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Hydraulics News

R3,1m drill-ship overhaul completed

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th December 2009 Hydraulic equipment supplier Hytec Marine and Offshore Services, a member of the Hytec Group, has completed a R3,1-million project involving the redesign of the pipe handling system and the construction of the control valve modules to be used on a drill ship. 

Local industrial virtual exhibition launched

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 On-line industrial portal company Industryza has launched a virtual exhibition that focuses on industrial and mining products in South Africa. Industryza founder Cameron Diesel says that hydraulics have been one of the focuses in setting up the website. 

Supplier focuses on marketing strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo is currently focusing on its marketing strategy for the RKP-D second-generation digital radial piston pump with designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion control products and systems MOOG. 

Increasing demand for hydraulics training

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo’s didactic training division indicates that there has been an increase in demand for hydraulics training this year, which has not been the case previously, says Festo manager of didactic training and consulting Horst Weinert. 

Solutions company invests in machinery

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo has invested in additional equipment and machinery that enables it to assemble rodless cylinders locally, says Festo MD Richard Teagle.  

Increasing demand for reducing life-cycle costs

16th October 2009 Two thirds of the lifecycle cost of a breaker can be attributed to operator cost, energy and fuel consumption, as well as service and maintenance costs. Reducing the challenge of the lifecycle cost of machinery and tools is an increasing demand from the market currently, states leaders in... 

New proprietary media reduces electrostatic charging

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Filter technology company Donaldson has introduced its Donaldson Electrostatic Reduction Technology (Dert), which is a new proprietary media that reduces the electrostatic charging that results when nonconductive fluids pass over nonconductive filter media fibres at high flow rates. 

Fluid power market to experience increased demand in 2010

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The fluid power markets will likely see increased demand sometime between late 2009 and early 2010, states growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan in its economic outlook for the global fluid power industry. 

R4,9-million hydraulic work for coal terminal 

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulic systems design, manufacturing and commissioning company Fluidtronik has successfully delivered its R4,9-million scope of hydraulic work on the stacker reclaimer for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) phase V project, says Fluidtronik MD Heinz von Fintel. 

International research agenda to transform fluid power

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The US National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center-funded Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) has an ambitious research and education agenda in its aim to transform fluid power, says CCEFP education codirector Linda Western. 

New identity for well-known hydraulics brand

By: Dennis Ndaba     24th July 2009 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG), a subsidiary of JSE-listed industrial firm Invicta, has launched a rebranded trading name for Goldquest International Hydraulics as BMG Hydraulics from July, 2009. 

Revamped engineered-products distributor eyes prospects in Australasia and South America

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2008 The recently re-branded Bearing Man Group, now BMG, is considering ways to globalise its successful industrial-component sourcing and distribution model, and is eyeing, in particular, entry into the resources-heavy markets of South America and Australasia.  

Invicta subsidiary Bearing Man completes Goldquest acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     14th August 2008 Engineering consumables firm Bearing Man, a subsidiary of JSE-listed industrial firm Invicta, has completed the acquisition of Goldquest International Hydraulics. Goldquest International Hydraulics has sole distribution rights for brands like Eaton/Vickers, Marzocchi, Larzep, Pister, Schroeder,... 

Association fosters education in hydraulics and pneumatics industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African Fluid Power Association (SAFPA) has announced that a number of its qualifications have been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa). These include the Fluid Power Qualification at National Qualification Framework (NQF) levels three, four, and five. 

Pneumatics specialist steals the show

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African distributor for Bosch Rexroth, Tectra Automation, has designed, manufactured, commissioned and installed a customised stage lift for the Victory Theatre’s current Rocky Horror Show in two weeks. 

Multinational group announces acquisition

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The multinational design, manufacturing and distribution of high-pressure systems group, Manuli Rubber Industries, has announced the acquisition of the entire capital of hydraulics underground mining specialist Powerforce Hydraulics.  

Engineering firm completes Camden economiser contract

25th April 2008 Engineering firm Steinmüller has successfully completed a contract for the Camden power station that involves the retrofitting of six economisers. The contract forms part of the return-to-service project currently under way. 

Quieter air hoists to mitigate worker health concerns

25th April 2008 A high-speed air hoist fitted with silencers, developed by lifting, load-holding, pushing and pulling equipment supplier, Bellambie Mining & Industrial, is able to suppress the noise in the industrial working environment, reports the company. 

Control, instrumentation specialist releases new actuators

25th April 2008 Control and instrumentation specialist, Spirax Sarco, has released its new series of pneumatic rotary actuators, the BVA300 series. The series is manufactured in 12 different sizes.  

Outside-in flow elements enable better containment

25th April 2008 The new DirtCatcher elements, which are outside-in flow elements with a patent-pending outer shell that prevents contaminants from falling back into a system during element changes, has been developed by international fluid conditioning and filtration products manufacturer, Schroeder Industries,... 

Company launches improved multipin modules

25th April 2008 The MPA multipin valve terminal modules developed by industrial and process automation innovation company, Festo, have universal application in automation technology, reports the company 

Hydraulics supplier introduces new hose

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Hydraulics supplier, Genflex Hydraulics of Alrode South, Gauteng has recently introduced a stronger, multispiral hose, the Deutsches Institut für Normung-accredited DIN8564SP hose. 

Roller coaster ride for pneumatic safety solution

25th April 2008 Process automation and technology specialist, Festo, has supplied Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Münsterhausen in Germany with a customised pneumatic safety solution for the tallest and fastest roller coaster the company has built to date, the Euro-Fighter. 

Specialist releases new compact cylinder

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The hydraulics and pneumatics specialist Festo has released its newly manufactured compact cylinder, the ADN cylinder.  

Pneumatic specialist replaces outdated products

25th April 2008 Pneumatic specialist Exair has released its 50 mm Super Air Nozzle. The nozzle has been engineered to replace outdated flat nozzles. 

Specialist keeps it cool underground

25th April 2008 Recent changes to South Africa’s mining legislation require operators of mining machinery to be accommodated in fully-enclosed cabins, which will protect them from dust and noise. 

Hydropower could contribute up to 7 000 MW

By: Guy Copans     11th April 2008 An unnamed hydro-mechanical engineering consultant says that hydropower could add about 5 000 MW to 7 000 MW to South Africa’s electricity infrastructure.  

Fire detection technology supplied to Maponya mall

4th April 2008 The wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric Company, GE Security’s fire detection technology is making Soweto’s flagship mall a safe place to shop. 

Hydraulics shortage now the ‘headache', says Bell CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2008 A shortage of hydraulic components was now causing the supply "headache" and no longer tyres and steel, Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell said on Monday. Bell said that reputable supplying companies, which "had done great for us over the last 20 or 30 years", were no longer meeting... 

Local supplier acquires new hydraulic cylinder honing machine

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic tube supplier Honingcraft has acquired a new heavy-duty cylinder honing machine that the company claims is the largest in Africa. The machine was developed by Sunnen AG in Switzerland and supplied by Micron Technologies (ex Safurnco) who are the authorised distributors for Sunnen. 

Hydraulics company opens new Mozambique facility

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic company Hytec Services Mozambique, a member of the Hytec Group, is relocating to its new premises in November, says Hytec Group MD, John Wingrove. 

Petrochemicals company emphasises the importance of application-appropriate oil

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 About 70% of the failures that occur in hydraulic applications are oil-related, often the result of improper oil selection, or poor oil performance, says energy and petrochemical company Shell South Africa product application specialist Peter Thorpe. 

Monitoring and analysis integral to company�s pre-emptive maintenance offering

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 To ensure that its end-users gain full service value, hydraulics service company Turnkey Hydraulics (Turnkey) offers its clients a hydraulic service, in which monitors are attached to hydraulic equipment to analyse the data of that equipment. The monitors enable the user to monitor contamination... 

System designer introduces new weigh batching system

19th October 2007 Systems designer and manufacturer Flexicon Africa has introduced a new weigh batching system that discharges material from bulk bags, delumps the product, and feeds it gravimetrically into rigid bins. 

New hydraulic system safely moves transformer

19th October 2007 Engineering services company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker Group of Companies, has manufactured a specially designed hydraulic system that was successfully used in safely moving a 1.5-t transformer 30m/hr, without any damage to the transformer. 

Engineering training company expands training offering

19th October 2007 Since restructuring into two divisions, learning systems and training and consulting, engineering training company Festo Didactic (Festo) has expanded its curriculum. Courses currently cover topics such as pneumatics, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers and mechatronics, as well as... 

Pneumatic valve series offers weight and flow advantages

19th October 2007 Hydraulics supplier Rexroth, locally represented by Tectra Automation (Tectra), delivers a precise solution through its 'light generation', the latest version of the HF pneumatic valve series. A high flow rate at a narrow width is the hallmark of the series. The HF03 LG is a... 

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