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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Company invests in S African market, targets African expansion

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Global pneumatics technologies manufacturer SMC Pneumatics is investing heavily in the local market as it targets further expansion in Africa, following the establishment of its new facility in South Africa in the first quarter of last year. 

Product diversity caters for varied market

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston Hydraulics believes it can cater for the varying demands in the hydraulics and pneumatics market in... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg

By: David Oliveira     16th October 2015 Construction of pneumatic control systems specialist SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month, after starting construction in February. Company GM Adrian Buddingh tells Engineering News that the Japanese multinational has made an... 

Japanese multinational sets up shop in Joburg
NEW PREMISES Construction of SMC Pneumatics South Africa’s new 4 000 m2 head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, was completed last month

New mini excavator launched in SA

16th October 2015 Manufactured at Caterpillar’s Athens factory in Georgia, in the US, the latest generation Cat 305.5E2 compact radius (CR) mini excavator, with a high-definition hydraulics system, was launched into the Southern African market in July. The Cat 305.5E2 CR is ideally suited to diverse,... 

Company highlights benefits of fully integrated drive systems

16th October 2015 Fully integrated drive systems – mechanical and hydraulic – offer many benefits in terms of easier procurement, improved performance and ease of maintenance. Increasingly, plant engineers and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are adopting a systems approach rather than buying individual... 

Company acquires hydraulic bolt tensioning specialist

16th October 2015 The directors of UK-based hydraulic bolt tensioning company Boltight will continue to manage the company at its Walsall base following the company’s acquisition by Swedish bolting solutions provider Nord-Lock Group, in September. Boltight was founded in 1999 and the company’s hydraulic... 

Hydraulics company announces top management changes

16th October 2015 US-based screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds design and manufacturing company Sun Hydraulics announced last month that company president and CEO Allen Carlson would “transition” from his current role effective from March 31, 2016. In addition Sun Hydraulics announced that company... 

German company launches hydraulic tube-forming machine

16th October 2015 German hydraulic coupling technology provider Voss Fluid announced in June this year the launch of its VossForm 100 Compact forming machine, which shapes contours on hydraulic tubes and, when used in combinations with a soft seal and function nuts, results in a leakproof and process-reliable tube... 

Pneumatic tool range expanded with launch of motor drills, breakers

16th October 2015 International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic (CP) unveiled its Red Hawk range of motor drills and breakers, in July this year. The range is available in three options and is suitable for roads, railways and drilling applications, providing users with a range of rugged and... 

Modular pneumatic control solution installed at Scottish factory

16th October 2015 The combination of fluid control systems provider Bürkert Fluid Control Systems' AirLINE Ex 8650 valve islands and multinational engineering company Siemens’ intrinsically safe Simatic ET 200iSP distributed input/output (I/O) system is providing an ideal, safe, compact and modular pneumatic... 

New hydraulic hybrid drive transmission exceeds US fuel-economy standards

16th October 2015 Motion and control technology specialist Parker Hannifin announced last month that its RunWise hydraulic hybrid drive transmission meets the fuel-economy standards that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in mid-June. The new standards call for large diesel-powered vehicles,... 

New chuck benefits from hydraulic expansion technology

16th October 2015 International precision tool supplier Mapal announced in August that its HighTorque Chuck (HTC) with narrow contour has successfully combined the benefits of hydraulic expansion technology with the 3° back taper of a shrink chuck. The development of the HTC was made possible owing to the additive... 

Fluid sensor systems provider announces new distributor

16th October 2015 Linear and rotary position sensors company Alliance Sensors Group (ASG) announced its partnership in May with electronics distributor Component Distributors to distribute the group’s in-cylinder linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) position sensors in North America. ASG’s LVIT in-cylinder... 

Distributor signs strategic partnership with pneumatics manufacturer

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Global electronic, mechanical and industrial equipment distributor RS Components has significantly expanded its pneumatics, hydraulics and power transmission portfolio by entering into a deep strategic partnership with pneumatic manufacturing company SMC Pneumatics. 

Control technology specialist notes shift in end-user philosophy

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Drive and control technology specialist Hytec is observing a slow paradigm shift among end-users who are starting to factor long-term costs into their strategies instead of only short-term costs and, in doing so, are beginning to embrace the latest electronic innovations that the hydraulics... 

Online hydraulics digital product catalogue now available

24th April 2015 Power management company Eaton announced in March that the company’s PowerSource website, www.eatonpowersource.com, an end-to-end searchable product database that enables users to search, specify and sell hydraulics products, is now available to all users free of charge. 

Hydraulic sealing company develops new test method

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 In collaboration with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), seals and sealing solutions provider Hallite Seals Americas has developed and performed a test method over the past eight months to assess the amount of dirt entering a simulated hydraulics system through the rod wiper. 

Pneumatics division branches off from automation specialist

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 In March last year automation solutions provider Tectra Automation’s pneumatics division began sourcing its products from a new standalone pneumatics manufacturing company called Aventics, which has increased Tectra Automation’s focus and specialisation in the field of pneumatics, says Tectra... 

Hydraulics company streamlines operations amid tough economy

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 Owing to a challenging economic climate hydraulic systems designer and manufacturer Rand Building Hydraulics (RBH) has streamlined and consolidated its business operations, says CEO Robin Fowkes. 

Pneumatic or electric? The answer is hybrid

By: Dylan Stewart     24th April 2015 It is impossible to say whether an electric or pneumatic solution is a more efficient, as the correct approach always depends on individual case studies, believes industrial control and automation company Festo business development manager Russell Schwulst, who suggests a sensible mixture of the... 

Soon-to-be retired MD recalls company’s rise from humble beginnings

24th April 2015 With an average 30% annual growth rate, over 160 permanent staff, a nine-figure annual turnover as of 2014 and 17 Southern Africa outlets, hydraulic hose and fittings supplier Genflex has come a long way since its founding in 1991. 

Pneumatic motors ideal for winding processes, says manufacturer

24th April 2015 Pneumatic motors, which are characterised by the fact that the speed of the motor automatically adapts as a load changes, are safe and robust drive systems that offer several advantages for a winding drive application, says German pneumatic equipment manufacturer Deprag. 

Hydraulic system assists furnace functions

By: Dylan Slater     17th October 2014 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) specialist hydraulics division, BMG Hydraulics, recently completed the design and manufacture of a new hydraulic control system for precise furnace functions, including temperature control, required during the production of ferrochrome. 

Hydraulic system assists furnace functions
HYDRAULIC FURNACE CONTROL BMG Hydraulics has recently completed the design and manufacture of a new hydraulic electrode control system for precise furnace functions

New products draw significant interest at trade show

By: Dylan Slater     17th October 2014 The South African branch of US-based high-pressure equipment company Enerpac has received significant interest in two of its products at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which was held at Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, in September. 

New products draw significant interest at trade show
DOZER LIFT SYSTEM Enerpac Dozer Lift Systems allows for dozers to be fully raised by only employing two units

Hydraulics to enhance smelting capability

17th October 2014 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth was contracted by US-based metals industry equipment company Wooding Industrial Corporation to supply hydraulic components for a rotating material distributor within a blast furnace for enhanced iron smelting capabilities. 

Hydraulics to enhance smelting capability
AIDING SMELTING The new hydraulic distributor underwent extensive accuracy and repeatability verification

Frequency inverters launched at expo

17th October 2014 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive launched its MOVI4R-U frequency inverters at trade show Electra Mining Africa, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, in September. 

Frequency inverters launched at expo
SIMPLE DESIGN The innovative design of the MOVI4R-U frequency inverters allows for the quick and easy removal or replacement of parts

Simple, robust hydraulic equipment for tough tasks

By: Dylan Slater     17th October 2014 Mining infrastructure systems company Becker Mining South Africa’s hydraulic rail benders, which have been developed for bending and forming rails on railway lines in heavy industrial and underground transport systems in mining applications, easily handle rail up to 40 kg/m. 

Simple, robust hydraulic equipment for tough tasks
EASY RAIL BENDING Becker Mining South Africa’s rail benders are powered by 25 t/250 kN hydraulic cylinders and activated by two-stage hand pumps

Torque wrench pumps introduced 

17th October 2014 UK-based hydraulic tools company Hi-Force this month launched a range of three-speed hydraulic torque wrench pumps to the global market. 

Torque wrench  pumps introduced
HIGH-SPEED DESIGN The pumps’ high-speed three-stage design provides a faster flow at mid-range pressure

New hydraulic breaker series rolled out

17th October 2014 Hyundai earthmoving equipment’s sole local distributor, High Power Equipment Africa (HPE), has recently launched the SU+ series as part of its range of hydraulic breakers manufacturer Soosan hydraulic breakers. The series has been designed with a higher power-to-weight ratio and increased impact... 

Safety campaign launched

17th October 2014 Netherlands-based hydraulic equipment company Holmatro last month launched its Feel the Pressure! safety campaign to highlight the safe use of high-pressure hydraulic equipment. Unprofessional use of high-pressure hydraulic tools is a regular occurrence in the hydraulics industry. 

Agricultural hydraulic system enhanced

17th October 2014 An agricultural industry-based hydraulic system, the Electrohydraulic Hitch Control (EHC-8) from engineering firm Bosch Rexroth, recently underwent enhancements to replicate the same, precise regulation of power and positioning for the lifting and lowering of towed agricultural ploughs for... 

Agricultural hydraulic  system enhanced
DESIGNED FOR ADVERSE CONDITIONS The saturated, muddy sludge that can characterise Asia’s arable land presents unique performance challenges for electrical and mechanical components

Pneumatics system upgraded for hail testing 

17th October 2014 Industrial automation and control company Festo recently assisted statutory body South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) – whose testing activities include a wide range of testing, calibration and inspection – to automate its hail gun for testing solar panels against hail damage. 

Pneumatics system upgraded  for hail testing
ENHANCED HAIL GUN A pneumatic vacuum generator was used to suck an iceball through a barrel canister

ZNL Bearings

17th October 2014 ZNL Bearings is an importer and distributor of industrial bearings, manufactured by India-based Precision Bearings. Its range of products included taper roller bearings in all metric, imperial and double row sizes; spherical roller bearings for heavy and high-speed applications; angular contact... 

ZNL Bearings

Hydraulic bush replacement toolkits launched

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 International high-pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force introduced the HBR series spring eye bush replacement tool kit and the HPR series pin and bush replacement tool kit to the local market in January. Hi-Force group marketing manager Laura Thompson says both kits are offered with the... 

Hydraulic bush  replacement toolkits  launched
HBR SPRING EYE BUSH KIT The replacement toolkits have a maximum working pressure of 700 bar and hydraulic power of 18 t

Valve bank system records 25% year-on-year growth

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Pneumatics solutions provider Pneumax Southern Africa, a division of the Set Point Group, has recorded an average year-on-year growth in the sales of its Optyma-S valve banks of 25% since launching the product in August 2012. The company reports that the Optyma-S valve banks are currently being... 

Valve bank system records 25% year-on-year  growth
OPTYMA-S VALVE BANK Optyma-S valve banks are uses in several local industries, including packaging, food and beverage, and paper and pulp

Companies extend global strategic alliance

2nd May 2014 Developer and supplier of modular drive systems Linde Hydraulics and power management company Eaton Corporation announced in March that they are extending their global strategic alliance. As a result of this extension, the cooperation agreement - which has been in existence since 2010 - will be... 

Companies extend  global strategic alliance
GEAR SHIFTER CONTROL VALVE Linde Hydraulics Shift-in-Motion system can shift gears noise- and jerk-free within 500 milliseconds

New pneumatic-tyred asphalt roller popular in South African market

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Since launching the Dynapac CP275 pneumatic tyred asphalt roller, construction equipment manufacturer Dynapac, a division of sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco, says the machine has been well received in the industry. The CP275 was launched in September last year at the... 

New pneumatic-tyred asphalt roller popular  in South African market
PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVER The Dynapac CP275 has a spacious platform, with two operator seats, contributing to more efficient operations

New vacuum receiver with pneumatic dump valve launched

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Bulk handling and process systems manufacturer Flexicon introduced a new vacuum receiver with a pneumatically actuated dump valve for dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems in January. The company will exhibit the system at the 2014 International Powder & Bulk Solids conference and exhibition,... 

New vacuum receiver with pneumatic dump valve launched
PNEUMATICALLY ACTUATED The vacuum receiver’s flap-type dump valve is actuated by a pneumatic cylinder

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