, is blazing a cleaner and more cost effective...

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African electrical and mechanical provider consolidates

Published: 11 December 2017

Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, is consolidating its role as an integrated electrical and mechanical services provider across Africa, and internationally. Together with subsidiary, ACTOM Turbo...

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Bioenzymes revolutionising industrial cleaning

Published: 11 December 2017

Managed Care Economical Solutions (MCES) is an organisation that has associated itself with experienced developers and manufacturers of innovative, environmentally responsible, biotechnology products based on the use of natural microbes...

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Turnkey gland service water system for Grootegeluk

Published: 11 December 2017

Pretoria based engineering firm, Thuthukani Engineering was contracted by Exxaro to supply a gland water service system for their largest coalmine, Grootegeluk in Limpopo.

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Wits dedicates Peter King Minerals Processing Laboratory

Published: 11 December 2017

The School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits held a ceremony on the 7th November 2017 to mark the naming of the Peter King Minerals Processing Laboratory in recognition...

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Feel equipped and safe from contaminants

Published: 11 December 2017

Protecting people while they work in dirty or hazardous environments has always been the focus of Ansell’s business. Whether one is working with liquid or solid chemicals, asbestos, paint, oil...

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Rockwell Automation Fair 2017

Published: 11 December 2017

Rockwell Automation held its annual Automation Fair in Houston, Texas, on November 15 and 16, preceded by the Automation Perspectives press event on November 14. Peter Middleton attended and interviewed...

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Proudly South African pump manufacturing

Published: 11 December 2017

MechChem Africa visits the South African manufacturing facility of KSB Pumps and Valves in Germiston and talks to members of the company’s senior management team about its cost-effective local pump...

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Driving performance to the next level

Published: 08 December 2017

MechChem Africa talks to Air Liquide’s carbon dioxide (CO₂) product manager for Southern Africa, Jonathan Hough; bulk and on-site business manager, Fanus Labuschagne, and food application manager, Gabriela Figueira, about...

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South32 approves R4,3 billion Klipspruit project

Published: 27 November 2017

South32 has approved the Klipspruit Life Extension project (KPSX) at South Africa Energy Coal. Development activity is expected to commence in the current quarter with first coal expected from the...

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Commitment and optimism in Africa

Published: 21 November 2017

In a video interview earlier this month with Cummins Africa CEO, Thierry Pimi, I asked him why he is so upbeat about Africa’s potential. “Africa,” he responds, “is the latest...

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Keyless access for better protection of equipment enclosures

Published: 14 November 2017

MechChem Africa talks to Gavin Coetzer, managing director of KAG Technical Solutions about its proudly South African “Bluelock” Keyless Access Solution, an innovative approach to managing access to deployed network...

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Tracking industrial trends: Water on the mind

Published: 14 November 2017

In his ‘Tracking Industrial Trends’ column this month, Gary i. Crawford of Crawford Strategic Consulting talks about the precious nature of water and some of the latest steps being taken...

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Veolia projects at Global Water Awards 2017

Published: 14 November 2017

Veolia Water Technologies continues to deliver landmark water treatment solutions the world over, and this was confirmed at the recent Global Water Awards 2017 in Madrid, where three of the...

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Advanced local solutions for mine affected water and seawater desalination

Published: 14 November 2017

 Prentec (Process Engineering Technology) has been active in South Africa since 1974, mostly in the water and wastewater space. MechChem Africa talks to Martin Pryor, process manager for South African...

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Oxygen: an essential ingredient for stainless passivation

Published: 14 November 2017

When stainless pipework is installed, it is usually pressure tested, which is generally done by pumping water into the pipework. If the water is left in the pipe after the...

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Modular RCs for chromite tailings beneficiation

Published: 14 November 2017

Two new modular Reflux™ Classifier plants, built in a little over six month, were the focus of FLSmidth’s product launch day at its Delmas Supercentre on October 23 this year...

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Maintenance savings sweeten Zambia’s sugar industry

Published: 14 November 2017

Shesby Chabaya, HOD of operations for WearCheck Zambia, describes the results of a case study on the ten-year and ongoing oil analysis programme being implemented at Zambia Sugar.

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Maintenance, IoT and Industry 4.0

Published: 14 November 2017

Mario Kuisis of Martec talks about the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 and why maintenance professionals need to sit up and take notice.

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FILTECH 2018: Targeted solutions for filtration and separation tasks

Published: 14 November 2017

FILTECH 2018, the largest filtration event in the world, takes place from 13 to 15 March 2018 in the German city of Cologne, which will be filled with people passionate...

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Attainable Region Theory: An introduction to choosing an optimal reactor

Published: 14 November 2017

By David Ming et al On 12 October, a new book for chemical and plant engineers on attainable regions was launched, a theory that principal author, David Ming, outlines below.

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Engineering excellence from Process Industries

Published: 14 November 2017

MechChem Africa visits thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa and talks to Bruce Bassett, senior manager for Special Projects, and Process Industries GM, Neville Eve.

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Hydrogen scanning for optimised refinery performance

Published: 17 October 2017

Tshwane-based hydrogen specialist, RTS Africa Engineering, is now introducing H2scan hydrogen analysers, which are ideally suited to optimising the performance and efficiency of oil refineries. MechChem Africa talks to the...

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The RADIALcvt for EVs and industrial reducers

Published: 17 October 2017

Varibox CVT Technologies was founded by Jan Naude, an inventor of CVTs (continuous variable transmissions) who has several unique patents across three different CVT technologies. This article summarises the advantages...

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The convergence of PLM and the IIoT

Published: 17 October 2017

On Friday September 29, Charles Anderson of productONE delivered a presentation at the Aerospace, Marine and Defence (AMD) conference at the CSIR, in which he highlighted the role of technology...

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Industry 4.0, employment and skills

Published: 17 October 2017

Peter Middleton argues for embracing new technology and using our youth’s love for all things Internet-connected to resolve our unemployment and training challenges.

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Process Automation: winning solutions from Festo

Published: 17 October 2017

Festo South Africa has introduced a new valve automation package. To simplify this very complex topic, a global campaign with a microsite has been developed that creates an analogy between...

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Customised agricultural solutions for African soil

Published: 17 October 2017

“In order to better target its bearings, gears, belts, chains, motors and drives to the farming community, in September 2017, BI (formerly Bearings International) has established a specialist agricultural industry...

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VW Caddy fitted with 3d-printed front-end

Published: 17 October 2017

In a joint development project known as 3i-PRINT, Altair, APWORKS, csi entwicklungstechnik, EOS, GERG, and Heraeus have used the front-end structure of a classic VW Caddy to demonstrate the full...

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Customised measurement, control and monitoring

Published: 17 October 2017

AFRISO-Euro-Index was founded in 1869 by Adalbert Fritz in Schmiedefeld, Thuringia, Germany. “AFRISO invented the capsule pressure gauge and today, AFRISO is a business that is still owned and managed...

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SS Nujoma sea vessel gets advanced hydraulic sampling tool

Published: 16 October 2017

In its biggest sea vessel project ever undertaken, Hytec has successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned all the hydraulics for three systems on board the SS Nujoma, the most technologically...

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SMC sponsors ProPak Cape in line with dedication to packaging industry

Published: 05 October 2017

SMC Pneumatics is dedicated to product innovation for the food processing and packaging industry while at the same time maintaining its global commitment to safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions...

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