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Corrosion Control, Coatings and Tribology

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. 

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 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.  

Corrosion protection supplier revamps image

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th May 2010 South African producer and supplier of corrosion protection rubber sheeting Rema Tip Top South Africa has set out to correct the poor image of rubber corrosion protection applicators in the industry, owing to, what the company believes, was poor service practice in the past. 

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.’ 

Polyurethane product 
producer expands its 
service offering

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th May 2010 South African polyurethane product producer Uretech is expanding its service offering to local and foreign markets.  

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.  

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.  

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.


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. 

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