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R2,1m heat pump project completed

By: Tracy Hancock     18th March 2011 Energy efficiency company Solartricity has completed a R2,1-million turnkey installation for a demand-side management (DSM) project at the Modikwa platinum mine and expects the project to be commissioned soon. The mine, which is on the border of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, is a joint venture... 

Company introduces one standard elastomer for rubber-lined pumps

By: Tracy Hancock     18th March 2011 Pump specialist Weir Minerals Africa (Weir Minerals) reports that its R55 rubber is replacing its R26, R08 and Ash500 rubbers as the standard elastomer for wear parts on all the company’s existing and new rubber-lined pumps. “Weir Minerals elected to rationalise its rubbers as this particular... 

Solar-powered chemical dosing system launched

18th March 2011 Thermoplastics pumps supplier Vanton Pump & Equipment Corporation has launched a new weatherable solar-powered chemical dosing system that features a non-metallic, peristaltic pump for the corrosion-free transfer of caustic and acidic treatment chemicals from an integral thermoplastic storage... 

Minerals company evaluates research and development

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Minerals solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa is evaluating the performance of its R55 proprietary rubber, introduced earlier last year as a liner material in mill discharge pumps and in other pump component applications.  

Global financial crisis 
brings change to the pumps industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 The global nature of the manufacturing and distribution of pumps has both positive and negative developments for the local pumps industry, says pressure solutions company Incledon Pumps & Irrigation regional MD Romeo Giannone. 

R1,3m order for 
nonmetallic pump sets

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Pump supplier Fluid in Motion Pump & Allied has been awarded a R1,3-million order for 26 non-metallic pump sets for the Luisha copper/cobalt mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Range suited for high pressures and viscosity applications

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Minerals processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) supplies Moyno positive displacement pumps, with a specialised, patented screw-type rotor that limits leaks and is ideal for applications with high pressures and viscosities, particularly the petrochemicals industry. 

Short lead times for 
split-casing rubber-lined 
slurry pumps

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 Pump specialist company Ecochem and mining equipment supplier Becker Engineering South Africa have teamed up to supply a range of split-casing, rubber-lined slurry pumps within a short lead time of two to three months, says Ecochem MD Ed Lemke. 

Packaged pumpstations for Drakensberg estate

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Pumps supplier ITT Water & Wastewater (ITT) has supplied and installed three plug-and-play wastewater treatment pump stations, from its submersible sewage pumps range, for the first construction phase of the Nondela Drakensberg Mountain Estate, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Variable-speed drives save energy and water

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 Variable-speed drives (VSD) are becoming ubiquitous in the pump industry because of their reduced energy consumption, ability to reduce water loss through limiting waste that occurs because of pressure faults, and improved durability, says pressure solutions company Incledon Pumps and Irrigation... 

New distributor for pump range

1st October 2010 Hydraulic engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics, part of the BMG group, has been appointed as a distributor of hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s range of hydraulic cylinders, pumps and related products, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  

Heavy-duty submersible 
pumps with extended service life

1st October 2010 Pump manufacturer Alert Pumpmor manufactures a range of heavy-duty submersible pumps, for underground and surface applications in mining, sewage and industrial applications, which operate efficiently and have an extended service life, says Alert Pumpmor product manager Fanie Nel. 

Centrifugal chemicals pump for restricted spaces

1st October 2010 The close-coupled, magnetically-driven thermoplastic centrifugal chemicals pump, introduced by chemicals pumping specialist Vanton Pump, can be used in restricted spaces and can be removed for maintenance without the need to disturb existing piping, says Vanton Pump sales and marketing manager... 

Recovery for pumps industry in sight

1st October 2010 The local pumps sector is expected to reach its pre-recession volumes by the third or fourth quarter of 2011, reports South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) chairperson Gavin Doran. 

Heat pumps reduce power costs in the home

1st October 2010 A heat pump can deliver the same heat output as an electrical element, to geysers, for about one-third of the electricity consumption, Chas Everitt International property group CEO Berry Everitt. 

Emergency response team fights gulf oil spill

1st October 2010 Pump developer and supplier Thompson Pump mobilised its emergency response team (ERT) to provide pumping equipment, supplies, work power and tactical knowledge to areas devastated by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, within a few days of the incident on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. 

Oil sensor feature 
prevents engine 

1st October 2010 The new PTX series of Subaru pumps is powered by the EX-series Subaru overhead cam (OHC) engine and is sold with a three-year guarantee on the engine, says equipment supplier Goscor Power Products national sales manager Mark Bester. 

In-line, real-time vacuum pump monitoring

1st October 2010 Vacuum pump monitoring specialist company Measure Metrix has developed an in-line performance data measurement method that measures the suction port of the pumps to calculate pumps’ operating capacities, the company reports. 

Promising pumps industry for SA and Africa

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 The pumps and water supply industry in South Africa and the broader continent shows promise, with a number of projects under way and greater demand in the foreseeable future, says pumps manufacturing specialist company Grundfos marketing manager Lorraine Smart. 

New series of diaphragm pumps

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 Pump supplier Verder Pumps has released a new series of diaphragm pumps, which use less air and have higher fluid output and lower pulsation, are based on the reliable Verderair design and are easy to repair. 

Ultrahigh-pressure pumps increase safety, efficiency

19th March 2010 Hydraulic engineering company BMG Hydraulics says that its ultrahigh-pressure pumps are designed for efficient operation and increased safety in harsh operating applications that demand continuous heavy-duty cycles.  

High energy prices and water scarcity could affect industry

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Supplier of pumps and accessories Verder Pumps reports that the increase in electricity prices is likely to divert funds from product development to basic operating costs in the pumps industry. However, the shortage of water can be an even more significant challenge to the development of the... 

Locally designed vertical spindle pumps introduced

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Manufacturer and distributor of pumps Walter Meano Engineering (WME) has introduced its new locally designed and manufactured vertical spindle range of pumps for mine dewatering, the VSE 50, VSE 80 and VSE 100. 

Submersible pump more user-friendly

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 ITT Water & Wastewater business unit manager for mining Klint Bawden says that the submersible pump is more user friendly, requires less supportive infrastructure and is more efficient and quieter in operation. 

Steady growth for centrifugal and positive displacement pumps market

19th March 2010 Growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan reports that, while the local centrifugal and positive displacement pumps market has experienced a slowdown owing to the global economic recession, it is still growing steadily as a result of the ongoing infrastructure projects in the water and... 

Safer explosives pump on the market

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Manufacturing company Unique Engineering has developed the Eco XP pump series, a pump with significantly improved safety standards for the explosives industry. 

Product diversity, emerging markets key for recovery

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Pump manufacturers with a diversified product porfolio and a strong focus on emerging markets, such as the alternative energy, geothermal, power, water and wastewater markets are expected to recover from the recession, reports growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. 

Submersible sewage pumps enters market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th March 2010 Submersible pump manufacturer and distributor ABS has introduced a new range of pumps, the ABS EffeX range late last year.  

R40m pumpstation 
upgrade for Johannesburg

19th March 2010 Construction of the new Zandspruit sewerage pump station and a 5,4-km long rising main has been completed, relieving the capacity and spillage issues that have affected residents and businesses in the Johannesburg’s northern suburbs of Bloubosrand, Craigavon and Fourways. 

Italian concrete pumps for African market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th March 2010 “Our staff has been trained on the use, maintenance and the installation of the Sermac pumps onto the trucks. We also have a very strong service facility which, should we experience any problems with the pumps, will assist us in the service and repair of these pumps,” says Pan Mixers director... 

International player focused on research and development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th March 2010 International pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals, previously known as Weir Warman, reports that it aims to increase its market share and scope of products in industry through ongoing research and development (R&D) initiatives. 

Manufacturer taps into SA’s air-conditioning market

19th March 2010 Pump distributor Wilo Salmson South Africa reports that the company is tapping into the local air-conditioning market with an energy-efficient range of advanced pump systems. 

Partnership to enhance competitive edge

19th March 2010 Peristaltic pump manufacturer Watson-Marlow Bredel South Africa has entered into a partnership agreement with its Danish sister company Watson-Marlow Flexicon, which manufactures peristaltic aseptic filling systems. 

Courses promote pumping principles and practice

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 The South African Pumps Manufacturing Association (Sapma) reports that it will present an introductory and advanced course on the principles and practice of pumps on a two monthly basis during the year, in an effort to eliminate the considerable misunderstandings of pump principles and theory in... 

New heavy-duty sewage pumps enter African 

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 Pump manufacturer Grundfos has introduced the SE1/SEV pump ranges to the African market. 

Variable-speed drives effective in controlling motor speeds

2nd October 2009 Power and automation technologies provider ABB reported at the third International Pump User Conference, recently held in Johannesburg, that variable speed drives (VSDs) in pump applications were the most effective way of controlling motor speeds and could reduce energy bills by as much as 60%. 

Misconceptions in industry result in inefficiency 

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Engineering software developer and pump specialist TAS Online reported that safety factors applied at the design stage frequently lead to pumps being overdesigned for required duties and operating below best efficiency zones. 

Incorrect vapour pressure could lead to pump damage

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Engineering company Fluor South Africa process engineer Sarel Duvenage reported at the third International Pump User Conference, recently held in Johannesburg, that incorrect vapour pressure assumption may be an underestimated cause of pump damage. 

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