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Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydropower

New fittings feature quick release, secure connection

25th November 2005 A comprehensive programme for pneumatic components from Bosch Rexroth is now available from Tectra Automation, a Hytec group company, following the release of the quick-release (QR1) series of joining pieces for all types of applications. 

More mining muscle with improved drive system

25th November 2005 While the first design of the revolutionary fluidic muscle from Festo is still proving itself in the most diverse applications, two new variants with modified membranes and improved connection technology are to bring further benefits to the mining and other arduous industries. 

Heat exchangers handle hydraulic oil safely

22nd July 2005 Transon modular shell-and-tube heat exchangers from Power Drives, designed for oil cooling applications, are especially suitable for the efficient and safe handling of hydraulic oil in large gearbox systems on mines. 

Hand pumps for hydraulic cylinders

22nd July 2005 The Simplex range of hand pumps from Bellambie Mining & Industrial has been extended to include two new lightweight aluminium units, designed for easy portability, high performance and maximum safety, in maintenance procedures on mines. 

Foreign products released in SA

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2005 Local hydraulics company Turnkey Hydraulics, which celebrated its twentieth year in business in 2004, is now introducing three new products, imported from Italy and the US, to the South African market. 

Firm specialises in pneumatic automation

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2005 For the last 15 years, family-owned Airtec Pneumatic has been servicing the local mining industry and other industries such as the automotive, manufacturing and petrochemical sectors, with products and projects involving air, pressure and motion – all designed to meet the demanding... 

Firm looking to increase exports

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2005 The manufacturers of the locally-developed Powerstart range of hydraulic starters, Powerworks, is currently increasing its exports to form a substantial part of the company’s business. 

Long-term rental contracts gaining in popularity

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2005 The idea of a long-term rental contract as an alternative to the capital purchase of compressors and generators for mining or other industrial use is an unusual concept and one that significantly developed since Rand-Air started working on the idea eight years ago. 

Importer extends product range

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2005 Importer and wholesaler of US pneumatic products, Master Pneumatics, has extended its range of filters, regulators and lubricators used in mining application, local representative John Cryer tells Mining Weekly. 

Hydraulic drives for sub-Saharan market

22nd July 2005 Hiller decanter centrifuges and hydraulic drives are now available from SKF South Africa for the sub-Saharan market. 

Acquisition boosts product range

22nd July 2005 US multinational and recognised global market leader in high-pressure hydraulic technology, Enerpac, locally represented by Enerpac Africa, recently announced that its parent company Actuant Corporation has acquired Hydratight Sweeney. 

Cost-saving solution for platinum-mine

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2005 Johannesburg-based GoldQuest International Hydraulics, formerly trading as Vickers Hydraulics, has engaged South Africa’s fourth-largest platinum producer, Northam Platinum in a project aimed at dramatically reducing opportunity cost incurred by the plant. 

Hydropower gains in popularity as shafts get deeper

By: Liezel Hill     14th January 2005 Deeper shafts in new mines and a return to residual ore deposits in old ones mean that hydropower is becoming an increasingly practicable source of power in South African mines. 

Focus on health and safety in rock-drill design

By: Liezel Hill     14th January 2005 Leading manufacturer and supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic rockdrills Boart Longyear is working to improve the health and safety effects on users of its equipment. 

Hydraulic-cylinder maker plans to expand African ops

By: Liezel Hill     14th January 2005 The largest manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders in sub-Saharan Africa intends to sustain its emphasis on West and other African countries as key areas of business. 

Firm expands compressor fleet

By: Liezel Hill     14th January 2005 Compressor- and generator-hire company Rand Air is renewing and expanding its fleet of diesel-driven compressors. 

Demand for hydraulic mine props takes a knock

By: Liezel Hill     14th January 2005 The ongoing decline in demand for steel hydraulic mine props is being exacerbated by the trend towards reconditioning, as opposed to replacing old props, says Rely Precision Castings spun foundry manager Jonathan Scott. 

Worker safety is important for hydraulic performance

14th January 2005 Lifting- and pulling-equipment specialist Bellambie Mining & Industrial, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Simplex hydraulic products, has an extensive range of hydraulically-powered equipment for use during maintenance procedures on the mines. 

New cast-iron store for local cylinder firm

14th January 2005 Hydraulic-cylinder manufacturer Kappa Engineering completed construction of a new cast-iron store and extended fitting area in October last year. 

Mining industry’s branded-products perceptions challenged by generics . . .

By: andrea marais     23rd July 2004 No-name brands of hydraulic hoses and fittings could be at least 40% cheaper than branded hoses and fittings, Mining Weekly reports. 

Trends in mine hydropower systems highlighted

23rd July 2004 “Hydropower refers to the use of water at high pressure (typically above 10 MPa) to power a range of equipment used underground in mines and, where the water is chilled, to distribute cooling underground,” says Turgis Consulting principal consulting engineer Pat Willis.? 

Filters reduce contamination of hydraulic-system fluids

23rd July 2004 The global release of a revolutionary new approach to industrial filtration heralds a new era in contamination control , significantly reducing the traditional cost of filtration and boosting system longevity.? 

BEE firm supplies two winders to Australia

23rd July 2004 Traditionally the Australian coal mining market using shallow depth winders has resorted to hydraulically driven winders having pneumatic or air over oil braking systems. ? 

Crimping machine launched

23rd July 2004 Hydraulic tie rod cylinder supplier Hy-Jack has released a new product to go with the tie rod cylinders – the HJ3000 hand hose crimping machine, a portable hose crimping machine that needs no electricity. ? 

Hydraulic equipment used during mine maintenance

23rd July 2004 Exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Simplex hydraulic products Bellambie Mining & Industrial, has an extensive range of hydraulically-powered equipment for use during maintenance procedures on the mines. ? 

Sales go through the roof in Poland

23rd July 2004 Four hydraulic Roofmaster 1.4 underground roofbolting machines have been deliveredd by Boart Longyear to KGHM Polish Copper Mine Corporation for use at its Polkowice-Sieroszowice mine. 

Customised electronic machine-control product on offer

23rd July 2004 International manufacturer of engineered hydraulic and electronic systems for mobile equipment Sauer Danfoss announced the release of PLUS 1TM, a system that allows manufacturers to customise electronic machine control with the exact functions required. ? 

Look at local industry, advises company

23rd July 2004 Hydraulics companies are still going to overseas original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for components without taking a good look at local engineering technology for their requirements, according SA Hard Chrome Group metallurgist Samantha?Wellbeloved.? 

Local distributorship awarded

23rd July 2004 Swiss drives company H 

Iron-ore plant orders pneumatic jigging system

23rd July 2004 An order for a 300 t/h capacity Batac-jig plant, to beneficiate sinter fines iron ore, at the Tisco Steel Noamundi iron-ore dressing plant, in India, was received by KHD. ? 

. . . and another no-name hydraulic pump on the shelves soon

By: andrea marais     23rd July 2004 A local supplier, manufacturer and installation company of hydraulics is introducing a new range of generic hydraulic pumps.? 

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