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Corrosion Control, Coatings and Tribology

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. 

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. 

Value-add division supplies products for advanced corrosion protection products

By: Jacqueline Holman     30th May 2008 Value-add division of Robor, Pipe Systems, supplies piping solutions, in which corrosion protection plays a large part, to projects in the mining, water reticulation, gas and petrochemical industries. 

Conference emphasises the high costs of corrosion

By: Jacqueline Holman     30th May 2008 The direct cost of corrosion in South Africa equates to about R150-billion a year, Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa’s (CorrISA’s) president, Deon Slabbert, told industry participants at the second Annual Corrosion Control Conference in April. 

New advances improve waterborne maintenance coatings

30th May 2008 Performance levels of waterborne maintenance coatings are now equal to or even better than the capabilities of solvent-borne coatings, resulting from advances in polymer design and formulation, says chemical specialist Rohm and Haas. 

A corrosion solution to ‘pig-out’ on

By: Guy Copans     1st June 2007 Significant time and money could be saved in the mechanical and chemical cleaning, surface preparation and re-coating of underground water reticulation pipe lines in South Africa, through the use of on-site Pipe Pigging technology, says Corrosion Engineering Specialists, Corrocoat South Africa�s... 

Oil additive prevents corrosion 

By: Guy Copans     1st June 2007 Lubricant-manufacturer PS23 offers an oil additive to consumers that has a range of functions including an improved anticorrosive ability, reduced friction and fortified oil film strength, says PS23 director Sean Van Rij. 

Tribology carries latent economic potential

By: Guy Copans     1st June 2007 The application of tribology, which is the science and technology of friction, wear and lubrication, in South Africa, could improve the gap in potential of South Africa�s gross domestic product (GDP), says South African Institute of Tribology (Sait) executive committee member Patrick Swan. 

Galvanising a hot topic, says industry body

By: Guy Copans     1st June 2007 Hot-dip galvanizing in South Africa is currently experiencing a boom, says the Hot-Dip Galvanizers Association of Southern Africa (HDGASA) executive director Bob Wilmot. 

Lining systems protect steel, concrete surfaces

By: Guy Copans     1st June 2007 Engineering solutions specialist South African Industrial Linings (Sails) offer protective linings against the attack of acids and alkalis to protect steel or concrete surfaces, helping to prevent rapid destruction, says Sails MD Wulf Rusch. 

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