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MechChem Africa September 2017

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MechChem Africa September 2017 front coverThe BMG Reveal event is featured on our front cover for September, the unveiling of its expanded and refurbished BMG World facility in Droste Park, Johannesburg, which took place on September 14 and 15. We have an extended pump systems feature this month with articles from Integrated Pump Rental, KSB, Verder Pumps, Weir Minerals, Atlas Copco, Air and Vacuum Technologies and Gemü Valves, along with Harry Rosen’s Pumping systems 101 column, which talks about the import role of pressure gauges.

We visit Cummins for our lead Power Generation feature and look at Cider production with Endress+Hauser for the Petrochemical industries lead feature. We also publish a Bioremediation article in our newly named Environmental, waste management and cleaning technologies feature.

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Industry diary: 2017

Keeps Africa informed about industry related events across the continent and beyond. Regularly updated, MechChem's Industry diary records the dates, venues and contact details of upcoming conferences, exhibitions and training courses. To add an event email the details to mechchemfafrica@crown.co.za.

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MechChem Africa: Latest News

Transformative Technologies for the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries

Published: 21 September 2017

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

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What kind of engineering graduates are required today?

Published: 19 September 2017

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...

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Whereto for thermoelectrics?

Published: 19 September 2017

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.

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Bioremediation in the petrochemical sector

Published: 19 September 2017

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

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Smarter cider production

Published: 19 September 2017

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...

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SA ranks 10th for general RE investment conditions

Published: 19 September 2017

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...

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Locally manufactured API pumps for Europe’s refineries

Published: 19 September 2017

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...

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From pump rental to sales: the solution-driven approach

Published: 19 September 2017

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.

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Pumping systems 101: What are pressure gauges actually telling us?

Published: 18 September 2017

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...

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Legendary engine support and from Cummins Southern Africa

Published: 18 September 2017

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...

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BMG World revealed

Published: 18 September 2017

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...

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Grid parity now favours renewable investments

Published: 18 September 2017

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.

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Comment: Wastewater - the new resource

Published: 23 August 2017

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...

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Water, wastewater and the circular economy

Published: 23 August 2017

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...

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Remedying problems in reverse osmosis processes

Published: 23 August 2017

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...

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Asset Management and ISO 55000

Published: 23 August 2017

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...

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Why an OEM’s support solutions are so effective

Published: 23 August 2017

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...

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Engineering and refurbishment expertise for African growth

Published: 23 August 2017

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...

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DeSALx®: the enabler for high water recovery

Published: 23 August 2017

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...

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Light steel frame construction – has its time come?

Published: 23 August 2017

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)...

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Cummins Southern Africa updates for Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Published: 23 August 2017

Cummins Inc, a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems...

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Pump leader Gruppo Aturia comes to Africa

Published: 23 August 2017

APE Pumps’ global holding company, WPIL, acquired the Italian pump company, Gruppo Aturia along with all of its brands during the second half of 2015. Richard Harper of APE Pumps...

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Cold zinc-rich coatings protect steel

Published: 23 August 2017

Rust-Anode® and Rust-Anode Primers from BMG are made of ecologically green materials, have low VOCs and excellent resistance to corrosive environments. Marc Gravett, the business unit manager for seals at...

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TSA coatings overcome CUI problems

Published: 23 August 2017

Corrosion under insulation, or CUI, is a common problem in many industries, including those in the petrochemical and power sectors. Evaluation of life-cycle savings has recently led to new, simple...

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Local stainless steel industry battles SA’s economic storm

Published: 21 July 2017

The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) held its 2017 AGM in Sandton, Johannesburg on June 14. This article summarises executive director John Tarboton’s annual report.

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Craig Sheridan: lavender oil, wine and water research

Published: 21 July 2017

MechChem Africa profiles new SAIChE IChemE President Craig Sherida, who was elected to take over from Dawie van Vuuren at the Institute’s Annual General meeting on April 20, 2017.

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SA vehicle specialist adopts Windchill 11, the connected PLM solution

Published: 21 July 2017

MechChem Africa talks to productONE PLM solutions’ architect, Johan Strydom, and sales manager, Francois Du Toit, about the adoption by Paramount Combat Systems of PTC’s Windchill 11 PLM solution.

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IPC platform combines openness with real time control

Published: 21 July 2017

Omron has released a new Industrial PC (IPC) platform for the connected future: a rugged Windows-based PC range that is available with a built-in Sysmac machine controller. MechChem Africa talks...

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Valves for critical flow control applications

Published: 21 July 2017

At the Africa Automation Fair 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome last month, Metso Flow Control demonstrated its niche range of valves, actuators and its universal valve controller. MechChem Africa visits...

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A visit to the Mad Giant microbrewery

Published: 21 July 2017

On June 27, 2017, Air Products hosted a visit to the Mad Giant microbrewery on 1 Fox Street in central Johannesburg. MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton takes the tour and talks...

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Hydraulic systems advance drum reclaimer technology

Published: 21 July 2017

Following the recent commissioning of two ThyssenKrupp drum reclaimers at the Medupi Power station and the delivery of a further three to Kusile, MechChem Africa talks to Klaus Marggraff, systems...

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Local manufacture key to African mining

Published: 21 July 2017

The HMA Group has been appointed as Uretech’s sole international distributor, including South Africa, with the HMA Group’s own broad product range will be made available in Africa for the...

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Hydraulic motors improve mine safety and reliability

Published: 21 July 2017

In the hazardous mining environment, safety is as important as productivity. This is why one Brazilian multinational, producer of around 15% of the world’s iron, chose to install Hä̈gglunds direct...

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The IIoT: Customers’ views of advanced diagnostics

Published: 20 July 2017

At an Endress+Hauser breakfast function held at the African Automation Fair 2017, Jenish Gheewala, Industry manager for mining, presented experiences from around the world about the implementation of the industrial...

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One million jobs by growing manufacturing

Published: 20 July 2017

Delivering the keynote address at the opening session of the Manufacturing Indaba, Nampak CEO and Manufacturing Circle chairperson, André de Ruyter, talked about kick-starting industrialisation in South Africa.

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New mounted and unmounted bearings and housings from KML

Published: 20 July 2017

Bearings International now has some exciting new products on offer, mounted and unmounted bearings and housings from KML; products for bulk materials handling and cement applications, such as KÖBO’s high-quality...

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