MechChem Africa

Peter Middleton presents and comments on what Herbert Phahlane of WSP has to say about planning and implementing transport projects to get the most out of the growth opportunities they offer.

Talking at Omron’s Innovation Conference at the CSIR earlier this year, Driaan Coetzer, field application engineer and product manager for control and visualisation, opened the proceedings with a talk about i-Automation, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and Omron’s vision for the smart factory.

MechChem Africa’s Glynnis Koch speaks to Ian Fraser, managing director of RTS Africa Engineering (RTS Africa) at the recent Electra Mining show held at Nasrec, Johannesburg. This year, the company showcased its inertial spin filter solution, designed for use in the challenging conditions of the mining sector throughout Africa.

Abrasive wear lining specialist, Mitak, operates one of the largest dedicated high chrome white iron (HCWI) foundry in the world. MechChem Africa visits the proudly South African company’s stand at Electra Mining Africa and talks to Graham Anderson, business development director, about its mill lining aftermarket offering.

MechChem Africa visits the Rockwell Automation stand at Electra Mining Africa (EMA) and talks to the company’s South African MD, Barry Elliott, who presents a slower, evolutionary approach to digitalisation.

Through global computer software and services specialist, PTC, local distribution partners productONE and 1Worx continue to work with African Aerospace and Defence (A&D) manufacturers to place them at the forefront of innovation by providing leading CAD, PLM and IIoT solutions.

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton attends the Nelson Mandela University- and Altair-hosted 2018 Innovation in Industry Conference and presents a few takeaways from the presentations.

MechChem Africa highlights some of Atlas Copco’s Smart Air Solutions: GA 90+ to 160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors; the new Optimizer 4.0 central controller; and its BD+ and CD+ desiccant air dryers.

At a press briefing at the SEW-Eurodrive stand at Electra Mining, the company’s South African MD, Raymond Obermeyer, outlined some of the company’s global expansion plans while national sales and marketing manager, Norman Maleka, presented the forward-looking control, drive and motion technologies on display.

MechChem Africa visits the Parkhaven head office of BI and talks to Ross Trevelyan and Burtie Roberts about new strategies for taking product to market in South Africa’s constrained economy.

MechChem Africa profiles Manimagalay (Maggie) Chetty, who is a senior lecturer in chemical engineering for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Durban University of Technology (DUT); a full member of SAIChE IChemE; vice-chair of the KZN branch since Sept 2009; and a Council member since 2017.

In celebration of 45 years of successful local growth and development, Brett Wallace, managing director of Festo South Africa, narrates the company’s rich history, global heritage and the ongoing pursuit of new and better automation solutions for Africa.

productONE will be hosting a 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) event at the Zwartkops Raceway to look at how South African businesses can take advantage of the potential of 4IR and the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) to enable them to compete aggressively in the local and global market.

A proudly South African company called Biodx has developed a cost-effective disinfectant technology that comes from nature and works with nature. MechChem Africa visits the company’s Modderfontein premises and talks to CEO, Burt Rodrigues.

Atlas Copco’s QES mobile generator range is defined by simplicity – easy to move, easy to operate and easy to service. The QES range was developed using the company’s extensive experience over many years in global construction environments.

MechChem Africa talks to Multotec CEO, Thomas Holtz, about the localisation of manufacturing for the mining and minerals processing industries and his company’s pioneering approach to local content verification.

MechChem Africa talks to ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) energy efficiency manager, Louis Bosch, and Greg Adcock from pump system optimisation specialist, TAS Online, about the substantial energy and cost savings being achieved at the steel maker’s Vanderbijlpark plant.

According to Weir Minerals Africa pump product manager, Marnus Koorts, the wear life and efficiency of a high-quality pump may not be optimal if the selection of other pump circuit components such as valves, pipes and bellows is neglected. MechChem Africa finds out more.

MechChem Africa summarises recent events and activities of the SAIChE IChemE regional members groups in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

David Dyce, business unit manager of Fluid Technology at BMG, talks about the company’s comprehensive range of filtration solutions, which ensure that fuel and lubricant oil are maintained within the required cleanliness standards for the better protection of modern equipment assets.

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Name: Peter Middleton
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Phone: +27 11 622 4770
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Name: Glynnis Koch
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Fax: +27 11 615 6108

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