Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Exceptional repair & refurbishment offering helps customers reduce hydraulic equipment downtime

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Onsite support from Bosch Rexroth South Africa helps reduce client                        downtime and achieve optimum production levels

The Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies helps customers strive towards uninterrupted production processes. Unscheduled and extended downtime are two setbacks that production managers do their best to avoid. To help facilitate increased uptime in all hydraulic equipment, machinery and applications, Group Companies Hytec South Africa and Hytec Engineering offer comprehensive hydraulic repair services for the Group’s entire hydraulics range.

These repairs are done in the new world class facility situated in Kempton Park.

Repair services for hydraulic pumps, motors, gearboxes and valves falls within the scope of Hytec South Africa, while Hytec Engineering, as Group specialist in hydraulic cylinders, repairs and refurbishes all OEM cylinders distributed by Bosch Rexroth South Africa. All repairs and refurbishments are according to Bosch Rexroth specifications which include OEM specifications, with all work and componentry warrantied for 12 months.

“Our hydraulic repair services are all ISO-accredited and cater to any application,” points out Ian Kidson, Repairs Manager, Hytec South Africa. “From highly complex hydraulic systems specifically designed to meet stringent requirements of local and international customers, to simple componentry that is fit for purpose, our service and hydraulic repair offering is always OEM-compliant.”

In addition to ISO compliance, Hytec South Africa and Hytec Engineering are Bosch Rexroth-Certified Service Centres of Competence. This certification, renewable every four years, certifies that these two Group companies have the processes, infrastructure, qualification and management abilities to perform service work to quality standards specified by the worldwide Bosch Rexroth Service Centre grades. These two companies, along with Group Company Tectra Automation, are the only Bosch Rexroth-Certified Service Centres of Competence in Africa.

Repair capabilities

All hydraulic equipment undergoing repair or refurbishment is subjected to calibration, analysis and fault-finding, with engineers and technicians accessing all specifications including OEM specifications from Bosch Rexroth’s SAP program. “The information includes parts lists, repair procedures and e-learning, which provides specifics on methods to repair units to OEM standards,” Kidson explains.

 All parts are inspected for wear and damage, with affected components replaced new and all seals, bearings and bolts are a mandatory replacement. The hydraulic equipment receives OEM replacement parts, manufactured by Bosch Rexroth Germany. Exchange units for all of these applications, barring hydraulic valves, are on-hand for qualifying customers – significantly decreasing their downtime caused by faulty equipment.

The gearbox repairs facility carries out repairs to all Bosch Rexroth gearboxes and other mobile shovel gearboxes like ZF, O&K, Stiebel, Siebenaar and Zollern brands. “Only original parts are used for replacement,” Kidson points out. “Although, on the rare occasion and only in consultation with the customer, parts can be repaired or manufactured using reputable gear manufacturing companies.”

Hytec Engineering retains an extensive and comprehensive stockholding of refurbished cylinders, which facilitates its cylinder exchange programme.  “Under this offering we are in a position to immediately replace damaged or worn cylinders so clients avoid waiting for lengthy repair procedures,” points out Andre Lindeque, General Manager Hytec Engineering.

Hydraulic cylinder test benches

Hytec Engineering has three hydraulic cylinder test benches, ensuring its cylinder repair and refurbishment capacity and capabilities cater to the requirements of numerous cylinder types and sizes. The smallest of the three test benches is for high flow and low pressure testing, capable of 102 l/min at a maximum pressure of 10 MPA, after which high pressure testing up to 55 MPa can achieved and end-of-stroke and mid-stroke testing occurs.

A fully automated test bench that tests up to 42 MPa is also used, and cylinder specifications are selected via software for this method, with each cylinder individually tested. A laser guided system records closed centres, stroke and open centres, and mid- and end of stroke tests are also conducted. All recordings and values are included in the client report.

“Our most recent addition to our test bench range is the Micron technologies stripping bench,” Lindeque says. “It has been designed for stripping and reassembling larger cylinders and, using Hytec technology, it performs autonomous testing.” Designed by Group Company Tectra Automation, the stripping bench incorporates a laser creep measurement function, which ensures zero by-pass in the mid-stroke position pressure test. Both single- and double-acting cylinders can be tested on this bench.

Hytec Engineering recently acquired a Hydrotechnik data logger, allowing the company to precisely measure movement, pressure deviations, cushioning function and the performance of all cylinder functions during testing.

Catering to onsite hydraulic repair requirements, Hytec South Africa operates a fleet of service vehicles equipped to conduct onsite services, as well as analyse, fault-find, repair and carry out hydraulic system installations. “Our onsite service and repair offering is augmented by containerised hose workshops, primarily aimed at the mining industry,” says Piet Knoesen, Service Manager, Hytec South Africa.

Developed and implemented by Group Company Hytec Services Africa (HSA), containerised hose workshops provide a comprehensive mine site hose and fittings service to Bosch Rexroth’s mining customers across Africa. Its focus goes beyond hydraulic hose and fittings, it acts as an onsite branch which helps facilitate onsite hydraulic repairs at mine sites too,” Kidson elaborates. Workshop services include the hydraulic cylinder service exchange programme and the supply of new pumps, filtration systems, drives, valves, piston motors and hydraulic maintenance tools, or providing services for them.