Component, equipment and system specialist, Hudaco company Powermite, locally manufactures electrical products for a wide range of mining, marine and industrial machinery including mobile generators, pumps, welding machines, continuous miners, shuttle cars, tunnel borers, and transformers.
According to Powermite Marketing Director, Donovan Marks, quality and reliability are prerequisite for extending the lifecycle of products operating in the notoriously stringent mining environment. “Increased product lifecycle goes hand in hand with optimised uptime and productivity so quality therefore takes centre stage when it comes to our range of electrical products and components.”
Powermite’s ISO9001:2008 compliant electrical products are manufactured locally by sister companies Proof Engineering and Ampco under one roof in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on Johannesburg’s West Rand. Both companies carry SABS approval to IEC60079 Parts1 and 2, and SANS 1489 – 2005, and to 60309 Part 1 and 2 respectively.
“Pooling the talents and resources across both businesses has created the largest plug and socket manufacturer under one roof in Africa,” states Marks. “In addition to lowering our cost base, combining the strengths and synergies of the two companies has improved efficiencies across the board and has resulted in more streamlined processes and logistics. Marks adds that local manufacture ensures rapid product and spares availability, another vital element to maximising production levels.
Plugs, sockets, couplers and adaptors
Proof Engineering is a flame- and explosion-proof product specialist with over 45 years’ experience in the manufacture of world class components, equipment and systems for Southern African industry. The company produces PLM366 and PLM415/515 plugs and sockets as well as an 11 kV 800 A tunnel coupler and adaptor for open cast applications, 22kV 400A couplers for draglines and more recent additions include a new 35 kV 400 A coupler and adaptor for overhead line skids. An extensive series of plugs, sockets, couplers and adaptors, ranging from 120 A 1,1 kV to 400 A 12 kV, is also available from Proof for underground equipment. Proof Engineering’s unique phase-to-phase segregation eliminates the risk of phase-to phase-faults which can cause costly downtime and lead to serious injury to personnel.
Another innovation from Proof Engineering is the unique ProAlloy coupler. Manufactured from a non-theft zinc, copper and aluminium combination material, the coupler a remarkable 33% lighter than its brass counterpart and most importantly, holds no resale value.
Plugs and sockets for underground operations
Available from the Ampco stable are plugs and sockets suitable for certain underground operations. The company also manufactures a range of products that focusses primarily on industrial applications and is ideally suited for mobile generators, pumps, welding machines, factory installations, etc. The Ampco range features a unique interlocking design which prevents the end user from removing the plug under load. The application of LM 6 reduces the possibility of corrosion and extends product lifecycle.
Enquiries: Powermite (division of Hudaco). Tel. +27 (0) 11 271 0000 or email email@example.com