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African Petrochemicals Edition July/August Edition 14.4 {2017}

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  • Industrial
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  • Automation
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The equipment was factory accepted and tested end-February 2016 and the two-day installation and onsite training was completed during the second week of March 2016.“ Combrinck adds that due to the ovens‘ simple nature of operation and user-friendly interface, training took place during the commissioning phase of the project. “Only one day was required to train the entire team at Minopex.“ The thyssenkrupp IR rapid drying oven has dried the process samples in less than 40 minutes and Minopex reports extreme satisfaction with the unit. “We are now able to provide our customer with results on the same day as opposed to the following day,“ says Du Toit who also compliments the thyssenkrupp team on excellent service. “We worked closely with thyssenkrupp over the first few months to iron out any teething problems. thyssenkrupp assists us instantly and the team is always just a quick phone call away.“ With its flexible, configurable, compact design, the thyssenkrupp rapid drying oven can be integrated as a single piece of equipment or as part of a total automation solution.The oven is automation-ready and can be interfaced with the customer’s current lab inventory systems. The unit is equipped with a front-mounted USB port which allows the operator to conveniently download sample data to a memory device. With ten different user-defined drying methods which can be set by the operator via the user-friendly HMI panel, the IR rapid drying oven is capable of handling a wide range of material or sample types. Additional features and benefits include: Front-mounted emergency stop (safe operation), local lockable electrical isolator (SANS Compliance) side panel access to electrical components (fast easy maintenance), all-stainless steel construction (corrosion resistance) and a switch on-switch off function (reduces energy consumption). thyssenkrupp also offers an IR rapid drying plus version with moisture balance capabilities. The oven weighs the wet sample before starting the drying process. During the rapid drying cycle the sample weight is constantly monitored until no weight change is detected. thyssenkrupp built and tested a prototype of the IR dryer which is now being used as demo unit. “This demo unit allows potential customers to test the suitability of the technology for their own application at our minerals testing lab in Chloorkop, Johannesburg,” concludes Combrinck. About thyssenkrupp The Industrial Solutions business area of thyssenkrupp is a leading partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems. Based on more than 200 years of experience we supply tailored, turnkey plants and components for customers in the chemical, fertilizer, cement, mining and steel industries. As a system partner to the automotive, aerospace and naval sectors we develop highly specialized solutions to meet the individual requirements of our customers. Around 19,000 employees at over 70 locations form a global network with a technology portfolio that guarantees maximum productivity and cost-efficiency. For more information Kgothatso Ntsie, Marketing & Communications Manager thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions 71 Nanyuki Road, Sunninghill, 2191 Email: Phone: +27 11 236-1128 Fax: +27 11 236-1125 Website: Company blog: ENGEN KLEVAKIDZ PUTS PARAFFIN SAFETY FIRST The annual Engen KlevaKidz has kicked off with its unique brand of industrial theatre set to engage and educate learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety. Engen are South Africa’s leading supplier of paraffin, through the Laurel Paraffin brand. Engen KlevaKidz takes the form of an interactive educational stage drama relaying key safety messages – in the learners’ mother tongues – combined with a jingle to reinforce the theme. Engen KlevaKidz opened at Fatlhogang Primary School in Gauteng in July and moves on to Masakhane Primary School in Temba on 7 August. A further 30 schools in Gauteng will then be visited over the course of three weeks. Following this, the roadshow will travel to the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. Since its inception in 2008, Engen KlevaKidz has reached over 145 000 learners in 436 schools across South Africa – from rural villages deep in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape to townships in Gauteng. In partnership with The Communication Firm, the travelling industrial theatre show features engaging characters who deliver important safety messages. In this year’s show, Mr Wise is the super hero and main character who educates young learners about how to identify and use paraffin safely. Mr Wise interacts with Bongi and Junior and urges them to be careful when using paraffin. Stories are used to explain to the learners what to do if paraffin is ingested or inhaled. Mr Wise also focuses on the importance of being clean and washing hands after being in contact with paraffin, and how to store paraffin safely. Prizes, including super hero masks and funnels, will be handed out to all learners. This is because the learners are all heroes who have the inner strength and ability to take care of themselves, says Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane. “Young children in under-resourced households are often the primary day-time care givers, often looking after their siblings while their parents or guardians are at work. “Without supervision, and uninformed of the multiple dangers associated with using paraffin, children between the ages of 7 and 13 are often vulnerable, and it is these children who are the focus of Engen KlevaKidz,” adds Nduvane. After viewing the presentation this week, Principal, D Mesolo from Namo Primary school has this to say: “The presentation was excellent and we feel confident that learners now know about safety measures when handling paraffin. We would like Mr Wise uses industrial theatre to get paraffin safety messages across to young learners. Engen to extend these workshops to all learners at our school.” Engen KlevaKidz has proven to be a powerful medium to stimulate children’s imagination. The takeout messages are explored in pre-and post-behavioural assessment questionnaires illustrating the retention achieved through theatre. After each show, evaluations are distributed to determine the effectiveness of the production. Essentially it takes the form of a behavioural study measuring shift in knowledge and attendant behaviour with results highlighting the positive impact on children who are given the tools and know-how to deal with paraffin emergencies, storage and handling. “As a leading provider of petroleum products in South Africa, we take this to heart and are honoured to contribute to the livelihoods and the safety of people,” concludes Nduvane. 29

Parts of the so-called ‘smart factory’ are already reality, and many processes and functions between information and operations spheres are becoming increasingly coordinated. At the centre of implementing Industry 4.0 in our production processes is the requirement of smart, intelligent and communicationenabled sensors to provide the smart factory needs data it needs. A communicating, intelligent sensor network, where sensor data is exchanged with a machine controller or a cloud-based application, allows automatic adaptation of process parameters to new production orders within seconds. That means increased agility and better process efficiency across the enterprise. Sensors ‘best in class’ ‘Sensor Intelligence’ has been at the core of the SICK brand since 2004, manufacturing sensors that are best in their detection class. They also support the communication standard IO-Link, in whose development SICK played a major role. They become smart through wide-ranging potential for self- and process diagnosis, and through integrated logic functions for processing signals directly at the sensor itself. However, what, in concrete terms, does intelligence through diagnostic capabilities and integrated functions mean for use in the smart factory? Smart photoelectric sensors, for example, can detect patterns in an object structure and any changes in them. This takes place directly and autonomously in the sensor – not in the PLC. Machine processes are therefore accelerated and the control program streamlined. This means greater plant efficiency and lower costs for customers. The wide-ranging diagnostic functions of smart sensors can detect critical situations, and correct them, Upcoming 2017/2018 Petrochemical Roadshows Durban Petrochemical Roadshow Secunda Petrochemical Roadshow The Engineering, Procurement & Construction Expo Gauteng SMART SENSORS FOR SMART FACTORIES At the crux of Industry 4.0 promptly – before the machine undergoes an unplanned downtime. This increases operating reliability, and thus the productivity of the entire plant. The addition of intelligence ‘upgrading’ proven technology to smart sensors is seen in the case of inductive sensors. The SICK portfolio includes a range of inductive smart sensors that, for example, detect the distance between the object and the sensor. They can detect when machine processes deviate from the target state and provide a warning in good time, or even make autonomous statements regarding product quality. Smart sensors for the smart factory Ultimately consumers also profit from intelligent sensors and dynamic interactive production processes. The key term is ‘batch size 1’: many people are searching for ways to express their individuality. They want to have products that are perfectly adapted to their individual needs. Such true one-offs are either impossible or very expensive using classic production structures. This is where smart sensors can open up new innovation potential. Furniture, for example, can nowadays be configured on the internet. Dimensions, design elements, the type of wood and colours can be freely selected, combined, and ordered. The customer order reaches the production system and the machines via the internet. The machines are equipped with intelligent sensors that the controller can parameterise appropriately for the particular product so that the desired piece of furniture can be produced automatically. Production, inspection, packaging and dispatch all take place according to the individual order – and without any manual interventions. The customer receives their personal one-off piece at the price of a massproduced item. This, however, is by no means the limit of the potential of smart sensors. Structures that are more autonomous; plants and factories with greater networking; production (and products) that involve more software and IT – all this can already be seen, and makes smart sensors a critical technology of future production processes. Flexibility will therefore be in greater demand in future. Industry 4.0 will be created highly individually at customers’ sites. Manufacturers will have to be able to react rapidly and precisely to their specific requirements. This will lead to a continuing need for new functionalities in smart sensors. About SICK Automation SICK is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. Founded in 1946 by Dr.-Ing. e. h. Erwin Sick, the company with headquarters in Waldkirch im Breisgau near Freiburg ranks among the technological market leaders. With more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies, SICK maintains a presence around the globe. In the fiscal year 2015, SICK had more than 7400 employees worldwide and achieved Group sales of just under EUR 1.3 billion. Enquiries: Mark Madeley Marketing / Div 8 Manager SICK Automation Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Tel: +27 11 472 3733 Fax: +27 11 472 3078 Email: Website: Dates are subject to change Bookings are now open for 2018. Book now and keep the 2017 rates. 30


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