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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Hydraulics solution for North American seaway system

28th April 2006 After the successful completion of a two-year pilot project, Bosch Rexroth has been chosen to complete the modernisation of the remaining locks of the St Lawrence Seaway’s Welland Canal over the next five years. 

Pneumatics a major part of stalwart’s product offering

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Founded in 1906, engineering company Dowson & Dobson has created quite an impression in the pneumatics industry. 

Safety procedures critical to ensure optimum hydraulic performance

28th April 2006 The Simplex range of hydraulic products, distributed exclusively throughout Southern Africa by Bellambie Mining and Industrial, includes a lightweight power pump that provides hydraulic power to small- and medium-sized hydraulic cylinders or tools in all applications that require portable power. 

Cape Town hydraulics firm under new ownership

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Western Cape-based company Hydroweld Hydraulics-Cape is under new management, following Joe Kraatz, the previous owner’s decision to sell the 28-year-old firm to pursue other opportunities. 

Cast components for hydraulic stope support

28th April 2006 Stainless-steel foundry group Steloy Castings is playing a key role in the rejuvenation of the hydraulic mine-prop industry through the supply of specialist spun-cast components into this safety-critical application. 

Products ideally suited to challenging African conditions

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 A main player in the filtration-solution industry, Donaldson Filtration Systems has been serving the South African market in the trucking, mining, civil engineering and agricultural sectors for the past 40-or-so years. 

Pirate parts a threat to industry

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Pirate parts have been eroding both the hydraulics and pneumatics industries, bringing threat to the sector with the importation of cheap products and materials. 

New vice-president for hydraulics institute

28th April 2006 Vice president of Flowserve Corporation and president of Flowserve Pumps Thomas Ferguson has been appointed to the 2005/6 board of directors of the Hydraulic Institute. 

Some 200 000 products to pick and choose from

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 International company Parker Hannifin Corporation is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of components and systems with motion control in a broad spectrum of essential users. 

Mechatronics course a step forward in alleviating skills shortage

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Didactic, the Greek word meaning ‘to learn’ is quite an appropriate phrase todescribe the challenging task being undertaken by a localcompany to try and alleviate the skill shortages in the manufacturing industry. Festo Didactic South Africa, which falls under the big Festo umbrella,... 

Hydraulic bearing pullers and separators save time and money 

28th April 2006 Bearing Man Limited’s bearings division distributes the Sykes-Pickavant range of industrial mechanical and hydraulic bearing pullers and separators. 

New product generates good market response

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 The innovative modular change-over system – the Camozzi Pneumatic Y-series – is said to be easily modified without the addition or replacement of separate valve systems. 

New filter range unveiled

17th March 2006 A brand-new range of filters, regulators and lubricators has just been released by Ernest Lowe under its own Elco label. 

Maintaining the quality standards of hydraulic hose

21st October 2005 The hydraulic hose is an integral part of any hydraulic system. 

Company takes hydraulic-cylinder repairs in-house

21st October 2005 DBT Africa has commissioned its own in-house cylinder bay at its premises in Germiston. 

Loading-flask doors to move to hydraulics

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 Traditionally, the doors on loading flasks in mines have been pneumatically controlled. 

Hydraulics firm eyes construction boom in World Cup build-up

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 The past year has seen an East Rand-based company successfully introduce new hydraulic components sourced from companies in Europe and the US. 

A new management coat for hydraulics stalwart

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 An East Rand-based hydraulics firm has recently been aquired by new owners. ? 

Pneumatics industry turns to fault-detection monitoring systems

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 The trend in the pneumatics industry toward integrated monitoring systems for pneumatic valve terminals is growing fast, and soon will be the standard way in which companies install these systems. 

Hydraulic-tool range boosted with two new additions

21st October 2005 A mining and industrial company has recently announced the release of two new additions to its range of hydraulic tools.? 

New-look cylinder expected to help farmers cut costs

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 The agricultural hydraulic cylinder has gone through very few design adjustments since it was first developed. 

Pneumatic device protects burner ignition tips

21st October 2005 Combustion and emission-control company Durag has recently introduced a pneumatic device to protect the ignition tip of almost any burner from the heat damage which occurs during initial ignition.?The D-VE 300 Pneumatic Retraction Unit designed to undertake the tasks of positoning an ignition tip... 

Hydraulic equipment ideal for sugar-cane spraying

21st October 2005 The arduous South African conditions is a major obstacle for all manufacturers of agricultural equipment in this country. 

W Cape distributor supplies lubrication pumps for fuel tankers

7th October 2005 Calberg Lubrication, FloSolve’s Western Cape distributor, has won an order to fit more than 50 Vogel centralised lubrication pumps onto fuel tankers that are being manufactured for various fuel carriers by Cape-based tanker manufacturer GRW. 

UK factory relocated to Cape Town

By: Jill Stanford     27th May 2005 A factory being moved in stages from Salisbury, in the UK, to Cape Town, to produce metal couplings for Europe’s hydraulics industry has exported its first container of components. 

Hydraulic pipebursting machine is in a class of its own

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 A hydraulic pipebursting machine, the Grundoburst 800G, working with quick-lock rods, has been introduced to the South African market about a year ago when Jacked Pipelines, a division of WK Construction, used it for rehabilitation works on pipelines. 

Three more branches for hydraulic-hose franchise

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 International hydraulic hose and fittings franchise Pirtek has just opened three new branches in South Africa to bring its total number of branches to 15. 

Hydraulics market still strong despite iron-ore price increases

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The market for hydraulics in South Africa is still positive, despite the threat of price increases by iron-ore producers worldwide, Edenvale-based Alta Hydraulic Supplies SA MD Mila Naccari tells Engineering News. 

More growth predicted for tube-honing machines

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The third Sunnen HTC computer-controlled Tube Hone is destined for the South African hydraulics and pneumatics market, after two machines have already been successfully installed earlier this year. 

New pneumatics training course to benefit industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 “In order to overcome South Africa’s skills shortage, a new dicipline has emerged to become more multiskilled,” Festo Didactic manager Tom Webster tells Engineering News. 

Titanium air-impact wrenches an industry first

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The 100-year old international company Ingersoll-Rand is introducing the industry’s first titanium impact tools with its new titanium range of air-impact wrenches. 

Local hydraulic specialist supplies equipment to US project

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Engineers from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and steelwork contractor Danny’s Construction Company (DCCI) have developed and tested hydraulics-based steel replacement procedures using equipment from hydraulics specialist Enerpac. 

Pneumatic valve experiences positive growth

29th April 2005 Since the launch of the Camozzi Pneumatic Y-series valve in 2003, the growth has been positive from Europe, Asia as well as America, Camozzi Pneumatics agent, Hydraulics & Pneumatics’ Martyn Jones reports. 

Hydraulics specialist gives tipping firm a lift

29th April 2005 There’s nothing slow about Express Industrial Truck Body’s Speed van Rensburg. 

Company steps up its fleet-renewal programme

29th April 2005 Rand-Air has stepped up the pace of its ?fleet-renewal programme. 

Pneumatics company to produce innovative device

29th April 2005 “The global effort to rid humanity of the debris of war is set to get a welcome boost, thanks to the ingenuity of Hermanus-inventor Paul Richards,” Isando Pneumatics MD Mike Parker says. 

Pneumatics department to focus on core industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Local company and sole South African distributor of Rexroth products, Tectra Automation, has recently made changes to its pneumatics division by appointing Ian Jacobs as divisional manager for pneumatics. 

Hydraulic winch help to lift and pull heavy loads with ease

29th April 2005 Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s hydraulic winch, noted for its unique safety, precision and nimble features, complements the manual range of Tirfor handheld machines, ideally suited for lifting or pulling heavy loads. 

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