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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Integrated facility augments hydraulics and pneumatics services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th October 2017 Engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) officially opened its upgraded BMG World facility, in Droste Park, Johannesburg, to customers last month. BMG World is the consolidation of BMG’s various product divisions and workshops, into one central facility. This... 

Thermoplastic press supplied for aerospace industry

20th October 2017 Hydraulic components and turnkey hydraulic systems supplier Hytec Cape Town designed and constructed a 400 t thermoplastic press containing hydraulic components, for composite materials supplier AAT Composites, Hytec announced last month. A Recaro Group subsidiary based in Somerset West, AAT... 

Thermoplastic press supplied for aerospace industry
HOT OFF THE PRESS The Hytec-supplied 400 t thermoplastic press is used in deep-moulding composite materials for components in the aerospace industry

Hydraulic pumps market set to grow until 2021

5th May 2017 The global hydraulic pumps market is anticipated to grow at a steady rate and will post a compound annual growth rate of close to 5% during the forecast period 2017 to 2021, says market research company Technavio. 

Hydraulic pumps market set to grow until 2021
HYDRAULIC PUMPS The hydraulic pumps market will grow steadily in the next four years

Pneumatics specialist showcases intelligent pneumatics

5th May 2017 At the 2017 Hannover Messe, in Germany, which took place last month, pneumatics manufacturer Aventics will show how the company’s intelligent pneumatics can anticipate system maintenance, using already available sensors and a new smart pneumatics monitor which is the company’s first Internet of... 

Pneumatics  specialist showcases intelligent pneumatics
Photo by Victor Moolman
SMART PNEUMATICS Smart pneumatics from Aventics has been created to help with maintenance of pneumatic systems

New alliance increases reach of pneumatic vibrators

By: Victor Moolman     5th May 2017 Through bearings and power transmission distributor Bearings International (BI), pneumatic and electric vibrators manufacturer OLI has released a new range of pneumatically powered centrifugal vibrators to the South African market. 

New alliance increases reach of pneumatic vibrators
Photo by Duane Daws
CONSTRUCTION APPLICATION The pneumatic vibrators have been used at construction sites

Mega scissor lift gains first customer

By: Victor Moolman     5th May 2017 Cold storage designer and manufacturer IDS has become the first customer of construction equipment supplier Goscor to use the HL-275 D27 hydraulic mega scissor lift from Netherlands-based lift manufacturer Holland Lift. 

Mega scissor lift gains first customer
MEGA SCISSOR LIFT The HL-275 D27 is capable of lifting 1 t to a height of 27.5 m

New facilities to manufacture actuators and valves

By: Victor Moolman     5th May 2017 Valve producer Afrivalve has expanded its facilities to Randburg where it will manufacture its C-Tech knife gate valves (KGV), RedRoc pinch valves and pneumatic and hydraulic actuators. 

New facilities  to manufacture actuators and valves
VALVE PRODUCTION Valves will be produced at the new premises, in Randburg

Portable compressor offers convenience and durability

14th October 2016 Japanese equipment provider Hitachi Power Tools (HPT) announced the addition of the EC99S, a portable twin stack compressor, to its air compressor range in April. The company maintains that this compressor is ideal for contractors seeking a combination of convenience and durability from an air... 

Portable compressor  offers convenience  and durability
Photo by Bloomberg
DUAL PACKAGE PROVIDED HPT offers an extensive line of professional grade power tools and accessories

New tank series requires less installation space

14th October 2016 Drive and control technologies specialist Bosch Rexroth introduced its TMSx hydraulic tank in September, which is particularly designed for application in rotary drives, such as hydrostatic traction, fan, generator or compressor drives in railway vehicles, where space is limited. The company... 

New tank series requires less installation space
COMPACT BUT EFFECTIVE Bosch Rexroth’S TMSx hydraulic tank is designed with a diameter of just 330 mm and a height of 480 mm

Pneumatics providers join forces

14th October 2016 Global distributor for engineers RS Components reached an agreement to integrate pneumatics solutions provider Festo pneumatics products into its range, in June, which will enable the company to further extend the range of brands it offers to its customers. The two companies have agreed to align... 

Pneumatics providers  join forces
Photo by Bloomberg
PRODUCT RANGE EXTENDED Key markets across Europe and South Africa aligned

New range showcased at Electra Mining

14th October 2016 Hytec, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW), Hytec Services Africa and Hytec Engineering – all part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group – collaborated at Electra Mining Africa 2016 to showcase their range of products and solutions for the hydraulics... 

New range  showcased at  Electra Mining
PRODUCTS EXHIBITED Hydraulic offerings on show at Electra Mining

Vacuum ejector modifications improve effectiveness

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th October 2016 Pneumatics products provider SMC Pneumatics has modified its ZH body ported type vacuum ejector so that it is more compact, lightweight and easy to mount. It also has an improved maximum suction flow rate, improving its overall effectiveness and functionality.  The ejector is more compact in... 

Vacuum ejector  modifications  improve effectiveness
OVERALL FUNCTIONALITY IMPROVED SMC provides a range of safety components including a series of single and dual residual pressure release valves

Pneumatically actuated valve has many applications

14th October 2016 Fluid control systems provider Bürkert introduced the pneumatically actuated Type 2380 valve in August, which the company enthuses opens up possibilities for numerous applications, including innovative modular solutions. Bürkert says that the Type 2380 – a hygienic 2-way bellow control valve for... 

Bolted joint integrity software to support tool range

14th October 2016 In order to support its extensive range of hydraulic bolt tightening tools, UK hydraulic tools supplier Hi-Force launched Boltright Pro – an innovative bolted joint integrity software programme – in August. The software is designed to assist engineers by providing accurate bolt load calculations... 

Cooler series for hydraulic systems improves efficiency, saves costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th October 2016 In light of the importance of installing the correct cooler for particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin’s Accumulator and Cooler Division Europe (ACDE) is developing the MAC air oil-cooler series, which provides significant benefits... 

Two 10 t hydraulic breakers set to increase production

22nd April 2016 Swedish industrial tool and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Construction Technique has supplied two HB 10000 10 t hydraulic breakers to a Northern Cape mine in an effort to increase production of iron-ore at the opencast operation.  

Two 10 t hydraulic breakers set to increase production
AMANDA ROETS The highly efficient and reliable hydraulic breakers contribute to increased productivity

Regulations impede thermal spray switch

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 The implementation of the thermal spray process as a replacement for hard-chrome plating in hydraulic cylinders is impeded by inadequately stringent health and safety regulations in South Africa, says maintenance and fabrication specialist Weartech technical director Adam Wintle.  

New 25 kW submersible pump to raise the bar

22nd April 2016 Electrical submersible pump manufacturer Grindex’s new model, the Maxi H-lite pump with a 25 kW motor and a tried and tested hydraulic function, is set to be implemented in water drainage applications across the world.  

Unplanned downtime a thing of the past

22nd April 2016 American hydraulic equipment manufacturer Oilgear states that reactionary maintenance to hydraulic systems can be avoided with the implementation of an aftermarket service contract. 

Unplanned downtime a thing of the past
PEACE OF MIND With an aftermarket service plan from Oilgear, management need not worry about unscheduled plant downtime

Quality and placement of hoses are key in hydraulic systems

22nd April 2016 Attention must be paid to the quality and placement of hoses in the installation and setup of hydraulic systems as using misapplied or ill-maintained hoses in any hydraulic system is inherently dangerous, says Bearing Man Group (BMG) national product manager Joanne Tarr.  

Quality and placement  of hoses are key in  hydraulic systems
HOLDING STRONG UNDER PRESSURE The EN 853 1SN (EC210) hydraulic hose features a bend radius of up to 630 mm and a maximum working pressure of 400 bar

Distributor extends components offering

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Industrial, electrical and electronics components distributor RS Components has extended its range of pneumatic components with products supplied by global pneumatics manufacturer SMC Pneumatics. 

Company invests in S African market, targets African expansion

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Global pneumatics technologies manufacturer SMC Pneumatics is investing heavily in the local market as it targets further expansion in Africa, following the establishment of its new facility in South Africa in the first quarter of last year. 

Product diversity caters for varied market

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston Hydraulics believes it can cater for the varying demands in the hydraulics and pneumatics market in... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg

By: David Oliveira     16th October 2015 Construction of pneumatic control systems specialist SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month, after starting construction in February. Company GM Adrian Buddingh tells Engineering News that the Japanese multinational has made an... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg
NEW PREMISES Construction of SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month

New mini excavator launched in SA

16th October 2015 Manufactured at Caterpillar’s Athens factory in Georgia, in the US, the latest generation Cat 305.5E2 compact radius (CR) mini excavator, with a high-definition hydraulics system, was launched into the Southern African market in July. The Cat 305.5E2 CR is ideally suited to diverse,... 

Company highlights benefits of fully integrated drive systems

16th October 2015 Fully integrated drive systems – mechanical and hydraulic – offer many benefits in terms of easier procurement, improved performance and ease of maintenance. Increasingly, plant engineers and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are adopting a systems approach rather than buying individual... 

Company acquires hydraulic bolt tensioning specialist

16th October 2015 The directors of UK-based hydraulic bolt tensioning company Boltight will continue to manage the company at its Walsall base following the company’s acquisition by Swedish bolting solutions provider Nord-Lock Group, in September. Boltight was founded in 1999 and the company’s hydraulic... 

Hydraulics company announces top management changes

16th October 2015 US-based screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds design and manufacturing company Sun Hydraulics announced last month that company president and CEO Allen Carlson would “transition” from his current role effective from March 31, 2016. In addition Sun Hydraulics announced that company... 

German company launches hydraulic tube-forming machine

16th October 2015 German hydraulic coupling technology provider Voss Fluid announced in June this year the launch of its VossForm 100 Compact forming machine, which shapes contours on hydraulic tubes and, when used in combinations with a soft seal and function nuts, results in a leakproof and process-reliable tube... 

Pneumatic tool range expanded with launch of motor drills, breakers

16th October 2015 International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic (CP) unveiled its Red Hawk range of motor drills and breakers, in July this year. The range is available in three options and is suitable for roads, railways and drilling applications, providing users with a range of rugged and... 

Modular pneumatic control solution installed at Scottish factory

16th October 2015 The combination of fluid control systems provider Bürkert Fluid Control Systems' AirLINE Ex 8650 valve islands and multinational engineering company Siemens’ intrinsically safe Simatic ET 200iSP distributed input/output (I/O) system is providing an ideal, safe, compact and modular pneumatic... 

New hydraulic hybrid drive transmission exceeds US fuel-economy standards

16th October 2015 Motion and control technology specialist Parker Hannifin announced last month that its RunWise hydraulic hybrid drive transmission meets the fuel-economy standards that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in mid-June. The new standards call for large diesel-powered vehicles,... 

New chuck benefits from hydraulic expansion technology

16th October 2015 International precision tool supplier Mapal announced in August that its HighTorque Chuck (HTC) with narrow contour has successfully combined the benefits of hydraulic expansion technology with the 3° back taper of a shrink chuck. The development of the HTC was made possible owing to the additive... 

Fluid sensor systems provider announces new distributor

16th October 2015 Linear and rotary position sensors company Alliance Sensors Group (ASG) announced its partnership in May with electronics distributor Component Distributors to distribute the group’s in-cylinder linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) position sensors in North America. ASG’s LVIT in-cylinder... 

Distributor signs strategic partnership with pneumatics manufacturer

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Global electronic, mechanical and industrial equipment distributor RS Components has significantly expanded its pneumatics, hydraulics and power transmission portfolio by entering into a deep strategic partnership with pneumatic manufacturing company SMC Pneumatics. 

Control technology specialist notes shift in end-user philosophy

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Drive and control technology specialist Hytec is observing a slow paradigm shift among end-users who are starting to factor long-term costs into their strategies instead of only short-term costs and, in doing so, are beginning to embrace the latest electronic innovations that the hydraulics... 

Online hydraulics digital product catalogue now available

24th April 2015 Power management company Eaton announced in March that the company’s PowerSource website,, an end-to-end searchable product database that enables users to search, specify and sell hydraulics products, is now available to all users free of charge. 

Hydraulic sealing company develops new test method

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 In collaboration with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), seals and sealing solutions provider Hallite Seals Americas has developed and performed a test method over the past eight months to assess the amount of dirt entering a simulated hydraulics system through the rod wiper. 

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