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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.  

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plan under way for service offering extension

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Germiston-based bearings and power transmission company Bearings International (BI) is extending its in-house skills development to offer clients total solutions.  

Plan under way for  service offering extension
BURTIE ROBERTS Bearings International's investment in quality brands will ensure continued sustainable growth

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Following its win at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon, BMW Eco Team Pro from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) plans to attract more sponsors for the project to participate abroad, particularly at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon in London.  

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016
BMW ECO TEAM PRO The BMW Eco Team Pro, consists of engineering students from the University of Johannesburg

African partnerships to enhance direct gearbox business

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 To compensate for a decrease in the South African market activity because of volatile commodity pricing and investor confidence uncertainties, gearbox designer and manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa (SA) is focusing more on Africa as a new market by signing four partnership agreements... 

African partnerships  to enhance direct gearbox business
PROJECT FOOTPRINT Hansen Transmissions South Africa is commissioning two large projects in the Tete coalfields and the Port of Nacala, in Mozambique

Couplings fundamental in drive equipment protection, efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 A torque-limiting coupling is key in protecting capital equipment investments in high-energy applications, such as crushing and milling in steel production, high-speed rotating equipment and high-speed gearboxes, states fluid couplings manufacturer Voith. “The Voith SafeSet torque-limiting... 

Couplings fundamental in drive equipment protection, efficiency
SUPPORT OFFERING Voith can model any coupling, such as the TP-KL coupling, in its TurboSim software to show the product’s performance

Drive solution reduces energy consumption of plants

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Energy can constitute up to 90% of the life-cycle costs of drive systems that have not been enhanced, notes specialist drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. The company addresses this issue using its effiDRIVE energy-saving solutions, which are based on SEW-Eurodrive’s proven modular concept. 

Drive solution reduces energy consumption  of plants
MECHATRONIC EFFICIENCY The Movigear drive technology meets premium efficiency IE4 and can result in up to 50% energy cost savings in drive system applications

Exclusive range of unbalanced motors for Africa launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Specialist vibrating-equipment supplier Joest South Africa launched an exclusive range of unbalanced motors, specifically for use in Africa’s harsh operating conditions, in March. The range has been developed in partnership with an established Europe-based vibrating-motor manufacturer, which has... 

Exclusive range of  unbalanced motors  for Africa launched
KEY BENEFIT The replaceable stator housing pack of the motor allows for easy maintenance and increased life and improved efficiency

Extended offering to include LV, MV products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Motor control systems manufacturer Shaw Controls, a member of motors, controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group has extended its product offering to encompass low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) applications. The company manufactures switchboard panels and control... 

Extended offering to include LV, MV products
Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring discusses the global supply opportunities for Shaw Controls.

Flat economy, lack of projects necessitating focus shift

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Southern Africa bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International is focusing on replacement markets to sell its drive products to potential and existing customers, owing to the current stagnant gearbox, or, drive industry amid the flat local economy. Bearings... 

International group acquires transmission components manufacturer

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Germany-based power transmission solutions and technology provider Ringspann acquired its long-term agent and manufacturer Transmission Components in February. “As Transmission Components is now a wholly owned subsidiary of an international group with a yearly turnover of €65-million, this... 

International group  acquires transmission  components manufacturer
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT Former Transmission Components has been Ringspann’s agent and supplier for Southern Africa for almost thirty years

KTR

     22nd May 2015 With more than 50 years of experience in power transmission, and more than 40 premises worldwide, high-quality power transmission components manufacturer KTR is a leading supplier of couplings, clamping sets, torque limiters, torque measuring systems, hydraulic components and brake systems –the... 

KTR

New BBBEE partner introduced to ensure sustainability

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Motors, controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Electric South Africa introduced a new broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) partner to the group last month. Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring explains that the group, in its aim to ensure long-term sustainability,... 

New BBBEE  partner introduced  to ensure sustainability
LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY The BBBEE partnership through an employee trust comprise owners that add value to and impact on the business on a daily basis

Air motors popular in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     23rd January 2015 Germany-based air-tools company Deprag’s air motors have proven to be popular in many South African industries, building on the company’s reputation for reliability and performance, according to local distributor Dowson and Dobson (D&D). 

Air motors popular in South Africa
DRIVEN BY AIR The stainless steel air motors from Deprag are ideal for use in wet rooms and can withstand the acidic materials

DC Auto-Motion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2015 DC Auto-Motion is the official South African and African distributor of Japanese linear and motion control mechanical components manufacturer THK. It also offers THK’s premium linear motion (LM) guide products, which are recognised as the world’s most durable, accurate and rigid linear products.... 

DC Auto-Motion

Girth gears launched

     23rd January 2015 A flexible range of girth gears, used to assist with the transfer of drive torque from a gear motor to a rotary cylinder, has been developed by drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. 

Girth gears launched
GIRTH GEARS Girth gears are used to drive large, rotating systems such as dryers, rotary kilns or horizontal mills

Industry heading towards increased motor efficiency

     23rd January 2015 The biggest cost factor involved in owning a compressor is its motor’s energy use, with cost cutting in this area resulting in substantial savings for the operator, says air process company Airgas Compressors. 

Industry heading towards increased motor efficiency
BELT-DRIVE MOTOR The most effective means of reducing operational costs is through enhanced energy use

Motors company a regional hub in the making

     23rd January 2015 Electrical construction company Zest WEG Group is positioning itself to become a regional hub of electric motors company WEG, with subsidiary company motor control systems manufacturer Shaw Controls set to become the number one panel builder and systems integrator in Africa, says Zest WEG Group. 

Motors company  a regional hub  in the making
DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB Zest WEG Group aims for all its manufacturing operations to become centres of excellence

Motors company donates equipment to boost skills development

     23rd January 2015 As part of its corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives, electric motors company Zest WEG Group has donated equipment worth more than R2-million to training schools, colleges and other educational institutions. 

Motors company  donates equipment to boost skills development
PROMOTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Three colleges have benefited from Zest WEG Group’s donation of electric motors, switchgears, soft starters and other electric equipment

Motors simplify painting process

     23rd January 2015 Electric motors in painting machines from power tools company Bosch, make painting processes easier and faster, with less mess. 

Motors simplify painting process
DIY PAINTING MADE EASY With Bosch’s new electric painting systems, do-it-yourself enthusiasts will be able to paint any surface, using a variety of substances

Pneumatic motors suited for winding

     23rd January 2015 Pneumatic motors are ideal for winding applications, owing to their ability to automatically adapt speed as a load changes, Germany-based air tools company Deprag says. 

Pneumatic motors  suited for winding
LESS ENERGY Pneumatic motors’ energy requirement decreases with increased torque

Variable frequency drives for demanding applications

     23rd January 2015 A series of variable frequency drive (VFD) devices, for demanding industrial and building automation applications, was recently launched to customers in Africa, by power management company Eaton. 

Variable frequency drives for demanding applications
VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES An active energy control algorithm is active as standard when using the factory default setting for volts-per-herts mode
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