World’s First Urban Bike in Plastic

While sitting on a beach on holiday, the idea of a plastic bike first came to Frank Blase, igus CEO. In conversations with employees of a bicycle rental company on the beach, he found out that their beach bikes were continuously exposed to sand, wind and saltwater and sometimes only lasted three months before they […]

Innovative Tank Farm Solution 

Holistic, cost-effective and efficient liquid fuel storage solutions to meet Africa’s ongoing need for the responsible and safe storage of this critical resource have been developed by thyssenkrupp Uhde. Nithesh Mohun, Senior Sales Engineer, explains that while the ‘Go Green’ and ’De-fossilisation’ drives are in high gear worldwide, the immediate need for fuel resources in […]

Dual-purpose Fuel Caps

Protectoseal fuel tank safety caps, available in southern Africa from Energas Technologies, serve as a dual-purpose device for pressure/vacuum relief as well as a flash arrester in fuel tank openings of gasoline or diesel-powered equipment such as industrial trucks, forklifts, tractors and airport support ground equipment.    Among the major sources of emissions in diesel-powered […]

Sir Donald Campbell – My Part in his Downfall

Sir Donald Campbell CBE and his father Sir Malcolm were revered for repeatedly breaking speed records. Sir Malcom held thirteen and Sir Donald broke eight world speed records on water and on land; Donald is the only person to ever set the world speed record on water and land in the same year (1964).

Highest Standard Cleaner Concentrate

Fuchs Lubricants has launched a heavy duty water-based cleaner concentrate for the food and pharmaceutical processing industry that is solvent free, readily biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Dry and Fluid Friction

Friction and lubrication are concepts that most people understand, but probably rarely think about. Yet both are central to various aspects of everyday life.

Virtually Maintenance-free Rope Sheaves

Rope sheaves in the pulp and paper industry are notorious for frequently causing maintenance problems at paper mills, leading to unscheduled shutdowns that negatively affect production levels and drive up costs,” notes Frans Odendaal, SKF Product Manager – Power Transmission.

A Quick Viscosity Test Kit

Condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, recently launched a quick, cost-effective viscosity test kit known as the WearCheck Rheo-stick. Technical manager Steven Lumley, elaborates, “It is important to know the viscosity (thickness) of a lubricant because this determines its film strength and its efficiency in preventing friction between moving parts. Thick oil has a high viscosity, and […]

Investment In Lubricants Plant

Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, a subsidiary of Fuchs Petrolub SE in Germany, has announced an investment of just over R250 million in South Africa for the purchase of land and the development of the site for a warehouse, office complex and lubricants plant. The project duration is 17 months and is expected to be completed […]

Tribological Challenges At The Railway Wheel-Rail Interface

Contact at the railway wheel-rail interface results in a fascinating array of problems and challenges to the Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineer.All of these challenges occur in an area typically as big as a South African R1 coin. Contact in this area can be classified as an open tribological system with a constantly changing environment and […]