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EKD Kolibri energy chain from Powermite – no weak links!

EKD energy chain from Powermite delivers reliable and cost-effective protection of cable, hose and hydraulic supply at a fixed or variable speed for the seamless operation of mobile equipment such as cranes and milling and boring machines.

“Our combined knowledge of over 50 years in drag chain applications with the globally renowned German energy chain manufacturer EKD, positions us as a leading supplier of EKD Kolibri energy chain to Southern African industry,” says Donovan Marks, Director at Powermite. “EKD Kolibri energy chain is uniquely engineered to substantially reduce operational costs and extended component life for lowest total cost of ownership. It therefore comes as no surprise that this high quality product which we have been supplying to the southern African market for over three decades, is widely used across diverse industries such as ports and harbours, materials handling, industrial and water treatment plants.”

According to Marks, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to recommending the most optimum energy chain solution, is that customers are not always able to provide the most accurate or comprehensive information about their machines. “We interact regularly with our customers and build solid long-term relationships so that we get to know their business and completely understand their equipment and requirements in order to be able to recommend the best possible solution.”

Powermite’s comprehensive range of EKD Kolibri energy chain, available in galvanised steel, stainless steel and carburised (hardened) steel, includes three different types – a one part link or flap-open link range, a wide range of bending radii (to facilitate large cables), as well as chain with separate end-connectors (each link can be used as an end-connector). ”The bars of the flap-open range ensure easy access for on-site installation of hoses or cables,” explains Marks.

The EKD Kolibri series ranges from external sizes of 15mmx15mm through to 65mmx225mm while the EKD PKK range can handle external sizes up to 100mmx340mm. Steel external sizes start from 50mm high x up to 1500mm wide.

The company’s energy chain portfolio also extends to a plastic range consisting of self-extinguishing, ATEX, Anti-Static, steel-coated and Robotic bi-directional chain. Very few spare parts are required as all plastic chains are equipped with integrated connectors, keeping costs and downtime to a minimum. Powermite also offers chains designed for ultra-long distances. Known as the Marathon System, these chains use roller sets and are capable of maintaining speeds of up to 200m/minute.

EKD Kolibri energy chain’s unrivalled wear resistant ensures exceptional reliability. This robust chain requires minimal maintenance and spares and can operate in extreme temperatures of between -20°C and +100°C.

Powermite’s countrywide branch and distribution network in Johannesburg, Witbank, Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay, and Rustenburg carry a full range of spares for the entire EKD Kolibri drag chain range and deliver after-sales service support to customers and end-users across some fifteen African countries as well as in Mauritius.

Established in the late ’60’s as a ‘one stop’ supplier of electrical crane materials and flexible cable reeling drums to the local market, Powermite is today a market leading supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment and energy supply systems. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of industrial and mining cables, industrial and mining plugs and sockets, cable reeling equipment and accessories as well as energy supply systems such as Downshop lead systems, insulated conductor rails, etc. Powermite is a division of Hudaco and ISO 9001:2000 certified.

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