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HAW unique hose crimper introduced to SA market

Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, has expanded its hose crimper offering with the addition of the Uniflex UG32 grease crimper to its range. With orders ready for delivery in December 2018, the UG32 launch was preceded with the arrival of UG20 grease crimper, which was on display at the NAMPO 2018 exhibition. Both of these crimpers are manufactured specifically for the southern African market by Uniflex-Hydraulik GmbH in Germany.

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The UG20 grease crimper, which weighs 160 kg, is designed to crimp four-wire hoses from ¼ inch (6.35 mm) to 1. ¼ inch (32 mm) and the 200 kg UG32 is tailored to crimp from ¼ inch (6.35 mm) to 2 inch (51 mm) four-wire hoses. Each crimper comes standard with a quick-die-change tool, facilitating easier changes of the crimpers’ die sets, which is a significant contributor to mass hose production.

“We previously supplied crimpers to our clients from opposition companies,” explains Neville Alberts, Johannesburg Branch Manager, HAW, “but due to product demand and our Group’s role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper that is unique to HAW was made.” Being a German-manufactured product, the associated quality and reliability are a given, and both units are more cost-effective than those offered by competitors.

“Another advantage of this unique range,” Alberts points out, “is the fact that our quick-die-change tool is included in the unit price. There is already large demand for these crimpers, as evidenced by the interest shown at NAMPO 2018 held from 12 to 14 September and the number of enquiries subsequently received. Now, with the Group’s drive into Africa, we feel that this demand will increase substantially.” 10 units of each crimper arrived in early December and are available to clients immediately. However, crimpers outside of this stockholding are ordered from Germany and require a four- to six-week delivery period.

HAW also supplies greaseless crimpers manufactured by Uniflex, which are imported on customer request only. They are ideal for environments where cleanliness is of utmost importance, and they require less maintenance than grease crimpers, although the latter is a more cost-effective purchase. “The option to digitise these crimpers is also available,” Alberts concludes, “although there are pricing implications for this option.”

While Uniflex manufactures this range specifically for HAW, the company will carry out its own branding as and when the imported crimpers arrive.

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