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Corrosion Control News

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. 

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

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

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. 

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

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

US company partners with piping solutions provider

10th October 2014 As a result of the increasing demand from its customers, US-based tubular corrosion prevention and control company National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Fiber Glass Systems is establishing a business partnership with South Africa-based thermoplastic and ferro steel piping solutions provider RamPiping... 

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

Thermal spray coatings to protect refineries

5th September 2014 The problem of corrosion-under-insulation (CUI), which is common in the oil refineries industry, can be controlled by applying a thermal spray that is available from wear, corrosion and hardfacing company Weartech. 

Thermal spray coatings to protect refineries
PREVENTING CORROSION Corrosion under insulation accounts for as much as 40% to 60% of a company’s piping maintenance costs

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... 

Product development increases operational life span

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 High-alumina ceramic manufacturer and supplier Multotec Wear Linings’ MultoLag direct bond ceramic pulley lagging system, used for drive and non-drive pulley systems, has achieved an operational life span of over 200 months, compared with only eight months for a previous liner, explains Multotec... 

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... 

Feedback approach enables relevant product development

11th April 2014 Steel products manufacturer Andrew Mentis reports that it attributes its success in the provision of flooring and handrailing solutions to its approach of prioritising consumer feedback and researching the best methods of incorporating consumers’ input into its products and services.  Company... 

Investment group sees acquisitions opening up new Africa prospects

11th October 2013 Construction and installation of cathodic protection and amalgamated corrosion mitigation systems, Germiston-based Amalgamated Corrosion Engineering (ACE), recently welcomed investment group of companies Reindus Holdings as a new controlling shareholder, as part of its strategy to position itself... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

Wear-resistant product for oil refineries introduced to South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Wear, corrosion and hardfacing applications product supplier Weartech began distributing a new portfolio of wear-resistant surface treatments, called UltraFlex, last month. It is manufactured by Kennametal, a global supplier of tooling and industrial materials, and increases the wear performance... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 The use of thermal spray has in recent times gathered momentum in oil refineries because it prevents the aging and replacement of various types of equipment and tubing components, says wear, corrosion, hard-facing and applications product supplier Weartech technical manager Adam Wintle. Weartech... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries
THERMAL SPRAY NATURE All thermal spraying processes rely on the same principle of heating a feedstock, accelerating it to a high velocity, and then allowing the particles to strike the subtrate

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.  

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