SKF and its subsidiary, Lincoln Lubricants, are currently expanding and broadening their training programmes in preparation for a 2020 move into new premises in Jet Park. MechChem Africa talks to global Centre of Excellence manager for SKF Training Solutions, David Reed, and Gail Taylor, sub-Saharan Africa’s SKF training solutions business development manager.

App World and Motion Terminal VTEM launch in South Africa

Festo has recently launched a digital platform called App World. It is an online platform for purchasing and downloading software/licenses and is aimed at simplifying the lives of customers in the automation industry that are moving into the digital Industry 4.0 space.

To save time and costs during the production of aircraft components, Airbus Helicopters, which is headquartered in Bavaria, has recently turned to additive manufacturing. After manufacturing the titanium components in a 3D printer, the next step is to separate them from their baseplates, which is done using a fully automatic KASTOwin amc bandsaw.

The role of a filter press in recovering valuable saleable product makes it an important consideration for a mine operator, and just as important is the selection of the most appropriate pump for this application. Weir Minerals Africa has the expertise to advise on the best selection and offers a wide range of suitable pumps. Marnus Koorts, product manager for slurry pumps at Weir Minerals Africa explains.

A South African Market Insight (SAMI) report on the South African manufacturing industry notes that from 20% in 1994, manufacturing is now contributing under 14% to South Africa’s economy. The reasons? South African companies and overseas OEMs operating in South Africa are importing more manufactured goods, leading to less demand for those locally produced.

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