EKD Kolibri from Powermite: No weak links in this energy chain!


EKD energy chain from electrical and mechanical equipment and energy supply systems specialist, Powermite, ensures seamless operation of cranes, milling and boring machines as well as other mobile equipment through the reliable and cost-effective protection of cable, hose and hydraulic supply at a fixed or variable speed.

“Our combined 50 plus years of knowledge in drag chain applications with the globally renowned German energy chain manufacturer EKD, positions us as a specialist supplier of EKD Kolibri energy chain to Southern African industry,” says Managing Director of Powermite, Jacques van Rooyen. Uniquely engineered to substantially reduce operational costs and extend component life for lowest total cost of ownership, this high quality product is widely used across diverse industries such as ports and harbours, materials handling, as well as industrial and water treatment plants.

“We have been supplying EKD energy chain to the southern African market for over three decades and one of the biggest challenges we encounter 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,” notes Van Rooyen. “So, in order to be able to recommend the best possible solution for our customers we ensure that we get to know their business and completely understand their equipment and requirements through regular interaction and solid long-term relationship building.”

Available in galvanised steel, stainless steel and carburised (hardened) steel, the unrivalled wear resistance of Powermite’s comprehensive range of EKD Kolibri energy chain delivers exceptional reliability. This robust chain requires minimal maintenance and spares and can operate in extreme temperatures of between -20°C and +100°C.

Three different types of energy chain are on offer to meet diverse application requirements – 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 EKD Kolibri series ranges from external sizes of 15mm x 15mm through to 65mm x 225mm. “We also offer the EKD PKK range which can handle external sizes up to 100mm x 340mm,” adds van Rooyen. Steel external sizes start from 50mm high x up to 1500mm wide.

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

Powermite’s countrywide branch and distribution network carries a full range of spares for the entire EKD Kolibri energy chain range and delivers expert after-sales service support to customers and end-users across some fifteen African countries as well as in Mauritius.

Powermite has over four decades of experience as a ‘one stop’ supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment solutions for moving machinery in bulk materials handling applications. Alongside EKD energy chain, the company’s extensive product portfolio also 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 recently expanded its basket of offerings with the launch of the cutting-edge Gen 2 plastic range as well as new metal products from its renowned AMPCO brand. Powermite is a Hudaco group company and ISO 9001:2000 certified.

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