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Corrosion Control News

Wits professor receives tribology excellence award

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2015 University of Witwatersrand (Wits) associate professor Natasha Sacks received the 2015 Louw Alberts Award last month for her outstanding contribution to tribology from the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT). Sacks, currently with the Wits School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering,... 

Corrosion specialist completes wastewater plant contract

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2015 Jet Park-based corrosion protection, epoxy flooring, concrete repair and waterproofing company Verni completed a supply and installation contract in September 2014 for the Hannes van Niekerk Wastewater Treatment Plant in Westonaria, in Gauteng’s West Rand district municipality, providing a... 

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination

20th March 2015 To eliminate the possibility of chemicals powders cross contaminating and subsequently corroding its supplies, chemicals, plastics, packaging materials and mining and construction products distributor The CHC Group South Africa (SA) recently installed precast concrete infrastructure products... 

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination
CHEMICAL POWDER SEGREGATION Alfablocs are used to separate chemical powders to mitigate cross contamination

Automated lubrication systems increase efficiency

By: Donna Slater     6th February 2015 Automated and centralised lubrication control platforms are essential for any type of machine, as they ensure efficient lubricant consumption and application, says Randburg-based lubrication systems company Control Lubrication Systems. 

Automated  lubrication systems increase efficiency
COMPREHENSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEMS Centralised lubrication systems ensure that there is no need to be concerned about a lubrication point being under- or overlubricated

New technology used to restore damaged pipes

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th February 2015 Innovative technology has successfully been used in a rehabilitation project by pipe relining solutions provider Water Damage Services to restore corroded pipes at the Good Hope Centre, in Cape Town. 

New series of stainless steel castors launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Castor manufacturer Tente Castors South Africa introduced its stainless steel 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors this year, says company technical manager Steve Thomas. The series comprises swivel, swivel with total lock, fixed and P67 plate central- locking castors, he... 

New series of stainless steel castors launched
OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance

Increasing enthusiasm in industry to use different stainless steel material

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 There is a growing willingness from industry to accept newer stainless steel materials, particularly duplex stainless steels, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Fabricator Sector chairperson Gary Crawford tells Engineering News. He says that, for example, 2304 duplex... 

Increasing enthusiasm in  industry to use different stainless steel material
DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled

US company partners with piping solutions provider

10th October 2014 As a result of the increasing demand from its customers, US-based tubular corrosion prevention and control company National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Fiber Glass Systems is establishing a business partnership with South Africa-based thermoplastic and ferro steel piping solutions provider RamPiping... 

Stormwater infrastructure lacking

By: Donna Slater     10th October 2014 A significant amount of stormwater infrastructure in South Africa is insufficient to handle the country’s rapid urbanisation, according to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa. 

Stormwater infrastructure lacking
PETER SHEPHERD South Africa’s big cities have had a severe impact on river systems, with increasing urbanisation compounding the situation

Thermal spray coatings to protect refineries

5th September 2014 The problem of corrosion-under-insulation (CUI), which is common in the oil refineries industry, can be controlled by applying a thermal spray that is available from wear, corrosion and hardfacing company Weartech. 

Thermal spray coatings to protect refineries
PREVENTING CORROSION Corrosion under insulation accounts for as much as 40% to 60% of a company’s piping maintenance costs

Electrical enclosure offers corrosion protection

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Environmental corrosion combined with the damage from impact will affect an enclosure’s ability to properly protect the electrical controls, which can cause a multitude of problems, notes US-based nonmetallic electrical enclosure manufacturer Stahlin. Problems could include catastrophic and... 

Chemicals producer announces merger

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Chemical producer BASF Coatings Services announced in January that a merger of two of its sales branches in Gauteng is planned for mid-2014. BASF Coatings Services is a specialist supplier of technology, service and training to the collision repair industry and commercial transport solutions. Its... 

Product development increases operational life span

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 High-alumina ceramic manufacturer and supplier Multotec Wear Linings’ MultoLag direct bond ceramic pulley lagging system, used for drive and non-drive pulley systems, has achieved an operational life span of over 200 months, compared with only eight months for a previous liner, explains Multotec... 

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... 

Feedback approach enables relevant product development

11th April 2014 Steel products manufacturer Andrew Mentis reports that it attributes its success in the provision of flooring and handrailing solutions to its approach of prioritising consumer feedback and researching the best methods of incorporating consumers’ input into its products and services.  Company... 

Investment group sees acquisitions opening up new Africa prospects

11th October 2013 Construction and installation of cathodic protection and amalgamated corrosion mitigation systems, Germiston-based Amalgamated Corrosion Engineering (ACE), recently welcomed investment group of companies Reindus Holdings as a new controlling shareholder, as part of its strategy to position itself... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

Wear-resistant product for oil refineries introduced to South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Wear, corrosion and hardfacing applications product supplier Weartech began distributing a new portfolio of wear-resistant surface treatments, called UltraFlex, last month. It is manufactured by Kennametal, a global supplier of tooling and industrial materials, and increases the wear performance... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 The use of thermal spray has in recent times gathered momentum in oil refineries because it prevents the aging and replacement of various types of equipment and tubing components, says wear, corrosion, hard-facing and applications product supplier Weartech technical manager Adam Wintle. Weartech... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries
THERMAL SPRAY NATURE All thermal spraying processes rely on the same principle of heating a feedstock, accelerating it to a high velocity, and then allowing the particles to strike the subtrate

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.  

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. 

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