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African Fusion August 2017

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AfricanFusionThe voestalpine Böhler Welding Group features in the August front cover with a story about its advanced electroslag strip cladding process that enables thin, single layer Alloy 625 deposits to be deposited that meet the iron (Fe) dilution requirements for the oil & gas and chemical processing industries. Click to read cover story...

The SAIW pages feature South Africa’s pursuit of Welding Gold at World Skills, through our current champion Philippus Terblanche and we feature SAIW’s expanded Technical Services.

The technical paper comes from Shanghai and describes successful welding techniques for zirconium clad pressure vessels; and our welding industry pages include articles about Saf-Fro and Oerlikon hardfacing welding consumables; from MegChem about its fitness-for-service and remaining-life-assessment strategies for components subject to creep; and from Brand Weld about a tiered approach to servicing South Africa’s welding market.

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African Fusion: Latest News

Cost-effective welding solutions: a tiered approach

Published: 04 September 2017

African Fusion talks to Warwick Hogan and Anthony McGuinness of Brand Weld about welding brand choices and their approach to meeting the needs of the diverse South African market.

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Creep, cracks and fitness for service

Published: 04 September 2017

Ronald Koenis, principal metallurgical engineer for MegChem, talks about fitness-for-service (FFS) and remaining life assessments (RLAs) of welded components that operate within the creep range and those with crack-like flaws.

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How to hardface: The ten-step approach

Published: 04 September 2017

At an afternoon seminar at SAIW on July 26, 2017, Alain Laurent, business developer of consumables for Saf-Fro and Oerlikon, presented the companies hardfacing offering and its ten-steps approach to...

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Welding techniques and quality evaluation on zirconium-steel clad plates for large-scale reactors

Published: 04 September 2017

by L Wu, J Cui, HB Zhang, KJ Song, and PS Du This paper from the proceedings of the IIW 2017 International Conference in Shanghai, China, describes the development of successful...

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High-quality electroslag strip cladding for alloy 625

Published: 04 September 2017

Global voestalpine Böhler Welding specialists for cladding, petrochemical and chemical processing, M Decherf, R Demuzere and F Ciccomascolo, present an advanced electroslag strip cladding process that enables thin single layer...

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SAIW’s expanded technical services

Published: 04 September 2017

African Fusion visits SAIW’s Material Testing Laboratory and talks to the Institute’s new technical services manager, Riaan Loots.

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Sean’s comment

Published: 04 September 2017

Since publication of the last issue of African Fusion, Morris Maroga, Jim Guild, Harold Jansen, Herman Potgieter and I have attended a very busy week in Shanghai, China. Several welding...

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SA goes for World Skills Welding gold

Published: 04 September 2017

On August 4, 2017 at Lincoln Electric SA’s Weld Tech Centre in Midrand, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held an event to send off South Africa’s welding...

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Fluxofil, Fluxocord and the seamless advantage

Published: 05 July 2017

African Fusion’s Peter Middleton talks to country business developer, Eduardo Poblete of Air Liquide Welding France about Oerlikon seamless cored wires for flux-cored (FCAW) and submerged arc (SAW) welding.

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Sean’s comment June 2017

Published: 29 June 2017

Harold Jansen and I were recently in Vienna for the EN/ISO 9712 International Conference for Certification and Standardisation in NDT, along with the ICNDT Working Group 1 meeting. The EN/ISO...

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Sparking skills: QCTO artisan welder training

Published: 29 June 2017

Following four years of CHIETA-funded planning and curriculum development work, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has released a new artisan-training programme for welders that is now ready...

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Advanced orbital TIG welding arrives in SA

Published: 29 June 2017

Having become the southern African distributor for Polysoude orbital welding systems, Renttech SA held an orbital welding open day at its Secunda branch. African Fusion’s Peter Middleton attends and talks...

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Optimising SAW deposition rates using Long Stick Out

Published: 29 June 2017

At an SAIW evening meeting earlier this year, Thulani Mngomezulu, technical manager at Lincoln Electric South Africa, presented a talk about submerged arc welding and highlighted a simple and cost...

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Sky Hill boldly expands local capability

Published: 28 June 2017

African Fusion’s Peter Middleton visits Hydra Arc’s Sky Hill engineering, fabrication and machining facilities in Secunda and talks to engineering manager Ewan Huisamen and Gert Swanepoel, the superintendent of the...

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Cost per part fabrication solutions

Published: 28 June 2017

At Machine Tools Africa during May, global laser and bending specialist, Bystronic, represented in South Africa by First Cut, presented its holistic approach for fabricators. African Fusion talks to Bystronic’s...

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Nexelia – gas solutions for laser welding

Published: 28 June 2017

As part of the Nexelia offering for automotive and metal fabrication, Air Liquide has developed a unique set of proprietary nozzles for modern laser welding processes. African Fusion finds out...

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Rental and industrial offering enhance affordability

Published: 28 June 2017

In order to better help SMEs, farmers, industrial workshops and fabricators from large to small to succeed in the leaner economy, Afrox has added several new cost-effective products to its...

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Modern industrial spot welding solutions

Published: 27 March 2017

Yaskawa has developed a compact and flexible system for high-speed robot-based spot welding. The modular solution comprises a cell with positioner and two spot welding robots; particularly lightweight spot welding...

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Sean’s comment March 2017

Published: 27 March 2017

The WorldSkills SA competition was held in Durban last month and we are very pleased with the organisation of the event and the results. Philippus Terblanche, who won our SAIW...

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WorldSkills SA and the new approach to artisan training

Published: 27 March 2017

African Fusion talks to SAIW’s Etienne Nell about the WorldSkills SA Welding competition and the breakthrough progress being made in South Africa with respect to artisan training and trade tests.

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Next generation inspectors qualify

Published: 27 March 2017

At SAIW’s first presentation dinner for 2017, 132 diplomas were awarded to successful students on SAIW Welding Inspection and IIW Welding Specialist, Technologist and Engineer courses. African Fusion reports.

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In conversation with SAIW’s president

Published: 27 March 2017

African Fusion talks to SAIW president Morris Maroga about his career, his outlook for the welding industry in South Africa and his ideas about a different approach to skills development.

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Plant maintenance - An early NDT perspective

Published: 27 March 2017

In this new column from South Africa’s Institute for NDT, SAINT, president Keith Cain remembers the early days of shut-downs and RTS projects and draws some lessons about the importance...

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Advanced training solutions: from virtual to real welding

Published: 27 March 2017

Following the proven success of the VRTEX® virtual training solution, Lincoln Electric is launching its REALWELD® training system into South Africa, a monitoring and live coaching system designed to monitor...

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HC Heat Exchangers exceeds challenging requirements

Published: 27 March 2017

Based on an assessment carried out on December 1, 2016, HC Heat Exchangers’ workshop in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, was certified under the IIW Manufacturer Certification Scheme for the management of quality...

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ESAB expands regional support

Published: 27 March 2017

African Fusion talks to ESAB’s regional product support team: Keith Saunders, who is responsible for standard equipment, automation and engineering; Brett Cameron, process specialist responsible for welding consumables and manual...

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FlexArc: a new generation welding cell

Published: 27 March 2017

Optimal productivity requires welding equipment that combines effective operation with maximum cost-efficiency. Modular and modern standardised robot cells such as ABB’s FlexArc® are an established way of raising quality and...

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Thierry Pimi: Cummins Southern Africa’s new MD

Published: 03 December 2016

In support of short and long term African growth, Cummins Southern Africa has appointed Thierry Pimi as managing director. Pimi is now responsible for the leadership, operations and strategic direction...

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Yaskawa’s ‘on-the-fly’ fibre laser robotic welding system

Published: 30 November 2016

Having been awarded the seat-manufacturing contract for the next-generation VW Polo, Adient Pasdec is investing in a significant upgrade to its manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth.

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Women in NDT: A day of inspiration

Published: 30 November 2016

On October 14 at the CSIR, the Southern African Institute of NDT (SAINT) organised a day of inspiration for women to both celebrate the success of women in the NDT...

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Kelvion: SA’s heat transfer and cooling plant pioneer

Published: 30 November 2016

Earlier this year, GEA Aircooled Systems and GEA Nilenca became Kelvion Thermal Solutions and Kelvion Services, respectively. African Fusion visits the Roodekop premises of the two adjacent companies and talks...

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Jim Guild – A tribute from SAIW

Published: 30 November 2016

Jim Guild, winner of the SAIW Gold Medal Award for 2016, is one of the most deserving Gold Medal winners in the Institute’s history. This highly successful organisation owes its...

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SAIW 68th Annual Dinner and Awards

Published: 30 November 2016

The 68th SAIW Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation was held on September 23 at the Gold Reef City Casino Convention Centre. Compèred by Bongani Nxumalo with entertainment by Coda Africa...

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Twin pack welder/generators for rugged on-site power

Published: 30 November 2016

At Electra Mining Africa 2016, Renttech SA debuted its new Uniarc Twinpro twin pack welder/generator with two 300/400 A welding units, 30 kVA three-phase power and two 6.0 kVA, 230 V power...

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Advanced high deposition rate submerged-arc welding

Published: 30 November 2016

African Fusion attends Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology Centre open day and reports on the company’s high deposition rate submerged-arc welding process.

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Consumable specialist transforms market strategy

Published: 30 November 2016

African Fusion talks to Tim Sivewright, general manager for the Welding division at Böhler Uddeholm Africa, voestalpine Böhler Welding Group’s South African distribution partner.

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Contact African Fusion

Title: Editor
Name: Peter Middleton
Email: peterm@crown.co.za
Phone: (011) 622 4770
Fax: (011) 615 6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Helen Couvaras
Email: helencou@crown.co.za
Phone: (011) 622 4770
Fax: (011) 615 6108

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