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Hydraulics News

Hydraulics industry beset by unbranded products, skills shortage 

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Hydraulic companies looking for an inexpensive alternative to higher priced local hydraulic products are importing less expensive, unmarked hydraulic products. 

Local firm completes Belgian hydraulic cylinder overhaul

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Hydraulic repair and distributor company Marine and Hydraulic has just completed the overhauling of two hydraulic cylinders for Belgian company Jan de Nul N.V. 

Comprehensive range of hydraulic seals available from engineering

27th April 2007 Engineering consumables specialist Bearing Man�s seals division distributes a comprehensive range of quality branded seals, which includes rotary shaft, torric, hydraulic and pneumatic seals, as well as allied products like O rings, single spring mechanical seals, gland packing, waved washers and... 

Power units developed for South African Navy use

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Local manufacturer of hydraulic components Hyflo, has been supplying the South African Navy (SAN) with hydraulic systems on the SAN Corvettes and South African in-shore patrolling vessels (IPV�s) for years. 

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. 

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. 

Engineering firm repairs largest cylinders to date

27th April 2007 Hytec Engineering, through Hytec Mozambique, has recently repaired the largest cylinders serviced by the company to date 

Local company supplies portable hydraulic power

27th April 2007 The Simplex range of hydraulic products, distributed exclusively throughout Southern Africa by Becker Engineering, includes a lightweight power pump that provides hydraulic power to small and medium-sized hydraulic cylinders or tools in all applications that require portable power. 

Paper mill engages in high-power hydraulic deal

27th April 2007 Since its first steps as a supplier of brakes and clutches to Durban and Johannesburg markets over 30 years ago, Pneumatic Electric Control Systems (PECS) has since opened up offices in both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. 

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. 

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. 

Local pneumatics importer targets mining markets

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Local importer and distributor of Gison pneumatic tools Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies is aiming to expand its imports to meet the growing demand of its client base. 

Pinpoint lubrication delivered to air tool systems

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Pneumatic equipment manufacturer and importer Master Pneumatics of Midrand, Johannesburg, is importing a single point lubricator, or SPL for the pneumatics manufacturing market. 

Foreign company uses local contrls on packaging machines

27th April 2007 Pneumatics and mechatronics company Festo has completed an installation for a French packaging machine company. The company manufactures machines that make both traditional blister pack lines and packaging produced through the Carding process. 

Hydraulic system enhances agricultural equipment

27th April 2007 A comprehensive range of agricultural equipment is now available from agricultural equipment supplier Northmec. This includes the Sitrex Magnum pull-type rakes, which have a double hydraulic system for enhanced efficiency, even on rough and uneven grounds. 

Hydraulic drive systems meet cross-industry materials-handling

27th April 2007 Materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks supplies a range of conveying equipment with the advantage of high performance hydraulic drive systems for agriculture, mining, shipping and general industry. 

Equipment supplier adds new tube connection to range

27th April 2007 Hydraulics equipment supplier Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW), a member of the Hytec Group of Companies, has announced the addition of the newly launched WALRing tube connection system to its product range. The WALRing features a two-edge cutting ring, support ring with a captive seal,... 

Compressed-air preparation system to set new standards

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 Local company Dowson and Dobson Industrial recently announced the release of a body-ported fully-modular compressed-air preparation system, a range that promises to set a new standard in filter-refulator lubricators (FRL). 

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. 

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