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Hydraulics News

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: Dylan 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: Dylan 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

Hydraulic bush replacement toolkits launched

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 International high-pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force introduced the HBR series spring eye bush replacement tool kit and the HPR series pin and bush replacement tool kit to the local market in January. Hi-Force group marketing manager Laura Thompson says both kits are offered with the... 

Hydraulic bush  replacement toolkits  launched
HBR SPRING EYE BUSH KIT The replacement toolkits have a maximum working pressure of 700 bar and hydraulic power of 18 t

Valve bank system records 25% year-on-year growth

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Pneumatics solutions provider Pneumax Southern Africa, a division of the Set Point Group, has recorded an average year-on-year growth in the sales of its Optyma-S valve banks of 25% since launching the product in August 2012. The company reports that the Optyma-S valve banks are currently being... 

Valve bank system records 25% year-on-year  growth
OPTYMA-S VALVE BANK Optyma-S valve banks are uses in several local industries, including packaging, food and beverage, and paper and pulp

Companies extend global strategic alliance

2nd May 2014 Developer and supplier of modular drive systems Linde Hydraulics and power management company Eaton Corporation announced in March that they are extending their global strategic alliance. As a result of this extension, the cooperation agreement - which has been in existence since 2010 - will be... 

Companies extend  global strategic alliance
GEAR SHIFTER CONTROL VALVE Linde Hydraulics Shift-in-Motion system can shift gears noise- and jerk-free within 500 milliseconds

New pneumatic-tyred asphalt roller popular in South African market

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Since launching the Dynapac CP275 pneumatic tyred asphalt roller, construction equipment manufacturer Dynapac, a division of sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco, says the machine has been well received in the industry. The CP275 was launched in September last year at the... 

New pneumatic-tyred asphalt roller popular  in South African market
PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVER The Dynapac CP275 has a spacious platform, with two operator seats, contributing to more efficient operations

New vacuum receiver with pneumatic dump valve launched

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Bulk handling and process systems manufacturer Flexicon introduced a new vacuum receiver with a pneumatically actuated dump valve for dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems in January. The company will exhibit the system at the 2014 International Powder & Bulk Solids conference and exhibition,... 

New vacuum receiver with pneumatic dump valve launched
PNEUMATICALLY ACTUATED The vacuum receiver’s flap-type dump valve is actuated by a pneumatic cylinder

Pneumatic product range popular in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson says its range of Waircom pneumatic products is widely used in several local industries, including the automotive; carpeting; wood; paper, pulp and packaging; plastic; hygiene; petroleum; food and beverage and the medical equipment manufacturing... 

Pneumatic product range popular in SA
PNEUMATICS PIPING APPLICATIONS Dowson & Dobson offers a range of Waircom push-in fittings in a variety of sizes and configurations to meet all pneumatic piping needs

Pneumatic robot welding-gun solution a solid seller

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Pneumatic and electric automation solutions provider Festo has sold about 450 Servo-Pneumatic robot welding-gun solution systems in South Africa since the product was launched in February 2012, Festo automotive industry head Charles Hulme tells Engineering News. “The first local use of the... 

Pneumatic robot  welding-gun solution  a solid seller
SERVO-PNEUMATIC SOLUTION Festo's Servo-Pneumatic system controls the welding gun mounted on a welding robot

Large Sudanese hydraulic project successfully completed

2nd May 2014 Member of hydraulic systems and automation group Hytec, Hytec Engineering completed the installation of 12 large-scale hydraulic cylinders, power packs and linkage systems to replace the hydraulics systems for controlling water flow at the Roseires dam wall, on the Blue Nile, in the town Ad... 

Large Sudanese hydraulic project successfully completed
CYLINDER DELIVERY Delivery of the cylinders from Bosch Rexroth, in the Netherlands had to be coordinated with the arrival of the supporting equipment from South Africa

High-quality seals and correct maintenance critical

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Hydraulic and pneumatic seal supplier Seal & Gasket Supplies stresses that buying substandard components will lead to more frequent breakdowns, resulting in overall work productivity decreasing and ultimately culminating in costly long-term consequences for businesses. “Companies need to train... 

High-quality seals and correct maintenance critical
COMPLETE SERVICE Seal & Gasket Supplies’ core strengths are providing technical advice and support for customers before and after buying a product

New hydraulic oil offers 11% energy savings

By: David Oliveira     7th February 2014 South Africa-based lubrication manufacturer Engen launched its Hydrokin energy saving fluid (ESF) hydraulic oil in November, which Engen industrial product engineer Tony Kukard says can provide companies up to 11% energy savings in equipment that consumes hydraulic fluid. Engen industrial... 

New hydraulic oil offers 11% energy savings
Photo by Bloomberg
FIELD TESTING Field tests on Engen’s Hydrokin ESF were conducted in Europe using a medium-sized excavator, skid steer loader and compact excavator

Hudaco acquires SBS, conditions of Dunford acquisition met

By: Leandi Kolver     12th December 2013 JSE-listed Hudaco Industries on Thursday announced that it had acquired the assets and liabilities of imported battery distributor Specialised Battery Systems (SBS). The final total consideration payable by Hudaco would depend on the company’s average profits over the three-year earn-out period,... 

Supplier claims world first in locomotive steering, unlimited growth potential

8th November 2013 Johannesburg-based locomotive solutions provider DCD Rolling Stock believes it has unlimited growth potential owing to its patented Jika passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for bogies, which is an industry-first due for commercial release. DCD Rolling Stock technical manager Daryl Leggitt... 

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