The Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) group celebrated the company’s first yr of enterprise lately (March 2022) by hosting a two-day launch operate at its manufacturing plant in Benoni, Gauteng.
AFS, which specialises in the design and manufacture of slurry-related valves, was established by the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of Invicta Holdings Limited, as a half of the Group’s technique to expand its fluid technology providers in Africa.
“The AFS staff works intently with our sister company BMG, to increase specialist services, via the design, distribution, supply and help of a broad range of slurry-related valves, including Klep diaphragm and wedge gate valves,” says Donald Morrison, General Manager, AFS. “Our specialists efficiently achieved their first challenge, which they set for themselves when the company was established – to improve the quality of diaphragm valves, by extending service life and lowering the upkeep necessities of this range. This objective was achieved through exhausting work and the implementation of advanced design technologies, supplies and coatings and is a superb tribute to our group.
“Important milestones over the last 12 months embrace the institution of a new rubber lining facility, with the installation of autoclaves which have capacities of as a lot as 10 m in length. In the rubber industry, autoclaves are used to vulcanise rubber products, which are not yet secure dimensionally, by elevating warmth and stress. An autoclave is much like a huge oven, with extremely high temperature and strain rankings, that make rubber parts secure and solid in measurement and shape.
“Another development is a new pinch valve sleeve manufacturing facility inside our new rubber lining and sleeve manufacturing facility.
“We are now able to manufacture all pinch sleeves, including high pressure and pneumatic sleeves. AFS pinch sleeves are manufactured from the very best high quality rubber products, which would possibly be supplied by Rema Tip Top. We have additionally made a significant investment to increase our hydraulic urgent facility and through our new design and course of, we are able to manufacture high-pressure diaphragms capable of pressures in extra of 20 Bar.
“AFS has enhanced the design and manufacturing of its slurry knife gate valve range, with dimensions ranging in diameter from a 50 mm unit to 1.5 m valves. The range contains flanged, wafer, lugged, urethane lined and high-pressure knife gate valves.
“BMG additionally distributes a regionally manufactured vary of abrasion-resistant valves for Dual Products International. These products embody pinch valves, new water air launch valves, Resilient Seated Gate (RSV) valves and rotary disc sleeve valves. AFS has just lately manufactured and factory-tested some bigger DN seven-hundred hydraulically operated 20 Bar valves for a buyer in Europe.
“Recently launched Dual rotary disc sleeve valves comprise a complicated rotating gate valve with sleeve design, developed particularly for heavy abrasive and corrosive slurries and water and wastewater installations. This patented design allows the valve to cycle through heavy slurries with out sticking. Wafer, flanged and high-pressure variants can be found.
“Our extremely skilled team has an intensive understanding of the processes where valves are put in and is prepared to specify the correct valves required for every application. We additionally assist prospects in fixing the problems of difficult installations and purposes.
“To ensure Ready , efficiency and the extended service life of each system, the number of the correct industrial slurry valve is crucial. Valve choice relies on various elements, together with the dimensions and form of particles, strain, temperatures and chemical content material.”
This AFS portfolio is especially well-suited for use in harsh situations in diverse industries, together with mining, chemical and petrochemical, water and wastewater, power manufacturing and agri-food industries. Important installations lately, have been in mining slurry, tailings dams, and acid pumping purposes, which rely on plant availability and the safe operation of valves.
Another achievement for AFS is that ESG has just lately achieved recognition as a Level 2 contributor to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), which implies prospects can declare BEE procurement recognition of one hundred twenty five % in opposition to all purchases.
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