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Compressors, Air Motors and Vacuum Pumps

Mechanical pumps offer cost-effective alternative

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th July 2007 While electric pumps are often considered the immediate solution to pumping requirements, mechanical pumps offer almost maintenance-free operation, are easy to install and do not require electricity to power them. 

Monitoring equipment reduces cost of air dryer failures

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th July 2007 Compressed air dryers have become more vital today than at any other time in the history of the compressed air industry, says supplier of compressed air treatment products Artic Driers GM Allen Cockfield. He adds that pneumatic systems have become more and more sophisticated and the cost of a... 

Siemens turbomachinery factory quadruples turnover in three years

By: Jade Davenport     20th October 2006 Turbo-machinery and spare part manufacturer Siemens Power Generation Mechanical Services (PGMS) has experienced significant growth in the last three years, with the company’s turnover increasing from R80-million to R320-million since 2003. 

Air-suspension system sees success

14th July 2006 Manufacturer of truck bodies for specialised applications, TFM, is having great success with its Glide-Rite air suspension product for which it is the sole distributor in Africa. 

Supplier expands service offering

14th July 2006 Compressor supplier Artic Driers International has recently launched three new service support teams for Durban, Cape Town and Francis Town in Botswana, says Artic Driers GM Allen Cockfield. 

Oz firm punts ‘new breed’ of hybrid compressors

14th July 2006 To lower energy costs and environmental impact, Australian compressed air manufacturer, Champion Compressors has developed a new breed of Hybrid Compressors. 

New range offers 35% energy-cost reduction

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th July 2006 Global industrial group Atlas Copco has introduced an improved range of its industry leading oil-injected rotary screw compressors. 

On course for record growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th July 2006 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) is on course to reach its sales growth target for BOC Edwards’ vacuum products of 300% in 2006, Technical Solutions Engineer Michael Hill tells Engineering News exclusively. 

Holistic benefits from quality-assurance scheme

14th July 2006 Thanks to their holistic, company-wide Quality Assurance programme Rand-Air, a local plant-hire and equipment rental company in the Atlas Copco group have improved their equipment availability from 70% to 90% says quality manager Lukas Hopley and Rand Air Safety Health Environment and Quality... 

R19m refrigeration contract in the bag

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th July 2006 Howden Energy Systems (HES),has won a R19-million turnkey installation contract for a 11 000-MW ammonia refriger-ation plant at Kloof No 7 Shaft. HES MD John Shaw tells Engineering News that the installation comprises a complete water-chilling system, including refrigeration machines, cooling... 

Action needed to grow skills base

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th July 2006 Established in 1991 as a family business, Artic Driers has become a mainstream outlet for Jamaco Flair, based in Busan, in South Korea, GM Allen Cockfield tells Engineering News. 

Expanded product range available from German group

7th October 2005 Over the last few years international company Pfeiffer has expanded its product range with a number of new products. 

US air dryers now in SA

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 New compressed air dryers are being imported into South Africa by Arctic Driers International. These dryers, which are used to cool and dry the air discharged by compressors, are highly unusual and are set to represent an important advancement in the field. 

Compressed-air specialist completes projects

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 A Cape Town company specialising in the purification of compressed air recently completed two completely disparate types of projects. 

New flow sensor for compressor industry

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 For many companies compressed air provides a clean and convenient source of energy. It is, however, an expensive medium to produce. 

International orders on the increase

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 Steam ejector design, manufacture and supply company Applied Vacuum has been increasing the number of international companies to which it delivers. 

Busy year for vacuum-pump importer

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 A Midrand-based importer of vacuum pumps has had a busy year that has, included a merger and, seen the company break into new areas of its field of business. 

New pump hits local market

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 A new liquid-ring vacuum pump is now available in South Africa from Vac-cent Services. 

Taking advantage of a growing market

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 The mining industry recovery and the low interest rate are two of the reasons that Atlas Copco believes the compressor industry is booming. Atlas Copco business manager Jan Fourie tells Engineering News that business is growing on the back of capital investment by large companies taking advantage... 

Foundry upgraded to increase production output

By: warren robertson     15th July 2005 Speed and cost efficiency are the two reasons why Global Vacuum is upgrading its foundry. Based in Tulisa Park, south-east of Johannesburg, Global Vacuum has been manufacturing and supplying vacuum pumps since 2001. ? 

Company steps up its fleet-renewal programme

29th April 2005 Rand-Air has stepped up the pace of its ?fleet-renewal programme. 

Compressors help blast Ernie Els golf course

25th March 2005 Outsourcing company, Rand-Air have recently hired out portable compressors to WBHO Construction for drilling and blasting at Gauteng’s first Ernie Els signature golf course, the Gardener Ross Golf & Country Estate outside Centurion. 

High-tech products ensure efficient vibration

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Gauteng-based Concrete Finishing Equipment (CFE) was awarded the contract to supply the high-frequency vibrators and convertors for the Coega project, near Port Elizabeth. 

Rico Taxer

15th October 2004 Full name: Rico Taxer Position: MD, since 2001 Main activity of the company: Supply and service of turbocompressors, steam turbines and gas turbines, local service of the equipment, as well as local manufacture of compressor, steam turbine and gas turbine blades. Date and place of birth:... 

Teamwork results in 30 sales

16th July 2004 Two collaborating companies in Durban, Kwazulu Natal, have obtained 30 sales of new compressors through presentations, technical training sessions and marketing.? 

Air dryer fits into a box

16th July 2004 Compressor supplier Artic Driers International has brought in the HT range of high-temperature compressed-air driers, in which all units are contained in a space-saving box 

After-sales service a business differentiator

16th July 2004 Specialist portable diesel- and electric-compressor hire company Atlas Plant Hire has taken delivery of its third batch of Ingersoll-Rand mobile compressors ranging from 950 cubic feet per minute (cfm) to 1060 cfm. 

Three compressors installed at carpet manufacturer

16th July 2004 Compressor supplier Atlas Copco have recently installed compressors at two carpet manufacturers.?At Harrismith-based Nouwens Carpets, two GA75 full feature and one GA90 VSD full feature compressors were installed.? 

New gas seal has increased performance capabilities

16th July 2004 John Crane commercial and marketing director Gary Pitts reports that the latest version of the company’s Type 28 compressor dry-running gas seal has been released.? 

50% energy saving achieved

16th July 2004 A newly-developed multi-stage ejector, likely to be the smallest in the world, yields a 50% energy-cost saving. ? 

New switchgear helps reduce plant downtime

16th July 2004 Johannesburg-based RBF Technology was awarded a contract to supply new 6,6 kV switchgear for the Unit 41plant and instrument-air Installation at Sasol Secunda.? 

R30m worth of compressors installed

By: lauren rota     16th July 2004 Air Products and Sasol have been jointly awarded a twenty-year hydrogen-gas-supply contract for the Impala precious-metals refinery, in Springs. 

Efficiency reduces energy costs

By: lauren rota     16th July 2004 Textiles was one of three South African industries selected by the Danish government programme, Danida, to investigate in its Cleaner Production demonstration project.? 

Compressor rentals increase

By: lauren rota     16th July 2004 In the past eighteen months, Rand-Air’s depot in Wadeville, Gauteng, has doubled the number of long-term compressor rentals by industrial clients, for which reason the company has increased its fleet from 10 units to 64 units over the same period.? 

Consistent vacuum ensures better-quality products

By: lauren rota     16th July 2004 A Midrand-based company last year introduced a novel refrigerated service water-cooling system for liquid ring-vacuum pumps. 

Compressor and automated warehouse contracts awarded

25th June 2004 One of the world leaders in electrical engineering and electronics Siemens Southern Africa has been awarded a contract to supply six compressor trains to Sasol’s Project Turbo. 

SA firm gains US patent for tagging technology

3rd November 2003 The US Patent Office has granted a patent to a Johannesburg-based company, which has developed a new energy-efficient radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. 

ABB in sale talks on Moroccan power plant

4th September 2003 ABB is in talks on the sale of its 50% stake in Morocco's Jorf Lasfar power plant as the engineer seeks to cut debt, it said yesterday, in a deal valued by analysts at up to $500-million. 

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