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Hydraulics News

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... 

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... 

Hudaco acquires Dunford Group for R154.3m

By: Natalie Greve     1st November 2013 As part of JSE-listed Hudaco Industries’ key strategy to pursue the acquisition of new businesses in similar fields of activity, the company has signed an agreement to acquire the Dunford Group. 

Local distributor partners with global company

18th October 2013 Engineering components provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its range of pneumatic and hydraulic filtration products and systems to include Parker motion and control technologies, says BMG executive director Gavin Pelser. BMG signed a distribution deal with global motion and control... 

Telescopic handlers hit heavy-industrial market

18th October 2013 Italian manufacturer Magni Telescopic Handlers aims to change the industry perception of telehandler machines with the launch of its new brand to the heavy-duty mining and construction sectors. The Magni range of telescopic handlers is solely distributed in a number of key heavy mining and... 

Expansion into construction market next step for range

By: Timothy Sibanda     18th October 2013 Johannesburg-based bulk materials handling and mineral processing specialist Osborn aims to improve market penetration with the BX and BXR hydraulic rock breaker range, noting significant opportunities in the construction industry. Osborn sells and markets the range in South Africa on behalf of... 

Electric cylinder alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic options

18th October 2013 Drive technology company SEW Eurodrive has launched the complete series of the CMS electric cylinder onto the South African market.  

New pneumatic and hydraulic machines launched

18th October 2013 The new Caterpillar Cat CW34 pneumatic roller, which performs equally well on granular materials, as well as all types of asphalt mix designs, can be deployed on every compaction phase owing to its high contact pressures – consistently delivering density targets. An eight wheel roller with an... 

Role of hydraulic lubricant in improving efficiency highlighted

By: Timothy Sibanda     18th October 2013 Cutting the running costs of a hydraulic or pneumatic system entails that managers and supervisors find alternative ways of enhancing the efficiency of technology, thereby increasing their control over operational variables, says global group of energy and petrochemical companies Shell South... 

SMME award presented to hydraulics solutions provider

18th October 2013 Specialised engineering and hydraulic solutions provider Malcom-Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering is the winner of the Inaugural South African Premier Business Awards 2012/13 small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) Award. 

BMG expands offering as it enters new partnership 

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th October 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) announced the expansion of its range of pneumatic and hydraulic filtration products and systems to include technologies from global motion and control specialists Parker Hannifin Corporation last month at its open day, in Johannesburg.  

  BMG expands offering as it enters new partnership
Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group sales director Ian King discusses the company’s new products and future plans.

Festo reaffirms Joburg’s gateway status as it marks 40 years in SA

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2013 Festo supervisory board vice-chairperson Dr Ulrich Stoll – a third-generation representative of the German family that owns a process-automation multinational that currently spans 61 countries – has confirmed that South Africa will remain the group’s ‘gateway’ into the rest of Africa. Speaking at... 

Festo reaffirms Joburg’s gateway status as it marks 40 years in SA
Dr Ulrich Stoll

Local company distributes protective cover for seals

By: David Oliveira     9th August 2013 Local filter design and manufacturing company Filter Focus’ Seal Saver cylinder cover, launched last month, helps extend hydraulic seal and cylinder life by at least three times and protects seals and cylinders from the dirt and debris in the harsh African environment, says Filter Focus COO Craig... 

Mechanical seals company makes anticorruption commitment

By: David Oliveira     9th August 2013 Mechanical seals manufacturer AESSEAL South Africa received accreditation in June from US-based nonprofit member association Trace International, in which AESSEAL MD Rob Waites expects to involve other member companies. 

Mechanical seals company makes anticorruption commitment
TRACE ACCREDITED The purpose of the accreditation is to promote the ethics of antibribery and anticorruption in a company

R2m contract for hydraulic hose component assembly workshop

2nd August 2013 A contract worth about R2-million a year for two hydraulic hose component assembly workshops has been awarded to hoses and fittings supplier Genflex Hydraulics by a mining plant in the North West. 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane  

By: Samantha Herbst     19th July 2013 Heavy-lifting solutions multinational Sarens, of Belgium, has officially launched a new 750-t hydraulic crane, manufactured by Germany-based construction machinery manufacturer Liebherr. As the biggest crane on the Southern African market, the LTM 1750.9-1 boasts increased capacity, enabling... 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane
Sarens SA operations director Lyle Tapinos discusses the launch of the company’s new 750-t hydraulic crane.

Maintenance a critical aspect of efficient hydraulic systems

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The maintenance of hydraulic equipment is vital to ensure long-lasting functioning, Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses Garnett Cross president tells Engineering News. “A major misconception is that new oil is clean. However, it is not clean until it has been filtered,” he says. 

Hydraulics company expands South African operations

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Global hydraulics manufacturer Hydac South Africa tells Engineering News that it aims to expand its South African market share by bolstering its operations in South Africa, says Hydac South Africa MD Walter Heijboer.   

Company moves to larger premises, introduces new range

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Air Compressor company Artic Driers International has moved to larger premises at Apex, south of Benoni, on the East Rand, to accommodate the expansion of its stockholding and the growth of its air-dryer hiring fleet.   

Seals aid hydraulic cylinder performance

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Global industrial manufacturer and service provider SKF, last November launched a new range of hydraulic seals to fulfil the demand for hydraulic cylinders that industry needs for improved performance.   

Cordless hydraulic pump to be launched in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Empowered firm Kiloton reports that it will be stocking hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s new XC-Series cordless hydraulic pumps in South Africa from June. The pump is designed as a long-lasting pump that can be used in areas that are difficult to access. It is constructed from lightweight... 

Marine anchor handling vessel upgrades DP system

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Specialist marine services provider Smit Amandla Marine has completed the R5-million upgrade of anchor handling vessel Smit Lombok’s dynamic positioning (DP) system, which improves the control of the tug’s propulsion units without disrupting its schedule, to maintain the level of service it... 

Fluid power market survey indicates growth

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) reports that fluid power market growth exceeded general industrial growth in the economy, as a result of more companies having been identified as importers of fluid power products worldwide.   

Czech water treatment company brings expertise to South Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd February 2013 As trade between South Africa and the Czech Republic increases, companies such as Envites are homing in on the South Africa mining and other markets with sophisticated water treatment systems as well as hydro-separation processes. 

Graduate development programme closing the skills gap

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The concept of hydraulics is not well understood by engineering graduates, according to petrochemicals firm Sasol Technology chief process engineer Ralph Grob. At the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) 2012 conference, in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, last month, he noted... 

Local company extends service offering

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Industrial group Atlas Copco’s blowers for low-pressure compressors will be available locally from compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which forms part of Atlas Copco. The company is planning on adding these units to its fleet in the new future. Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus says the... 

Electrically powered aeroplanes hold cost, environmental benefits 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Airliners’ reliance on hydraulic fluid could drastically decrease if the aviation industry develops technologies to convert the hydraulic systems used in large aircraft to run on electricity, says National Airways Corporation (NAC) senior production manager of fixed wing maintenance Mike Mayers.... 

Hydraulics industry challenges determine developments 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 South Africa does not yet have hydraulic system original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which limits innovation at a local level, says oil and gas producer Shell South Africa’s commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham. Hydraulic OEMs are traditionally based in Europe and the US. Shell’s... 

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