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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Drive-based solutions enhance efficiency, safety of machines

3rd June 2022 Engineering Solutions provider BMG’s Nord predictive maintenance solutions offer fast, efficient and comprehensive evaluation of analogue and digital data, to enhance the operational efficiency and safety of machines.  

Tech company commissioned to run upgrades in UAE

3rd June 2022 Global technology company ABB has installed ABB Ability System 800xA, called the market-leading distributed control system (DCS) automation platform, to upgrade three grinding units at Star Super Cement in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 

Automation supplier launches MV VSDs

By: Mandisa Nyathi     3rd June 2022 Earlier this month electrification and automation product supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) extended their portfolio with the launch of the high-performance and cost-effective Delta MVF23/MVF20 series medium-voltage variable speed drives (VSDs).  

an image of a MVF23/MVF20 drive
NEW DRIVES The Delta MVF23/MVF20 series offers advanced flux-oriented vector control techniques, with or without the use off-speed sensors

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Local assembly of MACC drives to slash lead times

3rd June 2022 Drive technology supplier SEW Eurodrive’s expanded local capability out of its new Aeroton facility will include the assembly of SEW M-Series Air Cooled Condenser (MACC) air-cooled condenser drives for delivery at a rate of three units a week 

An image of an air-cooled condenser.
AIR COOL CONDENSERS Air-cooled condenser (ACC) systems used in steam-driven power generation plants.

Flexible girth-gear drive systems for Mpumalanga mill

By: Darren Parker     28th January 2022 Drive technology company SEW-Eurodrive has delivered four of its modern industrial girth gear drive systems to a mine in Limpopo for the refurbishment of the rotary scrubber. The order for four 5.3-m-diameter girth gear drive systems, coupled with the X2FS220 drive system, was issued in mid-2020,... 

A photo of SEW-Eurodrive’s segmented girth gear solution
SEGMENTED SEW-Eurodrive’s segmented girth gear solution relies on precision manufacturing of individual segments

Winding completed at KZN power storage station

28th January 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) performed a significant rewind in 2020 after being contracted by German original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Voith Hydro to wind the stator of Unit 1 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Drakensburg hydro pump storage... 

A photo of M&C technicians working in the large area left inside the stator after removal of the rotor at Eskom’s Drakensburg Hydro pump storage power station
WIND UP M&C technicians worked to install several hundred stator bars as part of the complex stator winding operation

Sintech

28th January 2022 Tritec Sintered Products (Pty)Ltd com-menced business in Johannesburg in 1984 as a closed corporation, converting to a Propriety Company in 1996 trading under the much more sensible name of Sintech. The name “Sintech”, in turn, is an abbreviation of ‘Sintered Technology’ which when applied to... 

Sintech

Support services ramping up for new motor distributor deal

By: Darren Parker     28th January 2022 Bearings and power transmission supplier Bearings International (BI) is aiming to provide a comprehensive support service for engineering company ABB Africa’s motors this year, which the company now distributes in Southern Africa, says BI business unit leader Stephen Bekker. “We aim to provide... 

A photo of a technician holding a tablet and working with an ABB motor inside of a factory
WORKING TOGETHER Bearings International aims to make ABB low-voltage motors more accessible for end-user sales in Southern Africa

Solution boosts industrial performance

28th May 2021 The MAXOLUTIONÒ solutions from drive and control specialists SEW-Eurodrive are fully integrated and customised technologies that automate, integrate, upgrade and streamline your existing production processes while still allowing for future technology to be incorporated.    

MAXOLUTIONÒ 
SEW-Eurodrive successfully implemented the MAXOLUTIONÒ solution for a customer in the automotive manufacturing sector
MAXOLUTIONÒ SEW-Eurodrive successfully implemented the MAXOLUTIONÒ solution for a customer in the automotive manufacturing sector

Local manufacturer offers extensive knowledge on drive solutions

By: Shannon de Ryhove     28th May 2021 Local electrical equipment manufacturer Zest WEG offers extensive applications knowledge, underpinned by its local capabilities, to customers across a range of industries. Adding value to its large range of electric equipment, Zest WEG has in its offering, customised solutions designed to suit... 

Zest WEG’s customised mill drive solutions include special features for mill operations, such as frozen charge detection software
Photo by Zest WEG
Zest WEG’s customised mill drive solutions include special features for mill operations, such as frozen charge detection software

Flexible couplings ensure effective transfer of torque

28th May 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s new reinforced Fenner Triflex couplings, with forged steel flanges, provide an integrated solution for the safe and efficient transfer of torque, even in extreme conditions. “These durable couplings are designed to compensate for axial, radial and angular... 

Fenner Triflex Coupling
An intergrated solution for safe and efficient torque transfer
Fenner Triflex Coupling An intergrated solution for safe and efficient torque transfer

Advanced drive solutions reduce system costs

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th May 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s range of Danfoss electronic, mechanical and intelligent ‘mechatronic’ devices are designed to optimise automation processes and reduce energy consumption in many sectors. With the modular Danfoss VLT drive system, which encompasses specific power sizes,... 

DRIVES FOR SECTOR
Mechatronic solutions that ensure energy savings, increased flexibility, high efficiency processes and low maintenance requirements
DRIVES FOR SECTOR Mechatronic solutions that ensure energy savings, increased flexibility, high efficiency processes and low maintenance requirements

System ensures efficiency

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th May 2021 Drive and control specialists SEW-EURODRIVE have supplied 53 Movigear units to a Gauteng-based bottling plant. The bottling plant required an energy efficient mechatronic drive system that could meet its required production output, says SEW-EURODRIVE sales manager Willem Strydom. 

MOVIGEAR UNIT
SEW-EURODRIVE has supplied 53 units to a bottling plant
MOVIGEAR UNIT SEW-EURODRIVE has supplied 53 units to a bottling plant

Components create high efficiency in cooling towers

22nd January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s electromechanical team plays an important role in ensuring the dependable operation of wet and dry cooling towers, through the supply and support of many power generation components. “Hansen gearboxes, which have been designed by diversified corporation... 

GEARED UP 
BMG’s Sumitomo gearbox brands also include Paramax large industrial gearboxes and Fenner Shaft Mounted Reducers
GEARED UP BMG’s Sumitomo gearbox brands also include Paramax large industrial gearboxes and Fenner Shaft Mounted Reducers

Chains extend equipment operating life

22nd January 2021 Included in engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki high-performance chain, is the robust workhorse elevator series, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, a cleaner environment and extended operating life. “Workhorse elevator chains – manufactured for high... 

POWER CHAIN 
Carefully-selected high-strength steels, advanced manufacturing processes and refined heat treatments, ensures the chain has maximum fatigue strength and protection against failure
POWER CHAIN Carefully-selected high-strength steels, advanced manufacturing processes and refined heat treatments, ensures the chain has maximum fatigue strength and protection against failure

Mixer successfully increases plant efficiency

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd January 2021 German drive technology manufacturer SEW Eurodrive provided its services and gearboxes for a mixer replacement which was fabricated by family-owned feed milling original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Dalein Agriplan. Dalein Agriplan fabricates feed milling installations for the animal feed... 

STIR THE MIXING POT
The XT gearbox is a unique gearing system that has a twin-shaft mixer instead of a single-shaft mixer
STIR THE MIXING POT The XT gearbox is a unique gearing system that has a twin-shaft mixer instead of a single-shaft mixer

High-quality equipment supply through partnership

22nd January 2021 Power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy has been appointed by Japanese diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar as its official distributor in Southern Africa for Yanmar industrial engines from the beginning of 2021. “What’s exciting for the African market is the... 

Alternators provide safe, uninterrupted power

22nd January 2021 Power generation and power transmission product supplier Vert Energy offers custom-designed solutions for dependable power in areas without connection to the mains. “There is often the inconvenience of having to do work that requires electricity, in areas where there is no connection to the... 

POWERED UP 
Vert Energy offers custom-designed solutions for dependable power in areas without connection to the mains
POWERED UP Vert Energy offers custom-designed solutions for dependable power in areas without connection to the mains

Sintech

21st January 2021 Tritec Sintered Products started as a closed corporation in Johannesburg in 1984. Its name was shortened to the simpler ‘Sintech’, becoming a proprietary company in 1996.  

Sintech

Global brushless dc motors market exhibits healthy growth

29th May 2020 Consumer demand for enhanced features in automotive products, such as motorised seats, is spurring demand for brushless direct current (DC) motors, says market researcher Fact.MR. Rising emphasis on fuel efficiency, adoption of new-energy alternatives, amid strict carbon emission regulations is... 

Company maintains drive tech support throughout lockdown

29th May 2020 Bearings supplier BMG’s commitment to ensuring industry continues to operate efficiently and safely, even during difficult lockdown conditions, encompasses the ongoing supply and support of a range of engineering components, including drive systems and frequency inverters. A critical part of... 

THE FULL RANGE 
BMG’s NORD drive systems and NORDAC frequency inverters are combined to offer a complete spectrum of fully flexible, modern frequency inverters
THE FULL RANGE BMG’s NORD drive systems and NORDAC frequency inverters are combined to offer a complete spectrum of fully flexible, modern frequency inverters

Drives designed to improve productivity

29th May 2020 Bearings supplier BMG’s VACON 100 alternating current (AC) drives have been designed to save energy, optimise process control and improve productivity in many sectors. Through VACON 100’s economical solutions, BMG is able to ensure a quick return on project investments for its customers, says BMG... 

COMPATIBLE AND EFFECTIVE 
VACON 100 AC drives allow its customers to use the most efficient motor for each application, with the ability to run new motor technologies
COMPATIBLE AND EFFECTIVE VACON 100 AC drives allow its customers to use the most efficient motor for each application, with the ability to run new motor technologies

Company provides energy efficient solutions for customers

29th May 2020 Electric motors company Vert Energy – exclusive distributors in Southern Africa of electric motor manufacturer Leroy Somer – is committed to providing energy-saving solutions for its diverse customer base. Critical challenges facing industry include finding the most efficient ways to minimise... 

HIGH EFFICIENCY 
The Dyneo motor-drive unit ensures high efficiency levels over the whole operating speed range, especially at speeds below the synchronous speed
HIGH EFFICIENCY The Dyneo motor-drive unit ensures high efficiency levels over the whole operating speed range, especially at speeds below the synchronous speed

Electromechanical solutions offered

29th May 2020 Power generation and electromechanical power transmission industry solutions provider Vert Energy – exclusive distributors for electric motor provider Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa – offers environmentally-sound automation systems and engineering services for container, dry bulk terminal and... 

IMPROVED MOVEMENT, MAXIMISED SAFETY These electromechanical solutions improve the movement of containers and goods, and maximizes safety, energy efficiency and fuel savings
IMPROVED MOVEMENT, MAXIMISED SAFETY These electromechanical solutions improve the movement of containers and goods, and maximizes safety, energy efficiency and fuel savings

Company invests in geared motors, employee training

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 A range of geared motors from Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG will be available from the third quarter of 2020 to clients in South Africa and the rest of Africa from subsidiary Zest WEG. Dubbed the WG20 range, the geared motors – with benefits such as efficiency and reliability –... 

INTERCHANGEABLE SETTINGS
WEG K geared units can also be equipped with a hollow shaft, output shaft, shrink disc, torque arm and mounting flange
INTERCHANGEABLE SETTINGS WEG K geared units can also be equipped with a hollow shaft, output shaft, shrink disc, torque arm and mounting flange

Company supplies motor units for German project

31st January 2020 Drive technology company SEW-Eurodrive supplied 64 Movigear servo motors from its Cape Town branch to a major original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). 

IDEAL SOLUTIONS 
The Movigear solution was ideal for this application owing to its 200:1 speed range
IDEAL SOLUTIONS The Movigear solution was ideal for this application owing to its 200:1 speed range

Company leverages off diverse industrial supplier’s strengths

31st January 2020 As part of automotive consumable products supplier Hudaco Group, Bearings International (BI) is able to leverage synergies across a broad range of companies, meaning it can offer a complete product basket across its branch network nationally. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 Drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive has supplied geared motors to an automotive company as part of an expansion project at its assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade
SEW-Eurodrive export sales representative Phillip Steyn discusses one of the company’s latest projects. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 11.12.2019 latest projects

Company stirs interest in pump-engine range

31st January 2020 Solutions provider Cummins held a highly successful seminar in October, in both Dubai and in South Africa, to introduce end-users and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to its range of high-quality engines for the pumps segment. 

SENSIBLY SPEAKING 
Cummin's strategy to break into the pump segment is to reassure its customers that it can supply fit-for-market solutions that make a lot more sense in terms of the harsh operating conditions in Africa
SENSIBLY SPEAKING Cummin's strategy to break into the pump segment is to reassure its customers that it can supply fit-for-market solutions that make a lot more sense in terms of the harsh operating conditions in Africa

Factory now fully compliant with local requirements

31st January 2020 Following much investment and transfer of knowledge and skills, multinational corporation ABB South Africa’s motor and generator factory in Alrode, near Johannesburg in Gauteng, is now fully compliant with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) greater than 70% local... 

More demand for lower costs and efficient designs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 There has been growing demand in the conveyor market for more compact and efficient designs at lower costs, says industrial equipment supplier BMG. 

SO, SO VERSATILE 
BMG’s cam clutches can also be used for belt conveyors, metals, timber, pulp and wood chip, as well as bucket elevators for cement and grain
SO, SO VERSATILE BMG’s cam clutches can also be used for belt conveyors, metals, timber, pulp and wood chip, as well as bucket elevators for cement and grain

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship

31st January 2020 Electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy’s Leroy-Somer LSK direct current (DC) motors provide cost-effective solutions for variable speed applications.  

EXCLUSIVE PICKS 
Vert Energy is the exclusive distributor for Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa
EXCLUSIVE PICKS Vert Energy is the exclusive distributor for Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa

Habasit presents range of timing belts for drive technology

24th May 2019 Last month, conveyor and processing belts manufacturer Habasit presented its complete timing belt portfolio at leading trade fair for integrated automation, motion and drives Hannover Messe Fair. The range of applications for timing belts in drive technology and intralogistics is significant. The... 

HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS
These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems
HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems

BMG extends supply of gearboxes and variators

24th May 2019 Engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), as exclusive distributors for gears and drives manufacturer Varvel Group in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 40 years, has extended the supply of Varvel gearboxes and variators for small- and medium-power applications.... 

TRACKING THE SUN

BMG’s Varvel worm gearboxes are installed on solar panels to ensure that they are in an ideal position to track the sun
TRACKING THE SUN BMG’s Varvel worm gearboxes are installed on solar panels to ensure that they are in an ideal position to track the sun

Vert supplies Leroy-Somer motors in Southern Africa

24th May 2019 Electric power generation solutions provider Vert Energy is the sole supplier of electric motors manufacturer Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa. Vert Energy supplies the entire Leroy-Somer (LS) range, including standard and adapted ac and dc motors, geared and brake motors, variable speed drives... 

SAFETY IN EXTREME CONDITIONS

The range is ideal for pump, ventilation, agitator and mixed applications in refineries, pipelines, petrochemicals and food industries
SAFETY IN EXTREME CONDITIONS The range is ideal for pump, ventilation, agitator and mixed applications in refineries, pipelines, petrochemicals and food industries

New motor released to electric drives and controls industry

24th May 2019 Automation technology solutions provider Tectra Automation’s new MS2N Synchronous Servo Motor is the company’s latest innovative product offering to the electric drives and controls industry. The MS2N servo motor range combines high dynamics with compact dimensions and energy efficiency, with... 

VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION

The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options
VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options

VSD important for energy savings in HVAC industry

By: Cameron Mackay     24th May 2019 Owing to higher demand for energy savings and stricter environmental legislation, variable-speed drives (VSDs) are used more in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, says diversified technology provider Johnson Controls engineering manager Russell Hattingh. “There’s... 

VSD VARIATION 

Variable speed drives can assist in managing loads if there are variations in loads, such as load-shedding, which is important in an African context
VSD VARIATION Variable speed drives can assist in managing loads if there are variations in loads, such as load-shedding, which is important in an African context
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