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MechChem Africa November December 2020 front coverMechChem Africa’s Nov-Dec cover and cover story tell the wonderful news that South Africa’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE Project),managed by the CSIR-hosted NCPC-SA, has won the Best International Project award from the International Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

The new thyssenkrupp HPGR Pro features in the lead story for Minerals processing and materials handling, followed by stories from Multotec Wear Linings, Kwatani, Weba Chute System and FLSmidth. SKF and its Remote Diagnostic Centre (RDC) kicks off the Power Transmission, bearings bushes and seals feature with additional stories from BMG about its Garlock bearing isolators, Bonfiglioli and its ’s €60-million investment in EVO, and some maintenance advice from Raymond Obermeyer of SEW-Eurodrive.

Hydraulic and pneumatic systems includes articles from Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Companies, Hytec South Africa and Hytec Engineering, SMC and Festo, while Automation, process control, instrumentation and CAE features automation for food by Omron, Endress+Hauser's latest investments in young talent, Tectra automation’s latest TS2 transfer system for ergonomic assembly and a piece from Keller about automatic level sensing of beer tanks.

PowerGen, PetroChem and sustainable energy management opens with an interview with Tygue Theron of Energy Partners Intelligence and closes with another with Paul Nel of Zutari about his company’s contribution to Africa’s renewable energy landscape. Environmental management and cleaning technologies features a piece from the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PMASA) about the importance of hand drying, along with some research news about recycling polystyrene from VTT. And our Innovative engineering feature is about MineARC Systems’ safe havens and chamber technologies.

MechChem Africa Nov Dec 2020 contents pageON THE FRONT COVER

SA wins highest international energy project award: MechChem Africa talks to Alfred Hartzenburg of the CSIR-hosted NCPC-SA about why the IEE Project was a worthy winner of the AEE’s International Project of the Year Award. Read more…

 

PETER’s COMMENT

Energy management and optimisation initiatives: reasons for celebration: Peter Middleton recalls interactions with the IEE Project over the past decade and shares his joy about the success of the project and the recognition it has now received. Read more…

 

MINERALS PROCESSING AND MATERIALS HANDLING

The thyssenkrupp HPGR Pro: fit for the future: MechChem Africa talks to Gerhard Van Wyk, process manager for thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions in South Africa, about the release of the new thyssenkrupp HPGR Pro. Read more…

Game-changing pulping chute at Ekapa: A scrubbing innovation by Multotec Wear Linings is proving to be a game-changer in the diamond industry. John Britton explains. Click to read in the online magazine…

Coal mines need lower costs, raised productivity: Frengelina Mabotja of Kwatani talks about the company’s offering for major and junior miners in the coal industry. Read more…

Chutes cut dust levels at platinum mines: Using the latest dust measuring technology, Weba Chute Systems has been able to demonstrate to platinum mining customers how its custom-engineered chutes significantly reduce dust at transfer points. Click to read in the online magazine…

Digitalising minerals processing for more control: Terence Osborn of FLSmidth talks about mining’s accelerated move toward digital solutions. Click to read in the online magazine…

 

POWER TRANSMISSION, BEARINGS, BUSHES AND SEALS

Performance-based maintenance: a win-win financial model: MechChem Africa talks to Burak Ozyurt, managing director for SKF in Southern Africa, about a new approach to delivering maintenance services in the region. Read more…

Garlock bearing isolators for exceptional bearing protection: BMG’s range of Garlock Klozure® bearing isolators offers dependable protection for bearing-supported industrial equipment used in harsh applications. Click to read in the online magazine…

Forever forward with Bonfiglioli: Henco du Plooy, the newly appointed managing director of Bonfiglioli South Africa, talks about the company’s heritage and future vision. Click to read in the online magazine…

Infrastructure maintenance should not be up for debate: Raymond Obermeyer of SEW-Eurodrive, urges operators to take more heed of the danger of neglected maintenance. Click to read in the online magazine…

 

HYDRAULIC AND PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS

Towards uninterrupted production processes: This article summarises the comprehensive range of hydraulic analysis, diagnosis, repair, refurbishment, testing and certification services available across Africa from Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Companies, Hytec South Africa and Hytec Engineering. Read more…

SMC launches LSP1 liquid dispensing pump: Ernst Smith of SMC talks about the new LSP1 compact liquid dispensing pump. Click to read in the online magazine…

VTEM Motion Terminal with Motion Apps: This piece from Festo talks about how VTEM Motion Terminal along with associated Motion Apps are revolutionising Industry 4.0. Click to read in the online magazine…

 

AUTOMATION, PROCESS CONTROL, INSTRUMENTATION AND CAE

Factory Automation: a new normal in food manufacturing: Food and beverage companies can now set a post COVID-19-course using automation to boost competitiveness and productivity. Omron Solution Partners Daniela Moles, from LCS Group and Alberto Giordani from Alfacod, explain. Read more…

E+H invests in young talent: Endress+Hauser places a high value on vocational training, as demonstrated by the steady increase in the number of opportunities for vocational school and college students. Click to read in the online magazine…

TS2 transfer system brings ergonomic assembly to life: A story about a Bosch Rexroth TS 2 transfer system supplied by Tectra Automation and engineered by Petrichor Concepts for a recent upgrade at ASSA ABLOY South Africa.  Read more…

Networked beer tanks from Keller: This article describes how connected pressure sensors from Keller are being used to the delight of landlords and breweries. Click to read in the online magazine…

 

POWERGEN, PETROCHEM AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Securing SA’s energy supply: the multi-faceted approach: MechChem Africa talks to Tygue Theron, Commercial Head of Energy Partners Intelligence, about the company’s holistic energy offering, from ‘war on waste’ efficiency drives to solar generation, refrigeration and energy management services funded via power purchase or shared savings agreements. Read more…

Smart engineering with digital twin technology: Indrian Govender, manager for R&D at Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering, talks about the advantages of using digital twin technology in the power industry. Click to read in the online magazine…

Large customised genset for platinum mine: Zest WEG, one of the few local OEMs capable of undertaking a large customised genset project, is constructing a 2 500 kVA diesel powered generator set that will be delivered later this year to a South African platinum mining customer. Read more…

Zutari: Africa’s renewable energy pioneer: MechChem Africa talks to Paul Nel, Energy leader for Zutari, who tells of the company’s renewable energy journey and shares his excitement at being back home to service the South and continental African markets. Read more…

 

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CLEANING TECHNOLOGIES:

Hand drying with paper towels: the best option for hygiene: This article from the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PMASA) talks about why hand drying is just as important as hand washing. Read more…

MoPo: Recycling polystyrene into raw-materials: VTT has secured funding and established partnership for its multi-technological recycling for polystyrene (MoPo) project that aims to develop techniques to recirculate waste polystyrene. Click to read in the online magazine…

 

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

Modern safety chamber technology: MechChem Africa talks to MineARC Systems’ Jason van Niekerk, sales manager for Africa, and Alex Farquhar, business development manager for the global petrochemical industry, about the company’s innovative safe havens and chamber technologies. Read more…

PRODUCTS AND INDUSTRY NEWS  Click to read in the online magazine…

BACK PAGE

Intelligent water boosting systems for energy savings: Nick Pluck explains how reliable water system that are also energy efficient can be realised by using Grundfos MPC booster systems. Read more…

 

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