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Valves News

Company appoints 
regional distributors

     5th November 2010 The South African arm of German-based Gemü valves, Gemü Africa has established three regional distributors in South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Port Elizabeth (PE) and East London (EL). 

Valve manufacturer's products receive SIL 3 certification

     22nd October 2010 Equipment manufacturer Virgo Engineers reports that several of its products, such as floating and trunnion-mounted soft- and metal-seated ball valves and TriTork triple offset valves, have received safety integrity level (SIL) 3 certification – safe for installation in plant such as Sasol’s –... 

New diaphragm 
actuator series released

     15th October 2010 Steam and boiler specialist company Spirax Sarco has released its PN9000-series diaphragm actuators. The company has also released a P5 positioner, which is a single acting unit that requires from a 0,2 bar to a 1 bar signal, for use with linear pneumatic actuators. 

New distributor for pump range

     1st October 2010 Hydraulic engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics, part of the BMG group, has been appointed as a distributor of hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s range of hydraulic cylinders, pumps and related products, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  

Recovery for pumps industry in sight

     1st October 2010 The local pumps sector is expected to reach its pre-recession volumes by the third or fourth quarter of 2011, reports South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) chairperson Gavin Doran. 

SABS certification creates prized opportunity for high quality valve

     23rd July 2010 Gauteng-based VAG-Valves South Africa recently obtained certification from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for its range of SABS 664 resilient seal (RS) valves. This category of RS valves is most commonly used in water pipelines and water distribution by the water supply boards... 

Climate change spurs growth in valves industry

     7th May 2010 Desalination will play a significant role in the future, as water scarcity is increasing, says British learned society, the Royal Academy of Engineering. The reverse-osmosis process of desalination, a common process in such plants, uses high-pressure valves, pumps and piping.  

Steady growth for market despite challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th May 2010 The valves and actuators market is expected to witness a steady growth, but revenue growth rates and market sizes are expected to decline, owing to the tightening of capital expenditure (capex) budgets and project cancellations within key end-user industries, in the South African market. 

Supplier introduces new product

     7th May 2010 Valves supplier Gemü Africa reports that it has launched its Gemü butterfly valve for particular use in the slurry sector. The Gemü valve offers a stainless steel disc and a polyurethane (PU) liner, which enhances the lifetime of the valve, with the disc resistant to abrasive particles and the... 

Sensor monitors single and double seat valves

     7th May 2010 Automation company IFM Electronic reports that its Efector Valvis sensor is suited for installations where the detection of stroke positions and an indication of the position of the valve is needed. 

Multimillion dollar valve order for Chinese utility

     7th May 2010 Global supplier of flow control products and services Flowserve will be supplying the State-owned nuclear power utility State Nuclear Power Engineering Company (SNPEC), in China, in excess of $15-million of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section III safety-related globe and gate valves... 

Actuator manufacturer launches new range

     7th May 2010 German actuator manufacturing company Auma reports that it has launched a new range of actuators and controls for the automation of industrial valves, which has been designed to cater for existing market needs and next generation requirements. 

New products win 
international design award

     7th May 2010 Global supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology Festo has received the 2010 International Forum product design award for its VHEM manually actuated valves and VUVG solenoid valve. 

Modernisation keeps plants running for longer

     7th May 2010 South African automation company Metso Automation reports that the implementation of control valve modernisation at plants and operations are important, as it can result in monetary benefits in the long-term running of a plant. 

Large valves for process control project

     7th May 2010 Valves distributor Voith Turbo South Africa (VTZA), representative of the German-based Martin Lohse range of valves, reports that it has secured an order for six large 400 mm diameter valves for the process control of liquid products at a prominent local liquid product processing plant. 

Digital valve controllers 
reduce expenditure

     7th May 2010 US automation and control manufacturer Emerson Process Management reports that its Fieldvue digital valve controllers are able to assist nuclear plants to avoid unplanned shutdowns and as a result, reduce expenditure. 

Isolation valve uses flipper technology

     7th May 2010 Measurement and control technology company Bürkert believes that its Type 6650 3/2 isolation valve, which uses flipper technology, sets a new benchmark for miniature solenoid valves used in clinical, life-science, analytical and fluid-handling equipment. 

New range of sampling valves launched

     7th May 2010 International valves manufacturer Alfa Laval reports that it has introduced a range of sampling valves for use in the dairy, food and beverages, personal care and biopharmacuticals industries. 

Process automation 
solution for treatment works

     23rd April 2010 Automation technology manufacturer Festo Process Automation reports that it has completed the supply of a complete process automation solution to the newly constructed Kleinbrak river water treatment works, located in the Mossel Bay municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Automation used in the production of flu vaccines

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th January 2010 Automation technology manufacturer Festo has supplied pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals with automation solutions used in the production of influenza (flu) vaccines at its Dresden-based plant. 

Local company acquires sub-Saharan Africa agencies

     6th November 2009 Specialist in valves and instrumentation for the chemical, metallurgical and water treatment industries, Valve Operational Marketing South Africa (OMSA) has acquired the sole sub-Saharan African agency for US-based ITT Engineering valves and German-based SED-Flowcontrol. 

Supplier sells one-million digital valve controllers worldwide

     6th November 2009 International valve automation supplier Emerson process management has sold one-million Fieldvue digital valve controllers worldwide. 

Great interest 
for valve expo

     6th November 2009 With just 14 months before the Valve World Expo (VWE), exhibitors have shown great interest in the event, with 328 companies from 33 countries having already registered. 

Local valve company reports good project portfolio, despite downturn

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     6th November 2009 The black economic-empowerment company, United Vales Company (UVC) tells Engineering News it has taken on the reconditioning and refurbishment of one of the valves used by water and sanitation service provider, Rand Water. 

R1m valve 
training facility commissioned

     6th November 2009 Valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) has equipped and commissioned a training facility to support theory with a practical demonstration of valves operation and the valves’ effect on flow. 

German manufacturer launches new actuator range

     6th November 2009 Germany-based electronic actuator and valves gearbox manufacturer, Auma, has launched the new Generation .2 multi turn actuator range SA 07.2 - 16.2 and new actuator controls AC 01.2. 

New actuated valves for 
on and off control

     6th November 2009 Steam systems experts Spirax Sarco has introduced piston actuator valves for on and off control. The PF5 and PF6 Series of piston actuator valves provide a competitive solution for on-and-off control in a wide range of industrial applications. 

Quality will pay off in the long term, says engineering firm

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     6th November 2009 Hydraulic engineering firm BMG Hydraulics is working with engineering company Corflex on a contract worth about R5-million. 

China’s valves industry gaining momentum

     6th November 2009 Publisher China Research Intelligence reports, in its ‘Research Report of the Chinese Valve Industry’ for 2009 that over the past 20 years, the number of valve enterprises in China has reached about 6 000 and is ranked first in the world. 

New F-150 range uses open valve injection

     6th November 2009 The Ford F-Series, which claims to be the US’s best selling pickup range, has fuel economy improvements that reach as high as 12% - compared with the fuel economy improvements of the 2008 model - on F-150 models equipped with the high-volume three-valve, 5,4-l V8 engine. 

Specialist pleased with order book

     6th November 2009 Pipe, valve and fluid conveyance specialists, the Rare group, CEO David Scheepers says that the company is pleased with its order book, and that, while the economy is experiencing a downturn, it is critical to maintain infrastructure assets. 

Valves supplied for bulk water supply projects 
in Gauteng

     17th July 2009 Manufacturer DFC Water has supplied valves to three reservoir rehabilitation projects for the bulk water supply to Sandton, north of Johannesburg. 

Combi valves increase energy efficiency

     8th May 2009 Electrical and electronic engineering group Siemens Building Technologies has extended its Acvatix range with a new line of combi valves that make a significant contribution to higher energy efficiency of buildings. 

Local valve manufacturing facilities streamlined to survive economic crisis

By: Beth Shirley     8th May 2009 Local valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has streamlined its sales and marketing facilities following the global economic downturn, says Paltech marketing and technical sales director Len Klassen. 

New composite based industrial valve range launched

By: Beth Shirley     8th May 2009 Valve and actuator manufacturer Tyco Valves and Controls has launched the Keystone Composeal range of butterfly valves for broad industrial application. The valve has undergone design and testing for over two years. 

Butterfly valve range to be used in KZN water project

By: Beth Shirley     8th May 2009 Local valve manufacturer Ithuba Valves has launched a new butterfly valve range known as the Ithuba Phoenix 2 X 2,8 butterfly valve range. The first of the valves is set to be installed in the Braamhoek dam in KwaZulu-Natal. This dam is going to be used as a supply point for the power stations... 

Mining houses feel the pinch, but urethane lining demand still robust

By: Beth Shirley     8th May 2009 As a result of mining houses being under pressure to reduce maintenance costs, the demand for urethane lining has increased, says urethane moulding company Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) MD Trevor Carolin. 

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