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Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydropower

More skilled experts needed in hydraulics sector

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 The hydraulics sector in South Africa could benefit from more highly skilled hydraulics experts, says hydraulics company Axiom Hydraulics GM Eugene Tondolo. “The hydraulics sector is unique in that it is small in terms of the pool of skilled professionals, but big in terms of value,” he explains. 

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar opened orders for its next generation Cat 6060 hydraulic mining shovel late last year, although none have been sold in Africa yet. Caterpillar hydraulic mining shovels senior product application specialist Dirk Tegtmeier explains that there are many... 

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance
BUCKET-LOAD OF IMPROVEMENTS The new Cat 6060 features updated engines, improved hydraulics, heavy-duty structures and undercarriage, Cat electronics and a state-of-the-art cab

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 With delays from Covid-19 taken into consideration, Mauritian hydropower provider Tembo Power CEO Raphael Khalifa expects construction on three hydropower projects and one solar photovoltaic project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to have started by July next year. These four... 

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year
Photo by Reuters
KEEPING ELECTRICITY FLOWING Tembo Power has nine hydropower projects under way in three African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Kenya

Bolting solutions include tensioning tools for mining applications

19th July 2019 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions now include hydraulic equipment supplier Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioning tools, which are used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is... 

Bolting solutions  include tensioning tools for mining applications
OPERATOR DIFFICULTIES Owing to friction, tightening a bolt with traditional torque methods can be difficult for the operator to achieve the correct bolt elongation

New wheel loader ensures flexible features

19th July 2019 Construction equipment provider Caterpillar’s new 920K Compact Wheel Loader’s new features allow operators to tailor machine performance to individual preferences for added operating efficiency, while a choice of auxiliary-hydraulic systems expand the use of work tools for added utility. With a... 

New wheel loader ensures flexible features
OPERATING WITH EASE With a net power rating of 74 kW, the loader shows product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability

Hydraulic telematics, tracking tech optimises equipment, jobsites

19th July 2019 Construction equipment supplier Doosan South Africa’s new advanced telematics and tracking technology, referred to as Doosan Connect, is designed to make equipment and jobsites more efficient, economic and convenient, says DISA Equipment Doosan South Africa MD Darrel Holton.   Doosan is part of... 

Hydraulic telematics, tracking tech optimises equipment, jobsites
OPTIMISED EXCAVATING The Doosan DX300LCA hydraulic excavator machines have advanced features for high productivity, improved operator comfort, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance requirements

Drill attachment provides opportunities in underground

By: Cameron Mackay     19th July 2019 Remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk, in collaboration with construction equipment supplier TEI Rock Drills, has introduced the new MMB326 hydraulic drifter rock drill attachment, which can be used for drilling and blasting applications in mining operations. Using this drill... 

Drill attachment provides opportunities in underground
EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION The MMB326 pairs with the Brokk 300 and allows for drilling multiple hole sizes of up to 3 inches in concrete, rock and compact soil

Hydraulics container one-stop shop for remote mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 With African mines often based in remote and desolate locations, it is beneficial to have on-site products and services, especially since mines have a high consumption rate of consumables.  

Hydraulics container one-stop shop for remote mines
COME FITTED Container start-up stock includes hose fittings and adaptors, crimping and cut-off machines, as well as a manual engraver, hose rack, hose-cleaning projectile kit and projectile stock, necessary tooling and a 2 m x 6 m bolt-on side canopy

Hydropowered drilling saves water – manufacturer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 The notion that hydro-powered equipment uses or wastes more water than compressed-air (pneumatic) drilling or electric drilling is a misconception, says hydro-powered equipment manufacturer Novatek MD Julian Wills.  

Hydropowered drilling saves water – manufacturer
USE TO SAVE Novatek’s hydropowered equipment uses water that is effectively recirculated for cooling or other uses

Company expands offering to include hydraulics test, measurement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 Amid a “recessive mining market”, industrial equipment and services provider Hydromine Projects & Marketing has expanded its offering by opening a test and measurement division that caters for valves in hydraulic systems.  

Company expands offering to include hydraulics test, measurement
AUTOMATION READINESS Hydromine Projects & Marketing has added test and measurement expertise, such as condition monitoring and equipment and installations on site, to its service offering

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th July 2018 Following Germiston-based investment company iSipho Capital Holdings’ acquisition of 90% of Boksburg-based hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer Anderson & Kerr Engineering in 2017, the hydraulic manufacturer will actively focus on client and market expansion to increase turnover, market footprint... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets
SIPHO MDANDA Anderson & Kerr Engineering is working towards becoming a world class manufacturer

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times

20th July 2018 Kempton Park-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Hytec Engineering, which is part of the Hytec Group, has enhanced its service offering this year by purchasing four additional computer numerical control (CNC) machines to increase quality improvements and lower cylinder downtime with the... 

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times
Photo by Creamer Media
REDUCING TURNAROUND Hytec Engineering is taking steps to reduce turnaround time for clients

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones

20th July 2018 Three of Swiss mining and construction manufacturer Liebherr Group’s hydraulic excavators have been provided to the mining industry for up to 18 years. The R 9100, R 996B and the R 9350 have been available for between five and 18 years. The current range of Liebherr Mining hydraulic excavators... 

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones
PROVIDING SOLUTIONS Liebherr Group has been providing excavator solutions to the mining industry for more than 18 years

Customised spillminator supplied to South African gold mine

By: Victor Moolman     17th November 2017 Engineering solutions and steel fabrication company Lani Service Centre, based in Sebenza, Johannesburg, has supplied a tailor-made spillminator equipped with vesconite bushings to a local gold mine for its underground conveyor and hopper system. “The bushings are self-lubricating, can withstand... 

Flexible couplings able to withstand extreme mining conditions

17th November 2017 Manufactured by global bearings manufacturer The Timken Company, parts distributor Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Quick-Flex couplings are able to withstand the most extreme mining conditions, including temperatures as high as 100 ˚C. The Timken Quick-Flex couplings, which require minimal... 

Flexible couplings able  to withstand extreme  mining conditions
FLEXIBLE APPLICATION The Quick-Flex coupling’s design makes it suitable for high-speed, low-torque, excessive-vibration drives, to a low-speed, high-torque applications

Low-pressure hydraulic valve to offer adaptability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects will take its latest in-development low pressure, pressure-reducing valve to market within the next two months, after ironing out the last issues during a recent trial period at a deep-level gold mine in Klerksdorp, in the North West. The design of the... 

Low-pressure  hydraulic valve  to offer adaptability
ALLEVIATING PRESSURE Hydromine Projects’ stainless steel pressure reducing stations maintain downstream pressures at a pipeline installation in Australia

Proper hose assemblies improve hydraulic safety and life span

21st July 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG urges that care be taken when selecting, installing and maintaining high-quality components in any hydraulic system because hose assemblies can be highly dangerous if misapplied and if inadequate attention is given to maintenance of the hose and related equipment.  

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Hydraulic solutions supplier Turnkey Hydraulics will in the fourth quarter launch German control technologies manufacturer Bucher’s Hydraulic Design Series-24 (HDS-24) flow-sharing directional valves.  

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications
LESS IS MORE The HDS-24 operates at 130 l/min and is a smaller version of Bucher’s widely used HDS-34 valve bank, which operates at 180 l/min

Hydropower – what the industry needs now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 The contraction in the South African mining industry has resulted in many projects and expansions stalling in recent years, with mines having closed or scaled back on capital and operational expenditure.  

Hydropower – what the  industry needs now
HOLY WATER Existing hydropower technology can deliver significant increases in productivity, reduced operational and maintenance costs, and up to 80% less energy consumption than pneumatic drills

Distributor fills void in pneumatics product range

11th November 2016 Mechanical, tools and industrial product distributor RS Components (RS) is addressing the gap in its pneumatics offering and enhancing its service to engineers by partnering with pneumatic and electrical automation technology solutions provider Festo. Products from Festo will be integrated into... 

Distributor fills void in pneumatics product range
ADDRESSING THE GAP Festo Europe region senior VP Gian Paolo Arosio and Electrocomponents head of category A&C Kevin Shield have signed an agreement to will expand the pneumatics products range supplied by RS Components

Multimillion-rand investment furthers aim of industrial market growth

By: Sascha Solomons     11th November 2016 The growing strength of GUD Holdings-owned lubricant company Indy Oil’s brand and reputation among its customer base, which includes members of the mining industry, has led to a multimillion-rand investment in a blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. GUD Holdings is a manufacturer of... 

Multimillion-rand investment furthers aim of industrial market growth
NDY OIL BLENDING PLANT KwaZulu-Natal facility has as a bulk-storage capacity one-million litres for base oils and additives

Cone crusher equipped with fail-safe hydraulics

11th November 2016 The high-performance cone crusher from US bulk materials processing and handling systems manufacturer and supplier Superior Industries, is the manufacturer’s first entry into crushing technologies for bulk processing applications. The company highlights that besides a strong commitment to service... 

Cone crusher equipped with fail-safe hydraulics
RUGGED PATRIOT The cone crusher is equipped with fail-safe hydraulics to defend the unit against damaging mechanical overload

Digital manometer ‘indispensable tool’ for pneumatic, hydraulic systems

11th November 2016 Swiss pressure sensing specialist Keller’s first generation of high-resolution digital manometers, the LEO 5, is available from South African distributor of process control and instrumentation equipment Instrotech. With high resolution for accurate measurement, pressure peak analysis and... 

Digital manometer ‘indispensable tool’ for pneumatic, hydraulic systems
LEO 5 DIGITAL MANOMETER The manometers' peak analysis mode samples and records pressure at a rate of 5kHz with 16-bit resolution

Company promotes Italian pneumatic vibrator range

By: Sascha Solomons     11th November 2016 A comprehensive range of electric and pneumatic internal and external vibrators suitable for ore screening and processing applications is now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Bearings International (BI). BI has been a supplier of vibrator motors since 2012. 

Company promotes Italian pneumatic vibrator range
LEWIS HIEPNER Motors’ high-quality bearings and an efficient grease-retaining system ensure long-lasting performance and a low noise level during operation

Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability 

By: Sascha Solomons     11th November 2016 With no drastic changes over the last 100 years in the design of the pneumatic cylinders specified by the mining industry, these components are easily replaceable, thereby preventing costly production stoppages at mines, explains Africa-focused branded parts manufacturer and distributor Torre... 

Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability
Torre Parts & Components product manager Eugene Van Der Lith discusses the demand for pneumatic systems in the mining industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution

15th July 2016 A new tunnelling jumbo, the DT912D, has been added to the range of products offered by breaking, drilling, crushing tools and equipment provider Sandvik Construction and is equipped with the company’s RD525 hydraulic rock drill, or optionally the RD520.  

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution
PERFORMANCE BOOST The DT912Da tunnelling jumbo RD525 hydraulic rock drill, which offers 'superior drilling performance' with high lifetime

Crusher upgrades to increase productivity

15th July 2016 Mine and industrial services provider Metso has introduced a new generation of crusher upgrades for its heritage branded crusher models that aim to increase productivity by up to 30%, with the complete range having been specifically designed for the mining market.  

Crusher upgrades to  increase productivity
MAINTENANCE MADE EASIER Maintenance can be reduced through the improved lifetime of components, more reliable crushing and easier maintenance procedures

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place

By: Sebastian Whyle     15th July 2016 The uptake of pneumatic tools at mine sites has slowed, owing to new mining technology and techniques, equipment provider Borwa Mining Instruments MD Lebogang Matlou tells Mining Weekly.  

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place
RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS Mining companies are cleaning house, looking for genuine, nonfronting and reliable black-youth-owned mining suppliers

General Pneumatic Natal

15th July 2016 General Pneumatics Natal has grown to become one of the major players in the industrial pneumatic supply market since being established in Kempton Park, Gauteng, in 1978, originally named General Pneumatics. The company’s original product range consisted of quick couplers for the pneumatic... 

General Pneumatic Natal

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Recent electronic advancements have made variable inductance position sensors, known as linear variable inductance transducers (LVITs) more cost effective for mainstream in-cylinder applications, says specialised sensor manufacturer Alliance Sensors Group, a division of HG Schaevitz LLC (ASG).... 

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders
LVIT The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders

Pneumatic components distributor introduces new air-filtration series

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Local hydraulic and pneumatic components distributor Hydramatics Control Equipment extended its air-treatment range last month by adding the Camozzi MD series of compressed air filters, developed and manufactured in Italy, to its product offering. Hydramatics sales manager Vaughan Chapman boasts... 

Pneumatic components distributor introduces  new air-filtration series
CAMOZZI MD SERIES The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications
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