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Valves News

Valve design may be an energy solution for mining industry

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     7th March 2008 A valve and pipeline solution, used in the cooling of deep-level mines, may be the answer to the current energy crisis sweeping the country, hydropower specialist company Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) CEO Andre Swart says.  

The valve that loves dirt, dust, sludge and grease

7th March 2008 Maintenance engineers in the power, mining and waste water industries are plagued by problems caused by choked and eroded valves. Where regular valves fail, VAAS knife gate valves outperform. Distributed in southern Africa by pressure protection engineer Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM), the VAAS... 

Original valve beats all imitations

7th March 2008 Saunders diaphragm valves, manufactured under licence and distributed in South Africa by fluid control specialist Dynamic Fluid Control, are widely regarded as the standard in the majority of sub-Saharan mines. 

Local butterfly valve flies to Zambia

7th March 2008 Local company OMSA Valves & Instrumentation has delivered two record-breaking butterfly control valves to the resurgent copper industry in Zambia. Providing valves in exotic materials, is not unusual for OMSA but at 2 500 mm diameter they are the largest valves the company has ever supplied. 

Good valve design takes headache out of maintenance and repair

7th March 2008 All control valves require maintenance and repairs at some time, states valve manufacturing specialist Spirax Sarco. Maintenance is fairly simple, valve spares are ordered, the work is programmed, and labour is allocated to carry out the work. The work is completed effortlessly and production... 

New series of directional valves for automated solutions

7th March 2008 Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has added a new series of solenoid operated directional valves with optional on-board electronics to the line of VickersO products offered by Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations. The new Vickers DG4V3-70 series valves feature leading-edge... 

Xstrata installs novel coal stockpile discharge valves at Goedgevonden

By: Guy Copans     1st February 2008 Mineral process equipment supplier Ludowici Africa is constructing six coal stockpile discharge valves, which will be installed at mining company Xstrata’s Goedgevonden Coal Mine outside Witbank by April 22, 2008. This coal technology has not been previously used in South Africa, says Ludowici... 

Weir Minerals acquires CH Warman to become Weir Warman

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th December 2007 UK-listed company, Weir Group PLC has fulfilled its goal of expanding its footprint in Africa through the acquisition of South African-based mining pump manufacturer CH Warman (CHW) Pump Group.  

New empowerment company launched in North West

By: Guy Copans     30th November 2007 Pumps and valves supplier PSV Holdings, the holding company for Umzantsi Africa Pumps & Valves, has launched an empowerment company in the North West called Umzantsi Africa North West (UANW). Forty-nine percent of the new company’s equity is owned by Mathebetshwane Consulting owner... 

Local mining conditions inspire pinch-valve industry

By: Guy Copans     10th August 2007 South Africa�s relatively unique mining conditions, which require the extensive pumping of slurries, has caused the development of a world-class, high-pressure pinch-valve industry, and leading supplier Corflex Engineering, of Germiston, who supply pinch valves for low and high pressures, prides... 

Range redesign keeps slurry-valve specialist ahead of the pack

By: Guy Copans     10th August 2007 Slurry valve specialist Insamcor has undergone a process of developing a new knife-gate valve range over the past few years, says Insamcor marketing manager Ray Kirby. 

Mining industry a possible 'gold mine for valve supplier

By: Guy Copans     10th August 2007 Having traditionally been more active in the civil engineering industry, engineering solutions company Rare Water has identified mines specifically as a potential growth area for the company, says Rare Water MD MW Welman. 

Local supply company manufactures to client specifications

10th August 2007 Equipment supply company, Umzantsi Africa Pumps and Valves, says that it has the capacity to manufacture Geomet knife gate valves to the most exacting client specifications. 

Sanitary ball valve range suits higher-purity applications 

10th August 2007 Industrial fluids service company Spirax Sarco, offers a range of sanitary ball valves that form part of a comprehensive product range for high purity applications, where system integrity, product quality and documentation are paramount. 

Recovery improvement demands require new technology

By: Guy Copans     10th August 2007 For many years, new technology was not employed in the valve equipment used in the mining industry, and has only recently been introduced, owing to increasing demands to improve recoveries, says valves specialist Ragon Industries director Hendrik Ras. 

Knife-gate valve industry reports can be misleading

10th August 2007 Technical reports relevant to the knife gate valve industry often have minimal substance and are likely to be the sales pitch of a supplier, says Liam Cusack of Insamcor. 

Local company offers pressure control valves

10th August 2007 Industrial fluids service company Spirax Sarco says it has two main groups of pressure control valves that are available for either pressure reduction or surplussing applications. 

Valve imports still pressurise local industry - Savama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2007 The South African valve and actuator manufacturer’s association (Savama) has reported that little has changed in the local valve industry and market, since the beginning of last year. 

New valve company enters local market

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2007 Local valve supplier Rotex valve automation systems, formerly a control division of TTV Fluval South Africa, has become an independent entity. Rotex now focuses on valve and valve automation systems. 

R21-m factory upgrade on track for valve manufacturer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2007 Local valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control’s (DFC) R21-million factory upgrade is on track. A new factory layout, which is expected to optimise material flows and handling, is being implemented in four of DFC’s factories: Saunders, Vosa, Vent-O-Mat and Biman. 

Specialist company expands product range

9th March 2007 Better known for their external dart valves, specialist company eDart is now manufacturing an expanded product range which includes Y-pattern slurry valves, pinch valves and knife gate valves. 

Local company exports its largest valve to date

9th March 2007 Local manufacturer, Spirax Sarco South Africa has supplied two pressure balanced 24 inch nominal bore carbon steel valves to a UK based pump test rig. The valves are the largest ever, supplied by Spirax and were freighted out of Johannesburg on January 1, 2007. 

New product springs onto SA market

9th March 2007 Local company Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM) has introduced the impact spring assist to the South African market. The spring assist is a pneumatic device that increases the spring closing torque on spring return actuators. 

Pump maker sells local stock to black investors

9th March 2007 German pump manufacture KSB Aktiengesellschaft’s wholly-owned South African subsidiary, KSB Pumps and Valves, has sold a 25,1% stake to Black partners, it recently announced. The company has sold the stake to Medu Holdings, an investment management company cofounded by Nhlanganiso Mkwanazi... 

Local valve experiences increasing market penetration

9th March 2007 The locally manufactured Bovaco knife gate valve with transverse seals has been experiencing an increasing market penetration in the past five years, says East Rand Valve and Engineering Supplies marketing director, Hellmut Bock. The company is one of several stockists of the Bovaco knife gate... 

Local foundry receives SA's first European accreditation

9th March 2007 Specialist foundry Steloy Castings has become South Africa’s first foundry to receive European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) accreditation, which will assist the local pressure vessel manufacturer to compete in the export market. 

Valve manufacturer meets cross-industry needs

9th March 2007 Valve manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves is well known in the mining industry for its wide variety of mining related valves. The mining valves supplied are suitable for abrasive and aggressive products. The company also focuses on supplying valves, pumps and system engineering to several other... 

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