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Hydraulics News

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Bolted joint integrity software to support tool range

     14th October 2016 In order to support its extensive range of hydraulic bolt tightening tools, UK hydraulic tools supplier Hi-Force launched Boltright Pro – an innovative bolted joint integrity software programme – in August. The software is designed to assist engineers by providing accurate bolt load calculations... 

New range showcased at Electra Mining

     14th October 2016 Hytec, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW), Hytec Services Africa and Hytec Engineering – all part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group – collaborated at Electra Mining Africa 2016 to showcase their range of products and solutions for the hydraulics... 

New range  showcased at  Electra Mining
PRODUCTS EXHIBITED Hydraulic offerings on show at Electra Mining

Pneumatically actuated valve has many applications

     14th October 2016 Fluid control systems provider Bürkert introduced the pneumatically actuated Type 2380 valve in August, which the company enthuses opens up possibilities for numerous applications, including innovative modular solutions. Bürkert says that the Type 2380 – a hygienic 2-way bellow control valve for... 

Pneumatics providers join forces

     14th October 2016 Global distributor for engineers RS Components reached an agreement to integrate pneumatics solutions provider Festo pneumatics products into its range, in June, which will enable the company to further extend the range of brands it offers to its customers. The two companies have agreed to align... 

Pneumatics providers  join forces
Photo by Bloomberg
PRODUCT RANGE EXTENDED Key markets across Europe and South Africa aligned

Portable compressor offers convenience and durability

     14th October 2016 Japanese equipment provider Hitachi Power Tools (HPT) announced the addition of the EC99S, a portable twin stack compressor, to its air compressor range in April. The company maintains that this compressor is ideal for contractors seeking a combination of convenience and durability from an air... 

Portable compressor  offers convenience  and durability
Photo by Bloomberg
DUAL PACKAGE PROVIDED HPT offers an extensive line of professional grade power tools and accessories

Vacuum ejector modifications improve effectiveness

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th October 2016 Pneumatics products provider SMC Pneumatics has modified its ZH body ported type vacuum ejector so that it is more compact, lightweight and easy to mount. It also has an improved maximum suction flow rate, improving its overall effectiveness and functionality.  The ejector is more compact in... 

Vacuum ejector  modifications  improve effectiveness
OVERALL FUNCTIONALITY IMPROVED SMC provides a range of safety components including a series of single and dual residual pressure release valves

Danish valves producer boosts local production with new factory

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Danish valves producer AVK Valves, which acquired local valves company Premier Valves in 2014, is nearing completion of a brand new valve manufacturing facility located in Alrode in Gauteng. The R100-million investment includes a 1 200 m2 training facility, 4 500 m2 office area and 2 000 m2... 

Danish valves producer boosts local production with new factory
PAUL HUBBARD AVK Valves hopes to secure a stronger market position in industrial segments including the mining, power, steel, pulp and paper and chemical industries

Rainwater harvesting key for drought-stricken SA

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Owing to constant water supply not being guaranteed, aggravated by the prolonged drought, South Africans have become more proactive in saving water by creating emergency back-up systems and systems that can collect rainwater, says water systems provider Sinvac Plastics, which is based in Pretoria... 

Rainwater harvesting key for drought-stricken SA
ROTOMOULDED TANKS Sinvac has been supplying the South African market since 1962 with rotomoulded products such as water tank

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg
LEAKY SCHOOLS Twenty schools, among which leakage was common, were identified as high water users and AquaTrip’s AT201 leak-detection system was installed on their main water lines

Company invests in S African market, targets African expansion

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Global pneumatics technologies manufacturer SMC Pneumatics is investing heavily in the local market as it targets further expansion in Africa, following the establishment of its new facility in South Africa in the first quarter of last year. 

Distributor extends components offering

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Industrial, electrical and electronics components distributor RS Components has extended its range of pneumatic components with products supplied by global pneumatics manufacturer SMC Pneumatics. 

Product diversity caters for varied market

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston Hydraulics believes it can cater for the varying demands in the hydraulics and pneumatics market in... 

Quality and placement of hoses are key in hydraulic systems

     22nd April 2016 Attention must be paid to the quality and placement of hoses in the installation and setup of hydraulic systems as using misapplied or ill-maintained hoses in any hydraulic system is inherently dangerous, says Bearing Man Group (BMG) national product manager Joanne Tarr.  

Quality and placement  of hoses are key in  hydraulic systems
HOLDING STRONG UNDER PRESSURE The EN 853 1SN (EC210) hydraulic hose features a bend radius of up to 630 mm and a maximum working pressure of 400 bar

Regulations impede thermal spray switch

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 The implementation of the thermal spray process as a replacement for hard-chrome plating in hydraulic cylinders is impeded by inadequately stringent health and safety regulations in South Africa, says maintenance and fabrication specialist Weartech technical director Adam Wintle.  

Unplanned downtime a thing of the past

     22nd April 2016 American hydraulic equipment manufacturer Oilgear states that reactionary maintenance to hydraulic systems can be avoided with the implementation of an aftermarket service contract. 

Unplanned downtime a thing of the past
PEACE OF MIND With an aftermarket service plan from Oilgear, management need not worry about unscheduled plant downtime

Acquisition in line with expansion plan

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane manufacturer Condra in February became the majority owner of Cape Town-based crane manufacturing company BB Cranes. The acquisition stems from a long-standing relationship spanning more than 22 years and is in line with Condra’s expansion plan. “We feel that BB Cranes is one of the few... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan
METICULOUS Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. 

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha
Photo by Mammoet
THE BIG LIFT Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha

Hydraulic excavators designed for optimum efficiency

     1st April 2016 Heavy industries and construction company Doosan’s newest generation hydraulic excavators – the heavy duty DX225LCA series – have been designed for greater operator comfort, improved fuel efficiency, enhanced productivity and minimal maintenance requirements. “There are currently 360 20T Doosan... 

Hydraulic excavators designed  for optimum efficiency
HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR The excavators ensure optimum efficiency and extended service life in harsh local operating conditions

Hudaco adds another company to its portfolio

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2016 As part of its continued strive to diversify its portfolio from the struggling mining industry, JSE-listed Hudaco has acquired the trading assets and liabilities of Hydraulic Engineering Repair Services (HERS) for up to R100-million. HERS manufactures and repairs hydraulic cylinders. One of its... 

Company acquires hydraulic bolt tensioning specialist

     16th October 2015 The directors of UK-based hydraulic bolt tensioning company Boltight will continue to manage the company at its Walsall base following the company’s acquisition by Swedish bolting solutions provider Nord-Lock Group, in September. Boltight was founded in 1999 and the company’s hydraulic... 

Company highlights benefits of fully integrated drive systems

     16th October 2015 Fully integrated drive systems – mechanical and hydraulic – offer many benefits in terms of easier procurement, improved performance and ease of maintenance. Increasingly, plant engineers and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are adopting a systems approach rather than buying individual... 

Fluid sensor systems provider announces new distributor

     16th October 2015 Linear and rotary position sensors company Alliance Sensors Group (ASG) announced its partnership in May with electronics distributor Component Distributors to distribute the group’s in-cylinder linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) position sensors in North America. ASG’s LVIT in-cylinder... 

German company launches hydraulic tube-forming machine

     16th October 2015 German hydraulic coupling technology provider Voss Fluid announced in June this year the launch of its VossForm 100 Compact forming machine, which shapes contours on hydraulic tubes and, when used in combinations with a soft seal and function nuts, results in a leakproof and process-reliable tube... 

Hydraulic bulk bag conditioner hits local shores

     16th October 2015 US-based bulk handling equipment design and manufacturing company Flexicon in July launched its new patented Block-Buster hydraulic bulk bag conditioner in South Africa, which ranges from short to extra tall using hydraulically actuated rams that automatically adjust in height during conditioning... 

Hydraulics company announces top management changes

     16th October 2015 US-based screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds design and manufacturing company Sun Hydraulics announced last month that company president and CEO Allen Carlson would “transition” from his current role effective from March 31, 2016. In addition Sun Hydraulics announced that company... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg

By: David Oliveira     16th October 2015 Construction of pneumatic control systems specialist SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month, after starting construction in February. Company GM Adrian Buddingh tells Engineering News that the Japanese multinational has made an... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg
NEW PREMISES Construction of SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month

Modular pneumatic control solution installed at Scottish factory

     16th October 2015 The combination of fluid control systems provider Bürkert Fluid Control Systems' AirLINE Ex 8650 valve islands and multinational engineering company Siemens’ intrinsically safe Simatic ET 200iSP distributed input/output (I/O) system is providing an ideal, safe, compact and modular pneumatic... 

New chuck benefits from hydraulic expansion technology

     16th October 2015 International precision tool supplier Mapal announced in August that its HighTorque Chuck (HTC) with narrow contour has successfully combined the benefits of hydraulic expansion technology with the 3° back taper of a shrink chuck. The development of the HTC was made possible owing to the additive... 

New hydraulic hybrid drive transmission exceeds US fuel-economy standards

     16th October 2015 Motion and control technology specialist Parker Hannifin announced last month that its RunWise hydraulic hybrid drive transmission meets the fuel-economy standards that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in mid-June. The new standards call for large diesel-powered vehicles,... 

New mini excavator launched in SA

     16th October 2015 Manufactured at Caterpillar’s Athens factory in Georgia, in the US, the latest generation Cat 305.5E2 compact radius (CR) mini excavator, with a high-definition hydraulics system, was launched into the Southern African market in July. The Cat 305.5E2 CR is ideally suited to diverse,... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

High-pressure hose meets expectations

     26th June 2015 Power management company Eaton’s Aeroquip X-Flex high-pressure spiral hose has been meeting performance expectations, helping manufacturers that service continuous miners in South Africa – which operate in highly abrasive environments – to meet their contracted coal-extraction rate by increasing... 

High-pressure hose meets expectations
SIGNIFICANT COST Downtime on continuous miners could cost a mine up to $10 000/h in lost production

Distributor signs strategic partnership with pneumatics manufacturer

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Global electronic, mechanical and industrial equipment distributor RS Components has significantly expanded its pneumatics, hydraulics and power transmission portfolio by entering into a deep strategic partnership with pneumatic manufacturing company SMC Pneumatics. 

Pneumatic or electric? The answer is hybrid

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 It is impossible to say whether an electric or pneumatic solution is a more efficient, as the correct approach always depends on individual case studies, believes industrial control and automation company Festo business development manager Russell Schwulst, who suggests a sensible mixture of the... 

Soon-to-be retired MD recalls company’s rise from humble beginnings

     24th April 2015 With an average 30% annual growth rate, over 160 permanent staff, a nine-figure annual turnover as of 2014 and 17 Southern Africa outlets, hydraulic hose and fittings supplier Genflex has come a long way since its founding in 1991. 

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