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Hydraulics News

Excavation and loading fleet adds new machines

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Mining contractor WEGO Africa added another SANY SY500 excavator to its pre-existing fleet of four, in addition to acquiring two new SANY SY956 front-end loaders, at the end of last year. The new equipment was transported by road from Johannesburg, in Gauteng, to an iron-ore and manganese mine in... 

Hydraulic bolt tightening methods enhance accuracy

18th October 2019 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions now include Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioners, which are used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is critical. 

Hydraulic bolt tightening methods enhance accuracy
TIGHTLY PACKED Boltight tensioners are ideal in instances where bolt load accuracy is critical

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer boosts factory optimisation

18th October 2019 Hydraulic cylinder specialist Hytec Engineering is the latest in the group to optimise its manufacturing and repairs operation. 

Positive outlook despite sector uncertainty

By: Theresa Bhowan     18th October 2019 Despite the instability in the mining sector, equipment and product sales are on the rise for hydraulic equipment and mechanical tool supplier Power Team South Africa (SA). 

Positive outlook despite sector uncertainty
UNTAPPED POWER Power Team SA is the South African distributor and subsidiary of US-based SPXFLOW Hydraulic Technologies

Product launched for cost-saving advancements

18th October 2019 Global leader in motion and control technologies Parker Hannifin has released its P2H input/output link (IO-Link) node, an addition to the company’s popular H Series ISO valve platform. Designed with IO-Link connectivity in mind, the P2H node provides a robust means of connecting H Series valves... 

Product launched for cost-saving advancements
NOTABLE ENHANCMENTS Parker enhances ISO valve portfolio with addition of P2H IO-Link node

Continuous position sensor leads to predictive maintenance methods

By: Theresa Bhowan     18th October 2019 The move towards Industry 4.0 by motion and control technology leader Parker Hannifin’s pneumatics division will allow for “outstanding” condition monitoring and maintenance strategies, says Parker Hannifin Motion Systems Group account manager Selina Naidoo. 

Continuous position sensor leads to predictive maintenance methods
HIGH-TECH With Industry 4.0 and more sophisticated and smarter technologies, Parker has developed the P8S continuous position sensor series

First customer day at new location hosted

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch (HUBB), in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

First customer day at  new location hosted
TECH FORWARD Bosch Rexroth is now more focused on technological innovation, such as the Internet of Things

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

Fieldbus solution for  pneumatic valves first  step to smart assembly
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa

3rd May 2019 The well-established partnership between engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) and power management solutions provider Eaton Hydraulics has been enhanced with the accreditation of BMG’s Johannesburg head office facility - BMG World - as the exclusive Eaton... 

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa
NICKY MULLER The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

New packages can be installed with existing infrastructure

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Pneumatic vibrator and impactor supplier Vipro is providing complete new packages for pneumatic products, which can be installed with existing infrastructure. “These new packages can be installed independently of existing infrastructure in plants and assembly lines. This is done to ensure proper... 

New packages can  be installed with existing infrastructure
AIR QUALITY ADJUSTMENTS To mitigate air-quality challenges, Vipro supplies water traps, air lubricators and regulators, and compressors

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil’s Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic lubricant oil has reduced paper and plastics packaging manufacturing company Mpact Plastics’ energy consumption by 7%. Mpact Plastics – based in Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal – intended to reach the group’s national... 

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption
ESSENTIAL OILS When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact

Hudaco maintains FY18 dividend despite economic headwinds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2019 JSE-listed engineering consumables supplier Hudaco Industries maintained its final dividend for 2018 at 380c apiece, despite having experienced an “especially challenging” year. The company reported a 3% year-on-year decrease in operating profit to R655-million.  

Hudaco maintains FY18 dividend despite economic headwinds
Photo by Dylan Slater
Hudaco CFO Clifford Amoils and Hudaco CE Graham Dunford

Shut-off valves suitable for gas and oil fuel lines

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Valves, steam and combustion system solutions provider, Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) says the German designed and manufactured Albrecht safety quick shut-off valves are suitable for use on gas and oil fuel lines for burners in the local market. “These valves carry all the relevant certification,... 

Engineering firm changes name

18th January 2019 Engineering consultants SMC Pneumatics South Africa has changed its name to SMC Corporation ZA, which reflects the growing range of non-pneumatic components being developed by SMC globally, owing to its continued focus on research and development (R&D). With the objective of producing cutting... 

Engineering firm changes name
SO CONTROLLING SMC ZA motor control devices are distributed globally

Service kit ensures operational uptime

By: Paige Müller     30th November 2018 Filtration solutions provider Filter and Hose Solutions (FHS) states that its unique turnkey filter service kit system significantly reduces operational downtime in the mining and industrial sectors. “FHS offers a fully customised service kit system for all forms of heavy earthmoving equipment,”... 

Service kit ensures  operational uptime
INDUSTRY SLOW-DOWN The mining and construction industries are under significant pressure

Local market forces filtration providers into Africa

By: Paige Müller     30th November 2018 Amid a hostile local economic climate, growth in the local industrial water treatment and filtration sector has been stagnant, forcing service providers to expand their offerings into Africa, says South Africa-based industrial water treatment solutions provide WaterIcon. The company focuses on... 

Local market forces filtration providers into Africa
UPTICK EXPECTED The water treatment and filtration industry expects a major drive towards zero liquid discharge plants and effluent recycling plants, which it predicts will bolster the industry’s 2019 project pipeline

Fluid maintenance neglect proves costly

By: Paige Müller     30th November 2018 Fluid maintenance is frequently neglected and the consequences of using contaminated fuel and lubricant oil are often underestimated, says technical solutions provider BMG fluid technology business unit manager David Dyce.... 

Fluid maintenance  neglect proves costly
PORTABLE FLUID PURIFICATION The Parker Sentinel portable fluid purification systems are incorporated into planned maintenance programmes to protect hydraulic systems and increase productivity by eliminating moisture in oil

New soluble varnish removal range available in Africa

30th November 2018 The new Hy-Pro Soluble Varnish Removal (SVR) system – now available from Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT) – offers complete recovery and maintenance for turbine lubricants. The SVR will be available across Africa through HFT. The prevalence and potential economic impact of varnishing in industrial... 

New soluble varnish removal range available in Africa
HY-PRO SOLUBLE VARNISH REMOVAL SYSTEM The Soluble Varnish Removal system attacks the source of the varnish problem on a molecular level, removing the oxidation by-products that form varnish deposits

Modernisation presents opportunities in industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Despite the challenges experienced in the South African fluid power valve market, international motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin believes that there is opportunity for further modernisation and development of fluid power valves. “The local fluid power valve industry... 

Modernisation presents opportunities in industry
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Parker Hannifin Sales Company South Africa has identified the integration of electronics into its range of hydraulic and pneumatic valve products as a growth opportunity

BMG supplies range of hydraulic and pneumatic seals

19th October 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG – the only official distributor for hydraulic and pneumatic seals manufacturer and sealing solutions provider Hallite Seals in Central and Southern Africa – supplies an extensive range of hydraulic and pneumatic seals and sealing solutions for demanding... 

BMG supplies range  of hydraulic and  pneumatic seals
HALLITE TYPE 506 These bearing strips are used extensively on hydraulic cylinder rod and piston applications and can withstand extreme side loads, preventing metal to metal contact

Containerised workshop facilitates hydraulic services

19th October 2018 Hydraulics components supplier Hytec Services Africa (HSA), part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group, has launched its mine site based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining clients across Africa. Set up in refurbished and... 

Containerised workshop facilitates hydraulic services
CONTAINERISED HOSE WORKSHOP Hytec Services Africa has launched its mine site based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining clients across Africa

Hyflo enables efficient manufacture of hose assemblies

19th October 2018 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo’s extensive range of fluid power products include hydraulic crimping equipment and tooling, designed for the efficient manufacture of factory-quality hose assemblies. “Hyflo’s Parker Parkrimp and Karrykrimp hydraulic crimping equipment enables customers... 

Hyflo enables efficient manufacture of  hose assemblies
CRIMPING MACHINE Karrykrimp 2 models are portable or bench mount crimpers

Hytec Group companies reduce OEM’s energy costs

19th October 2018 In a first for South Africa, automation solutions provider Tectra Automation and hydraulic solutions provider Hytec collaborated to aid a motor vehicle original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) reduce energy costs at its Port Elizabeth engine plant. 

Hytec Group companies  reduce OEM’s energy costs
MONITORING PRESSURE The Sytronix variable speed pump drive monitors the hydraulic pressure and adjusts the motor running speed so only the required pressure at any given time is delivered

Uncertainty causing slowdown in hydraulics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     19th October 2018 There has been a decline in new projects locally, owing to economic uncertainty, with many clients are reducing costs and spending on equipment only where and when required, says hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturer and supplier Germiston Hydraulics MD Archie Leitch. “Most of the... 

Uncertainty causing slowdown in hydraulics industry
INDUSTRY SLOWDOWN Most of the company’s work comes from repairs and replacement of existing components as clients are trying to keep their costs down

CR range increases pumping efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 To improve pump reliability and increase performance limits, Grundfos, the world’s leading manufacturer of energy efficient water pumps launched its new and extended generation of booster pumps, the CR range, during Electra Mining Africa 2018, held at Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, from... 

CR range increases  pumping efficiency
Photo by Dylan Slater
LIMITLESS The Grundfos CR in-line booster pumps range comes with multipump solutions

Distribution partnership expands pumps supply to Mpumalanga

5th October 2018 Pump distributor Verder Pumps South Africa has appointed pipes manufacturer and supplier Flo-Tek Nelspruit as its exclusive pump distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. This comes after it realised that its major gross domestic product contributors for Mpumalanga comprise 21.8% for... 

Distribution partnership expands pumps supply to Mpumalanga
MASSIVE The world's largest hose pump provides solution for pumping liquids and dosing chemicals

New impeller boosts quality of suction

5th October 2018 To improve the quality of suction of its Movitec multistage centrifugal high-pressure pumps, pump manufacturer KSB Group developed a new impeller that can be used with a number of Movitec variants without modifying the outer pump casing. The new impeller, which is offered as an alternative to the... 

New impeller boosts quality of suction
EFFICIENT PUMPS The newly designed KSB impeller delivers improved features for centrifugal high-pressure pumps

Pumps offer safe bolting solutions to industries

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 With several drill ready prospects and potential for more discoveries in the oil and gas industry, hydraulic tools and bolting equipment manufacturer and supplier Hi-Force states that the South African market is constantly in need of new technologies and solutions to support growth. The TPA and... 

Pumps offer safe bolting solutions to industries
RAPID SPEED The TWH-N low-profile hydraulic torque wrench being operated by the TPA air-driven torque pump

New Hydrotechnik range for BMG

31st August 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG has been appointed as exclusive distributor of the Hydrotechnik range of analogue and digital test and measurement equipment in Southern Africa. 

New Hydrotechnik range for BMG
RANGE DISTRIBUTED BMG supports the Hypertechnik range with a technical advisory, back-up and repair service throughout Southern Africa

BMG extends Eaton Winner range

29th June 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG has extended its range of Eaton Winner hose and fittings to include Eaton’s latest generation of 4S/6S spiral hose and hose fittings. The fittings are designed for use in high pressure hydraulic systems used in mobile machinery and industrial equipment used in... 

BMG extends Eaton Winner range
PERFECT FIT These fittings are designed for high-pressure hydraulic systems

Hydraulics industry on the rise

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 After a two-year-long hydraulic industry slump, the South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) predicts a sustainable boom in demand for new hydraulic equipment. Safpa VP Dustin Pereira told Engineering News that the hydraulics industry has been in a slump since the last quarter of 2015. He... 

Hydraulics industry on the rise
A BRIGHTER FUTURE The hydraulics industry will enjoy a boom for five to ten years

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Hydraulic innovations to be showcased at expo

2nd March 2018 Some of the world’s leading mobile hydraulic technology will be on display at hydraulics and automation company Hytec Group/Rexroth’s stand at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. 

Hydraulic innovations  to be showcased at expo
MOBILE INNOVATION Hytec will showcase its range of hydraulic technologies and components

‘World-class’ machine to debut at expo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has designed the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, PMSA joint MD Walter Ebeling reveals exclusively to Engineering News. The Ultra 3000 is an... 

‘World-class’ machine  to debut at expo
BUILDING BLOCKS The Ultra 3000 is comprised of a number of different components – combining the latest technologies from around the world
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