classic | mobile
 

Search...

 

Breaking records and young talent
4th Quarter 2011, News & events


Interesting applications

In this issue we have some great applications stories. Our cover story is a very interesting application of hydraulics. Hydromobile has developed a seismic event simulator to test hydraulic props, which prevent damage and death underground caused by rockbursts.

Parker Hannifin has a story about the Bloodhound landspeed project. The company is providing hydraulics technology for a hugely exciting venture to develop the first land vehicle to break the 1000 mph speed barrier. The record attempt will happen in 2012 and after a worldwide search Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape has been chosen as the venue because it is so flat – the total variation in elevation is only 61 mm.

Eaton Hydraulics has an intriguing new invention: a hydraulic hose that tells you when it is about to fail.

Industry features

We also feature motion control in materials handling. Bonfiglioli drives were used on conveyors on a gold mine in Papua New Guinea to double production. Hydraulics and pneumatics in metalworking and machining is another of our industry focus features. There is news of Tectra Automation’s lathe upgrade, and Pneumatic Electric Control Systems (PECS) covers the operating principles of rotating unions.

Something different

Jim Pinto is away so we have something a bit different in the place of his column. We have a look at some of the new engineering apps which are starting to emerge. SEW-Eurodrive already has one on the market.

We are also starting to include input from other overseas contributors. To kick off, in a recent Newsflash we had a story on The seven most common hydraulic equipment mistakes written by Jim Casey, a regular writer for international engineering publications. Watch this space for other contributions.

In memory

Following the passing of Steve Jobs there has been a wealth of quotes and stories about this remarkable personality. One which I especially enjoyed was: when asked whether he did market research for the iPad he responded, “None. It is not the consumers’ job to know what they want.” You can get away with this if you are Steve Jobs (I wish I could too), but to me it completely flies in the face of everything we have ever been taught about finding out what the customer needs and meeting those needs.

Serving the customer

It strikes me that the fluid power industry excels at that. The commitment to technical support in the industry is outstanding. In the last couple of months there has also been a whole series of roadshows, golf days and open days aimed at developing relationships with the customers. BMG’s open day was an expo in itself. Eaton Hydraulics also had one where customers were given interesting and informative talks by overseas Eaton experts. Hydromobile’s golf day and SEW-Eurodrive’s Beerfest show that you can have fun while looking after your customers. More seriously, our News & Events section has a caution from Bearings 2000 to customers about an imminent shortage of bearings and the possible resulting threat of counterfeits.

Training is also very much on the agenda. SAFPA’s workshop on hydraulic hose safety is filling an important gap as there is currently no hydraulics course available that satisfies the requirements of OHASA and the Mine Health and Safety Act. In addition Hytec has earned accreditation from SAQA as a training provider, while Schneider has opened a training centre aimed at accelerating artisan training in the country.

Our engineering future

Our youth is our future, and our News & Events section covers some drives to stimulate interest in engineering among young people. A new initiative called Engenius is aiming to capture the interest of youngsters. Someone else who is putting a ding in the universe is a young engineer who has been hailed by Clem Sunter as one of the brightest talents to emerge from our country. Siya Xuza has even had a star named after him. On that note, did you know that operating engineers are on the Forbes list of The Ten Happiest Jobs? Driving giant bulldozers, front-end loaders, scrapers, shovels, pumps and air compressors can be fun. If you do not believe me visit http://tinyurl.com/454kta3

Kim Roberts
Kim Roberts


Credit(s)
Supplied By: Technews Publishing
Tel: +27 11 543 5800
Fax: +27 11 787 8052
Email: jane@technews.co.za
www: www.technews.co.za
Share via email     Print this page  

Further reading:

  • Digital disruption
    1st Quarter 2017, Technews Publishing, News & events
    Firstly, a happy new year to all. I hope you have returned from the festive season refreshed and ready for whatever the next months hold, whether interesting or disruptive.       African digitalisation Conferences ...
  • Partnership opportunities for machine manufacturers
    1st Quarter 2017, News & events
    HMPS, an Australian company which specialises in the design, development and manufacturing of high quality machinery for packaging processes, designed and developed its first Bag in Box (BIB) machinery ...
  • Machine Tools Africa to showcase latest technology
    1st Quarter 2017, News & events
    Taking place at Expo Centre, Nasrec from 9-12 May, the exhibition will bring machinery alive through the daily demonstrations and interactive displays.
  • SEW-Eurodrive launches field ­service department
    1st Quarter 2017, SEW-Eurodrive, News & events
    Covering a range of industries from mining to food and beverage, all of SEW-Eurodrive’s products are supported by the field service department.
  • SKF announces equity transaction
    1st Quarter 2017, SKF South Africa, News & events
    SKF South Africa has signed a black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) ownership agreement with black women-owned Golelo Trust.
  • Hydroscand signs agreement with Sumitomo Riko
    1st Quarter 2017, Hydroscand, News & events
    The new agreement implies that Hydroscand will be Sumitomo Riko’s partner in Europe and South Africa, distributing the company’s hydraulic hoses in these markets.
  • Yaskawa invests in a new manufacturing centre for robots in Europe
    1st Quarter 2017, Yaskawa Southern Africa, News & events, Robotics & Mechatronics
    Due to the strong demand for Yaskawa robots in Europe and the EMEA region, Yaskawa has decided to set up a third production facility in Europe.
  • Hutchings Hydraulics opens new SMC Pneumatics sales counter
    1st Quarter 2017, SMC Pneumatics South Africa, News & events
    Hutchings Hydraulics (KZN) is proud to announce the opening of its dedicated SMC Pneumatics sales counter at 98 Khuzimpi Shezi Road, Congella, Durban.
  • An amazing turnaround
    1st Quarter 2017, News & events
    Unidrive Electric Motors is receiving a second lease on life following the acquisition of a majority stake in the business by Ayanda at Work, with the majority of funding coming from a consortium of black women.
  • Mokse Engineering earns respected SKF certification
    1st Quarter 2017, SKF South Africa, News & events
    Mpumalanga-based armature winding specialist, Mokse Engineering, has earned SKF’s highly respected Rebuilder: Electric Motors certification, following a stringent audit in September 2016.
  • A taste of process automation
    1st Quarter 2017, Festo, News & events
    Festo recently hosted a series of whisky tastings on a national scale.
  • Digitalisation set to develop Africa
    1st Quarter 2017, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, This Week's Editor's Pick, News & events
    Siemens has presented the African Digitalisation Maturity Report, which lays out a digitalisation benchmark across four countries, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as key vertical industries – transport, manufacturing and energy.

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual





 

         
    classic | mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.