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Press Office - Zest WEG Group - Variable Speed Drives

Zest WEG Group - Variable Speed Drives

The Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of the African region, and has been servicing the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of operating conditions, applications and years of experience on the African continent, has ensured that the Zest WEG Group service offering is fit-for-purpose. By leveraging best practice engineering and manufacturing capabilities, the group is able to offer a range of standard off-the-shelf products as well as end-to-end energy solutions


New VSDs in high demand

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Following the launch of its Movitrac LTP B HVAC, or heating ventilation and air-conditioning, variable-speed drives (VSDs) last year, automation manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive says the demand from the HVAC industry has been high. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Pumping station optimisation saves energy, reduces leaks and reduces TCO

     8th February 2017 An upgrade of the water treatment and water supply system in Samara, Russia, has seen the implementation of innovative software-driven process optimisation built on Mitsubishi Electric MAPS SCADA. The optimisation and control solution implemented across 37 boosting pumping stations has improved... 

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... 

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 With such a strong business case for energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy solutions provider Johnson Controls area GM Neil Cameron says South African companies do not have an excuse for not investing in greener buildings. 

Musk and Gates geniuses? I think not

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd December 2016 The other day JP and I were chewing the fat. I mentioned to JP that Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket had gone up on the launch pad with a fearful scene of destruction. I also said that Musk was saying that it was not an explosion as much as it was a “fast fire”. I said I was not too sure about this; I... 

Voltage optimisation solution punted as way to cut energy costs

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 A deal by South African energy efficiency specialists Rhino Lighting and Powerstar South Africa (SA) has signalled the nationwide roll-out of a globally patented Powerstar range of voltage optimisation systems for local industry, which has resulted in energy cost-savings of more than 25% in some... 

US show offers new opportunities for Invertek

     7th September 2016 Invertek Drives’ international sales partner Bardac Corporation will be showcasing the co-ordination capabilities of Optidrive variable speed drives with integrated drive.web distributed control technology at Pack Expo being held in Chicago later this year. Bardac Corporation, based in... 

New Schneider Electric variable-speed drives improve efficiency, security

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 The research and development (R&D) of the latest generation of industrial equipment manufacturer Schneider Electric’s Altivar process variable-speed drives (VSDs) focused on smooth performance and efficiency, cybersecurity and connectivity to support automated industrial systems, says Schneider... 

Perspective, innovation and positivity: the keys to successfully mastering current economic challenges

     1st July 2016 South Africans are currently enduring an extremely financially challenging – and at times even fraught - 2016. Business confidence has hit its lowest level in more than two decades as the threat of junk status, drought, a charged political atmosphere, Great Britain’s exit from the European Union... 

Schneider Electric launches new Altivar Machine range of variable speed drives

     21st June 2016 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the availability of its Altivar Machine range of variable speed drives, with the Altivar 320 leading the line-up of new drives dedicated to the needs of machine manufacturers in the southern African... 

RTS Africa Engineering – Growing interest locally and internationally in the multiple benefits of back-channel cooling and spin filter technology

     30th May 2016 An electricity tariff increase of almost 10%, announced at the beginning of March 2016 has put further pressure on the industrial sector – and underscored the importance of energy efficiency in all aspects of company operations. Variable speed drives (VSDs) have proven to be one of the most... 

Manufacturer to focus on drought relief initiative

     6th May 2016 At this year’s Nampo (or National Maize Producers Organisation) Harvest Day, components manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) will be focusing on its  ‘Feed a Farmer/Voer ‘n Boer’ initiative, in addition to exhibiting its extensive range of agricultural components. BMG agricultural manager Carlo... 

New Gauteng Laboratory makes VSD bearing protection affordable in S.A.

     11th March 2016 World's First 1 Ring Solution 5 years and millions of rands later the new 'Earthrings 350 high current ring' will be launched later this month. Its unique benefit is that only one Earthring will be required to protect AC motors all the way up to 350 kilowatts, no insulated bearings or other... 

Water company helping to combat climate change

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With meteorologists claiming that the current drought in South Africa is because El Niño is preventing moisture reaching the sub-Saharan Africa region, water service provider Mega Water states that the country will have to consider decentralised water treatment, the capturing of rainwater and the... 

Energy efficiency in farming – no longer a nice to have but a crucial necessity

     16th February 2016 Farming in South Africa, as in many parts of the world, is faced with severe drought conditions and steadily increasing costs on all fronts. Labour, infrastructure, equipment, transport, energy, livestock and seed stock are becoming more and more expensive. Farmers’ need to counterbalance these... 

Zest extends guarantees across all products

By: Anine Kilian     5th February 2016 South African electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG will extend guarantees on all its WEG products. The guarantees will vary from product to product, but all customers are still assured of the same level of in-field support for which Zest WEG Group Africa is known. 

Zest WEG Group Africa first again ñthis time with extended product guarantees

     5th February 2016 Long gone are the days of being considered a run-of-the-mill OEM. This is the strong message being given to all industries by Zest WEG Group Africa. With WEG Brazil as its parent company, this group has its roots firmly in Africa and its commitment to the continent is without question, especially... 

Zest extends WEG product guarantees

By: Anine Kilian     26th January 2016 South African electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG will extend guarantees on all its WEG products. The guarantees will vary from product to product, but all customers are still assured of the same level of in-field support for which Zest WEG Group Africa is known. 

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.  

Zest Weg Group Displays Commitment To Education In Donation Of Equipment To Tshwane North Tvet College

     17th November 2015 Zest WEG Group believes that it has a fundamental responsibility to assist in improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals in South Africa by providing access to education and skills development opportunities within the engineering industry. The CSI policy not only underpins the group’s... 

New magnetic system from SKF offers oil-free, energy-efficient solutions for centrifugal compressors in chillers

     20th August 2015 SKF has launched a new magnetic system, an oil- and contact-free drive solution for centrifugal compressors in chillers. Combining a high-speed permanent magnet motor and active magnetic bearings with integrated controls, the magnetic system can operate with variable speed drives from various... 

Zest WEG receives competition nod for TSS Engineering acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2015 The Competition Commission has approved electrical and instrumentation solutions provider Zest WEG’s proposed acquisition of automation company TSS Engineering, TSS Transformers and Intertest, without conditions. Post-merger, Zest WEG would have sole control over the companies. Zest WEG... 

New mill drive system introduced

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 Vertical roller mills manufacturer Loesche last year received an order to install a Loesche Mill type LM 70.4+4 in Calabar, Nigeria, the largest Loesche mill to date. Loesche was awarded the contract in July 2014 by Sinoma for United Cement Company of Nigeria (UCCN) – a consortium comprising... 

Mobile substations assist Eskom

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 State-owned power utility Eskom has ordered a set of five trailer-mounted substations from electrical solutions company Zest WEG Group to assist with substation up-time. 

Adding value to the African power, oil and gas aftermarket

     1st April 2015 The recently-established Voith Africa Power, Oil and Gas Division covers the full scope of maintenance, servicing, upgrades and repairs across Africa. The company has filled a gap in the local market by providing a comprehensive and dedicated aftermarket services offering. Voith is... 

Increased demand for electrical houses, MCCs and VSDs

     13th March 2015 Motor control centre (MCC), distribution board, control desk, PLC and instrumentation enclosure, portable and containerised substation manufacturer Shaw Controls, a member of Zest WEG Group, has registered a significant increase in the demand for electrical houses (E-Houses), fully withdrawable... 

GE Transportation appoints new sub-Saharan Africa CEO

     3rd March 2015 Transport equipment manufacturer GE Transportation has appointed Thomas Konditi as the head of its sub-Saharan Africa division. Konditi, who would be based in Johannesburg, was most recently COO of GE Africa, in Nairobi. His responsibilities included the oversight of sub-Saharan Africa finance,... 

Zest Weg Group Provides Funding For Foundational Learning Material

     3rd March 2015 The Zest WEG Group has provided funding to the Diepsloot Preschool Project to allow it to purchase foundational learning material for the initiative as part of its Corporate Social Investment programme. “The Zest WEG Group identified this important community initiative as being synergistic with... 

Zest Weg Group’s Shaw Controls Sees Significant Uptake In Demand For Key Products

     12th February 2015 Shaw Controls, a company of the Zest WEG Group, has seen a significant increase in the demand for key products such as electrical houses (E-Houses), fully withdrawable motor control centres and modular variable speed drives. This has resulted in the Zest WEG Group committing to a major expansion... 

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. 

Zest Weg Group’s Shaw Controls Successfully Tests

     13th January 2015 Shaw Controls, a member of the Zest WEG Group, has announced that it has successfully concluded a programme of product tests on its low voltage range of panels at the SABS-NETFA laboratory. Tests were performed in accordance with the latest IEC protocols, namely IEC 61439-2 Ed 1 / SABS 61439.... 

Zest Weg Group Wins Major Contracts From Arcelormittal

     8th December 2014 The Zest WEG Group is showcasing its full suite of products and manufacturing capabilities at a flagship infrastructure and iron ore mining project in Liberia. This follows Group company EnI Electrical clinching two major contracts for ArcelorMittal at Buchanan Port in Liberia as well as at the... 

Zest Weg Group’s Eni Electrical Wins Electrical Infrastructure Contract

     13th October 2014 The Zest WEG Group’s EnI Electrical, one of Africa’s largest electrical construction companies, has secured a major contract from Swakop Uranium at its Husab project in Namibia. The professional team includes international engineering and project management company AMEC and Tenova Bateman. “As... 

KZN distribution deal enhances electrical company’s reach

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th October 2014 Electrical solutions company Magnet has been appointed the official distributor in KwaZulu-Natal of international electric and electronic equipment manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric’s factory automation products.  

Modular HVAC system improves efficiency

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Technology group Johnson Controls launched its mini-chiller heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) solution, which can be used in series as a modular solution, in May this year. Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil Cameron notes that the South African market is not ideal for... 

Energy Saving Initiatives Reduce Afrisam’s Energy Intensity By 12%

     18th September 2014 AfriSam’s campaign to achieve exponential energy savings has led to the implementation of a series of focused initiatives that have resulted in the company reducing its energy intensity by 12%, well in advance of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy’s 2015 deadline to achieve this target as... 

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