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Hydraulics News

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... 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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... 

Mechanical seals company makes anticorruption commitment

By: David Oliveira     9th August 2013 Mechanical seals manufacturer AESSEAL South Africa received accreditation in June from US-based nonprofit member association Trace International, in which AESSEAL MD Rob Waites expects to involve other member companies. 

Mechanical seals company makes anticorruption commitment
TRACE ACCREDITED The purpose of the accreditation is to promote the ethics of antibribery and anticorruption in a company

R2m contract for hydraulic hose component assembly workshop

     2nd August 2013 A contract worth about R2-million a year for two hydraulic hose component assembly workshops has been awarded to hoses and fittings supplier Genflex Hydraulics by a mining plant in the North West. 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane  

By: Samantha Herbst     19th July 2013 Heavy-lifting solutions multinational Sarens, of Belgium, has officially launched a new 750-t hydraulic crane, manufactured by Germany-based construction machinery manufacturer Liebherr. As the biggest crane on the Southern African market, the LTM 1750.9-1 boasts increased capacity, enabling... 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane
Sarens SA operations director Lyle Tapinos discusses the launch of the company’s new 750-t hydraulic crane.

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... 

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.   

Czech water treatment company brings expertise to South Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd February 2013 As trade between South Africa and the Czech Republic increases, companies such as Envites are homing in on the South Africa mining and other markets with sophisticated water treatment systems as well as hydro-separation processes. 

Graduate development programme closing the skills gap

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The concept of hydraulics is not well understood by engineering graduates, according to petrochemicals firm Sasol Technology chief process engineer Ralph Grob. At the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) 2012 conference, in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, last month, he noted... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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