As specialists in lubrication reliability solutions, the team at Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa frequently comes up against myths relating to lubricants.

There is a technology that is disrupting the workplace, it’s called Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Using software ‘robots’ to mimic repetitive human interactions with computers, this technology can do these tasks much faster, without any rest and no errors that human are prone to making.

Plant owners are increasingly opting to outsource the major elements of equipment maintenance to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in an attempt to improve reliability and limit downtime. Pipes, Pumps and Valves Africa spoke to the team at Sulzer, a leader in pump design and manufacture, to find out more.

With the ongoing heatwave pushing water consumption to a record high, the City of Johannesburg has implemented Stage 2 water restrictions. The situation is exacerbated by falling dam levels due to low rainfall, and a planned shutdown of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel system for inspection and maintenance.

While gross domestic product (GDP) gains from mining in South Africa decreased slightly to R227 291.33 in Q4-18 (from R229 490.48 for Q3-18), the sector remains a key economic contributor in the country.

The latest bolting tools catalogue from leading industrial hydraulic tools company, Enerpac, is now available. Increased tool and pump portability, tensioning tools, flange maintenance, and portable machining products, together with an expanded bolting software, make this Enerpac’s most comprehensive bolting catalogue so far.

A Turkish OEM that supplied a Nile River project with one of its pumps that had been fitted with Vesconite Hilube polymer components in late 2018 reports that the line shaft bushings continue to operate well. 

Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable theft detection, in diverse industries, including mining and quarrying, electrification, municipalities, water and wastewater, chemical, petrochemical and general engineering.

Enerpac’s new E-Pulse electric hydraulic pump has smart controls, maintains constant motor power across the pressure range and provides high flow and adjustable speed control.

APE Pumps and Mather + Platt are more than just a leading name in the pump manufacturing industry. This proudly South African company is a true testament of local manufacturing capability, showcasing the resilience, tenacity and ability to find solutions in the most difficult conditions that the country is renowned for. Pipes, Pumps and Valves Africa spoke to GM John Montgomery.

Protecting equipment and machinery is crucial for any kind of harsh industrial environment where parts are often worn out by abrasion, erosion, chemical attack, corrosion, and mechanical damage. Protecting equipment against conditions that cause premature wear, fatigue and eventual failure can significantly reduce the expensive replacement of parts. Loren Nauss, Business Development Manager, Maintenance Chemicals at Henkel explains more. 

The safety of chemical plants to people and environment is of paramount importance. Overpressures can occur in liquid or gas systems of which the causes can be many things either in the system itself or by external factors.

AVK Southern Africa is proud that it develops products that make a difference now and in future. Renowned for its superior quality, AVK products are locally manufactured. Now, leading the way and using available resources in the most rewarding and sustainable way is not the only thing AVK is well-known for.

Nothing gets the team at Invincible Valves down. Not the wait-and-see approach brought on by the election this year, nor the slow economy, the country’s large fiscal debt or the policy uncertainty. Here, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And it starts with managing director Pam du Plessis. Pipes, Pumps and Valves Africa sat down with her to find out more.

Globalisation has made it possible for multinationals to mass-produce valves, sourcing parts from around the world in a bid to remain competitive. Unfortunately, global manufacturing operations are normally slow to react to aftersales service requests.

If you have been involved in the valve industry over the past 40 years you will know Pleix-Quip as a leading supplier of valves and fluid systems to a wide spectrum of industries.

BMG’s Fluid Technology division supplies and supports an extensive range of components for fluid technology systems and general industrial applications.

This is the question asked by many valve end users. Wayne Arnold, of Valve Hospital clears the much-asked question up. “A company sitting with an old, worn out valve, has two choices”, Arnold says, “first choice, is to spend the money on buying a new valve, the second choice, on the other hand, is to refurbish the existing valve.

Rexus is one of the prominent local designers, manufacturers and suppliers of Valves, Couplings and Fittings for the Water and Wastewater industry. Starting back in 2010, the company deliberately and diligently focussed on innovation, local manufacture and the development of an export market.

Nylon ball and check valves designed and developed for irrigation and agricultural applications have been introduced by Incledon, a leading provider of quality fluid conveyance products and solutions.

Veolia Water Technologies South Africa supplied a 400 m³/day civil-based sewage treatment plant which utilises trickling filter technology to treat sewage water at the Ngwenya Lodge in Komatipoort, Mpumalanga.

Kansanshi mine has significantly reduced costs and improved productivity by applying Weir Minerals’ Linatex® premium rubber lining solutions.

Built from start-up, BT Industrial – a new-generation, black-owned, high-energy business driven by innovation, international standards, and service excellence – is transforming the industrial landscape in South Africa.

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