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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Seals enhance performance of hydraulic equipment

15th October 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) seals division, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Hallite seals, supplies a range of versatile bearing strips, available in various different lengths and sizes to enhance performance of hydraulic equipment. 

New honing machine launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Specialist supplier of bore-sizing (honing) and surface-finishing (superfinishing) and precision precision deburring equipment Micron Technologies reports that it has introduced the HTA honing machine for the hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer and repair industry.  

Business unit awarded €5-million fuel injection skid order

15th October 2010 Global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications Colfax Corporation’s Allweiler business unit will deliver a €5-million fuel injection skid order through German engineering giant Siemens for use in gas turbines in Iraq.  

Air actuators withstand harsh conditions

15th October 2010 Specialist in rubber and plastics technology ContiTech reports that it has tested its range of air actuators, which can be used in a vast array of industries, at ambient conditions inside a coal pulveriser.  

Hydraulic hose and fittings company moves to R8-million premises

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Supplier of hydraulic hose and fittings Genflex Hydraulics says that it has just completed the construction of its R8-million factory in Alrode South, in Gauteng province, and is in the process of moving into the new facility. 

Green product 
line launched

15th October 2010 Industry leader in the development of powerful and compact truck-mounted air compressor systems VMac has introduced its green product line, which includes the Underhood70 and Underhood150 belt-driven air compressor systems and the Predatair40 and Predatair60 hydraulic-driven air compressor systems. 

New diaphragm 
actuator series released

15th October 2010 Steam and boiler specialist company Spirax Sarco has released its PN9000-series diaphragm actuators. The company has also released a P5 positioner, which is a single acting unit that requires from a 0,2 bar to a 1 bar signal, for use with linear pneumatic actuators. 

Compressors for India’s oil industry

15th October 2010 Diversified infrastructure, finance and media company General Electric (GE) has signed a licensing agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) of India, to develop and build compressors for the oil and gas industry, says GE India CEO John Flannery. 

Contract awarded for 
circulating fluidised bed steam generators

15th October 2010 Global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier Foster Wheeler reports that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract by engineering company Daewoo Engineering Company for the design and supply of two circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) steam... 

Process automation 
solution for treatment works

23rd April 2010 Automation technology manufacturer Festo Process Automation reports that it has completed the supply of a complete process automation solution to the newly constructed Kleinbrak river water treatment works, located in the Mossel Bay municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative

23rd April 2010 Fire-resistant hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative to standard petroleum oil in hot load environments, says South African hydraulic lifts company Big Lift Trucks (BLT). 

Manufacturer expects growth in revenue 

23rd April 2010 US-based hydraulics manufacturer Eaton Corporation reports that it expects its global revenue to grow from 12% to 14% yearly over the next five years. 

Bridging the skills gap

23rd April 2010 Pneumatic and electric automation solutions supplies company Festo reports that it continues to help deal with the prevalent skills shortage in industries such as hydraulics and pneumatics in Southern Africa through its endorsement and sponsorship of intertertiary competitions. 

Solution for bright bar inspection 
device delivered

23rd April 2010 Automation solutions company Tectra Automation reports that it has supplied a Bosch Rexroth control system and components to nondestructive materials testing and measuring equipment company H Rohloff. The control system was used in the design and manufacture of a bright bar inspection line for a... 

Need to renew fluid power technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 To increase the efficiency of industry operations and automate repetitive tasks, a great rebirth of innovation-based fluid power technology, and the simultaneous improvement of the efficiency offered by such technology, should be implemented, while further enhancing control accuracy and the... 

Bringing new life to 
old machinery

23rd April 2010 Construction equipment manufacturer Pan Mixers believes that the durability of its equipment sees many customers using plants that are well over ten years old. However, in a move that brings new life to older machinery, while still assisting customers through the tough economic climate, the... 

University takes on the skills challenge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 Industries, such as pneumatics and hydraulics, have experienced a significant slump, owing to the global recession, but there appears to be an upswing in the economy and the sentiment is that companies are willing to invest in automation, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Courses aim to enhance skills, improve industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry will always have room for improvement as technology advances, increasing the need for skills in maintenance and advanced engineering, says Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses president, Garnett Cross. 

Affected by the recession, focusing on skills – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) believes that, although a number of its member companies have felt the strain of the economic crunch over the past few years, the companies have managed their resources well and the industry will not experience a further decline. 

Local industrial virtual exhibition launched

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 On-line industrial portal company Industryza has launched a virtual exhibition that focuses on industrial and mining products in South Africa. Industryza founder Cameron Diesel says that hydraulics have been one of the focuses in setting up the website. 

Supplier focuses on marketing strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo is currently focusing on its marketing strategy for the RKP-D second-generation digital radial piston pump with designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion control products and systems MOOG. 

Increasing demand for hydraulics training

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo’s didactic training division indicates that there has been an increase in demand for hydraulics training this year, which has not been the case previously, says Festo manager of didactic training and consulting Horst Weinert. 

Solutions company invests in machinery

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo has invested in additional equipment and machinery that enables it to assemble rodless cylinders locally, says Festo MD Richard Teagle.  

Increasing demand for reducing life-cycle costs

16th October 2009 Two thirds of the lifecycle cost of a breaker can be attributed to operator cost, energy and fuel consumption, as well as service and maintenance costs. Reducing the challenge of the lifecycle cost of machinery and tools is an increasing demand from the market currently, states leaders in... 

New proprietary media reduces electrostatic charging

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Filter technology company Donaldson has introduced its Donaldson Electrostatic Reduction Technology (Dert), which is a new proprietary media that reduces the electrostatic charging that results when nonconductive fluids pass over nonconductive filter media fibres at high flow rates. 

Fluid power market to experience increased demand in 2010

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The fluid power markets will likely see increased demand sometime between late 2009 and early 2010, states growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan in its economic outlook for the global fluid power industry. 

R4,9-million hydraulic work for coal terminal 

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulic systems design, manufacturing and commissioning company Fluidtronik has successfully delivered its R4,9-million scope of hydraulic work on the stacker reclaimer for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) phase V project, says Fluidtronik MD Heinz von Fintel. 

International research agenda to transform fluid power

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The US National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center-funded Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) has an ambitious research and education agenda in its aim to transform fluid power, says CCEFP education codirector Linda Western. 

Fluid power association reaches out to end-users

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Hydraulics and pneumatics industry mouthpiece the South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) has urged end-users who procure services from hydraulic and pneumatics companies to become members of the organisation. This is to protect end-users against unethical, ambush-marketing techniques that... 

Control solutions firm’s on-line shop launch leads the way

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo South Africa has officially launched an on-line shop (OLS) for its customers that combines engineering and purchasing tools on one integrated platform.  

High hopes for new compressor rental company

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Founders of the largest air compressor hire company in southern Africa Rand-Air South Africa Brian and Vee Shekleton, have launched a new specialised compressor rental business, City Air Rental. The Gauteng-based company, which has offices in Sandton and a yard in Wynberg, began operations on... 

Cost-cutting drive 
benefits local 

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Two prominent heavy vehicle and mining machinery original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are negotiating contracts to purchase hydraulic cylinders directly from East Rand hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Kappa Engineering South Africa. 

Hydraulic accumulator operators impelled to honour legal obligations

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Operators of high-pressure, hydraulic accumulators are in breach of the law when these systems are not submitted for compulsory testing, says hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo Southern Africa Johannesburg branch manager Norman Hall. Failure to comply can result in a fine and/or up to 12... 

New manufacturing plant sees local company expand its range

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Hydraulic hose and hose fittings supplier Hypress Africa will increase the range of products available to its customers with the establishment of a new manufacturing plant in Ascoli Satriano, Italy.  

Crane hire group takes delivery of largest capacity hydraulic crane

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Heavy lifting, projects and mobile crane hire group Sarens South Africa is to take delivery of the largest capacity hydraulic crane available in southern Africa, the Demag AC 650, this month. It is a nine-axle, 720-t crane, equipped with 160-t counterweight, 96-m luffing jib, a lifting height of... 

Automation company 
provides air-to-air combat missile components

24th April 2009 Member of hydraulic systems and automation group Hytec Tectra Automation has supplied Bosch Rexroth components to missile and unmanned aerial vehicles solutions company Denel Dynamics. The components will be used on a qualifying rig for the telemetry testing of a subsystem for Denel Dynamics’ new... 

New machine manufactured for pressure testing laboratory

17th October 2008 Local hydraulics supplier Genflex Hydraulics has manufactured a hydraulic hose pressure testing machine, which is now incorporated into its pressure testing laboratory. 

Hydraulics specialist's large mine order nears completion

17th October 2008 Specialist in the field of hydraulic systems and automation Hytec Holdings reports that it has already completed the majority of orders received from project management houses involved in the iron-ore mine Sishen Iron Ore Expansion Project (SEP). 

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