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Hydraulics News

Company's motion-control systems dept hits half-century

25th October 2002 An average of 50 units a month, ranging from general electro-pneumatic control cabinets to servo-electric systems, are being produced by Festo South Africa’s Systems Division in Johannesburg. 

Tubing specialist celebrates 24th birthday

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 In the late 1970s when the need for South African designed and produced hydraulic equipment arose, Hydrofit Engineering was established. 

Five-year-old company continues to grow

25th October 2002 Since its establishment in South Africa five years ago, Enerpac South Africa says it has become a major participant in the hydraulic equipment market specialising in maintenance and lifting equipment. 

Valve and actuator all-in-one developed

25th October 2002 Italian company Omal has developed an on-off pneumatic valve, called the VIP, which is a valve and an actuator in one device. 

Good sales reported for new valve series

25th October 2002 Within a month of introducing its HF03, HF02 and MC valve block series version two, Tectra has sold an unprecedented compilation of 60 valves to one customer. 

Product launched for load-sensing applications

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 The introduction of the Series 45 pump to the Sauer-Danfoss hydraulic product range, distributed by Danfoss, is set to enhance the application of loading sensing. 

Seals suitable for hot, corrosive applications

25th October 2002 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, are included in Bearing Man’s seals division range. 

Hydraulic winch available

25th October 2002 A hydraulic winch, noted for its safety, precision and nimble features, and complementing the manual range of Tirfor hand held machines, is available from Bellambie Mining & Industrial. 

Industry in drive to establish standards and qualifications

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 The successful establishment of a qualification for the South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry could be of great benefit to the enhancement of skills of workers in this particular industry, believes South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) president Russell Gill. 

Two new product ranges introduced

25th October 2002 The sole supplier of Norgren, Ernest Lowe offers two new product ranges for industrial automation. 

Global takeover affects local market

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 The international takeover of Ultrafilter International by Donaldson will impact directly on the South African market. 

Specialist company offering a test and repair facility to the industry

20th September 2002 Preventable accidents in the workplace have brought to the fore the importance of personal safety and the necessity for regular maintenance and repair of lifting and pulling equipment, says Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster. 

R100m upgrade for component-rebuild centres

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd August 2002 Some R100-million is being spent at Barloworld Equipment’s component rebuild centres (CRCs) on the East Rand so as to improve quality, pricing options and turnaround times. 

Compressors for Swazi highway construction

19th July 2002 Barloworld Flemingo Rental is supplying drillrigs and compressors to WBHO Swaziland for use on the construction of a highway between Mbabane and Ngwenya in Swaziland. 

SA firm secures UK and German ranges

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 Hydraulics and pneumatics company Ernest Lowe, of Johannesburg, has recently added products from Casappa, Ikron and Linde to its range. 

South African firm secures orders from Canadian mines

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 South African-based hydraulics company Horne Hydraulics received orders totalling R2,2-million from two Canadian mines at the end of March and technical sales manager Steve Hill is investigating other potential international orders for its Levelok product. 

Education standards on the cards for fluid-power industry

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 The South African fluid-power industry, represented by the South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa), plans to set unit standards for education in the industry by attempting to forge ties with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Association (Merseta). 

Computer-controlled hydraulic lifting system

3rd May 2002 With the innovative Enerpac synchronous lifting system from Enerpac International, launching, lifting or building a bridge can be carried out with a high degree of accuracy. 

Training for SA's emerging mechatronics industry

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 German-owned pneumatic technology giant Festo exhibited a number of developments in which it is involved at the Fluidtrans and Airtech Exhibition held in Johannesburg in March. 

Electronic automation trend necessitates modernisation

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 As a conduit for the major international hydraulics and pneumatics suppliers, South African company Hyflo has access to a continual stream of innovations and new products, indicates MD Helmut Schwabe. 

Merger's distribution, R&D spin-offs

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 The recent incorporation of Pneumatic Automation Technologies into Tectra Automation has established a more effective route to market for international supplier Bosch Rexroth, while also improving the product range that the local company offers. 

New combined filter regulators and lubricators

3rd May 2002 Johannesburg-based D & D Pneumatics, a division of Dowson & Dobson Industrial, has announced the launch of a new range of combined filter regulators and lubricators (FRLs) made from stainless steel. 

Seals for hydraulic cylinder export order

3rd May 2002 Bearing Man’s success in the hydraulics industry may be attributed to a comprehensive range of readily available seals and sealing accessories, which conforms with international quality specifications. 

Hand-held hydraulic breakers added to equipment-hire fleet

3rd May 2002 Lambson’s Hire and Sales MD Craig Thomas confirms that breaking ground is exactly what it will be helping its clients do with the newest addition to its hire fleet hand-held hydraulic breakers. 

Moving floor system for transport vehicles

3rd May 2002 Johannesburg-based IMS Industrial products has introduced a newly designed Hyva moving floor which offers greater cost efficiencies and savings than ever before. 

Rebuilt seabed crawler heads back home to Namibia

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 Last month, Optima Hydraulics delivered the rebuilt sea-bed crawler Namssol 1 to Cape Town harbour, where it awaits departure for undersea diamond miner Namco’s operations in L 

New system increases filter's surface area

By: candice haase     3rd May 2002 Donaldson Filtration Solutions will be releasing a new filtration system which allows for an increase in the surface area of the filter. 

Firm spreads net of service centres across Southern Africa

3rd May 2002 Since the formation of Sauer-Danfoss in May 2000 as a result of a merger between Sauer-Sundstrand and Danfoss Fluid Power, Danfoss has made significant progress as the distributor of Sauer-Danfoss hydraulic components in Southern Africa. 

Continuous hydraulic filtration made easy

22nd March 2002 The Mahle Duplex filter is designed especially for hydraulic applications where 24-hour operation is critical and the system cannot be stopped for maintenance. 

'Squeaky clean' valve for hygienic uses

16th November 2001 Today, pneumatic cylinders are available to meet the stringent hygiene requirements of the food and packaging industries. 

Lack of skills plagues hydraulic sector

26th October 2001 Today, the greatest challenge in the hydraulics industry is the lack of skills, reports hydraulic training company Kelly Training manager Bryan Kelly. 

On-site hydraulic hose diagnosis

26th October 2001 Hydraulic hose service-and-replacement pioneer Pirtek is now firmly established in South Africa with eight branches. 

New hydraulic valves launched

By: nkolola halwindi     26th October 2001 Shockless hydraulic directional valves have been launched on the South African market to protect equipment from fatigue normally caused by conventional hydraulic valves. 

New compressors for dry conditions

By: nkolola halwindi     26th October 2001 Industries with a limited supply of cooling water as well as those in deserts can now operate like any other industry as a new range of complete air-cooled compressors have been launched on the South African market. 

Three-stage oil-free compressors

26th October 2001 Three-stage oil-free centrifugal air compressors from 200 kW to 50 kW have been launched in the compressed-air industry to provide energy-efficient solutions for a range of oil-free compressed air applications. 

Hydraulic firm expands

26th October 2001 Enjoying an increase in market share, Flowjet S.A., distributor of alfagomma hoses and suppliers of hydraulic fittings, has opened two branches in Pretoria and Middelburg. 

Ready-to-use oil-free compressors

26th October 2001 The Ze-Za(Ze: air-cooled, Za: water-cooled) range of compressors from Atlas Copco, world leader in air technology, air-treatment equipment and power supply, provide engineers with a ready-to-use, oil-free compressor package suitable for all low-pressure applications. 

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