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Press Office - Zest WEG Group - Variable Speed Drives

Zest WEG Group - Variable Speed Drives

If speed control, energy savings or process control is important for your operations then we can help you.

Whether you require an off-the-shelf Variable Speed Drive/Soft Starter or a customised solution tailor made for your application we can assist. Our highly skilled team of internal and external sales engineers are ready to provide the best possible solution to suit your needs.

We offer a comprehensive range low voltage and medium voltage products backed by excellent service and support throughout Africa.


Quality brands needed to counter cheap imports

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd March 2018 Quality brands and reliable aftermarket support are key to combat the surge in price-sensitive products entering the local market, especially Chinese imports, according to fluid conveyance solution provider Incledon engineering sales director Bruce Crystal. The company is a preferred importer and... 

SA Hippo Submersible Slurry Pump® goes to Sierra Leone Diamond Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® successfully manufactured and delivered five HIPPO Submersible Slurry pumps® for Carl Hamm PPS (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Carl Hamm GMPH. Carl Hamm Pipes Pumps Solutions specializes in dewatering from surface where access is problematic and provide complete... 

Zest Weg Adds Value In The HVAC Space

5th March 2018 With access to years of experience in the Heating, Ventilation Air-conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) market, and its range of quality products to service HVAC applications, the Zest WEG Group can tackle any single product installation right through to a customised solution. Zest WEG Group sales... 

Energy efficiency hot topic in HVAC industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 The biggest potential for growth in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry lies in energy efficiency, as a great deal of research and development is going into variable-speed drives (VSDs) because they can cut a chiller’s yearly energy use by up to 30%, says HVAC company... 

Partnerships Key As SA Tackles World-Class Gamsberg Zinc Project

5th February 2018 At Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine in the Northern Cape, Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise on its range of transformers and motors across a number of on-site applications. The Gamsberg project is South Africa’s... 

Zest WEG Group 

5th February 2018 The Zest WEG Group has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of the African region, and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years.  

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Growing global trend for small, compact and cost-saving VSDs

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to a global trend in cost efficiency and going green, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive sales engineer Sean Tibbott foresees the demand for a small, compact and cost-saving variable-speed drives continuing to grow worldwide. 

BMG has announced the winner of the Boer Slim/Smart Farming competition, held in conjunction with Facebook recently.

22nd January 2018 “The rules were simple. To enter the competition, we needed a photograph of the contestant with one or more of BMG’s Boer Slim/Smart Farming items – a cap, belt buckle, shirt, bumper sticker, or rain meter,” explains Carlo Beukes, agricultural manager, BMG. “The winner - Lionel Smit - has won a... 

Get Wise About Using Variable Speed Drives

15th January 2018 The benefits of variable speed drives (VSDs) are making this technology a popular choice among users of electric motors; now, with the introduction of the WEG Insulation System Evolution (WISE®) to all WEG motor lines, customers have full assurance that all WEG motors are VSD-compatible. “Not all... 

Unfiltered air shortens air compressors’ life span 

By: Victor Moolman     1st December 2017 With many industrial air compressors being used in dusty conditions, the lack of proper filtration of incoming air can shorten the life span of the compressors by 75% to 80%, says specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. “Air compressors used in industries are, for... 

Thermoplastic press supplied for aerospace industry

20th October 2017 Hydraulic components and turnkey hydraulic systems supplier Hytec Cape Town designed and constructed a 400 t thermoplastic press containing hydraulic components, for composite materials supplier AAT Composites, Hytec announced last month. A Recaro Group subsidiary based in Somerset West, AAT... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Doing away with dust damage: RTS Africa spin filters help compressors ‘breathe’ easier

28th July 2017 Air compressors used in industry are, for the most part, well-proven, reliable pieces of equipment, able to operate for years with relatively little maintenance. But their very reliability can lead to problems when the quality of their intake air is neglected. “Many industrial air compressors... 

KZN Industrial Show 2017, Durban ICC, 26 – 29 July, Stand D01, D14 & E19, Hall 1

28th July 2017 Parker Hannifin to showcase motion and control solutions for the industrial industry at KZN Industrial Show 2017 Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, have three distributors exhibiting at this year’s KZN Industrial Show in Durban, South Africa from 26 – 29 July... 

Self-Generated Power Needs Special Focus On Efficiency

20th July 2017 Remote projects that are far from national power grids will tend to pay a premium for generating their own energy; so they need to plan carefully to use it as efficiently as they can. This is the advice of Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring, who emphasises the opportunities presented by modern... 

Solar Powered Variable Speed Drives For Remote Borehole Applications

21st June 2017 Farmers are making increasing use of photovoltaic solar panels and variable speed drives (VSDs) to get clean and continuous power to their boreholes in remote locations, cutting out the need for costly infrastructure and cables to link with the main grid. Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading... 

Solutions specialist expands product range

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Electrical solutions specialist Magnet Electrical – a subsidiary of Magnet Group – has extended its range of automation solutions with the addition of automation systems company Schneider Electric’s new Altivar ATV320 variable-speed drives (VSDs). 

Omron to fly Sysmac motion solutions flag at KITE 2017

3rd May 2017 Omron will showcase its flagship Sysmac motion solutions, incorporating robotic and visual inspection control, at the Kwazulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) from 26 to 28 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre in Durban. The exhibition is perceived as a major platform for Omron’s... 

Omron to fly Sysmac motion solutions flag at KITE 2017

3rd May 2017 Omron will showcase its flagship Sysmac motion solutions, incorporating robotic and visual inspection control, at the Kwazulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) from 26 to 28 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre in Durban. The exhibition is perceived as a major platform for Omron’s... 

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12th April 2017 Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, now offers an advanced software solution for its AC10 range of compact variable speed drives (VSDs). The company’s DSE Lite is more advanced than other software offered for comparable VSDs used in general purpose industrial... 

Latest EtherCat solutions, IOT devices from Omron take centre stage at African Automation Fair 2017

6th April 2017 Omron’s EtherCat solutions and Internet of Things (IOT) devices will take centre stage at the African Automation Fair (AAF) from 6 to 8 June 2017 at Ticketpro Dome in North Riding, Johannesburg. In particular, a new IOT EtherCat module will be launched. There will also be a strong emphasis on... 

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... 

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