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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

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.  

Hybrid ceramic bearings introduced into local market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     27th January 2012 A new environment-friendly range of hybrid ceramic (HC) bearings has been introduced to the market by bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings 2000.  

Company broadens hydraulic components range

27th January 2012 Drive and control technology provider Hytec, part of Hytec Group, has broadened the range of mobile hydraulic components suited for application in the midtier mobile and industrial market segments. 

Hydraulic motors boost cooling efficiency of equipment

27th January 2012 Motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin has launched its latest range of hydraulic motors, that were specifically developed to improve the efficiency and performance of fan-operated cooling systems in both on- and off-highway vehicles.  

Manufacturer introduces new motor protection range

27th January 2012 Motor protection relay manufacturer NewElec has introduced a series of electronically commuted (EC) electronic motor protection relays. 

Industrial drives supplier optimistic about the future

27th January 2012 Hansen Transmissions South Africa (HTSA), a local subsidiary of Belgium-based industrial gearbox technology provider Hansen Industrial Transmissions, is optimistic about the growth of the mining and industrial sectors in South Africa and says it is confident that it will be able to continue... 

Medium-voltage drive delivers 99% efficiency

27th January 2012 Motor manufacturer WEG's MVW01 drives range, available in Southern Africa from electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG, is setting a new standard in medium-voltage (MV) variable frequency drives (VFDs), achieving an efficiency rate of 99%. 

Supplier places largest stock order for ABB motors in SA

27th January 2012 Electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions, a third-party channel for ABB South Africa, became a distributor of ABB low-voltage motors and, in December, placed the largest ever order for stock in South Africa. 

Small beginnings yield mighty partnership

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The humble beginnings of an electric motor manufacturer in a small Brazilian farming village 50 years ago, laid the foundations for a partnership with a South African entrepreneur that has spanned three decades. 

Sustainability is the centre of CSI strategy

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The corporate social investment (CSI) strategy of electrical equipment supplier Zest Group has the concept of sustainability at its core. 

Focus on African opportunities

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The acquisition of South African electric motor distributor Zest by Brazil-based group WEG, last year, has resulted in the African market being tackled with renewed impetus. 

Group synergies yield complete market solution

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 A steady stream of strategic acquisitions has seen the Zest Group transform itself, in recent years, from a South African electric motor distributor into a solutions provider on projects across Africa. 

ISO certification underscores sustainable strategy

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The partnership between the Zest Group in South Africa and WEG of Brazil extends beyond the distribution of products to a common vision focused on quality and environmentally conscious behaviour. 

Support and training take centre stage

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 On-site technical support, services and training are an integral part of the Zest Group’s business strategy and have become a key element of the company’s culture. 

Gear specialist extends its footprint

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Gear specialist David Brown Gear Industries is extending its reach across South Africa and many other regions in the world by establishing new gearbox service centres. 

Precision steel roller chain for industrial applications

15th July 2011 UK-based gear, chain and coupling manufacturer Renold’s steel roller chain products are an efficient and versatile way to transmit mechanical power in industrial applications, reports South African gear supplier and repair company Drive and Gear Engineering. 

Helical and bevel-helical gear units cover wide torque range

15th July 2011 Gear and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive has launched robust helical and bevel-helical gear units as part of its X series of industrial gear units, which cover a torque range of 6.8 kNm to 475 kNm. 

Company introduces low-friction bearings

15th July 2011 Energy-efficient E2 double-row angular contact ball bearings reduce frictional moment by 30% and can run between 5 ºC and 30 ºC cooler, increasing the service life of the grease, says lubrication, bearing and tribology specialist company SKF South Africa. 

Roller chain manufacturer introduces new generation of products

15th July 2011 Gears, drives and power transmission specialist Bearing Man Group (BMG) is distributing the full range of Japan-based roller chain manufacturer Tsubakimoto Chain Company’s (Tsubaki’s) high-performance chains, including the newly launched RS roller chain. 

Precision-aligned machines improve efficiency, reduce maintenance

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Properly aligned belt and chain drives and drive shafts will reduce the energy requirements of machines by between 3% and 5%, says condition monitoring solutions company Engineering Dynamics CEO and condition monitoring technology strategist Christo van der Walt. 

Manufacturer increases in-house capacity

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Germiston-based gear manufacturer and refurbishment company Ras Engineering has bought and installed a number of new machines to keep processes in-house, and says it has continued to employ and train people in the use of its machines despite facing difficult business conditions last year, says... 

New washing machine to clean stators, rotors and armatures developed

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 Thermal processing equipment company Tulip Technique has developed a stator, rotor and armature washing and drying machine for use by industries using large electric motors. 

Local panel builder introduces new type tested panel

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 A new type-tested (TT) panel with internal arc for use in motor control centres (MCCs) has been introduced to the market by low-voltage components supplier CHI Control Components, a division of Actom. 

Motor-driven applications have enormous energy saving potential

20th May 2011 The energy saving potential in motor-driven applications in industry, alone, is enormous, says ABB South Africa low-voltage and discrete automation division energy efficiency manager Fanie Steyn. 

Industrial consumables firm launches new motor range

20th May 2011 Industrial gearbox and motor supplier BMG Drives has launched a new generation of energy-efficient electric motors, the IE2 range, which is distinguishable by a yellow cowl. 

Drive specialist launches SA Drive Academy

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive South Africa launched its local drive academy in March. 

Manufacturer acquires oven to improve its capabilities

20th May 2011 UK-based high-torque electric motor manufacturer Oxford YASA Motors, a spin-out company from Oxford University, is employing a WF200 oven from furnace and oven supplier Lenton Furnaces & Ovens to cure an adhesive used in the construction of the company’s electric motor range. 

New Firemode software released in South Africa

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 Electric motor and drives manufacturer and supplier CMG Electric Motors South Africa has released the new Vacon Firemode software in the South African market. 

Generation C electric motor bearings’ popularity on the increase

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 Bearings distributor Bearings 2000 has noted increased demand for its electric motor FAG Generation C deep groove ball bearings in South Africa. 

Specialised turbo coupling for belt conveyors launched

20th May 2011 Drive technology manufacturer Voith Turbo has added a robust TPKL-T coupling to its range of fill-controlled TPKL turbo couplings that were specifically designed for tough belt conveying applications. 

Companies partner to reduce costs, improve productivity

20th May 2011 Manufacturer and repairer of electric motors and components Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) says its investment in critical equipment, such as full load test bays and other testing equipment, including online condition monitoring equipment and data logging devices, has provided it with sophisticated... 

Companies show preference for familiar technologies

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 Electronic motor protection relay designer and manufacturer NewElec has noticed a steady increase in demand for its N Series electronic motor protection relays, which have already been on the market for two years but are more popular than recent products. 

Engines meet future off-highway emissions standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2010 Supplier of engines, complete propulsion and power systems MTU, part of Tognum Group, recently presented their latest engine programme, designed to meet all future off-highway emissions standards, at Bauma, a construction machinery exhibition in Munich, Germany. 

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