MechChem Africa

Trevor Hill, head of Audi South Africa, believes that electrification is going to be driving the future of global mobility and that infrastructure for electric vehicles is becoming increasingly urgent in South Africa. Here he outlines a roadmap towards a competitive, premium solution.

By making use of the latest advancements in rain-enhancing technology, Middelburg-based firm, WAS seeks to use cloud seeding to increase precipitation.

Robbie Frank of Boksburg-based Elemental Analytics, a company specialising in analytical instrumentation applications, talks about combustion monitoring and control in fired heating systems.

MechChem Africa talks to Kansai Plascon protective coatings’ specialist, Alvin Varaden about the latest in protective coating solutions, passive fire protection (PFP) and the modern trend towards fewer and thicker coatings designed for faster application and a longer life.

MechChem Africa talks to BI’s Ross Trevelyan, business unit head at the company’s Parkhaven distribution centre, about Cooper and FAG bearings and power pack components, which he recommends for materials handling equipment such as conveyors and crushers operating under South Africa’s harsh conditions.

In this issue’s Mario on Maintenance column Mario Kuisis deals with risk management and suggests that, as we slowly return to normal business practices following several years of unpredictability, plant and industrial operators should look beyond survival and towards reducing operational uncertainty to minimum levels possible.

In this issue we profile SAIChE IChemE member Walter Focke, who talks to MechChem Africa about the link between chemical engineering and his passion for reducing the impact of malaria in Africa.

An SEW-EURODRIVE DRN electric motor range that fully meets the IEC 60034 electric motor standard (IEC standards) was recently introduced into South Africa. Norman Maleka unravels what this means for plant operators and equipment specifiers.

Following a conversation with Walter Focke of UP’s Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control, Peter Middleton finds out more about Malaria and highlights a truly inspiring African success story.

The first Innovations in Industry Technical Conference will take place at Nelson Mandela University on Friday 7 September, 2018. This event will focus on sharing amazing applications of new technology being used in the South African arena.

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 gas flow meter, is adding new features for stable gas volume measurement. 

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 battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) hold the better potential for diminished environmental harm in the longer term. 

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 range.

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, xStorage. The microgrid is geared towards enabling the site to become self-sufficient from an energy consumption perspective, relieving pressure on the national electricity grid and associated electrical infrastructure. Glynnis Koch reports.

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.

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 easily – allowing process plants to be quickly optimised for best results.

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 the company’s counter-current decantation (CCD) thickeners, its P-Duc feedwell innovation and the use of LDX stainless steel for highly acidic application.

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 new-concept Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV), a small and safe all-electric commuter vehicle called the SRK Generation 8.

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, which was released on March 19, 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 African industry.

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