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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Marine anchor handling vessel upgrades DP system

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Specialist marine services provider Smit Amandla Marine has completed the R5-million upgrade of anchor handling vessel Smit Lombok’s dynamic positioning (DP) system, which improves the control of the tug’s propulsion units without disrupting its schedule, to maintain the level of service it... 

Ipap 2013/14 to look at possible designation of pneumatic actuators

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is still undertaking research and engaging with stakeholders, but believes that the possible designation of pneumatic actuators as key procurement products will enable local production on a greater scale and increase investment and... 

Fluid power market survey indicates growth

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) reports that fluid power market growth exceeded general industrial growth in the economy, as a result of more companies having been identified as importers of fluid power products worldwide.   

Proudly SA pneumatic cylinders launched

26th April 2013 Southern African hydraulics engineering company BMG Hydraulics, part of Bearing Man Group, has extended its range of locally manufactured products to include Imperial pneumatic cylinders, designed for mining and heavy-duty applications.   

Local company extends service offering

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Industrial group Atlas Copco’s blowers for low-pressure compressors will be available locally from compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which forms part of Atlas Copco. The company is planning on adding these units to its fleet in the new future. Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus says the... 

Marine pollutants a threat to the environment

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Marine pollution is a global challenge and mineral-based product spills, such as heavy oil, marine diesel oil, lube oil and hydraulic oil, not only pose a fire and safety risk on board vessels but may cause immense environmental damage if allowed to escape to the sea, says marine services... 

Electrically powered aeroplanes hold cost, environmental benefits 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Airliners’ reliance on hydraulic fluid could drastically decrease if the aviation industry develops technologies to convert the hydraulic systems used in large aircraft to run on electricity, says National Airways Corporation (NAC) senior production manager of fixed wing maintenance Mike Mayers.... 

Hydraulics industry challenges determine developments 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 South Africa does not yet have hydraulic system original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which limits innovation at a local level, says oil and gas producer Shell South Africa’s commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham. Hydraulic OEMs are traditionally based in Europe and the US. Shell’s... 

Parties divided on shale gas exploration, fracking

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Nonprofit organisation Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) chairperson Jonathan Deal believes oil and gas company Shell has not provided any viable proof to support claims that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will improve South Africa’s energy security, create jobs and assist in reducing... 

Fluid power association to release market survey results soon

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) expects the results of the second fluid power market survey to be released soon. 

Hydraulics company manufactures large manifold block

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo has manufactured one of its largest hydraulic manifolds. 

Solutions provider to expand hydraulic cylinder cover distribution 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Preventive maintenance solutions provider Nkwe Mining Services plans to start the local manufacture and distribution of the US-patented Seal Saver hydraulic cylinder protector in the next two years.  

Hydraulic tools provider plans further expansion

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 International high-pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force has added new products and accessories to its existing product range for use in the mining, power generation, petrochemicals and refining, ship-building and repairs, steel and aluminium plants, aerospace, defence, heavy... 

New products introduced

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 International supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology Festo has introduced several new products to its range of automation products. 

Supplier acquires largest swage machine

27th April 2012 Hydraulic hose and fitting supplier Genflex reports that it has taken delivery of the largest and most powerful hydraulic hose swage machine ever manufactured in South Africa.  

Solutions provider develops new control system

27th April 2012 Pneumatic solutions provider Tectra Automation has developed a control system suitable for applications where programmable logic controllers are too sophisticated, but where conventional systems do not offer enough control. 

New hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder service centre opens

27th April 2012 Hydraulic components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics has extended its service offering by opening a dedicated facility for the service, repair and manufacture of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders at its Benrose manufacturing facility and warehouse. 

Company helps build the pick of the crop in maize planters

27th April 2012 Hose and fittings supplier Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW) Cape Town, recently supplied hose, fittings, accumulators and other products, to tractor-drawn and mounted farming equipment manufacturer and distributer Rovic & Leers for use on a custom-designed maize planter. 

Product offering to save on hydraulic oil consumption

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Thousands of litres of hydraulic oil can be saved each year by employing sub-micron continuous in operation filtration, states wear control specialist Filter Focus South Africa COO Craig FitzGerald.  

Demand for water hydraulic systems to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 There is a real prospect of water hydraulics replacing a number of oil hydraulic and pneumatic systems in the next 3 to 10 years, says engineer and water hydraulics systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower executive director Alan Barrows. 

Program optimises efficiency of hydraulic components

14th October 2011 Hydraulics specialist Bosch Rexroth has implemented efficiency-optimised components, innovative modules and networked system solutions, featuring its BlueHydraulics program. 

Pneumatic bulk bag discharge system suitable for isolated locations

14th October 2011 Bulk handling equipment designer and manufacturer Flexicon has designed a bulk bag discharging system with an integral pneumatic conveying system for isolated locations. 

Technology improves plastics, metalworking manufacturing processes

14th October 2011 Pneumatic and electric drive technology producer Festo has developed a valve terminal, the VTSA, which, along with vertical stacking modules, offers the ability to activate cylinders with different pressures at higher speeds. 

Hydraulics, electronics integrated for rock drill test bench

14th October 2011 Hydraulic components and systems manufacturer Hytec and pneumantic solutions provider Tectra Automation, together with industrial group Atlas Copco South Africa, completed the in-house design, installation and commissioning of the hydraulic and electronic integration of a new test bench for Atlas... 

Hydraulic breakers used on bridge demolition, Panama Canal projects 

14th October 2011 Heavy hydraulic breakers from industrial group Atlas Copco have been used to demolish a bridge on the A40 motorway at Junction 28 in Gelsenkirchen-Süd, Germany. 

Couplings provide added flexibility

14th October 2011 Multidisciplinary equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has replaced its Cat reusable coupling system with the No-Skive coupling series, which many customers were apprehensive about, says Paul Verwey, group product specialist at Barloworld Equipment, which is Caterpillar’s South African supplier.  

Programme to improve repair turnaround times

14th October 2011 To meet the challenge of unplanned downtime and associated costs, supplier of hydraulic components and systems Hytec has introduced a service exchange programme to ensure much faster turnaround times on pump repairs. 

Association urges end-users to drive quality assurance

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 Quality assurance needs to be driven by end-users, as South Africa lacks uniform quality control, particularly of hose assemblies, in hydraulic systems, says South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) chairperson Norman Hall. 

Product receives positive feedback from SA market

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 Automation company Festo has yet to officially launch its new FinGripper technology, which can be used for various handling applications, however the South African food and beverage and automotive industries have already shown an interest in acquiring this product. The company has made the... 

Diagnostic equipment prevents costly difficulties

22nd April 2011 The costly difficulties caused by water contamination in fluids can be averted through the continuous monitoring of oil water content, says industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG’s) Filtration division. BMG Filtration product manager Anton van Deventer explains that... 

Company adds air-over-hydraulic power pumps to product range

22nd April 2011 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has expanded its Simplex range of hydraulic and mechanical equipment with the addition of heavy-duty air-over-hydraulic power pumps, designed for safe and reliable lifting and positioning of industrial equipment. 

Distributorships secured to broaden product offering

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 Supplier of automation solutions Tectra Automation, a subsidiary of the Hytec Group, is currently focused on expanding its product offering to the market. To this end, it has signed two new distributorships, one with Germany-based vacuum technology supplier J Schmalz and another with US-based... 

Pneumatic valve manifolds easily combine two flow ranges

22nd April 2011 Drive and control company Bosch Rexroth's CD01/02-PI pneumatic valve manifold system offers the greatest flexibility at a high level of standardisation, the company states.  

New power pack design ensures easy adaptability

22nd April 2011 Southern African hydraulic components and systems supplier Hytec has launched a range of standard power packs that sets new standards for industry.  

Company introduces new sensor for hydraulic cylinders

22nd April 2011 Sensors developer and producer MTS has extended its product portfolio of magnetostrictive position sensors for mobile hydraulics with the new Temposonics Model MB stainless steel sensor.  

Precautions need to be taken in light of new Act

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) urges hydraulic and pneumatic companies to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against product liability repercussions under the new Consumer Protection Act, No 68 of 2008, which was implemented this month. Section 61 of the Act... 

Emergency diesel 
compressor for PGMs miner

15th October 2010 South African plant hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air recently delivered an emergency diesel compressor to platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Metals, in Rustenburg, receiving recognition from the mine for excellent service and swift delivery.  

Improved website 
for industry

15th October 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of hydraulic fittings and pneumatic fittings Universal Hydraulics & Pneumatics based in Chennai, launched its redesigned and improved official business website, which it reports will prove to be extremely useful to its... 

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