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Technews Industry Guide - IIoT 2018

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Motion Control & Drives
New drive range for energy-intensive applications
July 2018, Schneider Electric South Africa

In difficult economic times, rising energy prices have an increasingly negative impact on production costs. This is seeing energy-intensive industries under increasing pressure to improve energy efficiency ...

NASA relies on maxon technology
July 2018, DNH Tradeserve

NASA’s fifth Mars rover will collect soil samples, seal them and deposit them on the Martian surface for future collection and transport back to earth. Swiss drive specialist, maxon motor, will supply ...

Vacuum tube lifter for starter batteries
July 2018, Tectra Automation

The new Schmalz vacuum tube lifter, JumboFlex Battery provides a complete solution for the ergonomic and safe handling of starter batteries. It ensures the reliable commissioning of starter batteries ...

Festo’s human-robot collaboration with artificial intelligence
Technews Industry Guide: Industrial Internet of Things & Industry 4.0, Festo

BionicWorkplace Alongside serial production, there is a trend in industry towards the customisation of products. A key role when it comes to production in batch size one, besides the digital networking ...

Phase Change Material (PCM) compressed air dryer launch
July 2018, Artic Driers

The incessant need to reduce energy consumption is an ever present fact for all plant engineers. It is estimated that compressed air production and compressed air treatment amount to approximately 30% ...

Position sensor detection for ­hydraulic cylinders
July 2018, Instrotech

Siko’s SGH wire-actuated encoders measure cylinder stroke as well as speed in hydraulic cylinders with impressive efficiency, flexibility and robustness.       The technology SGH sensors use a wire draw ...

Linear encoders for future-proof position measurement
July 2018, SICK Automation Southern Africa

More and more vehicle manufacturers, integrators, and operations managers are setting their sights on top quality innovations. Everyone wants the added value that came to be standard within industrial ...

Disc couplings for high torque ­applications
July 2018, SKF South Africa

SKF’s range of disc couplings in a variety of configurations offer cost-effective, lubrication-free service in medium to high torque applications that require torsional rigidity. They consist of two hubs ...

Case History 161: Differences between PLCs and DCSs – a discussion from a practical control point of view
July 2018, Michael Brown Control Engineering

Eliakim Musikiti read one of my articles in SA Instrumentation and Control and emailed me to ask what the differences are between PLCs and DCSs. I started replying to him and then thought that it would ...

SEW-Eurodrive cuts costs in ­materials handling supply chain
May 2018, SEW-Eurodrive

The latest trend in materials handling has seen sectors such as warehousing, packing and pick-and-place use cheaper components for light load conveyor applications in order to reduce total supply chain ...

Kinetic sculpture interacts with water and light
May 2018, Beckhoff Automation

A fascinating play of water, light and motion.

Faulhaber motors for Mars
May 2018, Horne Technologies

2020 is the year of the next rover mission to Mars. The main payload of the Russian Proton rocket is the ExoMars rover, developed by the European and Russian Space Agencies (ESA and Roskosmos). The plan ...

Format change at the push of a button
May 2018, Festo

Two Festo innovations enable fast and straightforward format changes on just one machine.

Sew-Eurodrive develops fan and pump control for niche applications
May 2018, SEW-Eurodrive

From wine farms to mining, the new LTP-B Eco drive from SEW-Eurodrive is finding application in a range of sectors. This purpose-built drive is distinguished by the fact that different parameters can ...

Case History 160: More problems with control
May 2018, Michael Brown Control Engineering, This Week's Editor's Pick

In a recent assignment to sort out problems being experienced in a petrochemical refinery, I came across the following two examples:       Drum pressure misbehaving The first was with the control of an ...

Linear actuator drive selection
April 2018, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa

No ‘one size fits all’ for linear motion system drive train designs.

New rodless cylinder for compact machine design
April 2018, Tectra Automation

Aventics has recently launched a new double-acting RTC rodless cylinder range for high-performance applications that require a compact machine design. As with other Aventics double-acting rodless cylinders, ...

Autonomous food robots move with the times
March 2018, Omron Electronics

As with many other industries in the world today, food and beverage manufacturers are under immense pressure to increase productivity and sales, while keeping manufacturing costs down. A normal reaction ...

The benefits of easy access to accumulator services
March 2018, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa

Modern industry needs far more from its suppliers than straightforward product sales. Instead, today’s technology providers must support their customers with accessible and targeted services that, for ...

How drives are revolutionising the printing industry
March 2018, Nidec

Whether it’s for actual printing press machinery or supplementary systems, such as inserters, reel stands and cart loaders, many in the print industry are taking steps to replace DC drives with AC drives ...

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