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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. 

Upgrade to improve water and energy conservation

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Two popular South African golf courses, Houghton, in Johannesburg, and The Metropole, in Cape Town, have upgraded their pump and irrigation control technology to improve water and energy conservation. 

Stadiums supplied with potable water systems

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Pump distributor Wilo Salmson South Africa has been contracted to power the water-transfer systems for two new 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums, Port Elizabeth’s (PE’s) Nelson Mandela stadium and the Green Point stadium in Cape Town. 

Power consumption of pumps can be reduced

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Pump solutions provider Verder Pumps South Africa reported that power consumption in pumps can be reduced by improving the design of the process and controlling the interaction between the pump and the process. 

Energy efficient compact mixer

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 ITT Water & Wastewater launched its Flygt 4650 line-started permanent magnet (LSPM) high-efficiency submersible compact mixer to the local market at international water, waste and environmental exhibition Afriwater 2009. 

Seal manufacturer experiences growth in tough times

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 While many businesses have been negatively affected by the current global financial crisis, mechanical seal manufacturer John Crane has experienced a successful year through its robust growth strategy. 

SA’s first pump rental store to open in Middelburg

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Warman Africa will be opening South Africa’s first pump rental store, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga province, on October 15. 

Cautious optimism for the local pumps industry

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 The global economic crisis has lead to a slowdown in the local pump industry with the focus shifting from spending capital expenditure on new equipment to the refurbishment and upgrading of existing equipment. However, opportunities still exist that will benefit the pump industry, says the South... 

manufacturer sees opportunity in underwater 

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 With end-users becoming more discerning in the current global economic downturn, self-lubricated bearings manufacturer Vesco Plastics is raising the profile of its range of underwater bushings as the need for reliable and efficient equipment for underwater applications continues. 

Concrete pumps enter local market

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 Concrete block, brick and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers has launched the new range of international manufacturer Sermac’s concrete pumps into the local market. 

International manufacturer streamlines SA operations

20th March 2009 Manufacturer of submersible electric motors, and supplier of water pumping and fuelling pumping systems, Franklin Electric, has announced further developments that will streamline business, following its acquisition of South African pump manufacturer Denorco. 

New rental division offers submersible pumps

20th March 2009 To meet the demand for dewatering pumps, Weir Warman Africa has launched a rental division with a comprehensive range of submersible pumps which cover light-slurry, slurry and dewatering applications. 

Dry-pit installations 
improve wastewater pumping standards

20th March 2009 Opting for dry-pit pump installations in wastewater operations is a growing trend, states manufacturer and supplier of submersible pumps ITT Flyght. 

New seal released for old edition pumps

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th March 2009 Seal solution specialist AESSEAL has introduced the thin cross section (TXS) API 682 seal for API 610 edition 10 pumps, which are used in the oil and gas industry. 

Engineering firm to demonstrate new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th March 2009 Engineering firm BC Engineering will be demonstrating its Discflo pump at the Pumps, Valves & Pipe exhibition at the Gallagher Estate, in Midrand, in June. 

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