The Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) team celebrated the company’s first year of enterprise lately (March 2022) by internet hosting a two-day launch perform 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 part of the Group’s strategy to increase its fluid know-how providers in Africa.
“The AFS staff works intently with our sister firm BMG, to extend specialist services, by way of the design, distribution, provide and help of a broad range of slurry-related valves, together with Klep diaphragm and wedge gate valves,” says Donald Morrison, General Manager, AFS. “Our specialists successfully achieved their first problem, which they set for themselves when the company was established – to enhance the quality of diaphragm valves, by extending service life and reducing the upkeep necessities of this range. This objective was achieved via exhausting work and the implementation of superior design applied sciences, materials and coatings and is a great tribute to our group.
“Important milestones during the last yr embody the establishment of a new rubber lining facility, with the installation of autoclaves which have capacities of as much as 10 m in length. In the rubber trade, autoclaves are used to vulcanise rubber products, which are not but stable dimensionally, by elevating warmth and stress. An autoclave is similar to an enormous oven, with extraordinarily high temperature and pressure scores, that make rubber elements secure and solid in size and form.
“Another development is a new pinch valve sleeve manufacturing facility inside our new rubber lining and sleeve manufacturing facility.
“We at the second are able to manufacture all pinch sleeves, including excessive strain and pneumatic sleeves. AFS pinch sleeves are manufactured from the best high quality rubber merchandise, which may be supplied by Rema Tip Top. We have additionally made a big investment to extend our hydraulic pressing facility and thru our new design and course of, we’re able to manufacture high-pressure diaphragms able to pressures in extra of 20 Bar.
“AFS has enhanced the design and production of its slurry knife gate valve vary, 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 range of abrasion-resistant valves for Dual Products International. These products embrace pinch valves, new water air release valves, Resilient Seated Gate (RSV) valves and rotary disc sleeve valves. AFS has recently manufactured and factory-tested some bigger DN 700 hydraulically operated 20 Bar valves for a customer in Europe.
“Recently launched Dual rotary disc sleeve valves comprise a sophisticated rotating gate valve with sleeve design, developed specifically for heavy abrasive and corrosive slurries and water and wastewater installations. This patented design permits the valve to cycle via heavy slurries with out sticking. Wafer, flanged and high-pressure variants are available.
“Our extremely skilled group has a radical understanding of the processes where valves are installed and is ready to specify the correct valves required for each application. We additionally help clients in fixing the problems of inauspicious installations and applications.
“To guarantee optimum safety, effectivity and the prolonged service life of every system, the choice of the proper industrial slurry valve is important. Valve choice relies on varied factors, together with the size and form of particles, pressure, temperatures and chemical content.”
This AFS portfolio is particularly well-suited to be used in harsh situations in numerous industries, together with mining, chemical and petrochemical, water and wastewater, energy production and agri-food industries. Important installations lately, have been in mining slurry, tailings dams, and acid pumping purposes, which depend on plant availability and the safe operation of valves.
Another achievement for AFS is that ESG has recently achieved recognition as a Level 2 contributor to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), which implies customers can claim BEE procurement recognition of a hundred twenty five percent towards all purchases.
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