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MechChem Africa April 2018

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MechChem Africa April 2018VEGAPULS 80 GHz radar level sensors from VEGA Controls decorate MechChem Africa’s April front cover and in our front cover story we unravel the advantages of the technology for chemical plants, wastewater treatment facilities, cement manufactures and any other liquid or solid product level measurement application. Read more...

Lead features also include: an interview with Cummins CSA’s Orlando Ferrão; A visit to Axiom Hydraulics’ new premises in Wadeville; a conversation with productONE’s Thulani Mazibuko and Charles Anderson about the new release of PTC’s Creo 5.0; the opportunity offered by FLSmidth’s CCD thickener technology; and in Innovative engineering, we report on Eaton’s new Wadeville microgrid.

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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

KISS Next’s onshore gas volume measurement

Published: 17 April 2018

Following the commissioning and construction of the KISS mobile measurement station for Shell’s reservoirs on the coast of Holland, the station’s successor, KISS Next, enabled by the SICK FLOWSIC600 ultrasonic...

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New hydrogen filling stations for FCVs

Published: 17 April 2018

Due to climate change, the era of fossil-fuelled transportation is drawing to a close. While there are sound cases to be made for the adoption of transportation alternatives such as...

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Better service support from engine OEM

Published: 17 April 2018

Following a Cummins Media Breakfast last month, MechChem Africa speaks to Orlando Ferrão, the recently appointed general manager for Cummins South Africa (CSA), about his service vision for the Cummins...

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Eaton inaugurates Wadeville microgrid

Published: 17 April 2018

Global power management company, Eaton, recently inaugurated a new microgrid at its Wadeville site in Gauteng, South Africa, which includes the first deployment in Africa of Eaton’s energy storage system...

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Modular solutions for small chlorine plants

Published: 17 April 2018

Bruce Bassett, Process Industries senior manager for Special Projects at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, explains why modular chlorine plants are particularly suited to the African market.

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Debtech’s RhoVol: real-time sample density measurement

Published: 17 April 2018

With metallurgical operations constantly looking to improve recoveries, the RhoVol densimetric measurement system from De Beers Technologies SA (DebTech) now makes it possible to determine material density on-site quickly and...

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CCD thickeners: a retrofit opportunity

Published: 17 April 2018

MechChem Africa visits the Constantia Kloof premises of FLSmidth to talk to Terence Osborn, commercial manager of minerals in sub-Saharan Africa, and Roy Hazell, the region’s head of sales, about...

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The development of the SRK Generation 8 SUV

Published: 17 April 2018

With the help of Altair’s HyperMesh® for rapid model generation; OptiStruct® for finite element analysis; and RADIOSS® for analysing the physics, recreational motors and motorcycle company, ArciMoto has developed a...

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Creo 5.0: Build better products faster

Published: 17 April 2018

MechChem Africa talks to productONE principal applications engineer and subject matter expert, Thulani Mazibuko, and the company’s MD, Charles Anderson, about the new capability and direction of Creo Parametric 5.0...

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Engineered hydraulic solutions meet SA’s needs

Published: 17 April 2018

MechTech Africa visits the Wadeville premises of Axiom Hydraulics and talks to Eugene Tondolo about how the company’s exclusive brands are custom engineered for the hydraulic systems that drive South...

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Report on Gauteng Members’ group: EWB-SA evening

Published: 17 April 2018

To kick off the year’s proceedings, the Gauteng members’ group opened on a high note by showcasing the exciting organisation, Engineers Without Borders SA (EWB-SA), and giving members a chance...

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Advantages of VEGA’s 80 GHz through-air radar: Accurate, reliable and less burdensome than ever

Published: 17 April 2018

Radar is one of the most common level measurement technologies in the instrumentation market. Whether measuring liquids or solids, from chemical plants to wastewater facilities and for ready-mix cement manufacturers...

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Jobs, the revised IRP and a better life for all

Published: 17 April 2018

Peter Middleton discusses power developments, the renewable IPP programme and the revised IRP and urges stakeholders to put aside immediate vested interests and take the tough decisions needed to deliver...

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Improve Your Product Visualisation and Demonstrations with Augmented Reality!

Published: 20 March 2018

Are you in Sales or Marketing in an Engineering world?

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Five ways solar PV can optimise industrial electricity use

Published: 20 March 2018

Dominic Wills of SOLA Future Energy outlines how offgrid rooftop solar PV installations can optimise the energy use in commercial and industrial buildings.

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Storage and disposal requirements for generators of used oil

Published: 20 March 2018

The ROSE Foundation (Recycling Oil Saves the Environment) has been championing the responsible collection and removal of used oil for proper recycling since 1994. Bubele Nyiba, CEO of the ROSE...

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WTA oil lab avoids transformer failure

Published: 20 March 2018

One of the largest transformer manufacturers in South Africa, WEG Transformers Africa, offers an extensive range of services at its advanced oil laboratory in Heidelberg, Gauteng.

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Promoting transformation in the diamond industry

Published: 20 March 2018

In order to facilitate the growth and transformation of the South African diamond industry, De Beers has embarked on an Enterprise Development Project for Diamond Beneficiators. MechChem Africa talks to...

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Skyriders five-year contract at petrochem producer

Published: 20 March 2018

From work at tank farms to power station boiler inspection, Skyriders’ five-year contract at a major petrochemical (petrochem) producer in South Africa has progressed in leaps and bounds indicating the...

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Mines urged to dredge ponds before rains arrive

Published: 20 March 2018

With the rainy season approaching in most of South Africa’s mining regions, monitoring the capacity of process water return ponds becomes increasingly critical – to ensure that silt build-up does...

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Training pump-system experts for a measured ROI

Published: 20 March 2018

UNIDO Pump expert Harry Rosen has begun to incorporate UNIDO’s knowledge transfer approach into TAS Online and 2KG pump training courses in South Africa. He talks to MechChem Africa about...

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Multiflo pontoon and walkway range for pit dewatering

Published: 20 March 2018

An expanded range of Multiflo® pontoons and walkways from Weir Minerals is available in Africa and Middle Eastern markets, improving the operating efficiency of dewatering systems and increasing flexibility for...

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Stealing the future: Is South Africa’s response to climate change appropriate?

Published: 20 March 2018

Considering the drought in the Western Cape, Rosalind dos Santos, MSc Eng (Met), BSc Eng (Chem), CEM, evaluates South Africa’s response to climate change.

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Peter’s comment: Quality artisan training and the QCTO system

Published: 20 March 2018

Peter Middleton argues for renewed educational emphasis on practical skills and applauds the introduction of a more modern approach to artisan training.

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Proudly SA PTFE manufacturer supplies the world

Published: 20 March 2018

MechChem Africa visits the PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) facilities of Trident Plastics and talks to operations manager, Louis Botha about the manufacturing process and the company’s niche offering.

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Advanced materials and LSF construction

Published: 14 February 2018

MechChem Africa columnist, Gary i Crawford of Mettle Strategic Creativity, is currently building a new property in Hartbeespoort using only light steel frame construction principles and products. Here he presents...

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Helping mines find the real source of nitrates in water

Published: 14 February 2018

From a paper presented at the 13th International Mine Water Association Congress in Finland recently, SRK Consulting principal hydrogeologist Sarah Skinner highlights the importance of tracing the real source of...

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Wastewater reclamation and the Western Cape crisis

Published: 14 February 2018

Within the context of the ongoing water crisis in the Western Cape, MechChem Africa talks to Xylem’s water reuse specialist, Lucinda Jooste, who presents the argument that, while the current...

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Passivity key to keeping stainless stainless

Published: 14 February 2018

Michel Basson, manager of sassda’s Western Cape branch, talks about the vital role of the chrome-rich passive layer on stainless steel and how inadvertently blocking the layer’s access to oxygen...

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Local belt clip production extended

Published: 14 February 2018

Multotec Group company, Mato Products, has completed a R4-million refurbishment of its clip-manufacturing machine, one of three German-built machines in the world. MechChem Africa talks to the company’s general manager...

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IIoT and the changing face of asset management

Published: 14 February 2018

MechChem Africa talks to Stefan Swanepoel of enterprise, physical asset management and monitoring specialist, Pragma, about how the Iindustrial Internet of Tthings (IIoT) is blurring the lines between asset management...

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Mike Hancock of Chester University presents at UCT

Published: 14 February 2018

On February 1st 2018, the Western Cape Members Group attended a presentation at the UCT Chemical Engineering Department by Mike Hancock of the University of Chester in the UK.

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The world’s first self-calibrating thermometer: 100% Compliance – 0% Effort

Published: 14 February 2018

Endress+Hauser is launching the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 compact thermometer for food and beverage and life sciences industries. It features unique sensor technology with fully automated inline self-calibration function for hygienic...

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We have to stop waiting for rain

Published: 14 February 2018

With all three Cape provinces in South Africa being declared disaster areas due to drought, Peter Middleton argues for the adoption of Arizona-style water reclamation solutions so that we are...

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A low-carbon jet fuel future

Published: 24 January 2018

Innovators in the fields of steel and aviation reveal how a low-carbon jet fuel made with steel process gases could revolutionise air travel.

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Changes in process safety and risk legislation in South Africa

Published: 24 January 2018

The Major Hazard Installation Regulations are being amended and are set for promulgation in 2018 at the earliest. Motlatsi Mabaso, CEng, MIChemE, Director: MMRisk, a process safety and risk consultancy...

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