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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Switchboard manufacturer marks milestone

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Low-voltage switchboard manufacturer Shaw Controls move towards supply of products on a turnkey project basis is a milestone for the company, says company MD Bevan Richards.  

Training to combat skills shortage

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Motors, drives and switchgear group Zest made the decision to invest in training its own personnel in the form of apprentices, engineering technicians and qualified engineers to help combat the shortage of skills in South Africa, says Zest MD Louis Meiring. 

Acquisition provides long-term benefits

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Becoming part of the motors, drives and switchgear group Zest has had a number of advantages and long-term benefits for electrical and instrumentation engineering and contractors EnI, says company MD Richard Miller. 

Engineering company grows industrial gear unit range

18th July 2008 Diversified engineering company Bearing Man’s specialist industrial gear and electric motors division, has extended its range of Nord drives, to include new high torque industrial gear units, with a one piece Unicase housing. 

Engineering company secures Wembly contract

18th July 2008 Diversified power transmission company, Brevini Power Transmission, has secured a project that will see the company supply power transmission equipment to Wembley Stadium, in London. 

Engineering company completes second order for Iraqi water project

18th July 2008 Pump manufacturing company APE Pumps, a member of the industrial engineering group PSV Holdings, has completed the second of two orders worth a total of R30‐million, to supply four water pumps to a water project in Iraq.  

Gear components company extends product range

18th July 2008 Gear components manufacturers Bonfiglioli has expanded its product range to produce a range of worm gears, which is specifically aimed at the industrial market. 

Remanufacturing facility to focus on bearing production

18th July 2008 Diversified engineering company SKF South Africa has announced it intends to launch its remanufacturing facility, which will remanufacture key industrial components such as bearings, in Jet Park during the second quarter of the year. 

Swedish company opens sales office in South Africa

18th July 2008 Swedish mechanical power transmission company Hägglunds Drives, has opened its doors to the South African market by launching a sales office in Meadowdale, Johannesburg.  

Design competition debuts at tertiary institutions

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th July 2008 A design competition that aims to encourage innovation and creativity in the field of mechatronic engineering has made its debut across seven tertiary education institutions. 

Automation company draws attention to the value of automation

18th July 2008 As part of an overall drive to assist industry in improving plant performance through the effective use and implementation of intelligent plant automation solutions, diversified engineering company Siemens Automation and Drives, a division of Siemens, has completed its nationwide series of plant... 

Mechanical power transmission company meets power utility’s directives

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th July 2008 Mechanical power transmission focused company, Hansen Transmissions, has overcome stringent heat requirement tests that was imposed on the company’s drives by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Engineering company introduces new decoupling arrangement

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th July 2008 In May this year, engineering company Steinmeyer announced a new, cost effective decoupling arrangement for ball screw drives that enables the company's standard PMT 160 series stages to achieve breakthrough performance. 

Forty new additions to XYZ-axis range

18th July 2008 Diversified US Engineering company, Schaumburg, announced in June this year the immediate availability of 40 new additions to its line of XYZ-axis stages for machine builders and other designers of high-precision motion systems. 

Mechanical power transmission company increases product range

18th July 2008 Mechanical power transmission company WEG Electric Motors announced in June that the company has increased its product offering. 

Increased durability on BKK and BKR bridge modules

18th July 2008 Engineering company, Rexroth has expanded its extensive of linear modules with the new BKK and BKR Bridge Modules designed to run longer without intermediate support. 

Engineering company releases new hybrid linear actuator range

18th July 2008 Diversified US engineering company, Haydon Switch and Instrument, has introduced its 28000 series, Size 11, double stack non captive hybrid linear actuator, The latest addition to its continuously growing hybrid motor line, onto the US market. 

International company wins $90-million South African contract

23rd May 2008 Power and automation technology group, ABB, has won a contract to upgrade control systems and instrumentation at the Matla power station in Mpumalanga. 

Diversified engineering company offers modular energy saving solutions

23rd May 2008 Rising energy costs and diminishing natural resources are prompting companies to review the energy efficiency of their systems as well as the amount of follow-up costs involved in converting to energy efficient drives during the later stages of a project reports diversified electrical engineering... 

Motor control centre improves production facility output

23rd May 2008 Through its newly installed motor control centres (MCCs) the Siemens industry automation division, a division of the Siemens Group, has expanded its Sivacon S8 product spectrum of low-voltage switchgear for industrial applications and for the high-end current range of up to 7 000 A. 

Engineering company extends product range

23rd May 2008 Diversified engineering company Bearing Man's industrial electric and gear motors division, Power Drives, has extended its range of Fenner Motoline electric motors to include new high efficiency motors. 

Industrial sector shows increased interest in PLC training

23rd May 2008 Increased interest in the programmable logic controller training courses that are held by diversified electrical company Möeller Electric has prompted the company to increase the frequency of the courses being affected. 

In-house artisan training expands to alleviate industry skills need

23rd May 2008 Diversified electrical engineering company, Zest Drives, has focused its attention on artisan training in an attempt to lessen the effect that the country’s skills crisis has had on the company. 

Capacity expansion includes R11-million motor control centre project

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd May 2008 Diversified electrical engineering company, CHI Control Engineered Solutions, part of the Alstom Low Voltage Group, has installed a number of motor control centres for the world’s largest metals producer, ArcelorMittal. 

Motor company, power utility join forces to eradicate energy inefficient motors

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd May 2008 CMG South Africa, part of the CMG Group of companies, has established a service agreement with South African State-owned power utility Eskom to eradicate non-energy efficient motors from the South African market. 

Switchgear systems company alters focus 

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd May 2008 Electrical switchgear systems company, RBF Technology, part of the Schneider Electric group, is changing its focus from being a products based company to a solutions based company as part of Schneider Electric's global repositioning strategy. RBF MD Johan Basson says that this will enhance RBF's... 

Electric motors firm teams up with drives specialist

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd August 2007 CMG South Africa, one of the largest suppliers of electric motors in the country, is entering the drives market with one of the leading global variable speed drive specialists, Vacon. 

Strong local, African market growth boosts motor distribution

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th July 2007 Local electric motor distributor Zest Electric Motors (Zest) marketing and logistics manager Chris Chryssoulis tells Engineering News that the company is experiencing a strong demand across its product range from both the local and African markets. 

Local company makes strides into mixing applications

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th July 2007 Drive engineering specialists SEW Eurodrive (Sew) supplied seven MC series units to global mixing specialist company Mixtec. This order occurred during May and June 2007. 

Drive system installation includes South Africa�s largest

20th July 2007 Technical specialists in engineering consumables Bearing Man has supplied a complete drive system to South African cement group Pretoria Portland Cement�s (PPC) Port Elizabeth plant. Bearing Man�s power transmission division product manager Kevin Gill tells Engineering News that this system... 

Preventive diagnostics reduce wear and tear damage

20th July 2007 Preventative status diagnostics plays a critical role in monitoring parts subject to wear in the drive and assist in detecting imminent damage in good time, display tendencies, an improves the maintenance intervals accordingly. This is the view of the South African division of German... 

Power demands fuel power station technology improvements

20th July 2007 The ongoing need for increased power generation to meet the demands of South Africa�s burgeoning economy has led to the development by David Brown Gear Industries (David Brown) of a special rapid response customer service programme aimed at delivering improvements in gear technology for power... 

New product powers transmission market

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th July 2007 Engineering consumables specialists Bearing Man has launched a new product into its power transmission components portfolio. The Fenner PowerTwist V-belts offer a longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime compared to conventional link V-belts. 

High-temperature superconductors ensure efficient propulsion in

20th July 2007 Researchers from Siemens Corporate Technology and their colleagues from the Siemens Industrial Solution and Services (I&S) Marine Solutions and Automation and Drives (A&D) Large Drives divisions have developed a new type of propulsion motor for all-electric ships (AES). 

Frequency inverter drive series suits demanding applications

20th July 2007 The frequency inverter drives of the new FR-A700 series from Mitsubishi Electric are high-end units designed for demanding modern mechanical and plant engineering applications. 

Motor supplier makes strides in the steel industry

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th July 2007 Local supplier of motors Electric Motors and Components (Emac) sales and project manager Clinton Wadeley reports that its three-phase roller table motor is performing well in the South African market. 

Relays prevent costly down time

20th July 2007 Manufacturers of motor protection relays, NewElec, has designed the OLR 8 relays, to monitor one phase of the main motor circuit and to provide running stall (jam) protection for selected applications. This, according to the company, ensures accuracy and repeatability in performance. 

New alternator enters mechanical power transmission market

20th July 2007 Specialist in electro-mechanical engineering Leroy-Somer has manufactured a new range of high strength LSC alternators. Leroy-Somer MD Grant Robertson tells Engineering News that these alternators offer high efficiencies, low voltage dips and reduced sound levels in diverse applications including... 

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