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Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydropower

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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Finnish company opens SA office to better serve market

19th July 2013 Finnish mining equipment manufacturer and construction chemicals supplier Normet last month opened an office in South Africa, to better service its Southern African clients and provide a greater selection of its products. A number of its lifters and underground logistics vehicles use hydraulic... 

Mining has greatest potential for hydraulics industry − educator

By: David Oliveira     19th July 2013 Hydraulics training institute Garnett Cross Hydraulics Courses founder Garnett Cross says that the greatest potential for the hydraulics industry lies in mining applications. Mines, such as global mining giant Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen, and Kolomela operations, in the... 

Local mining manufacturer’s hydraulic winches ideal for lifting heavy loads

19th July 2013 Mining equipment manufacturer Becker Mining South Africa reports that its range of hydraulic winches reduces manpower requirements, as one man is able to control a number of machines simultaneously. Becker Mining South Africa product manager Charlotte Megannon notes that as a result of continuous... 

Mining company awards training contract to hydraulics supplier

By: David Oliveira     19th July 2013 The application and usage of hydraulic hoses and the associated fittings and components in the mining sector requires that operators are fully trained to operate the equipment that they work with, supplier of hydraulic hose products Genflex Hydraulics states. For this reason, the company has... 

RX range of rig-mounted breakers grow

19th July 2013 Pneumatic tool manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic reports that it has introduced a new line of heavy rig-mounted breakers to its RX range, which includes the RX26, RX30, RX38, RX46 and RX54. The new range features a service weight from 1 800 kg to 4 200 kg fitting carriers with weights ranging from... 

Southern African countries receive hydraulics training

By: David Oliveira     19th July 2013 Mining companies in Botswana and Zambia have approached hydraulic training company Hydraulic Training and Consultants to train employees in the maintenance and design of hydraulic systems, says Hydraulic Training and Consultants MD Walter Zimmerman. He points out that the company has trained... 

Cursor frame fabrication completed for diamond mining company

19th July 2013 Cape Town-based designer and supplier of hydraulic, pneumatic and control systems Optima Hydraulics recently awarded steel fabricating company Belmet a contract to fabricate a cursor frame for the offshore diamond mining industry.  The cursor frame acts as a guide to the seabed for a drill and... 

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... 

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