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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Hydraulic system enhances agricultural equipment

27th April 2007 A comprehensive range of agricultural equipment is now available from agricultural equipment supplier Northmec. This includes the Sitrex Magnum pull-type rakes, which have a double hydraulic system for enhanced efficiency, even on rough and uneven grounds. 

Compressed-air preparation system to set new standards

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 Local company Dowson and Dobson Industrial recently announced the release of a body-ported fully-modular compressed-air preparation system, a range that promises to set a new standard in filter-refulator lubricators (FRL). 

Dryers firm combats energy wastage

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 With the optimisationof resources becoming an issue of nationalpriority, energy wastage on thefactory floor should no longer be considered acceptable. This is a concern with regard to compressed air, which, although widely used, is not the most energy efficient. Unlike other motive power... 

Pneumatic, electric drives work hand in hand

20th October 2006 At pneumatics specialist Festo, electrical drives do not compete with pneumatic drives, but are instead the perfect complement to their capabilities, the firm says. 

Retractable roof a first for China

20th October 2006 The new Nantong Stadium in the Chinese Jiangsu province is China’s first large stadium with a roof that can be opened and closed. For the first time in history, the propulsion and stabilisation of the moveable parts takes place hydraulically. Enerpac signed a contract for the development... 

Compressors supplied for railway repair project

20th October 2006 South African plant-hire company in the Atlas Copco Group, Rand Air, was recently selected to supply GeoCompaction Dynamics with compressed air for repairs to railway track for the famous Outeniqua Tjoe Tjoe train that runs between Knysna and George. 

Hydraulic torque wrench range expands

20th October 2006 Becker Engineering, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Simplex, has extended it range of hydraulic torque wrenches to include square drive and low clearance units. 

Hydraulic hybrid diesel vehicle unveiled

20th October 2006 In June this year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the first-ever series hydraulic hybrid diesel urban delivery vehicle, which will provide dramatic improvements in fuel economy and in emission reductions. 

Heat exchangers boast increased capacity 

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 Transon modular shell and tube heat exchangers from Power Drives, designed for oil cooling applications, are especially suitable for the efficient and safe handling of hydraulic oil in large gearbox systems.? 

Conveying for diverse applications

20th October 2006 The exclusive distributor throughout Southern Africa for B&W Materials Handling, Big Lift Trucks, supplies a range of conveying equipment with the option of high-performance hydraulic drive systems for agriculture, mining, shipping and general industry. 

Need identified for service-focused hydraulics firms

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 There is a worldwide necessity for responsive and efficient service for industrial and hydraulic hose problems, states Pirtek Southern Africa MD Brendan Goss. 

Local firm clinches ‘biggest importer’ honours

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 Empowered firm Kiloton has received a prestigious Enerpac award for being the biggest importer of Enerpac hydraulic tools in 2004/5 and 2005/6 in Africa and the Middle East. 

Engineering firm places earthmoving equipment order

20th October 2006 EWT Plant Hire & Construction of Rynfield, Johannesburg, which purchased its first S220LC-V crawler-type excavator from Doosan Daewoo in 2001, has just acquired two more, plus a S55V excavator with a hydraulic hammer. This brings its total Doosan Daewoo fleet to eight machines, while its oldest... 

South Africa pioneers automated forensic DNA analysis 

20th October 2006 The world’s first fully automated system for high volume forensic DNA analysis and profiling went live in Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa in August 2006, putting the Biology Unit of the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory at the forefront of global DNA analysis technology. 

Hydraulics sector driving seals growth

28th April 2006 Bearing Man’s specialist seals outlets, which are situated in Johannesburg and Durban, have seen substantial growth, particularly in the hydraulics sector. 

Digital hydraulics helps to position railway bridge

28th April 2006 Tough conditions often make it impossible to build a bridge on-site. 

Walform method sees company completing R2,3m project faster

28th April 2006 The completion of a R2,3-million project for the installation of lubrication pipe work at a large paper mill carried out by Hytec marks the single largest stainless-steel pipe work project in Southern Africa. 

Hydraulics solution for North American seaway system

28th April 2006 After the successful completion of a two-year pilot project, Bosch Rexroth has been chosen to complete the modernisation of the remaining locks of the St Lawrence Seaway’s Welland Canal over the next five years. 

Pneumatics a major part of stalwart’s product offering

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Founded in 1906, engineering company Dowson & Dobson has created quite an impression in the pneumatics industry. 

Safety procedures critical to ensure optimum hydraulic performance

28th April 2006 The Simplex range of hydraulic products, distributed exclusively throughout Southern Africa by Bellambie Mining and Industrial, includes a lightweight power pump that provides hydraulic power to small- and medium-sized hydraulic cylinders or tools in all applications that require portable power. 

Cape Town hydraulics firm under new ownership

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Western Cape-based company Hydroweld Hydraulics-Cape is under new management, following Joe Kraatz, the previous owner’s decision to sell the 28-year-old firm to pursue other opportunities. 

Cast components for hydraulic stope support

28th April 2006 Stainless-steel foundry group Steloy Castings is playing a key role in the rejuvenation of the hydraulic mine-prop industry through the supply of specialist spun-cast components into this safety-critical application. 

Products ideally suited to challenging African conditions

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 A main player in the filtration-solution industry, Donaldson Filtration Systems has been serving the South African market in the trucking, mining, civil engineering and agricultural sectors for the past 40-or-so years. 

Pirate parts a threat to industry

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Pirate parts have been eroding both the hydraulics and pneumatics industries, bringing threat to the sector with the importation of cheap products and materials. 

New vice-president for hydraulics institute

28th April 2006 Vice president of Flowserve Corporation and president of Flowserve Pumps Thomas Ferguson has been appointed to the 2005/6 board of directors of the Hydraulic Institute. 

Some 200 000 products to pick and choose from

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 International company Parker Hannifin Corporation is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of components and systems with motion control in a broad spectrum of essential users. 

Mechatronics course a step forward in alleviating skills shortage

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 Didactic, the Greek word meaning ‘to learn’ is quite an appropriate phrase todescribe the challenging task being undertaken by a localcompany to try and alleviate the skill shortages in the manufacturing industry. Festo Didactic South Africa, which falls under the big Festo umbrella,... 

Hydraulic bearing pullers and separators save time and money 

28th April 2006 Bearing Man Limited’s bearings division distributes the Sykes-Pickavant range of industrial mechanical and hydraulic bearing pullers and separators. 

New product generates good market response

By: thamashni naidoo     28th April 2006 The innovative modular change-over system – the Camozzi Pneumatic Y-series – is said to be easily modified without the addition or replacement of separate valve systems. 

New filter range unveiled

17th March 2006 A brand-new range of filters, regulators and lubricators has just been released by Ernest Lowe under its own Elco label. 

Maintaining the quality standards of hydraulic hose

21st October 2005 The hydraulic hose is an integral part of any hydraulic system. 

Company takes hydraulic-cylinder repairs in-house

21st October 2005 DBT Africa has commissioned its own in-house cylinder bay at its premises in Germiston. 

Loading-flask doors to move to hydraulics

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 Traditionally, the doors on loading flasks in mines have been pneumatically controlled. 

Hydraulics firm eyes construction boom in World Cup build-up

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 The past year has seen an East Rand-based company successfully introduce new hydraulic components sourced from companies in Europe and the US. 

A new management coat for hydraulics stalwart

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 An East Rand-based hydraulics firm has recently been aquired by new owners. ? 

Pneumatics industry turns to fault-detection monitoring systems

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 The trend in the pneumatics industry toward integrated monitoring systems for pneumatic valve terminals is growing fast, and soon will be the standard way in which companies install these systems. 

Hydraulic-tool range boosted with two new additions

21st October 2005 A mining and industrial company has recently announced the release of two new additions to its range of hydraulic tools.? 

New-look cylinder expected to help farmers cut costs

By: warren robertson     21st October 2005 The agricultural hydraulic cylinder has gone through very few design adjustments since it was first developed. 

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