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Air, Gas, Fumes and Dust Control

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle. 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge
DUST CONTROL The grab discharge cycle includes transferring materials down the line using handling systems

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period

     7th July 2017 The new test standard for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16890, for filter testing and assessment, replaced European Standard (EN) 779 as of January this year, with a transition period of 18 months. 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period
SHIFTING PARADIGM This new method for the evaluation of air filter elements represents a paradigm shift

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Chemicals and process engineering company Lodestone Engineering is set to complete the supply of equipment as part of an upgrade to an existing large wet scrubber for a major platinum producer in Rustenburg by the end of this month. 

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion
UPGRADED SCRUBBER Valued at about R10-million the overall project upgrades an existing 3.6-m-diameter scrubber

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Company assists clients with 2020 deadline

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 Air pollution and dust-control equipment designer, manufacturer and supplier John Thompson Air Pollution Control marketing and sales manager Gerard Pretorius says the company is ready to assist clients in complying with new emission standards by 2020. 

Company assists clients with 2020 deadline
INCREASING FILTRATION EFFICIENCY Pulse jet bag filter replacing ESP on a kiln dedusting filter plant

Correct air compressor size crucial for energy savings

     29th April 2016 Significant energy savings can be achieved by replacing existing oversized air compressors with correctly sized units that use power more efficiently, says compressed air products distributor Goscor. 

Correct air compressor size crucial for energy savings
SULLAIR AIR COMPRESSOR Goscor has installed variable-capacity control air compressors at Barloworld branches to increase energy efficiency

Emissions control gaining traction in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 The importance of emission control is gaining traction not only locally but also in sub-Saharan Africa, where it held little priority previously. This is especially true of international companies, says air filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT). 

Emissions control gaining traction in Africa
BAG FILTERS An example of FFT’s product offering – a bag filter unit for a fume extraction system at Ausmelt Copper Smelter

Installation of largest air environmental project under way

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 Resource industries solutions provider Tenova Takraf Africa is installing the largest air- environmental plant that the company has received to date at platinum producer Impala Platinum’s (Implats) Impala Platinum refineries, in Gauteng. The first phase is complete and is in the process of... 

New opportunities, jobs in emissions control sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 As a result of South African companies’ efforts to adhere to the standards of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act by 2020, many higher-end jobs are being created, especially in the associated fields of design and engineering, third-party compliance testing, airshed studies and... 

New opportunities,  jobs in emissions  control sector
DRY SORBENT INJECTION PILOT PLANT Lodestone Engineering uses its pilot plant to design various upgrades

New products aid compliance

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa boiler process group leader Warwick Ham says the company’s product offering positions it well to help South African companies meet stricter emissions standards because of its long-term establishment in... 

Dust prevention reduces downtime

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 To prevent operational downtime that, on average, can result in a loss of between $1 000/h and $3 000/h, materials handling companies must invest in dust prevention solutions that effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution, says dust suppression engineering solutions company Dust-Act special... 

Dust prevention  reduces downtime
Photo by Bloomberg
ACCIDENT PREVENTION Investing in dust surpression solutions can effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution at any materials-handling site

Air purifier selling well in small business sector

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 While air quality solutions company Solenco SA has mostly sold its Airvax air purifier to clients in the residential market, the company has noted an increased uptake from industry and small businesses, including pubs and restaurants, which are using the product in their offices and to remove... 

Air purifier selling well in small business sector
HEALTHY SURROUNDINGS Airvax is ideal for hospitals, nursery schools and daycare centres as it does not release particles back into the air once captured

Air Quality Act emphasises emissions control in South Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Since the implementation of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act in November 2013, the importance of emissions control in South Africa has been increasing, says air filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies. “In the past, industries focused mainly on protecting their... 

Air Quality Act  emphasises emissions control in South Africa
COLLECTING EMISSIONS The emissions generated from different industrial processes need to be collected at the source

Companies meet new emissions standards with smoke, dust solution

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 In response to the Department of Health’s new emissions standards that will come into effect this year, air-pollution control and dust extraction systems supplier Kentech is supplying smoke and dust control solutions that will help companies comply with the new requirements, says Kentech director... 

Companies meet new emissions standards with smoke, dust solution
LOCAL PRODUCTON Kentech plans to start manufacturing antipollution filters in South Africa

Company completes R5.8m dust-removal system installation

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions completed the installation of a R5.8-million ScrubMist dust-removal system at diversified miner Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine, in Northern Cape,  earlier this month. I-Cat director Anton van der Merwe tells Engineering News that... 

Company completes R5.8m dust-removal  system installation
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY DUST CONTROL I-Cat Environmental Solutions recently installed the ScrubMist dust-removal system at Beeshoek iron-ore mine

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 International research, using human health and environment protection agency the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions factors for unpaved haul roads, indicates that haul trucks generate the most dust emissions from surface mining sites, accounting for between 78% and 97% of total dust... 

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions
TREATED ROAD SURFACE Haul road surface treated with the Dust-A-Side bituminous-based product

Fine-particle engineering solution cost-effective for industry

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Dust-suppression solutions provider 88Chemco is saving costs for clients in the mining, oil and gas, and plantation industries with its chemical technologies and engineering methods, including fine-particle engineering, which was launched in July last year, says 88Chemco CEO Sebastian Karsas. He... 

Fine-particle engineering solution cost-effective  for industry
TOTAL DUST MANAGEMENT 88Chemco uses appropriate chemistry for each project to ensure the solution fits performance and economic parameters

Growing need for dust extraction benefits antipollution companies

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Global public health institution the World Health Organisation’s 2015 statistics show that at least seven-million people worldwide die prematurely from air pollution-related diseases, which makes dust extraction a growing market that antipollution companies need to take advantage of, says process... 

Growing need for  dust extraction benefits  antipollution companies
DUST EXTRACTION MIP Process Technologies produces dust and fume extraction equipment capable of dealing with air pollution challenges

Partnership brings dust extraction, filtration techniques to Southern Africa

     1st May 2015 Researched and tested dust-extraction, filtration, ventilation and waste-transfer techniques that enable companies to effectively combat the pollution caused by operating processes are now available to South African companies, owing to a partnership between local engineering, pumping and... 

Partnership brings dust extraction, filtration techniques to Southern Africa
DUST EXTRACTION EPF Systems’ approach is to design a specific solution for each customer using a testing station

Company delivers hot gas filtration system in South Korea

     9th May 2014 Filtration and separation technology group Porvair Filtration Group has successfully completed the delivery of an energy char filtering system for South Korean business Gwangyang steel plant, in South Korea, in collaboration with South Korean construction company Posco Engineering and... 

Compressed-air purifier an effective air-control method

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African industrial instrumentation and control equipment supplier Etest says its compressed-air-sourced Air Amplifiers – manufactured by US-based compressed-air product manufacturer Exair – remains one of the most effective methods for air, gas, fumes and dust control available to industry... 

Detector headed to market

     9th May 2014 Gas detection and environment monitoring company Trolex has announced that it has launched a carbon monoxide (CO) detector, the Sentro D, which is capable of giving precise CO level readings in the presence of diesel nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The company states that it was asked to develop a... 

First facial air curtain to be launched this month  

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African air filtration solutions company Aircure has advanced the country’s innovative product development capacity by designing and developing the first facial air curtain, the Airhead – to be attached onto hard hats of workers who are exposed to fumes, dust, gas and polluted air – to... 

First facial air curtain to be  launched this month
How the Airhead works and in which Darren Bibby discusses the product.

Increasing demand for air-pollution-control systems

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 Tenova Takraf Africa, part of the global Tenova Mining & Minerals Group, reports that it has seen an increase in demand for air pollution control systems from businesses that operate within South Africa and other regions. The company designs and supplies globally sourced air-pollution-control... 

Industry becoming more receptive to cost-effective air-filtering technology

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 Pretoria-based specialised engineering solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS) reports that its industrial cyclone air-filtering technology has experienced a boost in market share after being introduced to the South African market about 15 years ago.  “In its basic form, the cyclone... 

Industry becoming  more receptive to cost-effective  air-filtering technology
Photo by RTS
Rand Technical Services offers robust, highly-effective inertial spin filter technology for industrial dust and exhaust separation

Protection of chemists from gas emissions prioritised

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African laboratory equipment supplier Labotec says its supply of air- filtration protection equipment for laboratory personnel, which is manufactured by global laboratory equipment manufacturer Erlab, ensures chemists’ safety in laboratories. Labotec product manager Ashmita Rajkumar tells... 

Southern Africa on par with international dust management trends

     9th May 2014 International mobile equipment solutions supplier Pilot Crushtec International states that the Southern African region has been keeping pace with stringent global regulations regarding the management of dust pollution. Pilot Crushtec International sales director Graham Kleinhans says that despite... 

Valve components offer mines environment-friendly dust management solutions

     10th May 2013 Pneumatic solutions provider, Pneumax, reports that it is well-positioned to meet pending legislative changes, in the National Environmental Management Act, related to dust control regulations for mining operations. 

Dust-control helmet to be launched onto market in June 

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th May 2013 Air filtration solutions company Aircure expects to release its 360° air curtain helmet next month to reduce the amount of harmful contaminants to which workers are exposed. 

Looming air-quality standards facing industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th May 2013 Critical deadlines for the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (NEM: AQA) No. 39 of 2004 have either passed or are looming for activities listed under Section 21 of the Act and operators need to be aware of and meet the remaining deadline by handing in their licence applications or... 

Third-generation filtration system offers great health benefits

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th May 2013 The Filterbox, a mobile dust- and fume-extraction and filtration system used for at-source extraction, has been introduced onto the South African market by industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson. 

Ultrasonic leak detector reduces strain on national electricity grid 

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th May 2013 Welding solutions firm Shield Technologies says significant electricity and maintenance savings can be achieved using Belgium company Special Detection Tools (SDT) International’s SDT ultrasonic leak detector. 

Bag filter contract to be commissioned next month

     11th May 2012 Air cleaning and dust control company Actom Air Pollution Control will commission its turnkey bag filter contract, next month, at South African cement producer Pretoria Portland Cement’s (PPC’s) De Hoek cement manufacturing plant near Piketberg, in the Western Cape. 

Cleanroom technologies improve health in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     11th May 2012 Controlled-environment solutions provider Clean Room Maintenance is engaged in an ongoing collaboration with a number of local heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation and servicing firms, as well as teams from the African arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), to... 

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