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MechChem Africa February 2018

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MechChem Africa Feb 2018 front cover

Endress+Hauser’s new iTHERM TrustSens compact thermometer for food & beverage and life sciences industries is features on the February cover of MechChem Africa. This unique sensor incorporates a fully automated inline self-calibration function for continuous and traceable monitoring of the instruments accuracy and performance.

SAIChE IChemE news features a talk by Mike Hancock at UCT, who talks about Chester and is university, along with branch news from the KZN and Gauteng Members Groups.

The Plant maintenance, lubrication and filtration feature continue to highlight the Industrial Internet of Things IIoT. We talk to Stefan Swanepoel of Pragma about the new technologies that are blurring the lines between asset management, condition based maintenance and operational performance. We also present new professional solutions unveiled by testing, inspection and certification leader, Bureau Veritas (BV); and we visit Mato Products to talk to Benjamin Sibanda about the company’s refurbished clop manufacturing machine and its conveyor belt lacing and cleaning solutions

Materials handling, conveying and lifting opens with a piece from thyssenkrupp about its solutions for the South and Southern African sugar industries. This is followed by articles from Weba Chute Systems, ContiTech and FLEXICON.

In our Corrosion feature, Michel Basson, sassda’s Western Cape branch manager talks about the vital role of chrome-rich passive layer on stainless steel and the importance of access to oxygen in maintaining and reforming this microscopic layer should it be damaged.

HVAV features: an article from UNIDO’s Stephan Sicars about the migration towards natural refrigerants for chillers, who argues that the disadvantages are diminishing; and a piece from Ingersol Rand about its highly efficient sub-freezing air dryer.

Water and wastewater processing is our richest feature in this issue. Xylem’s water reclamation specialist, Lucinda Jooste, talks to us about the current drought in the Western Cape, which she compares to Arizona in the USA. Jooste argues for longer-term solutions based on reduced reliance on rain dependant surface resources.

Also featured are: a piece from IDTechEx about the case for producing drinking water from brackish water using integrated energy harvesting technology; an article from AVK Holdings about the need to identify and invest in alternative water sources in the Western Cape; and, from SRK Consulting’s principal hydrogeologist, Sarah Skinner, a piece about identifying the real source of nitrogen contamination in minewater.

And our Innovative feature is from columnist, Gary Crawford, who presents some of the innovative new building materials and solutions he has discovered while construction his new light steel frame (LSF) home.

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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

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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Helping mines find the real source of nitrates in water

Published: 14 February 2018

From a paper presented at the 13th International Mine Water Association Congress in Finland recently, SRK Consulting principal hydrogeologist Sarah Skinner highlights the importance of tracing the real source of...

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Wastewater reclamation and the Western Cape crisis

Published: 14 February 2018

Within the context of the ongoing water crisis in the Western Cape, MechChem Africa talks to Xylem’s water reuse specialist, Lucinda Jooste, who presents the argument that, while the current...

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Passivity key to keeping stainless stainless

Published: 14 February 2018

Michel Basson, manager of sassda’s Western Cape branch, talks about the vital role of the chrome-rich passive layer on stainless steel and how inadvertently blocking the layer’s access to oxygen...

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Local belt clip production extended

Published: 14 February 2018

Multotec Group company, Mato Products, has completed a R4-million refurbishment of its clip-manufacturing machine, one of three German-built machines in the world. MechChem Africa talks to the company’s general manager...

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IIoT and the changing face of asset management

Published: 14 February 2018

MechChem Africa talks to Stefan Swanepoel of enterprise, physical asset management and monitoring specialist, Pragma, about how the Iindustrial Internet of Tthings (IIoT) is blurring the lines between asset management...

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Mike Hancock of Chester University presents at UCT

Published: 14 February 2018

On February 1st 2018, the Western Cape Members Group attended a presentation at the UCT Chemical Engineering Department by Mike Hancock of the University of Chester in the UK.

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The world’s first self-calibrating thermometer: 100% Compliance – 0% Effort

Published: 14 February 2018

Endress+Hauser is launching the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 compact thermometer for food and beverage and life sciences industries. It features unique sensor technology with fully automated inline self-calibration function for hygienic...

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We have to stop waiting for rain

Published: 14 February 2018

With all three Cape provinces in South Africa being declared disaster areas due to drought, Peter Middleton argues for the adoption of Arizona-style water reclamation solutions so that we are...

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A low-carbon jet fuel future

Published: 24 January 2018

Innovators in the fields of steel and aviation reveal how a low-carbon jet fuel made with steel process gases could revolutionise air travel.

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Changes in process safety and risk legislation in South Africa

Published: 24 January 2018

The Major Hazard Installation Regulations are being amended and are set for promulgation in 2018 at the earliest. Motlatsi Mabaso, CEng, MIChemE, Director: MMRisk, a process safety and risk consultancy...

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MYLAB opens in Johannesburg

Published: 23 January 2018

On November 29, 2017, WACKER, the Munich-based chemical company, together with its long-term distributor IMCD South Africa, launched its first MYLAB mobile laboratory in Johannesburg.

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Minerals processing solutions

Published: 23 January 2018

MechChem Africa talks to Weir Minerals Africa’s Process Director, JD Singleton, about the extensive range of products, services, solutions and technical expertise the company offers to help process plant operators...

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Automation Perspectives 2017

Published: 23 January 2018

Following the November 2017 Rockwell Automation Fair, MechChem Africa summarises the opening address of president and CEO, Blake Moret, and highlights some of the key takeouts from the Automation Perspectives...

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Augmented reality and the IIoT

Published: 23 January 2018

MechChem Africa visits productONE in Centurion, Pretoria and talks to applications engineer, Ross Anderson, who demonstrates how easily augmented reality (AR) experiences can be created and the advantages of PTC’s...

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Pneumatic innovations for reduced carbon footprint

Published: 23 January 2018

Brian Abbott, product manager for SMC Pneumatics South Africa, takes us on a tour of some of its his company’s energy-efficient product displays at its Midrand showroom.

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Industrial geared drives see steady advances

Published: 23 January 2018

MechChem Africa talks to Raymond Obermeyer, MD of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, about the expansion of the role and range of the company’s X-series helical and bevel helical gear units and...

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The champion of a sustainable cleaner environment

Published: 23 January 2018

In this first SAIChE IChemE Member Profile for 2018, MechChem Africa talks to Hamied Mazema, a chartered engineer, chartered environmentalist and chartered scientist who has been a member of the...

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The proudly South Africa law firm protecting African IP

Published: 23 January 2018

MechChem Africa talked to Janusz Luterek of Intellectual Property specialist, Hahn & Hahn about his company’s experience of obtaining and protecting patent, design and Trade Mark rights in South Africa...

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For transformation and empowerment, think careers

Published: 23 January 2018

Peter Middleton recalls a time when the words transformation and empowerment were about skill development towards employment and career success rather than shuffling the ownership of company shares and land.

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Natural gas: powering a revolution in SA’s industry

Published: 11 December 2017

Natural gas provides about one fifth of the world’s total energy requirements, with industry accounting for around 40% of total gas consumption. Virtual Gas Network, together with fellow CNG Holdings...

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Utility-scale floating wind production

Published: 11 December 2017

Statoil is currently at the final commissioning stage of its Hywind Scotland Pilot Plant, the world’s first floating windfarm, which consists of five 6.0 MW, 170 m wind turbines (FWT)...

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eDART valves and samplers enhance plant efficiency

Published: 11 December 2017

eDART dual valves and poppet samplers continue to offer exceptional level control at Northam’s Booysendal plant near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga.

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Lifecycle costing for the Eiffel Tower

Published: 11 December 2017

Based on a thorough costing analysis of the Eiffel Tower, Sassda’s 2017 Lifecycle Costing Competition winner, Amrish Punwasi proved that stainless steel can often deliver lower long-term costs across the...

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A declaration of energy independence

Published: 11 December 2017

Peter Middleton comments on a modern approach being adopted by energy sector newcomer, Fusion Energy, which, out of the sector’s “murky past”, is blazing a cleaner and more cost effective...

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African electrical and mechanical provider consolidates

Published: 11 December 2017

Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, is consolidating its role as an integrated electrical and mechanical services provider across Africa, and internationally. Together with subsidiary, ACTOM Turbo...

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Bioenzymes revolutionising industrial cleaning

Published: 11 December 2017

Managed Care Economical Solutions (MCES) is an organisation that has associated itself with experienced developers and manufacturers of innovative, environmentally responsible, biotechnology products based on the use of natural microbes...

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Turnkey gland service water system for Grootegeluk

Published: 11 December 2017

Pretoria based engineering firm, Thuthukani Engineering was contracted by Exxaro to supply a gland water service system for their largest coalmine, Grootegeluk in Limpopo.

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Wits dedicates Peter King Minerals Processing Laboratory

Published: 11 December 2017

The School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits held a ceremony on the 7th November 2017 to mark the naming of the Peter King Minerals Processing Laboratory in recognition...

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Feel equipped and safe from contaminants

Published: 11 December 2017

Protecting people while they work in dirty or hazardous environments has always been the focus of Ansell’s business. Whether one is working with liquid or solid chemicals, asbestos, paint, oil...

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Rockwell Automation Fair 2017

Published: 11 December 2017

Rockwell Automation held its annual Automation Fair in Houston, Texas, on November 15 and 16, preceded by the Automation Perspectives press event on November 14. Peter Middleton attended and interviewed...

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Proudly South African pump manufacturing

Published: 11 December 2017

MechChem Africa visits the South African manufacturing facility of KSB Pumps and Valves in Germiston and talks to members of the company’s senior management team about its cost-effective local pump...

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Driving performance to the next level

Published: 08 December 2017

MechChem Africa talks to Air Liquide’s carbon dioxide (CO₂) product manager for Southern Africa, Jonathan Hough; bulk and on-site business manager, Fanus Labuschagne, and food application manager, Gabriela Figueira, about...

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South32 approves R4,3 billion Klipspruit project

Published: 27 November 2017

South32 has approved the Klipspruit Life Extension project (KPSX) at South Africa Energy Coal. Development activity is expected to commence in the current quarter with first coal expected from the...

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Commitment and optimism in Africa

Published: 21 November 2017

In a video interview earlier this month with Cummins Africa CEO, Thierry Pimi, I asked him why he is so upbeat about Africa’s potential. “Africa,” he responds, “is the latest...

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Keyless access for better protection of equipment enclosures

Published: 14 November 2017

MechChem Africa talks to Gavin Coetzer, managing director of KAG Technical Solutions about its proudly South African “Bluelock” Keyless Access Solution, an innovative approach to managing access to deployed network...

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