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Hydraulics News

Keeping up the pressure

     29th April 2005 Norgren, distributed exclusively in South Africa by Ernest Lowe, has extended its ?tried-and-tested range of 18D pressure switches with a new low-temperature version. 

Local bag-handling concept sought after

     29th April 2005 WestWeigh Systems has successfully commissioned a locally developed, multimillion rand automatic bag-handling machine in the manufacturing facility of a local pet food manufacturer. 

Local hydraulic specialist supplies equipment to US project

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Engineers from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and steelwork contractor Danny’s Construction Company (DCCI) have developed and tested hydraulics-based steel replacement procedures using equipment from hydraulics specialist Enerpac. 

Magnetic filter prevents cooling-fluid contamination

     29th April 2005 The filtering of contaminants is subject to many problems – being not least consumable and environmental costs, Clearflow director Garth Jordan says, adding that filtering to sub-micron level increases these costs considerably, but that it was only the case till Magnom filters was developed. 

More growth predicted for tube-honing machines

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The third Sunnen HTC computer-controlled Tube Hone is destined for the South African hydraulics and pneumatics market, after two machines have already been successfully installed earlier this year. 

New pneumatics training course to benefit industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 “In order to overcome South Africa’s skills shortage, a new dicipline has emerged to become more multiskilled,” Festo Didactic manager Tom Webster tells Engineering News. 

Pneumatic valve experiences positive growth

     29th April 2005 Since the launch of the Camozzi Pneumatic Y-series valve in 2003, the growth has been positive from Europe, Asia as well as America, Camozzi Pneumatics agent, Hydraulics & Pneumatics’ Martyn Jones reports. 

Pneumatics company to produce innovative device

     29th April 2005 “The global effort to rid humanity of the debris of war is set to get a welcome boost, thanks to the ingenuity of Hermanus-inventor Paul Richards,” Isando Pneumatics MD Mike Parker says. 

Pneumatics department to focus on core industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Local company and sole South African distributor of Rexroth products, Tectra Automation, has recently made changes to its pneumatics division by appointing Ian Jacobs as divisional manager for pneumatics. 

Reliable seals for hydraulic cylinders

     29th April 2005 Bearing Man’s seals division has a range of viton chevron packs, designed for reliable sealing in rod and piston applications for hydraulic cylinders that are used in high temperature applications and corrosive environments. 

Three more branches for hydraulic-hose franchise

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 International hydraulic hose and fittings franchise Pirtek has just opened three new branches in South Africa to bring its total number of branches to 15. 

Titanium air-impact wrenches an industry first

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The 100-year old international company Ingersoll-Rand is introducing the industry’s first titanium impact tools with its new titanium range of air-impact wrenches. 

Fledgling firms drive demand for smaller construction machines

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Below-20-t multipurpose utility machines for the building and construction industry, classified by Caterpillar as general construction (GC) products, have dramatically gained in popularity in South Africa. 

New cranes reduce erection to five minute operation

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 A new self-erecting crane range has been introduced in South Africa by SA French. 

German multinational bullish following new SA investment

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2004 From a business perspective, South Africa has much to offer: sound economic and monetary policies, a growth rate approaching 4%, and consumer and business confidence levels approaching 80 out of a possible 100 points, said Voith Turbo chairperson Peter Edelmann at the official opening of Voith... 

Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Gigantic cranes deployed at construction site

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Hauler of large equipment and machinery Mammoet has supplied three cranes for the construction of two large breakwaters at the Port of Ngqura. 

BEE boosts pneumatics, enviro

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The average value of yearly sales for the pneumatics and environmental-control business within Bateman Africa is R70-million. 

Aerospace contract under way

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 South African engineering firm Tetech Projects is currently producing staging and jacking systems as well as hydraulic test benches for the Hawk trainer-fighters. 

Air audits unearth true cost of compressed air

     22nd October 2004 A thorough audit of any mining operation’s compressed-air system can reveal surprising opportunities to cut energy costs. 

Firm becomes empowered

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component and seal producer Scot-Brad Engineering, of Gauteng, has formed a partnership with marketing and sales director, Wilson Sebastian, transforming the business into a black economic empowered (BEE) entity. 

Hydraulic hammers perform well locally

     22nd October 2004 The famous Montabert hydraulic hammers, from the range of Consolidated Rock Machinery’s (CRM), continue to be sold to the local market. 

Hydraulics company expands its premises

     22nd October 2004 The well-known premises of Optima Hydraulics in Paarden Eiland road, Cape Town, has been extended with the new three-storey office block complete with new workshop facilities. 

International network expansion planned

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component manufacturer and distributor Horne Hydraulics is continuing to expand its international network. 

Modular electrical terminal introduced

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Simplifying the exchange of information between electrical and pneumatic control levels for effective communication at all levels, a new modular electrical terminal, known as CPX, has been developed and introduced by Festo. 

Quality and safety accreditation achieved

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic-mining-equipment manufacturer Hydro Power Equipment (HPE), which grew out of the technology generated by Rudolph B 

Two divisions are established

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulics firm Brakecore Hydraulics has introduced two new divisions into its Southern African  

US company launches filter

     22nd October 2004 Indianapolis-based SMC Corporation of America, the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic products and filtration equipment, has announced the release of the Series FN1 Filter designed for machine tool and general machinery industries. 

Vickers Goldquest

     20th August 2004 Vickers Goldquest is the provider of hydraulic and pneumatic products and services to local industry. 

Hydraulic tower crane enters SA market

By: Keith Campbell     9th July 2004 HOW do you get a crane to a remote site high in the Alps, where no roads run, and where the equipment is needed for the construction of the upper station in a new cable-car system? 

Contamination accolade awarded

     30th April 2004 Barloworld Equipment’s component rebuild centre (CRC) engines in Isando has become the first Caterpillar dealership facility in Africa and the Middle East to achieve a five-star rating from Caterpillar for contamination control. 

Cylinder kit is available from this month

By: renay de     30th April 2004 Hydraulic cylinder tubing, chromed shaft and honing supplier Honingcraft manufactures an off-the-shelf cylinder kit that can be assembled in under two hours, MD Renaldo Barnard tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Further development for Spoornet

     30th April 2004 The specialised world of road rail vehicle hydraulics has seen IMS Industrial Products design a second hydraulic system for Spoornet’s road-rail maintenance fleet, this time for a truck to be used for welding repairs on South Africa’s rail network. 

Hydraulic drills purchased by blasting firm

     30th April 2004 Tzaneen based Mabunda Blasting has taken delivery of new Ingersoll-Rand hydraulic crawler drills from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

Hydraulic suppliers’ stock ordering is made easy

By: renay de     30th April 2004 Turned components manufacturer Wekaba Engineering developed a system that reduces the delivery time of hydraulic fittings, adapters and special manifolds to as low as one day. 

Mini-pneumatic components have a global growing appeal

     30th April 2004 With a projected annual average growth rate of 4,4% over the period between 2004 and 2009, the E313,2-million mini-pneumatic components?market is on course to become the fastest-growing sector within the overall European pneumatic components industry. 

Modular air service-unit series is introduced

     30th April 2004 The need for an industrial air filter or regulator series, which could be configured to specific requirements, has now been met by Festo through the release of its innovative MS-series of compressed-air preparation modules. 

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