At the SAFPA AGM held on 21 May, Brett Wallace, managing director of Festo South Africa, gave a fascinating presentation on Festo’s Bionic Learning Network. Inspired by nature, Festo has developed a whole range of bionic robots to provide inspiration for technical applications and industrial practice.
SAFPA council members seen at the AGM, from left: Manny Vieira, Willem Gijzelaar, Hugo van Niekerk, Michael Abbot, Wessie van der Westhuizen, Eugene Tondolo (president), Walter Zimmerman (vice president), Dustin Pereira.
Eugene Tondolo, Michael Abbot and Craig Sim were due to retire from the council but Eugene and Michael were available for re-election. Eugene Tondolo (Axiom Hydraulics) is president and Walter Zimmmerman (Hydraulic Training & Consulting) is vice president of the new committee. The other members are Willem Gijzelaar (Hytec), Manny Vieira (Hydraulic & Pneumatic Hub), Russell Gill (Engineering & Hydraulic Services), Michael Abbot (CT Hydraulics), Wessie van der Westhuizen (Pirtek) and Dustin Pereira (BMG).
From the President’s desk First Quarter 2020, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
I trust all the readers had a pleasant festive season and managed to recharge for 2020, I hope this year will be a prosperous one for you.
The SAFPA subcommittee chaired by Chris Arbour has ...
Read more...SAFPA revamps hydraulic hose safety course First Quarter 2020, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), Cost Time Resource (CTR)
SAFPA has for many years run a hose safety course providing an introduction to hydraulic hose connectors and the safe assembly of these components. It is aimed at OEM artisans, foremen, supervisors, managers ...
Read more...From the President's desk Fourth Quarter 2019, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
As we enter the last quarter of the year, I can almost already see all the Christmas decorations and hear the ever-cheery sound of carols at the shopping mall. I hope the year has been ...
Read more...Technical Evening Fourth Quarter 2019, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
A recent SAFPA technical evening had a different format when the chairman of SAFPA’s Pressure Vessels Sub-Committee, Chris Arbour held a briefing session to get stakeholders involved. The goal is to assemble ...
Read more...SAFPA Cycle Race Fourth Quarter 2019, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
The very successful SAFPA Cycle Race was held on Friday 23rd August. First place went to the BMG team, and second place to Bosch Rexroth. Congratulations to all the participants.
Read more...SAFPA Technical Evening Fourth Quarter 2019, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
At a recent SAFPA technical meeting, Daniel Cattell and Matteo Michelin from SAI Motors gave a presentation on SAI’s unique electronically controlled, variable displacement radial piston motor.
Read more...The Bloodhound Fourth Quarter 2019, Bloodhound Technologies
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The Bloodhound project is back on track. The British team developing a car capable of reaching 1600 kmph is in South Africa for several weeks of high-speed testing on the dry desert track at Hakskeenpan ...
Read more...From the President’s desk Third Quarter 2019, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
I’m back to serve another term as the SAFPA president, thank you to the council for electing me to stay on for another year, I am honoured.
Unfortunately, SAFPA will not be running the industry survey ...
Read more...SAFPA AGM 2019 Third Quarter 2019, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
At the recent SAFPA AGM held at Jeppe Quandam Bowls club the keynote speaker was Russel Schwulst from Festo. He gave a presentation comparing pneumatic and electric automation on municipal water and wastewater ...