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Hydraulics News

Dryers firm combats energy wastage

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 With the optimisationof resources becoming an issue of nationalpriority, energy wastage on thefactory floor should no longer be considered acceptable. This is a concern with regard to compressed air, which, although widely used, is not the most energy efficient. Unlike other motive power... 

Pneumatic, electric drives work hand in hand

20th October 2006 At pneumatics specialist Festo, electrical drives do not compete with pneumatic drives, but are instead the perfect complement to their capabilities, the firm says. 

Retractable roof a first for China

20th October 2006 The new Nantong Stadium in the Chinese Jiangsu province is China’s first large stadium with a roof that can be opened and closed. For the first time in history, the propulsion and stabilisation of the moveable parts takes place hydraulically. Enerpac signed a contract for the development... 

Compressors supplied for railway repair project

20th October 2006 South African plant-hire company in the Atlas Copco Group, Rand Air, was recently selected to supply GeoCompaction Dynamics with compressed air for repairs to railway track for the famous Outeniqua Tjoe Tjoe train that runs between Knysna and George. 

Hydraulic torque wrench range expands

20th October 2006 Becker Engineering, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Simplex, has extended it range of hydraulic torque wrenches to include square drive and low clearance units. 

Hydraulic hybrid diesel vehicle unveiled

20th October 2006 In June this year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the first-ever series hydraulic hybrid diesel urban delivery vehicle, which will provide dramatic improvements in fuel economy and in emission reductions. 

Heat exchangers boast increased capacity 

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 Transon modular shell and tube heat exchangers from Power Drives, designed for oil cooling applications, are especially suitable for the efficient and safe handling of hydraulic oil in large gearbox systems.? 

Conveying for diverse applications

20th October 2006 The exclusive distributor throughout Southern Africa for B&W Materials Handling, Big Lift Trucks, supplies a range of conveying equipment with the option of high-performance hydraulic drive systems for agriculture, mining, shipping and general industry. 

Need identified for service-focused hydraulics firms

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 There is a worldwide necessity for responsive and efficient service for industrial and hydraulic hose problems, states Pirtek Southern Africa MD Brendan Goss. 

Local firm clinches ‘biggest importer’ honours

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 Empowered firm Kiloton has received a prestigious Enerpac award for being the biggest importer of Enerpac hydraulic tools in 2004/5 and 2005/6 in Africa and the Middle East. 

Engineering firm places earthmoving equipment order

20th October 2006 EWT Plant Hire & Construction of Rynfield, Johannesburg, which purchased its first S220LC-V crawler-type excavator from Doosan Daewoo in 2001, has just acquired two more, plus a S55V excavator with a hydraulic hammer. This brings its total Doosan Daewoo fleet to eight machines, while its oldest... 

New filter range unveiled

17th March 2006 A brand-new range of filters, regulators and lubricators has just been released by Ernest Lowe under its own Elco label. 

W Cape distributor supplies lubrication pumps for fuel tankers

7th October 2005 Calberg Lubrication, FloSolve’s Western Cape distributor, has won an order to fit more than 50 Vogel centralised lubrication pumps onto fuel tankers that are being manufactured for various fuel carriers by Cape-based tanker manufacturer GRW. 

UK factory relocated to Cape Town

By: Jill Stanford     27th May 2005 A factory being moved in stages from Salisbury, in the UK, to Cape Town, to produce metal couplings for Europe’s hydraulics industry has exported its first container of components. 

Hydraulic pipebursting machine is in a class of its own

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 A hydraulic pipebursting machine, the Grundoburst 800G, working with quick-lock rods, has been introduced to the South African market about a year ago when Jacked Pipelines, a division of WK Construction, used it for rehabilitation works on pipelines. 

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. 

Hydraulics market still strong despite iron-ore price increases

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 The market for hydraulics in South Africa is still positive, despite the threat of price increases by iron-ore producers worldwide, Edenvale-based Alta Hydraulic Supplies SA MD Mila Naccari tells Engineering News. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Hydraulics specialist gives tipping firm a lift

29th April 2005 There’s nothing slow about Express Industrial Truck Body’s Speed van Rensburg. 

Company steps up its fleet-renewal programme

29th April 2005 Rand-Air has stepped up the pace of its ?fleet-renewal programme. 

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. 

Hydraulic winch help to lift and pull heavy loads with ease

29th April 2005 Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s hydraulic winch, noted for its unique safety, precision and nimble features, complements the manual range of Tirfor handheld machines, ideally suited for lifting or pulling heavy loads. 

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. 

Getting a high-tech grip on your car's roadholding

29th April 2005 High-technology developments in the automotive industry in recent years have taken family and sports cars to levels of performance and safety previously only associated with the racetrack. 

Company's investment in oil-free compressed air tops R15-million

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Rand-Air’s leadership in oil-free compressor hire has been further strengthened by the addition of two diesel machines to the company’s specialised fleet. 

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. 

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. 

How to design the right reservoir for a hydraulic power unit

29th April 2005 Some companies sending out tenders for hydraulic systems, quite often accept the lowest quote, without first determining what is being offered. 

Customised samplers and dosers suitable for various applications

29th April 2005 Approved by major petrochemical companies, Mitech’s high-performance positioners have three take-off options, making them suitable for almost all applications. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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