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Corrosion Control News

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... 

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... 

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

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... 

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... 

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

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

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
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GLOBAL CORROSION PROBLEM ADDRESSED npj Materials Degradation open access journal covers the the field of materials degradation across both metallic and nonmetallic materials

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
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ANTICORROSIVE PRIMER LAUNCHED Intershield One-2-One can be used as a primer on most areas of a marine vessel

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

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
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FILM THICKNESS Plascon ensures that the dry film thickness of the coating meets client requirements, with a full inspection conducted after the application

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

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

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

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 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 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

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 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

Wits professor receives tribology excellence award

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2015 University of Witwatersrand (Wits) associate professor Natasha Sacks received the 2015 Louw Alberts Award last month for her outstanding contribution to tribology from the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT). Sacks, currently with the Wits School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering,... 

  Wits professor receives tribology excellence award
NATASHA SACKS Sacks conducts training for employees enrolled for master’s degrees or PhDs to produce better materials and tools

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

Corrosion specialist completes wastewater plant contract

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2015 Jet Park-based corrosion protection, epoxy flooring, concrete repair and waterproofing company Verni completed a supply and installation contract in September 2014 for the Hannes van Niekerk Wastewater Treatment Plant in Westonaria, in Gauteng’s West Rand district municipality, providing a... 

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination

     20th March 2015 To eliminate the possibility of chemicals powders cross contaminating and subsequently corroding its supplies, chemicals, plastics, packaging materials and mining and construction products distributor The CHC Group South Africa (SA) recently installed precast concrete infrastructure products... 

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination
CHEMICAL POWDER SEGREGATION Alfablocs are used to separate chemical powders to mitigate cross contamination

Automated lubrication systems increase efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 Automated and centralised lubrication control platforms are essential for any type of machine, as they ensure efficient lubricant consumption and application, says Randburg-based lubrication systems company Control Lubrication Systems. 

Automated  lubrication systems increase efficiency
COMPREHENSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEMS Centralised lubrication systems ensure that there is no need to be concerned about a lubrication point being under- or overlubricated

New technology used to restore damaged pipes

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th February 2015 Innovative technology has successfully been used in a rehabilitation project by pipe relining solutions provider Water Damage Services to restore corroded pipes at the Good Hope Centre, in Cape Town. 

Increasing enthusiasm in industry to use different stainless steel material

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 There is a growing willingness from industry to accept newer stainless steel materials, particularly duplex stainless steels, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Fabricator Sector chairperson Gary Crawford tells Engineering News. He says that, for example, 2304 duplex... 

Increasing enthusiasm in  industry to use different stainless steel material
DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled

New series of stainless steel castors launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Castor manufacturer Tente Castors South Africa introduced its stainless steel 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors this year, says company technical manager Steve Thomas. The series comprises swivel, swivel with total lock, fixed and P67 plate central- locking castors, he... 

New series of stainless steel castors launched
OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance

Stormwater infrastructure lacking

By: Dylan Slater     10th October 2014 A significant amount of stormwater infrastructure in South Africa is insufficient to handle the country’s rapid urbanisation, according to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa. 

Stormwater infrastructure lacking
PETER SHEPHERD South Africa’s big cities have had a severe impact on river systems, with increasing urbanisation compounding the situation
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