Oct 19, 2012
Hydraulics industry challenges determine developmentsBack
Chester|Expertise|Gold|Hamburg|Houston|SECURITY|Africa|Barrick Gold|Components|Diesel|Gas|Safety|Security|Shell|Shell South Africa|System|Africa|Europe|Australia|Germany|South Africa|United Kingdom|United States|Security|Ashless Technology|Building|Conventional Mainstream Products|Energy|Energy Efficiency|Energy Savings|Equipment|Gold Producer|Hydraulic System Original-equipment Manufacturers|Maintenance|Manufacturing|Mining|Oil And Gas|Oil And Gas Producer|Product|Products|Security|Environmental|Joseph Galdes|Raymond Abraham|Security|Shell Tellus S3 M|South Africa|Ashless Technology|Diesel
© Reuse this
Hydraulics OEMs are traditionally based in Europe and the US. Shell’s research and development centres, which are based in Chester, in the UK, in Hamburg, in Germany, and Houston, in the US, have always worked closely with hydraulics OEMs, he states.
Shell South Africa makes recommendations and submits proposals for product changes, developments and new ideas on a yearly basis, Abraham notes. Appropriate suggestions are then fed into the global development pipeline.
“The company conducts many field trial studies to validate products developed in its research centres,” Shell mining lubricants product application specialist Joseph Galdes says.
Shell completed a field trial with gold producer Barrick Gold, in Australia, during the first quarter of 2011, to compare the energy efficiency of the synthetic Shell Tellus S4 ME hydraulic fluid with that of Shell Tellus S2 ME hydraulic fluid.
“This study was conducted on a hydraulic motor and started in June 2010,” Galdes notes. At the end of the trial, energy savings of 5.3% were achieved with Shell Tellus S4 ME.
Further, Shell launched its Shell Tellus S3 M lubricant in the second quarter of this year.
This product increases hydraulic pump life and reduces maintenance costs, as well as health, safety, security and envi- ronmental impacts, Galdes states.
Shell Tellus S3 M can also help protect components from damage and provide customers with significantly less wear on equipment, the company states.
The product meets the requirements of a range of industry bodies and equipment manufacturers, it adds.
In addition, the product is an ashless technology, which can deliver up to twice the longevity of Shell’s conventional mainstream products, with improved pump protection and high efficiency levels, Shell explains.
“Engineered to work under hot and heavy-load conditions, it is suitable for most manufacturing and mobile equipment operations,” Galdes notes.
The lubricant’s reduced environmental impact can help progressive operators manage the environmental impact of their overall operations.
“Currently, we are considering ways to further develop Shell Tellus S3 M and will introduce a more advanced fluid onto the market in the next couple of years,” Galdes notes, adding that continuous innovation is a focus for Shell.
Shell asserts that challenges in the hydraulics sector also relate to the mining and business sectors.
In the mining industry, customers seek to increase their total cost of ownership to ensure that investment in large and expensive equipment delivers an appropriate return, the company states.
“This leads to higher demand for extended asset life and has become a continuous focus for Shell,” Galdes explains.
In addition, he notes that hydraulics OEMs are building larger hydraulic units that allow for the manufacture of larger excavators, decreasing the need for multiple smaller ones and emphasising the criticality of maintenance, as downtime is prohibitive.
“All industries have a responsibility to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy and maintenance costs. South African industries are also becoming more sensitive to carbon dioxide emissions and environmental impacts.
“These challenges are constant and continuous development and innovation are needed in these fields,” Galdes states.
Further, he notes that a common mobile equipment hydraulics challenge is leaking fluid from burst hydraulic hoses, owing to falling rocks in mining operations, higher operating temperatures and wear.
Maintenance can, to an extent, help pre- vent this problem and more advanced monitoring techniques can also be used to monitor hose temperatures and pressures, Galdes explains.
He adds that current hydraulic challenges can be tackled through a combination of approaches. “Changing a product is not a silver bullet. Shell, therefore, focuses on providing technical support.
“We have lubricants technical advisers that continuously follow up with customers on best practice. It is not only about having the expertise to recommend the right product but also about working with the customer to maximise the value the customer can get out of it,” Galdes notes.
Shell states it has emerging technologies entering the market to assist in energy efficiency and emissions challenges, which it aims to tackle through strategic partnerships with OEMs.
The local hydraulics market is fairly mature, with new business opportunities arising beyond South Africa’s borders. As such, there are opportunities for the development of energy-efficient hydraulic oils in the local market, Abraham states.
Current energy efficiency and emissions challenges also determine the type of hydrau- lic products entering the market, Galdes points out, adding that these challenges have created a need for improved fuel economy through the use of diesel additives.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Video News
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced its fourth consecutive year of profits. The group's results for the financial year 2013/2014 were recently announced at its head office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. Revenues grew by 17%, net...
There is little opportunity for JSE-listed infrastructure company Group Five to grow shareholder value in the domestic market, says CEO Mike Upton. He says value can still be found in the private sector, in the renewable and industrial power sector, as well as in...
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced the event dates of the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). The event will take place from October 14 to October 25, 2015, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec.
UK engineering support services provider Babcock is set to deliver the largest order of global truck manufacturer DAF’s truck tractors in Southern Africa to bulk carrier road-based logistics company Ngululu Bulk Carriers (NBC), with 133 trucks to be delivered in...
Digital radio communications in the African local government space can open up the world, but have many challenges to overcome, notes integration and migration of legacy radio communications infrastructure with digital mobile radio company Emcom Wireless head of...