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Bearings and Bushes

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

Industrial supplier receives authorisation

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings 2000 has been appointed as an ABB authorized value provider for Dodge mounted bearings, gearboxes and power transmission products. 

Industrial supplier receives authorisation
Photo by Duane Daws
DODGE CERTIFIED DISTRIBUTOR Bearings 2000 is an authorised value provider for Dodge bearings

Auto components supplier displays rotary table bearing range at world expo

     6th November 2015 Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler Group displayed its rotary table bearing range at the world exhibition for machine tools, Exposition Mondiale de La Machine Outil, or EMO 2015 expo, which took place in Milan from October 5 to 10. Schaeffler’s stand, which also featured angular... 

Auto components supplier displays rotary table bearing range at world expo
YRTC ROLLER BEARING The Schaeffler showcased its extensive bearing range at EMO 2015

Bearings manufacturer introduces new ball and roller range

By: Nadine James     6th November 2015 Local bearings manufacturer GB Bearings will introduce a new range of ball and roller bearings in the first quarter of next year, says company export sales and stock products manager Alec Cutting. He tells Engineering News that the crossover market between white metal bearings and ball and roller... 

Bearings manufacturer introduces new ball  and roller range
ALEC CUTTING The product manager says that the GB Bearings plans to increase exports to Europe

Bearings manufacturer introduces sealed spherical roller bearings

     6th November 2015 Engineering company SKF has extended its range of sealed spherical roller bearings, significantly increasing the number of applications where they can be used. Due to their sealed construction, the bearings can reduce maintenance, while offering consistently high performance under demanding... 

Bearings manufacturer introduces sealed spherical roller bearings
SEALED EXPLORER BEARING These spherical roller bearings are long-lasting, low-maintenance products that are effective in demanding environments

Components manufacturer sparks spherical roller bearings trend

     6th November 2015 Industrial components manufacturer The Timken Company hopes to prompt a revolution with its recent introduction of medium-bore high-performance spherical roller bearings, including new steel cage sizes. "Customers have made spherical roller bearings an increasingly important element of our core... 

Components manufacturer sparks spherical roller bearings trend
SPHERICAL ROLLER BEARING The Timken company says its spherical roller bearings are more efficient and longer lasting

Improved split roller bearing design may assist in reducing maintenance costs

     6th November 2015 Split roller bearings, designed specifically for proactive maintenance requirements, may assist with the industry-wide trend of companies reducing their maintenance budgets and staff to cut costs, says specialist bearings manufacturer Cooper Bearings product manager for Southern Africa Matthew... 

Improved split roller bearing design may assist in reducing maintenance costs
SPLIT ROLLER BEARING DESIGN The carbon chrome steel bearing's design allows for easy removal and quicker maintenance

Linear-motion system now locally available

     6th November 2015 STAF integrated linear motion systems, which include linear guides, ball screws and linear tables, are available in Southern Africa, exclusively from BMG. “With the growing demand locally for economical yet efficient linear way products, BMG has established a partnership with OME Technology, to... 

Linear-motion system  now locally available
STAF NON-CAGED LINEAR GUIDE BMG's linear guides allow the platform to maintain higher precision, rigidity and load motion

New power transmission range introduced

By: Nadine James     6th November 2015 Industrial supplies distributor Bearings 2000 will officially launch its new brand Synergy Power Transmission Components in South Africa in January 2016, says Bearings 2000 product manager for power transmission Marius Scheepers. Scheepers, who will head the division, advises that the Synergy... 

New power transmission range introduced
Photo by Duane Daws
BEARINGS 2000 WAREHOUSE The components distributor expects a profitable 2016, thanks mostly to its developing business relations in West and East Africa.

Company relaunches SRB campaign

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 Global technology provider SKF relaunched its spherical roller bearings (SRBs) campaign in September to gather new momentum in the South African market for improved product penetration in key applications. SKF asset management business development manager Giscard Lailvaux tells Engineering News... 

Company relaunches  SRB campaign
EXPLORER SRB SKF relaunched its spherical roller bearings campaign, with its Explorer range, in September to gather new momentum in the local market

First stockholding of new bearing housings received

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 East Rand-based Bearings 2000 received its first stockholding of the complete range of FAG SNS plummer block bearing housings in September. The plummer block bearing housings were first launched in 2013, but were made commercially available to the South African market only in June this year. 

First stockholding  of new bearing  housings received
FAG SNS PLUMMER BLOCK HOUSING Design improvements on the FAG SNS plummer block housing range resulted in ease of operation while reducing total life-cycle costs

Heavy-duty bearing cuts machine downtime

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 Imported bearings and transmission products supplier Bearings International (BI) supplied the Link-Belt 5000 series bearing to a reputable Gauteng-based brick manufacturer, in September. BI Link-Belt product manager Lucas Pretorius notes that there were frequent bearing failures, including... 

Local company supplies split bearings to TPT

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 South African split bearings specialist OE Bearings secured a supply contract for four 500 mm cast-iron split bearings, last month, with State-owned port logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). OE Bearings MD Warwick Steinhobel tells Engineering News that the bearings, which will be... 

Local company supplies split bearings to TPT
LENGTHY DOWNTIME The bucket wheels needed to be removed to replace the bearing, which took up to three weeks

VescoPlastics

     7th November 2014 South Africa-based self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer VescoPlastics produces its proprietary brand of Vesconite bushings and wear plates that operate in dirty or wet conditions and still last longer than other products on the market. These products do not require greasing,... 

VescoPlastics

Air bearing offers gentle transport without contact

     8th November 2013 The ATBT air bearing from pneumatic and electrical automation technology supplier Festo is designed to provide a solution that ensures safe and gentle transport of fragile components such as flat panel displays and photovoltaic substrates on a cushion of air. 

Design improves life span of bearings

By: Jonathan Rodin     8th November 2013 Bearings manufacturer Timken says that owing to its new EJ and EM spherical roller bearing design an increase in bearing life can be realised through improved performance Through improved material, increased internal geometries and a new cage design, the company has registered a significant... 

Distribution and service agreements secured

     8th November 2013 Bearing manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) has secured, over a period of 40 years, distribution and service agreements with several bearing manufacturers, reports GM Rouff Essop. Included in these agreements are bearing manufacturer Timken Bearings, which encompass all bearing types, including... 

Highly competitive tender secured – director

By: Jonathan Rodin     8th November 2013 Bearings supplier and installer OE Bearings, the Southern African agent for Split Roller Bearings (SRB), has been awarded the tender to supply split bearings for Phase 2 of Brazilian mining company Vale’s Moatize coal mine, in Tete, Mozambique. 

Highly competitive tender secured – director
TIME IS MONEY The bearing conversion for Transnet took OE Bearings one week as opposed to a possible three weeks to complete

New plummer block housing range launched

     8th November 2013 The new range of FAG SNS plummer block housings, which are manufactured by bearing manufacturer Schaeffler Group, increases the operating life of fitted spherical roller bearings by up to 50% when compared to conventional plummer block housings. 

Replacement bearing proves effective

By: Jonathan Rodin     8th November 2013 Since Bearings supplier OE Bearings an agent for Revolvo split roller bearings (SRB) have installed new bearings, the application has run with far greater operation efficiency and economy. These original bearings have been so successful that Century Cement, a division of textile, cement and paper... 

Frontline tools essential to maintenance

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th November 2012 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) condition monitoring manager Pieter van Zyl tells Engineering News that, since extending its range of shock-pulse method condition monitoring systems to include the VibChecker and BearingChecker portable instruments, many of the instruments... 

Instrument uses acoustic emissions to monitor bearing health

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th November 2012 As the early stages of bearing defects may not be detectible through condition-monitoring technologies, such as vibration, thermography and tribology monitoring, machine solutions provider Motornostix has introduced the MHC-Bearing Checker solution onto the South African market. 

New split bearing support design improves ease of installation

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th November 2012 Split bearings specialist OE Bearings has developed the SNQ and SDQ ranges of angled split plummer block bearing supports, which are fully interchangeable with standard SN and SD series plummer blocks. 

Trial installation to improve seal life at hydropower plant

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th November 2012 Durban-based rotating-coupling alignment specialist Alignment With Laser (AWL) is supplying State-owned power utility Eskom with two sets of 1 100-mm-diameter Thordon SXL segmented shaft seals, worth $30 000, for use on a trial basis on one of its four hydro turbines at the Dakensberg... 

Bearings distributor adds housed units to product range

     4th November 2011 South African bearing and coupler distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) will add housed bearing units to its product offering, following the acquisition of bearing solutions company QM Bearings by industrial movement technology manufacturer Timken Company. 

Company emphasises importance of failure root cause analysis

     4th November 2011 The identification and analysis of the root cause of bearing failure is critical to preventing similar failures from reoccurring, advises precision bearing manufacturer The Barden Corporation quality director Brian Williams.  

Distributor warns of bearings shortage, surge in counterfeit products

By: Natalie Greve     4th November 2011 The manufacturing, mining and automotive industries should prepare for a potentially significant shortage of bearings in the coming year, and also exercise caution when buying products amid a global influx of counterfeit products, says bearing and power transmission distributor Bearings 2000 MD... 

International JV serves as departure point for future partnerships

By: Natalie Greve     4th November 2011 South African bearings distributor Reelin Bearings believes that a successful joint venture (JV) between itself and US-based railroad solutions provider Amsted Rail will serve as a departure point for future international JVs. 

Manufacturer sees long-term growth for SA wind generation industry

By: Natalie Greve     4th November 2011 Global industrial solutions provider SKF says it is positioning itself to be the preferred supplier for South Africa’s developing wind generation industry, a sector where it expects to see significant long-term growth. 

Subsea success for magnetic bearings

     4th November 2011 S2M, a subsidiary of global industrial solutions provider SKF, has signed a two-year bearing supply deal with large diesel engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo, global oil services company Aker Solutions Norway and international energy company Statoil. 

Bearing designs for the 
industrial sector

By: Jessica Hannah     5th November 2010 Developer and manufacturer of precision products for machines, equipment and vehicles Schaeffler Group South Africa reports that its most recent product developments for the industrial sector are the tube roller bearing and the flat-sided ball bearing. 

Bearings replaced after 40 years

     5th November 2010 Local bearings distributor Bearings International (BI) reports that split roller bearings manufacturer Cooper’s bearings, which were installed 40 years ago on a large electric motor on board a ship, have shown little wear. 

Bearings supplied to Medupi, Kusile

By: Jessica Hannah     5th November 2010 Supplier and manufacturer of specialised bearings GB Bearings reports that it is the official supplier of HSR horizontal bearing assemblies and profile bore bearings to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations. 

Enhancing standards of technical competence

     5th November 2010 International bearings manufacturer SKF reports that it has noticed that too many vehicle technicians still do not check the constant velocity (CV) joint for wear and tear or critical damage after separating it from the wheel bearing hub during repair.  

Investigating the 
feasibility of magnetic bearings for SA

By: Jessica Hannah     5th November 2010 Supplier of bearings and power transmission products Bearings 2000 is investigating the possibility of importing magnetic bearings that were originally developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), and was patented as early as 1941. 

Maintenance-free 
self-lubricating linear 
bearing pillow blocks

     5th November 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of linear and mechanical motion products Thomson reports that it has designed a Lube for Life self-lubricating linear bearing pillow block, which is also known as a plumber block or bearing housing, which provides support for a linear or rotating shaft.  

Merging bearings 
and conveyor belts

By: Jessica Hannah     5th November 2010 Manufacturer and distributor of bearings, power transmission and seals Zhou’s has entered into a merger with supplier and service provider of conveyor belts Good Bearings & Belting. 

New hydraulic gear and bearing puller

     5th November 2010 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has designed a new gear and bearing puller self-contained hydraulic system, the Posi Lock PHS- 108 hydraulic puller.  

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