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Hydraulics News

Supplier aims to continue improving BEE scorecard

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Belting and hose supplier Belting Supply Services (BSS), a subsidiary of industrial products distributor Hudaco, is constantly striving to improve its black economic-empowerment (BEE) scorecard, says CEO Piet Swanepoel. 

Demand for water hydraulic systems to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 There is a real prospect of water hydraulics replacing a number of oil hydraulic and pneumatic systems in the next 3 to 10 years, says engineer and water hydraulics systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower executive director Alan Barrows. 

Program optimises efficiency of hydraulic components

14th October 2011 Hydraulics specialist Bosch Rexroth has implemented efficiency-optimised components, innovative modules and networked system solutions, featuring its BlueHydraulics program. 

Hydraulics, electronics integrated for rock drill test bench

14th October 2011 Hydraulic components and systems manufacturer Hytec and pneumantic solutions provider Tectra Automation, together with industrial group Atlas Copco South Africa, completed the in-house design, installation and commissioning of the hydraulic and electronic integration of a new test bench for Atlas... 

Hydraulic breakers used on bridge demolition, Panama Canal projects 

14th October 2011 Heavy hydraulic breakers from industrial group Atlas Copco have been used to demolish a bridge on the A40 motorway at Junction 28 in Gelsenkirchen-Süd, Germany. 

Programme to improve repair turnaround times

14th October 2011 To meet the challenge of unplanned downtime and associated costs, supplier of hydraulic components and systems Hytec has introduced a service exchange programme to ensure much faster turnaround times on pump repairs. 

Association urges end-users to drive quality assurance

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 Quality assurance needs to be driven by end-users, as South Africa lacks uniform quality control, particularly of hose assemblies, in hydraulic systems, says South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) chairperson Norman Hall. 

Company adds air-over-hydraulic power pumps to product range

22nd April 2011 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has expanded its Simplex range of hydraulic and mechanical equipment with the addition of heavy-duty air-over-hydraulic power pumps, designed for safe and reliable lifting and positioning of industrial equipment. 

New power pack design ensures easy adaptability

22nd April 2011 Southern African hydraulic components and systems supplier Hytec has launched a range of standard power packs that sets new standards for industry.  

Company introduces new sensor for hydraulic cylinders

22nd April 2011 Sensors developer and producer MTS has extended its product portfolio of magnetostrictive position sensors for mobile hydraulics with the new Temposonics Model MB stainless steel sensor.  

Precautions need to be taken in light of new Act

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) urges hydraulic and pneumatic companies to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against product liability repercussions under the new Consumer Protection Act, No 68 of 2008, which was implemented this month. Section 61 of the Act... 

Agricultural association concerned over Karoo gas exploration plan 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 Agri SA plans to ask the Minister [of Mineral Resources] to place a moratorium on the further exploration and production of natural gas in the Karoo by oil giant Shell. 

Commission approves ABB’s Coilmech acquisition

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd February 2011 Technology and automation group ABB said on Wednesday that South Africa’s Competition Commission had approved its acquisition of mining equipment manufacture Coilmech. ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Pone said that the commission’s decision had cleared the way for the company’s acquisition plans. 

Vehicle parts press restored and upgraded

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th November 2010 Automation distributor Tectra Automation and hydraulic component and systems manufacturer Hytec have collaborated in a project to upgrade an old and redundant vehicle parts press for the production line at motor parts manufacturer MA Automation, in Pretoria. 

PLC lifting equipment for Medupi

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Hydraulic technology group Enerpac reports that it has supplied programmable logic controlled (PLC) lifting equipment to the contractors working on a R5,8-million ongoing contract for State-owned power utility’s Eskom Medupi power station, near Lephalale, in Limpopo. 

Emergency diesel 
compressor for PGMs miner

15th October 2010 South African plant hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air recently delivered an emergency diesel compressor to platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Metals, in Rustenburg, receiving recognition from the mine for excellent service and swift delivery.  

New honing machine launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Specialist supplier of bore-sizing (honing) and surface-finishing (superfinishing) and precision precision deburring equipment Micron Technologies reports that it has introduced the HTA honing machine for the hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer and repair industry.  

Business unit awarded €5-million fuel injection skid order

15th October 2010 Global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications Colfax Corporation’s Allweiler business unit will deliver a €5-million fuel injection skid order through German engineering giant Siemens for use in gas turbines in Iraq.  

Hydraulic hose and fittings company moves to R8-million premises

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Supplier of hydraulic hose and fittings Genflex Hydraulics says that it has just completed the construction of its R8-million factory in Alrode South, in Gauteng province, and is in the process of moving into the new facility. 

Green product 
line launched

15th October 2010 Industry leader in the development of powerful and compact truck-mounted air compressor systems VMac has introduced its green product line, which includes the Underhood70 and Underhood150 belt-driven air compressor systems and the Predatair40 and Predatair60 hydraulic-driven air compressor systems. 

New distributor for pump range

1st October 2010 Hydraulic engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics, part of the BMG group, has been appointed as a distributor of hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s range of hydraulic cylinders, pumps and related products, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  

Energy efficient heaving

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     2nd July 2010 The Rexroth active heave compensation system (RAHC), which successfully recovers up to 70% of the operational energy requirement of marine crane drives, is being marketed in South Africa by hydraulic supply company Hytec. 

Twenty-year association formalised

14th May 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) latest strategic acquisition is a 70% share in hydraulics company Turnkey Hydraulics’ KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) branch, which will operate as BMG Hydraulics, from April 1. 

Process automation 
solution for treatment works

23rd April 2010 Automation technology manufacturer Festo Process Automation reports that it has completed the supply of a complete process automation solution to the newly constructed Kleinbrak river water treatment works, located in the Mossel Bay municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative

23rd April 2010 Fire-resistant hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative to standard petroleum oil in hot load environments, says South African hydraulic lifts company Big Lift Trucks (BLT). 

Manufacturer, supplier keeps on top of its game

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, one of South Africa's manufacturers and repairers of hydraulic cylinders, has greatly expanded and diversified its operations over the past three years.  

Recent changes result in productivity improvements

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Recent advances and improvements that promise to further streamline and speed up output at Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, include the installation of a second honing machine and the in-house development of a stress beam, the launch of a comprehensive computerised production control and... 

Manufacturer expects growth in revenue 

23rd April 2010 US-based hydraulics manufacturer Eaton Corporation reports that it expects its global revenue to grow from 12% to 14% yearly over the next five years. 

Bridging the skills gap

23rd April 2010 Pneumatic and electric automation solutions supplies company Festo reports that it continues to help deal with the prevalent skills shortage in industries such as hydraulics and pneumatics in Southern Africa through its endorsement and sponsorship of intertertiary competitions. 

Need to renew fluid power technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 To increase the efficiency of industry operations and automate repetitive tasks, a great rebirth of innovation-based fluid power technology, and the simultaneous improvement of the efficiency offered by such technology, should be implemented, while further enhancing control accuracy and the... 

Bringing new life to 
old machinery

23rd April 2010 Construction equipment manufacturer Pan Mixers believes that the durability of its equipment sees many customers using plants that are well over ten years old. However, in a move that brings new life to older machinery, while still assisting customers through the tough economic climate, the... 

University takes on the skills challenge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 Industries, such as pneumatics and hydraulics, have experienced a significant slump, owing to the global recession, but there appears to be an upswing in the economy and the sentiment is that companies are willing to invest in automation, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Courses aim to enhance skills, improve industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry will always have room for improvement as technology advances, increasing the need for skills in maintenance and advanced engineering, says Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses president, Garnett Cross. 

Solution for bright bar inspection 
device delivered

23rd April 2010 Automation solutions company Tectra Automation reports that it has supplied a Bosch Rexroth control system and components to nondestructive materials testing and measuring equipment company H Rohloff. The control system was used in the design and manufacture of a bright bar inspection line for a... 

Affected by the recession, focusing on skills – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) believes that, although a number of its member companies have felt the strain of the economic crunch over the past few years, the companies have managed their resources well and the industry will not experience a further decline. 

Hydron joins Savcio group

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th April 2010 Hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer and service provider company Hydron has joined the Savcio Holdings group. Savcio said in a media statement that Hydron had managed to become an approved supplier to some of the most recognised oil and gas companies operating offshore on the West Coast of... 

New version of radial piston pump introduced to local market

By: Jacqueline Holman     9th April 2010 Value-added reseller of Moog products, hydraulic component supplier Aqua Power plans to phase out the use of the RKP-I radial piston pump by its clients and replace these with its second-generation radial piston pump, the RKP-II. 

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