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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Pneumatic product range popular in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson says its range of Waircom pneumatic products is widely used in several local industries, including the automotive; carpeting; wood; paper, pulp and packaging; plastic; hygiene; petroleum; food and beverage and the medical equipment manufacturing... 

Pneumatic robot welding-gun solution a solid seller

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Pneumatic and electric automation solutions provider Festo has sold about 450 Servo-Pneumatic robot welding-gun solution systems in South Africa since the product was launched in February 2012, Festo automotive industry head Charles Hulme tells Engineering News. “The first local use of the... 

Pneumatic robot  welding-gun solution  a solid seller
SERVO-PNEUMATIC SOLUTION Festo's Servo-Pneumatic system controls the welding gun mounted on a welding robot

Large Sudanese hydraulic project successfully completed

2nd May 2014 Member of hydraulic systems and automation group Hytec, Hytec Engineering completed the installation of 12 large-scale hydraulic cylinders, power packs and linkage systems to replace the hydraulics systems for controlling water flow at the Roseires dam wall, on the Blue Nile, in the town Ad... 

Large Sudanese hydraulic project successfully completed
CYLINDER DELIVERY Delivery of the cylinders from Bosch Rexroth, in the Netherlands had to be coordinated with the arrival of the supporting equipment from South Africa

High-quality seals and correct maintenance critical

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd May 2014 Hydraulic and pneumatic seal supplier Seal & Gasket Supplies stresses that buying substandard components will lead to more frequent breakdowns, resulting in overall work productivity decreasing and ultimately culminating in costly long-term consequences for businesses. “Companies need to train... 

High-quality seals and correct maintenance critical
COMPLETE SERVICE Seal & Gasket Supplies’ core strengths are providing technical advice and support for customers before and after buying a product

Local distributor partners with global company

18th October 2013 Engineering components provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its range of pneumatic and hydraulic filtration products and systems to include Parker motion and control technologies, says BMG executive director Gavin Pelser. BMG signed a distribution deal with global motion and control... 

Telescopic handlers hit heavy-industrial market

18th October 2013 Italian manufacturer Magni Telescopic Handlers aims to change the industry perception of telehandler machines with the launch of its new brand to the heavy-duty mining and construction sectors. The Magni range of telescopic handlers is solely distributed in a number of key heavy mining and... 

Expansion into construction market next step for range

By: Timothy Sibanda     18th October 2013 Johannesburg-based bulk materials handling and mineral processing specialist Osborn aims to improve market penetration with the BX and BXR hydraulic rock breaker range, noting significant opportunities in the construction industry. Osborn sells and markets the range in South Africa on behalf of... 

Electric cylinder alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic options

18th October 2013 Drive technology company SEW Eurodrive has launched the complete series of the CMS electric cylinder onto the South African market.  

New pneumatic and hydraulic machines launched

18th October 2013 The new Caterpillar Cat CW34 pneumatic roller, which performs equally well on granular materials, as well as all types of asphalt mix designs, can be deployed on every compaction phase owing to its high contact pressures – consistently delivering density targets. An eight wheel roller with an... 

Role of hydraulic lubricant in improving efficiency highlighted

By: Timothy Sibanda     18th October 2013 Cutting the running costs of a hydraulic or pneumatic system entails that managers and supervisors find alternative ways of enhancing the efficiency of technology, thereby increasing their control over operational variables, says global group of energy and petrochemical companies Shell South... 

Distributorship signed with global pneumatics company

By: Timothy Sibanda     18th October 2013 Pneumatics products distributor Neumatics SA reports that it has been appointed the distributor of US-based manufacturer of pneumatic valves, controls systems, and safety products for the fluid power industry ROSS Controls products. 

SMME award presented to hydraulics solutions provider

18th October 2013 Specialised engineering and hydraulic solutions provider Malcom-Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering is the winner of the Inaugural South African Premier Business Awards 2012/13 small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) Award. 

Maintenance a critical aspect of efficient hydraulic systems

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The maintenance of hydraulic equipment is vital to ensure long-lasting functioning, Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses Garnett Cross president tells Engineering News. “A major misconception is that new oil is clean. However, it is not clean until it has been filtered,” he says. 

Hydraulics company expands South African operations

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Global hydraulics manufacturer Hydac South Africa tells Engineering News that it aims to expand its South African market share by bolstering its operations in South Africa, says Hydac South Africa MD Walter Heijboer.   

Company moves to larger premises, introduces new range

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Air Compressor company Artic Driers International has moved to larger premises at Apex, south of Benoni, on the East Rand, to accommodate the expansion of its stockholding and the growth of its air-dryer hiring fleet.   

Seals aid hydraulic cylinder performance

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Global industrial manufacturer and service provider SKF, last November launched a new range of hydraulic seals to fulfil the demand for hydraulic cylinders that industry needs for improved performance.   

Cordless hydraulic pump to be launched in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Empowered firm Kiloton reports that it will be stocking hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s new XC-Series cordless hydraulic pumps in South Africa from June. The pump is designed as a long-lasting pump that can be used in areas that are difficult to access. It is constructed from lightweight... 

Marine anchor handling vessel upgrades DP system

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 Specialist marine services provider Smit Amandla Marine has completed the R5-million upgrade of anchor handling vessel Smit Lombok’s dynamic positioning (DP) system, which improves the control of the tug’s propulsion units without disrupting its schedule, to maintain the level of service it... 

Ipap 2013/14 to look at possible designation of pneumatic actuators

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is still undertaking research and engaging with stakeholders, but believes that the possible designation of pneumatic actuators as key procurement products will enable local production on a greater scale and increase investment and... 

Fluid power market survey indicates growth

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2013 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) reports that fluid power market growth exceeded general industrial growth in the economy, as a result of more companies having been identified as importers of fluid power products worldwide.   

Proudly SA pneumatic cylinders launched

26th April 2013 Southern African hydraulics engineering company BMG Hydraulics, part of Bearing Man Group, has extended its range of locally manufactured products to include Imperial pneumatic cylinders, designed for mining and heavy-duty applications.   

Local company extends service offering

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Industrial group Atlas Copco’s blowers for low-pressure compressors will be available locally from compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which forms part of Atlas Copco. The company is planning on adding these units to its fleet in the new future. Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus says the... 

Marine pollutants a threat to the environment

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Marine pollution is a global challenge and mineral-based product spills, such as heavy oil, marine diesel oil, lube oil and hydraulic oil, not only pose a fire and safety risk on board vessels but may cause immense environmental damage if allowed to escape to the sea, says marine services... 

Electrically powered aeroplanes hold cost, environmental benefits 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Airliners’ reliance on hydraulic fluid could drastically decrease if the aviation industry develops technologies to convert the hydraulic systems used in large aircraft to run on electricity, says National Airways Corporation (NAC) senior production manager of fixed wing maintenance Mike Mayers.... 

Hydraulics industry challenges determine developments 

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 South Africa does not yet have hydraulic system original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which limits innovation at a local level, says oil and gas producer Shell South Africa’s commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham. Hydraulic OEMs are traditionally based in Europe and the US. Shell’s... 

Parties divided on shale gas exploration, fracking

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Nonprofit organisation Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) chairperson Jonathan Deal believes oil and gas company Shell has not provided any viable proof to support claims that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will improve South Africa’s energy security, create jobs and assist in reducing... 

Fluid power association to release market survey results soon

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) expects the results of the second fluid power market survey to be released soon. 

Hydraulics company manufactures large manifold block

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo has manufactured one of its largest hydraulic manifolds. 

Solutions provider to expand hydraulic cylinder cover distribution 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Preventive maintenance solutions provider Nkwe Mining Services plans to start the local manufacture and distribution of the US-patented Seal Saver hydraulic cylinder protector in the next two years.  

Hydraulic tools provider plans further expansion

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 International high-pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force has added new products and accessories to its existing product range for use in the mining, power generation, petrochemicals and refining, ship-building and repairs, steel and aluminium plants, aerospace, defence, heavy... 

New products introduced

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 International supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology Festo has introduced several new products to its range of automation products. 

Supplier acquires largest swage machine

27th April 2012 Hydraulic hose and fitting supplier Genflex reports that it has taken delivery of the largest and most powerful hydraulic hose swage machine ever manufactured in South Africa.  

Solutions provider develops new control system

27th April 2012 Pneumatic solutions provider Tectra Automation has developed a control system suitable for applications where programmable logic controllers are too sophisticated, but where conventional systems do not offer enough control. 

New hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder service centre opens

27th April 2012 Hydraulic components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics has extended its service offering by opening a dedicated facility for the service, repair and manufacture of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders at its Benrose manufacturing facility and warehouse. 

Company helps build the pick of the crop in maize planters

27th April 2012 Hose and fittings supplier Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW) Cape Town, recently supplied hose, fittings, accumulators and other products, to tractor-drawn and mounted farming equipment manufacturer and distributer Rovic & Leers for use on a custom-designed maize planter. 

Product offering to save on hydraulic oil consumption

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Thousands of litres of hydraulic oil can be saved each year by employing sub-micron continuous in operation filtration, states wear control specialist Filter Focus South Africa COO Craig FitzGerald.  

Demand for water hydraulic systems to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 There is a real prospect of water hydraulics replacing a number of oil hydraulic and pneumatic systems in the next 3 to 10 years, says engineer and water hydraulics systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower executive director Alan Barrows. 

Program optimises efficiency of hydraulic components

14th October 2011 Hydraulics specialist Bosch Rexroth has implemented efficiency-optimised components, innovative modules and networked system solutions, featuring its BlueHydraulics program. 

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