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Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Accelerating electrification of heavy machinery

18th May 2022 Danfoss Power Solutions and RISE Robotics announced a collaboration agreement to jointly validate and test a key innovation that the companies say has the potential to transform the heavy machinery market through electrification. The two businesses have signed an agreement to work together to... 

Expanded range of hydraulic hoses available

10th March 2022 A new hydraulic hose product line is helping to increase access to a greater number of applications and end-markets. Gates, a global provider of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions, has expanded its PRO Series hydraulic hose portfolio with the launch of the ProV... 

Image of the ProV hydraulic hosesfrom Gates
Gates has launched its ProV hydraulic hoses

Smart software revolutionises pneumatics

22nd October 2021 Quickly activated motion applications (apps) are said to be revolutionising pneumatics by increasing flexibility and energy efficiency, and accelerating production processes. The Festo Motion Terminal VTEM combines digitalisation and pneumatics and aims to make filling containers, such as... 

Image showing Smart software solutions that revolutionise pneumatics
Smart software solutions revolutionise pneumatics

Conditioning unit improves lubricant performance

16th September 2021 Premature bearing failures are often caused by incorrect lubrication and contamination. Cleaning lubrication oil and bringing it to the optimum temperature helps to reduce the risk of failure. A plug-and-play unit that cools and filters lubricant as it circulates helps to extend machine service... 

Image of SKF’s Oil Conditioning Unit helps to prolong bearing life by improving lubricant performance
SKF’s Oil Conditioning Unit helps to prolong bearing life by improving lubricant performance

World-first hydraulic solution for tracked carriers

28th July 2021 A hydraulic solution developed to minimise ground compaction in tracked carriers used in mining and construction, is said to be the first of its kind. Hytec South Africa and Bosch Rexroth Germany joined forces to develop a hydraulic solution for Bell Equipment that would ensure optimal... 

Image of tracked carriers with hydraulic solution developed by Hytec and Bosch Rexroth Germany
Hytec South Africa and Bosch Rexroth Germany developed a hydraulic solution for Bell Equipment

Boom bounce on aerial fire trucks addressed

14th July 2021 Booms on aerial fire trucks are subject to oscillation, also known as boom bounce, as a result of quick movements and disturbances such as wind, the flow of pumped water or individuals on the ladder. Further magnification of this oscillation occurs as the boom extends. A system solution for... 

Image of a firefighter on firetruck boom extension
Eaton has develeoped a system solution for aerial fire apparatus to help eliminate boom bounce

Compact, safe and efficient electric subsea valve actuator

14th July 2021 A new innovation in electric actuator valves in the subsea process industry is set to disrupt the industry and replace conventional hydraulic cylinders. The SVA R2 Subsea Valve Actuator from Bosch Rexroth has an integrated electric controller that offers precise motion control, condition... 

Image of the SVA R2 electric subsea valve actuator from Bosch Rexroth
The SVA R2 electric subsea valve actuator from Bosch Rexroth

New electro-hydraulics training course launched

9th July 2021 A new course focusing on the electrical control of hydraulic circuits aims to enable a better understanding of the electro-hydraulic control system and also enhance fault finding techniques. To expand the scope of the training offered to customers and to ensure they are equipped to meet the... 

Image of training course by Bosch Rexroth
New electro-hydraulic training course offered by Bosch Rexroth

Tube fitting system promises leak-free operations

24th June 2021 A newly launched soft seal cutting ring system is designed to meet demanding hydraulic tube fitting requirements in applications across agriculture, construction, commercial vehicles, discrete manufacturing, rail transport and other industries. The WALRINGplus Soft Seal Cutting Ring system is... 

The WALRINGplus Soft Seal Cutting Ring system is designed to meet demanding hydraulic tube fitting requirements
The WALRINGplus Soft Seal Cutting Ring system is designed to meet demanding hydraulic tube fitting requirements

New app simplifies hydraulic inspection and servicing

17th June 2021 A new smart inspection application (app) is set to revolutionise hydraulic inspection and servicing, allowing reports for hydraulic systems to be completed by means of cell phone or tablet and emailed to the relevant maintenance or section engineer in real time. Developed by Hytec, the Smart... 

A Smart Inspection app has been developed by Hytec South Africa, in collaboration with Bosch Mining
A Smart Inspection app has been developed by Hytec South Africa, in collaboration with Bosch Mining

Lightweight pneumatic breakers offer performance and efficiency

21st May 2021 A range of lightweight, handheld pneumatic breakers have been designed to operate for longer while using less air, offering a balance between high performance, efficiency and comfort. Atlas Copco asserts that its RTEX medium breaker sets a benchmark in pneumatic technological innovation, thanks... 

Atlas Copco's RTEX pneumatic breaker is safe and comfortable to handle
Atlas Copco's RTEX pneumatic breaker is safe and comfortable to handle

Planetary gearboxes promise long-lasting, robust operation

19th February 2021 A line of planetary gearboxes, said to be among the world’s most robust, are designed to run for 10 years without needing a major service. The gearboxes have an output torque range from 400 kNm to 8 750 kNm, boast bearings designed for over 100 000 hours of operation and are particularly suited... 

The TGM WEG G3 planetary gearbox range boasts bearings designed for over 100 000 hours of operation
The TGM WEG G3 planetary gearbox range boasts bearings designed for over 100 000 hours of operation

Adjustable elbows offer end-to-end tube-fitting solution

5th February 2021 A new series of adjustable elbow fittings have been introduced to the market, aimed at mobile original-equipment manufacturers seeking an end-to-end tube-fitting solution. Power management company Eaton has added the new products to its Walterscheid hydraulic tube fittings and connectors series. 

Walterscheid EWESK adjustable elbow fittings are suited for a range of outdoor applications
Walterscheid EWESK adjustable elbow fittings are suited for a range of outdoor applications

Easy access to on-site supplies increases plant uptime

25th November 2020 Ensuring an adequate on-site supply of hoses and accessories and readily available service and repairs, helps to improve on-site productivity and efficiency. Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW) supplies on-site hose and fittings as well as on-site hose and fittings container services,... 

A Hytec hose workshop, supplied by Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW)
A Hytec hose workshop, supplied by Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW)

Tailored hydraulic service and maintenance contracts

1st October 2020 Hytec South Africa, a Bosch Rexroth SA company, has introduced a 12-month warranty and tailored service and maintenance contract for new and existing hydraulic systems. The company explains that most hydraulic systems are purchased without a service plan and that its newly launched... 

Hytec SA offers engineering support and on-site hydraulic service and maintenance
Hytec SA offers engineering support and on-site hydraulic service and maintenance

Range of hydraulic hose expands

31st January 2020 Three new wire spiral hydraulic hoses are now available to the South African market. Used mainly on earthmoving machines and underground mining machines, all three hoses have a hydraulic oil temperature range of -40 °C to 121 °C, with occasional peaks of up to 125 °C.  

PLSAs improve efficiencies on vulcanising press

21st November 2019 Planetary screw assemblies (PLSAs), or roller screws, were recently used as part of a solution to replace the hydraulic system in a vulcanising press. The solution, which had to guarantee an accurate pressing cycle that distributes a 130-ton press load evenly, consisted of four size 75 flanged... 

The Hydraulic Centre (Pty) Ltd

15th November 2019 Since 1987, The Hydraulic Centre (Pty) Ltd has grown to become one of South Africa’s largest independent hydraulic companies.  

The Hydraulic Centre (Pty) Ltd

BMG

15th November 2019 BMG supplies components and engineered solutions from world leaders in pneumatics; including Festo and Parker Pneumatics.  

BMG

Phoenix Component Services (Pty) Ltd

15th November 2019 Servicing the industry since 1980, Phoenix Component Services (Pty) Ltd specialises in the manufacture and repair of hydraulic cylinders and associated equipment.  As a level 2 B-BBEE company, they have uncompromised commitment to quality and service having earned a solid reputation for the... 

Phoenix Component Services (Pty) Ltd

Berntel SA a Division of Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd

15th November 2019 Berntel are your one stop pneumatic automation specialists. They are importers and distributors of pneumatic and process automation components. Berntel is able to provide solutions starting with clean dry compressed air and condensate drain management to the pneumatics on the machine. In... 

Berntel SA a Division of Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd

Machined seal solution extends uptime

14th November 2019 Seals installed in a vertical boring mill’s hydraulic rotary joint two-and-a-half years ago were recently inspected and found to have remained in working condition and continue to operate optimally, according to the manufacturer. The seals were installed in response to frequent, costly downtime... 

SMC Corporation South Africa

13th November 2019 SMC are the world leaders in pneumatics and are experts in industrial automation. Their pneumatic and electric components are used extensively throughout the automotive, electronics, life science, mining and food processing and packaging sectors. 

SMC Corporation South Africa

Lightweight pneumatic nailer launched

21st August 2019 A lightweight pneumatic nail gun with a fine precision nose, has recently been launched. The tool weighs 0.97 kg and has a rear exhaust for quieter operation. The swivel coupler plug allows for freedom of movement and lessens the load on the wrist. 

Festo (Pty) Ltd

6th November 2018 Festo is a global manufacturer of automation products and systems. As a complete solution provider, Festo offers an extensive range of pneumatic, electric and process automation products and solutions as well as training and training equipment for your application. 

Festo (Pty) Ltd

Ernest Lowe

6th November 2018 Ernest Lowe (ELCO) is a leading hydraulic and pneumatic engineering company in South Africa. Offering an extensive range of Hydraulic and Pneumatic Automation Solutions.  ELCO specialises in the design and manufacture of hydraulic cylinders known as the HT 210 and HT 250 Series. A large part of... 

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