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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Company expands SA operations and introduces new drive technologies

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens Southern Africa has expanded its Johannesburg operations by upgrading its East Rand, Isando Mechanical Drives centre, and has increased its product offering, Siemens Mechanical Drives business development manager Radek Hokr tells Engineering... 

R&D focus leads to improved motor protection offering

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Motor protection company NewElec says it has made significant upgrades to its range of motor-protection relays in the past three years, which the company attributes to rigorous research and development (R&D) processes on which it spends several million rands each year. 

Upgraded range of shaft-mounted speed reducers offered

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has upgraded its Fenner range of shaft-mounted speed reducers (SMSRs), enabling the transmission of higher torque capacities. “These upgraded SMSRs can transmit higher torque capacities, owing to the improved gear geometry and case designs... 

Explosionproof motors for hazardous mining atmospheres

24th May 2013 Industrial motors manufacturer Baldor Electric Company, which is a member of the power and automation technology group ABB, has introduced an enclosed explosion-proof motor system for use in the dust-filled explosive atmosphere of underground coal mines. The totally enclosed system is expected to... 

Distribution agreement signed to support expansion

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Power Transmission company Bibby Turboflex South Africa (SA) is expanding and, in May, signed an agreement with local tools and fastener supplier Bolt & Engineering Distributors Group for the distribution of Bibby Turboflex’s full product offering. 

Electric Motors and VSD’s tailored for unpredictable African business environment

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 A range of variable-speed drives (VSD) and electric motors, specifically tailored to the African market, has experienced solid sales figures since its recent launch according to specialised electric motors supplier Zest WEG Group. Although the company has diversified through various acquisitions,... 

Multinational to grow its geographical footprint, launches new gear unit

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens plans to significantly increase its footprint in the African market with its variable speed drive (VSD) products, but says it needs to improve its marketing strategies to differentiate its products more effectively from those of competitors. 

Substandard motors a concern

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 The South African motors market is vulnerable to inferior quality products, as end-users have become extremely price-oriented in their buying strategies, says electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin. 

Backstop supply for major projects and company expansion on a roll

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Transmission company Bibby Turboflex has secured an order for eight backstops from petrochemicals group Sasol and an order for two replacement backstops from iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore for use on conveyor applications. The units will be delivered in mid-February.  

Electrical equipment supplier eyes further expansion into Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 To grow its share of the African motors and drives market, electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group is investigating the possibility of opening two more sales offices in Africa and is planning to partner with new distributors in Madagascar, Tanzania and Malawi. 

Torque convertors for sensitive motors offer easy installation

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Drive systems manufacturer Voith Turbo is offering industry a range of torque convertors that is suited to motors that are sensitive to power absorption and high-speed applications.  

Expansions to increase company’s market share

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive plans to increase its market share in the South African drives sector and better service its customers through recent expansions at its Nelspruit, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Johannesburg facilities. 

New gear products offer customised solutions

25th January 2013 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG), the exclusive Southern African distributors for Italian power transmission equipment manufacturer Varvel has extended the range of Varvel right-angled worm and in-line helical geared products it supplies to the local market to... 

Industry needs new blood, must be competitive to grow

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 A macro approach is needed to overcome the lack of new skills being created in the motors and drives industry, says mining and industrial products supplier Deebar Automation MD Gareth Davies. 

Engineering services provider expands its reach

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Bearing, gearbox and engineering services provider Drivetec is seeking partners in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal to broaden its distribution of Switzerland-based bearing provider RKB’s range of products. 

Range speeds up mounting, dismounting of shrink fit mechanical components

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Bearings and seals supplier SKF’s updated range of THAP air-driven hydraulic pumps and oil injectors speed up the mounting and dismounting of mechanical components, says SKF manager for reliability systems Steve Gething. 

Drives range with increased motor capabilities made available to market

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Industrial automation company Rockwell Automation launched its new range of alternating current drives last month, which is suitable for a variety of applications and offers ease of use and flexibility, says global product manager John Cherney. 

Drive engineering company offers energy saving solution

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 In response to increasing pressure to reduce energy consumption in South Africa, drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will introduce its DRC energy efficient motor towards the end of this year, says electronics product manager Paul Strzalkowski. 

Bearings company goes big in the Western Cape

20th July 2012 Bearing company Bearings International’s Maitland branch in the Western Cape last month relocated to larger premises, as part of a strategic move to further streamline operations and increase customer service levels, says Western Cape regional manager David Coro. 

Company provides new machine health solutions to mechanical industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Machine solutions provider Motornostix’s Identification (ID) Canary and online Machine Health Surveillance systems are suitable for monitoring any rotating machine or equipment that emits energy in the form of vibration, temperature or acoustic emission, says Motornostix director Johan Grobler.  

Components manufacturer acquires new machinery

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 Locking element and rigid flange manufacturer Transmission Components has acquired a new vertical turning centre machine to improve its production time, sales and marketing manager Rudi Jeggle tells Engineering News. 

Companies team up to complete design change on massive motor

25th May 2012 Local rotating electrical equipment repairer Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C), in March, completed the repair and design change of a 28 MW Jeumont Schneider synchronous motor for steel products manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Saldanha Steel plant, in the Western Cape. 

New variable-speed pump drive to cut energy costs

25th May 2012 German drive and control technology specialists Bosch Rexroth, locally represented by the Hytec Group, says its new variable-speed pressure and flow control system provides a dynamic and economical solution for controlling oil and volume pressure. 

Technical solutions provider experiences growth

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) says it differentiates itself in a saturated market by striving to be a total solutions provider rather than only a supplier of products, BMG geared motors GM Mark Barbour tells Engineering News. 

Proper bearings selection important for solar power plants

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 The use of the right bearings play a fundamental role in the successful operation of solar power generation projects, which will form an important part of South Africa’s future power generation mix, bearings distributor Bearings 2000 director Nick Stamatiadis tells Engineering News. 

German company appoints African distributor

25th May 2012 Transmission components company AZ Hollink South Africa has been appointed as the sole representative for German components manufacturer Renk Hanover in South Africa, as well as its authorised dealer for sub-Saharan Africa. 

Motor manufacturer’s small works facility to grow

25th May 2012 South African electric equipment supplier Zest WEG Group’s first small works facility, in Johannesburg, has successfully met the demand for smaller starter panels for the original-equipment manufacturer market and the end-user. 

Electric motor company makes strides at PE branch

25th May 2012 Electric motor designer, manufacturer and supplier CMG Electric Motors South Africa’s Port Elizabeth (PE) branch recently supplied motors for various applications to safety glass supplier and fitter Shatterprufe’s Neave production plant, also in PE. 

Motors to reduce carbon footprint

25th May 2012 Brazilian motor and control manufacturer WEG says its three-phase W22 motor, available locally from its Zest WEG Group subsidiary, provides an energy efficient solution for reducing industrial energy consumption. 

New series of cam clutches available

25th May 2012 New to technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of Tsubaki cam clutches is the BR-HT series, designed for use in equipment such as inclined conveyors and bucket elevators. 

New range of soft starters introduced

25th May 2012 Electric motors manufacturer CMG Electric Motors has released its new range of Aurora soft starters onto the market.  

Company introduces new relay range

25th May 2012 Electric motor protection relay manufacturer NewElec has introduced its new KE relay range, which, combined with free issue software provides a high quality protection, motor management and control platform. 

VSD compressor range offers low cost of ownership

25th May 2012 Machinery manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco’s ZR/ZT 15-750 and ZR/ZT 37-900 variable-speed drive (VSD) air compressor range results in low total cost of ownership, says Atlas Copco oil-free air compressor technique business manager Wayne Jacobs. 

New power transmission range launched for SA market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     27th January 2012 Following its $4.2-billion acquisition of industrial electric motors and mechanical power transmission manufacturer Baldor in January last year, power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB is ready to launch its new Dodge power transmission product range onto the local market. 

Industrial consumables firm introduces new drives range

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     27th January 2012 The South African low-voltage variable speed drive (VSD) market, which is currently valued between R700-million and R750-million, is steadily growing, says industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG). 

Company undertakes R5m expansion

27th January 2012 Manufacturer of motor control centres and various other electrical panels Shaw Controls, part of the Zest WEG Group, has invested R5-million in a full-scale company-wide expansion project that will see its processes and systems streamlined across the board. 

Efficient motor control ensures electricity savings

27th January 2012 International research bodies calculate that in excess of 50% of drive-power energy could be saved if motors and drive systems became more efficient. 

Demand for Durban branch’s products grows

27th January 2012 Electric motor, geared motors and variable land frequency drives supplier CMG Durban, part of the CMG Engineering group of companies, has had to relocate premises twice since opening the branch in 2003.  

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