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Corrosion Control News

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.  

New range of stainless steel welding consumables

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Welding, cutting and gas products company Afrox will launch its new range of Vacuum packaging (DriPac) stainless steel welding consumables this year, which will be beneficial for operations in remote areas. 

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.  

Ceramic coating for fuel cells could reduce manufacturing costs

18th January 2013 Swedish-based product developer Impact Coatings has developed a new material for the coating of fuel cell bipolar plates. Ceramic MaxPhase is set to change the economics of fuel cells by significantly reducing manufacturing costs. 

Maintenance needed to reduce wire, sling and chain corrosion

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th September 2012 Corrosion is a common occurrence in iron, as well as steel wire, sling and chain that have not been treated for protection against the elements, says corrosion control specialist Galvaspin owner Henning van Wyk. Regular maintenance checks have to be performed on these materials to ensure... 

Rubber company develops new pressure vessel lining method

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Rubber company 1st Wear Corrosion Protection Rubber and Paint (WCP Rubber) MD Andre van Rooyen says he has developed a new method for rubber-lining pressure vessels and plans to develop the use of this method in South Africa. The method involves putting uncured rubber into the vessel and using... 

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. 

Equipment manufacturer introduces new friction material

1st June 2012 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has added an extended life friction material option to its standard paper disc friction material configuration in its wet braking systems. 

Ceramic technology set to benefit local assaying industry

1st June 2012 Process equipment manufacturer Ludowici Meshcape plans to market its range of Rojan Advanced Ceramics ceramic crucibles and cupels to the local mining industry. 

International coatings company appoints African distributor

1st June 2012 UK-based manufacturer of Protectapeel temporary peelable protective coatings Spraylat International has appointed South African coatings company Peelable Coatings as its new African distributor. 

Company introduces new corrosion control powder

1st June 2012 US-based research and engineering company Cortec has formulated a product designed for dry lay-up of boilers, which the company says provides continuous corrosion protection for ferrous metals and aluminium in enclosed spaces. 

Paint company works on giant excavator in Czech Republic

1st June 2012 Coatings and paint company Hempel Paints has collaborated with technical design company Noen, in the Czech Republic, on a project involving the design and manufacture of a new type of bucket-wheel excavator, the KK1300. 

New partnership for waterless engine coolants

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th April 2012 A new alliance has seen the formation of Evans South Africa to market the Evans range of waterless engine coolants throughout the Southern African region. 

Hot dip galvanising of fasteners to be reviewed

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th June 2011 The local practice of the hot dip galvanising of nuts and bolts is under review, as the industry aims to adhere more strictly to specifications set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), says Hot Dip Galvanisers Association of South Africa (HDGASA) executive director Bob... 

New academy plans to take industry training to a new level

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th May 2011 Newly launched corrosion protection training academy Corrosion Education aims to contribute to poverty reduction, youth empowerment and educational and economic skills development in South Africa, managing member Angie Mabena tells Engineering News. 

Institute stresses importance of corrosion protection

27th May 2011 The Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (CorrISA) has launched a corrosion awareness course aimed at nontechnical individuals in the industry. 

Conversion to greener coatings a challenge

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th May 2011 Going green, through the use of greener coatings poses an important challenge to the South African corrosion protection industry, says corrosion protection specialist Bulldog Projects founder and CEO Mike Book. 

Manufacturer to expand sales to retail sector

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th May 2011 Demand has driven chemicals and aerosol manufacturer Specialised Maintenance Products (SMP) to expand its supply chain by introducing its F61 industrial corrosion protection aerosol range to retail outlets, says MD Troy Barwell. 

New gauge range to set higher standards

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th May 2011 UK-based coatings and concrete inspection equipment specialist Elcometer says its new generation Elcometer 456 digital coating thickness gauge sets new standards in coating-thickness measurement. 

Use of inferior materials damages industry reputation

27th May 2011 South African paint manufacturers who use cheap, inferior resins in their mixes to save money, lower paint quality and damage the reputation of the coatings industry, warned international resin producer Uniresins operations director Sanjeev Bhatt.  

Safomar subsidiary to start supplying stock management system to industrial businesses in June

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th May 2011 Aerospace and industrial products supplier Safomar Industrial Brands (SIB), a division of Safomar Holdings, is hoping to extend its new total stock management system (TSMS) to medium-sized and large industrial businesses, in June this year. 

Course developed in cooperation with British expert

11th June 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Painting Inspector course, which plays a critical role in developing and expanding the skills and expertise of plant and construction inspectors, has been refreshed and revitalised, bringing it in line with worldwide best practice, reports the... 

Cracking the sour service challenge

28th May 2010 South Africa’s national minerals technology institute Mintek has developed a unique laboratory facility for testing the susceptibility of alloys to corrosion and hydrogen-induced cracking under the conditions known as ‘sour service.’ 

UV-cured corrosion protection products enter local market

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th May 2010 Chemical and aerosol manufacturer Specialised Maintenance Products (SMP) reports that it is the first Southern African distributor of the SolarTech ultraviolet- (UV-) cured product range, which provides seamless protection against corrosion, abrasion and other aggressive environmental conditions.  

Water utility cathodic protection contract renewed

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th May 2010 Cathodic protection manufacturer Disa Anodes has been awarded a contract, worth R11-million, to supply 5 000 anodes to revamp State-owned water utility Rand Water’s corrosion prevention systems.  

Manufacturer battles Chinese competitors

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th January 2010 Cathodic protection manufacturer Disa Anodes says that the company faces massive competition from China and other Asian countries and is receiving very little support from government and the local industry. The company, which is only a corrosion protection anodes and ancillary equipment... 

SA’s first lubricants franchise being set up 

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2009 Lubricant blender and supplier Blue Chip Lubricants is overhauling its branding and business structure, and this includes expanding through the establishment of a lubricants franchise, the first of its kind in South Africa. 

Fibre-reinforced backing developed for polyurethane liners

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2009 South African polyurethane (PU) product producer Uretech has developed a fibre-reinforced backing for its range of PU liners, which allows the liners to be lighter compared with traditional steel-reinforced backing. It is also significantly less costly than steel-reinforced liners, yet just as... 

Corrosion protection 
company focused on 
skills development

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2009 Corrosion protection company Virgo Business Consulting (VBC) reports that the company is focussed on skills development, given its new-entrant status in the corrosion painting market. 

National tribology study forges ahead

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2009 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) has acquired the necessary funding to initiate a study of the costs associated with not conforming to leading practice principles in the field of tribology, in the country.

 

Skills transfer, capacity building imperative in corrosion control industry 

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2009 The attraction, retention and development of necessary skills and knowledge within the field of corrosion is a significant challenge for the South African corrosion control industry, says Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (CorrISA) president Deon Slabbert.  

Nanotechnology-based lubricant reduces 
gear wear

29th May 2009 Clean technology company, and provider of nanotechnology-based products, ApNano Materials, reports that its nanotechnology-based lubricant NanoLub, significantly decreases damaging wear pits on gear teeth. 

Energy crisis drives increased interest, research in tribology

By: Jacqueline Holman     30th May 2008 Energy supply shortages in South Africa and internationally have resulted in an increased focus on tribology, South African Institute of Tribology’s (SAIT’s) president Patrick Swan tells Engineering News. 

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