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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Acquisitions allow for access to tech, developments in industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2018 Global motors and drives manufacturer and supplier Zest WEG Group’s Brazil headquarters has made several new acquisitions over the past few years, which has enabled the company to access a larger expertise pool and new technology, says Zest WEG Group manager of rotating machines Fanie Steyn. WEG... 

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations

25th May 2018 Owing to increasing safety requirements and more stringent environmental regulations, use of electric drive technology has become the subject of ever stronger debate in the offshore sector. Its higher precision and better dynamics and efficiency are winning over more and more users on the high... 

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations
GROUNDED OFFSHORE Pedestal-mounted lattice boom cranes with an innovative electric drive concept

Company offers technical advisory for clients

25th May 2018 Industrial supplier BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service on correct chain selection - a critical factor in any power transmission system. “By investing in quality branded power transmission chain, significant cost savings are achieved. Although the global... 

Company offers technical advisory for clients
CRITICAL FACTOR Budget chains help reduce costs for procurement managers

New drive generation ensures energy savings

25th May 2018 Multinational corporation ABB's new drive generation captures braking energy from electric motors and returns it into the network as an almost harmonics-free current. In industry, electric motors are often used in applications with frequent brake applications. A braking chopper and external... 

New drive generation  ensures energy savings
SPACE & ENERGY SAVING Compact package optimises costs and saves space

New shafts to enhance motor performance

25th May 2018 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens is extending its portfolio of Simotics synchronous-reluctance motors to include the two new shaft heights, the AH90 and AH225, thereby addressing calls from renowned manufacturers of pumps, fans, compressors and machine builders in general for different... 

New shafts to enhance motor performance
COMPLETE PACKAGE The perfectly coordinated system permits optimum closed-loop control of pumps, fans and compressors.

Commissioning under way following VSD supply

By: Halima Frost     25th May 2018 Following Gauteng-based SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa’s supply of a Movitrac LTP B variable speed drive (VSD) for a slurry application to a new mine in Zambia, tests have been completed and commissioning of the pump is under way. The mine required a 110 kW VSD for an urgent slurry application, and... 

Commissioning under way following VSD supply
DRIVING THE MINE This variable speed drive was one of the biggest ever supplied by SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa

Growing global trend for small, compact and cost-saving VSDs

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to a global trend in cost efficiency and going green, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive sales engineer Sean Tibbott foresees the demand for a small, compact and cost-saving variable-speed drives continuing to grow worldwide. 

Growing global trend for small, compact  and cost-saving VSDs
MOVIGEAR MECHATRONIC DRIVE UNIT The units are able to reduce installation and start-up efforts and costs

High-performance chain offers enhanced strength and reliability

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 To ensure greater strength and durability, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of Tsubaki high-performance product chains now includes the robust Workhorse elevator series. 

Increasing energy cost prompts need for drive systems

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 The ever-rising cost of energy and the increasing pollution associated with power supply systems are continuously driving the need for alternating current drive systems with low harmonics and power regeneration, says Midrand-based variable-speed drive (VSD) and automation equipment supplier... 

Increasing energy  cost prompts need  for drive systems
U1000 MATRIX DRIVE The U1000 matrix drive does not require any additional filtering to achieve low harmonics

Misaligned pulleys affect belt efficiency and life span

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Misaligned pulleys are one of the biggest contributors to premature failed belts, negatively affecting drive efficiency and shortening the life of the belt significantly, states engineering consumables and components distributor BMG power transmission GM Carlo Beukes. 

Misaligned pulleys affect  belt efficiency and life span
FENNER DRIVE ALIGNMENT LASER The Fenner Drive Alignment Laser is designed for accurate pulley and sprocket alignment

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more compatible installations

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to the installation of electrical products onto panels and enclosures being time-consuming and costly, electric solutions provider Magnet Group MD Brian Howarth says product installations need to be made simpler and more compatible with existing wiring through the supply of cost-effective... 

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more  compatible installations
EASYPACT TVS The EasyPact TVS range encompasses nine sizes of contactors that cover a broad range of current ratings

Multifunction vibration meter redefines vibration screening

26th January 2018 Sandton-based distribution centre Comtest is offering electronic test tools manufacturer and distributor Fluke’s latest vibration meter, the Fluke 805, which provides quantifiable information on a bearing and the overall health of motors and other rotating equipment. 

VFD adoption triggers need for bearing protection rings

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 As the adoption of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) increases, so too will the need for the reliable mitigation of destructive shaft voltages, which will lead to increased demand for bearing protection rings, says bearing protection solutions provider AEGIS sales and marketing manager Adam... 

Range of power transmissions showcased at fair

26th May 2017 At the seventh edition of the yearly Italian Automation Fair (SPS Italia), held in Parma from May 23 to 25, a number of power transmission components companies showcased a range of power transmission and motion control solutions. 

New torque limiter sizes added to developer’s range

26th May 2017 Power transmission component developer KTR has extended its line of lightweight torque limiters overload couplings by adding two new sizes. 

Solutions specialist expands product range

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Electrical solutions specialist Magnet Electrical – a subsidiary of Magnet Group – has extended its range of automation solutions with the addition of automation systems company Schneider Electric’s new Altivar ATV320 variable-speed drives (VSDs). 

Solutions specialist expands product range
ALTIVAR ATV320 This system has been developed to optimise design and engineering costs

Three new paramotors available for South African market

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Paramotor manufacturer Parajet has started the distribution of the Maverick, Volution 3 and Zenith paramotors as well as the Falco paratrike, in South Africa, all of which can be used for recreational flying as well as many other applications including antipoaching and aerial surveillance in... 

Three new paramotors available for South African market
PARAMOTORS The paramotors using a running start are limited to one person

Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles used for rough terrains 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Distributed in South Africa by equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), single seater quads and side-by-sides – two-and three-seater vehicles – are used for robust tasks. 

Quad bikes and  side-by-side vehicles  used for rough terrains
Smith Power Equipment Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden explains the advantages and uses of the small off-road vehicles. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Uniquely designed industrial gear units supplied to Kazakhstan gold mine 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 An order for 31 MC Series industrial gear units for a major gold mining project in Kazakhstan represents one of the largest orders of its kind in the company’s history, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa projects head Rudi Swanepoel comments. 

Uniquely designed industrial gear units supplied to Kazakhstan gold mine
SEW-Eurodrive South Africa projects head Rudi Swanepoel explains the challenges and designs required for the units. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva

New range of drives and motors available in SA

26th May 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has a new range of drives and motors that includes newly launched products from hoisting and power transmission solutions provider Dinamic Oil. 

Next-generation voltage drives launched

27th January 2017 Earlier this month power generation and transmission systems supplier Siemens announced the release of its next generation of the Sinamics Perfect Harmony GH180 medium voltage drive. The company mentions that the new generation drive, manufactured in Pennsylvania, in the US, features an... 

Inverter drives set for April launch

27th January 2017 Manufacturing, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment provider Mitsubishi Electric is set to launch the latest addition to its FR-A800 inverter drives in Europe in April this year. It is based on its FR-A800 series variable speed drives (VSDs) with an integrated Web server and... 

Company aims to be lead supplier

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings International (BI) will be proactive this year in its aim of offering one of the most comprehensive power transmission product ranges available on the local market, says BI CEO Burtie Roberts. BI business unit head Ross Trevelyan points out that in terms of... 

Company aims  to be lead supplier
EXTENSIVE PRODUCT OFFERING The main benefit of the brands represented by BI is cost saving and reduced downtime

Motors shielded in hazardous environments

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company 52 Engineering, a member of the South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, has employed various methods to protect motors from the dangerous and harsh environments in which they function. 52... 

Specialist to supply ten motors to Jhb water plant

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will supply ten of its new DRN IE3 premium efficiency motors from its DR series to the extension of the existing Meyerton Wastewater Treatment Works south of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, at the end of next month. The company will also supply six 45 kW motors... 

Company earns electric motors certification

27th January 2017 Mpumalanga-based armature winding specialist Mokse Engineering Enterprises, has earned engineering consultants and equipment supplier SKF’s highly respected Rebuilder: Electric Motors Certification following a stringent audit in September last year. Mokse Engineering Enterprises explains that... 

Complete solution provided for medium voltage applications

27th January 2017 Last month, automation solutions provider Weg launched the new MVW3000 series of variable speed drives (VSDs) for voltages from 2.3 kV to 8 kV and power levels from 280 kW to 2 400 kW. Weg highlights that this series is built with multilevel technology and cascaded H-bridge inverters. The... 

Legislation impacts on energy efficient motors industry uptake

By: Sebastian Whyle     20th May 2016 Electric motors manufacturer Zest WEG Group says the uptake of new efficiency-increasing technology in the local electric motor manufacturing sector has been slow, owing to the lack of regulation and legislation. 

Modular electric drive system to start volume production in 2018

20th May 2016 Last month, powertrain, chasis and safety technology developers ZF Motion and Mobility announced that its new electric drive system, which is based on a modular approach, will start volume production with a European vehicle manufacturer in 2018. 

Urethane couplings for efficient drive performance

20th May 2016 Engineering solutions supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) GM Carlos Beukes states that Timken Quick-Flex along with Vulkan GBM heavy industrial couplings are designed for efficient performance in a diverse range of applications to transmit torque from a driving shaft to a driven shaft while... 

Urethane couplings for efficient drive performance
WEIGHT REDUCTION Owing to the high torque capacity of this range, the selected Quick-Flex solution is often smaller than the replaced coupling, leading to a major weight reduction on the drive as well as stress reduction on other components

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement

20th May 2016 Wind gearbox service provider Moventas Gears UK has invested heavily in the UK wind service market with its offering of a multi-brand service portfolio suited to UK and Ireland’s most popular fleets. A substantial upgrade of Moventas’s original equipment manufacturer quality facility in... 

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement
WIND ENERGYMoventas Gears UK is the first gearbox service provider in the UK able to provide multi megawatt full load testing – an essential part of gearbox servicing

Green car ferry going into operation mid-2017

20th May 2016 German electronics and industrial conglomerate Siemens has been commissioned to provide a complete electro-technical solution for a car ferry for Finnish sea and lake transport provider FinFerries.  

Green car ferry going  into operation mid-2017
GREEN CAR FERRY The ferry car will be about 90 m long and 16 m wide with capacity for a maximum of 90 cars

Energy efficient variable speed drive unveiled

20th May 2016 Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from Tianjin Cement Industry Design & Research Institute, a subsidiary of Sinoma Group, for a highly energy efficient variable speed drive (VSD) solution for a dual pinion ball mill at the PT Semen Bosowa Maros cement plant in Indonesia.  

New drives offer product compatibility

20th May 2016 Global manufacturer of motors and controls for commercial and industrial applications, Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC), has as of April this year, launched a new product range of variable speed products that offer greater product compatibility for a true system solution.  

New drives offer  product compatibility
SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT NMC gives customers a single point of communication for all support requirements by offering all the components of the drive system

New factory propels local-content aspect for rail industry

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 The new Isando-based factory of Canada-headquartered industrial motors manufacturer IEC Holden has invested in local content and will supply the South African rail industry with alternating-current (ac) traction motors for locomotives, of which it has built 23 and delivered 21 by the end of last... 

New factory propels  local-content aspect  for rail industry
Photo by Duane Daws
GAINING TRACTION IEC Holden is manufacturing 660 kW ac motors for use in Bombardier’s Traxx Africa locomotives

High-horsepower locomotive engine destined for SA

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 US-based engine manufacturer Cummins’ high-horsepower diesel engine, the QSK95 tier 3, will be launched in South Africa in either late 2016, or early 2017.  

High-horsepower  locomotive engine  destined for SA
HIGH HORSEPOWER The Cummins QSK95 tier 3 engine produces 3 600 hp at only 1 800 rpm

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Drive components and systems company Voith’s cycloidal drive marine propulsion system, the Voith Schneider propeller, was chosen to power State-owned freight logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TPNA’s) new fleet of tugboats, currently under construction as part of the 9 Tug... 

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats
CYCLOIDAL DRIVE The size 32 Voith Schneider propeller can produce bollard pulls in excess of 70 t

Electric motors donated to training facility

22nd January 2016 Electric motors manufacturer Zest WEG Group donated a substantial quantity of electrical equipment, which includes electric motors, to the Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College late last year.  

Electric motors donated  to training facility
ELECTRICAL TRAINING Level 3 electrical infrastructure learner at Tshwane North TVET College demonstrates the WEG MPW 25 motor protective circuit breaker
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