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MechChem Africa May 2018

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MechChem Africa May 2018

We feature SEW-EURODRIVE on the front cover for May. In the associated story, Norman Maleka tells of the company’s DRN IEC electric motor range and reminds customers that while SEW-EURODRIVE is better known for gearboxes, its geared motor range proves its technical expertise as an electric motor manufacturer. Read more...

Lead feature content also includes: The Mario on maintenance column, which focuses on Risk management; an article from BI about its Cooper and FAG bearing solutions for materials handling equipment; a passive fire protection (PFP) and corrosion coatings piece from Kansai Plascon; an article from Boksburg based Elemental Analytics about the importance of combustion monitoring; and, in or Water and wastewater feature, a story about cloud seeding from a company called WAS.

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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

A roadmap to premium electric mobility

Published: 14 May 2018

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...

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Cloud seeding technology to maximise precipitation

Published: 14 May 2018

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

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Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

Published: 14 May 2018

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

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Passive fire protection and modern industrial coatings

Published: 14 May 2018

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...

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Drive train solutions for cost-effective materials handling

Published: 14 May 2018

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...

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Mario on maintenance: Risk management and proactive maintenance

Published: 14 May 2018

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...

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Polymer research, community service and containing malaria

Published: 14 May 2018

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...

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SEW-EURODRIVE IEC electric motors: Direct from the gearbox specialist

Published: 14 May 2018

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...

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Malaria: African solutions to an African scourge

Published: 14 May 2018

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.

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Innovation in Industry Conference: Showcasing local initiatives using latest technology

Published: 11 May 2018

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...

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KISS Next’s onshore gas volume measurement

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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New hydrogen filling stations for FCVs

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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Better service support from engine OEM

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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Eaton inaugurates Wadeville microgrid

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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Modular solutions for small chlorine plants

Published: 17 April 2018

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.

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Debtech’s RhoVol: real-time sample density measurement

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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CCD thickeners: a retrofit opportunity

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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The development of the SRK Generation 8 SUV

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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Creo 5.0: Build better products faster

Published: 17 April 2018

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...

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Engineered hydraulic solutions meet SA’s needs

Published: 17 April 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...

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Report on Gauteng Members’ group: EWB-SA evening

Published: 17 April 2018

To kick off the year’s proceedings, the Gauteng members’ group opened on a high note by showcasing the exciting organisation, Engineers Without Borders SA (EWB-SA), and giving members a chance...

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Advantages of VEGA’s 80 GHz through-air radar: Accurate, reliable and less burdensome than ever

Published: 17 April 2018

Radar is one of the most common level measurement technologies in the instrumentation market. Whether measuring liquids or solids, from chemical plants to wastewater facilities and for ready-mix cement manufacturers...

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Jobs, the revised IRP and a better life for all

Published: 17 April 2018

Peter Middleton discusses power developments, the renewable IPP programme and the revised IRP and urges stakeholders to put aside immediate vested interests and take the tough decisions needed to deliver...

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Improve Your Product Visualisation and Demonstrations with Augmented Reality!

Published: 20 March 2018

Are you in Sales or Marketing in an Engineering world?

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Five ways solar PV can optimise industrial electricity use

Published: 20 March 2018

Dominic Wills of SOLA Future Energy outlines how offgrid rooftop solar PV installations can optimise the energy use in commercial and industrial buildings.

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Storage and disposal requirements for generators of used oil

Published: 20 March 2018

The ROSE Foundation (Recycling Oil Saves the Environment) has been championing the responsible collection and removal of used oil for proper recycling since 1994. Bubele Nyiba, CEO of the ROSE...

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WTA oil lab avoids transformer failure

Published: 20 March 2018

One of the largest transformer manufacturers in South Africa, WEG Transformers Africa, offers an extensive range of services at its advanced oil laboratory in Heidelberg, Gauteng.

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Promoting transformation in the diamond industry

Published: 20 March 2018

In order to facilitate the growth and transformation of the South African diamond industry, De Beers has embarked on an Enterprise Development Project for Diamond Beneficiators. MechChem Africa talks to...

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Skyriders five-year contract at petrochem producer

Published: 20 March 2018

From work at tank farms to power station boiler inspection, Skyriders’ five-year contract at a major petrochemical (petrochem) producer in South Africa has progressed in leaps and bounds indicating the...

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Mines urged to dredge ponds before rains arrive

Published: 20 March 2018

With the rainy season approaching in most of South Africa’s mining regions, monitoring the capacity of process water return ponds becomes increasingly critical – to ensure that silt build-up does...

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Training pump-system experts for a measured ROI

Published: 20 March 2018

UNIDO Pump expert Harry Rosen has begun to incorporate UNIDO’s knowledge transfer approach into TAS Online and 2KG pump training courses in South Africa. He talks to MechChem Africa about...

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Multiflo pontoon and walkway range for pit dewatering

Published: 20 March 2018

An expanded range of Multiflo® pontoons and walkways from Weir Minerals is available in Africa and Middle Eastern markets, improving the operating efficiency of dewatering systems and increasing flexibility for...

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Stealing the future: Is South Africa’s response to climate change appropriate?

Published: 20 March 2018

Considering the drought in the Western Cape, Rosalind dos Santos, MSc Eng (Met), BSc Eng (Chem), CEM, evaluates South Africa’s response to climate change.

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Peter’s comment: Quality artisan training and the QCTO system

Published: 20 March 2018

Peter Middleton argues for renewed educational emphasis on practical skills and applauds the introduction of a more modern approach to artisan training.

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Proudly SA PTFE manufacturer supplies the world

Published: 20 March 2018

MechChem Africa visits the PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) facilities of Trident Plastics and talks to operations manager, Louis Botha about the manufacturing process and the company’s niche offering.

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Advanced materials and LSF construction

Published: 14 February 2018

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...

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