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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Increasing demand for hydraulics training

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo’s didactic training division indicates that there has been an increase in demand for hydraulics training this year, which has not been the case previously, says Festo manager of didactic training and consulting Horst Weinert. 

Solutions company invests in machinery

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo has invested in additional equipment and machinery that enables it to assemble rodless cylinders locally, says Festo MD Richard Teagle.  

Increasing demand for reducing life-cycle costs

16th October 2009 Two thirds of the lifecycle cost of a breaker can be attributed to operator cost, energy and fuel consumption, as well as service and maintenance costs. Reducing the challenge of the lifecycle cost of machinery and tools is an increasing demand from the market currently, states leaders in... 

New proprietary media reduces electrostatic charging

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Filter technology company Donaldson has introduced its Donaldson Electrostatic Reduction Technology (Dert), which is a new proprietary media that reduces the electrostatic charging that results when nonconductive fluids pass over nonconductive filter media fibres at high flow rates. 

Fluid power market to experience increased demand in 2010

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The fluid power markets will likely see increased demand sometime between late 2009 and early 2010, states growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan in its economic outlook for the global fluid power industry. 

R4,9-million hydraulic work for coal terminal 

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulic systems design, manufacturing and commissioning company Fluidtronik has successfully delivered its R4,9-million scope of hydraulic work on the stacker reclaimer for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) phase V project, says Fluidtronik MD Heinz von Fintel. 

International research agenda to transform fluid power

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The US National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center-funded Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) has an ambitious research and education agenda in its aim to transform fluid power, says CCEFP education codirector Linda Western. 

Fluid power association reaches out to end-users

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Hydraulics and pneumatics industry mouthpiece the South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) has urged end-users who procure services from hydraulic and pneumatics companies to become members of the organisation. This is to protect end-users against unethical, ambush-marketing techniques that... 

Control solutions firm’s on-line shop launch leads the way

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo South Africa has officially launched an on-line shop (OLS) for its customers that combines engineering and purchasing tools on one integrated platform.  

High hopes for new compressor rental company

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Founders of the largest air compressor hire company in southern Africa Rand-Air South Africa Brian and Vee Shekleton, have launched a new specialised compressor rental business, City Air Rental. The Gauteng-based company, which has offices in Sandton and a yard in Wynberg, began operations on... 

Cost-cutting drive 
benefits local 
manufacturer

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Two prominent heavy vehicle and mining machinery original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are negotiating contracts to purchase hydraulic cylinders directly from East Rand hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Kappa Engineering South Africa. 
 

Hydraulic accumulator operators impelled to honour legal obligations

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Operators of high-pressure, hydraulic accumulators are in breach of the law when these systems are not submitted for compulsory testing, says hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo Southern Africa Johannesburg branch manager Norman Hall. Failure to comply can result in a fine and/or up to 12... 

New manufacturing plant sees local company expand its range

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Hydraulic hose and hose fittings supplier Hypress Africa will increase the range of products available to its customers with the establishment of a new manufacturing plant in Ascoli Satriano, Italy.  

Crane hire group takes delivery of largest capacity hydraulic crane

By: Philippa Levenberg     24th April 2009 Heavy lifting, projects and mobile crane hire group Sarens South Africa is to take delivery of the largest capacity hydraulic crane available in southern Africa, the Demag AC 650, this month. It is a nine-axle, 720-t crane, equipped with 160-t counterweight, 96-m luffing jib, a lifting height of... 

Automation company 
provides air-to-air combat missile components

24th April 2009 Member of hydraulic systems and automation group Hytec Tectra Automation has supplied Bosch Rexroth components to missile and unmanned aerial vehicles solutions company Denel Dynamics. The components will be used on a qualifying rig for the telemetry testing of a subsystem for Denel Dynamics’ new... 

New machine manufactured for pressure testing laboratory

17th October 2008 Local hydraulics supplier Genflex Hydraulics has manufactured a hydraulic hose pressure testing machine, which is now incorporated into its pressure testing laboratory. 

Hydraulics specialist's large mine order nears completion

17th October 2008 Specialist in the field of hydraulic systems and automation Hytec Holdings reports that it has already completed the majority of orders received from project management houses involved in the iron-ore mine Sishen Iron Ore Expansion Project (SEP). 

Honing specialist expands capabilities

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Honing specialist Honingcraft has expanded its honing capacity and capability to include sizes as small as 5 mm inside diameter (ID), up to large bore sizes of 1 000 mm ID. 

Fluid association develops industry qualifications

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) has announced that it is working with Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), to institute the structures and systems needed for the successful implementation of a number of different... 

New CNC machine increases manifold production

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo has invested more than R5-million on new machinery, including a Mazak computer numerical control (CNC) machine from Japan, in order to mass produce hydraulic manifolds for the local hydraulics market. 

Hydraulic lifting system shapes showpiece bridge

17th October 2008 The Third Millennium Bridge at Zaragoza, formerly the Roman fluvial port of Caesaraugusta, serving the Ebro valley of Spain, is a showpiece of the city's 2008 international architecture exhibition (Expo) around the theme of water and sustainable development. 

Industrial group focuses on improving product ergonomics

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Industrial group Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Technique is concentrating on developing and improving the ergonomics of its handheld pneumatic machines, with a particular emphasis on reducing vibration, Atlas Copco business manager Neville Stewart tells Engineering News. 

New import protects pneumatic applications

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Local filter manufacturer Donaldson Filtration Systems has imported the Donaldson Ultrapac 2000 from the Donaldson Ultrafilter factory in Germany to offer pneumatic application protection. 

Engineers go proactive with telematrics implementation

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Hydraulic design and service supplier Turnkey Hydraulics sales and marketing manager Victor Price says the company is concentrating on enabling engineers to move from predictive to proactive management systems by implementing telematrics in its hydraulic systems. 

Growth surge for automated solutions service

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th October 2008 Automation and control solutions provider Festo reports that its system department, which allows the company to supply customers with complete automated solutions, has grown substantially. 

Association fosters education in hydraulics and pneumatics industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African Fluid Power Association (SAFPA) has announced that a number of its qualifications have been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa). These include the Fluid Power Qualification at National Qualification Framework (NQF) levels three, four, and five. 

Pressure gauge manufacturer receives accreditation

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Manufacturer of pressure and temperature gauges, SA Gauge, has recently received its South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accreditation for pressure calibration. 

Equipment supplier rebrands rental division

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Suppliers of industrial equipment Bobcat Equipment South Africa has concluded an agreement to rebrand its rental division and introduce a new line of pneumatics products. 

Pneumatics specialist steals the show

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African distributor for Bosch Rexroth, Tectra Automation, has designed, manufactured, commissioned and installed a customised stage lift for the Victory Theatre’s current Rocky Horror Show in two weeks. 

Multinational group announces acquisition

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The multinational design, manufacturing and distribution of high-pressure systems group, Manuli Rubber Industries, has announced the acquisition of the entire capital of hydraulics underground mining specialist Powerforce Hydraulics.  

New hydraulic grab operational at Durban harbour

25th April 2008 Local fabrication, machining, proofloading, and maintenance specialist, Arlona Engineering, has completed the design and fabrication of a 25-m³ hydraulic grab for bulk connections, which is currently being used at Durban harbour for discharging vessels. 

Engineering firm completes Camden economiser contract

25th April 2008 Engineering firm Steinmüller has successfully completed a contract for the Camden power station that involves the retrofitting of six economisers. The contract forms part of the return-to-service project currently under way. 

Quieter air hoists to mitigate worker health concerns

25th April 2008 A high-speed air hoist fitted with silencers, developed by lifting, load-holding, pushing and pulling equipment supplier, Bellambie Mining & Industrial, is able to suppress the noise in the industrial working environment, reports the company. 

Control, instrumentation specialist releases new actuators

25th April 2008 Control and instrumentation specialist, Spirax Sarco, has released its new series of pneumatic rotary actuators, the BVA300 series. The series is manufactured in 12 different sizes.  

Outside-in flow elements enable better containment

25th April 2008 The new DirtCatcher elements, which are outside-in flow elements with a patent-pending outer shell that prevents contaminants from falling back into a system during element changes, has been developed by international fluid conditioning and filtration products manufacturer, Schroeder Industries,... 

Company launches improved multipin modules

25th April 2008 The MPA multipin valve terminal modules developed by industrial and process automation innovation company, Festo, have universal application in automation technology, reports the company 

Hydraulics supplier introduces new hose

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Hydraulics supplier, Genflex Hydraulics of Alrode South, Gauteng has recently introduced a stronger, multispiral hose, the Deutsches Institut für Normung-accredited DIN8564SP hose. 

Roller coaster ride for pneumatic safety solution

25th April 2008 Process automation and technology specialist, Festo, has supplied Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Münsterhausen in Germany with a customised pneumatic safety solution for the tallest and fastest roller coaster the company has built to date, the Euro-Fighter. 

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