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Hydraulics News

Revamped engineered-products distributor eyes prospects in Australasia and South America

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2008 The recently re-branded Bearing Man Group, now BMG, is considering ways to globalise its successful industrial-component sourcing and distribution model, and is eyeing, in particular, entry into the resources-heavy markets of South America and Australasia.  

Invicta subsidiary Bearing Man completes Goldquest acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     14th August 2008 Engineering consumables firm Bearing Man, a subsidiary of JSE-listed industrial firm Invicta, has completed the acquisition of Goldquest International Hydraulics. Goldquest International Hydraulics has sole distribution rights for brands like Eaton/Vickers, Marzocchi, Larzep, Pister, Schroeder,... 

Association fosters education in hydraulics and pneumatics industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African Fluid Power Association (SAFPA) has announced that a number of its qualifications have been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa). These include the Fluid Power Qualification at National Qualification Framework (NQF) levels three, four, and five. 

Company launches improved multipin modules

     25th April 2008 The MPA multipin valve terminal modules developed by industrial and process automation innovation company, Festo, have universal application in automation technology, reports the company 

Control, instrumentation specialist releases new actuators

     25th April 2008 Control and instrumentation specialist, Spirax Sarco, has released its new series of pneumatic rotary actuators, the BVA300 series. The series is manufactured in 12 different sizes.  

Engineering firm completes Camden economiser contract

     25th April 2008 Engineering firm Steinmüller has successfully completed a contract for the Camden power station that involves the retrofitting of six economisers. The contract forms part of the return-to-service project currently under way. 

Hydraulics supplier introduces new hose

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Hydraulics supplier, Genflex Hydraulics of Alrode South, Gauteng has recently introduced a stronger, multispiral hose, the Deutsches Institut für Normung-accredited DIN8564SP hose. 

Multinational group announces acquisition

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The multinational design, manufacturing and distribution of high-pressure systems group, Manuli Rubber Industries, has announced the acquisition of the entire capital of hydraulics underground mining specialist Powerforce Hydraulics.  

Outside-in flow elements enable better containment

     25th April 2008 The new DirtCatcher elements, which are outside-in flow elements with a patent-pending outer shell that prevents contaminants from falling back into a system during element changes, has been developed by international fluid conditioning and filtration products manufacturer, Schroeder Industries,... 

Pneumatic specialist replaces outdated products

     25th April 2008 Pneumatic specialist Exair has released its 50 mm Super Air Nozzle. The nozzle has been engineered to replace outdated flat nozzles. 

Pneumatics specialist steals the show

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The South African distributor for Bosch Rexroth, Tectra Automation, has designed, manufactured, commissioned and installed a customised stage lift for the Victory Theatre’s current Rocky Horror Show in two weeks. 

Quieter air hoists to mitigate worker health concerns

     25th April 2008 A high-speed air hoist fitted with silencers, developed by lifting, load-holding, pushing and pulling equipment supplier, Bellambie Mining & Industrial, is able to suppress the noise in the industrial working environment, reports the company. 

Roller coaster ride for pneumatic safety solution

     25th April 2008 Process automation and technology specialist, Festo, has supplied Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Münsterhausen in Germany with a customised pneumatic safety solution for the tallest and fastest roller coaster the company has built to date, the Euro-Fighter. 

Specialist keeps it cool underground

     25th April 2008 Recent changes to South Africa’s mining legislation require operators of mining machinery to be accommodated in fully-enclosed cabins, which will protect them from dust and noise. 

Specialist releases new compact cylinder

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 The hydraulics and pneumatics specialist Festo has released its newly manufactured compact cylinder, the ADN cylinder.  

Hydropower could contribute up to 7 000 MW

By: Guy Copans     11th April 2008 An unnamed hydro-mechanical engineering consultant says that hydropower could add about 5 000 MW to 7 000 MW to South Africa’s electricity infrastructure.  

Fire detection technology supplied to Maponya mall

     4th April 2008 The wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric Company, GE Security’s fire detection technology is making Soweto’s flagship mall a safe place to shop. 

Hydraulics shortage now the ‘headache', says Bell CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2008 A shortage of hydraulic components was now causing the supply "headache" and no longer tyres and steel, Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell said on Monday. Bell said that reputable supplying companies, which "had done great for us over the last 20 or 30 years", were no longer meeting... 

Engineering training company expands training offering

     19th October 2007 Since restructuring into two divisions, learning systems and training and consulting, engineering training company Festo Didactic (Festo) has expanded its curriculum. Courses currently cover topics such as pneumatics, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers and mechatronics, as well as... 

Filtration company introduces new hydraulic filter range

     19th October 2007 Filtration company Donaldson Filtration (Donaldson) has introduced a new hydraulic filter called Triboguard. Donalson claims that the filter is the easiest way to install more uptime, as it uses a advanced pleat-pack design, and removes particles and contaminants from hydraulic fluid during every... 

Hydraulics company expands systems series

     19th October 2007 Hydraulics company Rexroth has a Air Service (AS) system that fulfils the high requirements for compressed air preparation, the company says. Rexroth notes that along with the standard functions of filtering, regulating and lubricating, this modularly constructed maintenance unit also enables... 

Hydraulics company introduces mutispiral hose

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Earlier this year hydraulic hose and fittings company Genflex Hydraulics introduced its multispiralled 4SP, a multispiral hose with fairly high working pressures, which is used mainly in mining applications. 

Hydraulics company opens new Mozambique facility

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic company Hytec Services Mozambique, a member of the Hytec Group, is relocating to its new premises in November, says Hytec Group MD, John Wingrove. 

Local company offers hallite bearing strips

     19th October 2007 Local company Bearing Man, the exclusive distributor in Southern Africa for Hallite Seals, supplies a range of versatile bearing strips to enhance performance of hydraulic equipment, the company says. 

Local supplier acquires new hydraulic cylinder honing machine

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic tube supplier Honingcraft has acquired a new heavy-duty cylinder honing machine that the company claims is the largest in Africa. The machine was developed by Sunnen AG in Switzerland and supplied by Micron Technologies (ex Safurnco) who are the authorised distributors for Sunnen. 

Monitoring and analysis integral to company�s pre-emptive maintenance offering

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 To ensure that its end-users gain full service value, hydraulics service company Turnkey Hydraulics (Turnkey) offers its clients a hydraulic service, in which monitors are attached to hydraulic equipment to analyse the data of that equipment. The monitors enable the user to monitor contamination... 

Motion control company releases �hands-free� pneumatic regulators

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Motion-control specialist Parker Hannifin (Parker) South Africa has released a new range of 'hands-free' filter lubricator regulators in South Africa, called the Moduflex modular air preparation system. The units do not require tools, and can be clipped to together when replacing filter... 

New hydraulic system safely moves transformer

     19th October 2007 Engineering services company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker Group of Companies, has manufactured a specially designed hydraulic system that was successfully used in safely moving a 1.5-t transformer 30m/hr, without any damage to the transformer. 

Petrochemicals company emphasises the importance of application-appropriate oil

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 About 70% of the failures that occur in hydraulic applications are oil-related, often the result of improper oil selection, or poor oil performance, says energy and petrochemical company Shell South Africa product application specialist Peter Thorpe. 

Petroleum company reduces clients� costs, boosts performance

     19th October 2007 Petroleum company Shell Lubricants South Africa (Shell SA), recognising the need for a value-led service offering, has introduced a client/service provider partnership to assist clients achieve measurable cost reductions and improved total operation performance, the company says. 

Pneumatic valve series offers weight and flow advantages

     19th October 2007 Hydraulics supplier Rexroth, locally represented by Tectra Automation (Tectra), delivers a precise solution through its 'light generation', the latest version of the HF pneumatic valve series. A high flow rate at a narrow width is the hallmark of the series. The HF03 LG is a... 

System designer introduces new weigh batching system

     19th October 2007 Systems designer and manufacturer Flexicon Africa has introduced a new weigh batching system that discharges material from bulk bags, delumps the product, and feeds it gravimetrically into rigid bins. 

Tipping solution helps keep Gautrain on track

     19th October 2007 Jost Transport Equipment (JTE), the local distributors of Hyva hydraulic tipping cylinders, has supplied hydraulics to truck body builder Muva Engineering for a significant and urgent order for the Gautrain project, the company says. 

Acquisition of pneumatics company will grow foreign company air

     27th April 2007 The acquisition of air filtration company Rawsen by multinational filtration technology company Donaldson Filtration will grow the company�s compressed air filtration interests in sub-Saharan Africa. 

BEE merger leads Mpumalanga engineering firm into the future

     27th April 2007 Since 1976, Malcom Hydraulics and Engineering has been providing a specialist engineering service to mines and heavy industry. Having merged with the Ezindaleni Group in July 2006, it has become a BEE company looking forward to another 30 years of specialised engineering and hydraulic solutions. 

Bulk solid materials handling made easier through innovative

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 A new hydraulic bulk bag conditioner from Flexicon Africa loosens bulk solid material that has solidified during storage and shipment, enabling bulk bag unloaders to discharge it through the bag spouts. 

Component outsourcing for new filler machines

     27th April 2007 Original equipment manufacturer Filtec Automation has reaffirmed its preference for Festo pneumatic and control components following its completion of an18-head liquid filler. 

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