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Hydraulics News

Firm becomes empowered

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component and seal producer Scot-Brad Engineering, of Gauteng, has formed a partnership with marketing and sales director, Wilson Sebastian, transforming the business into a black economic empowered (BEE) entity. 

Aerospace contract under way

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 South African engineering firm Tetech Projects is currently producing staging and jacking systems as well as hydraulic test benches for the Hawk trainer-fighters. 

Air audits unearth true cost of compressed air

     22nd October 2004 A thorough audit of any mining operation’s compressed-air system can reveal surprising opportunities to cut energy costs. 

Hydraulics company expands its premises

     22nd October 2004 The well-known premises of Optima Hydraulics in Paarden Eiland road, Cape Town, has been extended with the new three-storey office block complete with new workshop facilities. 

Hydraulic hammers perform well locally

     22nd October 2004 The famous Montabert hydraulic hammers, from the range of Consolidated Rock Machinery’s (CRM), continue to be sold to the local market. 

US company launches filter

     22nd October 2004 Indianapolis-based SMC Corporation of America, the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic products and filtration equipment, has announced the release of the Series FN1 Filter designed for machine tool and general machinery industries. 

Vickers Goldquest

     20th August 2004 Vickers Goldquest is the provider of hydraulic and pneumatic products and services to local industry. 

Hydraulic tower crane enters SA market

By: Keith Campbell     9th July 2004 HOW do you get a crane to a remote site high in the Alps, where no roads run, and where the equipment is needed for the construction of the upper station in a new cable-car system? 

Safety remains important

     30th April 2004 To ensure that hydraulic equipment performs well, and that worker safety is guaranteed during operation, safety procedures must be strictly adhered to, Bellambie Mining & Industrial product manager Eugene Davids tells Engineering News. 

Contamination accolade awarded

     30th April 2004 Barloworld Equipment’s component rebuild centre (CRC) engines in Isando has become the first Caterpillar dealership facility in Africa and the Middle East to achieve a five-star rating from Caterpillar for contamination control. 

Seals continue to be supplied for hydraulic and pneumatic applications

     30th April 2004 A comprehensive range of seals for hydraulic and pneumatic applications continues to be developed by Bearing Man’s seals division. 

Cylinder kit is available from this month

By: renay de     30th April 2004 Hydraulic cylinder tubing, chromed shaft and honing supplier Honingcraft manufactures an off-the-shelf cylinder kit that can be assembled in under two hours, MD Renaldo Barnard tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Hydraulic suppliers’ stock ordering is made easy

By: renay de     30th April 2004 Turned components manufacturer Wekaba Engineering developed a system that reduces the delivery time of hydraulic fittings, adapters and special manifolds to as low as one day. 

R25m in trading expected this year

By: renay de     30th April 2004 In July 2002 the enterprise development and empowerment initiative of Anglo American, Anglo Zimele, created its twelfth black-empowerment initiative for that year. 

Range commonly used in maintenance-free applications

By: renay de     30th April 2004 A range of Keylon polyetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) wear strips, which act as guides for metallic pistons and rods in hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, is offered by Chemplast. 

SA firm consults on Spanish museum project

     30th April 2004 In the design of the E42-million extension of Spain’s Prado Museum, in Madrid, much of the new space is underground on two levels. A tunnel forms the connection between the existing and the new Prado buildings. 

Silencer developed for regulating pumps

     30th April 2004 A division of Linde Material Handling of Aschaffenburg has developed a silencer called SPU. 

Modular air service-unit series is introduced

     30th April 2004 The need for an industrial air filter or regulator series, which could be configured to specific requirements, has now been met by Festo through the release of its innovative MS-series of compressed-air preparation modules. 

R70-million BEE hydraulics and automation enterprise formed

     30th April 2004 Hytec Holdings and Khulile Investments announced the formation of Afripower, the first empowered, full-spectrum hydraulics and automation enterprise in South Africa on 5 April. 

Mini-pneumatic components have a global growing appeal

     30th April 2004 With a projected annual average growth rate of 4,4% over the period between 2004 and 2009, the E313,2-million mini-pneumatic components?market is on course to become the fastest-growing sector within the overall European pneumatic components industry. 

Hydraulic drills purchased by blasting firm

     30th April 2004 Tzaneen based Mabunda Blasting has taken delivery of new Ingersoll-Rand hydraulic crawler drills from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

Further development for Spoornet

     30th April 2004 The specialised world of road rail vehicle hydraulics has seen IMS Industrial Products design a second hydraulic system for Spoornet’s road-rail maintenance fleet, this time for a truck to be used for welding repairs on South Africa’s rail network. 

Local engineering practices play key uShaka roles

     16th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal consulting engineers Campbell Bernstein & Irving (CBI) and Siyabonga Engineering, in joint venture, played a key hydraulics role in the construction of the prestigious Marine World which opens this month. 

R70m BEE hydraulics and automation group formed

     2nd April 2004 Industrial group Hytec Holdings and investment company Khulile Investments yesterday announced the formation of Afripower, the first empowered full-spectrum hydraulics and automation enterprise in South Africa. 

New software to reduce calculation time

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2004 Pneumatic automation specialist Festo has launched Handling Software that will enable the company’s sales engineers to eliminate hours of calculations, according to handling drives product management head Martin Beier. 

SA a key manufacturing hub for German group

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2004 Its not only South African companies taking a beating in the face of a strong rand – some European companies have suffered the same fate as the euro last year kept gaining ground against the weakened dollar. 

Equipment supplier to launch a lightweight sump pump

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 Pneumatic tool equipment supplier Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) expects to launch its newly-manufactured mine dewatering sump pump this month. 

One-year hydraulics course to start next year

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 International hydraulics company Goldquest is on track to offer its first one-year hydraulics training course during next year. 

Dent-removal technology salvages container drums

     24th October 2003 A local engineering specialist has underlined its satisfaction with Tectra Automation by relying on the company for assistance in a project to salvage container drums that would have been destined for the scrap yard. 

Industry must remain able to support older machinery, says firm

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 South Africa is a throwaway society, where, on many occasions, equipment produced more than ten years ago is thrown away to make way for state-of-the-art equipment, Hydraulics & Pneumatics managing member Martyn Jones tells Engineering News. 

Mechatronics

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 Control systems training company Festo Didactic plans to present its latest version of fluid simulation software as its main drawcard at the Blue IQ exhibition to be held at the Sandton Convention centre, from October 23 to 25. 

Piston pumps now boast added new features

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 East Rand company Ernest Lowe Hydraulic and Pneumatic Automation Solutions supplies a range of Oilgear hydraulic piston pumps, which now boasts two interesting features. 

New hydraulic power unit comes to South Africa

     24th October 2003 Following the acquisition of world-renowned fluid power specialist, Fenner Fluid Power, by SPX Fluid Power, last year, high-end products like the Pick-a-Pack range were made available to the South African market from May this year through Power Team, distributor of hydraulic maintenance tools and... 

PBMR hydraulic presses delivered within ten months from order date

     24th October 2003 Two hydraulic nuclear fuel laboratory development presses valued at R1,6-million have been designed, delivered and commissioned by the Spartan branch of Hytec South Africa, within 10 months of receiving the order. 

Exports on the rise for mining hydraulics firm

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 The hydraulics industry is showing positive signs of recovery, following a downturn in the gold-mining industry in which rationalisation, cost-cutting, and the postponement of several projects has occurred recently. 

Cylinder company reports double-digit growth for 2003

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 Hydraulic cylinder company Kappa Engineering reports a 16% increase in business from last year. 

Pneumatics supplier expands its range to include an orbital sander

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 Pneumatic equipment supplier Garryson Pneumatics has increased its range of Dynabrade products to include an orbital sander, known as Dynorbital-Spirit, which it hopes will increase business within a number of industries. 

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