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Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydropower

Hydropower system overcomes underground mining challenges

By: Rozanne Cloete     18th July 2008 Hydropower specialist Hydro Power Equipment (HPE), has introduced its water-operated system for mining applications, whereby hydropower is used as a medium of supplying energy to rock drills and other equipment that works on compressed air in underground mines. 

Hydraulic product range expanded to meet mining industry demand

23rd November 2007 Hydraulics supplier Genflex Hydraulics of Alrode South is set to expand its product range offering with the addition of quick release couplings, SAE 100R7 hydraulic hose and Teflon braided hose. 

Engineering supplier acquires hydraulics supply company

23rd November 2007 Engineering supply company Bearing Man, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has concluded heads of agreement for the acquisition of 85% of hydraulics supply company Goldquest International Hydraulics Southern Africa 

Modular air preparation system increases hydraulic tool reliability

23rd November 2007 Motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin has supplied its Moduflex air preparation system to hydraulic tool manufacturer Hi-Force for use in the company's air-driven pump units, which complement its hydraulic torque wrenches 

General-purpose bucket designed for hydraulic excavators

23rd November 2007 Mining and construction distributor Komatsu Southern Africa has designed a rugged and affordable general-purpose bucket for hydraulic excavators, used in the mining and construction industry, at the same time significantly reducing manufacturing costs without compromising the structural integrity... 

New hydraulic cylinder series features enhanced configurability

23rd November 2007 The new cylinder series CDM1 of modular design from hydraulic company Rexroth features a number of design improvements and significantly improved configurability 

Pneumatic conveyor system improves diamond mine security

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     23rd November 2007 Solutions provider to the mining and minerals industries ELB Engineering has installed a central vacuum system at a diamond mine in South Africa. 

Mobile hydraulic mining maintenance crane for underground operation

23rd November 2007 Mining equipment manufacturer ARVA Industries has received an order for the ARVA Model MC400PC-1540LP 20-ton low profile underground mining maintenance crane from Saskatchewan-based PCS Corey potash mine. 

Computer-based operator training course for mini hydraulic excavators 

23rd November 2007 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has introduced a computer-based mini hydraulic excavator operator training course, aimed at helping owners of the compact machines prepare and retain a competent operator fleet and protect their investment. 

Mine-specific vehicles spell new direction for technology firm

By: Neal Goldwyer     20th July 2007 Developers and manufacturers of fail-safe braking systems NCS Engineering has orders in hand for three purpose-built mine support vehicles, following the successful trial run of a prototype at a mine in Mpumalanga. 

Hydraulic oil filtration wards off mechanical component wear

By: Neal Goldwyer     20th July 2007 Filtration, separation and purification solutions specialist Pall Corporation has fitted a cleanliness management system for a leading mining house at a longwall mining operation in Mpumalanga. 

Local company seals centrifuge distribution and repair deal

20th July 2007 Chrome chemicals company Chrome International South Africa, of Newcastle KwaZulu-Natal, has appointed bearing manufacturer SKF as sole distributor of the world-renowned Hiller range of decanter centrifuges and hydraulic drives throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Drainage drilling programme to improve platinum mine safety

By: Neal Goldwyer     20th July 2007 Designer and manufacturer of hydropowered mining equipment Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) has won an Anglo Platinum contract to drill drainage holes at a number of shafts in the Rustenburg area. 

Lightweight hydraulic cylinder system to ease shaft restructuring

By: Neal Goldwyer     20th July 2007 Sole distributors of Simplex hydraulic equipment in South Africa, Becker Engineering is awaiting the go-ahead to initiate commissioning of a 200t capacity hydraulic lifting system that it has supplied to a major platinum mine. 

New range of rodless actuators improves pneumatic range

By: Neal Goldwyer     20th July 2007 A leading supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic solutions Ernest Lowe has added a new rodless actuator from Norgren to its range. 

Durable hydraulic hose and couplings promise enhanced performance

20th July 2007 To meet increasing demand from the mines for quality hydraulic components, Bearing Man's seals division has extended its range to include flexible hydraulic hose, couplings and fittings designed to perform in demanding conditions. 

High-performance drive systems for mines

24th November 2006 Exclusive Southern African distributor B&W Materials-Handling Big Lift Trucks supplies mines with a range of conveying equipment with theoption of high-performance hydraulicdrive systems. This range of bulk handling equipment includes Samson apron belt feeders with a drive system thatcomprises a... 

Cheap, portable hydromining packs gain in popularity

24th November 2006 Mines all over the world continue to search for ways to improve profitability by containing or cutting the costs of equipment installation and transportation. 

Hydraulic packings boast extended service life

24th November 2006 Bearing Man’s seals division now supplies the mines with Carco large diameter oil seals and hydraulic packings that offer extended service life in extreme operating conditions. 

Popular excavator gets facelift

24th November 2006 Doosan Infracore SA, local distributor of Doosan Daewoo heavy earthmoving equipment, has launched the successor to the Solar 220 LC-V hydraulic crawler-track excavator, the Solar 225 LC-V. 

Simplified torquing with new hydraulic wrenches

24th November 2006 Becker Engineering, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Simplex, has extended it range of hydraulic torque wrenches to include square drive and low clearance units that enable quick and easy torquing in confined areas on the mines. 

Hopper control system offers simplicity, ease of maintenance

24th November 2006 Fluid- and motion-control specialist Ernest Lowe is marketing an innovative solution to the mining industry, focused around hoppers, which are presently controlled using pneumatics, relying on the operator for the sequence of operation. 

Honing systems improve hydraulic component reliability

24th November 2006 US precision abrasive bore specialist Sunnen Products Company has introduced new technology to help hydraulic component manufacturers conform to ‘zero-leak’ standards and greatly reduce warranty issues due to component leakage. 

Pneumatic conveyor system for fine-grained material 

By: Clement Deane     21st July 2006 Local firm ELB Engineering Services’ launch of its Fluidcon system at Mintek in Randburg on June 28 has important implications for the materials handling industry in South Africa, says CE DR Stephen Meijers. The system, through aeration, fluidises material, making it easier to transport. It... 

Latest technology offered to local companies

By: Clement Deane     21st July 2006 Hydraulics company Turnkey Hydraulics remains focused on the need to offer local industry the latest technology used in leading markets worldwide, the firm tells Mining Weekly. 

Pullers reduce effort and time

21st July 2006 Hytec group subsidiary Power Team offers one of the largest ranges of mechanical and hydraulic industrial puller ranges available. 

Lifts for heavy-duty applications

21st July 2006 For nearly 50 years, Ingersoll Rand has been serving the materials handling needs of various industries worldwide including automotive, appliance, aerospace, electronics, food, furniture, glass packaging, printing, pharmaceutical, sheet metal, textile, and warehousing. 

Hydraulic lock improves underground safety

21st July 2006 Following a well-publicised event in 1995 when an underground locomotive fell down a mine shaft, various actions have been taken to try and prevent similar accidents. 

Longwall mining benefits from correct sealing

21st July 2006 Exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Hallite Seals - Bearing Man and the company’s specialised Sealco seals division - supplies the mining industry with a range of quality seals, which includes products that meet the growing demands of longwall mining. 

An alternative power-supply solution

25th November 2005 As an alternative to using compressed air for power supply in mining, local company Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) developed technology to make use of high-pressure water and HPE Engineer Dolf B 

Ready to tackle any hydraulic-repair challenge

By: thamashni naidoo     25th November 2005 Involved in the designing, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and servicing of hydraulic systems, Turnkey Hydraulics believes that it can tackle any hydraulic repair problem. 

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