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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

More growth predicted for tube-honing machines

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The third Sunnen HTC computer-controlled Tube Hone is destined for the South African hydraulics and pneumatics market, after two machines have already been successfully installed earlier this year. 

New pneumatics training course to benefit industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 “In order to overcome South Africa’s skills shortage, a new dicipline has emerged to become more multiskilled,” Festo Didactic manager Tom Webster tells Engineering News. 

Titanium air-impact wrenches an industry first

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The 100-year old international company Ingersoll-Rand is introducing the industry’s first titanium impact tools with its new titanium range of air-impact wrenches. 

Local hydraulic specialist supplies equipment to US project

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Engineers from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and steelwork contractor Danny’s Construction Company (DCCI) have developed and tested hydraulics-based steel replacement procedures using equipment from hydraulics specialist Enerpac. 

Pneumatic valve experiences positive growth

29th April 2005 Since the launch of the Camozzi Pneumatic Y-series valve in 2003, the growth has been positive from Europe, Asia as well as America, Camozzi Pneumatics agent, Hydraulics & Pneumatics’ Martyn Jones reports. 

Hydraulics specialist gives tipping firm a lift

29th April 2005 There’s nothing slow about Express Industrial Truck Body’s Speed van Rensburg. 

Company steps up its fleet-renewal programme

29th April 2005 Rand-Air has stepped up the pace of its ?fleet-renewal programme. 

Pneumatics company to produce innovative device

29th April 2005 “The global effort to rid humanity of the debris of war is set to get a welcome boost, thanks to the ingenuity of Hermanus-inventor Paul Richards,” Isando Pneumatics MD Mike Parker says. 

Pneumatics department to focus on core industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Local company and sole South African distributor of Rexroth products, Tectra Automation, has recently made changes to its pneumatics division by appointing Ian Jacobs as divisional manager for pneumatics. 

Hydraulic winch help to lift and pull heavy loads with ease

29th April 2005 Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s hydraulic winch, noted for its unique safety, precision and nimble features, complements the manual range of Tirfor handheld machines, ideally suited for lifting or pulling heavy loads. 

Magnetic filter prevents cooling-fluid contamination

29th April 2005 The filtering of contaminants is subject to many problems – being not least consumable and environmental costs, Clearflow director Garth Jordan says, adding that filtering to sub-micron level increases these costs considerably, but that it was only the case till Magnom filters was developed. 

Getting a high-tech grip on your car's roadholding

29th April 2005 High-technology developments in the automotive industry in recent years have taken family and sports cars to levels of performance and safety previously only associated with the racetrack. 

Company's investment in oil-free compressed air tops R15-million

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Rand-Air’s leadership in oil-free compressor hire has been further strengthened by the addition of two diesel machines to the company’s specialised fleet. 

Reliable seals for hydraulic cylinders

29th April 2005 Bearing Man’s seals division has a range of viton chevron packs, designed for reliable sealing in rod and piston applications for hydraulic cylinders that are used in high temperature applications and corrosive environments. 

Keeping up the pressure

29th April 2005 Norgren, distributed exclusively in South Africa by Ernest Lowe, has extended its ?tried-and-tested range of 18D pressure switches with a new low-temperature version. 

How to design the right reservoir for a hydraulic power unit

29th April 2005 Some companies sending out tenders for hydraulic systems, quite often accept the lowest quote, without first determining what is being offered. 

Customised samplers and dosers suitable for various applications

29th April 2005 Approved by major petrochemical companies, Mitech’s high-performance positioners have three take-off options, making them suitable for almost all applications. 

Local bag-handling concept sought after

29th April 2005 WestWeigh Systems has successfully commissioned a locally developed, multimillion rand automatic bag-handling machine in the manufacturing facility of a local pet food manufacturer. 

'Use marine cranes not truck cranes'

29th April 2005 It is a common misconception that one can use a cheap truck-type crane on a marine vessel and operate it safely at its rated capacity, says Cape-Town-based Petrel Engineering. 

New cranes reduce erection to five minute operation

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 A new self-erecting crane range has been introduced in South Africa by SA French. 

Fledgling firms drive demand for smaller construction machines

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Below-20-t multipurpose utility machines for the building and construction industry, classified by Caterpillar as general construction (GC) products, have dramatically gained in popularity in South Africa. 

German multinational bullish following new SA investment

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2004 From a business perspective, South Africa has much to offer: sound economic and monetary policies, a growth rate approaching 4%, and consumer and business confidence levels approaching 80 out of a possible 100 points, said Voith Turbo chairperson Peter Edelmann at the official opening of Voith... 

Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Gigantic cranes deployed at construction site

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Hauler of large equipment and machinery Mammoet has supplied three cranes for the construction of two large breakwaters at the Port of Ngqura. 

BEE boosts pneumatics, enviro

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The average value of yearly sales for the pneumatics and environmental-control business within Bateman Africa is R70-million. 

Two divisions are established

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulics firm Brakecore Hydraulics has introduced two new divisions into its Southern African  

Modular electrical terminal introduced

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Simplifying the exchange of information between electrical and pneumatic control levels for effective communication at all levels, a new modular electrical terminal, known as CPX, has been developed and introduced by Festo. 

International network expansion planned

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component manufacturer and distributor Horne Hydraulics is continuing to expand its international network. 

Quality and safety accreditation achieved

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic-mining-equipment manufacturer Hydro Power Equipment (HPE), which grew out of the technology generated by Rudolph B 

Firm becomes empowered

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component and seal producer Scot-Brad Engineering, of Gauteng, has formed a partnership with marketing and sales director, Wilson Sebastian, transforming the business into a black economic empowered (BEE) entity. 

Aerospace contract under way

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 South African engineering firm Tetech Projects is currently producing staging and jacking systems as well as hydraulic test benches for the Hawk trainer-fighters. 

Air audits unearth true cost of compressed air

22nd October 2004 A thorough audit of any mining operation’s compressed-air system can reveal surprising opportunities to cut energy costs. 

Hydraulics company expands its premises

22nd October 2004 The well-known premises of Optima Hydraulics in Paarden Eiland road, Cape Town, has been extended with the new three-storey office block complete with new workshop facilities. 

Hydraulic hammers perform well locally

22nd October 2004 The famous Montabert hydraulic hammers, from the range of Consolidated Rock Machinery’s (CRM), continue to be sold to the local market. 

US company launches filter

22nd October 2004 Indianapolis-based SMC Corporation of America, the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic products and filtration equipment, has announced the release of the Series FN1 Filter designed for machine tool and general machinery industries. 

Vickers Goldquest

20th August 2004 Vickers Goldquest is the provider of hydraulic and pneumatic products and services to local industry. 

Hydraulic tower crane enters SA market

By: Keith Campbell     9th July 2004 HOW do you get a crane to a remote site high in the Alps, where no roads run, and where the equipment is needed for the construction of the upper station in a new cable-car system? 

Safety remains important

30th April 2004 To ensure that hydraulic equipment performs well, and that worker safety is guaranteed during operation, safety procedures must be strictly adhered to, Bellambie Mining & Industrial product manager Eugene Davids tells Engineering News. 

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