Motion Control in Southern Africa Motion Control in Southern Africa South African Fluid Power Assocation


SAFPA: President's letter
1st Quarter 2012, SAFPA

Take the ‘tablet PC’ for instance; I see no relevance to this device. It does not replace a cellphone and it does not replace the laptop. Yes it performs most of their functions in an alternate way, but can you imagine some suit walking around the airport with a gadget the size of an A4 book held against his ear yelling “buy, buy, buy, the market is right!” It just does not make sense. I have even seen people pull them out in meetings, however, it is eventually followed by a fold-up keyboard, a mouse, and some cables to make them all work. Well done APPLE! They have very successfully created something that nobody really needs but everybody wants.

I have also recently been issued with a Blackberry cellphone, which took me about two months to switch on just because of my resistance to technology. Now that I have mastered the basics, I must admit that it is very useful. Whilst reading one of my outdoor magazines I came across a few useful applications for smartphones that I can identify with, these include:

* Using the camera flash as a torch.

* Sasol’s Birds of Southern Africa: incorporating a smart search function.

* Universe: an application that labels the stars when you hold your cell up against the night sky.

* 4X4App: visually indicates your 4X4’s pitch and roll as you push the limits of your vehicle’s centre of gravity.

* MotionX-GPS: this basically mimics a smart GPS, with the added benefit of relaying live data so your friends (read wife) can track your progress on any trip.

Will I download any of these, probably not! Whenever I do try to get out of the city, the cellphone is normally off and buried deep in the glove box.

At the time of writing this message, the council had not yet met for the first time in 2012, but I do have some feedback.

Market survey

TUT has concluded the fluid power market survey for the year 2010. The previous survey was done in 2005 and the results were interesting considering there has been both an economic boom and a recession in between. SAFPA thanks all the companies that contributed to the survey. There was a far greater response this time around. The results will be released to all those that contributed, and for a fee, the results can be purchased by any other entity.

Soccer tournament

The soccer tournament was due to be played last year around November, and due to the fields being repaired it was postponed until January 2012. Unfortunately, because of all the rain in January, the fields were too wet to play on, and with a record turnout of teams, the one field that was playable was just not enough to get through all the scheduled games. SAFPA apologises for the second cancellation, we hope all participants understand.


Serving on the SAFPA council is always a rewarding experience. I have plenty of opportunity to meet various people from industry, and what I am hearing so far is that 2012 is looking like it is going to be good for the fluid power industry. There have been some good orders placed on some of the bigger suppliers.


Norman Hall

Supplied By: SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
Tel: +27 (0)11 888 7163
Fax: 086 503 4524
Share via email        

Further reading:

  • From the President’s desk
    4th Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    This is the final president’s letter of 2014 and the final issue of Motion Control for the year – yes this year is all but over. We are left looking back at what we as the fluid power industry have ...
  • SAFPA technical evening
    4th Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    At the September technical evening Struan Orlik, a specialty chemical manufacturer from the metal treatment industry, gave an interesting talk on the latest industrial coatings for the hydraulic and ...
  • SAFPA technical evening
    4th Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
       At a recent SAFPA technical evening, Albert Epprecht from Alba Hydraulics gave a presentation and demonstration of hydraulic quick couplers from Stucchi.      
  • SAFPA Dinner & Golf Day
    4th Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
  • From the President’s desk
    3rd Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    For this issue, Motion Control interviewed SAFPA’s new president, Eugene Tondolo to get to know him a bit more and find out about his plans for SAFPA. Eugene has been with Axiom Hydraulics for the ...
  • SAFPA AGM 2014
    3rd Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    At the SAFPA AGM held on 22nd May, Belinda Goddard, head of business development at the Da Vinci Institute, gave an overview of the institute as well as some insight into the proposed business management ...
  • From the President’s desk
    2nd Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    As they say, time flies, it is not long until the SAFPA AGM on the 22nd of May. Reflecting on the past year, through our council’s endeavour, we succeeded in increasing our membership. New council members ...
  • SAFPA technical evening
    2nd Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    At a recent SAFPA technical evening Dave Sleep, Hytec Engineering’s product support manager, gave a talk on the manufacture and repair of hydraulic cylinders. His presentation focused on cylinder failures, ...
  • From the President’s desk
    1st Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    Wishing you all a prosperous year ahead. The new year has brought some changes at SAFPA as we bid farewell to our president Norman Hall, who has moved to the Cape to a new challenge and a new industry. ...
  • SAFPA technical evening
    1st Quarter 2014, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
    At SAFPA’s technical evening last November, Adrian Buddingh, MD of Pneumax, talked about the Pneudrive Challenge. With the 2013 theme being Greener Mining, this design competition for students is jointly ...
  • SAFPA: President’s letter
    4th Quarter 2013, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
       We recently had our SAFPA cycle race which brought out a very competitive instinct in many people. It was a great day out with many people bringing their families along. Next year we hope to see a ...
  • SAFPA at Bauma Africa
    4th Quarter 2013, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA
       Following SAFPA’s successful exhibit at Electra Mining 2012, Bauma Africa presented another marketing opportunity. Seen here are members of the SAFPA executive committee manning the SAFPA stand.    ...


Motion Control Buyers' Guide

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)
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual


      Classic | Mobile

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