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Hydraulics News

Regulations impede thermal spray switch

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 The implementation of the thermal spray process as a replacement for hard-chrome plating in hydraulic cylinders is impeded by inadequately stringent health and safety regulations in South Africa, says maintenance and fabrication specialist Weartech technical director Adam Wintle.  

Unplanned downtime a thing of the past

22nd April 2016 American hydraulic equipment manufacturer Oilgear states that reactionary maintenance to hydraulic systems can be avoided with the implementation of an aftermarket service contract. 

Unplanned downtime a thing of the past
PEACE OF MIND With an aftermarket service plan from Oilgear, management need not worry about unscheduled plant downtime

Quality and placement of hoses are key in hydraulic systems

22nd April 2016 Attention must be paid to the quality and placement of hoses in the installation and setup of hydraulic systems as using misapplied or ill-maintained hoses in any hydraulic system is inherently dangerous, says Bearing Man Group (BMG) national product manager Joanne Tarr.  

Quality and placement  of hoses are key in  hydraulic systems
HOLDING STRONG UNDER PRESSURE The EN 853 1SN (EC210) hydraulic hose features a bend radius of up to 630 mm and a maximum working pressure of 400 bar

Distributor extends components offering

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Industrial, electrical and electronics components distributor RS Components has extended its range of pneumatic components with products supplied by global pneumatics manufacturer SMC Pneumatics. 

Company invests in S African market, targets African expansion

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Global pneumatics technologies manufacturer SMC Pneumatics is investing heavily in the local market as it targets further expansion in Africa, following the establishment of its new facility in South Africa in the first quarter of last year. 

Product diversity caters for varied market

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston Hydraulics believes it can cater for the varying demands in the hydraulics and pneumatics market in... 

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane manufacturer Condra in February became the majority owner of Cape Town-based crane manufacturing company BB Cranes. The acquisition stems from a long-standing relationship spanning more than 22 years and is in line with Condra’s expansion plan. “We feel that BB Cranes is one of the few... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan
METICULOUS Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. 

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha
Photo by Mammoet
THE BIG LIFT Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha

Hydraulic excavators designed for optimum efficiency

1st April 2016 Heavy industries and construction company Doosan’s newest generation hydraulic excavators – the heavy duty DX225LCA series – have been designed for greater operator comfort, improved fuel efficiency, enhanced productivity and minimal maintenance requirements. “There are currently 360 20T Doosan... 

Hydraulic excavators designed  for optimum efficiency
HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR The excavators ensure optimum efficiency and extended service life in harsh local operating conditions

Hudaco adds another company to its portfolio

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2016 As part of its continued strive to diversify its portfolio from the struggling mining industry, JSE-listed Hudaco has acquired the trading assets and liabilities of Hydraulic Engineering Repair Services (HERS) for up to R100-million. HERS manufactures and repairs hydraulic cylinders. One of its... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg

By: David Oliveira     16th October 2015 Construction of pneumatic control systems specialist SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month, after starting construction in February. Company GM Adrian Buddingh tells Engineering News that the Japanese multinational has made an... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg
NEW PREMISES Construction of SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month

New mini excavator launched in SA

16th October 2015 Manufactured at Caterpillar’s Athens factory in Georgia, in the US, the latest generation Cat 305.5E2 compact radius (CR) mini excavator, with a high-definition hydraulics system, was launched into the Southern African market in July. The Cat 305.5E2 CR is ideally suited to diverse,... 

Company highlights benefits of fully integrated drive systems

16th October 2015 Fully integrated drive systems – mechanical and hydraulic – offer many benefits in terms of easier procurement, improved performance and ease of maintenance. Increasingly, plant engineers and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are adopting a systems approach rather than buying individual... 

Company acquires hydraulic bolt tensioning specialist

16th October 2015 The directors of UK-based hydraulic bolt tensioning company Boltight will continue to manage the company at its Walsall base following the company’s acquisition by Swedish bolting solutions provider Nord-Lock Group, in September. Boltight was founded in 1999 and the company’s hydraulic... 

Hydraulics company announces top management changes

16th October 2015 US-based screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds design and manufacturing company Sun Hydraulics announced last month that company president and CEO Allen Carlson would “transition” from his current role effective from March 31, 2016. In addition Sun Hydraulics announced that company... 

Hydraulic bulk bag conditioner hits local shores

16th October 2015 US-based bulk handling equipment design and manufacturing company Flexicon in July launched its new patented Block-Buster hydraulic bulk bag conditioner in South Africa, which ranges from short to extra tall using hydraulically actuated rams that automatically adjust in height during conditioning... 

German company launches hydraulic tube-forming machine

16th October 2015 German hydraulic coupling technology provider Voss Fluid announced in June this year the launch of its VossForm 100 Compact forming machine, which shapes contours on hydraulic tubes and, when used in combinations with a soft seal and function nuts, results in a leakproof and process-reliable tube... 

Modular pneumatic control solution installed at Scottish factory

16th October 2015 The combination of fluid control systems provider Bürkert Fluid Control Systems' AirLINE Ex 8650 valve islands and multinational engineering company Siemens’ intrinsically safe Simatic ET 200iSP distributed input/output (I/O) system is providing an ideal, safe, compact and modular pneumatic... 

New hydraulic hybrid drive transmission exceeds US fuel-economy standards

16th October 2015 Motion and control technology specialist Parker Hannifin announced last month that its RunWise hydraulic hybrid drive transmission meets the fuel-economy standards that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in mid-June. The new standards call for large diesel-powered vehicles,... 

New chuck benefits from hydraulic expansion technology

16th October 2015 International precision tool supplier Mapal announced in August that its HighTorque Chuck (HTC) with narrow contour has successfully combined the benefits of hydraulic expansion technology with the 3° back taper of a shrink chuck. The development of the HTC was made possible owing to the additive... 

Fluid sensor systems provider announces new distributor

16th October 2015 Linear and rotary position sensors company Alliance Sensors Group (ASG) announced its partnership in May with electronics distributor Component Distributors to distribute the group’s in-cylinder linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) position sensors in North America. ASG’s LVIT in-cylinder... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

High-pressure hose meets expectations

26th June 2015 Power management company Eaton’s Aeroquip X-Flex high-pressure spiral hose has been meeting performance expectations, helping manufacturers that service continuous miners in South Africa – which operate in highly abrasive environments – to meet their contracted coal-extraction rate by increasing... 

High-pressure hose meets expectations
SIGNIFICANT COST Downtime on continuous miners could cost a mine up to $10 000/h in lost production

Distributor signs strategic partnership with pneumatics manufacturer

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Global electronic, mechanical and industrial equipment distributor RS Components has significantly expanded its pneumatics, hydraulics and power transmission portfolio by entering into a deep strategic partnership with pneumatic manufacturing company SMC Pneumatics. 

Pneumatic or electric? The answer is hybrid

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 It is impossible to say whether an electric or pneumatic solution is a more efficient, as the correct approach always depends on individual case studies, believes industrial control and automation company Festo business development manager Russell Schwulst, who suggests a sensible mixture of the... 

Soon-to-be retired MD recalls company’s rise from humble beginnings

24th April 2015 With an average 30% annual growth rate, over 160 permanent staff, a nine-figure annual turnover as of 2014 and 17 Southern Africa outlets, hydraulic hose and fittings supplier Genflex has come a long way since its founding in 1991. 

Vanguard completes turnkey project at two peaking power plants

17th April 2015 International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of high electricity demand or supply... 

Vanguard completes turnkey project at two peaking power plants
Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system

Hydraulic system assists furnace functions

By: Donna Slater     17th October 2014 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) specialist hydraulics division, BMG Hydraulics, recently completed the design and manufacture of a new hydraulic control system for precise furnace functions, including temperature control, required during the production of ferrochrome. 

Hydraulic system assists furnace functions
HYDRAULIC FURNACE CONTROL BMG Hydraulics has recently completed the design and manufacture of a new hydraulic electrode control system for precise furnace functions

New products draw significant interest at trade show

By: Donna Slater     17th October 2014 The South African branch of US-based high-pressure equipment company Enerpac has received significant interest in two of its products at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which was held at Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, in September. 

New products draw significant interest at trade show
DOZER LIFT SYSTEM Enerpac Dozer Lift Systems allows for dozers to be fully raised by only employing two units

Hydraulics to enhance smelting capability

17th October 2014 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth was contracted by US-based metals industry equipment company Wooding Industrial Corporation to supply hydraulic components for a rotating material distributor within a blast furnace for enhanced iron smelting capabilities. 

Hydraulics to enhance smelting capability
AIDING SMELTING The new hydraulic distributor underwent extensive accuracy and repeatability verification

Torque wrench pumps introduced 

17th October 2014 UK-based hydraulic tools company Hi-Force this month launched a range of three-speed hydraulic torque wrench pumps to the global market. 

Torque wrench  pumps introduced
HIGH-SPEED DESIGN The pumps’ high-speed three-stage design provides a faster flow at mid-range pressure

New hydraulic breaker series rolled out

17th October 2014 Hyundai earthmoving equipment’s sole local distributor, High Power Equipment Africa (HPE), has recently launched the SU+ series as part of its range of hydraulic breakers manufacturer Soosan hydraulic breakers. The series has been designed with a higher power-to-weight ratio and increased impact... 

Safety campaign launched

17th October 2014 Netherlands-based hydraulic equipment company Holmatro last month launched its Feel the Pressure! safety campaign to highlight the safe use of high-pressure hydraulic equipment. Unprofessional use of high-pressure hydraulic tools is a regular occurrence in the hydraulics industry. 

Agricultural hydraulic system enhanced

17th October 2014 An agricultural industry-based hydraulic system, the Electrohydraulic Hitch Control (EHC-8) from engineering firm Bosch Rexroth, recently underwent enhancements to replicate the same, precise regulation of power and positioning for the lifting and lowering of towed agricultural ploughs for... 

Agricultural hydraulic  system enhanced
DESIGNED FOR ADVERSE CONDITIONS The saturated, muddy sludge that can characterise Asia’s arable land presents unique performance challenges for electrical and mechanical components

ZNL Bearings

17th October 2014 ZNL Bearings is an importer and distributor of industrial bearings, manufactured by India-based Precision Bearings. Its range of products included taper roller bearings in all metric, imperial and double row sizes; spherical roller bearings for heavy and high-speed applications; angular contact... 

ZNL Bearings

Local company successfully clads complex alloy

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Thermal spray service provider Thermaspray is expected to complete a Stellite alloy 6 ball valve, which will be laser-clad to the SAF 225 alloy, allowing for the ball valves to be used in highly corrosive environments at wood and paper pulp and paper-based solutions provider Sappi’s specialised... 

Local company successfully clads complex alloy
Photo by Thermaspray
BALL VALVE CLADDING Stellite 6 (left) is notoriously difficult to apply as a final layer, particularly on SAF 225 (right), owing to probable cracking
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