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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Drive solution reduces energy consumption of plants

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Energy can constitute up to 90% of the life-cycle costs of drive systems that have not been enhanced, notes specialist drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. The company addresses this issue using its effiDRIVE energy-saving solutions, which are based on SEW-Eurodrive’s proven modular concept. 

New BBBEE partner introduced to ensure sustainability

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Motors, controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Electric South Africa introduced a new broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) partner to the group last month. Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring explains that the group, in its aim to ensure long-term sustainability,... 

LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY
The BBBEE partnership through an employee trust comprise owners that add value to and impact on the business on a daily basis
LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY The BBBEE partnership through an employee trust comprise owners that add value to and impact on the business on a daily basis

KTR

22nd May 2015 With more than 50 years of experience in power transmission, and more than 40 premises worldwide, high-quality power transmission components manufacturer KTR is a leading supplier of couplings, clamping sets, torque limiters, torque measuring systems, hydraulic components and brake systems –the... 

KTR

Flat economy, lack of projects necessitating focus shift

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Southern Africa bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International is focusing on replacement markets to sell its drive products to potential and existing customers, owing to the current stagnant gearbox, or, drive industry amid the flat local economy. Bearings... 

Exclusive range of unbalanced motors for Africa launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Specialist vibrating-equipment supplier Joest South Africa launched an exclusive range of unbalanced motors, specifically for use in Africa’s harsh operating conditions, in March. The range has been developed in partnership with an established Europe-based vibrating-motor manufacturer, which has... 

KEY BENEFIT
The replaceable stator housing pack of the motor allows for easy maintenance and increased life and improved efficiency
KEY BENEFIT The replaceable stator housing pack of the motor allows for easy maintenance and increased life and improved efficiency

African partnerships to enhance direct gearbox business

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 To compensate for a decrease in the South African market activity because of volatile commodity pricing and investor confidence uncertainties, gearbox designer and manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa (SA) is focusing more on Africa as a new market by signing four partnership agreements... 

PROJECT FOOTPRINT
Hansen Transmissions South Africa is commissioning two large projects in the Tete coalfields and the Port of Nacala, in Mozambique
PROJECT FOOTPRINT Hansen Transmissions South Africa is commissioning two large projects in the Tete coalfields and the Port of Nacala, in Mozambique

International group acquires transmission components manufacturer

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Germany-based power transmission solutions and technology provider Ringspann acquired its long-term agent and manufacturer Transmission Components in February. “As Transmission Components is now a wholly owned subsidiary of an international group with a yearly turnover of €65-million, this... 

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT
Former Transmission Components has been Ringspann’s agent and supplier for Southern Africa for almost thirty years
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT Former Transmission Components has been Ringspann’s agent and supplier for Southern Africa for almost thirty years

Couplings fundamental in drive equipment protection, efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 A torque-limiting coupling is key in protecting capital equipment investments in high-energy applications, such as crushing and milling in steel production, high-speed rotating equipment and high-speed gearboxes, states fluid couplings manufacturer Voith. “The Voith SafeSet torque-limiting... 

SUPPORT OFFERING
Voith can model any coupling, such as the TP-KL coupling, in its TurboSim software to show the product’s performance
SUPPORT OFFERING Voith can model any coupling, such as the TP-KL coupling, in its TurboSim software to show the product’s performance

Extended offering to include LV, MV products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Motor control systems manufacturer Shaw Controls, a member of motors, controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group has extended its product offering to encompass low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) applications. The company manufactures switchboard panels and control... 

NEW ADDITION
New products manufactured by Shaw Controls include the fully withdrawable motor control centre board
Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring discusses the global supply opportunities for Shaw Controls.

Air motors popular in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     23rd January 2015 Germany-based air-tools company Deprag’s air motors have proven to be popular in many South African industries, building on the company’s reputation for reliability and performance, according to local distributor Dowson and Dobson (D&D). 

DRIVEN BY AIR
The stainless steel air motors from Deprag are ideal for use in wet rooms and can withstand the acidic materials
DRIVEN BY AIR The stainless steel air motors from Deprag are ideal for use in wet rooms and can withstand the acidic materials

Girth gears launched

23rd January 2015 A flexible range of girth gears, used to assist with the transfer of drive torque from a gear motor to a rotary cylinder, has been developed by drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. 

GIRTH GEARS
Girth gears are used to drive large, rotating systems such as dryers, rotary kilns or horizontal mills
GIRTH GEARS Girth gears are used to drive large, rotating systems such as dryers, rotary kilns or horizontal mills

Pneumatic motors suited for winding

23rd January 2015 Pneumatic motors are ideal for winding applications, owing to their ability to automatically adapt speed as a load changes, Germany-based air tools company Deprag says. 

LESS ENERGY
Pneumatic motors’ energy requirement decreases with increased torque
LESS ENERGY Pneumatic motors’ energy requirement decreases with increased torque

Industry heading towards increased motor efficiency

23rd January 2015 The biggest cost factor involved in owning a compressor is its motor’s energy use, with cost cutting in this area resulting in substantial savings for the operator, says air process company Airgas Compressors. 

BELT-DRIVE MOTOR
The most effective means of reducing operational costs is through enhanced energy use
BELT-DRIVE MOTOR The most effective means of reducing operational costs is through enhanced energy use

Variable frequency drives for demanding applications

23rd January 2015 A series of variable frequency drive (VFD) devices, for demanding industrial and building automation applications, was recently launched to customers in Africa, by power management company Eaton. 

VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES
An active energy control algorithm is active as standard when using the factory default setting for volts-per-herts mode
VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES An active energy control algorithm is active as standard when using the factory default setting for volts-per-herts mode

Motors company a regional hub in the making

23rd January 2015 Electrical construction company Zest WEG Group is positioning itself to become a regional hub of electric motors company WEG, with subsidiary company motor control systems manufacturer Shaw Controls set to become the number one panel builder and systems integrator in Africa, says Zest WEG Group. 

DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB
DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB
Zest WEG Group aims for all its manufacturing operations to become centres of excellence
DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB Zest WEG Group aims for all its manufacturing operations to become centres of excellence

Motors company donates equipment to boost skills development

23rd January 2015 As part of its corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives, electric motors company Zest WEG Group has donated equipment worth more than R2-million to training schools, colleges and other educational institutions. 

PROMOTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Three colleges have benefited from Zest WEG Group’s donation of electric motors, switchgears, soft starters and other electric equipment
PROMOTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Three colleges have benefited from Zest WEG Group’s donation of electric motors, switchgears, soft starters and other electric equipment

Whole-systems approach improves efficiency

23rd January 2015 At the forefront of engineering considerations for motors are aspects such as efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership; however, to deliver the maximum benefits it is ideal to examine items of equipment as a whole, instead of individually, says geared motors company Bauer Gear Motor. 

INTEGRATED EFFICIENCY
By examining each component within the mechanical section of the motor and drivetrain, and enhancing its design, further efficiencies and savings can be made
INTEGRATED EFFICIENCY By examining each component within the mechanical section of the motor and drivetrain, and enhancing its design, further efficiencies and savings can be made

Motors simplify painting process

23rd January 2015 Electric motors in painting machines from power tools company Bosch, make painting processes easier and faster, with less mess. 

DIY PAINTING MADE EASY
With Bosch’s new electric painting systems, do-it-yourself enthusiasts will be able to paint any surface, using a variety of substances
DIY PAINTING MADE EASY With Bosch’s new electric painting systems, do-it-yourself enthusiasts will be able to paint any surface, using a variety of substances

DC Auto-Motion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2015 DC Auto-Motion is the official South African and African distributor of Japanese linear and motion control mechanical components manufacturer THK. It also offers THK’s premium linear motion (LM) guide products, which are recognised as the world’s most durable, accurate and rigid linear products.... 

DC Auto-Motion

Company aims to achieve $10bn turnover by 2020

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd May 2014 Brazilian electrical equipment supplier and automation solutions provider WEG Group has set in motion a strategic plan to achieve a yearly turnover of $10-billion by increasing its sales by at least 17% year-on-year until 2020, WEG Group South Africa-based subsidiary Zest WEG Group sales and... 

JOB CREATOR As of March 2014, Zest WEG’s local staff complement comprised 720 people
JOB CREATOR As of March 2014, Zest WEG’s local staff complement comprised 720 people

Power transmission group makes prestigious list

23rd May 2014 Local power transmission company Bibby Turboflex South Africa’s holding group, mechanical power transmission products manufacturer Altra Industrial Motion, was named one of American business magazine Forbes’ Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America, in March. Altra achieved an accounting... 

TURBOFLEX COUPLING Turboflex shaft couplings are composite-lightweight, carbon fibre couplings
TURBOFLEX COUPLING Turboflex shaft couplings are composite-lightweight, carbon fibre couplings

Bearing protection needed for optimum performance

23rd May 2014 Major manufacturers of three-phase alternating current induction motors offer inverter-duty or inverter-ready models but, while these motors have inverter-rated insulation to protect the windings, the bearings, which are the motors’ most vulnerable parts, are too often ignored, states global... 

FAILED MOTOR The fluted bearing race wall resulted from variable frequency drive-induced bearing currents
FAILED MOTOR The fluted bearing race wall resulted from variable frequency drive-induced bearing currents

Range provides optimum reliability in power transmission

23rd May 2014 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) reports that in March it launched the Rexnord-Falk product range, which encompasses industrial gear units, low-speed backstops, couplings, bearings and chain conveying solutions. Industrial mechanical power transmission solutions provider... 

V-CLASS GEAR DRIVES Falk’s engineers have introduced appropriate solutions to improve durability and extend product life, specifically in arduous operating conditions
V-CLASS GEAR DRIVES Falk’s engineers have introduced appropriate solutions to improve durability and extend product life, specifically in arduous operating conditions

Integrated solutions propel offshore construction vessel

23rd May 2014 Electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens drive technologies division is in the process of installing its Siship integrated drive and power generation solutions for the oil and gas industry owner and operator Toisa’s multipurpose offshore construction vessel (MOCV). Siemens is... 

MULTIPURPOSE OFFSHORE CONSTRUCTION VESSEL Siemens integrated Siship solutions will improve the reliability and flexibility of the vessel
Photo by Sealion Shipping
MULTIPURPOSE OFFSHORE CONSTRUCTION VESSEL Siemens integrated Siship solutions will improve the reliability and flexibility of the vessel

Uptake of new drives range positive 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd May 2014 Uptake of the newly launched range of Hitachi Industrial SJ700B variable- speed drives (VSDs) has been positive to date, says electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin. He adds that the SJ700B VSDs are suitable for any industrial... 

Uptake of new drives  range positive
Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin discusses the company’s motors and variable speed drives product ranges.

Compact servomotors launched

23rd May 2014 German industrial control systems supplier Jetter AG expanded its portfolio of servomotors, with the introduction of the new JHN series motors, in March. “The JHN motors are, above all, noted for its space-saving design, dimensions and high torque, and are therefore particularly suited for use in... 

COMPACT EFFICIENCY
JHN motors enable plants and machinery to be planned more flexibly and made much smaller
COMPACT EFFICIENCY JHN motors enable plants and machinery to be planned more flexibly and made much smaller

Clamping products ensure tight and consistent CV boot

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 Band-It stainless steel clamping systems importers and manufacturers Banding and ID Solutions Africa notes that the design and portable structure of its Band-It clamping products make them suitable for use in mechanical transmission applications. 

Company provides power transmission solutions for application in all industries

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 Bearings supplier SKF’s ability to customise the materials of its range of power transmission products and heat treatment processes to suit special application requirements complement the company’s experience in bearing technology, which spans more than 100 years. 

Company completes delivery of industrial gearboxes

24th January 2014 Drive solutions supplier Hansen Transmissions South Africa (HTSA) reports that it has completed delivery of ten Hansen industrial gearboxes, of varying sizes, to a slurry equipment specialist in October. 

Industrial fairs achieve further growth

24th January 2014 Asia-based trade exhibition companies Power Transmission and Control (PTC) Asia, CeMAT Asia and ComVac Asia concluded their aim to assist in the growth of the power transmission market in Asia in their four-day trade show in October last year at the Shanghai International Exhibition Centre, in... 

Drives company provides services in Cape Town

24th January 2014 Drive engineering company SEW Eurodrive reports that it has now carried out its promise to install a complete assembly and service centre for Movigear to provide the local back-up which it promised to customers. 

Drives company replaces conventional rack systems

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 Power transmission components supplier BMG has launched pin gear drive units that replace conventional rack systems. 

Warehouse management system to take customer service to another level

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 South Africa-based motor and controls supplier Zest WEG Group is implementing a warehouse management system at its head office in Linbro Business Park, in Johannesburg, to take customer service to another level. 

ZEST WAREHOUSE
By focusing on effficiently managing the different processes in its warehouses, the company’s clients will benefit from timely shipments, which will ensure that products will be available to clients when needed
ZEST WAREHOUSE By focusing on effficiently managing the different processes in its warehouses, the company’s clients will benefit from timely shipments, which will ensure that products will be available to clients when needed

New drives increase energy efficiency

24th January 2014 Automotive technology supplier Bosch Rexroth’s new large electric drives open up opportunities for users to improve energy efficiency, such as through power regeneration. 

Partnership to simplify VSD and motor procurement process

24th January 2014 Industrial automation solutions company Rockwell Automation and electrical products supplier Actom reports that in October it launched a customer service initiative aimed at simplifying the procurement process of variable speed drives (VSDs) and motors. 

Quality of power transmission chain emphasised

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 Cost reduction to protect margins is a global power transmission trend; however, engineering components provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) says investing in a high-quality branded power transmission chain can achieve significant cost savings for industry. 

COST OF OWNERSHIP A chain with a reduced service life will need replacing more frequently – this not only causes increased downtime but also introduces a further round of procurement into the cost equation
COST OF OWNERSHIP A chain with a reduced service life will need replacing more frequently – this not only causes increased downtime but also introduces a further round of procurement into the cost equation

Positive uptake of mechatronic drive systems expected to continue

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 The increasingly high electricity costs that affect industry should make Movigear the mechatronic drive system of choice for most industrial companies this year, says drive technology company SEW Eurodrive. 

Design simplicity of drives trend in EU market

19th July 2013 While there is unlikely to be any major product innovation in the European market for mechanical power transmissions, manufacturers continue to strive for small design improvements that will further enhance product performance, reliability, error-free operation and product lifetime, notes... 

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