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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Warehouse management system to take customer service to another level

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 South Africa-based motor and controls supplier Zest WEG Group is implementing a warehouse management system at its head office in Linbro Business Park, in Johannesburg, to take customer service to another level. 

New drives increase energy efficiency

24th January 2014 Automotive technology supplier Bosch Rexroth’s new large electric drives open up opportunities for users to improve energy efficiency, such as through power regeneration. 

Partnership to simplify VSD and motor procurement process

24th January 2014 Industrial automation solutions company Rockwell Automation and electrical products supplier Actom reports that in October it launched a customer service initiative aimed at simplifying the procurement process of variable speed drives (VSDs) and motors. 

Quality of power transmission chain emphasised

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 Cost reduction to protect margins is a global power transmission trend; however, engineering components provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) says investing in a high-quality branded power transmission chain can achieve significant cost savings for industry. 

Quality of power transmission chain emphasised
COST OF OWNERSHIP A chain with a reduced service life will need replacing more frequently – this not only causes increased downtime but also introduces a further round of procurement into the cost equation

Positive uptake of mechatronic drive systems expected to continue

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 The increasingly high electricity costs that affect industry should make Movigear the mechatronic drive system of choice for most industrial companies this year, says drive technology company SEW Eurodrive. 

Design simplicity of drives trend in EU market

19th July 2013 While there is unlikely to be any major product innovation in the European market for mechanical power transmissions, manufacturers continue to strive for small design improvements that will further enhance product performance, reliability, error-free operation and product lifetime, notes... 

Cheap imports put strain on industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 Importing cheaper mechanical-power-transmission products is not only becoming popular on the South African market but is also contributing to the current flatline state of the mechanical transmission industry, states transmission company Bibby Turboflex. 

Gearboxes geared for quality and reliability

19th July 2013 The turbo gear market is a challenging one, therefore, drive systems manufacturer Voith Turbo South Africa’s BHS high-performance turbo gear and turbo parallel shaft gear units are designed to meet the uncompromising demands for high quality and reliability. 

Chain offering experiencing significant success

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 Linear motion products manufacturer and supplier SKF attributes the provision of cost-effective end-to-end customer solutions across diverse applications to its understanding of bearing systems, combined with its power transmission technology. 

Power-generation range alleviates dependence on electricity supply

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 The demand of electricity in South Africa has caused a lot of industrial and mining companies to look at alternative ways of generating power to decrease downtime at their operations, says diesel engines and related technology manufacturer and service provider Cummins SA. 

Local distributor experiences growth in SA motor industry

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions, an authorized value added provider for ABB South Africa and distributor of its low-voltage motors, aims to increase its local market share through expanding its operations. This year, the company expanded and... 

Vibration tester continues to assist in detecting mechanical faults

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Test and measurement distribution company Comtest, a distributor of Fluke electronic test equipment, is seeing continual growth in sales of Fluke 810 mechanical vibration testers, owing to an easy-to-use testing system. The Fluke 810 tester is used in all industries and requires mechanical... 

Company expands SA operations and introduces new drive technologies

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens Southern Africa has expanded its Johannesburg operations by upgrading its East Rand, Isando Mechanical Drives centre, and has increased its product offering, Siemens Mechanical Drives business development manager Radek Hokr tells Engineering... 

R&D focus leads to improved motor protection offering

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Motor protection company NewElec says it has made significant upgrades to its range of motor-protection relays in the past three years, which the company attributes to rigorous research and development (R&D) processes on which it spends several million rands each year. 

Upgraded range of shaft-mounted speed reducers offered

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has upgraded its Fenner range of shaft-mounted speed reducers (SMSRs), enabling the transmission of higher torque capacities. “These upgraded SMSRs can transmit higher torque capacities, owing to the improved gear geometry and case designs... 

Explosionproof motors for hazardous mining atmospheres

24th May 2013 Industrial motors manufacturer Baldor Electric Company, which is a member of the power and automation technology group ABB, has introduced an enclosed explosion-proof motor system for use in the dust-filled explosive atmosphere of underground coal mines. The totally enclosed system is expected to... 

Distribution agreement signed to support expansion

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Power Transmission company Bibby Turboflex South Africa (SA) is expanding and, in May, signed an agreement with local tools and fastener supplier Bolt & Engineering Distributors Group for the distribution of Bibby Turboflex’s full product offering. 

Electric Motors and VSD’s tailored for unpredictable African business environment

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 A range of variable-speed drives (VSD) and electric motors, specifically tailored to the African market, has experienced solid sales figures since its recent launch according to specialised electric motors supplier Zest WEG Group. Although the company has diversified through various acquisitions,... 

Multinational to grow its geographical footprint, launches new gear unit

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens plans to significantly increase its footprint in the African market with its variable speed drive (VSD) products, but says it needs to improve its marketing strategies to differentiate its products more effectively from those of competitors. 

Substandard motors a concern

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 The South African motors market is vulnerable to inferior quality products, as end-users have become extremely price-oriented in their buying strategies, says electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin. 

Backstop supply for major projects and company expansion on a roll

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Transmission company Bibby Turboflex has secured an order for eight backstops from petrochemicals group Sasol and an order for two replacement backstops from iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore for use on conveyor applications. The units will be delivered in mid-February.  

Electrical equipment supplier eyes further expansion into Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 To grow its share of the African motors and drives market, electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group is investigating the possibility of opening two more sales offices in Africa and is planning to partner with new distributors in Madagascar, Tanzania and Malawi. 

Torque convertors for sensitive motors offer easy installation

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Drive systems manufacturer Voith Turbo is offering industry a range of torque convertors that is suited to motors that are sensitive to power absorption and high-speed applications.  

Expansions to increase company’s market share

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive plans to increase its market share in the South African drives sector and better service its customers through recent expansions at its Nelspruit, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Johannesburg facilities. 

New gear products offer customised solutions

25th January 2013 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG), the exclusive Southern African distributors for Italian power transmission equipment manufacturer Varvel has extended the range of Varvel right-angled worm and in-line helical geared products it supplies to the local market to... 

Industry needs new blood, must be competitive to grow

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 A macro approach is needed to overcome the lack of new skills being created in the motors and drives industry, says mining and industrial products supplier Deebar Automation MD Gareth Davies. 

Engineering services provider expands its reach

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Bearing, gearbox and engineering services provider Drivetec is seeking partners in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal to broaden its distribution of Switzerland-based bearing provider RKB’s range of products. 

Range speeds up mounting, dismounting of shrink fit mechanical components

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Bearings and seals supplier SKF’s updated range of THAP air-driven hydraulic pumps and oil injectors speed up the mounting and dismounting of mechanical components, says SKF manager for reliability systems Steve Gething. 

Drives range with increased motor capabilities made available to market

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Industrial automation company Rockwell Automation launched its new range of alternating current drives last month, which is suitable for a variety of applications and offers ease of use and flexibility, says global product manager John Cherney. 

Drive engineering company offers energy saving solution

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 In response to increasing pressure to reduce energy consumption in South Africa, drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will introduce its DRC energy efficient motor towards the end of this year, says electronics product manager Paul Strzalkowski. 

Bearings company goes big in the Western Cape

20th July 2012 Bearing company Bearings International’s Maitland branch in the Western Cape last month relocated to larger premises, as part of a strategic move to further streamline operations and increase customer service levels, says Western Cape regional manager David Coro. 

Company provides new machine health solutions to mechanical industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Machine solutions provider Motornostix’s Identification (ID) Canary and online Machine Health Surveillance systems are suitable for monitoring any rotating machine or equipment that emits energy in the form of vibration, temperature or acoustic emission, says Motornostix director Johan Grobler.  

Components manufacturer acquires new machinery

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 Locking element and rigid flange manufacturer Transmission Components has acquired a new vertical turning centre machine to improve its production time, sales and marketing manager Rudi Jeggle tells Engineering News. 

Companies team up to complete design change on massive motor

25th May 2012 Local rotating electrical equipment repairer Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C), in March, completed the repair and design change of a 28 MW Jeumont Schneider synchronous motor for steel products manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Saldanha Steel plant, in the Western Cape. 

New variable-speed pump drive to cut energy costs

25th May 2012 German drive and control technology specialists Bosch Rexroth, locally represented by the Hytec Group, says its new variable-speed pressure and flow control system provides a dynamic and economical solution for controlling oil and volume pressure. 

Technical solutions provider experiences growth

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) says it differentiates itself in a saturated market by striving to be a total solutions provider rather than only a supplier of products, BMG geared motors GM Mark Barbour tells Engineering News. 

Proper bearings selection important for solar power plants

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 The use of the right bearings play a fundamental role in the successful operation of solar power generation projects, which will form an important part of South Africa’s future power generation mix, bearings distributor Bearings 2000 director Nick Stamatiadis tells Engineering News. 

German company appoints African distributor

25th May 2012 Transmission components company AZ Hollink South Africa has been appointed as the sole representative for German components manufacturer Renk Hanover in South Africa, as well as its authorised dealer for sub-Saharan Africa. 

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