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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

New drives operate smoothly and quietly

27th May 2005 The exclusive distributor in Southern Africa for Sumitomo’s range of Cyclo cycloidal-speed reducers, Invicta Bearings and Transmission, supplies diverse industries, including sawmills, steelmills, sugarmills and the mines. 

Electric motor range enhances product offering

27th May 2005 The range of Fenner electric motors and shaft-mounted speed reducers from Power Drives has enhanced the company’s portfolio of drive systems that encompasses internationally-recognised brands such as Dinamic Oil, Transon, Nord, Varvel, Paramax and Dorstener. 

New fan motors developed for timber dryers

27th May 2005 Specialists in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer has developed a range of fan motors specifically for timber dryers that ensure efficient operation, significant energy-savings and extended service life. 

New standards for switchgear and controlgear explained

27th May 2005 South Africa is leading the world with an innovative approach toward the different levels of low voltage (LV) assembly designs required for particular applications. 

Initiatives rolled out to soften rand pinch

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 The South African manufacturing industry is presently experiencing a serious crisis due to the strength of the rand and the extraordinary expansion of China’s manufacturing capabilities. 

Electric motor specialist ups empowerment credentials

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Black economic empowerment (BEE) is increasingly becoming a standard feature of South Africa’s commercial sector but the progress towards BEE partnerships within the heavy industrial sector is noticeably slower. 

Motor-control centre modified to meet market demands

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Leading manufacturer and supplier of low-and-medium voltage motor-control systems CHI Control, which is part of the Alstom SA group of companies, has found it necessary to modify its motor control centre (MCC) product range in order to meet the demands of the local market. 

New health and safety accreditation for speed drives

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 A new health and safety accreditation has recently been awarded to Rockwell Automation’s Powerflex 700 vetor-control (VC) variable-speed drives, which will reportedly improve safety in hazardous environments. 

Company supplies more energy-efficient motors

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 It is estimated that 50% of all the electric power generated globally is used to drive electric motors and, by that fact, industry is a prime consumer of the earth’s fossil-fuel supplies. 

Electric motor programme offers added value

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 The increasing accessibility to the latest technology, combined with the ever-shrinking global market, is creating a serious challenge for the electrical motor repair industry, especially in the South African market. 

Power group clinches $36m refurbishment contract

27th May 2005 Leading power and automation technology group ABB has recently won a $36-million order to refurbish and increase the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant. 

New mill motor for ferrochrome plant

27th May 2005 In a breakdown project that took only four weeks to complete, a mill motor, a water-cooling tower and auxiliary equipment were supplied, installed and commissioned at Tubatse Ferrochrome. 

Drive technology boosts mining-truck productivity

27th May 2005 Supplier of construction and mining-related capital equipment Terex Africa has recently introduced two models of its Terex/Unit Rig line of diesel-electric surface-mining trucks with ac drive technology. 

Award-winning firm is looking to expand

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 “To the NiMag Group of companies, including NiMag, Magberg Manufacturing, Metalloy Fibres and Chromet, quality has always been the basis of its production and business philosophy,” CEO Trevor Sinclair says after the group has been awarded the International Star Quality Award gold... 

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

Femco Group

10th December 2004 The Femco Group is made up of Femco and Femco Mining Motors. 

No secrets, no surprises, says veteran project implementer

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 Project-management capability is what lies at the core of Bateman Africa’s ability to undertake successful projects, and the R1,4-billion Moma titanium mineral-sands project, on the coast of Mozambique’s Nampula Province, is currently the company’s number one concern, from a... 

DC-furnace technology is gaining new acceptance

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The possibility of a new R3,5-billion ferronickel smelter at the Coega industrial development zone has been driven by the increasing demand of stainless steel, especially from China. 

Megamodules taking world by storm

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 To date, Bateman has installed almost 500 modular-designed plants worldwide transforming the group’s modular-plant business into a completely self-contained unit. 

New powerdrives for wine industry

19th November 2004 A new product for the winery and brewery industries has entered the South African market, and is available from local supplier Bearing Man. 

Maintenance is critical for transmission systems

19th November 2004 Correct motor selection, storage, installation, operation and maintenance are critical for the efficient performance and optimum safety of power-transmission systems, says Leroy-Somer MD Grant Robertson. 

Alstom Low Voltage Motors

19th November 2004 Alstom Low Voltage Motors is a local manufacturer, importer and distributor of low-voltage industrial motors. 

Gearboxes supplied for railway maintenance programmes

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th October 2004 Two planetary gearboxes have been supplied to an engineering firm in Bloemfontein, for use in railway maintenance programmes, by Power Drives, Bearing Man’s industrial gear and electric motors division. 


By: Laura Franz     15th October 2004 Orlik Speciality Chemicals is involved in the manufacture and supply of speciality chemicals for metal finishing to the electro-plating, anodising, phosphating and wire-drawing industries. 

Aluminium production increases in Russia

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Rising demand for aluminium worldwide is prompting the Russian aluminium industry to increase its production. 

Geared motors made to German standards

24th September 2004 The Nord range of geared motors, which is assembled locally by Bearing Man according to stringent international standards (including ISO 9001 specifications), has been designed by German manufacturer Getriebebau Nord to ensure optimum performance of mechanical speed control in any application.? 

Danny O'Connor, Metallurg

By: Laura Franz     3rd September 2004 Full name: Daniel John O’Connor Position: MD Main activity of the company: Trading metals, alloys and refractories Date and place of birth: Johannesburg, January 6, 1948 Education: Matric, CBC Boksburg, 1965; higher national diploma in metallurgy, 1972 First job: Laboratory assistant,... 

PH Heat Treatment

6th August 2004 PH Heat Treatment specialises in the atmosphere heat treatment of steel and non-ferrous machined components, forgings and castings. 

Billion-rand target

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The R600-million-a-year metals trading company Metallurg South Africa is on track to become a billion-rand-a-year company, its MD Danny O’ Connor forecasts in an exclusive interview to mark the company’s highly-successful management buyout (MBO). 

Refractory breakthrough

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The refractory division of Metallurg South Africa is being buoyed by a breakthrough into the non ferrous industry. 

Robotics diversification

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 Metallurg is making a promising entry into specialised robotic automation in joint venture with FL Schmidt of Denmark, Metallurg commercial director Frederick Botha tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview to mark the successful management buyout (MBO) of Metallurg from its former US parent. 

Ingenious niche market pursuits

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 An ingenious pursuit of niche markets is fuelling growth for the speciality division of Metallurg South Africa, which supplies the welding, steel, optical and animal-feed industries. 

Evergreen company ballast

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 One of Metallurg’s greatest assets is its evergreen chairperson Langham Carter, 66, in whom much business acumen resides. 

Motor range is SABS certified

23rd July 2004 “In today’s multi-shift production arenas, a major area of focus is the optimisation and maximisation of production ‘up time’. ?Production efficiencies need to be maximised and unit production costs minimised,” says Dave Russell director of Power Drives. 

Metal heat-treatment company in an exclusive agreement

23rd July 2004 One of the oldest commercial metal heat-treatment companies in South Africa has recently entered into an exclusive licence agreement for South Africa with Nitrex Metal, a leading force in nitriding technologies, controls and equipment. 

Belting firm advocates increased efficiency

23rd July 2004 “Business demands that control measures should be introduced to increase efficiency, with a view to increasing profits from production. ?In light of this, industrial plants need to produce at the lowest possible cost, without compromising quality and quality of production,” says... 

Alternator offers advantages for diverse applications

23rd July 2004 The new range of high-strength LSC alternator from Leroy Somer offers high efficiencies, low voltage dips and reduced sound levels in diverse applications that include mining, civil engineering, construction, agriculture and marine. 

Additional equipment added to range

23rd July 2004 The well-known Sew Eurodrive modular programme of gearmotors with industrial gear units for highest torque and drive power has been supplemented. 

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