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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Variable-speed drives enhance electric motor 

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd May 2009 In addition to using premium efficiency motors, variable speed drives will also increase electricity savings for industry end users, reports Zest Electric Motors marketing and logistics manager Chris Chryssoulis. 

New connection technology to 
enter local market

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd May 2009 Electrical engineering group CBI-electric Moeller Division reports that its SmartWire connection technology will enter the local market later this year. 

Electronic soft starters for desalination plant

22nd May 2009 Electrical engineering company CHI Engineered Slutions will supply a R6-million motor control centre (MCC) for a desalination plant for Uranium explorer UraMin Namibia. 

London’s Heathrow gets 
800 ac drives makeover

22nd May 2009 Variable speed drive supplier Vacon has installed about 800 alternating current (AC) drives at London Heathrow Airport’s new terminal 5 (T5). 

Urgent need for energy efficient motors in South Africa

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd May 2009 There is an urgent need to improve the energy efficiency of electric motors, particularly in South Africa. This was highlighted at the switchgear and dives conference, held in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, earlier this year. 

Medium-voltage drives experience exponential growth

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd May 2009 Modern medium voltage (MV) drives are increasingly used in petrochemical, mining, transportation and steel and metal industries to conserve electric energy, increase productivity and improve product quality, owing to technology advancements in semiconductor devices such as insulated gate bipolar... 

Need for motor efficiency 
promotes use of drives

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd May 2009 The use of variable speed drives with electric motors has become popular owing to a need for increased efficiency in motor use. However, the impact of a variable speed drive on a motor can be negative, unless a cost-effective method of shaft grounding is used. 

New regenerative inverter cuts costs, conserves energy

22nd May 2009 Manufacturer of electrical engineering and electronic products Mitsubishi Electric has introduced a new inverter range, the FR-A741, that has an integrated regeneration braking function that conserves energy and reduces costs in high torque applications. 

Tests under way to meet SABS specifications

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd May 2009 Electrical engineering company CHI Control Components reports that the testing of its motor control centres, according to the latest South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) specifications will be completed by June, this year. 

R350m motor contract for new power stations

22nd May 2009 Global power generation specialist Alstom Electrical Machines’ large motors division has been awarded two contracts valued at R350-million from power equipment supplier Hitachi Power Africa. 

Manufacturer repositions itself in low-voltage market

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd May 2009 Manufacturer of electric distribution and protection components for low voltage electric distribution systems CBI-electric: low voltage reports that it is repositioning itself as a major supplier of the Mitsubishi Electric factory automation range in South Africa. 

Acquisitions grow local content

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Motors, drives and switchgear group Zest has almost achieved its goal of having 50% imported content and 50% local content through its strategic investments and acquisitions, says Zestchairperson James Blakemore. 

SA's infrastructure build projects create opportunity

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 South Africa's investments in projects, such as State-utility Eskom's power stations, and the Gautrain rapid-rail link will continue to offer opportunities and benefits to the electric motor industry, says motors, drives and switchgear group Zest MD Louis Meiring. 

Growth strategy pivots on projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 The project division of motors, drives and switchgear group Zest is pivotal in supporting the growth strategy of the group by bringing all its products together, says Zest projects director Gary Daines. 

Switchboard manufacturer marks milestone

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Low-voltage switchboard manufacturer Shaw Controls move towards supply of products on a turnkey project basis is a milestone for the company, says company MD Bevan Richards.  

Training to combat skills shortage

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Motors, drives and switchgear group Zest made the decision to invest in training its own personnel in the form of apprentices, engineering technicians and qualified engineers to help combat the shortage of skills in South Africa, says Zest MD Louis Meiring. 

Acquisition provides long-term benefits

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Becoming part of the motors, drives and switchgear group Zest has had a number of advantages and long-term benefits for electrical and instrumentation engineering and contractors EnI, says company MD Richard Miller. 

Engineering company grows industrial gear unit range

18th July 2008 Diversified engineering company Bearing Man’s specialist industrial gear and electric motors division, has extended its range of Nord drives, to include new high torque industrial gear units, with a one piece Unicase housing. 

Engineering company secures Wembly contract

18th July 2008 Diversified power transmission company, Brevini Power Transmission, has secured a project that will see the company supply power transmission equipment to Wembley Stadium, in London. 

Engineering company completes second order for Iraqi water project

18th July 2008 Pump manufacturing company APE Pumps, a member of the industrial engineering group PSV Holdings, has completed the second of two orders worth a total of R30‐million, to supply four water pumps to a water project in Iraq.  

Gear components company extends product range

18th July 2008 Gear components manufacturers Bonfiglioli has expanded its product range to produce a range of worm gears, which is specifically aimed at the industrial market. 

Remanufacturing facility to focus on bearing production

18th July 2008 Diversified engineering company SKF South Africa has announced it intends to launch its remanufacturing facility, which will remanufacture key industrial components such as bearings, in Jet Park during the second quarter of the year. 

Swedish company opens sales office in South Africa

18th July 2008 Swedish mechanical power transmission company Hägglunds Drives, has opened its doors to the South African market by launching a sales office in Meadowdale, Johannesburg.  

Design competition debuts at tertiary institutions

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th July 2008 A design competition that aims to encourage innovation and creativity in the field of mechatronic engineering has made its debut across seven tertiary education institutions. 

Automation company draws attention to the value of automation

18th July 2008 As part of an overall drive to assist industry in improving plant performance through the effective use and implementation of intelligent plant automation solutions, diversified engineering company Siemens Automation and Drives, a division of Siemens, has completed its nationwide series of plant... 

Mechanical power transmission company meets power utility’s directives

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th July 2008 Mechanical power transmission focused company, Hansen Transmissions, has overcome stringent heat requirement tests that was imposed on the company’s drives by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Engineering company introduces new decoupling arrangement

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th July 2008 In May this year, engineering company Steinmeyer announced a new, cost effective decoupling arrangement for ball screw drives that enables the company's standard PMT 160 series stages to achieve breakthrough performance. 

Forty new additions to XYZ-axis range

18th July 2008 Diversified US Engineering company, Schaumburg, announced in June this year the immediate availability of 40 new additions to its line of XYZ-axis stages for machine builders and other designers of high-precision motion systems. 

Mechanical power transmission company increases product range

18th July 2008 Mechanical power transmission company WEG Electric Motors announced in June that the company has increased its product offering. 

Increased durability on BKK and BKR bridge modules

18th July 2008 Engineering company, Rexroth has expanded its extensive of linear modules with the new BKK and BKR Bridge Modules designed to run longer without intermediate support. 

Engineering company releases new hybrid linear actuator range

18th July 2008 Diversified US engineering company, Haydon Switch and Instrument, has introduced its 28000 series, Size 11, double stack non captive hybrid linear actuator, The latest addition to its continuously growing hybrid motor line, onto the US market. 

International company wins $90-million South African contract

23rd May 2008 Power and automation technology group, ABB, has won a contract to upgrade control systems and instrumentation at the Matla power station in Mpumalanga. 

Diversified engineering company offers modular energy saving solutions

23rd May 2008 Rising energy costs and diminishing natural resources are prompting companies to review the energy efficiency of their systems as well as the amount of follow-up costs involved in converting to energy efficient drives during the later stages of a project reports diversified electrical engineering... 

Motor control centre improves production facility output

23rd May 2008 Through its newly installed motor control centres (MCCs) the Siemens industry automation division, a division of the Siemens Group, has expanded its Sivacon S8 product spectrum of low-voltage switchgear for industrial applications and for the high-end current range of up to 7 000 A. 

Engineering company extends product range

23rd May 2008 Diversified engineering company Bearing Man's industrial electric and gear motors division, Power Drives, has extended its range of Fenner Motoline electric motors to include new high efficiency motors. 

Industrial sector shows increased interest in PLC training

23rd May 2008 Increased interest in the programmable logic controller training courses that are held by diversified electrical company Möeller Electric has prompted the company to increase the frequency of the courses being affected. 

In-house artisan training expands to alleviate industry skills need

23rd May 2008 Diversified electrical engineering company, Zest Drives, has focused its attention on artisan training in an attempt to lessen the effect that the country’s skills crisis has had on the company. 

Capacity expansion includes R11-million motor control centre project

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd May 2008 Diversified electrical engineering company, CHI Control Engineered Solutions, part of the Alstom Low Voltage Group, has installed a number of motor control centres for the world’s largest metals producer, ArcelorMittal. 

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