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Steinmüller Africa serves South Africa’s power and petrochemical industries

Steinmüller Africa’s induction bending machine at work, bending thick-walled piping. (Image source: Steinmüller Africa)

A commitment to safety and quality, backed by international expertise, has made Steinmüller Africa one of the fabricators of choice for some of South Africa’s largest power, paper and petrochemical companies

For almost six decades, Steinmüller has provided solutions for steam generating plants, from design through to commissioning and after-service maintenance. The company, a specialist in the engineering and fabrication of high-pressure components, offers induction bending solutions to the South African market. It’s Cojafex PB 850 induction bending machine is one of only two induction bending machines on the African continent, enabling paper and pulp, power, petrochemical and mining plants to source custom bends locally, as well as large radius, multiple or complex bends – all with quick turnaround times. 

Lee Chapman, divisional manager – Piping, Steinmüller Africa, said, “Our Cojafex machine is capable of bending pipes between 48.3 OD and 850 OD with a wall thickness up to 100mm. It can create bends up to 180 degrees.”

Induction bending is ideal “when standard size bends are not available and custom or large radius bends are required,” stated Chapman. Since it can create complex (multiple) bends without the need for welding, induction bending guarantees pipe system integrity and a reduced maintenance requirement, making it especially well-suited to high pressure (HP) piping, steam piping and industrial piping systems. This also means it delivers a relatively low cost of ownership. In addition, if multiple bends are done at once then there is a cost saving during the erection and ongoing maintenance phases of a plant’s operation. 

“Steinmüller has been carrying out induction bending for over ten years at its facility in Pretoria and has a number of qualified bending procedures to both EN and ASME standards for safety and quality. Our in-house quality management system ensures that our products meet all the necessary international standards,” added Chapman.