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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Tech integrated in maintenance services

By: Cameron Mackay     30th April 2021 Filtration services provider Perfect Filtration is incorporating intelligent software technology and services into its filtration and preventive maintenance measures for hydraulic equipment. Perfect Filtration technical director Melvin Schmidt explains that, initially, Perfect Filtration used a... 

Solutions for all sectors provided in KZN

30th April 2021 Equipment supplier BMG’s regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the province by providing engineering solutions – including hydraulics and pneumatics services – designed to optimise productivity for every customer. “The consolidation of BMG’s... 

VALVE SHUT-OFF SYSTEM
This emergency system is hydraulically operated in case of a power failure. The hydraulic system was designed and manufactured by the BMG team in KZN
VALVE SHUT-OFF SYSTEM This emergency system is hydraulically operated in case of a power failure. The hydraulic system was designed and manufactured by the BMG team in KZN

Internationally used products in demand and available locally

By: Cameron Mackay     30th April 2021 Two of motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin’s products have been used in overseas development projects this year and have received significant demand from the local market, for which they are available. Parker Hannifin accounts manager Kyle Cambridge notes that the company... 

HYBRID HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS
Parker notes that heavy-duty machines with demanding work cycles which cannot embrace full electrification need to be safer, more energy efficient and emit less fumes
HYBRID HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS Parker notes that heavy-duty machines with demanding work cycles which cannot embrace full electrification need to be safer, more energy efficient and emit less fumes

Pneumatic breakers increase efficiency and productivity

27th November 2020 The powerful, lightweight and ergonomic RTEX and TEX pneumatic breaker ranges from industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco exemplify abalance between high performance and high comfort, says Atlas Copco portable products business line manager David Stanford. 

RTEX PNEUMATIC BREAKERS 
The breakers have a breaking power that matches much heavier top class 30 to 35 kg breakers
RTEX PNEUMATIC BREAKERS The breakers have a breaking power that matches much heavier top class 30 to 35 kg breakers

Supplier launches 450 new products 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th May 2020 Electrical switchgear supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the latest edition of its product catalogue this year. A new catalogue is launched on average every two years. 

POWER MONITORING 
Socomec’s new A40 panel-mounted power-monitoring device has been designed for measuring, monitoring and reporting electrical energy
ElectroMechanica director Richard Nobbs tells Engineering News about the company’s 2020 catalogue. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.02.2020

Company eyes mining sector growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Hydraulic hoses and fluid components supplier Hydroscand South Africa (SA) is looking to increase its market share in the mining sector through partnering with initiatives in the local communities where the mines which it supplies are located. 

LARGE FOOTPRINT 
Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa
LARGE FOOTPRINT Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa

Components provider launches new hydraulic electric pumps

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Engineering components provider BMG has launched a new range of portable hydraulic electric Enerpac E-pulse pumps, which are critical to all 700 bar and 10 000 psi pound-force operating hydraulic systems. 

 ALWAYS ON POINT 
The E-Pulse pump range features a new interactive pendant that delivers visual and tactile feedback
ALWAYS ON POINT The E-Pulse pump range features a new interactive pendant that delivers visual and tactile feedback

KwaZulu-Natal vital for bearing distributor growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) has earmarked KwaZulu-Natal as a key growth area for its business going forward. 

POWERING ON
Bearings International’s Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools and power transmission products for several industries
POWERING ON Bearings International’s Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools and power transmission products for several industries

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique

22nd October 2019 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique specialises in Smart Air Solutions that deliver accurate, quality air at point of use at the lowest possible cost to customers and end-users.  Cutting-edge air, gas and vacuum compressor technology is applied across the business area’s extensive range of small,... 

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique

Counterfeiting remains a challenge in Africa

By: Darren Parker     22nd October 2019 Counterfeiting remains a significant challenge for multinational brands aiming to legitimately penetrate the African market, but anti-counterfeit laws and measures are gaining traction in Africa. “A number of African countries do not have sufficient intellectual property protection; however,... 

MADE IN CHINA
Most counterfeit goods sold in Africa are imported from China or other Eastern countries
MADE IN CHINA Most counterfeit goods sold in Africa are imported from China or other Eastern countries

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. 

TIGHTLY PACKED 
Boltight tensioners are ideal in instances where bolt load accuracy is critical
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. 

Pneumatic components reduce plant costs

18th October 2019 Growing demand for greater functionality and capability means that the latest pneumatic components are becoming increasingly complex. With this notion in mind, plant engineers seeking cost-effective solutions need to know the optimum products available, states motion and control technology leader... 

PUMP IT UP
New pneumatic components are creating cost-effective solutions
PUMP IT UP New pneumatic components are creating cost-effective solutions

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... 

NOTABLE ENHANCMENTS 
Parker enhances ISO valve portfolio with addition of P2H IO-Link node
NOTABLE ENHANCMENTS Parker enhances ISO valve portfolio with addition of P2H IO-Link node

Power Team SA

18th October 2019 Established in the 1970’s, Power Team SA started with only two staff members sharing a small office. Today, Power Team SA is situated in a massive warehouse in the prime industrial area of Meadowdale, Johannesburg. Its considerable space allows Power Team SA to stock a wide range of hydraulic... 

Power Team SA

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. 

HIGH-TECH 
With Industry 4.0 and more sophisticated and smarter technologies, Parker has developed the P8S continuous position sensor series
HIGH-TECH With Industry 4.0 and more sophisticated and smarter technologies, Parker has developed the P8S continuous position sensor series

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). 

UNTAPPED POWER 
Power Team SA is the South African distributor and subsidiary of US-based SPXFLOW Hydraulic Technologies
UNTAPPED POWER Power Team SA is the South African distributor and subsidiary of US-based SPXFLOW Hydraulic Technologies

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

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... 

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
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... 

NICKY MULLER
The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme
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 HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES

The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots
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... 

AIR QUALITY ADJUSTMENTS

To mitigate air-quality challenges, Vipro supplies water traps, air lubricators and regulators, and compressors
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... 

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
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

Altdorf Engineers

By: Yolande Botes     3rd May 2019 Altdorf Engineers was established in 1997 and has earned its reputation by providing high quality, professional service throughout its history.  Altdorf Engineers is the exclusive South African agent for the range of ELCA and IMET Remote Control Systems as well as a distributor of TELECRANE and... 

Altdorf Engineers

The Hydraulic Centre

3rd May 2019 In 2017, The Hydraulic Centre (THC) turned 30. It is a wonderful age – old enough to feel confident, yet still youthful. We are full of fresh ideas, new thinking, and enthusiasm for helping our clients meet the challenges of the next  30 years – and beyond. Our commitment to being a leading... 

The Hydraulic Centre

Aventics offers online service and product portal

19th October 2018 Pneumatic components and systems manufacturer Aventics will now offer their customers in Germany, France and Spain an innovative service and product portal. The online portal helps to quickly and easily find information on components and solutions tailored to the requirements of engineers and... 

AVENTICS PORTAL
The online portal helps to quickly and easily find information on components and solutions tailored to the requirements of engineers and purchasers
AVENTICS PORTAL The online portal helps to quickly and easily find information on components and solutions tailored to the requirements of engineers and purchasers

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... 

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
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 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
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... 

CRIMPING MACHINE Karrykrimp 2 models are portable or bench mount crimpers
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. 

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
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

Electronification prompts data-based services

19th October 2018 As part of the electronification of mobile hydraulics, drive and control technologies group Bosch Rexroth is developing new, data-based services for all aspect of rail vehicles. Until now, the maintenance of rail vehicles has essentially happened at fixed intervals, whereby the service engineer... 

INTERNET OF THINGS An Internet of Things solution manages the transfer, processing and visualisation of measured data for PredictDrivetrain and NextGenSpec
INTERNET OF THINGS An Internet of Things solution manages the transfer, processing and visualisation of measured data for PredictDrivetrain and NextGenSpec

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... 

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
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

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... 

A BRIGHTER FUTURE
The hydraulics industry will enjoy a boom for five to ten years
A BRIGHTER FUTURE The hydraulics industry will enjoy a boom for five to ten years

Hydraulics repair centre certifications are good for business

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry now has access to two Denison pump and motor approved repair centres (ARCs) for hydraulic repair that are accredited by international motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin. Parker Hannifin Sales Company South Africa, has, in the last... 

EXPANSION 
Africa is a growth market for the hydraulics industry
EXPANSION Africa is a growth market for the hydraulics industry

Hydraulics service centre available for most industries

4th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC), in Port Elizabeth, offers critical solution services to diverse sectors, including the automotive industry, power and petrochemical plants, manufacturing, marine, agriculture and general engineering. “Through the consolidation... 

REGIONAL SERVICE CENTRE 
BMG’s Regional Service Centre focuses on the optimum performance and extended service life of every hydraulic system.
REGIONAL SERVICE CENTRE BMG’s Regional Service Centre focuses on the optimum performance and extended service life of every hydraulic system.

New range of coalescing and particle filters launched

4th May 2018 Pneumatic treatment products supplier Artic Driers International has recently launched the E series compressed air range of coalescing and particle filters. The E series filter range, that can be used on a number of pneumatic devices, is available from 0.5” to 3” BSP port sizes and flow... 

E SERIES COMPRESSED AIR FILTERS The new E series compressed air filters range is meant to provide quality at an affordable price
E SERIES COMPRESSED AIR FILTERS The new E series compressed air filters range is meant to provide quality at an affordable price

Pneumatic systems are an energy efficient alternative

4th May 2018 With there being a need to consider service life costs when planning municipal water management systems, pneumatic systems and industrial equipment supplier Festo says pneumatic systems are 28% more advantageous. 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 
Festo’s range of pneumatic systems significantly reduces energy use, resulting in significant cost savings for water operations
ENERGY EFFICIENCY Festo’s range of pneumatic systems significantly reduces energy use, resulting in significant cost savings for water operations

Skills shortage worrisome for industry

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry is feeling the effects of a brain drain of skilled and qualified personnel, says hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturers and suppliers Germiston Hydraulics CEO Archie Leitch. Although the fluid power industry is enjoying a positive industry upturn,... 

GERMISTON HYDRAULICS
Capital equipment investments worth R5-million have allowed for a higher standard of equipment production
GERMISTON HYDRAULICS Capital equipment investments worth R5-million have allowed for a higher standard of equipment production
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