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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Specialist keeps it cool underground

25th April 2008 Recent changes to South Africa’s mining legislation require operators of mining machinery to be accommodated in fully-enclosed cabins, which will protect them from dust and noise. 

Local supplier acquires new hydraulic cylinder honing machine

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic tube supplier Honingcraft has acquired a new heavy-duty cylinder honing machine that the company claims is the largest in Africa. The machine was developed by Sunnen AG in Switzerland and supplied by Micron Technologies (ex Safurnco) who are the authorised distributors for Sunnen. 

Hydraulics company opens new Mozambique facility

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Hydraulic company Hytec Services Mozambique, a member of the Hytec Group, is relocating to its new premises in November, says Hytec Group MD, John Wingrove. 

Petrochemicals company emphasises the importance of application-appropriate oil

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 About 70% of the failures that occur in hydraulic applications are oil-related, often the result of improper oil selection, or poor oil performance, says energy and petrochemical company Shell South Africa product application specialist Peter Thorpe. 

Monitoring and analysis integral to company�s pre-emptive maintenance offering

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 To ensure that its end-users gain full service value, hydraulics service company Turnkey Hydraulics (Turnkey) offers its clients a hydraulic service, in which monitors are attached to hydraulic equipment to analyse the data of that equipment. The monitors enable the user to monitor contamination... 

System designer introduces new weigh batching system

19th October 2007 Systems designer and manufacturer Flexicon Africa has introduced a new weigh batching system that discharges material from bulk bags, delumps the product, and feeds it gravimetrically into rigid bins. 

New hydraulic system safely moves transformer

19th October 2007 Engineering services company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker Group of Companies, has manufactured a specially designed hydraulic system that was successfully used in safely moving a 1.5-t transformer 30m/hr, without any damage to the transformer. 

Engineering training company expands training offering

19th October 2007 Since restructuring into two divisions, learning systems and training and consulting, engineering training company Festo Didactic (Festo) has expanded its curriculum. Courses currently cover topics such as pneumatics, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers and mechatronics, as well as... 

Pneumatic valve series offers weight and flow advantages

19th October 2007 Hydraulics supplier Rexroth, locally represented by Tectra Automation (Tectra), delivers a precise solution through its 'light generation', the latest version of the HF pneumatic valve series. A high flow rate at a narrow width is the hallmark of the series. The HF03 LG is a... 

Hydraulics company expands systems series

19th October 2007 Hydraulics company Rexroth has a Air Service (AS) system that fulfils the high requirements for compressed air preparation, the company says. Rexroth notes that along with the standard functions of filtering, regulating and lubricating, this modularly constructed maintenance unit also enables... 

Petroleum company reduces clients� costs, boosts performance

19th October 2007 Petroleum company Shell Lubricants South Africa (Shell SA), recognising the need for a value-led service offering, has introduced a client/service provider partnership to assist clients achieve measurable cost reductions and improved total operation performance, the company says. 

Motion control company releases �hands-free� pneumatic regulators

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Motion-control specialist Parker Hannifin (Parker) South Africa has released a new range of 'hands-free' filter lubricator regulators in South Africa, called the Moduflex modular air preparation system. The units do not require tools, and can be clipped to together when replacing filter... 

Hydraulics company introduces mutispiral hose

By: Guy Copans     19th October 2007 Earlier this year hydraulic hose and fittings company Genflex Hydraulics introduced its multispiralled 4SP, a multispiral hose with fairly high working pressures, which is used mainly in mining applications. 

Tipping solution helps keep Gautrain on track

19th October 2007 Jost Transport Equipment (JTE), the local distributors of Hyva hydraulic tipping cylinders, has supplied hydraulics to truck body builder Muva Engineering for a significant and urgent order for the Gautrain project, the company says. 

Local company offers hallite bearing strips

19th October 2007 Local company Bearing Man, the exclusive distributor in Southern Africa for Hallite Seals, supplies a range of versatile bearing strips to enhance performance of hydraulic equipment, the company says. 

Filtration company introduces new hydraulic filter range

19th October 2007 Filtration company Donaldson Filtration (Donaldson) has introduced a new hydraulic filter called Triboguard. Donalson claims that the filter is the easiest way to install more uptime, as it uses a advanced pleat-pack design, and removes particles and contaminants from hydraulic fluid during every... 

Machinery designer custom builds leaflet inserter

19th October 2007 Designer and supplier of custom built machinery for a variety of applications Ingenior, of Pretoria, recently used Festo components to design and manufacture the first leaflet inserter that uses the roll-up technique. 

Power units developed for South African Navy use

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Local manufacturer of hydraulic components Hyflo, has been supplying the South African Navy (SAN) with hydraulic systems on the SAN Corvettes and South African in-shore patrolling vessels (IPV�s) for years. 

Local firm completes Belgian hydraulic cylinder overhaul

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Hydraulic repair and distributor company Marine and Hydraulic has just completed the overhauling of two hydraulic cylinders for Belgian company Jan de Nul N.V. 

Pinpoint lubrication delivered to air tool systems

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Pneumatic equipment manufacturer and importer Master Pneumatics of Midrand, Johannesburg, is importing a single point lubricator, or SPL for the pneumatics manufacturing market. 

Hydraulics industry beset by unbranded products, skills shortage 

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Hydraulic companies looking for an inexpensive alternative to higher priced local hydraulic products are importing less expensive, unmarked hydraulic products. 

Local pneumatics importer targets mining markets

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 Local importer and distributor of Gison pneumatic tools Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies is aiming to expand its imports to meet the growing demand of its client base. 

Component outsourcing for new filler machines

27th April 2007 Original equipment manufacturer Filtec Automation has reaffirmed its preference for Festo pneumatic and control components following its completion of an18-head liquid filler. 

Foreign company uses local contrls on packaging machines

27th April 2007 Pneumatics and mechatronics company Festo has completed an installation for a French packaging machine company. The company manufactures machines that make both traditional blister pack lines and packaging produced through the Carding process. 

Hydraulic overhaul of 12 000-t movable roof

27th April 2007 Extensive replacements have been carried out at the Milwaukee Brewer’s home stadium, Miller Park. 

Honing systems improve reliability of hydraulic components

27th April 2007 US precision bore sizing specialists Sunnen Products has introduced new technology to assist hydraulic component manufacturers in conforming to zero-leak standards and greatly reduce warranty issues due to component leakage 

Paper mill engages in high-power hydraulic deal

27th April 2007 Since its first steps as a supplier of brakes and clutches to Durban and Johannesburg markets over 30 years ago, Pneumatic Electric Control Systems (PECS) has since opened up offices in both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. 

Bulk solid materials handling made easier through innovative

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     27th April 2007 A new hydraulic bulk bag conditioner from Flexicon Africa loosens bulk solid material that has solidified during storage and shipment, enabling bulk bag unloaders to discharge it through the bag spouts. 

Acquisition of pneumatics company will grow foreign company air

27th April 2007 The acquisition of air filtration company Rawsen by multinational filtration technology company Donaldson Filtration will grow the company�s compressed air filtration interests in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Comprehensive range of hydraulic seals available from engineering

27th April 2007 Engineering consumables specialist Bearing Man�s seals division distributes a comprehensive range of quality branded seals, which includes rotary shaft, torric, hydraulic and pneumatic seals, as well as allied products like O rings, single spring mechanical seals, gland packing, waved washers and... 

Engineering firm repairs largest cylinders to date

27th April 2007 Hytec Engineering, through Hytec Mozambique, has recently repaired the largest cylinders serviced by the company to date 

BEE merger leads Mpumalanga engineering firm into the future

27th April 2007 Since 1976, Malcom Hydraulics and Engineering has been providing a specialist engineering service to mines and heavy industry. Having merged with the Ezindaleni Group in July 2006, it has become a BEE company looking forward to another 30 years of specialised engineering and hydraulic solutions. 

Hydraulic drive systems meet cross-industry materials-handling

27th April 2007 Materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks supplies a range of conveying equipment with the advantage of high performance hydraulic drive systems for agriculture, mining, shipping and general industry. 

Equipment supplier adds new tube connection to range

27th April 2007 Hydraulics equipment supplier Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW), a member of the Hytec Group of Companies, has announced the addition of the newly launched WALRing tube connection system to its product range. The WALRing features a two-edge cutting ring, support ring with a captive seal,... 

Local company supplies portable hydraulic power

27th April 2007 The Simplex range of hydraulic products, distributed exclusively throughout Southern Africa by Becker Engineering, includes a lightweight power pump that provides hydraulic power to small and medium-sized hydraulic cylinders or tools in all applications that require portable power. 

Hydraulic system enhances agricultural equipment

27th April 2007 A comprehensive range of agricultural equipment is now available from agricultural equipment supplier Northmec. This includes the Sitrex Magnum pull-type rakes, which have a double hydraulic system for enhanced efficiency, even on rough and uneven grounds. 

Compressed-air preparation system to set new standards

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 Local company Dowson and Dobson Industrial recently announced the release of a body-ported fully-modular compressed-air preparation system, a range that promises to set a new standard in filter-refulator lubricators (FRL). 

Dryers firm combats energy wastage

By: Amy Heydenrych     20th October 2006 With the optimisationof resources becoming an issue of nationalpriority, energy wastage on thefactory floor should no longer be considered acceptable. This is a concern with regard to compressed air, which, although widely used, is not the most energy efficient. Unlike other motive power... 

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