Given burgeoning global populations and the rapid depletion of resources, industry has a prominent role to play in protecting the environment in a bid to save the planet. A key focus area is waste which has become a precious resource that can add value through reformation, recycling and re-use. Municipalities are subsequently switching from burying and burning waste to an environmentally friendly business model of processing and value addition.

Global gearbox and drive solutions specialist, I-MAK, one of Bearing International’s (BI) premium brand offerings to Southern African mining and industry, is a pioneer in the development and supply of geared motor solutions that are widely used in domestic and industrial water treatment, recycling, and solid waste disposal applications around the world, contributing to reduced energy consumption and process optimisation.

Life cannot exist without water so it is critical that projects to address the concerning global escalation of poor water quality and hydric stress (lack of water) must be ramped up. The water and waste water treatment industry is part of this important value adding green mind-set of preservation and recycling and is steadily moving to more efficient and optimised processes.

“This is a key sector for I-MAK and the company is actively contributing to the optimisation of water treatment stations and the reduction of their impact on the environment,” notes Robert Sillis, General Manager: Product Management at BI. I-MAK designs and develops bespoke and innovative products, advanced technologies and engineering solutions for key applications from primary to secondary water treatment, in close collaboration with customers and end-users.  I-MAK’s IR (Helical bevel), ADS (Aerator), YP (Parallel shaft) and M (Monobloc) series of gearboxes feature specific gear, housing and mounting position configurations to meet the requirements of various applications in water and chemical treatment plants including conveyors, sorting facilities, shredders, compactors, agitators, mixers, rotating discs, pumps and clarifiers.

The gearboxes also feature special shafts and reinforced bearings to support axial and radial loads. “The smart design of these units mitigates oil leakage as well as the penetration of contaminants such as rain water, dust, mud, chemicals, etc. in the driving units,” remarks Sillis, adding that a special paint coating and a canopy protect the gearboxes from corrosion.

I-MAK recently added a key reference to its list of waste management projects with the development of a special solution for the first fully automated waste treatment plant in Türkiye, working in close collaboration with the municipality of Pendik in south Istanbul as well as with various Turkish companies. With a capacity of 2 000 tons per month, this new installation is applying the latest automation technologies to automatically sort various types of waste.

A key addition to IMAK’s range of value adding solutions that promote process optimisation and minimise energy consumption is the highly innovative I-MAK-E program and devices. “Aligning with global tendencies, I-MAK-E assists customers to seamlessly move from periodic to condition-based maintenance by enabling them to monitor all the dynamics and evolutions of their gearboxes,” explains Kobus Groenewald, BI Product Leader: Gears.

Combined in a single device, I-MAK-E system measures and tracks a combination of key data enabling customers to measure and follow the vibration, temperature and noise levels of their gearboxes. Once collected and compiled, the data is compared with the initial activity ‘finger print’ of the gearboxes and an alarm is sounded if figures reach a certain undesirable level. “In partnership with our customers, we assist with reducing unplanned downtime, increasing equipment lifecycle and reinforcing plant security through the scaled-down need for onsite maintenance and control,” concludes Groenewald.

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