System planners and design engineers can rely fully on the Festo Automation Suite to achieve integrated automation and digitalised machines and systems. This applies to all levels of automation, from mechanical to electrical, as well as intelligent connectivity and cloud services, regardless of the standard used by the customer.

In a joint effort by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), researchers have successfully developed and tested technologies for lighter aircraft wings that are still extremely stable. These innovative wings could soon make flying both greener and more cost-efficient. Known as aeroelastic wings, a successful first flight was completed at an airfield in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany late last year.

Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities require process water that meets strict standards of purity. Veolia Water Technologies has supplied such a plant to Aspen Pharmacare’s SVP2 plant expansion in Korsten, Port Elizabeth, to meet compliance with all regulations through a cost-effective, efficient and reliable supply of water.

A common best practice to make new or existing concrete structures last longer is to apply a concrete sealer periodically. This is especially true for concrete that is exposed to freeze-thaw cycles. With an in-house technology, Cortec is able to slow down corrosion on concrete structures, using its MCI water repellents.

Process plant optimisation techniques have become a necessity for mines looking to maximise their operating performance by keeping costs low, throughput high and downtime to a minimum. FLSmidth’s automated SmartCyclone™ system is a solution that delivers in all three areas for cyclone circuits, a vital processing element in any plant.

In his Failure column for this issue Tim J Carter talks about the perils of ignoring known failure risks; the value of monitoring equipment condition for signs of deterioration; and the role ‘what if’ failure response scenarios can play in minimising resulting damage and maximising failure response rates.

Chemours, the world leader in titanium technology, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, approached South Africa-based Thermaspray, to become the sole distributor and only licenced applicator of Teflon™ coatings in Southern Africa. MechChem Africa talks to Adee Glennie (right), Themaspray’s Teflon™ sales engineer, and Philip van Wyk (left), the company’s engineering support manager, about the history, application technology and the unique combination of properties offered by genuine Teflon™ coating formulations.

The UK-Africa Investment Summit’s Sustainable Infrastructure Forum was held in London from Monday January 20 to 22 at which leaders, dignitaries and representatives of many African countries met with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, along with foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, the UK’s international development secretary, Alok Sharma and, possibly in one of his last royal appointments, HRH Prince Harry.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.