AFX Holdings is a leading manufacturer of mixers and peristaltic pumps.
We supply high-end agitators and peristaltic hose pumps (to ensure the desired process satisfaction throughout the application) to a variety of markets and industries including, but not limited to, the following:
Food & Beverage
Pulp & Paper
Fats & Oils
Water Treatment Plants
In 2013, AFX Holdings partnered with financial giant, Investec - a move decided upon to improve the company's future growth strategy, performance and reputation with the assistance of Investec’s extensive networks and financial know-how. Due to our established and stable head office grounding, which provides technical support, as well as marketing advice and support, we at AFX Holdings have mapped out our way forward to continually increase our global market, thus making it possible for us to bring you the best products in your area.
AFROMIX (a division of AFX Holdings), formerly Aeromix, has been producing mixing and pumping equipment since 1975. Our products are famous for being of the highest quality in the market, whilst still offering fair and competitive pricing. Our products have been utilised in most industries and with this experience and familiarity we can offer sustainable solutions to your plant problems.
The company was also responsible for introducing industrial peristaltic pumps into Southern Africa. Initially introduced as small pumps for metering, dosing, transfer and analysis, the range has grown significantly over the years to include larger industrial pumps for the mining industry. AFX's main product lines include AMX agitators and the AFX series of peristaltic pumps and hoses.
Our extensive range of peristaltic hose pumps includes one of the largest pumps of its type in the world. Our 150mm pump has a maximum flow rate of 147m3/hr, and can deliver pressures up to 10 Bar. These units are ideal for thickener underflow applications.
VISION & MISSION
VISION - THE PILLARS WE LIVE BY:
QUALITY: Making quality our priority.
SERVICE: Surpass our client's expectations.
KNOWLEDGE: Understanding your problem, providing the solution.
INNOVATION: Advancing our product for tomorrow.
GROWTH: Expanding our legacy through our foundations.
LEADERSHIP: To be the leading “go to” company in the mixing and pumping markets worldwide.
Unique, dynamic and innovative leaders in the Mixing and Pumping industries.
AFX will be recognised as a brand leader in the mixing and pumping industries.
Strong leadership will guide and grow the company. We will transform the mixing and pumping industries through our dedication to being the best we can in every sphere of our business. We will embrace innovation and technology and, in so doing, grow our market share exponentially both locally and internationally.
It is a mechanical piece of equipment used to fulfill a specific mixing or process task. These tasks could be suspension of solids, combining liquids or liquid-solids for example. A basic mixer in our instance is made up of a Motor, Gearbox (Unless a direct drive is used),coupling, Shaft, hub/s and blades. This is illustrated in the drawing below.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN IMPELLER AND PROPELLER?
Propellers and impellers both provide thrust, but do it in different ways. A propeller is a fan which propels a fluid by pushing against it: it converts rotational motion into linear motion. An impeller is a rotor that produces a sucking force, and is part of a pump
WHAT ROLE DOES VISCOSITY PLAY IN SIZING A MIXER?
Viscosity is a measure of a fluids resistance to flow. We measure flow regimes using Reynolds number which is a number designating the type of flow in a system. There are three types of flow: Laminar, Transitional and Turbulent. The higher your Reynolds number the more turbulent the flow and the smaller the number the more laminar. For mixing, turbulent flow, is the easiest form of fluid regime to mix your product. The higher the viscosity the lower your Reynolds number and then flow is more Laminar. When we design an agitator for these conditions we need to consider that the product will not mix as easily as lower viscosity fluids or fluids in the turbulent regime. In many instances designs done in the laminar regime would require a different impeller, a larger impeller diameter or increased power to achieve the desired result.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN THE MIXERS “PERFORMANCE” IF THE VARIABLES CHANGE OR FLUCTUATE IN A SOLIDS SUSPENSION TANK?
An Agitator is a purpose built piece of machinery designed specifically for the in tank conditions. If these conditions where to change it is possible that your mixer performance will be effected. Examples of these changes are:
Increased slurry density – this will increase your agitators power draw which will cause your agitator to overload. It will also increase the fluid forces of the agitator and this can cause a mechanical failure
Increase in particle size – This will increase the settling rate of the solids. If the solids are allowed to settle this will build up and eventually overload your agitator. It will either cause the agitator to trip on high power or can cause a mechanical failure due to the increased load being put on the mixer
Changes in percentage solids – If your percentage solids increase this will increase your density and lead to problem explained in bullet 1. A decrease in percentage solids can increase your solids settling rate and lead to settlement problems.
ARE THERE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE MEASURES, WHICH CAN BE TAKEN TO MONITOR THE AGITATOR DURING OPERATION?
AFX can provide you a solution for preventative maintenance. We can supply our equipment with all the necessary monitoring equipment including: Vibration sensors, oil pressure switches, flow switches, temperature switches, for example. AFX can also provide an onsite maintenance service with agreed intervals. Our service personnel will look after your agitator’s wellbeing and increase its operational life.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW WHEN REQUESTING A QUOTE FOR AN AGITATOR?
If you are not sure what will be required for us to quote you on a mixer please go to the request a quote: AMX Agitators page for a user friendly questionnaire. An Afromix applications engineer will then process your requirement.
I AM WORRIED ABOUT THE LOAD AND STRESSES OF THE AGITATOR ON THE TANK STRUCTURE, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND AS A SOLUTION?
We suggest AFX provides you with a comprehensive mixer and structural solution. AFX will design an applicable mixer for your application. We are then able to run a Finite Element Analysis on the structure with loads gathered from the agitator design. AFX can then advise you how to correct your structure or replace it.
ARE THERE PORTABLE AGITATORS FOR SMALL BLENDING APPLICATIONS?
Yes AFX has a range of mixers designed specifically for small tanks like Drum Mixers, IBC Tank Mixers or small mixing tanks. These mixers are portable in the sense that they are easily removed and fitted to the next vessel. We can also supply lifting devices, electrical safety switches, pneumatic motors and stop start controllers for these mixers.
I NEED ASSISTANCE ON SITE, DO YOU PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT ON SITE FOR ADVICE?
ARE THERE MIXERS SPECIALIZED TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL AND PERSONAL CARE INDUSTRY?
Yes depending on your application we will have a solution. This can be high polished stainless mixers, high viscosity mixer, and Biological reactor for example. Contact us so that we can assist in providing a solution for you.
A peristaltic pump is a positive displacement pump. The word peristaltic comes from the Greek word peristaltikos. Peristalsis movement is the wavelike muscular contractions of the digestive tract or other tubular structures by which contents are forced onward toward the opening. In a peristaltic pump, fluid is pushed through a tube or hose by rollers or shoes compressing the tube/hose.
Peristaltic pumps are commonly divided into 2 categories.
Tube Pumps which are typically low flow and low pressure, utilising an extruded elastomeric tube within the pump.
Hose Pumps which are typically higher flow and higher pressure, utilising a fabricated rubber hose with internal reinforcement braids.
CAN A PERISTALTIC PUMP HANDLE DENSE SLURRIES?
Yes, with hose type peristaltic pumps high density and high viscosity products are regularly handled with ease.
IS A PERISTALTIC PUMP THE BEST OPTION TO HANDLE CHEMICALS?
One of the advantages of peristaltic pumps is that the fluid being pumped is contained entirely within the hose. There are various tube and hose materials available offering a range of chemical compatibility options.
Peristaltic pumps are routinely used for dosing of chemicals due to their repeatable accuracy.
WHERE ARE PERISTALTIC PUMPS MOST COMMONLY FOUND?
Peristaltic pumps can be found in a wide variety of applications, typically where other pumps struggle, such as high density high viscosity applications. Self-priming and high suction lift applications, shear sensitive and dry run applications. Peristaltic pumps can be found in almost every industry from mining, food, water treatment, brewing, paper, pharmaceutical and even fishing.
IS PULSATION A PROBLEM? (“I AM EXPERIENCING PULSATION PROBLEMS. WHAT CAN I DO TO FIX THIS?”)
Peristaltic pumps in their operation inherently create pulsations. If a peristaltic pump is correctly sized and installed pulsations can be reduced to an acceptable level, however incorrectly sized and poorly installed pumps can experience high pulsations leading to poor performance and poor hose life. In certain applications suitable pulsation dampeners can be installed to alleviate pulsation problems. If you are experiencing pulsation issues, please contact Technical Support in the first instance.
HOW WILL CAVITATION AFFECT THE PERISTALTIC PUMP?/h6>
Cavitation issues are not normally associated with peristaltic pumps. Peristaltic pump generally have low NPSH requirements and if pumps are correctly selected and applied cavitation issues can be avoided.
ARE AFX PUMPS AVAILABLE WITH FLAMEPROOF OPTIONS?
Flameproof options are available; however requirements should be discussed with Technical Support as hazardous area certification can vary from country to country (e.g. Atex and ETL)
IS THERE TECHNICAL SUPPORT OUTSIDE OF SOUTH AFRICA WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO CLIENTS?
Yes, technical and sales support is available through authorised agents and sister AFX companies. Please refer to the Global Footprint or contact your local sales representative for full details.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
With more than 30 years’ experience and over 3 000 major installations to its credit, AFX has supplied some of the largest agitators and peristaltic pumps in the world.
We work hand in hand with project houses which have afforded us the opportunity to continue growing and further expand our product reach.
WORLD CLASS PRODUCTS WITH A WORLD CLASS GUARANTEE
With process requirements and operating plants increasing in size, agitators and process equipment are becoming larger and their effect on plant performance more critical. AFX, an ISO 9001-rated and CE certified company, provides exceptional product guarantees and back-up service with representation around the globe.
AFX has developed a solid reputation for solving difficult plant problems throughout the world through a combination of solid manufacturing and engineering disciplines backed by guarantees, and a hands-on approach to partnerships.
INCREASED PLANT PRODUCTIVITY
Our on-site inspection and service reports will guarantee enhanced plant productivity and reduced maintenance.
OUR DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING ARE SPOT ON
The AFX design concept and its manufacturing techniques ensure that all equipment is manufactured to stringent standards. In most cases our manufacturing procedures produce a level of quality well within our own stringent specified limits. AFX align its agitator shaft assemblies using sophisticated techniques, allowing us to produce shafts in excess of 20 meters.
MANUFACTURING 'EXOTIC MATERIALS' FOR A RANGE OF INDUSTRIES
We manufacture in a range of 'exotic' materials to your industry requirements. Apart from manufacturing in carbon steels and across the stainless steel range, AFX are also able to offer our products in SAF2205; Hastelloys as well as Titanium to name a few.
AFX's on-going R&D and continuously improving manufacturing techniques ensure that its product range assists processing plants in achieving optimum process results, with minimum downtime and maximum process results. AFX’s refurbished in-house testing area and a full scale research laboratory will offer additional advantages.
ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGNS
With increasing emphasis on global energy usage AFX carefully considers power usage on all products. Our range of peristaltic pumps use a unique roller design to reduce power and increase hose life. Our careful choice of selection and impeller geometry on our agitators ensure optimum power and operating efficiencies.
AFX HOLDINGS AFROMIX
Eugene Els is a mechanical engineer with numerous years’ experience in the manufacturing and mining industry. The majority of his experience can be found in the field of agitation, supporting manufacturing processes. He has extensive process and mechanical design knowledge and has specialised in agitator design.
Eugene was one of the founding members of AFROMIX in 2006 and held the position of Technical Director. In 2010 he became the Managing Director of Afromix. The company has progressed and establishing itself as a market leader on the African Continent. Eugene has a clear vision of customer service and adopts a zero compromise on quality.
Eugene has been instrumental in the development of AFX's specialised mechanical design software, its own fabrication facility as well as other industry firsts which include the development and design of the AFX range of peristaltic pumps.
In 2012 when AFX Holdings acquired Afromix, Eugene became the group Managing Director. The group has expanded even further under his guidance with the successful opening of a North American and European divisions under the AFX Holdings Company. The Group will expand into the Australian market in 2017.
"In a global business environment today, businesses need to be as effective as possible in the most efficient way. Staying on top of emerging technologies and automation ensures that the AFX group of companies can continue to design and manufacture market leading products that are far superior to those of our competitors. All our businesses are based upon the model of delivering quality goods and services. Through this we have developed long lasting client relationships throughout the world.
From early beginnings on the African continent the company was challenged to design and service equipment that was robust and easily field maintained. These features are core in our product designs as we know that critical equipment failures cannot be remedied easily in some of the remote parts of the world our equipment is now supplied to. Often products are tailored to our clients’ needs and required to operate in these harsh remote environments where spares and service is not readily available.
AFX Holdings is an evolving company that continuously develops their products functionality and range. Quality and integrity will always remain our primary focus. AFX has a research and development initiative to increase our product scope through continual improvement. Our vision is to be recognised as the worldwide solution provider for agitators and peristaltic hose pumps.
AFX Holdings owns and operates its own manufacturing facilities wherein it has the ability and flexibility to fast track urgent orders, without compromising quality or product integrity.
We are continuously growing our market to provide better service to the end user. We believe in growing strong relationships with our clients, as their success is our success.
We are proud to be an energetic world class engineering company, with dedicated staff committed to delivering high quality products and levels of service."
AFROMIX - AFRICA
JJ embarked upon his professional career as a Design Engineer at B&E International. He designed and Co-designed numerous mobile screening plants consisting of a track driven loading hopper unit and non-driven triple screen unit. In 1995 he was appointed as the Project Engineer and was tasked with the responsibility of the manufacturing of 1000 ton/hr mobile screening plants. JJ was later promoted to Section Engineer in 1996 where he managed three operations in Namibia. He returned to Johannesburg in 2002 where he headed up and managed the Oil Analysis and Service Program at B&E International.
JJ’s exceptional engineering knowledge and task execution capabilities did not go unnoticed. He moved to AFROMIX in 2005 assuming the role of Project Manager. He ensured that AFROMIX’ products were held to the highest standards and assisted in forging the growth of AFROMIX’s reputation throughout the market.
Having an extensive knowledge in the engineering field, more particularly, his knowledge in pumping and mixing, he became the Projects Director in 2010 at AFROMIX. JJ has developed a vast knowledge of the African market which is complimented by regular site visits. This granted him the ability to not only understand the issues faced on site with most applications, but it has given him the ability to solve the problems on site, as well as ensure that the correct measures are implemented back in house to ensure that our products work for all types of sites.
"AFX is the market leader in mixing and pumping because of the outstanding quality of our products. Our products out perform any of the competitors’ products; which have been put to task on many unrelenting and merciless sites.
Over and above our outstanding products we offer excellent aftersales services. Should our clients encounter a problem, we are readily available to find the solution. This strategy and approach has served AFROMIX well, because we do not only solve a plant problem, we gain the knowledge and diligently integrate these solutions into our product designs to increase our products effectiveness throughout the industries and market places.
Having distinguished ourselves in the market place not only by going back to the basics of business, but by offering quality products and services, AFROMIX have truly taken the forefront of mixing and pumping by storm. We take the time to understand the application and from this develop the product which will suit our clients process needs for their application. Our method of assisting our clients ensures that the solution will provide the desired outcome. AFROMIX understand the frustrations of plant equipment which do not produce the desired results and fail in numerous ways. Hence, we aim to take that burden off of our clients and through the employment of this mind set, we have achieved and we continue to achieve success on a local and global platform.
Our clients are not only business partners, but each client is a valued member of the AFX family."
AFX MIXING AND PUMPING TECHNOLOGIES INC. - NORTH AMERICA
Shaune Mckinon relocated from South Africa to Vancouver Canada in January 2010, and took on a Technical Sales role in Canada, after building a successful business in South Africa between 1995 and 2010. In 2011 Shaune was introduced to the field of mixing and pumping with exposure to the mining sector and a variety of interesting fields. A large part of his experience lies within business development, exploring and developing markets with a sound understanding of business requirements, procedures and relations.
In February 2014, Shaune along with AFROMIX founded AFX Mixing and Pumping Technologies Inc., a Vancouver, Canada based organization designing, manufacturing and servicing the North American market with agitation and mixing and peristaltic hose pumping equipment.
"Realising the endless opportunities of the North American market, myself, alongside AFX Holdings developed AFX Mixing and Pumping Technologies Inc. in order to penetrate the market and to grow the global footprint of the company exponentially.
AFX Holdings, being a service focused company, realised the need to have a direct line of contact in North America, someone that has a deep understanding of the industry and the people. Through this came the development of the North American company, AFX Mixing and Pumping Technologies Inc.
Being a fairly new company, we have managed to overcome major obstacles and establish our space in the market. Now we can comfortably compete with our competitors and in time surpass them with our exceptional products and services.
Currently, AFX Mixing and Pumping Technologies Inc. has established itself as a suitable, reliable supplier within the industry, with quality and cost effective products, and is developing and setting up local manufacturing facilities. We are excited, highly motivated and driven to meet the requirements and needs of the expanding and developing North American market and mining sector. Our vision and mission are aligned with expanding our efforts into South America in the near future."
AFX MIXING AND PUMPING TECHNOLOGIES LTD - EUROPE
Toby has over 26 years of global experience in the pump and process industries. 20 of these years were specialising in the peristaltic pump market that has earned him an unrivalled reputation. Originally trained in mechanical and production engineering, Toby’s natural eye for detail coupled with his wealth of knowledge and experience can optimise system operations, often saving clients on both capital and operational expenditure.
Having worked as a consultant to AFROMIX for the past 8 years, providing his specialised services and expertise towards the growth of the AFX peristaltic pump range, Toby has embarked upon expanding the AFX brand, incorporating the agitator range into his scope. Knowing that the market through Europe is different to that in Africa, the target market is and pitch will be unique, yet very exciting.
"With an increasing number of peristaltic hose pumps on the market today, it is refreshing to have a company with such capability and expertise produce a cost competitive product that can demonstrate clear operational and energy saving characteristics, often with significantly reduced time between maintenance requirements.
Through our attention to detail in the design and manufacturing of our products we are able to deliver the market leader in agitation. These products will be able to give companies a competitive advantage through the increase of the plant’s productivity and less downtime on maintenance."
As an organisation, we take pride in offering a service backed by a committed team of professionals and experts at every level of the process of supplying precision engineered equipment within the mixing and pumping industry. At AFX, respect and integrity is an integral part of our relationship with every customer.
We, at AFX, believe that our sales department is an essential part of our organisation. By consistently training and updating our sales team with the best products and services the industry has to offer, we bridge the gap between each customer’s individual needs, and our specialised products and services. Our aim is to be focussed and result-oriented so that we may successfully contribute to the steady growth of our organisation.
The estimations department pays close attention to detail. We are committed to providing complete and accurate costings, while still ensuring the sustainability of AFROMIX as a profitable organisation. As a department, we believe this is only achievable through developing and sustaining healthy long-term relationships, listening to our customer’s objectives and requirements, and exceeding their expectations.
At AFX, our competent projects department forms the glue of our organisation. Our vision is to efficiently attend to each project from the moment we receive a purchase order and capture all the requirements, through production and service delivery, all the way to excellent after-sales service and maintenance. This department forms the link between all departments and ensures that all standards are met, timeously and efficiently.
Technical drawing, also known as draughting, is the act and discipline of composing drawings that visually communicate how something functions or is to be constructed and is essential for communicating ideas in industry and engineering. The drawing department at AFX is committed to making your vision a reality through producing accurate drawings timeously, so as to provide the perfect blueprint for our manufacturing department, and flawless products to our customers.
The procurement department is responsible for the purchasing of supplies and services to support the organisation. This department handles purchase orders, creates contracts and acquires all the supplies and services needed. We benchmark competitive pricing without sacrificing quality, thereby fostering long-lasting, trustworthy relationships with suppliers and internal customers.
The manufacturing department is responsible for the production of goods, the inventive design of those goods according to specific requirements and the way in which the goods are manufactured. Precision is a key feature. Every aspect of the manufacturing of goods is decided upon within this department. Manufacturing strives to combine creativity, skill and imagination to produce products worthy of appreciation.
At AFX, the quality department’s reputation is built on quality. This department is responsible for overseeing resource scheduling, team communications and status reporting as well as promoting and overseeing the use of established best practices, policies, and procedures. We are committed to the continuous improvement of the quality of our products and services and ensuring customer satisfaction at all times. Our reputation for excellence always shines through.
The operations department is responsible for running the day-to-day business of the organisation, maintaining profitability targets and ensuring consistency regarding AFX’s operational processes and procedures. This department is the final step in the quality control process that ensures all assembled items are according to AFX’s standards.
The marketing department acts as the face of the organisation and provides AFX with its original identity. This department plays an important role in generating sales and revenue through various proactive activities, such as market research, promotional material and advertising strategies, all geared around building up the organisation’s brand image and fostering strong, long-term relationships with customers.
The finance department plays an integral role at AFX. Key responsibilities include preparing and creating financial accounts, keeping financial records, preparing financial information, analysing financial performance, paying creditors and paying employees’ salaries. This department provides relevant and reliable financial information and quality financial services in an efficient, ethical and effective manner to customers, and to promote fiscal responsibility and accountability over the expenditure of the AFX funds.
At AFX, we believe our organisation is built on the strength of our approachable Human Resources department and the structure it provides. Our team understands the importance of creating an empowering environment, including specialised recruitment, consistent training, organisational safety processes, and regular performance appraisals. Our internal communication structures ensure efficiency, quality and reliability across all departments while creating a productive team that is passionate about their individual roles within the organisation.