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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Honing specialist expands capabilities

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Honing specialist Honingcraft has expanded its honing capacity and capability to include sizes as small as 5 mm inside diameter (ID), up to large bore sizes of 1 000 mm ID. 

Fluid association develops industry qualifications

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) has announced that it is working with Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), to institute the structures and systems needed for the successful implementation of a number of different... 

New CNC machine increases manifold production

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo has invested more than R5-million on new machinery, including a Mazak computer numerical control (CNC) machine from Japan, in order to mass produce hydraulic manifolds for the local hydraulics market. 

Hydraulic lifting system shapes showpiece bridge

17th October 2008 The Third Millennium Bridge at Zaragoza, formerly the Roman fluvial port of Caesaraugusta, serving the Ebro valley of Spain, is a showpiece of the city's 2008 international architecture exhibition (Expo) around the theme of water and sustainable development. 

Industrial group focuses on improving product ergonomics

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Industrial group Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Technique is concentrating on developing and improving the ergonomics of its handheld pneumatic machines, with a particular emphasis on reducing vibration, Atlas Copco business manager Neville Stewart tells Engineering News. 

New import protects pneumatic applications

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Local filter manufacturer Donaldson Filtration Systems has imported the Donaldson Ultrapac 2000 from the Donaldson Ultrafilter factory in Germany to offer pneumatic application protection. 

Engineers go proactive with telematrics implementation

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Hydraulic design and service supplier Turnkey Hydraulics sales and marketing manager Victor Price says the company is concentrating on enabling engineers to move from predictive to proactive management systems by implementing telematrics in its hydraulic systems. 

Growth surge for automated solutions service

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Automation and control solutions provider Festo reports that its system department, which allows the company to supply customers with complete automated solutions, has grown substantially. 

Association fosters education in hydraulics and pneumatics industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African Fluid Power Association (SAFPA) has announced that a number of its qualifications have been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa). These include the Fluid Power Qualification at National Qualification Framework (NQF) levels three, four, and five. 

Pressure gauge manufacturer receives accreditation

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Manufacturer of pressure and temperature gauges, SA Gauge, has recently received its South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accreditation for pressure calibration. 

Equipment supplier rebrands rental division

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Suppliers of industrial equipment Bobcat Equipment South Africa has concluded an agreement to rebrand its rental division and introduce a new line of pneumatics products. 

Pneumatics specialist steals the show

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African distributor for Bosch Rexroth, Tectra Automation, has designed, manufactured, commissioned and installed a customised stage lift for the Victory Theatre’s current Rocky Horror Show in two weeks. 

Multinational group announces acquisition

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The multinational design, manufacturing and distribution of high-pressure systems group, Manuli Rubber Industries, has announced the acquisition of the entire capital of hydraulics underground mining specialist Powerforce Hydraulics.  

New hydraulic grab operational at Durban harbour

25th April 2008 Local fabrication, machining, proofloading, and maintenance specialist, Arlona Engineering, has completed the design and fabrication of a 25-m³ hydraulic grab for bulk connections, which is currently being used at Durban harbour for discharging vessels. 

Engineering firm completes Camden economiser contract

25th April 2008 Engineering firm Steinmüller has successfully completed a contract for the Camden power station that involves the retrofitting of six economisers. The contract forms part of the return-to-service project currently under way. 

Quieter air hoists to mitigate worker health concerns

25th April 2008 A high-speed air hoist fitted with silencers, developed by lifting, load-holding, pushing and pulling equipment supplier, Bellambie Mining & Industrial, is able to suppress the noise in the industrial working environment, reports the company. 

Control, instrumentation specialist releases new actuators

25th April 2008 Control and instrumentation specialist, Spirax Sarco, has released its new series of pneumatic rotary actuators, the BVA300 series. The series is manufactured in 12 different sizes.  

Outside-in flow elements enable better containment

25th April 2008 The new DirtCatcher elements, which are outside-in flow elements with a patent-pending outer shell that prevents contaminants from falling back into a system during element changes, has been developed by international fluid conditioning and filtration products manufacturer, Schroeder Industries,... 

Company launches improved multipin modules

25th April 2008 The MPA multipin valve terminal modules developed by industrial and process automation innovation company, Festo, have universal application in automation technology, reports the company 

Hydraulics supplier introduces new hose

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Hydraulics supplier, Genflex Hydraulics of Alrode South, Gauteng has recently introduced a stronger, multispiral hose, the Deutsches Institut für Normung-accredited DIN8564SP hose. 

Roller coaster ride for pneumatic safety solution

25th April 2008 Process automation and technology specialist, Festo, has supplied Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Münsterhausen in Germany with a customised pneumatic safety solution for the tallest and fastest roller coaster the company has built to date, the Euro-Fighter. 

New valve offers flexibility

25th April 2008 A high-pressure control valve, the M4, from drive and control company Rexroth, locally represented by hydraulic specialist Hytec, offers all the advantages of modern valve technology. 

Specialist releases new compact cylinder

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The hydraulics and pneumatics specialist Festo has released its newly manufactured compact cylinder, the ADN cylinder.  

Pneumatic specialist replaces outdated products

25th April 2008 Pneumatic specialist Exair has released its 50 mm Super Air Nozzle. The nozzle has been engineered to replace outdated flat nozzles. 

Specialist keeps it cool underground

25th April 2008 Recent changes to South Africa’s mining legislation require operators of mining machinery to be accommodated in fully-enclosed cabins, which will protect them from dust and noise. 

Local supplier acquires new hydraulic cylinder honing machine

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic tube supplier Honingcraft has acquired a new heavy-duty cylinder honing machine that the company claims is the largest in Africa. The machine was developed by Sunnen AG in Switzerland and supplied by Micron Technologies (ex Safurnco) who are the authorised distributors for Sunnen. 

Hydraulics company opens new Mozambique facility

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic company Hytec Services Mozambique, a member of the Hytec Group, is relocating to its new premises in November, says Hytec Group MD, John Wingrove. 

Petrochemicals company emphasises the importance of application-appropriate oil

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 About 70% of the failures that occur in hydraulic applications are oil-related, often the result of improper oil selection, or poor oil performance, says energy and petrochemical company Shell South Africa product application specialist Peter Thorpe. 

Monitoring and analysis integral to company�s pre-emptive maintenance offering

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 To ensure that its end-users gain full service value, hydraulics service company Turnkey Hydraulics (Turnkey) offers its clients a hydraulic service, in which monitors are attached to hydraulic equipment to analyse the data of that equipment. The monitors enable the user to monitor contamination... 

System designer introduces new weigh batching system

19th October 2007 Systems designer and manufacturer Flexicon Africa has introduced a new weigh batching system that discharges material from bulk bags, delumps the product, and feeds it gravimetrically into rigid bins. 

New hydraulic system safely moves transformer

19th October 2007 Engineering services company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker Group of Companies, has manufactured a specially designed hydraulic system that was successfully used in safely moving a 1.5-t transformer 30m/hr, without any damage to the transformer. 

Engineering training company expands training offering

19th October 2007 Since restructuring into two divisions, learning systems and training and consulting, engineering training company Festo Didactic (Festo) has expanded its curriculum. Courses currently cover topics such as pneumatics, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers and mechatronics, as well as... 

Pneumatic valve series offers weight and flow advantages

19th October 2007 Hydraulics supplier Rexroth, locally represented by Tectra Automation (Tectra), delivers a precise solution through its 'light generation', the latest version of the HF pneumatic valve series. A high flow rate at a narrow width is the hallmark of the series. The HF03 LG is a... 

Hydraulics company expands systems series

19th October 2007 Hydraulics company Rexroth has a Air Service (AS) system that fulfils the high requirements for compressed air preparation, the company says. Rexroth notes that along with the standard functions of filtering, regulating and lubricating, this modularly constructed maintenance unit also enables... 

Petroleum company reduces clients� costs, boosts performance

19th October 2007 Petroleum company Shell Lubricants South Africa (Shell SA), recognising the need for a value-led service offering, has introduced a client/service provider partnership to assist clients achieve measurable cost reductions and improved total operation performance, the company says. 

Motion control company releases �hands-free� pneumatic regulators

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Motion-control specialist Parker Hannifin (Parker) South Africa has released a new range of 'hands-free' filter lubricator regulators in South Africa, called the Moduflex modular air preparation system. The units do not require tools, and can be clipped to together when replacing filter... 

Hydraulics company introduces mutispiral hose

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Earlier this year hydraulic hose and fittings company Genflex Hydraulics introduced its multispiralled 4SP, a multispiral hose with fairly high working pressures, which is used mainly in mining applications. 

Tipping solution helps keep Gautrain on track

19th October 2007 Jost Transport Equipment (JTE), the local distributors of Hyva hydraulic tipping cylinders, has supplied hydraulics to truck body builder Muva Engineering for a significant and urgent order for the Gautrain project, the company says. 

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