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MechChem Africa December 2019 January 2020 coversWeir Minerals Africa adorns our combined December 2019/January 2020 issue of MechChem Africa. We talk to process director, JD Singleton, about the company’s five core Integrated Solutions offerings.

Other lead-feature articles include: AESSEAL’s innovative API pump sealing solution for legacy pumps; Sasol’s recognition of ACTOM Turbo Machines with one of its top 2019 awards; Zest WEG’s product efficiency innovations; the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Hub to be established in Coega; a story about two sisters and their PlastiBrick innovation; a piece from Omron Industrial Automation about a future trend involving humans and machines working in harmony; and the results of the SAISC 2019 Steel Awards, which showcase local steel construction and innovation.

 

MechChem Africa Dec Jan 2020From mining to tailings management: Weir Minerals’ Integrated Solutions: MechChem Africa talks to JD Singleton, process director for Weir Minerals Africa, about the company’s five core Integrated Solutions offerings: pit and underground mine dewatering; crushing and screening; mill circuits; mineral beneficiation; and tailings management. Read more…

Peter’s comment: Is climate ambition a factor in SA’s energy plans? In the light of the world’s recurring failure to reverse dangerous climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions, Peter Middleton takes a look at SA’s recently promulgated IRP plans and asks how we are reacting to the global climate emergency. Read more…

Connecting chemical engineers in South Africa with an international community: SAIChE IChemE president David Lokhat summarises the new collaboration agreement between SAIChE and IChemE, which will link South African chemical engineers to the international chemical engineering community and provide access to the benefits associated with the larger global Institution. Read more…

 

PUMP SYSTEMS, PIPES, VALVES AND SEALS

Mechanical seals and the CAPI-TXS upgrade: AESSEAL® has introduced an innovative shorter API pump sealing solution for legacy pumps in the oil and gas industry that need to upgrade to dual seal technology. Shane Chester, AESSEAL’s MD in South Africa, explains. Read more…

Industrial slurry valves for the harshest conditions: BMG’s extensive range of industrial slurry valves, which has been designed to cope efficiently in harsh conditions, includes robust butterfly and knife gate valves, as well as diaphragm and pinch valves. Click to read in the online magazine...

Responsiveness to pit dewatering differentiates IPR: Responsiveness to pit dewatering requirements sets Integrated Pump Rental apart from its competitors. The team is able to assess an application and provide a pit dewatering solution with the correctly sized pump. Read more…

KSB Pumps and SABS test powerful pump set: The SABS, in conjunction with KSB Pumps and Valves, has tested a massive V16 diesel motor, which produces 1 350 kW of raw power, one of the most impressive pump sets to be assembled on South African soil in recent times. Read more…

 

POWER TRANSMISSION, BEARINGS, BUSHES AND SEALS

Sasol award for SA turbo machines specialist: Petrochemical giant Sasol has recognised ACTOM Turbo Machines with one of its top 2019 awards for exceptional service in repair, refurbishment and ongoing maintenance. Read more…

Cam clutches for mining and bulk handling sectors: New to BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki cam clutches, is the recently launched BS-F series; designed for high-speed, inclined and long overland belt conveyors and bucket elevators, which are used in the mining and bulk handling sectors. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

POWER, ENERGY AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Decades of innovation driving WEG product efficiency: Siegfried Kreutzfeld, CEO of the SA-based Zest WEG Group, talks about WEG’s tendency to quickly introduce new products into the African market, sometimes even before launching elsewhere in the world. Read more…

LNG Hub to be established at Coega: Investors are being invited to take advantage of the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Hub to be established in the Coega SEZ in the Eastern Cape. Sandisiwe Ncemaneo of the Coega Development Corporation talks about the initiativeClick to read in the online magazine...

 

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, WASTE AND CLEANING TECHNOLOGIES

CSIR and industry collaborate to advance adoption of waste plastics in road construction: The CSIR, in collaboration with the DSI and the plastics and road industries, is evaluating the feasibility of using waste plastic in local road construction. Click to read in the online magazine...

Sisters introduce first plastic bricks in SA: Two South African sisters, Kedibone and Kekeletso Tsiloane have successfully prototyped PlastiBricks; an innovation that uses recycled plastic to manufacture stock and maxi bricks, which are strong, durable, retardant and environmentally friendly. Read more…

Drawing the line on food waste: In the light of Greta Thunberg’s recent ‘Right here! Right now! speech to the UN, Interwaste takes a closer look at the role food waste plays in the fight against climate change and the solutions that should be considered to change this. Click to read in the online magazine...

Independent mechanics urged to keep used oil out of the environment: The ROSE Foundation recently commissioned an in-depth survey on independent mechanics operating from Cape Town and Gauteng to determine how they were disposing of used oil. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

AUTOMATION, PROCESS CONTROL, INSTRUMENTATION AND CAE

Factory harmony: humans and machines to work side-by-side: Evert Janse van Vuuren of Omron Industrial Automation talks about ‘Factory Harmony’ a future trend involving humans and machines working in harmony in the factory of tomorrow. Read more…

Turnkey containerised substation for DRC mine: An innovative and fit-for-purpose design has secured WEG Automation Africa the contract for a containerised substation and control room solution for a remote tin mine in the DRC. Click to read in the online magazine...

 

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

Steel Awards showcase steel innovation: On October 10, 2019, SAISC showcased local steel construction and innovation at its SAISC 2019 Steel Awards. Read more…

 

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Products and industry news. Click to read in the online magazine...

Backpage: High frequency for small vessels  Click to read in the online magazine...

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