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MechChem Africa April 2019 contents pageON THE COVER

80 GHz radar secures cosmetic material supply: VEGA’s Jürgen Skowaisa describes a retrofit at a pharmaceutical and cosmetics plant that has replace its existing sensors with new 80 GHz level measurement devices without the need for expensive reapprovals. Read more...

 

PETER’S COMMENT

Load shedding: taking back control: Peter Middleton argues that, unlike the Brexit debacle in the UK and the impending election in South Africa, investing in alternative energy options does represent a way of taking back control of our daily lives. Read more...

 

SAIChE IChemE: From process engineering to quality management

MechChem Africa profiles Qasim Fakir whose rich and varied career highlights the vital role chemical engineering plays in enhancing local manufacturing and product quality. Read more...

 

POWER TRANSMISSION, BEARINGS, BUSHES AND SEALS

Bearing and seal design for tunnel boring machines: This article from SKF describes the essential role of bearings and seals for safe and reliable tunnel boring equipment. Read more...

Flexibility, innovation and tailormade drive solutions: MechChem Africa presents some recent success stories from SEW EURODRIVE that demonstrate the flexible use of its drive technology in satisfying a wide range of customer-specified outcomes. Read more...

Regular wear checks, better maintenance management: BMG has extended its range of Tsubaki chain wear indicators, with the addition of the recently-launched large size gauges. Click to read in the online magazine...

The Cross-Check Torque Seal from DYKEM: BI Product Manager, Richard Lundgren talks about the DYKEM tamper-proof vibration-warning indicator paste. Read more...

 

HYDRAULIC AND PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS

How I4.0-based machines benefit from automation platform: Eberhard Klotz, head of Industry 4.0 at Festo, talks about his company’s experience in building up an impressive automation platform and urges Festo customers to do the same. Read more...

Hytec appointed African service partner to ZOLLERN  Click to read in the online magazine...

Rand-Air oil-free compressors assist luxury vehicle manufacturer  Click to read in the online magazine...

BMG strengthens partnership with Eaton Hydraulics  Click to read in the online magazine...

Revolutionising cost and quality for a flawless spray-painting finish: Tom Sowry, managing director of NitraLife, describes the advantages of using pure nitrogen for spray painting. Read more...

 

AUTOMATION, PROCESS CONTROL, INSTRUMENTATION AND CAE

Swerve robotic platform relies on SICK LiDAR sensor: A SICK Automation LiDAR sensor was used to build a winning robotic platform in the prestigious Drexel University’s annual College of Engineering (CoE) senior project design competition. Read more...

SimLab slashes simulation cycle time for SMEs: Designed with SMEs in mind, the new mid-market simulation solution from Altair, SimLab sT, is set to significantly accelerate product development. Read more...

Updated Studio 5000 for enhanced industrial security: Rockwell Automation’s latest Studio 5000 release includes new industry-proven security technologies along with digital design capabilities to reduce machine design, testing and commissioning times. Read more...

Sandvik’s AutoMine backs mixed fleet operations  Click to read in the online magazine...

 

MINERALS PROCESSING, METALLURGY AND MATERIALS

CDM’s high-efficiency diamond recovery circuit: Petra Diamonds has installed a modern, fit-for-purpose diamond processing plant at its Cullinan Diamond Mine (CDM) that incorporates thyssenkrupp autogenous grinding mills and high-pressure grinding rolls in the processing circuit. Read more...

BenchREMOTE monitor for Elf Drilling: Faghmi Cader and Eduard Mostert of Elf Drilling explain how the purchase of the Epiroc BenchREMOTE monitor is taking their company into the age of automated drilling. Read more...

Nanotechnology and the changing coatings industry: MechChem Africa talks to Clive Govender of Rolfes Chemicals about how nanotechnology is modernising the coatings industry. Read more...

 

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

CPO software for true energy savings: Russell Hattingh, engineering manager for Johnson Controls Systems & Service in South Africa, talks about Central Plant Optimisation (CPO) software, which, he argues, offers better energy savings than any building management system (BMS) alone. Read more...

 

REGULARS

Product and industry news  Click to read in the online magazine

Back page: Tyres for autonomous shuttle service  Click to read in the online magazine

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Editor
Peter Middleton
Email: mechchemafrica@crown.co.za or peterm@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Assistant Editor
Phila Mzamo
Email: philam@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Advertising Manager
Brenda Karathanasis
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