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Hydraulics News

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. 

New hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder service centre opens

27th April 2012 Hydraulic components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics has extended its service offering by opening a dedicated facility for the service, repair and manufacture of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders at its Benrose manufacturing facility and warehouse. 

Company helps build the pick of the crop in maize planters

27th April 2012 Hose and fittings supplier Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW) Cape Town, recently supplied hose, fittings, accumulators and other products, to tractor-drawn and mounted farming equipment manufacturer and distributer Rovic & Leers for use on a custom-designed maize planter. 

Product offering to save on hydraulic oil consumption

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th April 2012 Thousands of litres of hydraulic oil can be saved each year by employing sub-micron continuous in operation filtration, states wear control specialist Filter Focus South Africa COO Craig FitzGerald.  

Hydraulic, pneumatic equipment supplier expands product range

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Over the last decade, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment supplier Ernest Lowe has become one of the largest local manufacturers and reconditioners of hydraulic cylinders in Southern Africa, says CEO Mark Tarboton. 

Supplier aims to continue improving BEE scorecard

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Belting and hose supplier Belting Supply Services (BSS), a subsidiary of industrial products distributor Hudaco, is constantly striving to improve its black economic-empowerment (BEE) scorecard, says CEO Piet Swanepoel. 

Demand for water hydraulic systems to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 There is a real prospect of water hydraulics replacing a number of oil hydraulic and pneumatic systems in the next 3 to 10 years, says engineer and water hydraulics systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower executive director Alan Barrows. 

Program optimises efficiency of hydraulic components

14th October 2011 Hydraulics specialist Bosch Rexroth has implemented efficiency-optimised components, innovative modules and networked system solutions, featuring its BlueHydraulics program. 

Hydraulics, electronics integrated for rock drill test bench

14th October 2011 Hydraulic components and systems manufacturer Hytec and pneumantic solutions provider Tectra Automation, together with industrial group Atlas Copco South Africa, completed the in-house design, installation and commissioning of the hydraulic and electronic integration of a new test bench for Atlas... 

Hydraulic breakers used on bridge demolition, Panama Canal projects 

14th October 2011 Heavy hydraulic breakers from industrial group Atlas Copco have been used to demolish a bridge on the A40 motorway at Junction 28 in Gelsenkirchen-Süd, Germany. 

Programme to improve repair turnaround times

14th October 2011 To meet the challenge of unplanned downtime and associated costs, supplier of hydraulic components and systems Hytec has introduced a service exchange programme to ensure much faster turnaround times on pump repairs. 

Association urges end-users to drive quality assurance

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 Quality assurance needs to be driven by end-users, as South Africa lacks uniform quality control, particularly of hose assemblies, in hydraulic systems, says South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) chairperson Norman Hall. 

Company adds air-over-hydraulic power pumps to product range

22nd April 2011 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has expanded its Simplex range of hydraulic and mechanical equipment with the addition of heavy-duty air-over-hydraulic power pumps, designed for safe and reliable lifting and positioning of industrial equipment. 

New power pack design ensures easy adaptability

22nd April 2011 Southern African hydraulic components and systems supplier Hytec has launched a range of standard power packs that sets new standards for industry.  

Company introduces new sensor for hydraulic cylinders

22nd April 2011 Sensors developer and producer MTS has extended its product portfolio of magnetostrictive position sensors for mobile hydraulics with the new Temposonics Model MB stainless steel sensor.  

Precautions need to be taken in light of new Act

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) urges hydraulic and pneumatic companies to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against product liability repercussions under the new Consumer Protection Act, No 68 of 2008, which was implemented this month. Section 61 of the Act... 

Agricultural association concerned over Karoo gas exploration plan 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 Agri SA plans to ask the Minister [of Mineral Resources] to place a moratorium on the further exploration and production of natural gas in the Karoo by oil giant Shell. 

Commission approves ABB’s Coilmech acquisition

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd February 2011 Technology and automation group ABB said on Wednesday that South Africa’s Competition Commission had approved its acquisition of mining equipment manufacture Coilmech. ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Pone said that the commission’s decision had cleared the way for the company’s acquisition plans. 

Vehicle parts press restored and upgraded

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th November 2010 Automation distributor Tectra Automation and hydraulic component and systems manufacturer Hytec have collaborated in a project to upgrade an old and redundant vehicle parts press for the production line at motor parts manufacturer MA Automation, in Pretoria. 

PLC lifting equipment for Medupi

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Hydraulic technology group Enerpac reports that it has supplied programmable logic controlled (PLC) lifting equipment to the contractors working on a R5,8-million ongoing contract for State-owned power utility’s Eskom Medupi power station, near Lephalale, in Limpopo. 

Emergency diesel 
compressor for PGMs miner

15th October 2010 South African plant hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air recently delivered an emergency diesel compressor to platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Metals, in Rustenburg, receiving recognition from the mine for excellent service and swift delivery.  

New honing machine launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Specialist supplier of bore-sizing (honing) and surface-finishing (superfinishing) and precision precision deburring equipment Micron Technologies reports that it has introduced the HTA honing machine for the hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer and repair industry.  

Business unit awarded €5-million fuel injection skid order

15th October 2010 Global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications Colfax Corporation’s Allweiler business unit will deliver a €5-million fuel injection skid order through German engineering giant Siemens for use in gas turbines in Iraq.  

Hydraulic hose and fittings company moves to R8-million premises

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Supplier of hydraulic hose and fittings Genflex Hydraulics says that it has just completed the construction of its R8-million factory in Alrode South, in Gauteng province, and is in the process of moving into the new facility. 

Green product 
line launched

15th October 2010 Industry leader in the development of powerful and compact truck-mounted air compressor systems VMac has introduced its green product line, which includes the Underhood70 and Underhood150 belt-driven air compressor systems and the Predatair40 and Predatair60 hydraulic-driven air compressor systems. 

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