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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Modifications improve reliability

26th May 2006 With the demand for cement products in South Africa rising, increased reliability remains a key business factor at all the PPC cement plants and PPC Dwaalboom is no exception. 

Energy-efficient drives to suit any application

26th May 2006 Energy-efficient Nord drives, designed by German manufacturers, Getriebebau Nord and assembled locally by Bearing Man, ensure optimum performance of mechanical speed control in any application. 

Waved washers eliminate external vibration

26th May 2006 Bearing Man’s seals division distributes the complete range of Emmott waved washers, which has been developed in close conjunction with leading electric motor manufacturers, for enhanced performance and extended service life. 

Smart power distribution

26th May 2006 German-based Moeller Electric has launched two smart power distribution packages for motor control and power control centres. 

Magnetic encoder eases maintenance needs

26th May 2006 As a partner of global encoding equipment manufacturer, Hubner Berlin, Elquip Solutions is bringing their latest series of magnetic sensing encoders to the local market. 

Tooth-chain technology for demanding applications

26th May 2006 Tectra Automation, the sole distributor of Bosch Rexroth products in sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the addition of Rexroth inverted-tooth chains to its product line. 

Locally-manufactured switchgear assemblies for Sasol plant

26th May 2006 Sasol recently placed an order for the design, manufacture and supply of LV Switchgear Assemblies destined for their Secunda site from RBF Technology in Johannesburg. 

Rapid response to steel-plant crisis

26th May 2006 CHI Control’s rapid response capability was demonstrated earlier this year when, at around 1 am on Thursday, January 12, a fire caused by a disastrous spill of molten steel from the arc furnace at Mittal Steel, in Vanderbijlpark, ignited cables and burnt its way upwards into the MCC room.... 

New generation of speed drives enters SA

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th May 2006 Global drive-solutions group SEW Euro-drive, supplier of geared, servo- and electric motors, speed reducers, variable-speed drives and servocontrollers, has developed a new generation of variable-speed drives, which, following success in the German market, it is now introducing into South Africa. 

Data-link system ensures prompt and accurate fault reports

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th May 2006 Germany-based Demag Cranes and Components has introduced canbus technology to its new range of equipment. Canbus technology is a data-link system that feeds information from a piece of equipment to the control centre and points out the problems as they unfold. In an exclusive interview with... 

New machine meets flexibility requirements

26th May 2006 When world-renowned machine builder Impianti Genesis was awarded the contract to support a manufacturer of fluidic fittings wanting to change to automated production, the main challenge that had to be overcome was the high number of different versions and sizes of fittings, which meant that an... 

Motor-protection relay to upgrade existing motor starters

26th May 2006 The NewElec MA motor protection relay provides a means of upgrading existing motor starters.?It permits them to be controlled by Profibus DP, eliminating the need of having to replace older MCCs, before gaining the benefit of automating via the two-wire field control, field bus technology, of... 

Key contracts for switchgear systems specialist

26th May 2006 Switchgear systems specialist RBF Technology, of Johannesburg, continues its entrenchment in the South African market as a key supplier to a diverse range of industries. 

Engineers who want to be submerged

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 Getting marine engineers into shipshape 

SA's F1 hero honoured

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 On Tuesday night last week, the University of the Witwatersrand conferred an honorary doctorate in engineering on Rory Byrne, the chief design engineer at Formula One (F1) giant Ferrari. 

New inverter system solves any drive challenge

23rd September 2005 The German-manufactured Nord drive systems, designed by Getriebebau Nord and assembled locally by Power Drives, Bearing Man’s geared and electric motors division, ensure the best performance of mechanical speed control in any application. 

Fluid couplings for all industrial equipment

22nd July 2005 The Transfluid fluid couplings that are available from Bearing Man’s power transmission division, improve the overall performance of internal combustion engines and electric motors, and also protect both the driving and drive machine. 

New power-generation systems launched

22nd July 2005 A new power-generation system designed to provide power in areas where there is no electricity has been launched by Engine Applications, in conjunction with Leroy Somer. 

Local company targets greater market share

22nd July 2005 Although SKF South Africa is busy preparing to take on a greater market share of the power transmission sector, it does, however, indicate that recent market trends pose a great challenge. 

Gearboxes popular in South Africa and abroad

22nd July 2005 Mechanical power transmission and gear technology specialists Hansen Transmissions has been supplying the local market for the past 36 years. 

Promising growth for microgeared motor market

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd July 2005 ”The survival of small business in a sector dominated by larger competitors with international status is dependent largely on strategy and innovative means,” says Browns Transmission and Engineering owner Ernest Brown. 

Takeover prompts big changes at local company

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd July 2005 The take-over of Omega Gears by Ras Engineering earlier in the year has set the trend for change in the Germiston-based company. 

Gearbox refurbishment specialist targets larger jobs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd July 2005 The recent acquisition of larger premises by Canterbury Mining & Engineering enables the East Rand-based gearbox refurbishment specialist to handle larger jobs. 

New products released into South African market

22nd July 2005 Cape Town-based company Belt Torque has released two of its latest products into the South African Market. 

Insulation for power transmission systems

22nd July 2005 Electromechanical insulation materials and industrial laminates specialist Calidus Von Roll Isola offers power transmission systems advanced insulation, tailored to exact requirements. 

Busy year for drive specialist

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd July 2005 East Rand-based company Bauer, a division of Hudaco Transmission, 

Compact power package launched

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd July 2005 Geared and electric motors division Power Drives has launched a Nord-designed and manufactured speed reducer, integral motor and SK 300E frequency inverter, all fully-assembled in one compact package. 

Record growth for bearing-and-belting firm

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd July 2005 From its humble beginnings eight years ago, Good Bearing & Belting is growing in leaps and bounds. 

Cad technology gaining popularity at academic institutions

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd June 2005 Pretoria-based Mecad Systems, specialising in the supply of computer-aided engineering technology for the mechanical and structural engineering industries, represents the US-based company SolidWorks in South Africa. 

Dynamometer comes to life

27th May 2005 Johannesburg-based company Designs Unique, specialising in data acquisition, has recently developed and commissioned a PC-based dynamometer monitoring and control system for leading engineering company Chris Barnard Engineering. 

New drives operate smoothly and quietly

27th May 2005 The exclusive distributor in Southern Africa for Sumitomo’s range of Cyclo cycloidal-speed reducers, Invicta Bearings and Transmission, supplies diverse industries, including sawmills, steelmills, sugarmills and the mines. 

Electric motor range enhances product offering

27th May 2005 The range of Fenner electric motors and shaft-mounted speed reducers from Power Drives has enhanced the company’s portfolio of drive systems that encompasses internationally-recognised brands such as Dinamic Oil, Transon, Nord, Varvel, Paramax and Dorstener. 

New fan motors developed for timber dryers

27th May 2005 Specialists in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer has developed a range of fan motors specifically for timber dryers that ensure efficient operation, significant energy-savings and extended service life. 

New standards for switchgear and controlgear explained

27th May 2005 South Africa is leading the world with an innovative approach toward the different levels of low voltage (LV) assembly designs required for particular applications. 

Initiatives rolled out to soften rand pinch

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 The South African manufacturing industry is presently experiencing a serious crisis due to the strength of the rand and the extraordinary expansion of China’s manufacturing capabilities. 

Electric motor specialist ups empowerment credentials

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Black economic empowerment (BEE) is increasingly becoming a standard feature of South Africa’s commercial sector but the progress towards BEE partnerships within the heavy industrial sector is noticeably slower. 

Motor-control centre modified to meet market demands

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Leading manufacturer and supplier of low-and-medium voltage motor-control systems CHI Control, which is part of the Alstom SA group of companies, has found it necessary to modify its motor control centre (MCC) product range in order to meet the demands of the local market. 

New health and safety accreditation for speed drives

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 A new health and safety accreditation has recently been awarded to Rockwell Automation’s Powerflex 700 vetor-control (VC) variable-speed drives, which will reportedly improve safety in hazardous environments. 

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