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Corrosion Control News

Textile concrete launched

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new material devel- oped in South Africa and known as textile concrete (TC) could prove to be a shot in the arm for the textile industry as well as boost cement sales, believes inventor Don Hourahane. He predicts that TC will eventually develop into a separate industry at least the size of the... 

Brass beats steel

By: System Author     21st May 1999 In many industries, even the automotive industry, tradition dominates materials selection. Many designers, engineers and purchasing managers are convinced that brass is too expensive for simple repetition-turned products. While the off-the-shelf cost of brass raw material may be more than twice... 

‘Smart’ pigging and partnerships

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Partnerships with local and foreign companies are the key point of CSIR’s strategy to secure large contracts both in South Africa and abroad, metallurgical and corrosion services manager Hans Schollenberger tells Engineering News. In the cathodic-protection field, significant strides have... 

Coatings for buried steel

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SEVERAL coating systems for the corrosion-protection of buried steel pipelines are available in South Africa. These include liquid epoxies, both solvent-borne and solvent-free; bituminous coatings consisting of fibre-reinforced bitumen; and extruded, modified bitumen and powder coatings with... 

Company celebrates its 25th anniversary

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Control engineering company Festo South Africa, of Isando, Gauteng, is celebrating more than 25 years in South Africa. The company meets low-, medium- and high-technology requirements of its main target market, the manufacturing industry, with cutting-edge control systems. All operations in... 

Cracking the problem of caustic corrosion

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Corrosion by caustic materials (sodium or potassium hydroxide) at all concentrations is easily handled at room temperature with a variety of metals and alloys, including carbon steels, reports The Hendrix Group Reporter. It becomes increasingly more corrosive with increasing temperature and... 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

Image of stainless steel as a corrosion panacea

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SUCH is the image of stainless steel that it is usually viewed as the panacea to every problem of metal degradation in a corrosive environment. However, according to the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) spokesperson Dave Rowlands, it would be na 

One of world’s longest conveyors is coated

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Corrosion-resistant coatings for one of the world’s longest mine conveyor systems, provided by South African conveyor fabricator, Lorbrand, have been sandblasted and painted by Robo Blasting, of Germiston, Gauteng. Coatings for the 24 km conveyor, which runs through the Rockies in Colorado... 

Polyester reinforcing shows its strength

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A new type of rein- forcing material constructed from polyester has been developed that is suitable for embedding in a bitumen, coal-tar enamel or resin protective system for steel and other pipes. This type of material can be described as a random polyester-fibre mat reinforced by stitching with... 

R4m lining contract for big cobalt plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The contract for the lining of vessels and bund areas on the Kasese cobalt process plant in Western Uganda, reported to be worth R4-million, has been awarded to corrosion-control company Gordon Bennett (GB), of Kliprivier, Gauteng, by Bateman Mineral and Industrial on behalf of Kasese Cobalt... 

Sector galvanised by R1,4bn mast project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local corrosion-control industry has received a significant boost by the announcement that Telkom is to go ahead with its plan to erect 4 500 radio masts each year over the next three years. One of Telkom’s main aims is to ensure that the lifecycle cost of creating the radio-based... 

Turnkey corrosion-control repertoire

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The relocation and depreservation of Anglo American’s Venetia diamond-mine’s bulk-sampling equipment from its original location near Messina, Northern Province, to the new Oaks mine outside Swartwater, in the same province, where a single dolomite pipe has been identified, has been... 

World congress for SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The 500-member Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (Cisa) is to receive a massive boost as it plays host to the fourteenth International Corrosion Congress in Cape Town from September 26 to October 1, an honour which has been shared by London, Melbourne, Florence and Houston in past years.... 

Large cladding contract

By: System Author     30th April 1999 What is believed to be one of the world’s largest orders for vitreous-enamelled steel cladding has been secured by a South African producer of such cladding. Vitrex, of Jet Park, Gauteng, will supply 5 500 vitreous-enamelled steel panels to the Baulderstone-Clough joint venture for... 

Maintaining feedwater purity

By: System Author     30th April 1999 High-pressure boilers such as those used in power plants require high-purity feedwater to limit the effect of corrosion and deposits that damage steam circuits. Typical corrosives are acid salts such as chlorides or sulphates, which form corrosive compounds. Chlorides are usually present in raw... 

Damaged equipment rises from the ashes

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Local loss-recovery specialist Relectronic- Remech of Randburg, Gauteng, boasts an impressive track record of producing cost-savings for its clients ranging from 76% to 98% of the replacement value of electronic equipment, electromechanical equipment and computer hardware. The company is not only... 

Pultrusion process to combat corrosion

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Water quality is critical to the quality of our future, and today engineers look more and more to lifecycle costs in specifying materials for design and construction of new and upgraded water-treatment facilities. Lower installation and maintenance costs and long-term performance are factored... 

Sampler eliminates errors

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Historically, reliable sampling of liquids has been impeded by the human element in sampling procedures. The new Endress+Hauser precision sampler ASP 2000 solves this problem by automating the process, and providing precise sample-dosing as well as cooled-sample storage, and can be used on... 

Method to grease up on bearing lubrication

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Anew lubrication method for bearings used in industry has been developed by NTN Bearings, which are distributed in South Africa by Invicta Bearings. It is a solid patent-pending grease called polylube, and combines the strength properties of an ultra-high polymer polyethylene with the good... 

Miniature ball-rail system

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The expansion of Rexroth Star’s miniature ball-rail system, the latest offering in a proved product range, enables Tectra Automation to provide a solution for virtually every linear motion application. As part of an already extensive range of Star profiled rail linear motion systems, the... 

Automatic lubricators destined for matla

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Supplier of automatic lubricators Perma Lubrication, of Johannesburg has secured a contract to supply lubricators to Eskom’s Matla power station through an agent. Perma will supply a number of the Perma Classic 3, Classic 6 and Star units to Eskom over two years. The Perma Star is a new... 

Central lube systems

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Adequate fifth-wheel lubrication on articulated vehicles was a difficulty in Sasol’s fleet operation. “We found that this was an area that was often neglected in our routine maintenance programmes,” says Sasol Oil transport services manager MJ du Plessis. He adds that this is... 

Draglines use new open gear lubrication

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new product from Johannesburg company Lubritene has proved so successful that the main lubrication systems on 12 of the 33 draglines in South Africa have already been converted to using the Lubrene Multi Serv open gear lubrication (OGL) system. The company provides the full scope of lubricant... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

Firm restructures into business streams

By: System Author     19th February 1999 One of the world leaders in specialised lubrication technology Castrol is in the process of restructuring into global business streams in place of geographic regions. The business streams cover the consumer, commercial, industrial and marine markets. Burmah Castrol believes the new structures... 

Lubricant firm will release R&D results

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Pretoria company Lubrioil is going public with the results of nine years of research and development. The company develops problem-solving products in lubrication, chemicals and coatings for specific applications in light and heavy industries. It is in the process of launching a high-profile... 

New black lube product

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Black-empowerment company Tepco Petroleum will introduce its own brand of lubricants to the local market before the end of the year. “We are finalising a blending agreement with one of the large oil companies,” Tepco GM Wessel du Plessis tells Engineering News. The first lubricant... 

New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

Oil-dispensing system ensures control

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A study conducted by Mercedes-Benz of Germany revealed that traditional oil-dispensing methods in its workshops and factories left 16% of its lubricants unaccounted for. However, the installation of a complete Lubex MDS system resulted in more precise control of expensive oils. “Lubrication... 

Science of enhancing lube performance

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The earliest recorded use of lubricants dates back nearly 20 centuries before Christ. In the 15th century before Christ, the Pharaohs’ chariots of war used grease of lime and animal tallow for the lubrication of axles and other friction areas. “Historically, however, lubrication... 

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Synthetic formulations lower viscosity

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Synthetic lubricants have received much press attention in recent years and the term ‘synthetic’ has become synonymous with high performance. While synthetic oils are capable of providing high levels of performance with significant commercial benefits over mineral oils, the simple use... 

What to do with used oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 For those with unwanted used lubricating oil or a few tins of used motor oil gathering dust, there is an easy and environment-friendly solution for disposal of oil. The Rose Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by the South African lubricants industry which collects and recycles 70% of... 

World-first grease applicator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The Rocol Autolube, apparently the world’s first long-life battery-powered grease applicator, will be available in South Africa from April. The automatic grease applicator is a stand-alone device which can provide up to three years of continuous operation in arduous conditions. Measuring... 

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