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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

Compressor motors undergo rapid overhaul

26th January 2024 Electromechanical equipment manufacturer and ACTOM division Marthinusen & Coutts Zambia (M&C Zambia) noted, in a press release last month, that a smelter based in the Copperbelt had requested that it  provide an in-country repair solution on the smelter’s two critical 4.5 MW compressor motors,... 

Firm hails efficiency plan’s stance on electric motors

26th January 2024 Plan to apply the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for low-voltage electric motors in South Africa have been hailed by solutions provider WEG Africa as an exciting step toward energy efficiency and a lower carbon future for the industry. The Department of Trade, Industry and... 

New couplings perform under rigorous demands

26th January 2024 Engineering products and services provider BMG offers an extensive range of power transmission components that encompass robust products – from leading components manufacturer Regal Rexnord – that will perform efficiently under rigorous demands in a variety of applications. Equipment... 

Delba Electrical’s large machine division offers expert medium and high voltage rotating machine repairs and rewinding

26th January 2024 Rotating machines repairer Delba Electrical stands at the forefront of innovation in the field of electrical rotating machine repairs, boasting a cutting-edge facility specifically designed for the repair and maintenance of medium and high voltage rotating machines, including DC machines,... 

Delba Electrical

Energy efficient solutions for loadshedding

26th January 2024 South Africa’s electricity problems have left the country without power for many hours a day, causing grave difficulties for businesses and households, notes power generation and electromechanical power transmission product supplier Vert Energy. “The inability of the country’s primary electricity... 

Centre to enhance Optidrive knowledge

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2023 Germiston-based variable frequency drives (VFD) distributor iTek Drives last month inaugurated a training centre aimed at transferring and enhancing knowledge related to Optidrive product installation, programming and repair. The centre has started introductory product knowledge training, but the... 

OPTIDRIVE FAMILY
iTek Drives offers Optidrive products at prices up to 25% lower than competitors
OPTIDRIVE FAMILY iTek Drives offers Optidrive products at prices up to 25% lower than competitors

Company expands market share

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2023 Industrial products supplier Bearings International is expanding its market share in South Africa’s electric motor industry through its continued commitment to providing reliable, energy efficient motor solutions. “Bearings International continuously engages with its global supplier to ensure... 

ALPHA MOTORS
Alpha Motors, a Bearings International brand, is manufactured by TechTop
ALPHA MOTORS Alpha Motors, a Bearings International brand, is manufactured by TechTop

Company revolutionises IIoT, predictive maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2023 Unplanned downtime is a major challenge for companies active in manufacturing, as it not only leads to lost productivity and revenue but can also result in additional costs, owing to emergency maintenance and repairs. However, with advancements in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology,... 

CONNECTIVITY & INSIGHTS
SEW-EURODRIVE’s Smart App connects the user to the data gathered and the insights that follow
CONNECTIVITY & INSIGHTS SEW-EURODRIVE’s Smart App connects the user to the data gathered and the insights that follow

TCO contracts reduce costs, boost efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2023 The latest National Energy Regulator of South Africa- (Nersa-) approved price increase of 18.55% means that the cost of electricity is now 63.08% more expensive than in April 2019, says motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG strategic sales manager Herman Lues. He explains that since the energy... 

ALWAYS AVAILABLE
The WEG IE4 and IE1 motors available in stock to service customers
ALWAYS AVAILABLE The WEG IE4 and IE1 motors available in stock to service customers

Impact of load on miniaturised motor selection highlighted

2nd June 2023 When selecting a miniature motor, understanding the different loads acting on the motor is key to achieving the best design. Therefore, understanding the torque load is essential to define the necessary motor power, while understanding radial and axial loads is required to achieve optimal... 

MINIATURE MOTOR
When selecting a miniature motor, understanding the different loads acting on the motor is key to achieving the best design
MINIATURE MOTOR When selecting a miniature motor, understanding the different loads acting on the motor is key to achieving the best design

AM adapter gets an upgrade

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2023 Automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE has introduced its AMS adapter, an upgrade of the company’s well-known AM adapter, into the South African market. The AMS adapter, which enables SEW-EURODRIVE’s IEC motor to be integrated with an SEW-EURODRIVE gearbox, is now more compact, boasts longer bearing... 

New drives added to extensive portfolio

By: Halima Frost     27th January 2023 Advanced engineering manufacturer Danfoss has successfully added its IC2 and IC7 drives, released in the final quarter of last year, to its existing VLT and VACON range of drives. The drives will be manufactured in China, Finland, Denmark and the US, depending on the configuration of the product,... 

A man wearing a  blue overall with the BMG logo on servicing a Danfoss drive
PROUD PARTNER BMG is a proud distributor of the extensive range of Danfoss drives

Coils and poles manufactured for client in Cameroon

By: Halima Frost     27th January 2023 Electric motor repair service provider Marthinusen & Coutts finalised the manufacture and delivery of four new replacement field coils and poles for a 25 MVA 36-pole generator at a hydroelectric power station in Cameroon. Finalised in September, the order, booked in June, for hydropower project... 

A man wearing PPE at the Marthinusen & Coutts manufacturing plant where they are manufacturing copper coils for many different industries
POLE POSITION Marthinusen & Coutts was tasked with the challenge of reverse engineering the poles and coils for a hydroelectric power station in Cameroon

New brake series available in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Halima Frost     27th January 2023 The new MV industrial brake series from power transmission component manufacturer and distributor RINGSPANN South Africa has an innovative locking mechanism and applies clamping forces of up to 25 000 N to the disc. The MV series offers higher braking forces with compact dimensions, as well as... 

A drive braking system manufactured by local cmpany Ringspann
UNBRAKEABLE The new MV series manufactured by RINGSPANN offers higher braking forces with compact dimensions

Mobility solutions highlighted at global event

27th January 2023 Global technical equipment, drive and braking systems manufacturer Voith presented its solutions for the mobility shift in commercial vehicles at the IAA Transportation Expo held in Hannover, Germany, from September 20 to 25 last year. The solutions include Voith Electrical Drive System (VEDS),... 

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.  

Image of Nord’s maintenance system
PREDICTIVE SOLUTIONS The intelligent PLC in Nord drive technology forms the basis for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

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
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