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MechChem Africa March 2019

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MechChem Africa March 2019MechChem Africa’s March edition features Weir Minerals as the cover story, taking us through the transformational approaches, the company has adopted to align local operations with its international efficiency standards. We also look closely at Atlas Copco’s offering for dewatering solutions, as well as KSB Pumps, Grindex, and SEW-EURODRIVE’s innovative product offerings. Minister Jeff Radebe’s keynote address at the Africa Energy Indaba puts emphasis on employment to drive the energy agenda, and we look to understand what the discovery of gas condensate at Brulpadda means for natural gas and cleaner hydrocarbons.

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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

Skyriders puts an eye in the sky

Published: 18 March 2019

Industrial rope access company, Skyriders, has brought cost and time saving solutions to the company and its clients by introducing collision resistant drone technology to access areas that may pose...

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Decontaminating soil using bioremediation

Published: 18 March 2019

When replacing underground reservoirs at petrol stations, it is necessary to remove the soil around the reservoir to protect it from gasoline and diesel fuel contamination. Croatian company CorteCros, which...

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Natural gas set to grow across Africa

Published: 18 March 2019

Just ahead of Africa Gas Forum, 2019, Total announced the discovery of gas condensate at Brulpadda, 175 km off the Mossel Bay coast of South Africa. This Gas Forum Africa...

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Energy saving in the agri-sector

Published: 18 March 2019

Using Zest WEG Group products such as the IE3 Top Premium Efficiency electric motor and variable speed drive combination for driving equipment such as pumping systems in the agri sector...

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Africa Energy Indaba 2019: Employment the key energy driver

Published: 18 March 2019

On February 19, Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe delivered the keynote address for the Africa Energy Indaba 2019 at the Sandton International Convention Centre. MechChem Africa attends and highlights some...

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ECDriveS® for SA automotive manufacturers

Published: 18 March 2019

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has secured its largest project to date for its ECDriveS® drive system for light-load conveyor technology. The project is for seven conveyors and 40 accumulation zones at...

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MAP packaging for good-looking red meat

Published: 18 March 2019

Afrox, through its Foodfresh® brand of gases, has developed a wide range of modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) solutions for keeping fresh food unspoilt, attractive and appetising while on supermarket shelves...

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Grindex slurry pump perfect for Africa

Published: 18 March 2019

Tough operating conditions are to be expected in daily mining operations, and even more so when it comes to slurry pumping applications in the mining sector. Incorrect pump choices for...

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KSB expands aftermarket services

Published: 18 March 2019

With service centres situated at all local branches around South Africa, KSB SupremeServ is an expanded aftermarket service for the company’s 22 000 pump variants and includes dedicated walk-in-centres for on‑the‑go‑services.

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Dewatering with a difference

Published: 18 March 2019

Atlas Copco has solidified its place at the forefront of the pumps industry with the introduction of WEDA 50+ and 60+ dewatering pumps. These pumps have been designed to provide...

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In-time condition monitoring and diagnostics

Published: 18 March 2019

On the evening of March 21, 2019, condition-monitoring specialist, Martec unveiled its new brand and outlined its future strategy. “Martec has embraced Industry 4.0 and is excited about the possibilities...

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Water management: a lecture, a book and a collaborative effort

Published: 18 March 2019

On February 28, 2019, professor Thokozani Majozi of the University of the Witwatersrand delivered a lecture on Water management: social and technological perspectives, a book written as a collaborative research...

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Weir Minerals: a world-class local manufacturer

Published: 18 March 2019

MechChem Africa visits the Isando manufacturing facilities of Weir Minerals Africa and talks to Hloni Ledwaba, operations director, and Danillo van Eck, general manager for operations, about the transformational approaches...

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Keeping the IIoT real

Published: 18 March 2019

Peter Middleton makes the link between efficiency and measurement – that one cannot exist without the other. He notes that routine measurement is an essential prerequisite for all effective efficiency...

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Coal Ash: Tapping into resource potential

Published: 20 February 2019

With mountains of coal ash available at all South African coal-fired power stations, there is no shortage of supply of the ‘grey gold’. With a little innovation and a sound...

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SA’s woven geotextile dewatering solution

Published: 20 February 2019

MechChem Africa talks to Carien Spagnuolo, general manager of ZebraTube, a 100% South African company that can claim two decades of experience in retaining solids and percolating liquids through locally...

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Enhanced production for ion exchange resins

Published: 20 February 2019

Specialty chemicals company, LANXESS, is investing in its ion exchange resin production facility at its Leverkusen site in Germany. The company is optimising its process technology and operating efficiency for...

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Responsible management of refrigerant gases

Published: 20 February 2019

MechChem Africa talks to A-Gas sales manager, Mike Labacher, about current trends with respect to refrigerants and the need for more responsible lifecycle management of these gases.

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Hydroclone shines in diamond processing

Published: 20 February 2019

The successful performance of Weir Minerals’ Cavex hydrocyclones at a diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has proved the technology’s applicability in dense medium separation (DMS) plants that...

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Risk management for industrial safety

Published: 20 February 2019

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSH Act) requires companies to take steps in order to protect workers and the public from injury and death in the workplace. The Act...

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Classic wear failures revisited

Published: 20 February 2019

Johannesburg based consulting engineer, Tim J Carter, B.Tech, C.Eng, FIMMM, talks about wear failures and the importance of using the best possible lubricants and lubrication strategies.

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Innovation award for Sasol R&T team

Published: 20 February 2019

SAIChE’s 2018 Innovation Award was presented to Sasol Group Technology’s Research and Technology team, consisting of Enrico Caricato, Herman Hoffeldt, Ricky Kotze, Jared Lloyd, Nico Prinsloo and Carel Swanepoel for...

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Endress+Hauser’s SANAS accredited verification and calibration laboratory

Published: 20 February 2019

Preston Reddy, business driver for Service at Endress+Hauser South Africa, talks about his company’s verification and calibration offerings, the difference between them and the advantages of using the company’s local...

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The state of the nation?

Published: 20 February 2019

Peter Middleton discusses SONA 2019 and argues for a shift to technical-style analysis and competence-based management with respect to financial, operational and technical decisions if we are to move forward...

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Kathu CSP plant in-sync with energy needs

Published: 28 January 2019

The 27 energy agreements signed with power producers by Energy Minster, Jeff Rhadebe, early last year – at a total cost of R56-billion – will play a significant part in...

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Integrated solutions extend Cullinan’s working life

Published: 28 January 2019

Juan Kemp says he is general manager of the world’s most celebrated diamond mine in the world. “This is a truth,” he begins, relating that on stating this at a...

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Toll processing: ideal for junior miners

Published: 28 January 2019

B&E International, now part of the Raubex Group of companies, was established in South Africa back in 1972 as a drilling and blasting specialist and soon diversified into the mobile...

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Revolutionising FEA with solid simulation

Published: 28 January 2019

Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) are intrinsic parts of product development. CAE simulation tools are extremely important because they allow for performance validation and optimisation of...

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Towards a holistic 4IR

Published: 28 January 2019

“As an industrial engineer, I take abuse from the other self-proclaimed ‘real engineers’. But I ask them this: How many revolutions have you gone through in your discipline? Today, us...

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SMC ZA: Your local connection into SMC’s global solutions

Published: 28 January 2019

To more closely align with its global parent and its international network, SMC Pneumatics South Africa has changed its name to SMC Corporation ZA.

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Robust drives for wastewater treatment

Published: 28 January 2019

Such is the quality and reliability of SEW’s geared motor and gearbox technology that local original equipment manufacturer, Wamechsi Group, has standardised on the German company’s products for demanding agitation...

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An academic in pursuit of challenges

Published: 28 January 2019

In 2003, Kapil Moothi matriculated from the secondary school in Ladysmith, a small town in KwaZulu-Natal where he was born and raised. “My interests were always in the science, technology...

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Privatisation: a UK perspective

Published: 28 January 2019

My first stint of living in London was at the time of the first of Thatcher’s sell-offs of state-owned assets, which started with British Telecom in 1982.

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Young engineers revitalise rotating equipment life services

Published: 28 January 2019

“In terms of new technologies and services at SKF, several new things are happening. First, our engineering team is rapidly expanding. We now have 15 engineers supporting the different SKF...

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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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Name: Peter Middleton
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