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Hydraulics News

Battery-operated forklifts offer sustainability in warehousing

3rd November 2023 As the world looks towards a more sustainable future, more businesses are being guided by regulations to reduce carbon emissions. For example, in applications such as food storage and handling, businesses are recommended to use battery-powered units instead of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) units,... 

Increased demand for Hytec South Africa support amid skills shortage challenge, says new GM

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2023 Hydraulics specialist Hytec South Africa is helping its customers bridge the skills gap created by the decrease in availability of skilled individuals locally, with increased demand for the skills and knowledge offered by the company through its aftersales support,  says new Hytec South Africa GM... 

Hytec South Africa GM Freddie Kühn
Hytec South Africa GM Freddie Kühn

Hydraulic tools deliver accuracy in demanding applications

12th May 2023 Industrial equipment supplier BMG offers a range of solutions from bolted solutions specialist Nord-Lock including Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioning tools.  These can be used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt... 

An image of BMG’s Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioners
BOLTIGHT PERFORMANCE BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions ensure even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is critical

Moving into the future with ‘controlled pneumatics’

12th May 2023 Automation company Festo has further developed its compressed air technology to make its pneumatics sustainable, resource saving and energy efficient. While the production of tyres and wafers are seemingly very different, both products require the same technology, namely controlled pneumatics. 

An image of Festo's Piezo Valve intergration
PIEZO VALVE INTERGRATION New technology push the limits of pneumatics enabling simpler, faster and more efficient solutions

Efficiency, power meet in new hydraulic motors

12th May 2023 Industrial machinery manufacturer Hägglunds’ Quantum range of hydraulic motors is “going beyond established barriers”, with its combination of torque and speed paired with efficiency. “For direct drives in heavy-duty applications, it creates a powerful new reality,” says Hägglunds.   The... 

An image of Hägglunds’ Quantum range of hydraulic motors
HAGGLUNDS QUANTUM The hydraulic motors range combines torque and speed with efficiency for heavy-duty applications

Robust hose meets requirements for various applications

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th May 2023 Global hydraulic and industrial hose products manufacturer Alfagomma’s 740AA 85 bar high-pressure concrete pumping hose offers a range of benefits to customers and has been designed to suit their requirements across various industries. It was first introduced into the Southern African Development... 

This image shows the coiled 2 inch assembly with a 2 ½” and 4 inch Victaulic™ couplings
ROBUST DESIGN Alfagomma offer customers durability, lower weight, flexibility and high-pressure rating in its hose range

Manufacturers must increase export potential – export council 

By: Halima Frost     9th September 2022 Igniting investor relations and export potential, as well as increased investment in projects, are paramount to gaining traction when trying to reignite the economy post Covid-19, stresses South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) CEO Eric Bruggeman. He highlights the opportunities... 

A row of capital equipment, or construction equipment, including graders and diggers on a construction site with the sun rise in the background
South African Capital Equipment Export Council CEO Eric Bruggeman discusses the state of the sector

Manufacturer expands product portfolio

6th May 2022 Industrial engineered products and components manufacturer BMG’s range of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment has expanded its product portfolio to comprise a new portable self-locking cube jack system, that ensures safe and efficient lifting and lowering of heavy loads in many applications,... 

ENERPAC SCJ-50 CUBE JACK The compact incremental lifting and lowering system has an automated mechanical locking facility for higher efficiency, faster operation and greater safety than conventional climbing jacks with wooden cribbing
ENERPAC SCJ-50 CUBE JACK The compact incremental lifting and lowering system has an automated mechanical locking facility for higher efficiency, faster operation and greater safety than conventional climbing jacks with wooden cribbing

Market expected to be worth $22.2M by 2030

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The South African hydraulic gear pumps market is expected to be worth $22.2-million by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% over the next eight years, says market research and consulting company Future Market Insights (FMI), which recently published a report on the global... 

Servo-hydraulic tech reduces energy needs

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 As most machinery is manufactured overseas, there is not much local demand for servo-hydraulic technology, but “massive” energy savings can be achieved, says local industrial automation solutions provider Motion Tronic director Bradley Douglas. Motion Tronic is the South African representative of... 

ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year
ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer embarks on African roadshow

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 Precision hydraulic cylinder specialist Kappa Engineering aims to navigate the African business environment through a series of roadshows this year to showcase its expertise to key mining companies. With the company already having visited Botswana in February and Mozambique in March, plans are in... 

BIGGER AND BETTER
Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads
BIGGER AND BETTER Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads

Hydraulic pumps deliver flow, convenience and precision

26th November 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s range of portable hydraulic electric Enerpac E-pulse pumps is critical to all 700 bar – 10 000 psi operating hydraulic systems. These E-pulse pumps have intelligent auto-cycle functionality and an efficient power-to-weight ratio, to ensure dependable operation... 

The BMG Enerpac E-pulse pumps
SUPER POWER The lightweight E-pulse pumps are able to provide power to various 700 bar – 10 000 psi hydraulic cylinders, nut cutters and torque wrenches

Lubrication pump systems enhance hydraulic components

26th November 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps – the SF series – is used mainly on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry that make use of hydraulic systems. “SF heavy duty pumps, which offer pulsation-free pumping delivery,... 

the BMG SF heavy duty pump
POWER PUMP SF gear pumps are used as circulation pumps in oil lube systems, kidney systems and for transferring oils

Approval for marine applications gained

26th November 2021 Motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin has announced that its mechanical flange system for machines and plants with working pressures of up to 420 bar high performance flange system has gained DGUV approval for marine applications. The DGUV approval certifies the use of Parker’s... 

the Parker Hannifin Mechanical flange system
CERTIFIED The DGUV approval certifies the use of Parker’s high performance flange in hydraulic systems for injection moulding machinery

Pneumatic positioner lengthens service life

26th November 2021 The latest CMSH pneumatic positioner from automation technology company Festo boosts performance and lengthens service life. The easy-to-use positioner is also part of the latest Festo ‘heart of absolute automation’ campaign. Through this, Festo demonstrates how its products keep machines running... 

The Festo CMSH positioner
LONGEVITY CMSH pneumatic positioner from Festo boosts performance and lengthens service life

Specialty containers create easy access

30th July 2021 Niche market container product supplier Specialised Container Agencies (SCA) has developed SCA Intermodal Side Tipper Bins that ensure quick, safe and cost-efficient bulk handling in rail and road applications. “Robust Intermodal Side Tipper Bins have been designed for rapid and efficient... 

Railroad tipper bin standing upright
TIP IT OVER SCA’s Intermodal Side Tipper Bins increase payload on rail wagons from 54 t to 60 t

Tech integrated in maintenance services

By: Cameron Mackay     30th April 2021 Filtration services provider Perfect Filtration is incorporating intelligent software technology and services into its filtration and preventive maintenance measures for hydraulic equipment. Perfect Filtration technical director Melvin Schmidt explains that, initially, Perfect Filtration used a... 

INTELLIGENT MONITORING
Incorporating intelligent and services will assist a technician by providing in-depth information on a machine, in real-time, when a technician arrives on site
INTELLIGENT MONITORING Incorporating intelligent and services will assist a technician by providing in-depth information on a machine, in real-time, when a technician arrives on site

Solutions for all sectors provided in KZN

30th April 2021 Equipment supplier BMG’s regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the province by providing engineering solutions – including hydraulics and pneumatics services – designed to optimise productivity for every customer. “The consolidation of BMG’s... 

VALVE SHUT-OFF SYSTEM
This emergency system is hydraulically operated in case of a power failure. The hydraulic system was designed and manufactured by the BMG team in KZN
VALVE SHUT-OFF SYSTEM This emergency system is hydraulically operated in case of a power failure. The hydraulic system was designed and manufactured by the BMG team in KZN

Internationally used products in demand and available locally

By: Cameron Mackay     30th April 2021 Two of motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin’s products have been used in overseas development projects this year and have received significant demand from the local market, for which they are available. Parker Hannifin accounts manager Kyle Cambridge notes that the company... 

HYBRID HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS
Parker notes that heavy-duty machines with demanding work cycles which cannot embrace full electrification need to be safer, more energy efficient and emit less fumes
HYBRID HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS Parker notes that heavy-duty machines with demanding work cycles which cannot embrace full electrification need to be safer, more energy efficient and emit less fumes

New proportioning system ideal for refineries

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2020 Fire-suppression systems developer FireDos launched the third generation (Gen III) of its foam proportioners for fire extinguishing systems globally at the end of last year. The technology has since been made available in South Africa through local partner and distributor DoseTech. The Gen III... 

A NEW GENERATION
The Gen III foam proportioner can handle all types of foam agents, even highly viscous, alcohol-resistant and fluorine-free foam agents
A NEW GENERATION The Gen III foam proportioner can handle all types of foam agents, even highly viscous, alcohol-resistant and fluorine-free foam agents

Hudaco unlikely to pay dividend as Covid-19 impacts businesses

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 Branded automotive, industrial and electronic consumable product importer and distributor Hudaco reports, that despite business disruptions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, its business remains in a sound financial position, with payments still being made to its creditors on negotiated... 

Company supports essential service providers amid lockdown

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG encourages companies operating during South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown and beyond not to neglect the condition monitoring of process valves. 

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY 
The Desponia butterfly valves, manufactured in Spain, are available with different lining materials for reliability and extended service life in diverse sectors
FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY The Desponia butterfly valves, manufactured in Spain, are available with different lining materials for reliability and extended service life in diverse sectors

Company eyes mining sector growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Hydraulic hoses and fluid components supplier Hydroscand South Africa (SA) is looking to increase its market share in the mining sector through partnering with initiatives in the local communities where the mines which it supplies are located. 

LARGE FOOTPRINT 
Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa
LARGE FOOTPRINT Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa

Components provider launches new hydraulic electric pumps

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Engineering components provider BMG has launched a new range of portable hydraulic electric Enerpac E-pulse pumps, which are critical to all 700 bar and 10 000 psi pound-force operating hydraulic systems. 

 ALWAYS ON POINT 
The E-Pulse pump range features a new interactive pendant that delivers visual and tactile feedback
ALWAYS ON POINT The E-Pulse pump range features a new interactive pendant that delivers visual and tactile feedback

KwaZulu-Natal vital for bearing distributor growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) has earmarked KwaZulu-Natal as a key growth area for its business going forward. 

POWERING ON
Bearings International’s Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools and power transmission products for several industries
POWERING ON Bearings International’s Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools and power transmission products for several industries

Excavation and loading fleet adds new machines

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Mining contractor WEGO Africa added another SANY SY500 excavator to its pre-existing fleet of four, in addition to acquiring two new SANY SY956 front-end loaders, at the end of last year. The new equipment was transported by road from Johannesburg, in Gauteng, to an iron-ore and manganese mine in... 

CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet
CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet

Hydraulic bolt tightening methods enhance accuracy

18th October 2019 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions now include Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioners, which are used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is critical. 

TIGHTLY PACKED 
Boltight tensioners are ideal in instances where bolt load accuracy is critical
TIGHTLY PACKED Boltight tensioners are ideal in instances where bolt load accuracy is critical

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer boosts factory optimisation

18th October 2019 Hydraulic cylinder specialist Hytec Engineering is the latest in the group to optimise its manufacturing and repairs operation. 

Product launched for cost-saving advancements

18th October 2019 Global leader in motion and control technologies Parker Hannifin has released its P2H input/output link (IO-Link) node, an addition to the company’s popular H Series ISO valve platform. Designed with IO-Link connectivity in mind, the P2H node provides a robust means of connecting H Series valves... 

NOTABLE ENHANCMENTS 
Parker enhances ISO valve portfolio with addition of P2H IO-Link node
NOTABLE ENHANCMENTS Parker enhances ISO valve portfolio with addition of P2H IO-Link node

Continuous position sensor leads to predictive maintenance methods

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th October 2019 The move towards Industry 4.0 by motion and control technology leader Parker Hannifin’s pneumatics division will allow for “outstanding” condition monitoring and maintenance strategies, says Parker Hannifin Motion Systems Group account manager Selina Naidoo. 

HIGH-TECH 
With Industry 4.0 and more sophisticated and smarter technologies, Parker has developed the P8S continuous position sensor series
HIGH-TECH With Industry 4.0 and more sophisticated and smarter technologies, Parker has developed the P8S continuous position sensor series

Positive outlook despite sector uncertainty

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th October 2019 Despite the instability in the mining sector, equipment and product sales are on the rise for hydraulic equipment and mechanical tool supplier Power Team South Africa (SA). 

UNTAPPED POWER 
Power Team SA is the South African distributor and subsidiary of US-based SPXFLOW Hydraulic Technologies
UNTAPPED POWER Power Team SA is the South African distributor and subsidiary of US-based SPXFLOW Hydraulic Technologies

First customer day at new location hosted

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch (HUBB), in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

TECH FORWARD
Bosch Rexroth is now more focused on technological innovation, such as the Internet of Things
TECH FORWARD Bosch Rexroth is now more focused on technological innovation, such as the Internet of Things

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

CENTRE OF ATTENTION
The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

SELINA NAIDOO

Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa

3rd May 2019 The well-established partnership between engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) and power management solutions provider Eaton Hydraulics has been enhanced with the accreditation of BMG’s Johannesburg head office facility - BMG World - as the exclusive Eaton... 

NICKY MULLER
The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme
NICKY MULLER The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES

The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

New packages can be installed with existing infrastructure

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Pneumatic vibrator and impactor supplier Vipro is providing complete new packages for pneumatic products, which can be installed with existing infrastructure. “These new packages can be installed independently of existing infrastructure in plants and assembly lines. This is done to ensure proper... 

AIR QUALITY ADJUSTMENTS

To mitigate air-quality challenges, Vipro supplies water traps, air lubricators and regulators, and compressors
AIR QUALITY ADJUSTMENTS To mitigate air-quality challenges, Vipro supplies water traps, air lubricators and regulators, and compressors
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