MechChem Africa

The Aerospace, Maritime & Defence Conference 2017 takes place at the CSIR, Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria, from 28 - 29 September.

In the current ‘#FeesMustFall’ climate we've decided to open up a discussion around issues related to higher education in South Africa. Here is an opinion piece by Wolf Bernhardt, honorary senior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, who has been a member of SAIChE for over 20 years. Please note that this is the opinion of the author and not necessarily of the Institution.

Harry Zervos, principal analyst, IDTechEx in Florida, USA, explains what's hype and what's reality, in thermoelectrics and its potential in energy harvesting applications.

GK-IT Environmental Services is offering risk-averting solutions, particularly for hydrocarbon-contaminated soils.

High-Tech Processing, a local brewery, beverage, alcoholic and soft drink plant solutions provider, chose Endress+Hauser to join with them on a large project to offer the customer, an international beverage manufacturer, the most efficient and cost-saving operation possible.

South Africa, India, Brazil, Indonesia have emerged as high-need hotspots for renewable energy (RE) investments, according to a report by Allianz Climate and Energy Monitor 2017. The G20 needs to double investment in renewable energy to meet Paris climate goals, the report states, whilst policies supporting solar and wind investments are now starting to pay off.

KSB Pumps and Valves South Africa has engineered, manufactured and supplied sizeable contracts for advanced magnetic drive API pumps to refineries in Russia and Germany, where they are being used to pump potentially hazardous ‘goudron’ and ‘mazout’ products and Isobutane HF. KSB Pumps and Valves product manager, Jan van Vuuren explains.

MechChem Africa visits the new expanded premises of Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) and Integrated Pumps Technology (IPT) and talks to IPR’s managing director, Lee Vine.

Harry Rosen discusses the very important role of pressure gauges: why they must to be accurate; the need to measure absolute pressure on the suction side; and how to determine what is happening to a pump from the suction and discharge pressure gauge readings.

MechChem Africa visits Cummins Southern Africa and talks to Meshach Kwegyir-Aggrey: general manager of Cummins Zambia; Racheal Njoroge, regional director of operations for Mozambique and Zimbabwe; and Thierry Pimi, managing director of Cummins Southern Africa.

BMG, part of Invicta Holdings Limited, held two open days on September 14 and 15 to showcase and unveil its expanded and refurbished BMG World facility in Droste Park, Johannesburg. “The reveal of BMG World is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy, which began nearly ten years ago,” says managing director, Gavin Pelser.

Peter Middleton looks at grid parity based on the latest UK and South African IPP bid prices and argues for accelerating the adoption of renewables.

Peter Middleton argues the case for seeing all wastewater, including sewage and AMD, as vital water resources for potable and industrial use and for the widespread adoption of high-recovery water reclamation and treatment technologies. 

MechChem Africa visits the South African headquarters of Veolia Water Technologies South Africa in Modderfontein, Gauteng and talks to business development manager, Thabo Mogadima, and general manager for marketing, Chris Braybrooke, about seeing wastewater as a valuable resource.

Jens Lipnizki from the Membranes Liquid Purification Technologies business unit of LANXESS talks about keeping reverse osmosis water purification systems healthy and how to overcome some of the problems that inevitably occur when using this technology.

Asset Management is a rapidly developing field, with more and more companies placing it amongst the top three strategic initiatives for driving a step change in bottom line profit. “Ensure the resources used will enable this strategic value driver,” says Pragma Africa’s Johannes Coetzee.

According to some, maintenance is a skill in its own right that requires a disciplined and coordinated programme to ensure that the necessary systems are implemented. When first starting a job, OEM FLSmidth places primary importance on critically assessing the existing programme before establishing a productivity partner model for its customers. Wilhelm van Wyk, FLSmidth’s manager for operation and maintenance for southern Africa explains.

With a reputation for quality and flexibility, Parnis Manufacturing’s roots and expertise go back over 40 years in the mining and energy sector. Today, the company continues to take its capability in machining, refurbishment and niche fabrication to new heights, and into new sectors.

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton talks to Multotec process engineer Carien Spagnuolo about the first commercial installation in Africa of the continuous ion exchange desalination solution, DeSALx®, which Multotec is introducing to the region as the local partner for Australia-based Clean TeQ Water.

In his Tracking industrial trends column this month, Gary i. Crawford of Mettle Strategic Creativity talks about our resistance to adopting innovation and the ‘no brainer’ light steel frame (LSF) construction technology.

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