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Corrosion Control, Coatings and Tribology

Coatings increase turbine efficiency

     2nd June 2017 Thermal barrier coatings can significantly increase the turbine efficiency of turbomachinery by allowing higher firing temperatures while reducing component thermal fatigue, warpage, oxidation and cracking, says thermal spray coatings supplier Thermaspray. 

Full range of corrosion control products available in Southern Africa

     2nd June 2017 Corrosion control product supplier JST International’s (JST’s) cathodic protection and impressed current cathodic protection systems and corrosion resistant pipe supports product ranges have been expanded to include the full range of corrosion control coatings and wrappings in Southern Africa. 

Full range of corrosion control products available in Southern Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
CORROSION CONTROL JST has several products that can be used to control the corrosion of wood, steel and concrete

Grain silos in East London repaired

     2nd June 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors is carrying out repair work at the grain silos at the Port of East London’s Transnet terminals as result of the spalling of the concrete owing to constant exposure to damp, salty air from the Indian Ocean. 

Grain silos in East  London repaired
GRAIN SILO The grain silos are under repair to help combat corrosion on the concrete and steel rebar

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

New pipes manufacturing facility to be completed by year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th July 2015 Sasolburg-based pipes manufacturer Africa Pipe Industries (API), which supplies helical welded pipes used in the water and oil and gas industries, has started the construction phase of a new manufacturing facility in Mokopane, Limpopo. API sales and marketing director Jan Jansen van Niewenhuizen... 

New pipes manufacturing facility to be completed by year-end

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

Energy Engineered Products

     17th July 2015 Energy Engineered Products founded by Hugh Whitty in 1992, is a group of industrial product suppliers that offers a range of industrial metals, from stainless steel through to special alloys, in the form of round bar, pipes, tubes, fittings, valves, studbolts and related accessories to the South... 

Energy Engineered Products

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

Electrical enclosure offers corrosion protection

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Environmental corrosion combined with the damage from impact will affect an enclosure’s ability to properly protect the electrical controls, which can cause a multitude of problems, notes US-based nonmetallic electrical enclosure manufacturer Stahlin. Problems could include catastrophic and... 

Chemicals producer announces merger

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Chemical producer BASF Coatings Services announced in January that a merger of two of its sales branches in Gauteng is planned for mid-2014. BASF Coatings Services is a specialist supplier of technology, service and training to the collision repair industry and commercial transport solutions. Its... 

Range of corrosion resistant borehole columns expanded

     30th May 2014 Industrial equipment and unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipe wholesaler Corde Africa launched its 5” internal diameter uPVC borehole column for high-flow rates, typically used in mining applications, in January this year, Corde Africa owner Errol Cornelius tells Engineering News. These... 

Imported solution combats pipe corrosion

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 South Africa-based corrosion control, heat treatment and bolt torque equipment supplier Total Heating Solutions received the distribution rights for US-based cathodic protection systems design and manufacturing company Deepwater’s Nubolt and Irod pipe support system in February this year. Total... 

Imported solution combats pipe  corrosion
Photo by Total Heating Solutions
THE IROD & NUBOLT The Irod and Nubolt system limits galvanic corrosion by negating metal-to-metal contact and by allowing trapped water to be drained

Total Heating Solutions

     30th May 2014 Established in 2001, Total Heating Solutions (THS) is the largest distributor of industrial heat treatment equipment in Southern Africa with growing sales in new product ranges of electrical heat tracing, corrosion monitoring and control, torque wrenches, filters and strainers. The addition of... 

Total Heating Solutions

Local company successfully clads complex alloy

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Thermal spray service provider Thermaspray is expected to complete a Stellite alloy 6 ball valve, which will be laser-clad to the SAF 225 alloy, allowing for the ball valves to be used in highly corrosive environments at wood and paper pulp and paper-based solutions provider Sappi’s specialised... 

Local company successfully clads complex alloy
Photo by Thermaspray
BALL VALVE CLADDING Stellite 6 (left) is notoriously difficult to apply as a final layer, particularly on SAF 225 (right), owing to probable cracking

Seaside corrosion protection coating

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 International coating group NOF Metal Coatings Group reports that it has had success with its Geomet 321 corrosion protection coating, which has been used by international electronic and electrical engineering group Siemens Wind Power division on fasteners of wind turbine blades, since the end of... 

Infrastructure spend boosts industrial paints and coatings market

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 The increase in infrastructure and maintenance spending by the private and public sectors in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya is lending momentum to the industrial paints and coatings market in these countries, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. Nigeria presents the most opportunities owing to its... 

Government action needed against leaded paint producers

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 The South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) lodged its strongest objection to government’s continuous condemnation of the paint industry for producing leaded paints, while still neglecting the governmental prosecution of offenders Sapma has been pleading for, the association... 

Oil-dispensing unit to solve workshop management challenges

By: Sashnee Moodley     31st May 2013 Oil-on-Tap, the oil-dispensing unit from refined petroleum company Engen Petroleum, will be launched for the benefit of small- and medium-sized automotive and engineering companies next month to address the daily inventory control and cash flow challenges that workshop management experiences from... 

Coatings range sparks interest from power utility 

By: Sashnee Moodley     31st May 2013 The ceramic coatings solution offered by local thermal coatings supplier General Thermal Spray has caught the attention of State-owned power utility Eskom, as it is designed specifically to combat erosion or corrosion in coal-fired boilers at power stations.  

Water-based products to combat corrosion and rusting

By: Sashnee Moodley     31st May 2013 Coatings manufacturer Kansai Plascon has introduced three new industrial water-based products to prevent the corrosion and rusting of metal substrates. 

Improved coating thickness gauge reduces measurement time

     31st May 2013 Ever since the development of the coating thickness gauge in the mid-1940s, dry film thickness measurement has relied on individual measurements being compared with a coating’s specification. 

Most demanding project creates opportunities for pipe-linings company

By: Sashnee Moodley     31st May 2013 Pipe-linings manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) has tackled its most technically challenging project to date for Turkish construction company Tekfen, which involves supplying several specialised polyurethane lining for pipe bends at a phosphate project, in Morocco.  

Range of corrosion-control technologies highlighted

     31st May 2013 Corrosion-control technologies company Cortec’s CorrLube food-grade penetrant is a multipurpose, light-duty, nontoxic lubricating oil developed by Cortec Laboratories, which contains only United States Department of Agriculture H-1 food-grade designation-compliant ingredients.  

Institute receives training accreditation

By: Gia Costella     1st June 2012 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) has awarded training accreditation to the South African Paint Industry Training Institute (Sapiti) – the training arm of the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma). 

Correct lubricant viscosity can save costs, energy

     1st June 2012 By following a few simple lubricant viscosity guidelines, real savings can be generated in terms of machine life and energy savings, says South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president John Fitton. 

Thermal spray coatings effective in combating, controlling corrosion

     1st June 2012 The manner in which the surfaces of components interact with each other in a system and within their immediate environment makes them susceptible to corrosion, erosion, abrasion and wear damage.  

Specialist proposes solution to electrostatic charges

     1st June 2012 The use of modern environment-friendly hydraulic and lubrication oils, together with the trend towards more compact systems and finer filtration has, in recent years, exacerbated the problem of electrostatic charge and discharge, says fluid power specialist Hydac. 

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