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Month: August 2014

Quality in the pipeline: Elquip Solutions reinforces commitment to the tube and pipe industry through agreement with Kent Corporation

Quality in the pipeline: Elquip Solutions reinforces commitment to the tube and pipe industry through agreement with Kent Corporation

With cost-cutting a priority for most businesses, a solution which eliminates the requirement for large-scale capital investments or machinery replacement is compelling. Kent Corporation’s range of specialised capital equipment for the tube and pipe industry is specifically designed with both cost-cutting and enhanced productivity in mind.

This range is now available locally through an agreement which Elquip Solutions has entered into with the USA-based company.

Kent Corporation has been an industry-leading supplier to the international tube mill and strip processing industries for over four decades, and Elquip Solutions is excited to be representing them locally.

“Kent Corporation is well-known in the industry for its specialist knowledge of tube mill technology and strip preparation equipment. Due to this specialist focus, they bring to the market a range of high-end, state-of-the-art components which are internationally and locally tried and tested,” says Mike Cronin, Managing Director of Elquip Solutions.

Elquip Solutions is an established local provider of quality global electrical, automation, mechanical and consumable products as well as capital equipment. The business has supplied the local tube and pipe industry for many years. Based in Johannesburg, the company works closely with its customers in the tube and pipe industry to find the most cost-efficient and effective solutions for their applications, and tailor them to individual needs.

“At Elquip Solutions, our focus is on sourcing and distributing consumables and components which represent the very latest in global technological advancements. Our agreement with Kent Corporation is very much aligned with this strategy – it is a high-end global brand which we are proud to represent in South Africa,” says Cronin.

He continues: “The major advantage of Kent Corporation’s components for the tube mill industry is that they can be retro-fitted onto existing machinery for process modernisation and enhancement, without the major capital expenditure associated with replacing or upgrading equipment.”

Kent Corporation designs and manufactures a range of strip accumulators, coil-handling equipment, coil-end welders and deburring machines using cutting-edge technology, and distributes to over 53 countries. The equipment is exceptionally robust, according to Cronin.

“Along with the high-level, specialist knowledge that comes from focusing on the tube and pipe industry, the robustness and sheer quality which Kent Corporation brings to the market is another compelling advantage for our local customers,” he says.

“The strip preparation equipment is available as standard equipment; but can also be customised or retro-fitted to meet individual customer requirements and systems design. This globally tried-and-tested technology achieves significant improvements in production efficiencies and modernisation within a tube mill – without major capital investment. It is a highly cost-effective solution to process upgrading, preventing any loss from operational downtime.”

“Distributing Kent Corporation components further demonstrates Elquip Solutions’ commitment to the tube and pipe industry and our quest to find the most effective and efficient global solutions to suit the local market,” Cronin concludes.

On track to supply revitalised rail industry with high-end flexible conduit solutions

On track to supply revitalised rail industry with high-end flexible conduit solutions

The capacity to source and supply the right product for a specialised industrial requirement has always been key to Elquip Solutions’ success. Since the 1980’s, the Boksburg-based company has established itself as a key local provider of global, market-leading electrical components, tooling and machinery.

To this end, Elquip Solutions has introduced a high-end, comprehensive range of flexible conduit systems and components from UK manufacturer Flexicon to the South African market.

“Elquip has had a long and proud association with Flexicon – it is a highly innovative company, which has developed a large range of products to suit every conceivable application. We are particularly excited about Flexicon’s range of conduits which have been specifically designed for the demands of the rail industry worldwide,” says Marius Scheepers, Internal Sales Manager of Elquip Solutions.

As specialists in flexible conduit solutions, Flexicon has developed two broad product ranges, metallic and non-metallic, available from 10mm to 106mm in diameter. The company also has a wide range of patented fittings and connectors, locking and non-locking, designed for ease of use and adaptable for any application.

“Flexicon supplies a number of industries worldwide, including photovoltaic, moving machinery, electrical contracting and mining. They also focus on the rail industry, and have designed and developed a range specifically to meet the needs of this technically demanding sector,” says Scheepers.

When it comes to the rail industry, IP ratings, tensile strength characteristics, weight, corrosion resistance, fire performance properties and operating temperature ranges are all factors to consider. Added to this are the specifications related to a passenger rail environment, such as aesthetics, low fire hazard and ease of installation in confined spaces.

“Having been designed to meet all the requirements of the rail environment, Flexicon conduits are highly robust, but offer ease of use and installation; and have been developed according to the highest global industry standards,” notes Scheepers.

Elquip Solutions has supplied a number of projects within the South African rail industry with Flexicon’s metallic range (LTP and FSU), manufactured in galvanised steel or stainless steel. They have also developed the non-metallic range (FPAS), which is manufactured from a range of materials, such as nylon, offering different properties according to the demands of the environment.

With South Africa’s Passenger Rail Agency’s (PRASA’s) latest announcement of a R51 billion ten year investment into procuring 600 new, modern commuter and passenger trains, the rail sector holds significant opportunities, says Scheepers.

“We are proud to hold Flexicon’s stock in our portfolio and believe there is wide scope for its use in South Africa’s fast-growing rail industry. PRASA’s revitalisation programme and major investment in new rolling stock will mean a new era of state-of-the-art rail equipment and technology in this country.

Flexicon’s product range for the rail industry matches this vision by representing the latest developments in conduit technology and meeting relevant industry standards,” says Scheepers.

As a supplier of world-class industrial solutions to the market, Elquip Solutions provides a round-the-clock support service and ensures that its products are readily available to its customers.

“Despite being a high-end European product used all around the world, Flexicon is competitively-priced. It offers ease of installation, is self-extinguishing (therefore suitable in any potentially fire-hazardous environment) and highly robust. We are very excited to be able to bring the Flexicon rail product range to the growing South African market,” Scheepers concludes.