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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Preventive diagnostics reduce wear and tear damage

20th July 2007 Preventative status diagnostics plays a critical role in monitoring parts subject to wear in the drive and assist in detecting imminent damage in good time, display tendencies, an improves the maintenance intervals accordingly. This is the view of the South African division of German... 

Power demands fuel power station technology improvements

20th July 2007 The ongoing need for increased power generation to meet the demands of South Africa�s burgeoning economy has led to the development by David Brown Gear Industries (David Brown) of a special rapid response customer service programme aimed at delivering improvements in gear technology for power... 

New product powers transmission market

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th July 2007 Engineering consumables specialists Bearing Man has launched a new product into its power transmission components portfolio. The Fenner PowerTwist V-belts offer a longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime compared to conventional link V-belts. 

High-temperature superconductors ensure efficient propulsion in

20th July 2007 Researchers from Siemens Corporate Technology and their colleagues from the Siemens Industrial Solution and Services (I&S) Marine Solutions and Automation and Drives (A&D) Large Drives divisions have developed a new type of propulsion motor for all-electric ships (AES). 

Frequency inverter drive series suits demanding applications

20th July 2007 The frequency inverter drives of the new FR-A700 series from Mitsubishi Electric are high-end units designed for demanding modern mechanical and plant engineering applications. 

Motor supplier makes strides in the steel industry

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th July 2007 Local supplier of motors Electric Motors and Components (Emac) sales and project manager Clinton Wadeley reports that its three-phase roller table motor is performing well in the South African market. 

Relays prevent costly down time

20th July 2007 Manufacturers of motor protection relays, NewElec, has designed the OLR 8 relays, to monitor one phase of the main motor circuit and to provide running stall (jam) protection for selected applications. This, according to the company, ensures accuracy and repeatability in performance. 

New alternator enters mechanical power transmission market

20th July 2007 Specialist in electro-mechanical engineering Leroy-Somer has manufactured a new range of high strength LSC alternators. Leroy-Somer MD Grant Robertson tells Engineering News that these alternators offer high efficiencies, low voltage dips and reduced sound levels in diverse applications including... 

Switchgear division awarded five-year contract

20th July 2007 A five-year contract has been awarded by the eThekwini Electricity department to Alstom Switchgear to supply all switchgear and associated protection intelligent electronic devices (IED�s) for new medium voltage (MV) distribution substations to be established as part of a major revamp of the... 

Motors and drives importer attracts local business interests

25th May 2007 The sole importer of SABS-approved WEG products in southern Africa, Zest Electric Motors & Drives, has acquired the business of IMS Engineering Cape, a specialised genset manufacturer in the Western Cape, with 30 years’ experience in the industry, Zest chairman James Blakemore tells... 

New range of self-adjusting motor bases launched

25th May 2007 A new range of self adjusting motor bases (SAM base) enabling quick, easy and accurate change out and tensioning of V-belts for efficient power transmission in diverse industries, including corrosive environments, has been launched by Oscillating Systems Technology Africa (OST Africa), part of... 

Motor supplier grows into new premises

25th May 2007 Low voltage motor supplier Fenner Motoline has moved to a larger premises, to accommodate the growth the company has experienced since its inception into the market in 2001. The company celebrated a year featuring exceptional growth, which was attributed mainly to the high sales figures achieved... 

Energy awareness inspires efficient motors

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2007 Specialised supplier of electric motors Zest says that there is an increase in the general awareness of energy conservation and a need to use resources in the most efficient way. It is for this reason that the company has introduced the Premium Efficiency Plus motor range. 

Relays give accurate overload protection

25th May 2007 The 320 to 327 series motor protection relays from NewElec provide protection for totally enclosed fan-cooled, S1 rated, low voltage and medium voltage metric motors with the most favourable core laminations and windings, and reduced thermal overload capacity. 

Electric motors meet demanding applications

25th May 2007 One of the world leaders in rotating electrical machines, Leroy-Somer, manufactures a wide range of gearboxes, motors and drive systems for variable speed in diverse applications. 

Aluminium electric motor range enters South African market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2007 Supplier of cast-iron motors Electric Motors & Components (Emac) has launched its new range of aluminium motors into the South African market. 

New machines streamline processes, improve productivity

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2007 Manufacturer and supplier of low-and-medium voltage motor control centres Alstom Low Voltage Works has invested in a number of new machines in an effort to streamline processes and improve productivity. 

Capital expenditure puts a spark in the electrical industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2007 The Electrical Engineering and Allied Industries Association (EEAIA) reports that the industry is in a healthy position at present, owing to capital expenditure from large players in the industry such as state-owned utility Eskom and Spoornet. 

Restructured division focuses on direct component supply

25th May 2007 The restructured division of ALSTOM Electrical SA, CHI Control Components, is now focused on supplying low voltage components directly to original equipment manufacturers and panelbuilders. 

Hand-held display unit used for motor protection relays

25th May 2007 The remote display unit from NewElec, MA RDU 216 is a panel-mounted keypad entry display unit, which can be used as a handheld programming and display unit for the NewElec MA range of motor protection relays. 

Frequency inverter epitomises flexibility, control

25th May 2007 Epitomising the high levels of flexibility and control available from the newest generation of frequency inverters is WEG’s CFW-09 with its optional programmable logic computer 2 (PLC2) card, distributed locally by Zest Electric Motors and Drives. 

SEW drives the sugar industry

25th May 2007 The motion sequence requirements in the sugar industry are characterised by a wide range of extremely varied tasks. As systems suppliers and drive engineering specialists, SEW Eurodrive has taken upon itself the task of offering solutions for all the requirements arising from this industry. 

Repair company builds capacity to meet demand

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2007 Electric motor repair company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) tells Engineering News that there has been a dramatic increase in the requirement for operational capacity in the rotating machinery repair sector, with a substantial increase in the installed base of motors in South Africa. This... 

First innovations start to emerge from light metals-development initiative

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2006 The CSIR has succeeded in casting a light-weight aluminium component for Fiat South Africa in an industrial trial using a newly-patented technology developed in-house at the science council. 

Expansive growth continues for consumables supplier

By: thamashni naidoo     21st July 2006 One of the largest suppliers of engineering consumables to all markets in the South African industry, Bearing Man remains active in many diverse fields turning over some R1-billion a year. 

Drive systems for demanding applications

By: thamashni naidoo     21st July 2006 With some 70 sales points and 45 assembly centres throughout the world, Leroy Somer has extensive experience in developing drive systems for demanding applications, including the power transmission fields. The company – a world leader in rotating electrical machines – manufactures a... 

‘A perfect mix of weight, efficiency and service life’

21st July 2006 BMW Motorcycle is relying on technology from ContiTech for the drive technology of its new twin-cylinder models. 

Global motors specialist boosts local capacity

By: thamashni naidoo     21st July 2006 ‘People don’t need products, they need solutions,’ is the worldwide credo of SEW Eurodrive, “and we believe in this policy,” says GM for sales and marketing Ute Bormann. 

Joburg firm still benefiting from acquisitive growth

By: thamashni naidoo     21st July 2006 An acquisition that has set new standards and challenges for Johannesburg-based company Pylon Gears has seen the company growing steadily since it purchase in 2003. 

Motors specialist celebrates tenth birthday

By: thamashni naidoo     21st July 2006 Specialist electric and geared motors division, Power Drives, – a constituent of Bearing Man – this year celebrated its 10-year anniversary as a distinctly-branded business unit. 

Long road from product design to market success

21st July 2006 The development of new technology most often is a long and, even more often, painstaking process. 

Product range expands

By: thamashni naidoo     21st July 2006 Supplying electromechanical drive systems and components, East Rand company Bauer has been active in several projects and product upgrade. 

US firm to sell mechanical and motor business

21st July 2006 Process-manufacturing specialist Rockwell Automation in June announced its plan to sell the company’s Dodge mechanical and Reliance Electric motors and motor repair services businesses. 

Continent's oil producers record strong growth, but sustainability questioned

By: Jade Davenport     9th June 2006 The recent surge in the commodity markets has paved the way for increased economic growth in mineral-rich Africa, especially amongst the continent’s leading oil-producing countries. 

New motor-control-centre system on offer

26th May 2006 A new microprocessor-based motor management system for motor control centres (MCC), featuring individual withdrawable controlunits for motor starter and feeder circuits, has been introduced by CHI Control Components. 

Quarter-century old and still going strong

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th May 2006 Equipment-supplier Zest is a market leader in terms of electric motors in the southern African market and enjoys a market share of about 45%, marketing and logistics manager Chris Chryssoulis tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

‘Transformerless’ drive offers strategic advantage

26th May 2006 As the first transformerless medium-voltage (MV) drive in the industry, the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 7000 medium-voltage AC drive, with new direct-to-drive technology, has been developed by Rockwell Automation to eliminate the disadvantages associated with using a drive isolation transformer. 

Breaking new ground

26th May 2006 Global drive-solutions group SEW Eurodrive, already a leader in the supply of geared motors in Southern Africa, is in the process of strategically positioning itself to become a frontrunner in the supply of Industrial Gear(IG) units as well. 

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