MechChem Africa

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 some of the innovative products available for those seeking to go beyond the traditional.

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 nitrogen contaminants in minewater.

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 situation is dire, it also offers an opportunity to put in place lasting solutions to overcome increasing water scarcity.

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 can ruin its corrosion resistance.

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, Benjamin Sibanda about Mato’s history and its conveyor belt lacing and belt cleaning solutions.

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, condition-based maintenance and operational performance.

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.

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 and aseptic applications. Benjamin Mlangeni, product manager for Temperature and System Components in South Africa introduces the innovation.

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 better able to cope with an inevitably drier future. 

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

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, spells out the changes.

On November 29, 2017, WACKER, the Munich-based chemical company, together with its long-term distributor IMCD South Africa, launched its first MYLAB mobile laboratory in Johannesburg.

MechChem Africa talks to Weir Minerals Africa’s Process Director, JD Singleton, about the extensive range of products, services, solutions and technical expertise the company offers to help process plant operators reduce bottlenecking, improve uptime and optimise plant performance.

Following the November 2017 Rockwell Automation Fair, MechChem Africa summarises the opening address of president and CEO, Blake Moret, and highlights some of the key takeouts from the Automation Perspectives media forum.

MechChem Africa visits productONE in Centurion, Pretoria and talks to applications engineer, Ross Anderson, who demonstrates how easily augmented reality (AR) experiences can be created and the advantages of PTC’s ThingWorx AR platform.

Brian Abbott, product manager for SMC Pneumatics South Africa, takes us on a tour of some of its his company’s energy-efficient product displays at its Midrand showroom.

MechChem Africa talks to Raymond Obermeyer, MD of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, about the expansion of the role and range of the company’s X-series helical and bevel helical gear units and his outlook following his first few years of leading the local entity.

In this first SAIChE IChemE Member Profile for 2018, MechChem Africa talks to Hamied Mazema, a chartered engineer, chartered environmentalist and chartered scientist who has been a member of the Institution for over 40 years.

MechChem Africa talked to Janusz Luterek of Intellectual Property specialist, Hahn & Hahn about his company’s experience of obtaining and protecting patent, design and Trade Mark rights in South Africa and the entire African continent.

Peter Middleton recalls a time when the words transformation and empowerment were about skill development towards employment and career success rather than shuffling the ownership of company shares and land.

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