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Hydraulics News

High-pressure hose meets expectations

     26th June 2015 Power management company Eaton’s Aeroquip X-Flex high-pressure spiral hose has been meeting performance expectations, helping manufacturers that service continuous miners in South Africa – which operate in highly abrasive environments – to meet their contracted coal-extraction rate by increasing... 

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. 

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. 

Vanguard completes turnkey project at two peaking power plants

     17th April 2015 International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of high electricity demand or supply... 

Vanguard completes turnkey project at two peaking power plants
Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system

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

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

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

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... 

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

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. 

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

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

Local company successfully clads complex alloy

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Thermal spray service provider Thermaspray is expected to complete a Stellite alloy 6 ball valve, which will be laser-clad to the SAF 225 alloy, allowing for the ball valves to be used in highly corrosive environments at wood and paper pulp and paper-based solutions provider Sappi’s specialised... 

Local company successfully clads complex alloy
Photo by Thermaspray
BALL VALVE CLADDING Stellite 6 (left) is notoriously difficult to apply as a final layer, particularly on SAF 225 (right), owing to probable cracking

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

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

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

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

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

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 product range popular in SA
PNEUMATICS PIPING APPLICATIONS Dowson & Dobson offers a range of Waircom push-in fittings in a variety of sizes and configurations to meet all pneumatic piping needs

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

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

New hydraulic oil offers 11% energy savings

By: David Oliveira     7th February 2014 South Africa-based lubrication manufacturer Engen launched its Hydrokin energy saving fluid (ESF) hydraulic oil in November, which Engen industrial product engineer Tony Kukard says can provide companies up to 11% energy savings in equipment that consumes hydraulic fluid. Engen industrial... 

New hydraulic oil offers 11% energy savings
Photo by Bloomberg
FIELD TESTING Field tests on Engen’s Hydrokin ESF were conducted in Europe using a medium-sized excavator, skid steer loader and compact excavator

Hudaco acquires SBS, conditions of Dunford acquisition met

By: Leandi Kolver     12th December 2013 JSE-listed Hudaco Industries on Thursday announced that it had acquired the assets and liabilities of imported battery distributor Specialised Battery Systems (SBS). The final total consideration payable by Hudaco would depend on the company’s average profits over the three-year earn-out period,... 

Supplier claims world first in locomotive steering, unlimited growth potential

     8th November 2013 Johannesburg-based locomotive solutions provider DCD Rolling Stock believes it has unlimited growth potential owing to its patented Jika passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for bogies, which is an industry-first due for commercial release. DCD Rolling Stock technical manager Daryl Leggitt... 

Hudaco acquires Dunford Group for R154.3m

By: Natalie Greve     1st November 2013 As part of JSE-listed Hudaco Industries’ key strategy to pursue the acquisition of new businesses in similar fields of activity, the company has signed an agreement to acquire the Dunford Group. 

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.  

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

BMG expands offering as it enters new partnership 

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th October 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) announced the expansion of its range of pneumatic and hydraulic filtration products and systems to include technologies from global motion and control specialists Parker Hannifin Corporation last month at its open day, in Johannesburg.  

  BMG expands offering as it enters new partnership
Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group sales director Ian King discusses the company’s new products and future plans.

Festo reaffirms Joburg’s gateway status as it marks 40 years in SA

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2013 Festo supervisory board vice-chairperson Dr Ulrich Stoll – a third-generation representative of the German family that owns a process-automation multinational that currently spans 61 countries – has confirmed that South Africa will remain the group’s ‘gateway’ into the rest of Africa. Speaking at... 

Festo reaffirms Joburg’s gateway status as it marks 40 years in SA
Dr Ulrich Stoll

Local company distributes protective cover for seals

By: David Oliveira     9th August 2013 Local filter design and manufacturing company Filter Focus’ Seal Saver cylinder cover, launched last month, helps extend hydraulic seal and cylinder life by at least three times and protects seals and cylinders from the dirt and debris in the harsh African environment, says Filter Focus COO Craig... 

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