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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Magnetic filter prevents cooling-fluid contamination

29th April 2005 The filtering of contaminants is subject to many problems – being not least consumable and environmental costs, Clearflow director Garth Jordan says, adding that filtering to sub-micron level increases these costs considerably, but that it was only the case till Magnom filters was developed. 

Getting a high-tech grip on your car's roadholding

29th April 2005 High-technology developments in the automotive industry in recent years have taken family and sports cars to levels of performance and safety previously only associated with the racetrack. 

Company's investment in oil-free compressed air tops R15-million

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Rand-Air’s leadership in oil-free compressor hire has been further strengthened by the addition of two diesel machines to the company’s specialised fleet. 

Reliable seals for hydraulic cylinders

29th April 2005 Bearing Man’s seals division has a range of viton chevron packs, designed for reliable sealing in rod and piston applications for hydraulic cylinders that are used in high temperature applications and corrosive environments. 

Keeping up the pressure

29th April 2005 Norgren, distributed exclusively in South Africa by Ernest Lowe, has extended its ?tried-and-tested range of 18D pressure switches with a new low-temperature version. 

How to design the right reservoir for a hydraulic power unit

29th April 2005 Some companies sending out tenders for hydraulic systems, quite often accept the lowest quote, without first determining what is being offered. 

Customised samplers and dosers suitable for various applications

29th April 2005 Approved by major petrochemical companies, Mitech’s high-performance positioners have three take-off options, making them suitable for almost all applications. 

Local bag-handling concept sought after

29th April 2005 WestWeigh Systems has successfully commissioned a locally developed, multimillion rand automatic bag-handling machine in the manufacturing facility of a local pet food manufacturer. 

'Use marine cranes not truck cranes'

29th April 2005 It is a common misconception that one can use a cheap truck-type crane on a marine vessel and operate it safely at its rated capacity, says Cape-Town-based Petrel Engineering. 

New cranes reduce erection to five minute operation

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 A new self-erecting crane range has been introduced in South Africa by SA French. 

Fledgling firms drive demand for smaller construction machines

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Below-20-t multipurpose utility machines for the building and construction industry, classified by Caterpillar as general construction (GC) products, have dramatically gained in popularity in South Africa. 

German multinational bullish following new SA investment

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2004 From a business perspective, South Africa has much to offer: sound economic and monetary policies, a growth rate approaching 4%, and consumer and business confidence levels approaching 80 out of a possible 100 points, said Voith Turbo chairperson Peter Edelmann at the official opening of Voith... 

Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Gigantic cranes deployed at construction site

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Hauler of large equipment and machinery Mammoet has supplied three cranes for the construction of two large breakwaters at the Port of Ngqura. 

BEE boosts pneumatics, enviro

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The average value of yearly sales for the pneumatics and environmental-control business within Bateman Africa is R70-million. 

Two divisions are established

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulics firm Brakecore Hydraulics has introduced two new divisions into its Southern African  

Modular electrical terminal introduced

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Simplifying the exchange of information between electrical and pneumatic control levels for effective communication at all levels, a new modular electrical terminal, known as CPX, has been developed and introduced by Festo. 

International network expansion planned

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component manufacturer and distributor Horne Hydraulics is continuing to expand its international network. 

Quality and safety accreditation achieved

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic-mining-equipment manufacturer Hydro Power Equipment (HPE), which grew out of the technology generated by Rudolph B 

Firm becomes empowered

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component and seal producer Scot-Brad Engineering, of Gauteng, has formed a partnership with marketing and sales director, Wilson Sebastian, transforming the business into a black economic empowered (BEE) entity. 

Aerospace contract under way

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 South African engineering firm Tetech Projects is currently producing staging and jacking systems as well as hydraulic test benches for the Hawk trainer-fighters. 

Air audits unearth true cost of compressed air

22nd October 2004 A thorough audit of any mining operation’s compressed-air system can reveal surprising opportunities to cut energy costs. 

Hydraulics company expands its premises

22nd October 2004 The well-known premises of Optima Hydraulics in Paarden Eiland road, Cape Town, has been extended with the new three-storey office block complete with new workshop facilities. 

Hydraulic hammers perform well locally

22nd October 2004 The famous Montabert hydraulic hammers, from the range of Consolidated Rock Machinery’s (CRM), continue to be sold to the local market. 

US company launches filter

22nd October 2004 Indianapolis-based SMC Corporation of America, the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic products and filtration equipment, has announced the release of the Series FN1 Filter designed for machine tool and general machinery industries. 

Vickers Goldquest

20th August 2004 Vickers Goldquest is the provider of hydraulic and pneumatic products and services to local industry. 

Hydraulic tower crane enters SA market

By: Keith Campbell     9th July 2004 HOW do you get a crane to a remote site high in the Alps, where no roads run, and where the equipment is needed for the construction of the upper station in a new cable-car system? 

Safety remains important

30th April 2004 To ensure that hydraulic equipment performs well, and that worker safety is guaranteed during operation, safety procedures must be strictly adhered to, Bellambie Mining & Industrial product manager Eugene Davids tells Engineering News. 

Contamination accolade awarded

30th April 2004 Barloworld Equipment’s component rebuild centre (CRC) engines in Isando has become the first Caterpillar dealership facility in Africa and the Middle East to achieve a five-star rating from Caterpillar for contamination control. 

Seals continue to be supplied for hydraulic and pneumatic applications

30th April 2004 A comprehensive range of seals for hydraulic and pneumatic applications continues to be developed by Bearing Man’s seals division. 

Cylinder kit is available from this month

By: renay de     30th April 2004 Hydraulic cylinder tubing, chromed shaft and honing supplier Honingcraft manufactures an off-the-shelf cylinder kit that can be assembled in under two hours, MD Renaldo Barnard tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Hydraulic suppliers’ stock ordering is made easy

By: renay de     30th April 2004 Turned components manufacturer Wekaba Engineering developed a system that reduces the delivery time of hydraulic fittings, adapters and special manifolds to as low as one day. 

R25m in trading expected this year

By: renay de     30th April 2004 In July 2002 the enterprise development and empowerment initiative of Anglo American, Anglo Zimele, created its twelfth black-empowerment initiative for that year. 

Range commonly used in maintenance-free applications

By: renay de     30th April 2004 A range of Keylon polyetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) wear strips, which act as guides for metallic pistons and rods in hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, is offered by Chemplast. 

SA firm consults on Spanish museum project

30th April 2004 In the design of the E42-million extension of Spain’s Prado Museum, in Madrid, much of the new space is underground on two levels. A tunnel forms the connection between the existing and the new Prado buildings. 

Silencer developed for regulating pumps

30th April 2004 A division of Linde Material Handling of Aschaffenburg has developed a silencer called SPU. 

Modular air service-unit series is introduced

30th April 2004 The need for an industrial air filter or regulator series, which could be configured to specific requirements, has now been met by Festo through the release of its innovative MS-series of compressed-air preparation modules. 

R70-million BEE hydraulics and automation enterprise formed

30th April 2004 Hytec Holdings and Khulile Investments announced the formation of Afripower, the first empowered, full-spectrum hydraulics and automation enterprise in South Africa on 5 April. 

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