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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Hydraulic breakers used on bridge demolition, Panama Canal projects 

14th October 2011 Heavy hydraulic breakers from industrial group Atlas Copco have been used to demolish a bridge on the A40 motorway at Junction 28 in Gelsenkirchen-Süd, Germany. 

Couplings provide added flexibility

14th October 2011 Multidisciplinary equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has replaced its Cat reusable coupling system with the No-Skive coupling series, which many customers were apprehensive about, says Paul Verwey, group product specialist at Barloworld Equipment, which is Caterpillar’s South African supplier.  

Programme to improve repair turnaround times

14th October 2011 To meet the challenge of unplanned downtime and associated costs, supplier of hydraulic components and systems Hytec has introduced a service exchange programme to ensure much faster turnaround times on pump repairs. 

Association urges end-users to drive quality assurance

By: Jessica Hannah     14th October 2011 Quality assurance needs to be driven by end-users, as South Africa lacks uniform quality control, particularly of hose assemblies, in hydraulic systems, says South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) chairperson Norman Hall. 

Product receives positive feedback from SA market

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 Automation company Festo has yet to officially launch its new FinGripper technology, which can be used for various handling applications, however the South African food and beverage and automotive industries have already shown an interest in acquiring this product. The company has made the... 

Diagnostic equipment prevents costly difficulties

22nd April 2011 The costly difficulties caused by water contamination in fluids can be averted through the continuous monitoring of oil water content, says industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG’s) Filtration division. BMG Filtration product manager Anton van Deventer explains that... 

Company adds air-over-hydraulic power pumps to product range

22nd April 2011 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has expanded its Simplex range of hydraulic and mechanical equipment with the addition of heavy-duty air-over-hydraulic power pumps, designed for safe and reliable lifting and positioning of industrial equipment. 

Distributorships secured to broaden product offering

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 Supplier of automation solutions Tectra Automation, a subsidiary of the Hytec Group, is currently focused on expanding its product offering to the market. To this end, it has signed two new distributorships, one with Germany-based vacuum technology supplier J Schmalz and another with US-based... 

Pneumatic valve manifolds easily combine two flow ranges

22nd April 2011 Drive and control company Bosch Rexroth's CD01/02-PI pneumatic valve manifold system offers the greatest flexibility at a high level of standardisation, the company states.  

New power pack design ensures easy adaptability

22nd April 2011 Southern African hydraulic components and systems supplier Hytec has launched a range of standard power packs that sets new standards for industry.  

Company introduces new sensor for hydraulic cylinders

22nd April 2011 Sensors developer and producer MTS has extended its product portfolio of magnetostrictive position sensors for mobile hydraulics with the new Temposonics Model MB stainless steel sensor.  

Precautions need to be taken in light of new Act

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) urges hydraulic and pneumatic companies to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against product liability repercussions under the new Consumer Protection Act, No 68 of 2008, which was implemented this month. Section 61 of the Act... 

Emergency diesel 
compressor for PGMs miner

15th October 2010 South African plant hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air recently delivered an emergency diesel compressor to platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Metals, in Rustenburg, receiving recognition from the mine for excellent service and swift delivery.  

Improved website 
for industry

15th October 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of hydraulic fittings and pneumatic fittings Universal Hydraulics & Pneumatics based in Chennai, launched its redesigned and improved official business website, which it reports will prove to be extremely useful to its... 

Seals enhance performance of hydraulic equipment

15th October 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) seals division, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Hallite seals, supplies a range of versatile bearing strips, available in various different lengths and sizes to enhance performance of hydraulic equipment. 

New honing machine launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Specialist supplier of bore-sizing (honing) and surface-finishing (superfinishing) and precision precision deburring equipment Micron Technologies reports that it has introduced the HTA honing machine for the hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer and repair industry.  

Business unit awarded €5-million fuel injection skid order

15th October 2010 Global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications Colfax Corporation’s Allweiler business unit will deliver a €5-million fuel injection skid order through German engineering giant Siemens for use in gas turbines in Iraq.  

Air actuators withstand harsh conditions

15th October 2010 Specialist in rubber and plastics technology ContiTech reports that it has tested its range of air actuators, which can be used in a vast array of industries, at ambient conditions inside a coal pulveriser.  

Hydraulic hose and fittings company moves to R8-million premises

By: Dimakatso Motau     15th October 2010 Supplier of hydraulic hose and fittings Genflex Hydraulics says that it has just completed the construction of its R8-million factory in Alrode South, in Gauteng province, and is in the process of moving into the new facility. 

Green product 
line launched

15th October 2010 Industry leader in the development of powerful and compact truck-mounted air compressor systems VMac has introduced its green product line, which includes the Underhood70 and Underhood150 belt-driven air compressor systems and the Predatair40 and Predatair60 hydraulic-driven air compressor systems. 

New diaphragm 
actuator series released

15th October 2010 Steam and boiler specialist company Spirax Sarco has released its PN9000-series diaphragm actuators. The company has also released a P5 positioner, which is a single acting unit that requires from a 0,2 bar to a 1 bar signal, for use with linear pneumatic actuators. 

Compressors for India’s oil industry

15th October 2010 Diversified infrastructure, finance and media company General Electric (GE) has signed a licensing agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) of India, to develop and build compressors for the oil and gas industry, says GE India CEO John Flannery. 

Contract awarded for 
circulating fluidised bed steam generators

15th October 2010 Global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier Foster Wheeler reports that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract by engineering company Daewoo Engineering Company for the design and supply of two circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) steam... 

Process automation 
solution for treatment works

23rd April 2010 Automation technology manufacturer Festo Process Automation reports that it has completed the supply of a complete process automation solution to the newly constructed Kleinbrak river water treatment works, located in the Mossel Bay municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative

23rd April 2010 Fire-resistant hydraulic fluids should be used as an alternative to standard petroleum oil in hot load environments, says South African hydraulic lifts company Big Lift Trucks (BLT). 

Manufacturer expects growth in revenue 

23rd April 2010 US-based hydraulics manufacturer Eaton Corporation reports that it expects its global revenue to grow from 12% to 14% yearly over the next five years. 

Bridging the skills gap

23rd April 2010 Pneumatic and electric automation solutions supplies company Festo reports that it continues to help deal with the prevalent skills shortage in industries such as hydraulics and pneumatics in Southern Africa through its endorsement and sponsorship of intertertiary competitions. 

Solution for bright bar inspection 
device delivered

23rd April 2010 Automation solutions company Tectra Automation reports that it has supplied a Bosch Rexroth control system and components to nondestructive materials testing and measuring equipment company H Rohloff. The control system was used in the design and manufacture of a bright bar inspection line for a... 

Need to renew fluid power technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 To increase the efficiency of industry operations and automate repetitive tasks, a great rebirth of innovation-based fluid power technology, and the simultaneous improvement of the efficiency offered by such technology, should be implemented, while further enhancing control accuracy and the... 

Bringing new life to 
old machinery

23rd April 2010 Construction equipment manufacturer Pan Mixers believes that the durability of its equipment sees many customers using plants that are well over ten years old. However, in a move that brings new life to older machinery, while still assisting customers through the tough economic climate, the... 

University takes on the skills challenge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 Industries, such as pneumatics and hydraulics, have experienced a significant slump, owing to the global recession, but there appears to be an upswing in the economy and the sentiment is that companies are willing to invest in automation, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Courses aim to enhance skills, improve industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry will always have room for improvement as technology advances, increasing the need for skills in maintenance and advanced engineering, says Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses president, Garnett Cross. 

Affected by the recession, focusing on skills – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) believes that, although a number of its member companies have felt the strain of the economic crunch over the past few years, the companies have managed their resources well and the industry will not experience a further decline. 

Local industrial virtual exhibition launched

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 On-line industrial portal company Industryza has launched a virtual exhibition that focuses on industrial and mining products in South Africa. Industryza founder Cameron Diesel says that hydraulics have been one of the focuses in setting up the website. 

Supplier focuses on marketing strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo is currently focusing on its marketing strategy for the RKP-D second-generation digital radial piston pump with designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion control products and systems MOOG. 

Increasing demand for hydraulics training

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo’s didactic training division indicates that there has been an increase in demand for hydraulics training this year, which has not been the case previously, says Festo manager of didactic training and consulting Horst Weinert. 

Solutions company invests in machinery

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th October 2009 Automation and control solutions company Festo has invested in additional equipment and machinery that enables it to assemble rodless cylinders locally, says Festo MD Richard Teagle.  

Increasing demand for reducing life-cycle costs

16th October 2009 Two thirds of the lifecycle cost of a breaker can be attributed to operator cost, energy and fuel consumption, as well as service and maintenance costs. Reducing the challenge of the lifecycle cost of machinery and tools is an increasing demand from the market currently, states leaders in... 

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