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Valves News

Valve industry weathers battering by economy

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Valves 

Factory File

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Factory 

Three-year contract clinched by valve supplier

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Oil Refineries 

Novel fuel valve to be made in South Africa

By: System Author     1st October 1999 An innovative valve which claims to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from petrol-driven vehicles is to be manufactured in South Africa. 

Compact control-valve positioner

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Instrumentation & Control 

Auto-closing valve for waterworks

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE order for the design and manufacture of a third 500 mm pump-discharge valve for Rustfontein water-treatment works has been awarded to Ainsworth Engineering. Auto-closing spherical ball valves are ideally suited to pumping stations where increasing emphasis is being placed on saving energy.... 

Big valve-sealing challenge is won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 ACHIEVING a tight shut-off with metal against metal has always been a challenge for valve manufacturers, not only because most common construction metals tend to gall, but also because their plastic and elastic properties limit what can be done with these materials. Overcoming the limits imposed... 

Bioguard valves for Canada

By: System Author     21st May 1999 AN order from Canada for investment-cast bioguard valves has further boosted the growing export book of Rely Precision Castings. MD Peter Leach says the order, received from a leading company from Montreal, was based on the quality and accuracy achieved by the foundry using the investment-casting... 

Call for no surcharge on imported valves

By: System Author     21st May 1999 There should be no surcharge on any imported valves – instead, the government should focus on controlling the quality of valves that are being imported by unscrupulous dealers who are bringing in inferior-quality products, MacNeil Steel & Valves (MNSV) marketing director Brian Saverton... 

Company ups exports to the Pacific Rim area

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Exports are at the top of the agenda for valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering, of Robertsham, Gauteng, with its marketing division taking a co-operative and proactive stance in the fight to bolster output volumes. Emperor Gold Mines’ Fijian operation is the recipient of the... 

Control valve is developed for skid-steer loaders

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A NEW control valve for skid-steer loaders has been developed by Casappa, represented in South Africa by Ernest Lowe. The SDM 141/3 is a three-port monobloc control valve with a series circuit, while the new SDM 140/3 series has a parallel circuit. Both products are equipped with interspool check... 

Fishing for specialised valves

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The introduction of proportional valve technology into its South African product range by Danish valve manufacturer Danfoss has boosted sales in its valve division tenfold in the last 18 months, reveals Danfoss marketing manager Paddy Hodgson. “The introduction of the range of valves, along... 

Local valve makers are urged to go global

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Local valve manu facturers need to become world-class if they are to survive and grow, Vent-O-Mat marketing manager Allistair Balutto tells Engineering News, producing figures to prove that the company has ‘put its money where its mouth is’ – export-derived revenue is up to 60%,... 

Low-quality imports abound

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Greater use should be made of local manufacturers due to the proliferation of low-quality imported products being dumped on the South African market, says Republic Transmission joint MD Joachim Livonius. The 19-year-old gearbox and actuator manufacturer, which deals mainly with the valve... 

Mining imports surge

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Valve imports for the mining industry have increased from 66% of the total market ten years ago to their current levels of 80%, providing a challenge for local valve manufacturers and their supplying foundries to find niche markets for their products, says Steloy Group MD Danie Slabbert.... 

New compact performance valve terminals redefining pneumatics

By: System Author     21st May 1999 NEW compact performance valve (CPV) terminals from international control technology specialist Festo redefine the local pneumatics industry by representing a true technical revolution in terms of performance, size and flexibility. Although 60% smaller, this innovative range of solenoid valve... 

New pump column protection system

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A pump column pro- tection system which guards against pump-motor trip-outs and minimises pressure surges in pipelines has been developed by Hydro Power Engineering (HPE), of Honeydew, Gauteng. This innovation has been made possible through years of experience in ensuring the safety of... 

Platinum mine awards R350 000 contract

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A contract valued at R350 000 for the supply of more than 400 ball and butterfly valves has been awarded to Invincible Valves, of Knights, Gauteng, by project engineer Down Reynard and Associates on behalf of Kroondal Platinum. The company, which has a stated preference for locally-manufactured... 

R2,5m valve contract for big diamond mine

By: System Author     21st May 1999 R2,5-million con- tract for the supply of a range of valves for the Orapa 2000 upgrade at the Debswana diamond-mine in northern Botswana has been completed by valve manufacturer Insamcor, of Sebenza, Gauteng. Orders have been placed since February last year, and full commissioning of the plant... 

Range of electro-pneumatic valves

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A NEW range of electro-pneumatic pressure-regulating valves from Mannesman Rexroth Pneumatic is being marketed by Tectra Automation, of Maraisburg, Gauteng. These valves have a range of functions, offering the user a valve for every application. Process variables such as power, quantity and speed... 

Restructuring leads way to ‘one-stop’ shop

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Reorganisation of management and a progressive restructuring at all levels by valve distributor GC Baars and its affiliate companies will allow the group to consolidate its position as market leader and show above-average growth this year, says MD Mynhardt Baars. The revamp has resulted in the... 

Special applications lead way

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Specialised valve applications in South Africa and abroad are providing local manufacturers with an opportunity to become more competitive in the global marketplace, Mitech MD Mike Sessions tells Engineering News. “We have very little chance of marketing standard control valves successfully... 

Weir-type valves

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE Sisto weir-type diaphragm valves supplied by KSB Pumps feature a helical spring-supported diaphragm which evenly distributes the force acting on the primary seal, controlling the flow of the medium, and thus ensuring full and even valve seat contact as opposed to a limited number of specific... 

World leader in high-pressure pinch valves

By: System Author     21st May 1999 In a market that is showing alarm- ing signs of attrition, pinch-valve manufacturer Corflex, of Roodekop, Gauteng, has maintained its impressive proportion of income attributable to exports – holding steady at 70%, and set to grow along with a projected growth in turnover of 25% in the... 

Botswana gate-valve project

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Gauteng iron foundry Active Foundry has completed all spheroidal graphite iron components for eight 1 000 mm gate-valves bound for a project in Botswana. Since 1991, the company has consistently increased the complexity and quality of its valve castings, which require certain expertise similar to... 

Valves for water, effluent services

By: System Author     9th April 1999 INNOVATIVE valves for water and effluent services have been released by BTR Flow Control of Jet Park, Gauteng. Effluents can contain chemicals which could cause corrosion problems in valves. To overcome corrosion, metal piping and valve systems often have to use special alloys, which are very... 

Instrument sector must control its future

By: System Author     26th March 1999 What is the value of the local industry? The leading vendors in the industry appoint independent market-research company Access Marketing International (AMI) to conduct general research every two years. Since 1985 we have had two-yearly updates as to industry trends and worth. The 1998 survey... 

New single-seat valve designed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A MODERN, versatile single-seat valve, the Delta SW4, designed to revolutionise valve maintenance and to fill the rapidly-changing needs of the hygienic-processing industries, has been designed by APV Fluid Handling. Great emphasis was placed on facilitating valve handling, installation and... 

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