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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

OLI South Africa

21st February 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has secured OLI’s position as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Since its establishment as an industrial vibration technology company in 1961, OLI  has remained committed to... 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling

11th October 2019 German engineers Getriebebau Nord now offer the MAXXDRIVE industrial gear unit, a powerful drive system characterised by “maximum reliability, safety and robustness”, for the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems. MAXXDRIVE industrial gear units are suitable for installation on... 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling
MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) was appointed as an official Danfoss DrivePro service partner for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in May. BMG subsequently sought to highlight the suitability of Danfoss’ VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series to the African mining sector to... 

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa
PRO TIP Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Subsequent to the launch of the new VDrivePlus and AlphaDrive-Micro variable speed drives (VSDs) from Hudaco Group company Varispeed, bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) has embarked on a training and sample-distribution campaign at its 50 BI branches in South Africa.... 

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa
ALPHA AND OMEGA The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Drive components manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive tells Mining Weekly that its projects department has maintained a continual state of growth and that the majority of its project work has been secured in the rest of Africa. In close collaboration with SEW-Eurodrive’s exports department, the projects... 

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa
NORMAN MALEKA The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid

11th October 2019 Regulating efficiency in motors by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors can help stabilise South Africa’s power supply, and mitigate the risk of load-shedding. Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn highlights that a MEPS would significantly... 

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid
FULL OF ZEST The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa

11kV VSD adds significant flexibility and versatility to product offering

By: Nadine James     11th October 2019 e newly developed WEG 11 kV variable-speed drive (VSD) – which forms part of WEG Automation Africa’s new MVW3000 product line – is particularly suited to retrofit applications, notes WEG Automation Africa projects and engineering senior manager Kirk Moss. He explains that the 11kV VSD complements... 

11kV VSD adds significant flexibility and versatility to product offering
KIRK MOSS The WEG MVW3000 is particularly suited to applications where there are standard motors with no special insulation

Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Motors and controls manufacturer WEG subsidiary Zest WEG Group has launched the first phase of its WEG Motor Scan solution – a motor performance monitoring solution for electric motors. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the official product launch, held at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last... 

 Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution
WEG MOTOR SCAN SOLUTION WEG Motor Scan Solution was developed in consultation with industry to cater to the most pressing motor requirements of clients

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Integrated technological solutions provider Siemens – in partnership with its subsidiary Flender and engineering solutions provider Tech Edge – unveiled a complete electromechanical cable belt conveyor drivetrain solution during a demonstration last month. Siemens, Flender and Tech Edge announced... 

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled
ELECTROMECHANICAL DRIVETRAIN Siemens and its project partners have announced the first end-to-end integrated electromechanical drivetrain system to be implemented at a mine in South Africa

Customisable drive solution enhances operations

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Spain-based inverter manufacturer Ingeteam highlights that its Ingedrive low- and medium-voltage, variable-speed drives (VSDs) provide compact, customisable and powerful drive system solutions for the African mining industry. Ingeteam converters and automation division commercial sales manager... 

Customisable drive solution enhances operations
INGEDRIVE SYSTEMS Ingedrive systems are available in units ranging from 250 kVA to 44 MVA, and 400 V to 6.6 kV, offering robust, reliable and long-lasting equipment

Company’s turnkey solution benefits mining industry

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has been working to establish itself as a full solutions provider for the mining industry for the past five years, says national sales and marketing manager Norman Maleka. “When the name SEW is mentioned in mining circles, one of the... 

Company’s turnkey solution benefits mining industry
NORMAN MALEKA SEW Eurodrive has invested significantly in enhancing its product and service portfolio for the mining industry

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Power transmission components supplier Altra Industrial Motion South Africa (SA) has undergone numerous changes in the past couple of years, incorporating new brands and aligning its product and service offering with that of its parent company of the same name, says Altra Industrial Motion SA GM... 

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions
EFFECTIVE SOLUTION One of the company's more distinctive solutions includes a braking system supplied for a chairlift at a platinum mine in 2013

Company highlights cost benefit of brand

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) – a member of Hudaco Group – highlights the cost benefits of its KML bearings offering amid local economic conditions. The current economic climate, characterised particularly by the suppressed mining sector, has... 

Company highlights cost benefit of brand
KML BALL BEARING UNITS The KML brand caters for an array of applications, including automotive, materials handling and processing equipment

High-quality, regular maintenance enables multiple engine overhauls

13th October 2017 Users of plant equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls, says specialist diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive... 

High-quality, regular maintenance  enables multiple engine overhauls
NEW LEASE ON LIFE Beyond their first overhaul at about 15 000 hours, most diesel engines are designed to be overhauled several times

Shaft alignment tool benefits discussed

13th October 2017 All rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment and the conventional methods of measuring alignment, such as rulers and dial indicators, are outdated and inaccurate, says industrial equipment supplier Comtest Group. The company points out that these methods could result in inadequate... 

Shaft alignment tool  benefits discussed
LASER PECISION Unlike the straight-edge method or dial indicators, Fluke’s 830 performs complicated alignment calculations automatically

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system
CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling

Magnet Service Binder

10th October 2017 Magnet Service Binder (South Africa) is the sole distributor of Binder, Kendrion, Siegerland, Linnig and Merobel brake products in Africa. The company also distributes Binder solenoids, Wistro Force cooling and EMG thrusters. 

Magnet Service Binder

Tough times for motors and drives, but mechanisation creates hope

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 The uncertainty of the mining market necessitates that motors and drives businesses, among others, limit their operating expenses while supplying products and services at minimal cost to their clients, asserts engineering and project management services provider Logiman. Logiman MD Krzysztof... 

Tough times for motors and drives, but mechanisation creates hope
Photo by Bloomberg
FICKLE TIMES Businesses operating in the mining industry are forced to reduce stock availability

Next-generation submersible motors to be launched

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 South Africa-based pumping system solutions provider Franklin Electric South Africa (SA) is working on launching its next generation of 4” submersible motors, following the success of its previous motor, which achieved a lifespan of 30 years. Franklin Electric SA product manager Jano Verreynne... 

Next-generation submersible motors to be launched
QUALITY LEADS TO DURABILITY Franklin Electric South Africa's previous motor achieved a lifespan of 30 years

Mechanical drives supplied for block cave mine development

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 Industrial components and technical expertise solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has supplied seven external mechanical drives for the Lift II extension project at Palabora Mining Company subsidiary Palabora Copper’s mine through South Africa-based project management and design... 

Mechanical drives supplied for block cave mine development
PALABORA COPPER MINES External mechanical drives for the lift II extension project have been delivered for the block-cave mine development

Motors tip of iceberg in drivetrain efficiency

7th October 2016 Fuelled by the introduction of more stringent IE efficiency classes, manufacturers are chasing headline efficiency figures that could only have been dreamed of just ten years ago. This is according to geared motors solutions provider Bauer Gear Motor, which says: “There’s no denying that this is... 

Motors tip of iceberg in drivetrain efficiency
Photo by Duane Daws
CHASING EFFICIENCY FIGURES A motor with a variable speed drive installed will still be more efficient at start-up, as the importance of speed control in real-world efficiency is recognised by the introduction of Regulation 640/2009

New-generation oscilloscope in South Africa

7th October 2016 Electronic test tools, biomedical equipment and networking solutions manufacturer Fluke is offering the first high-performance portable oscilloscopes with two or four independently insulated input channels, an IP51 dust and drip waterproof rating, and a Category III 1000 V and /or Category IV 600... 

New-generation oscilloscope in  South Africa
NEW DEVELOPMENTS The 190 Series II has a two- or four-channel scope for harsh conditions or industrial electronics especially designed for plant maintenance engineers

85-year-old company launches new range

7th October 2016 Celebrating its eighty-fifth anniversary this year, Germany-based SEW-Eurodrive unveiled a range of new products at Electra Mining Africa held last month at the Expo Centre in Nasrec in Johannesburg. SEW-Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer highlights that the original-equipment manufacturer has had a... 

SA gear manufacturer targets South American mining

By: Dylan Stewart     9th October 2015 Mechanical power transmission manufacturers Pylon Gears last month embarked on a trade mission to Peru, which was funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to gain a foothold in the country’s growing mining market, says Pylon Gears CEO Alex De Bruyn. 

SA gear manufacturer targets South American mining
Pylon can supply the entire undercarriage for a mining shovel, including the drive tracks, tumblers and swivel pinion

SA company launches exclusive unbalanced drives

By: Dylan Stewart     9th October 2015 Specialist vibrating equipment supplier Joest Kwatani South Africa launched its exclusive range of Joest unbalanced drives in March, states company service GM Theresa Walton. 

Drive manufacturer merges Johannesburg business units

9th October 2015 To provide clients with a more comprehensive and fully integrated service offering, Germany-based drive engineer SEW-Eurodrive’s Johannesburg branch in March officially absorbed its Variolution bussiness unit into its Maxolution business unit, states SEW-Eurodrive mechatronics engineering manager... 

Drive manufacturer merges Johannesburg business units
NORMAN MALEKA The planning for the merger of SEW-Eurodrive's Variolution and Maxolution businesses started in 2013

Motor control and protection range keeps industry up to speed

9th October 2015 Electric motors supplier Zest Weg Group in August introduced the Weg range of RW_E electronic motor protection overload relays to meet industry needs, such as cost reduction, while keeping abreast of the latest trends and developments in electric motor control and protection systems. 

Motor control and  protection range keeps  industry up to speed
CONTINUING THE LEGACY The RW_E range was released to complement the company’s existing range of smart relays

New gearbox increases drivetrain performance by 10%

9th October 2015 Drive and control manufacturer Bosch Rexroth’s Hydrotrac GFT 8000 gearbox, which was launched earlier this year, enables an approximate 10% increase in drive train performance for larger mobile working machines, the company says. 

New gearbox  increases drivetrain performance by 10%
IDEAL FOR MINING The Hydrotrac GFT 8000 gearbox

Company supplies ‘tried and tested’ motors

By: Ilan Solomons     10th October 2014 Southern African bearings and power-transmission products distributor Bearings International in January introduced its new Bauer range of industrial gearboxes, complete with fluid couplings and electric motors that are mounted on a common fabricated base assembly, with a torque reaction arm.... 

Demand for couplings remains strong

By: Ilan Solomons     10th October 2014 The sales of technology company SKF South Africa’s gear, grid and rigid couplings, for use on belt conveyor drives, have been “extremely good” this calendar year, owing to steady growth in the industrial and mining after-market sectors, says SKF power transmission product manager Frans Pienaar.... 

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