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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

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... 

Cooler series for hydraulic systems improves efficiency, saves costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th October 2016 In light of the importance of installing the correct cooler for particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin’s Accumulator and Cooler Division Europe (ACDE) is developing the MAC air oil-cooler series, which provides significant benefits... 

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

New tank series requires less installation space

     14th October 2016 Drive and control technologies specialist Bosch Rexroth introduced its TMSx hydraulic tank in September, which is particularly designed for application in rotary drives, such as hydrostatic traction, fan, generator or compressor drives in railway vehicles, where space is limited. The company... 

New tank series requires less installation space
COMPACT BUT EFFECTIVE Bosch Rexroth’S TMSx hydraulic tank is designed with a diameter of just 330 mm and a height of 480 mm

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

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. 

New 25 kW submersible pump to raise the bar

     22nd April 2016 Electrical submersible pump manufacturer Grindex’s new model, the Maxi H-lite pump with a 25 kW motor and a tried and tested hydraulic function, is set to be implemented in water drainage applications across the world.  

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.  

Two 10 t hydraulic breakers set to increase production

     22nd April 2016 Swedish industrial tool and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Construction Technique has supplied two HB 10000 10 t hydraulic breakers to a Northern Cape mine in an effort to increase production of iron-ore at the opencast operation.  

Two 10 t hydraulic breakers set to increase production
AMANDA ROETS The highly efficient and reliable hydraulic breakers contribute to increased productivity

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

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... 

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,... 

Pneumatic tool range expanded with launch of motor drills, breakers

     16th October 2015 International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic (CP) unveiled its Red Hawk range of motor drills and breakers, in July this year. The range is available in three options and is suitable for roads, railways and drilling applications, providing users with a range of rugged and... 

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. 

Control technology specialist notes shift in end-user philosophy

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Drive and control technology specialist Hytec is observing a slow paradigm shift among end-users who are starting to factor long-term costs into their strategies instead of only short-term costs and, in doing so, are beginning to embrace the latest electronic innovations that the hydraulics... 

Hydraulic sealing company develops new test method

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 In collaboration with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), seals and sealing solutions provider Hallite Seals Americas has developed and performed a test method over the past eight months to assess the amount of dirt entering a simulated hydraulics system through the rod wiper. 

Hydraulics company streamlines operations amid tough economy

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Owing to a challenging economic climate hydraulic systems designer and manufacturer Rand Building Hydraulics (RBH) has streamlined and consolidated its business operations, says CEO Robin Fowkes. 

Online hydraulics digital product catalogue now available

     24th April 2015 Power management company Eaton announced in March that the company’s PowerSource website,, an end-to-end searchable product database that enables users to search, specify and sell hydraulics products, is now available to all users free of charge. 

Pneumatic motors ideal for winding processes, says manufacturer

     24th April 2015 Pneumatic motors, which are characterised by the fact that the speed of the motor automatically adapts as a load changes, are safe and robust drive systems that offer several advantages for a winding drive application, says German pneumatic equipment manufacturer Deprag. 

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... 

Pneumatics division branches off from automation specialist

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 In March last year automation solutions provider Tectra Automation’s pneumatics division began sourcing its products from a new standalone pneumatics manufacturing company called Aventics, which has increased Tectra Automation’s focus and specialisation in the field of pneumatics, says Tectra... 

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. 

Agricultural hydraulic system enhanced

     17th October 2014 An agricultural industry-based hydraulic system, the Electrohydraulic Hitch Control (EHC-8) from engineering firm Bosch Rexroth, recently underwent enhancements to replicate the same, precise regulation of power and positioning for the lifting and lowering of towed agricultural ploughs for... 

Agricultural hydraulic  system enhanced
DESIGNED FOR ADVERSE CONDITIONS The saturated, muddy sludge that can characterise Asia’s arable land presents unique performance challenges for electrical and mechanical components

Frequency inverters launched at expo

     17th October 2014 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive launched its MOVI4R-U frequency inverters at trade show Electra Mining Africa, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, in September. 

Frequency inverters launched at expo
SIMPLE DESIGN The innovative design of the MOVI4R-U frequency inverters allows for the quick and easy removal or replacement of parts
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