MechChem Africa October 2017





Power transmission, bearings, bushes and seals 8 Customised agricultural solutions for African soil MechChem Africa visits BI’s Parkhaven distribution centre and talks to CEO, Burtie Roberts; Gerhard Pienaar, manager of the recently established agriculture sector product range; and business unit head, Ross Trevelyan. 10 The RADIALcvt for EVs and industrial reducers 13 New service packages for rotating equipment users Hydraulic and pneumatic systems 14 SS Nujoma sea vessel gets advanced hydraulic sampling tool Hytec has successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned the hydraulics for three systems on board the advanced marine diamond-sampling vessel, the SS Nujoma. 17 Conserving energy with plug-and-play vacuum solutions 18 Standby valves and clean-style valve manifolds Computer-aided engineering 20 The convergence of PLM and the IIoT Charles Anderson of productONE highlights the role of technology as a vehicle of transformation for the defence sector. 22 VW Caddy fitted with 3D-printed front-end Automation, process control and instrumentation 24 A future-proof assembly concept for high-end shavers Sietze Bremer describes the implementation of a forward-looking automated assembly concept for Phillips shavers. 26 Smart sensors for smart factories: at the crux of Industry 4.0 28 Customised measurement, control and monitoring: A local specialist 30 E+H instruments are IIoT-ready; are your processes? Minerals processing, metallurgy and materials 32 Rapid drying oven improves sample turnaround times Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven sets the speed and efficiency benchmark in mineral sample drying. Innovative engineering 38 Hydrogen scanning for optimised refinery performance Tshwane-based hydrogen specialist, RTS Africa Engineering, is now introducing H2scan hydrogen analysers, which are ideally suited to optimising the performance and efficiency of oil refineries. Regulars 2 Comment: Industry 4.0, employment and skills 4 On the cover: Process Automation: winning solutions from Festo Festo Process Automation introduces its new valve automation package using the analogy of a football team. 6 SAIChE News: Member profile MechChem Africa profiles SAIChE iCHEMe stalwart Philip Lloyd 34 Product and industry news 40 Back page: Enhanced vehicle communicator for the connected car


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