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Bearings and Bushes

Hub relocation allows for increased stock-carrying capacity

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th November 2023 To better serve customers, national industrial supplies specialist Bearings 2000 relocated its Durban hub in September from Umbilo to a larger, more strategically positioned premises in Riverhorse Valley, both in KwaZulu-Natal. The new location is more central, making the hub more accessible to... 

Superlube vanes address concrete vibrator wear

10th November 2023 Wear parts and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings supplied test vanes to a concrete vibrator manufacturer having difficulties with the vanes installed in its vibrators. The manufacturer originally had a pneumatic vibrator design that was attached to moulds. The proprietary design used vanes... 

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VESCONITE SUPERLUBE Vesconite Superlube vanes have shown negligible wear in in-house testing and in-field trials on concrete vibrators

Bearings manufacturer discusses technical paper at US conference

10th November 2023 Bearing selection plays a critical role in vertical turbine pump (VTP) performance, but application, medium and bearing material should also be considered during pump manufacturing or refurbishment, according to polymer bearings pioneer Thordon Bearings. “The selection of the most appropriate... 

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OFFERINGS Thordon’s SXL, Composite, ThorPlas-Blue and ThorPlas-White pump bearings

Predictive maintenance part of total service

10th November 2023 The introduction of a structured maintenance management programme, which can be implemented in-house, or partially outsourced to a professional organisation, is critical to maximising production efficiencies, says industrial products supplier BMG specialists, noting that the effects of friction... 

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WIDE RANGE The BMG Bearings Division offers a comprehensive range of bearings throughout Southern Africa, including ball, roller and linear bearings – ranging in size from miniature to extremely large units

Specialist recommends bearings for extreme conditions

11th November 2022 Industrial equipment supplier BMG specialists recommend HKT split cylindrical roller bearings for dependable use in extreme conditions, including applications above ground, underground and in underwater environments. BMG’s high-performance HKT split cylindrical roller bearings – which have been... 

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RECOMMENDED BMG specialists recommend HKT split cylindrical roller bearings for dependable use in extreme conditions

Counterfeit bearings prominent in local industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th November 2022 The use of counterfeit bearings has become increasingly prevalent in the local bearings industry, which can increase downtime, create consequential damage and reduce life span and safety, says bearings and power transmission supplier Bearings International (BI) product manager Andrew Altree.... 

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COC BI became the exclusive distributor of all COC products in South Africa and the wider sub-Saharan Africa in September

Bearings company completes acquisition

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th November 2022 National industrial supplies specialist Bearings 2000 has acquired bearings and power transmission supplier MCL Engineering Products – based in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. The acquisition, which was completed in July, will expand Bearings 2000’s reach in the Eastern Cape. 

An image depicting MCL’s Rodney Mclagen and Bearings 2000’s Ross Trevelyan shaking hands
ACQUISITION: SUCCESSFUL MCL’s Rodney Mclagen and Bearings 2000’s Ross Trevelyan

Range now includes Rexnord RN series

5th November 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s bearings portfolio, which spans precision miniature bearings to giant bearings for steel and mining applications, has been enriched with the addition of the new RN series, launched recently by leading global bearing manufacturer Rexnord. “What’s impressive... 

An image of the Rexnord RN roller bearing
NEW RANGE The new Rexnord RN series metric roller bearings have specially-designed seals reduce contamination and offer extended bearing life

Vibrac Precision Test Systems

5th November 2021 For over 60 years Vibrac has designed and manufactured a broad range of automated and manual precision torque testing systems, cap torque testing systems, and device  torque testing systems. Existing clients include NASA, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Boeing, NGK, Pfizer, GSK and many more.  Bearing inspector  

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Updated precision bearings testing system available

5th November 2021 Precision testing expert Vibrac notes that its Bearing Inspector Model 3100 Series – an update of BRG-3000 –  is available. Vibrac  explains that Bearing Inspector Model 3100 bench top system is used to measure torque of anti-friction bearings and bearing assemblies. This is crucial, as the... 

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BEARINGS INSPECTOR 3100 The system identifies bearing problems such as contamination, pitted raceways, and a variety of structural defects

Advanced plastics enhance equipment life

5th November 2021 Technologically advanced materials have revolutionised many applications in the industrial environment with engineered plastics able to outperform and outlast steel in heavy-duty applications such as bearings, bushes and protective housings. They have also enabled modern manufacturers to develop... 

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BEARINGS EVOLUTION The world is moving from metal greased bearings to maintenance-free polymer linear bearings

Shift in strategy to maximise offering

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearings manufacturer and distributor SKF held a virtual webinar last month to discuss the company’s three-pronged strategy shift to better meet client requirements.  “The strategy has encouraged every part of the company to rethink the way it works, especially SKF’s core research and development... 

LEARNING CURVE
The ability to re-look at the company's research and development strategy has been important to SKF during the Covid-19 pandemic
LEARNING CURVE The ability to re-look at the company's research and development strategy has been important to SKF during the Covid-19 pandemic

New bearing brand well received

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) says the range from bearing manufacturer Craft Bearings has drawn a positive response across different sectors, with notable successes in the food and beverage, agriculture and mining sectors. “BI was granted the status of exclusive... 

COMPREHENSIVELY CRAFTY 
The comprehensive range of Craft Bearings is now being distributed in South African and it's neighbouring countries
COMPREHENSIVELY CRAFTY The comprehensive range of Craft Bearings is now being distributed in South African and it's neighbouring countries

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

SURE SOLUTION
The Garlock sealing solutions offered by BMG have proven effective in many environments
SURE SOLUTION The Garlock sealing solutions offered by BMG have proven effective in many environments

Bearing mounting app simplifies installation

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor SKF has developed a new mobile application (app) that simplifies the task of mounting and replacing bearings. SKF’s Bearing Assist app, developed together with customers, provides detailed mounting instructions for a comprehensive range of SKF bearings. 

Fibre-optic tech monitors bearing parameters

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor SKF says its fibre-optic sensing technology used in its bearings to capture their working parameters, is “a world first”. The technology provides instant access to a variety of bearings data, including axial versus radial loads, polar lots of the bearing´s... 

FULLY LOADED
The fibre-optic load-sensing bearings developed by SKF gather data such as load and stress on pumps and compressors at a distance
FULLY LOADED The fibre-optic load-sensing bearings developed by SKF gather data such as load and stress on pumps and compressors at a distance

Bearings supplier awarded distributorship  

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor ISO Bearings South Africa has launched a substantial marketing drive to announce its being a distributor of bearing manufacturer FYH Bearings in Southern and South Africa. ISO Bearings GM Bennie van Niekerk tells Engineering News that the new brand was... 

BALLSY UNIT
The FYH brand of ball bearing and spherical bearing units conforms to required standards for the South African bearing market
ISO Bearings GM Bennie van Niekerk discusses the company’s becoming a distributor of the FYH brand of bearings in South Africa. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company adds new compact slewing ring bearings to its range

8th November 2019 Electric utility company igus offers lubrication-free slewing ring bearings from the polymer slewing ring bearings PRT-04 range, which saves 60% weight and 50% space, while performing fast rotary movements in a small space. These are often the special requirements for slewing ring bearings in... 

Company’s bearings range caters for various industries

8th November 2019 Equipment and components manufacturer BMG’s range of bearings extends from precision miniature bearings used in machine tools and electronics applications to giant size bearings that meet the demands of the steel and mining industries. The company, which has grown from a single bearings outlet to... 

Distributorship secured for international bearing housing brand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th November 2019 As part of its efforts to secure distributorships with international brands to boost its product portfolio, bearings supplier and distributor Bearings International (BI) expects the first stock from India-based bearing housing manufacturer Masta Group to arrive by the end of this year. BI signed... 

New portable bearing heating solution for sub-Saharan Africa

8th November 2019 The new portable induction heater TWIM 15 from bearings and rotation specialist SKF uses medium-frequency technology to heat up roller bearings and other ring-shaped, metallic components. 

Vast product offering caters to various industries

8th November 2019 Bearings supplier and distributor Bearings International’s (BI’s) Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools, and power transmission products for a range of industries. These include food and beverage, cement and quarries, pulp and paper, port... 

Alignment With Laser and Thordon Bearings Inc.

8th November 2019 Canadian-based Thordon Bearings Inc. is the leading manufacturer of seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings, grease-free rudder bearings, deck equipment bearings, shaft coatings and shaft seals for the global marine market.  Fitted to over 2 000 ships, Thordon seawater lubricated propeller... 

Alignment With Laser and Thordon Bearings Inc.

Bearings mitigate health concerns in F&B industry

By: Paige Müller     9th November 2018 Amid stringent health and hygiene standards in South Africa’s food and beverage industry, bearings and power transmission products distributor, Bearings International (BI), offers the industry a bearing solution that will ensure the highest health and hygiene standards in food processing plants.... 

HIGH-PRESSURE READY 
All KML bearings housing units have smooth surfaces that can be cleaned easily with high-pressure washing equipment
HIGH-PRESSURE READY All KML bearings housing units have smooth surfaces that can be cleaned easily with high-pressure washing equipment

Sealing solution prevents shaft damage

By: Paige Müller     9th November 2018 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings (OEB) has developed and patented a new sealing solution to prevent costly shaft damage in the event of bearing failure. OEB founder and MD Warwick Steinhobel tells Engineering News that the company first undertook the development of the new sealing... 

INDUSTRY CONCERN 
OE Bearings has identified that shaft damage caused by undetected bearing failure is costly
INDUSTRY CONCERN OE Bearings has identified that shaft damage caused by undetected bearing failure is costly

Supplier expands into agriculture sector

By: Paige Müller     9th November 2018 Amid increased demand for wholesale bearing solutions in the agriculture sector, Boksburg-based wholesale bearing supplier ISO Bearings is actively looking to increase its supply into the sector. “ISO Bearings has noted potential for growth in the agriculture sector. As a result, the company has... 

INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE
ISO Bearings has been investing in the supply of internationally sourced price-competitive bearing solutions for agriculture since 2016
INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE ISO Bearings has been investing in the supply of internationally sourced price-competitive bearing solutions for agriculture since 2016

SKF South Africa

9th November 2018 The SKF brand has been synonymous with world-class quality for over a century and SKF South Africa, as a specialist in bearings and rotating equipment, offers 360° product and service solutions to southern African mining and industry.  Committed to nurturing long-term customer relationships, SKF... 

SKF South Africa

Vesconite Bearings

9th November 2018 Self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite Bearings will next month add three computer-numerically controlled lathes and machining centres to its machine shop. The new equipment includes a Mazak slant turn lathe with a C axis, a Gate ECL 550 gap bed lathe and a Haas HS-1... 

Vesconite Bearings

Bearings company recommends predictive maintenance

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 With predictive maintenance practices intended to help establish the condition of in-service equipment in order to predict when maintenance is required, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG operations manager Rouff Essop explains that predictive maintenance reduces downtime thus... 

Custom-designed bearing housing supplied to West African gold mine

10th November 2017 Bearing parts supplier SKF South Africa (SKF) has supplied a custom designed heavy-duty bearing housing assembly and two IMX-S conditioning monitoring systems for a 12 MW semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill currently operating on a gold mine in West Africa. “This is the first combination online... 

BEARINGS
The company has over 17 000 distributors located across the world
BEARINGS The company has over 17 000 distributors located across the world

International distributor adds bearings to selection

10th November 2017 Last month, international components distributor RS Components, which acts as the trading brand for parts distributor Electrocomponents plc, announced that a significant expansion to its portfolio of available power transmission application had been completed. The company has added components... 

NEW COMPONENTS
The company has added bearings from Schaeffler and Timken to its available selection
NEW COMPONENTS The company has added bearings from Schaeffler and Timken to its available selection

Local bearings company experiences growth in food production sector

10th November 2017 Local bearings distributor Bearings International (BI) has experienced rapid growth in the food production industry. The company says food production security is important, especially given how harsh and dynamic an environment the South African agricultural industry operates in at present.... 

Supplier celebrates 25 years’ service excellence

10th November 2017 This year, bearing and power transmission products supplier Bearings 2000 is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Throughout this time, the company has become the largest independent, authorised distributor of FAG and INA branded bearings from the German bearings manufacturer Schaeffler Group . 

ISO Bearings

10th November 2017 Boksburg-based bearings supplier ISO Bearings is the South African importer and distributor of the ISO and LYC bearings brands and ancillary equipment. The company’s product portfolio offers solutions for the mining, agriculture, general engineering, earthmoving, food processing,  railways and... 

ISO Bearings

Industrial supplier receives authorisation

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings 2000 has been appointed as an ABB authorized value provider for Dodge mounted bearings, gearboxes and power transmission products. 

DODGE CERTIFIED DISTRIBUTOR
Bearings 2000 is an authorised value provider for Dodge bearings
Photo by Duane Daws
DODGE CERTIFIED DISTRIBUTOR Bearings 2000 is an authorised value provider for Dodge bearings

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

SALDANHA BUCKET WHEEL 
Three of the bucket wheels at Saldanha Bay have been fitted with new split roller bearings from OE Bearings
SALDANHA BUCKET WHEEL Three of the bucket wheels at Saldanha Bay have been fitted with new split roller bearings from OE Bearings

New power transmission range introduced

By: Nadine James     6th November 2015 Industrial supplies distributor Bearings 2000 will officially launch its new brand Synergy Power Transmission Components in South Africa in January 2016, says Bearings 2000 product manager for power transmission Marius Scheepers. Scheepers, who will head the division, advises that the Synergy... 

BEARINGS 2000 WAREHOUSE
The components distributor expects a profitable 2016, thanks mostly to its developing business relations in West and East Africa.
Photo by Duane Daws
BEARINGS 2000 WAREHOUSE The components distributor expects a profitable 2016, thanks mostly to its developing business relations in West and East Africa.

Auto components supplier displays rotary table bearing range at world expo

6th November 2015 Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler Group displayed its rotary table bearing range at the world exhibition for machine tools, Exposition Mondiale de La Machine Outil, or EMO 2015 expo, which took place in Milan from October 5 to 10. Schaeffler’s stand, which also featured angular... 

YRTC ROLLER BEARING
The Schaeffler showcased its extensive bearing range at EMO 2015
YRTC ROLLER BEARING The Schaeffler showcased its extensive bearing range at EMO 2015
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