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Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydropower

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.  

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).... 

LVIT
The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in 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... 

CAMOZZI MD SERIES
The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications
CAMOZZI MD SERIES The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

13th November 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK
Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws
16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws

Hydraulic solutions provider opens cylinder repair facility

13th November 2015 Local hydraulic solutions provider Genflex Hydraulics opened a hydraulic cylinder repair division at its factory in Alrode South, in Alberton earlier this year. Previously located in Pretoria, the company decided to relocate its repair division to larger premises owing to an increase in demand... 

DAVID MICHELLE Genflex Hydraulics' director has appointed Hein Ras to oversee its repair division
DAVID MICHELLE Genflex Hydraulics' director has appointed Hein Ras to oversee its repair division

Southern Africa mining market familiarised with hydraulic light tower

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 United Sales & Service (USS), an authorised distributor of Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment (CP), says it has successfully familiarised the Southern Africa mining market with its CLPT-H5 hydraulic light tower.  CP business development manager Jacques van der Westhuizen says the CLPT-H5,... 

CPLT-H5 LIGHT TOWER
The light tower has extended operating hours at several mines, including a Zambian copper mine
CPLT-H5 LIGHT TOWER The light tower has extended operating hours at several mines, including a Zambian copper mine

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve

13th November 2015 Power management company Eaton last month announced the launch of its CLS sectional mobile valve. The CLS provides patented load sense bleed off, pre- and post-compensated load sense relief on each section, and a highly modular design with one of the smallest envelopes in the industry. 

CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE
Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety
CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety

Hydropower can effect 90% reduction in drilling energy

By: Bruce Montiea     17th July 2015 Hydropowered rock drills can reduce the drilling energy requirement of a mine by up to 90% compared to pneumatic systems, as they operate at more than twice the penetration rate of air drills. In addition, as hydropower is more energy-efficient, it also reduces the number of drillers in a working... 

PRECISE
Hydropowered drilling can achieve improved advance rates  through more accurate drilling
PRECISE Hydropowered drilling can achieve improved advance rates through more accurate drilling

Company introduces new mining service vehicle

17th July 2015 Fluid transfer solutions and on-site repairs provider Pirtek Northern Cape has introduced the first dedicated Pirtek mining service vehicle to the South African market.  The new vehicle complements the current fleet of Pirtek mobile service vehicles in the Northern Cape operating from Kathu,... 

24/7 SERVICE
The new Pirtek mining service vehicle complements the current fleet of mobile service vehicles in the Northern Cape operating from Kathu, Postmasburg and Upington
24/7 SERVICE The new Pirtek mining service vehicle complements the current fleet of mobile service vehicles in the Northern Cape operating from Kathu, Postmasburg and Upington

Japanese pneumatics expert establishes local subsidiary

17th July 2015 In a quest to expand its global operations, Tokyo-based pneumatics and industrial automation component technology company SMC Corporation Japan in March established a new subsidiary in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company says the creation of SMC Pneumatics South Africa will grant companies in... 

EXPANDING
The creation of SMC Pneumatics South Africa will enable companies in South Africa and neighbouring countries to have easier access to SMC Corporation Japan’s products and technologies
EXPANDING The creation of SMC Pneumatics South Africa will enable companies in South Africa and neighbouring countries to have easier access to SMC Corporation Japan’s products and technologies

Inspection products reduce fluid-injection injuries

By: Bruce Montiea     17th July 2015 In response to the unacceptable number of fluid-injection injuries in the global mining industry, US-based ultraviolet equipment and fluorescent materials manufacturer Spectronics Corporation will intensify its efforts to make its FluidSafe and SafetyBlu products widely available. Spectronics... 

ENHANCING SAFETY
The SafetyBlu light kit comprises smart alternating current and direct current chargers, yellow fluorescence-enhancing glasses and a belt holster, with all components packed in a padded carrying case
ENHANCING SAFETY The SafetyBlu light kit comprises smart alternating current and direct current chargers, yellow fluorescence-enhancing glasses and a belt holster, with all components packed in a padded carrying case

Electrohydraulic system enables control of multiple wells through single cable

17th July 2015 Cables and cabling systems company Nexans, in May, launched its next generation electro-hydraulic SUTA-FLEX subsea umbilical termination assembly system, which enables the control of multiple wells through a single umbilical cable. The solution, launched at the Offshore Technology Conference... 

OIL AND GAS PROJECT EXECUTION
Nexans’s subsea umbilical termination assembly enables multiple wells to be controlled by a single umbilical through connecting a number of subsea control modules
Photo by Bloomberg
OIL AND GAS PROJECT EXECUTION Nexans’s subsea umbilical termination assembly enables multiple wells to be controlled by a single umbilical through connecting a number of subsea control modules

DHT Dynamic Horizon Trading

17th July 2015 Established in February this year, DHT Dynamic Horizon Trading offers services in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering, project management, industrial supplies, and labour hiring to clients in the engineering industries, as well as to government institutions. The company’s services... 

DHT Dynamic  Horizon Trading

Process reliability of hydraulic connection technology crucial

17th July 2015 The process reliability of hydraulic connection technology is crucial for the effective and economical operation of modern working machinery, says hydraulic coupling technology provider VOSS Fluid. To ensure that systems, which are subject to permanent stress, such as large excavators in mining,... 

TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED
VOSS Fluid uses its in-house, sustainable zinc-nickel base coating for all tube couplings
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED VOSS Fluid uses its in-house, sustainable zinc-nickel base coating for all tube couplings

Company launches newly engineered hydraulic solutions

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th November 2014 Power management company Eaton Hydraulics launched two new ranges of engineered hydraulic solutions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition in September – the Eaton Airflex WCBD3 and WCSB3 water-cooled third-generation brake systems and the Hydre-MAC piston motor.  Eaton GM Emil Berning... 

AIRFLEX WATER-COOLED BRAKE The brake system allows for faster drilling and enables operator to downsize brake equipment
AIRFLEX WATER-COOLED BRAKE The brake system allows for faster drilling and enables operator to downsize brake equipment

Hydraulics safety course a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th November 2014 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) says that its safety training foundation course that focuses on the safety aspect of hydraulics, which was added to Safpa’s existing training programme four year ago, is being well received by stakeholders that use hydraulics components. Safpa... 

Local company launches pneumatic industrial blast cleaning machine

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th November 2014 Pretoria- and Durban-based dry ice blast cleaning services provider Dry Ice International launched during September, a fully pneumatic blast cleaning machine that uses dry ice pellets. Dry Ice International owner Deon Roux told Mining Weekly on the sidelines of the Electra Mining Africa... 

Market receptive to new hydraulic starter

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th November 2014 Johannesburg-based hydraulic starter motors manufacturer Powerworks’ pre-engaged hydraulic starter motor, which was certified as compliant to European directive Atmosphere Explosives’ (Atex’s) requirements in 2011, is being well received globally. Powerworks technical director Nick Ruberg tells... 

HYDRAULIC STARTER MOTOR
Powerworks believes its starter motor is the only one of its kind
HYDRAULIC STARTER MOTOR Powerworks believes its starter motor is the only one of its kind

Pneumatic equipment manufacturer to expand African presence

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th November 2014 In a bid to diversify its client base, local pneumatic lifting equipment manufacturer MME Manufacturing is aiming to expand its services into other African markets. MME Manufacturing project engineer Arnoul Spitsbaard tells Mining Weekly that this year’s five-month-long platinum sector strike... 

MINING HOISTS MME Manufacturing’s hoists are available in various control options, including toggle control, pilot pendant control and direct pendant control with lockout
MINING HOISTS MME Manufacturing’s hoists are available in various control options, including toggle control, pilot pendant control and direct pendant control with lockout

Company takes new hydraulic range to mine operations

By: Pimani Baloyi     18th July 2014 British high pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force has attended a series of roadshows to showcase some of its newly launched hydraulic solutions, as well as other mining-specific products, at various mining sites across Africa. These solutions include the HBR series of spring-eye bust... 

HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS Hi-Force’s HBR range of replacement toolkits offer 18 t of hydraulic power when operated at the maximum working pressure of 700 bar
HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS Hi-Force’s HBR range of replacement toolkits offer 18 t of hydraulic power when operated at the maximum working pressure of 700 bar

Pneumatics manufacturer to attend international expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     18th July 2014 Representatives from the local branch of German pneumatic solutions provider Airtec Pneumatic, including MD Michael Wendemuth and two other employees, will this year attend the yearly Motek specialist international trade fair for production, assembly and automation and mechatronic, which will... 

CUSTOMISED SOLUTIONS 
Airtec Pneumatic’s solutions lower costs and reduce the demands of technical coordination, giving clients time to focus on their core business
Photo by Bloomberg
CUSTOMISED SOLUTIONS Airtec Pneumatic’s solutions lower costs and reduce the demands of technical coordination, giving clients time to focus on their core business

Cost-saving hydraulic hose introduced onto local market

18th July 2014 Local hydraulics solutions provider Genflex Hydraulics has introduced the Spiral Guard range of hydraulic hose protection to its product portfolio for South Africa’s mining industry, and other industries that apply hydraulic solutions. The Spiral Guard is a lightweight  and cost-effective product... 

HYDRAULIC HOSE PROTECTION Spiral Guard is a lightweight and cost-effective product that protects hoses and cables from abrasion and impact
HYDRAULIC HOSE PROTECTION Spiral Guard is a lightweight and cost-effective product that protects hoses and cables from abrasion and impact

2014 PneuDrive Challenge focuses on green logistics

18th July 2014 Finalists for this year’s 2014 PneuDrive Challenge – a yearly competition sponsored by pneumatic solutions provider Pneumax Southern Africa and drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive – have until October 13 to work on their designs for this year’s competition, which is the challenge of... 

PNEUDRIVE 2013 Two Cape Peninsula University of Technology's students' granite waste proposal won the 2013 challenge which focused on greener mining
Photo by Bloomberg
PNEUDRIVE 2013 Two Cape Peninsula University of Technology's students' granite waste proposal won the 2013 challenge which focused on greener mining

Hydraulic hose tracking system developed at SA mines

By: Ilan Solomons     15th November 2013 The Eaton Trax web-based hydraulic hose tracking system is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2014, with the piloting of the system to be concluded in the first quarter of 2014 at one of mining major Anglo American’s mines, in South Africa, says diversified power management company... 

SA electro-hydraulic actuators used in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     15th November 2013 Since mid-2012, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment supplier Ernest Lowe has been providing a substantial number of its electro-hydraulic actuator (EHA) systems for numerous African mining projects in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Sierre Leone, reports design and project engineer Adam Brown. In June 2011,... 

New range of multipurpose hydraulic, heavy-duty material handlers, suitable for African mines 

By: Ilan Solomons     15th November 2013 Access equipment and telehandler supplier Eazi Sales & Service introduced a new range of Italian-manufactured, electronically controlled, hydrostatic transmission-powered Magni Telescopic Handlers to the African market at bauma Africa, in September and has since delivered several of these... 

Upgrade to mill relining machine completed locally

15th November 2013 Hydraulic engineering firm BMG Hydraulics reports that in October it completed the overhaul of an entire mill relining machine, including the mechanical elements and hydraulic system and components of the electrical system. BMG Hydraulics completed and commissioned the maintenance project in... 

Energy company’s lubricant used in biggest hydraulic press machine

15th November 2013 Chinese heavy industry company China National Erzhong Group in September completed development of its 800 meganewton (MN) closed-die hydraulic forging machine, which is larger than any other previously built, energy company Shell Lubricants reports. “Erzhong is working closely with Shell... 

Standardised offering assists mining customers

By: Ilan Solomons     15th November 2013 The introduction of the Aeroquip range to local hydraulic component supplier Rudman Hydraulics’ product offering in the past year has enabled the company to offer its mining customers a standardised high-quality hydraulics system. This standardised product offering can assist mines in increasing... 

Hydropower popularity on the rise  

By: Ilan Solomons     15th November 2013 Although local manufacturer of water-powered rock drills and drilling equipment Novatek has registered consistent hydropower equipment sales to long-standing customers, such as large and deep-level mines, the company has recorded steady growth over the last 18 months in the sales of hydropowered... 

Hydropower popularity on the rise
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