African Fusion March 2018


March 2018

FEATURES 4 QCTO apprenticeships and the dual system SAIW,throughtheSAIWFoundation,willcommitR1.5-million over two years to subsidise 20 welding apprentices on a QCTOpilot training programme. It is now seeking industrial partners willing to recruit and support apprentices. African Fusion talks to Etienne Nell. 10 NDT today: through my looking glass Delivering the keynote address at the NDT Conference hosted by the Southern African Institute of NDT (SAINT) on the occasion of its 50 th anniversary, Manfred Johannes highlights challenges facing the industry and suggests new directions. 14 A comparison of thick AHSS plate joined using HPAW and GMAW This paper, presented by XiaotengWang et al at the IIW2017 Conference in Shanghai, details a comparison between the GMAW and the hybrid plasma arc welding process when applied to the welding of advanced high strength steels. 18 Laser-sealed cored wire from Böhler Welding With the worldwide introduction of its innovative laser- sealed cored wires, filler metal specialist Böhler Welding marked a newmilestone in the evolution of themetal-cored arc welding process. 22 Towards acceptance for advanced pipe welding African Fusion talks to Afrox’s Arnold Meyer about his determined efforts to achieve acceptance in South Africa for advanced pipe welding processes using modern GMAW solutions. 24 Cosmo: doing business the South African way In response the transformational agenda in South Africa, Cosmo Industrial has introduced a range of consultancy, training and admin services to make it easier for its clients. African Fusion talks to Cosmo director, Pierre van Nieuwenhuizen. 26 Cold cracking, consumables and high yield strength steels Alain Laurent, business developer andweldingmetallurgist forLincolnElectric’sOerlikonbrandofweldingconsumables, talks to African Fusion about the company’s consumable range for welding high yield strength steel. 28 Purus: a wire that cleans up after itself ESAB has released a next-generation range of ultra-clean Purus 70S-6 GMAW welding wires that promise to keep welders welding and robots running. REGULARS 3 Sean’s comment 8 Front cover story: Light duty CNC cutting and the SMME opportunity 29 Welding and cutting forum 32 Today’s technology: Yaskawa remains among top 100 innovators

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Lincoln Electric, through Cosmo Automation Solutions, has officially launched its light duty Torchmate CNC air plasma cutting system into South Africa – with immediate suc- cess. African Fusion talks to Pierre Theunissen from newly launched Cosmo Automation Solutions, and Benoit Lamotte, MD of Lincoln Elec- tric Southern Africa.



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