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Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydropower

Shortage of hydraulic skills not unique to SA

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th November 2012 The demand for specialist hydraulic training continues to increase, particularly from end-users in and manufacturers servicing the industrial and mining sectors, says training company Hydraulic Training & Consultants MD Walter Zimmerman. “The shortage of hydraulic skills is not unique to South... 

Flotation cell control improved by pneumatic actuator

16th November 2012 Pneumatic and electric automation solutions provider Festo assisted with the improvement of the platinum recovery rate of flotation cells with its DFPI pneumatic actuator at a mine in the North-West province. The mine uses flotation cells to extract the platinum from crude ore, the company explains. 

Hydraulically activated fallback system added to improve safety

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th November 2012 The revamped TireHand range of tyre manipulators by service vehicles and materials handling systems manufacturer Iowa Mold Tooling (IMT) now includes a hydraulically activated fallback protection system, which provides equipment operators with an additional layer of safety. “The redesign of the... 

Local interest in new crushing plant with hydraulic features

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th November 2012 US-based crushing and screening equipment manufacturer IROCK Crushers reintroduced its Rapid Development System (RDS)-20 primary crushing plant in September Cleveland, Ohio and states that it has received much international interest, with growing interest from South Africa in the product, which... 

Hydraulic series offers increased capabilities

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th November 2012 The materials handling capabilities of the Sennebogen 880 series surpasses that of previous cable cranes offered by the company, as it uses hydraulic force to reach deep into the loading goods and fill the grab optimally, says material handling machinery manufacturer Sennebogen marketing manager... 

Filtration expert assists iron-ore mines with oil cleanliness

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2012 South African filtration company Filter Focus is in the process of integrating its services into Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s newly opened Kolomela iron-ore mine near Postmaburg in the Northern Cape.  

Hard rock drilling technology employed by global mining operations

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2012 Hydraulic technology provider Peterstow Aquapower’s patented closed-loop water hydraulic hard rock drilling technology, which significantly reduces electricity and water consumption, has been well received throughout the mining industry and gained global interest after testing was completed last... 

Rustenburg-based wear control specialist to supply potential $10m market

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2012 Sole African distributor of the US manufactured Seal Saver hydraulic protective cylinder cover wear control solutions provider Nkwe Mining Services, says the African market is expected to be worth millions of dollars. 

Manufacturing facilities expansion to improve capacity to service mines

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2012 International high-pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force recently confirmed that the planned expansion of its UK manufacturing facilities has been given the green light and construction of an additional 2 200 m2 to add to the existing 4 800 m2 facility will start this month.  

Use of hydraulic and pneumatic starters increasingly popular

By: Joanne Taylor     11th November 2011 Hydraulic and pneumatic starters are fast replacing their electric counterparts in the mining sector with more mines converting to the preferred technology, according to starting solutions company Powerworks technical director Nick Ruberg. 

Latest flotation technology produces better recovery rate

11th November 2011 The rising global demand for ore and the depletion of high-purity mineral deposits has made it necessary to recover finer size fractions of ore in feed material. 

New generation of compact mining equipment

By: Joanne Taylor     11th November 2011 Supplier of multipurpose machines Bobcat Equipment South Africa has launched its latest generation of telescopic handlers and M-Series skid-steer loaders that can be used for various mining applications. 

Routine care of hydraulic components crucial to life span

11th November 2011 Failure of a hydraulic hose assembly can be dangerous, which is why persistent care must be taken in correct product selection and appropriate installation methods, notes component supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics national sales manager Mark Johnson. 

Green and efficient drilling system passes tests

By: Joanne Taylor     11th November 2011 Hydraulic technology company Peterstow Aquapower has completed the testing of its environment-friendly drilling technology, which is set to improve drilling rates across the deep level mining sector. 

Increasing environmental awareness boosts agitator demand

15th July 2011 Water handling and treatment solutions provider ITT Water & Wastewater reports that elevated energy costs and a growing concern for the environmental impact of operations have provided a significant boost to its new Flygt top-entry agitators. 

Great potential in small hydro

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th July 2011 Despite South Africa being a water-scarce country, there is still significant potential to develop small hydroelectric plants, says International Hydropower Association (IHA) VP Dr Terry Moss. 

New water cylinders to bring power savings

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th July 2011 Ernest Lowe Pneumatic & Hydraulic Automation Solutions has launched a range of water cylinders for mining applications that enables significant power savings. 

Concern over impact of cheaper imports on local skills

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th July 2011 It is important to consider the negative impact that cheap imported pressure vessels (PVs) have on skills in the local sector, Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (Pema) chairperson Peter Viljoen tells Mining Weekly. 

Pressure equipment regulation impacts on competent persons

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th July 2011 Hydraulics and pneumatics supplier Hyflo Johannesburg branch manager Norman Hall is concerned about the effect the revised local legislation for pressure testing of pressure vessels (PVs) might have on consulting competent persons (CPs), who depend on contract work as their sole form of income. 

Company signs distribution agreement

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Supplier of hydraulic equipment, pneumatics and air brakes for the mining, industrial and automotive industries Hyfit Expertec was appointed the sole South African distributor for pneumatic fittings manufacturer and supplier EWO, in June this year. 

Company doubles sales
target after recession

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Importer and distributor of seamless and electrowelded cold-drawn tubing, as well as CK45 stock and induction hardened bars to the engineering and platinum-mining industries, Alta Hydraulics Supplies South Africa, a subsidiary of its Italy-based parent company Alta SpA, reports that it has... 

Market for hydropower generators gains momentum

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Low, medium and high-voltage motor and generator supplier Marelli Electrical machines South Africa (MEMSA), which forms part of Italy-based MarelliMotori, reports that the demand for its range of hydropower generators has increased significantly in the power utility sector. 

Product enhances mining applications

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker Group, reports that it has completed two orders to supply transport utility Transnet and various opencast mines in neighbouring countries with its Simplex range of air-powered hydraulic pumps. 

Product range 
contributes to growth

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Supplier of vacuum and pressure equipment filters and spares Air & Vacuum Technologies (Vactech) reports that its sales targets have significantly increased over the past few years, owing to the new range of products that have been added to its portfolio. 

Product provides value-added benefits for end-user

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Hydraulics manufacturer Eaton Hydraulics, a component of diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s industrial sector, has launched its X-Flex spiral hose, which promises to decrease machinery downtime and improve production in the mining industry. This is as part of the company’s... 

Micro hydropower system reduces energy consumption

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Mining companies Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) and Gold One are taking full advantage of pump manufacturer Cemo Pumps’ Crown V4 microhydropower system to comply with the energy reduction demand placed on the South African mining industry by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Service and product 
support provided to Richards Bay clients

16th July 2010 Despite the current economic downturn, hydraulic hoses and fittings supplier the Genflex Group remains optimistic about opportunities in the sectors it services and has announced that the company has bought the entire equity in international hydraulics company Pirtek, in Richards Bay.

The... 

Hydropower leads 
to decline in coal 
consumption

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 The demand for hydropower has put a dampener on the coal-mining industry in the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, as the demand for coal dropped by 10,4% in 2009. This is the steepest 
decline on record, explains oil giant BP’s ‘Statistical Review of World... 

Company focuses 
products, services 
on mining 
industry

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm BMG’s specialist hydraulics division BMG Hydraulics has specifically enhanced its products and services to cater to the mining industry.

“Our exposure and long history with the mining industry has been one of the contributing factors and motivations... 

Industry performance erratic, but market stabilising

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 All industries have been affected by the global recession, even the hydraulics industry’s widespread customer base, which includes the mining sector. The performance of the sectors it services has been highly erratic over the past 18 months to 24 months, with most sectors underperforming, says... 

Hydraulics industry is strong, but has a few obstructions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2009 The hydraulics, pneumatics and hydropower industry is currently experiencing an emerging trend whereby pirated spare parts have been introduced to the market by grey importers. This results in the selling of low-quality copies of reputable brands that masquerade as genuine products South African... 

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