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Hydraulics News

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. 

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.  

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.  

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. 

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. 

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.  

New distributor for pump range

     1st October 2010 Hydraulic engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics, part of the BMG group, has been appointed as a distributor of hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s range of hydraulic cylinders, pumps and related products, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  

Energy efficient heaving

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     2nd July 2010 The Rexroth active heave compensation system (RAHC), which successfully recovers up to 70% of the operational energy requirement of marine crane drives, is being marketed in South Africa by hydraulic supply company Hytec. 

Twenty-year association formalised

     14th May 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) latest strategic acquisition is a 70% share in hydraulics company Turnkey Hydraulics’ KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) branch, which will operate as BMG Hydraulics, from April 1. 

Affected by the recession, focusing on skills – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) believes that, although a number of its member companies have felt the strain of the economic crunch over the past few years, the companies have managed their resources well and the industry will not experience a further decline. 

Bridging the skills gap

     23rd April 2010 Pneumatic and electric automation solutions supplies company Festo reports that it continues to help deal with the prevalent skills shortage in industries such as hydraulics and pneumatics in Southern Africa through its endorsement and sponsorship of intertertiary competitions. 

Bringing new life to 
old machinery

     23rd April 2010 Construction equipment manufacturer Pan Mixers believes that the durability of its equipment sees many customers using plants that are well over ten years old. However, in a move that brings new life to older machinery, while still assisting customers through the tough economic climate, the... 

Courses aim to enhance skills, improve industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry will always have room for improvement as technology advances, increasing the need for skills in maintenance and advanced engineering, says Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses president, Garnett Cross. 

Hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative

     23rd April 2010 Fire-resistant hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative to standard petroleum oil in hot load environments, says South African hydraulic lifts company Big Lift Trucks (BLT). 

Manufacturer expects growth in revenue 
globally

     23rd April 2010 US-based hydraulics manufacturer Eaton Corporation reports that it expects its global revenue to grow from 12% to 14% yearly over the next five years. 

Manufacturer, supplier keeps on top of its game

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, one of South Africa's manufacturers and repairers of hydraulic cylinders, has greatly expanded and diversified its operations over the past three years.  

Need to renew fluid power technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 To increase the efficiency of industry operations and automate repetitive tasks, a great rebirth of innovation-based fluid power technology, and the simultaneous improvement of the efficiency offered by such technology, should be implemented, while further enhancing control accuracy and the... 

Process automation 
solution for treatment works

     23rd April 2010 Automation technology manufacturer Festo Process Automation reports that it has completed the supply of a complete process automation solution to the newly constructed Kleinbrak river water treatment works, located in the Mossel Bay municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Recent changes result in productivity improvements

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Recent advances and improvements that promise to further streamline and speed up output at Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, include the installation of a second honing machine and the in-house development of a stress beam, the launch of a comprehensive computerised production control and... 

Solution for bright bar inspection 
device delivered

     23rd April 2010 Automation solutions company Tectra Automation reports that it has supplied a Bosch Rexroth control system and components to nondestructive materials testing and measuring equipment company H Rohloff. The control system was used in the design and manufacture of a bright bar inspection line for a... 

University takes on the skills challenge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 Industries, such as pneumatics and hydraulics, have experienced a significant slump, owing to the global recession, but there appears to be an upswing in the economy and the sentiment is that companies are willing to invest in automation, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Hydron joins Savcio group

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th April 2010 Hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer and service provider company Hydron has joined the Savcio Holdings group. Savcio said in a media statement that Hydron had managed to become an approved supplier to some of the most recognised oil and gas companies operating offshore on the West Coast of... 

New version of radial piston pump introduced to local market

By: Jacqueline Holman     9th April 2010 Value-added reseller of Moog products, hydraulic component supplier Aqua Power plans to phase out the use of the RKP-I radial piston pump by its clients and replace these with its second-generation radial piston pump, the RKP-II. 

R3,1m drill-ship overhaul completed

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th December 2009 Hydraulic equipment supplier Hytec Marine and Offshore Services, a member of the Hytec Group, has completed a R3,1-million project involving the redesign of the pipe handling system and the construction of the control valve modules to be used on a drill ship. 

Fluid power market to experience increased demand in 2010

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The fluid power markets will likely see increased demand sometime between late 2009 and early 2010, states growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan in its economic outlook for the global fluid power industry. 

Increasing demand for hydraulics training

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo’s didactic training division indicates that there has been an increase in demand for hydraulics training this year, which has not been the case previously, says Festo manager of didactic training and consulting Horst Weinert. 

Increasing demand for reducing life-cycle costs

     16th October 2009 Two thirds of the lifecycle cost of a breaker can be attributed to operator cost, energy and fuel consumption, as well as service and maintenance costs. Reducing the challenge of the lifecycle cost of machinery and tools is an increasing demand from the market currently, states leaders in... 

International research agenda to transform fluid power

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 The US National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center-funded Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) has an ambitious research and education agenda in its aim to transform fluid power, says CCEFP education codirector Linda Western. 

Local industrial virtual exhibition launched

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 On-line industrial portal company Industryza has launched a virtual exhibition that focuses on industrial and mining products in South Africa. Industryza founder Cameron Diesel says that hydraulics have been one of the focuses in setting up the website. 

New proprietary media reduces electrostatic charging

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Filter technology company Donaldson has introduced its Donaldson Electrostatic Reduction Technology (Dert), which is a new proprietary media that reduces the electrostatic charging that results when nonconductive fluids pass over nonconductive filter media fibres at high flow rates. 

R4,9-million hydraulic work for coal terminal 

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulic systems design, manufacturing and commissioning company Fluidtronik has successfully delivered its R4,9-million scope of hydraulic work on the stacker reclaimer for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) phase V project, says Fluidtronik MD Heinz von Fintel. 

Solutions company invests in machinery

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo has invested in additional equipment and machinery that enables it to assemble rodless cylinders locally, says Festo MD Richard Teagle.  

Supplier focuses on marketing strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo is currently focusing on its marketing strategy for the RKP-D second-generation digital radial piston pump with designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion control products and systems MOOG. 

New identity for well-known hydraulics brand

By: Dennis Ndaba     24th July 2009 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG), a subsidiary of JSE-listed industrial firm Invicta, has launched a rebranded trading name for Goldquest International Hydraulics as BMG Hydraulics from July, 2009. 

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