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Hydraulics News

Mechanical seals company makes anticorruption commitment

By: David Oliveira     9th August 2013 Mechanical seals manufacturer AESSEAL South Africa received accreditation in June from US-based nonprofit member association Trace International, in which AESSEAL MD Rob Waites expects to involve other member companies. 

R2m contract for hydraulic hose component assembly workshop

     2nd August 2013 A contract worth about R2-million a year for two hydraulic hose component assembly workshops has been awarded to hoses and fittings supplier Genflex Hydraulics by a mining plant in the North West. 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane  

By: Samantha Herbst     19th July 2013 Heavy-lifting solutions multinational Sarens, of Belgium, has officially launched a new 750-t hydraulic crane, manufactured by Germany-based construction machinery manufacturer Liebherr. As the biggest crane on the Southern African market, the LTM 1750.9-1 boasts increased capacity, enabling... 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane
Sarens SA operations director Lyle Tapinos discusses the launch of the company’s new 750-t hydraulic crane.

Company moves to larger premises, introduces new range

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Air Compressor company Artic Driers International has moved to larger premises at Apex, south of Benoni, on the East Rand, to accommodate the expansion of its stockholding and the growth of its air-dryer hiring fleet.   

Cordless hydraulic pump to be launched in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Empowered firm Kiloton reports that it will be stocking hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s new XC-Series cordless hydraulic pumps in South Africa from June. The pump is designed as a long-lasting pump that can be used in areas that are difficult to access. It is constructed from lightweight... 

Fluid power market survey indicates growth

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) reports that fluid power market growth exceeded general industrial growth in the economy, as a result of more companies having been identified as importers of fluid power products worldwide.   

Hydraulics company expands South African operations

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Global hydraulics manufacturer Hydac South Africa tells Engineering News that it aims to expand its South African market share by bolstering its operations in South Africa, says Hydac South Africa MD Walter Heijboer.   

Maintenance a critical aspect of efficient hydraulic systems

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The maintenance of hydraulic equipment is vital to ensure long-lasting functioning, Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses Garnett Cross president tells Engineering News. “A major misconception is that new oil is clean. However, it is not clean until it has been filtered,” he says. 

Marine anchor handling vessel upgrades DP system

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Specialist marine services provider Smit Amandla Marine has completed the R5-million upgrade of anchor handling vessel Smit Lombok’s dynamic positioning (DP) system, which improves the control of the tug’s propulsion units without disrupting its schedule, to maintain the level of service it... 

Seals aid hydraulic cylinder performance

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Global industrial manufacturer and service provider SKF, last November launched a new range of hydraulic seals to fulfil the demand for hydraulic cylinders that industry needs for improved performance.   

Czech water treatment company brings expertise to South Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd February 2013 As trade between South Africa and the Czech Republic increases, companies such as Envites are homing in on the South Africa mining and other markets with sophisticated water treatment systems as well as hydro-separation processes. 

Graduate development programme closing the skills gap

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The concept of hydraulics is not well understood by engineering graduates, according to petrochemicals firm Sasol Technology chief process engineer Ralph Grob. At the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) 2012 conference, in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, last month, he noted... 

Electrically powered aeroplanes hold cost, environmental benefits 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Airliners’ reliance on hydraulic fluid could drastically decrease if the aviation industry develops technologies to convert the hydraulic systems used in large aircraft to run on electricity, says National Airways Corporation (NAC) senior production manager of fixed wing maintenance Mike Mayers.... 

Hydraulics industry challenges determine developments 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 South Africa does not yet have hydraulic system original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which limits innovation at a local level, says oil and gas producer Shell South Africa’s commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham. Hydraulic OEMs are traditionally based in Europe and the US. Shell’s... 

Local company extends service offering

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Industrial group Atlas Copco’s blowers for low-pressure compressors will be available locally from compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which forms part of Atlas Copco. The company is planning on adding these units to its fleet in the new future. Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus says the... 

Company helps build the pick of the crop in maize planters

     27th April 2012 Hose and fittings supplier Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW) Cape Town, recently supplied hose, fittings, accumulators and other products, to tractor-drawn and mounted farming equipment manufacturer and distributer Rovic & Leers for use on a custom-designed maize planter. 

Fluid power association to release market survey results soon

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) expects the results of the second fluid power market survey to be released soon. 

Hydraulic tools provider plans further expansion

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 International high-pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force has added new products and accessories to its existing product range for use in the mining, power generation, petrochemicals and refining, ship-building and repairs, steel and aluminium plants, aerospace, defence, heavy... 

Hydraulics company manufactures large manifold block

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo has manufactured one of its largest hydraulic manifolds. 

New hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder service centre opens

     27th April 2012 Hydraulic components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics has extended its service offering by opening a dedicated facility for the service, repair and manufacture of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders at its Benrose manufacturing facility and warehouse. 

New products introduced

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 International supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology Festo has introduced several new products to its range of automation products. 

Product offering to save on hydraulic oil consumption

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Thousands of litres of hydraulic oil can be saved each year by employing sub-micron continuous in operation filtration, states wear control specialist Filter Focus South Africa COO Craig FitzGerald.  

Solutions provider develops new control system

     27th April 2012 Pneumatic solutions provider Tectra Automation has developed a control system suitable for applications where programmable logic controllers are too sophisticated, but where conventional systems do not offer enough control. 

Solutions provider to expand hydraulic cylinder cover distribution 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Preventive maintenance solutions provider Nkwe Mining Services plans to start the local manufacture and distribution of the US-patented Seal Saver hydraulic cylinder protector in the next two years.  

Supplier acquires largest swage machine

     27th April 2012 Hydraulic hose and fitting supplier Genflex reports that it has taken delivery of the largest and most powerful hydraulic hose swage machine ever manufactured in South Africa.  

Hydraulic, pneumatic equipment supplier expands product range

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Over the last decade, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment supplier Ernest Lowe has become one of the largest local manufacturers and reconditioners of hydraulic cylinders in Southern Africa, says CEO Mark Tarboton. 

Supplier aims to continue improving BEE scorecard

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Belting and hose supplier Belting Supply Services (BSS), a subsidiary of industrial products distributor Hudaco, is constantly striving to improve its black economic-empowerment (BEE) scorecard, says CEO Piet Swanepoel. 

Association urges end-users to drive quality assurance

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 Quality assurance needs to be driven by end-users, as South Africa lacks uniform quality control, particularly of hose assemblies, in hydraulic systems, says South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) chairperson Norman Hall. 

Demand for water hydraulic systems to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 There is a real prospect of water hydraulics replacing a number of oil hydraulic and pneumatic systems in the next 3 to 10 years, says engineer and water hydraulics systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower executive director Alan Barrows. 

Hydraulic breakers used on bridge demolition, Panama Canal projects 

     14th October 2011 Heavy hydraulic breakers from industrial group Atlas Copco have been used to demolish a bridge on the A40 motorway at Junction 28 in Gelsenkirchen-Süd, Germany. 

Hydraulics, electronics integrated for rock drill test bench

     14th October 2011 Hydraulic components and systems manufacturer Hytec and pneumantic solutions provider Tectra Automation, together with industrial group Atlas Copco South Africa, completed the in-house design, installation and commissioning of the hydraulic and electronic integration of a new test bench for Atlas... 

Program optimises efficiency of hydraulic components

     14th October 2011 Hydraulics specialist Bosch Rexroth has implemented efficiency-optimised components, innovative modules and networked system solutions, featuring its BlueHydraulics program. 

Programme to improve repair turnaround times

     14th October 2011 To meet the challenge of unplanned downtime and associated costs, supplier of hydraulic components and systems Hytec has introduced a service exchange programme to ensure much faster turnaround times on pump repairs. 

Company adds air-over-hydraulic power pumps to product range

     22nd April 2011 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has expanded its Simplex range of hydraulic and mechanical equipment with the addition of heavy-duty air-over-hydraulic power pumps, designed for safe and reliable lifting and positioning of industrial equipment. 

Company introduces new sensor for hydraulic cylinders

     22nd April 2011 Sensors developer and producer MTS has extended its product portfolio of magnetostrictive position sensors for mobile hydraulics with the new Temposonics Model MB stainless steel sensor.  

New power pack design ensures easy adaptability

     22nd April 2011 Southern African hydraulic components and systems supplier Hytec has launched a range of standard power packs that sets new standards for industry.  

Precautions need to be taken in light of new Act

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) urges hydraulic and pneumatic companies to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against product liability repercussions under the new Consumer Protection Act, No 68 of 2008, which was implemented this month. Section 61 of the Act... 

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