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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Proper bearings selection important for solar power plants

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 The use of the right bearings play a fundamental role in the successful operation of solar power generation projects, which will form an important part of South Africa’s future power generation mix, bearings distributor Bearings 2000 director Nick Stamatiadis tells Engineering News. 

German company appoints African distributor

25th May 2012 Transmission components company AZ Hollink South Africa has been appointed as the sole representative for German components manufacturer Renk Hanover in South Africa, as well as its authorised dealer for sub-Saharan Africa. 

Motor manufacturer’s small works facility to grow

25th May 2012 South African electric equipment supplier Zest WEG Group’s first small works facility, in Johannesburg, has successfully met the demand for smaller starter panels for the original-equipment manufacturer market and the end-user. 

Electric motor company makes strides at PE branch

25th May 2012 Electric motor designer, manufacturer and supplier CMG Electric Motors South Africa’s Port Elizabeth (PE) branch recently supplied motors for various applications to safety glass supplier and fitter Shatterprufe’s Neave production plant, also in PE. 

Motors to reduce carbon footprint

25th May 2012 Brazilian motor and control manufacturer WEG says its three-phase W22 motor, available locally from its Zest WEG Group subsidiary, provides an energy efficient solution for reducing industrial energy consumption. 

New series of cam clutches available

25th May 2012 New to technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of Tsubaki cam clutches is the BR-HT series, designed for use in equipment such as inclined conveyors and bucket elevators. 

New range of soft starters introduced

25th May 2012 Electric motors manufacturer CMG Electric Motors has released its new range of Aurora soft starters onto the market.  

Company introduces new relay range

25th May 2012 Electric motor protection relay manufacturer NewElec has introduced its new KE relay range, which, combined with free issue software provides a high quality protection, motor management and control platform. 

VSD compressor range offers low cost of ownership

25th May 2012 Machinery manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco’s ZR/ZT 15-750 and ZR/ZT 37-900 variable-speed drive (VSD) air compressor range results in low total cost of ownership, says Atlas Copco oil-free air compressor technique business manager Wayne Jacobs. 

New power transmission range launched for SA market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     27th January 2012 Following its $4.2-billion acquisition of industrial electric motors and mechanical power transmission manufacturer Baldor in January last year, power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB is ready to launch its new Dodge power transmission product range onto the local market. 

Industrial consumables firm introduces new drives range

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     27th January 2012 The South African low-voltage variable speed drive (VSD) market, which is currently valued between R700-million and R750-million, is steadily growing, says industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG). 

Company undertakes R5m expansion

27th January 2012 Manufacturer of motor control centres and various other electrical panels Shaw Controls, part of the Zest WEG Group, has invested R5-million in a full-scale company-wide expansion project that will see its processes and systems streamlined across the board. 

Efficient motor control ensures electricity savings

27th January 2012 International research bodies calculate that in excess of 50% of drive-power energy could be saved if motors and drive systems became more efficient. 

Demand for Durban branch’s products grows

27th January 2012 Electric motor, geared motors and variable land frequency drives supplier CMG Durban, part of the CMG Engineering group of companies, has had to relocate premises twice since opening the branch in 2003.  

Hybrid ceramic bearings introduced into local market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     27th January 2012 A new environment-friendly range of hybrid ceramic (HC) bearings has been introduced to the market by bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings 2000.  

Company broadens hydraulic components range

27th January 2012 Drive and control technology provider Hytec, part of Hytec Group, has broadened the range of mobile hydraulic components suited for application in the midtier mobile and industrial market segments. 

Hydraulic motors boost cooling efficiency of equipment

27th January 2012 Motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin has launched its latest range of hydraulic motors, that were specifically developed to improve the efficiency and performance of fan-operated cooling systems in both on- and off-highway vehicles.  

Manufacturer introduces new motor protection range

27th January 2012 Motor protection relay manufacturer NewElec has introduced a series of electronically commuted (EC) electronic motor protection relays. 

Industrial drives supplier optimistic about the future

27th January 2012 Hansen Transmissions South Africa (HTSA), a local subsidiary of Belgium-based industrial gearbox technology provider Hansen Industrial Transmissions, is optimistic about the growth of the mining and industrial sectors in South Africa and says it is confident that it will be able to continue... 

Medium-voltage drive delivers 99% efficiency

27th January 2012 Motor manufacturer WEG's MVW01 drives range, available in Southern Africa from electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG, is setting a new standard in medium-voltage (MV) variable frequency drives (VFDs), achieving an efficiency rate of 99%. 

Supplier places largest stock order for ABB motors in SA

27th January 2012 Electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions, a third-party channel for ABB South Africa, became a distributor of ABB low-voltage motors and, in December, placed the largest ever order for stock in South Africa. 

Small beginnings yield mighty partnership

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The humble beginnings of an electric motor manufacturer in a small Brazilian farming village 50 years ago, laid the foundations for a partnership with a South African entrepreneur that has spanned three decades. 

Sustainability is the centre of CSI strategy

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The corporate social investment (CSI) strategy of electrical equipment supplier Zest Group has the concept of sustainability at its core. 

Focus on African opportunities

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The acquisition of South African electric motor distributor Zest by Brazil-based group WEG, last year, has resulted in the African market being tackled with renewed impetus. 

Group synergies yield complete market solution

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 A steady stream of strategic acquisitions has seen the Zest Group transform itself, in recent years, from a South African electric motor distributor into a solutions provider on projects across Africa. 

ISO certification underscores sustainable strategy

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 The partnership between the Zest Group in South Africa and WEG of Brazil extends beyond the distribution of products to a common vision focused on quality and environmentally conscious behaviour. 

Support and training take centre stage

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 On-site technical support, services and training are an integral part of the Zest Group’s business strategy and have become a key element of the company’s culture. 

Gear specialist extends its footprint

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Gear specialist David Brown Gear Industries is extending its reach across South Africa and many other regions in the world by establishing new gearbox service centres. 

Precision steel roller chain for industrial applications

15th July 2011 UK-based gear, chain and coupling manufacturer Renold’s steel roller chain products are an efficient and versatile way to transmit mechanical power in industrial applications, reports South African gear supplier and repair company Drive and Gear Engineering. 

Helical and bevel-helical gear units cover wide torque range

15th July 2011 Gear and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive has launched robust helical and bevel-helical gear units as part of its X series of industrial gear units, which cover a torque range of 6.8 kNm to 475 kNm. 

Company introduces low-friction bearings

15th July 2011 Energy-efficient E2 double-row angular contact ball bearings reduce frictional moment by 30% and can run between 5 ºC and 30 ºC cooler, increasing the service life of the grease, says lubrication, bearing and tribology specialist company SKF South Africa. 

Roller chain manufacturer introduces new generation of products

15th July 2011 Gears, drives and power transmission specialist Bearing Man Group (BMG) is distributing the full range of Japan-based roller chain manufacturer Tsubakimoto Chain Company’s (Tsubaki’s) high-performance chains, including the newly launched RS roller chain. 

Precision-aligned machines improve efficiency, reduce maintenance

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Properly aligned belt and chain drives and drive shafts will reduce the energy requirements of machines by between 3% and 5%, says condition monitoring solutions company Engineering Dynamics CEO and condition monitoring technology strategist Christo van der Walt. 

Manufacturer increases in-house capacity

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Germiston-based gear manufacturer and refurbishment company Ras Engineering has bought and installed a number of new machines to keep processes in-house, and says it has continued to employ and train people in the use of its machines despite facing difficult business conditions last year, says... 

New washing machine to clean stators, rotors and armatures developed

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 Thermal processing equipment company Tulip Technique has developed a stator, rotor and armature washing and drying machine for use by industries using large electric motors. 

Local panel builder introduces new type tested panel

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 A new type-tested (TT) panel with internal arc for use in motor control centres (MCCs) has been introduced to the market by low-voltage components supplier CHI Control Components, a division of Actom. 

Motor-driven applications have enormous energy saving potential

20th May 2011 The energy saving potential in motor-driven applications in industry, alone, is enormous, says ABB South Africa low-voltage and discrete automation division energy efficiency manager Fanie Steyn. 

Industrial consumables firm launches new motor range

20th May 2011 Industrial gearbox and motor supplier BMG Drives has launched a new generation of energy-efficient electric motors, the IE2 range, which is distinguishable by a yellow cowl. 

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