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Corrosion Control News

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to combat water loss

     13th October 2017 The Drakenstein local municipality in Paarl, Western Cape, has begun a 20-year master plan to replace old or ageing asbestos pipes in the region with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which will achieve significant success in reducing water loss throughout the municipal area. Water leakage... 

High-pressure water jetting pumps witness growth in market

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 In the last three to four years, hydrodemolition by means of automated technological advances has become an increasingly popular method for significant concrete repairs, says water blasting and surface preparation equipment supply company Total Blasting director Bradley Storer. Storer says the... 

High-pressure water jetting pumps witness growth in market
NONDESTRUCTIVE EFFICIENCY High-pressure water jetting allows for concrete removal without rebar damage

Rope access pivotal in enhancing NDT inspection

     15th September 2017 The effectiveness of non-destructive testing (NDT) is enhanced by rope access, as it ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out this critical inspection work, posits industrial rope access specialist Skyriders. NDT is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used... 

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Products ensure safety in offshore operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 In the marine and offshore environment, metal corrosion is a major cost and safety factor. Steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers a range of products designed to counter the effects of corrosion in maritime environments.  

Products ensure safety in offshore operations
CORROSION CONTROL Vital Engineering’s fibreglass gratings are manufactured with continuous glass fibre strands interwoven in both directions with thermosetting resins

Company evolves to meet KZN miners’ needs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As mineral sands miners in KwaZulu-Natal move into the next phase of their project life cycles, mining solutions provider Multotec is taking steps to evolve its products and service offering to meet changing customer needs. 

Company evolves to meet KZN miners’ needs
LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS Multotec field service teams conduct regular site visits to ensure optimum performance of equipment

Distributor emphasises lubricant’s cost benefits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2017 Southern Africa-focused bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) recently conducted a product focus designed to educate staff on the benefits of using reaming, tapping and drilling lubricant RTD, to strengthen its long-standing supplier-distributor... 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Following filtration technology company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ acquisition of technology producer Alphasorb in the second quarter of 2016, the quality of Freudenberg’s gas-control products has increased greatly, says Freudenberg market segment manager for sub-Saharan Africa Pooven... 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality
DANGEROUS Corrosive gases are usually by-products of industry processes and can be flammable

Importance of nondestructive testing emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Regular testing and certification of equipment used in the engineering industry remains important to ensure that degradation of equipment is minimal, comments inspection and testing solutions provider Non-destructive Testing and Inspection Solutions (NIS). NIS spokesperson Jannie de Beer details... 

Importance of  nondestructive  testing emphasised
CERTIFICATION REMAINS CRUCIAL All pressure equipment has to be inspected by a competent person every three years

Lubrication suited for cement kilns

     5th August 2016 Total performance lubricant manufacturer Bel-Ray provides ‘superior’ lubrication for Type 2 open gear systems used in industrial equipment such as cement kilns, mills and driers. The Clear Gear Lubricant with its high viscosity is proven to reduce consumption, vibration and the temperature of... 

Polymeric coatings extend component life

     15th July 2016 Surface coating technology company Thermaspray’s range of wear and corrosion resistant polymeric coatings protect components in extremely harsh environments, delivering cost and time saving benefits to customers through extended component life and enhanced production. “These highly flexible... 

Technology combats corrosion in aerospace equipment

     15th July 2016 Corrosion protection supplier Cortec announced last month that its Vapor Phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) technology for the aircraft, aviation and aerospace industries, scales new heights for industry leading corrosion protection to aircraft and aerospace equipment. The company explains that... 

Technology combats corrosion in aerospace equipment
AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT PROTECTED Corrosion in the aircraft industry can be disastrous if left undetected and untreated

European coatings show ready for 2017

     15th July 2016 Preparations for the next European Coatings Show in Germany are already under way and will take place from April 4 to 6, next year. Engineers, developers and decision-makers will once again find an unrivalled range of raw materials and laboratory, production, testing and measuring technology for... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency

     15th July 2016 In May, plastic fabrication and engineering company Vesconite Bearings  started to commercialise its Superlube, a thermoplastic bearing material with one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any polymer available. The development of Superlube – conducted at the company’s laboratory in... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency
SUPERLUBE COMMERCIALISED Superlube is being considered for various applications, such as propellers, high-end yacht fittings and turbines in the renewable-energy market

Expansion of LPG coating range imminent

     15th July 2016 Retail, trade, industrial and furniture coatings markets supplier Kansai Plascon launched its liquid petroleum gas (LPG) coating for the LPG market in May 2015, and expansion of the range is imminent, as interest this year has exceeded expectations. Kansai Plascon industrial and protective... 

Marine industry benefits from corrosion protection

     15th July 2016 In April marine coatings business AkzoNobel launched a ‘best-in-class’ anticorrosive universal primer, Intershield One-2-One, which delivers simplified maintenance, waste avoidance and enhanced corrosion protection. Intershield One-2-One, part of AkzoNobel’s International range of marine... 

Marine industry benefits from corrosion protection
Photo by Bloomberg
ANTICORROSIVE PRIMER LAUNCHED Intershield One-2-One can be used as a primer on most areas of a marine vessel

International journal tackles global challenge of corrosion

     15th July 2016 Owing to corrosion costing companies more than $2-trillion a year globally,  high impact scientific and medical information publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) – part of scientific publishing company Springer Nature Corrosion – has reached an agreement with the Chinese Society for Corrosion... 

International journal tackles global challenge of corrosion
Photo by Bloomberg
GLOBAL CORROSION PROBLEM ADDRESSED npj Materials Degradation open access journal covers the the field of materials degradation across both metallic and nonmetallic materials

Increased imports and skills shortage threaten industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th July 2016 Increasing volumes of questionable quality paint from less regulated countries are reaching South Africa. This could negatively affect profitability and lead to more job losses for the local coatings sector. South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence... 

Increased imports and skills  shortage threaten industry
DERYCK SPENCE Cheaper imports in an already saturated market could decrease the volumes of local paint manufactured

Gas filtration prevents corrosion in plant components

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th July 2016 Air, gas and liquid filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies explains that petrochemical facilities are extremely corrosive environments.  Therefore, an oil refinery commissioned Freudenberg’s Viledon ChemControl recirculation system and the Viledon ChemControl deep-bed... 

Gas filtration prevents  corrosion in plant components
AIR FILTRATION FIGHTS CORROSION Corrosion in the petrochemicals industry is fostered by the presence of acidic, caustic and oxidising gases

Corrosion cures for sugar cane industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 Coatings manufacturer Kansai Plascon has reaffirmed its position in the sugar industry by providing holistic coating solutions that will prolong inevitable corrosion at sugar mills and refineries through implementing established specifications and seasoned systems. Kansai Plascon industrial and... 

Corrosion cures for  sugar cane industry
Photo by Bloomberg
FILM THICKNESS Plascon ensures that the dry film thickness of the coating meets client requirements, with a full inspection conducted after the application

Skills development and blue economy prioritised at CIS 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Having identified the lack of training opportunities as a rising concern in the oil industry, the biennial Cape Industries Showcase (CIS), scheduled to take place from July 13 to 15 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will focus on skills development and training in the sector. 

Skills development  and blue economy  prioritised at CIS 2016
JOHN THOMSON The focus on training at the CIS will provide useful networking platforms for employers, government, training organisations and other stakeholders

Knowledge of tribology key for lubricants industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait). 

Knowledge of tribology  key for lubricants industry
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards

Swedish group completes acquisition of South African lubricants company

     12th February 2016 Swedish lubrication systems company SKF have been given the approval by relevant authorities to take over South Africa-based lubrication system suppliers Lincoln Lubricants. 

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers

     5th February 2016 The upgrading of a cooling tower’s fill media with components constructed out of robust and non-clogging materials such as polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or stainless steel can lead to cost-effective ways of extending the life of a cooling tower. According to cooling tower... 

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers
RENOVATION Regularly upgrading the cooling tower reduces maintenance downtime

Strategic partnership enhances guy line lubrication

By: Dylan Slater     11th September 2015 The imminent strategic partnership between wear control company Filter Focus and broadcasting signal distributor Sentech will result in faster, safer and more efficient application of lubrication to transmission tower guy lines in South Africa, says Filter Focus COO Craig FitzGerald. 

Strategic partnership  enhances guy  line lubrication
VIPER IN ACTION The Viper collar at work on a wire rope

Lubricants company improves performance since 2014 acquisition 

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Lubricants company Fuchs Lubricants Southern Africa (Fuchs SA) has done “extremely well” in the local market in the past year, partly owing to its acquisition of local lubricants company Lubritene at the end of 2014, says Fuchs SA commercial sales manager Andrew Cowling. 

Lubricants company  improves performance since 2014 acquisition
INDUSTRIAL LUBRICANTS Fuchs Lubricants Southern Africa will display some of its mining industry oil, lubricants and greases at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says specialist precast concrete... 

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

Seal-saving device worth its weight in gold

By: Dylan Slater     7th August 2015 A hydraulic cylinder- and seal-protecting device, which was destroyed during December 2014 in a gold-smelting accident attributed to hydraulic failure, prevented the hydraulic systems of Germiston-based precious metals refiner Rand Refinery from being damaged and the company from having to deal... 

Seal-saving device worth  its weight in gold
SEAL SAVING DEVICE Seal Savers take only 20 minutes to install, which is made easy using heavy-duty Velcro strips and built-in clamps

New polycarbamide technology introduced onto local market

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th July 2015 Industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals supplier Air Products South Africa (SA) has recently introduced its new polycarbamide technology, designed for flooring applications, which provides colour, ultraviolet stability and low temperature curing, says GM of the Chemicals division... 

New polycarbamide technology introduced onto local market
JOSUA LE ROUX Air Products South Africa new polycarbamide technology provides colour, ultraviolet stability and low temperature curing

Coating process provides significant wear and corrosion protection

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th July 2015 Performance tooling manufacturer and coating specialist TD Coating Centre included the surface-hardening process of boriding into its service offering this year, enabling the company to treat certain steel products with a low-friction, deep and hard-wear resistant surface that does not flake off.... 

Coating process provides significant wear and  corrosion protection
BALL VALVES Boriding provides good corrosion resistance in non-oxidising acids and can operate in temperatures of up to 800 °C

Cool coatings project designed to limit buildings’ energy use

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th July 2015 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has established the South African Cool Surfaces Association (Sacsa), administered by the Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa (AAAMSA), to govern and regulate Sanedi’s surface-cooling project, the... 

Cool coatings project designed  to limit buildings’ energy use
REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION The Cool Surfaces project forms part of Sanedi’s drive to make paints, coatings and paint membranes more energy efficient

New premises for industry body training institute

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th July 2015 Nonprofit paint industry body the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) plans to start erecting new premises for its training arm, the South African Paint Industry Training Institute (Sapiti) next month. The new training centre is being constructed on Sapma’s premises in... 

New premises for industry body training institute
DERYCK SPENCE Sapiti will provide multifaceted practical training in coatings technology

New coating solution a first in South Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th July 2015 Local thermal spray coating and plasma transferred arc (PTA) cladding services provider Thermaspray is the first company in South Africa to introduce an array of coatings from US-based corrosion, wear and release-coating service providers Plasma Coatings USA – a division of rollers, roller... 

New coating solution a first in South Africa
PRODUCT SUPPLY INCREASED Dryer Drums used in the paper industry requires coatings for non-stick high release, easy cleanabiltiy and traction

New equipment improves fastener manufacturer’s operations

     19th June 2015 South African fastener manufacturer and supplier Impala Bolt & Nut installed a new thread rolling machine last month, with its capacity to thread 400 bolts a minute significantly improving the company’s manufacturing capabilities, says company MD Derek Cohen. He tells Engineering News that... 

New equipment improves fastener manufacturer’s operations
PUSHING ON Impala is investing in new equipment and modifying existing equipment in response to the declining demand for fasteners

Stainless steel improves handrailing safety

     29th May 2015 Stainless steel handrailing can be used in various industries to ensure the safety of personnel and compliance with hygiene standards, says precision engineering company Andrew Mentis. 

Stainless steel improves handrailing safety
BENEFICIAL MATERIAL Stainless steel handrailing offers numerous benefits among which is increased safety

‘Flagship’ gearbox orders to new coal-fired builds completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Gearbox designer and manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa has completed the supply of 384 Hansen M4 air-cooled condenser (ACC) drives each to State-owned power utility Eskom’s coal-fired Medupi power station, in Limpopo, and the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, last month. While the... 

‘Flagship’ gearbox orders to new coal-fired  builds completed
MEGA-DELIVERY The Medupi ACC drive order was the single biggest order received by the Sumitomo group worldwide, and became a material reference project

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members
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