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Pumps News

Mill equipment advances essential for industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 With the local sugar industry being more than 150 years old, advances in equipment critical to the milling process add “immense value”, as they improve the operational efficiency potential of the sugar mills, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps MD Darryl Macdougall. 

Correct pumping solutions assist in efficiency, cost savings

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     27th March 2020 Owing to the complexities of having to negotiate the technical obstacles in selecting the right pumping solutions for specific applications, pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall says paper and pulp manufacturers need to look to a trusted and reputable brand that not... 

Cluster emphasises importance of local manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     20th March 2020 It is of utmost importance to be able to draw a definitive line between locally manufactured and imported products in the South African pumps sector, as locally manufactured products need to take precedence over imports in projects, says industry association South African Pump Cluster chairperson... 

Cluster emphasises importance of local manufacturing
HOWARD JONES There is a need for a definitive line between locally manufactured and imported products in the South African pumps sector

Facility upgrades help to ramp up supply

By: Halima Frost     20th March 2020 Local high pressure pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has successfully improved its turnaround time from between four and six months to between two and three months to manufacture a truck mounted pump system, depending on the unit ordered. “This is subsequent to the... 

Facility upgrades help to  ramp up supply
UNDER THE PUMP Werner Pumps has managed to increase its turnaround time, to relieve the pressure of increased demand, by upgrading its facilities

Large pumps fleet offers fast turnaround for rental customers

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th March 2020 Specialist pump rental company Integrated Pump Rental has reported a steady increase in the demand for rental pumps over the last four months, mainly owing to the start of the rainy season. Integrated Pump Rental MD Lee Vine also attributes the increase in demand to the company’s fleet diversity... 

Pump failures at mine addressed

20th March 2020 Last month, mechanical seal and pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) was asked to address the multiple failures experienced by a coal mine in Mpumalanga as a result of coupling misalignment between the pump shaft and the motor shaft. MRS MD Franscois Steenkamp suggests that after... 

Pump failures  at mine addressed
SHAFTED A misalignment between the pump and motor shafts had been causing failures at a coal mine

Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output 

19th March 2020 Local hydraulic pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has upgraded its on-site facilities to allow for better quality control, more environment friendly manufacturing and faster assembly of its hydraulic pump trucks. Halima Frost has the details. 

Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output
Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output

Refrigerant recovery service set for expansion

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2020 Speciality chemicals supplier A-Gas South Africa is planning to expand its rapid recovery refrigerant service nationally this year. This follows the appointment of A-Gas business development manager Grant McGill in September last year. 

Refrigerant recovery service set for expansion
IT’S A GAS The Rapid Recovery service is up to ten times faster than traditional refrigerant recovery methods

Drought relief for Karoo sheep farmers

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Pump manufacturer Grundfos, in association with humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, is assisting nonprofit organisation Save the Sheep in providing relief for drought-stricken sheep farmers in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. Borehole water in the area is usually lifted using wind... 

Drought relief for Karoo sheep farmers
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS The ongoing drought in Sutherland is killing the livelihoods of the sheep farmers in the region

Fuel pumps supplied to revamped filling station

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local fuel pump manufacturer and supplier Prowalco Tatsuno completed the refurbishment of a filling station, in Pretoria, for private owner and developer Marius Smith last month. The project is worth about R6-million. 

Fuel pumps supplied to revamped filling station
FUEL-FILLING SUPPLY The Icon 1000 series’ state-of-the-art technology keeps the fuel flowing

Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 A need to upskill industry newcomers, increasing labour costs and decreasing foundry capacity continue to place the local pump manufacturing industry under pressure, says industry association South African Pump Cluster chairperson Howard Jones. “Greater incentives need to be made available to... 

Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure
A HOT MESS South Africa’s pump manufacturing industry is dying owing to high energy costs, high labour costs, an underskilled workforce and increased international competition.

Pumps supplied to Zambian project

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local pumps manufacturer Brehnor Pumps has been contracted to supply axial flow pumps for a bulkwater application at the Chiansi Irrigation Infrastructure project, in Zambia. The project is situated on the Kafue river, 45 km from Lusaka. 

Pumps innovation can solve raw sewage challenges

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Most tender specifications for local raw sewage pump stations tend not to be sufficient to cope with the harsh conditions in which they have to operate. Therefore, local pump designer and manufacturer Fluid Pumps has developed the VX range of submersible pumps. “South Africa’s wastewater... 

Pumps innovation can solve raw sewage challenges
BRING ON THE ROUGH STUFF The VX range of submersible pumps can deal with raw unscreened sewage without clogging

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Coating technology specialist Thermaspray has recently launched and installed its new laser cladding system, which has broadened the scope of the industries it serves. 

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings
LASER PRECISION Thermaspray’s laser cladding system was launched at its Olifantsfontien facility

KSB Valves division revamped to boost mining visibility 

8th August 2019 The South African division of global manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has embarked on a modernisation programme and revamp of its valves division to reassert its capabilities in the mining sectors in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. 

KSB Valves division revamped to boost mining visibility
KSB Valves division revamped to boost mining visibility

SABS tests 32 t centrifugal diesel pump

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards has successfully conducted a four-hour demonstration test on one of the country’s largest centrifugal diesel pump systems. The 32 t pump has the ability to pump water at a rate of 2 800 m3 an hour and is used under emergency conditions for the suppression... 

SABS tests 32 t centrifugal diesel pump
Large centrifugal diesel pump

Company showcases new pump at fair

12th July 2019 Vacuum pump manufacturer Pfeiffer Vacuum showcased its new Roots pumps from the HiLobe series at the Hannover Messe trade fair that took place earlier this year in Germany. Experts presented the innovative vacuum pumps at the fair – in addition to the company’s extensive product portfolio – which... 

Company showcases  new pump at fair
NOMINAL PUMPING SPEED The compact Roots pumps offer a wide nominal pumping speed range of 520 m3 /h to 2 100 m3 /h

Pump suitable to handle a variety of fluids

12th July 2019 Fluid handling equipment manufacturer ARO air-operated diaphragm pumps have been designed to pump virtually any type of liquid with ease – ranging from clean, light to medium viscosity fluids, to highly corrosive and abrasive fluids. ARO pumps can also transfer large particles without damaging... 

Pump suitable  to handle a variety of fluids
DIVERSE INDUSTRIES This range is suitable for general industrial and OEM installation applications in diverse industries

Aveng sells valve and pump manufacturing subsidiary to reduce debt

By: Nadine James     5th July 2019 Infrastructure and resources group Aveng will sell Aveng Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) to 100% black-owned investment company Copaflo for R165-million. The sale will include the DFC operations in South Africa, Finland, the US, Brazil and Australia. 

R341-million set aside to overhaul infrastructure

5th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has set aside R341-million to completely overhaul wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle, says pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. The Vaal river is polluted with untreated sewage flowing into it from three... 

R341-million set aside to overhaul infrastructure
PUMP IT UP The truck-mounted jetting units built by Werner South Africa Pumps and Equipment will assist ERWAT to save the Vaal River

Pumps manufacturer plans further growth after acquisition

By: Halima Frost     24th May 2019 Following the acquisition of South Korea-based sanitary pump manufacturer JEC Pumps, pump specialist Verder Pumps intends on proliferating its global reach over the next five years, predominantly in the medical and pharmaceuticals industry. JEC Pumps has a sizeable market share in the European... 

Pumps manufacturer plans further growth after acquisition
STICKY STUFF The JEC brand of pumps is not only hygienic but also capable of pumping a variety of viscous liquids

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

KSB expands its aftermarket services

22nd March 2019 Local pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves is intensifying its focus on aftermarket services that add value to customer operations far beyond the supply and maintenance of its own products, under the umbrella of the SupremeServ division. SupremeServ division manager Grant Glennistor says in the... 

KSB expands its aftermarket services
GRANT GLENNISTOR The company will extend its services and engineering expertise in the future to include maintenance, reverse engineering and system optimisations

Selecting the right pump for the job

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 When selecting a pump, numerous factors have to be taken into consideration, says pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall.  He tells Engineering News that one should look at the chemical compatibility of materials of construction to the product being pumped, whether the... 

Selecting the right  pump for the job
PUMP DESIGN Pump systems’ design must allow for efficient operation

Company adds hydraulic submersibles to rental fleet

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 Last month, pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental  became the exclusive distributor of the UK Quax pump range in Africa. “These mobile, hydraulically driven submersible pumps are particularly suited to instances where power is not readily available,” explains Integrated Pump Rental MD... 

Company adds hydraulic submersibles to rental fleet
LEE VINE MD of Integrated Pump rental standing next to a Quax hydraulic submersible pump

Weir Minerals online store in demand, increases offering

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa launched its e-commerce platform to the market in 2016. Dewatering product manager and person responsible for launching the platform Afzal Chothia says the e-commerce site has evolved significantly over the past two years and today has about 2... 

Weir Minerals online store in demand, increases offering
AFZAL CHOTHIA Dewatering product manager and person responsible for launching

Coated pumps offer long-term benefits

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 Although the thermal spray coating of pumps can  add about 20% more to the capital costs of the pumps, Olifantsfontein-based thermal spray coating technology specialist Thermaspray production manager Paul Young says this will save significantly on operational costs in the long term. “A thermal... 

Coated pumps offer  long-term benefits
ENVIRONMENT CONSCIOUS The type of coating used on the pumps will depend on the environment the pumps are used in

Demand prompts company expansion

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 Owing to the high demand for its products in the US and Canada, local pumps manufacturer Hazelton Pumps will expand its pumps manufacturing facilities by extending work space in Sunderland Ridge, Centurion, says Hazelton Pumps marketing director Niel Wehmeyer. “We are erecting a 12.5 t crane,... 

Demand prompts company expansion
UP-SKILL The company continuously up-skill employees on all levels by offering the opportunity for training

Pumps distributor sees increased demand for stainless steel pumps

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 Since being appointed as sole distributor of Faggiolati submersible heavy-duty wastewater and industrial pumps in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology has noted an increase in demand for these pumps. Integrated Pump Technology MD Colin Adams says the stainless... 

Pumps distributor sees increased demand for stainless steel pumps
CORROSION RESISTANCE Faggiolati stainless steel pumps are popular because of the range's excellent corrosion resistance features

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience
OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING New partnership opportunities in a range of industries will create more opportunities for growth in the relevant sectors

Roadshow highlights motion control products to industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group hosted a roadshow with about five of power management company Eaton’s technicians in October to highlight Eaton’s DILM range of contractors, circuit breakers and overload relays to Magnet clients and end-users. The roadshow, which visited the Durban,... 

Roadshow highlights motion  control products to industry
ON SHOW The DILM Range was highlighted at the recent roadshows held by Magnet

Local stainless steel products promoted

26th October 2018 The Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) and Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continue to promote the local manufacture of stainless steel products such as pumps, valves and sealing systems to compete internationally and stimulate growth.... 

Local stainless steel products promoted
Photo by Dylan Slater
ROLLING Stainless steel is a durable low maintenance material

Manufacturer goes big at 2018 Sassda awards

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 Heavy-duty pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps will compete in six categories at the biennial 2018 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Awards, with an entry submitted for the use of duplex stainless steel to decrease pumping costs in the mining... 

Manufacturer goes big  at 2018 Sassda awards
MASSIVMASSIVE The duplex stainless steel pump was designed and manufactured to pump contaminated tailings dam water back to the processing plant

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges
OPTIMISATION Grundfos energy efficient pumps can save up to 50% of energy

Putting pressure on pumping costs

5th October 2018 Pumps supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) in July this year completed the installation of a DAB 2-NKVE MCE pump and constant pressure booster set at a change house at one of South Africa’s major coal mines. The installation will enable the constant supply of pressure to 55 showers, 40... 

Putting pressure  on pumping costs
PUTTING PUMPS TO WORK The installation of the DAB pump system under way on site

CR range increases pumping efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 To improve pump reliability and increase performance limits, Grundfos, the world’s leading manufacturer of energy efficient water pumps launched its new and extended generation of booster pumps, the CR range, during Electra Mining Africa 2018, held at Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, from... 

CR range increases  pumping efficiency
Photo by Dylan Slater
LIMITLESS The Grundfos CR in-line booster pumps range comes with multipump solutions

Distribution partnership expands pumps supply to Mpumalanga

5th October 2018 Pump distributor Verder Pumps South Africa has appointed pipes manufacturer and supplier Flo-Tek Nelspruit as its exclusive pump distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. This comes after it realised that its major gross domestic product contributors for Mpumalanga comprise 21.8% for... 

Distribution partnership expands pumps supply to Mpumalanga
MASSIVE The world's largest hose pump provides solution for pumping liquids and dosing chemicals
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