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Pneumatic Systems

Tectra Automation is Africa's leader in turnkey, customised pneumatic solutions from design, installation and commissioning stages of a project to quality aftersales service and repair.

From fully customised pneumatic presses to packaging machines and assembly systems, our pneumatic systems improve the speed, efficiency and safety of your production processes, whatever your requirements.

From standard pneumatic component supply, pneumatic component customisation to complex, turnkey pneumatic systems, Tectra Automation is sub-Saharan Africa's leader in pneumatics.

We cover the entire spectrum of solutions for sub-Saharan Africa’s pneumatics industry.

These include:

  • Cylinder valve units with a variety of special functions and mounting elements for decentralised use
  • Modified valve systems configured with all necessary accessories, add-on components, and functional units, preassembled and ready-to-install
  • Modified maintenance units including flow optimisation and compressed air monitoring for long-term energy efficiency
  • Pre-assembled control cabinets with all essential control components for your application and protection against external influences
  • Pneumatic vacuum handling systems for gripping, moving and positioning, designed and created precisely for your application

Pneumatic Services

Our product range is supported by a dynamic sales team, workshop and technical department to ensure that clients receive the best possible service to accompany the most appropriate pneumatic solution.

On-Site Service

Our experienced team of field service technicians offers on-site support including troubleshooting and rectification of faults. We offer installation, commissioning, maintenance and on-site repair.


We offer repair and maintenance services according to plant and OEM specifications. On completion of the work, customers’ receive a new parts warranty up to 12 months for all components.

Spare Parts

All parts that sustain wear due to normal use are offered as spare parts. These include core, supplementary, and discontinued products. Complete spare part sets available.

Pneumatic Training

The Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies delivers merSETA-accredited pneumatics training programmes aimed at various degrees of specialisation.

Designed to improve specific skill sets, comprehensive pneumatic training is designed for customers, end-users and technicians.

When purchasing any pneumatic product or systems from us, you have the option to have pneumatic training on operation and maintenance to maximise your effectiveness and efficiency.

View our pneumatic training courses.

Pneumatic training is available across Africa.

From single components to fully engineered, custom pneumatic systems, Tectra Automation is your end-to-end supplier of pneumatic solutions.

Tectra Automation

Tectra Automation has a dedicated project team with complete design capabilities and engineering know-how.

Tectra Automation specialises in building smarter, more efficient industrial and factory automation solutions. From customised pneumatic presses to completely automated production and assembly lines, Tectra Automation helps customers improve the performance of their shop floor.

By combining state-of-the-art materials with innovative component engineering, advanced electronics, integration and pressure regulation products, Aventics is setting the new benchmark for pneumatic drive and control performance in Africa’s food and beverage, electronics, automotive, medical technology and mining industries.

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World-leading manufacturers

Aventics pneumatics systems

Aventics is a leading manufacturer of industrial pneumatic drive and control solutions, components and systems for markets around the world. Aventics offers customers customised, cross-industry system solutions, services and pneumatic components based on decades of applied expertise.

Aventics in sub-Saharan Africa is available exclusively through the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies.

Schmalz vacuum technology

Schmalz is an international leader and German-based company with a range of over 3 500 vacuum technology products. These are used across southern Africa to allow operators to handle workpieces up to 2 000 kg, safely and efficiently.

Schmalz is distributed in sub-Saharan Africa exclusively through Tectra Automation.


Tectra Automation is a member of the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies which has branches and distributors across 11 African countries. This means that businesses outside of South Africa that require any of our products or services have easy and timeous access to the range.

We supply products across South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Ghana, Nigeria and Madagascar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pneumatic system?

Pneumatics is an application of fluid power. A pneumatic system is a collection of interconnected components using compressed air. The compressed air or pressurised gas is usually filtered and dried to protect the cylinders, actuators, tools and bladders performing the work. Pneumatics systems are reliable and provide a long service life with little maintenance needed.

What are the main components of a pneumatic system?

The main components of the compressed air production, transportation, and distribution system consist of air compressor, electric motor and motor control centre, pressure switch, check valve, storage tank, pressure gauge, auto drain, air dryer, filters, air lubricator, pipelines, and different types of valves.

Are pneumatics and hydraulics similar?

Pneumatics has long since played an important role as a technology in the performance of mechanical work. It is also being used in the development of automation solutions. Pneumatic systems are similar to hydraulic systems but in these systems compressed air is used in place of hydraulic fluid.

How does using compressed air work?

Compressed air is the air from the atmosphere which is reduced in volume by compression thus increasing its pressure. It is used as a working medium normally at a pressure of 6 kg/sq mm to 8 kg/sq mm. For using pneumatic systems, maximum force up to 50 kN can be developed. Most pneumatic systems rely on a constant supply of compressed air to make them work. This compressed air is then supplied to the system through a series of pipes and valves.

What are the advantages of pneumatic systems?

High effectiveness: There is an unlimited supply of air in the atmosphere to produce compressed air.

High durability and reliability: Pneumatic system components are extremely durable and cannot be damaged easily.

Simple design: The designs of pneumatic system components are relatively simple.

High adaptability to harsh environment: Compared to the elements of other systems, compressed air is less affected by high temperature, dust, and corrosive environment.

Safety: Pneumatic systems are safer than electromotive systems. Unlike components of electromotive system, pneumatic system components do not burn or get overheated when overloaded.

Easy selection of speed and pressure: The speeds of rectilinear and oscillating movement of pneumatic systems are easy to adjust and subject to few limitations.

Environmental friendly: Pneumatic systems are environmentally clean and with proper exhaust air treatment can be installed to clean room standards.

Economical: As the pneumatic system components are not expensive, the costs of pneumatic systems are quite low.

Contact Tectra Automation today on +27 11 971 9400