Motion Control & Drives
ABB launches Hoist Performance Fingerprint
January 2015, ABB South Africa
New hoist assessment service helps mining customers reduce maintenance costs and improve safety and asset performance.
Greater machine safety
January 2015, SICK Automation Southern Africa
SICK Automation expands its Flexi Soft FX3-MOC drive monitor.
New software-based drive functions from Siemens
January 2015, Siemens Industry Automation & Drives Technologies
Siemens has extended the range of applications for its Sinamics S120 drives family with new, software-based advanced technology functions. The specific functions concerned are synchronous operation (1:1
Thousands of robots swarm together collaboratively
Harvard engineers have created a robotic system consisting of a swarm of 1024 small robots called Kilobots that can collaborate and organise themselves into complex shapes.
Eaton’s New PowerXL DG1 variable frequency drive
January 2015, Eaton Electric SA
Eaton has introduced its new PowerXL DG1 variable frequency drive series as a solution for demanding industrial and building automation applications for ratings from 0,55 to 160 kW. With features such
Servo drives key to vertical packing revolution
December 2014, Emerson Industrial Automation Southern Africa
Drives from Control Techniques ensure precision and energy efficiency in Tray & Bag applications.
Voith hybrid servo press drive
November 2014, Voith Turbo
If the goal is to make production presses quicker, more accurate and above all more efficient, then the Voith hybrid servo press drive (PSH) is an ideal retrofit solution. With the PSH, operators have
SABS hail gun driven by Festo motion solution
October 2014, Festo
Over the past couple of years some of South Africa’s provinces have been subjected to heavy hail storms, raising interest in products that are resilient to nature’s bullets. Festo was asked to assist
The advanced AV05 pneumatic valve system
October 2014, Tectra Automation
The compact lightweight design of its AV series is setting new benchmarks for pneumatic valves according to manufacturer Aventics. The AVO5 valve system, the latest addition to the family, is designed
Drive units require no additional cooling
October 2014, SEW-Eurodrive
SEW-Eurodrive’s bevel-helical gear units are the ideal solution for belt conveyors.
Mitsubishi Electric System Q
October 2014, Adroit Technologies
The single platform for many scalable solutions.
Variable speed drive with embedded intelligent services
October 2014, Schneider Electric South Africa
Schneider Electric has announced the release of Altivar Process in the southern African region. This is the first variable speed drive on the market with embedded intelligent services for industrial applications.
Low noise conveyor system with fast assembly
August 2014, Tectra Automation
Future-proof assembly and packaging lines must be able to deal with even smaller batches, more frequent product changes and a large number of product variants. Chain conveyor systems used in production,
Reduced set-up times thanks to automated actuators
August 2014, Instrotech
Fischerwerke opens up new markets thanks to increased flexibility on its packaging lines.
SKF actuators deliver ultimate product confidence
August 2014, SKF South Africa
SKF actuation system solutions are widely acknowledged for their quality and accurate and efficient performance across a broad range of market sectors. “Our turnkey actuation system solutions position
SEW-Eurodrive to launch new solutions at Electra Mining
August 2014, SEW-Eurodrive
Four new solutions ideal for mining applications to be introduced at this year’s Electra Mining Africa Exhibition in September.
Taking kinematics to the next level
August 2014, Beckhoff Automation
TwinCAT 3.1 with Kinematic Transformation Level 4.
Turck introduces a new linear measuring solution for use in high-speed motion systems
July 2014, RET Automation Controls
Turck has announced its high-speed Q25 inductive linear sensor to the automation market. The internal measuring frequency is user selectable and can be as high as 5 kHz resulting in accurate measuring
Maximum drive efficiency, minimum power consumption
June 2014, Adroit Technologies
The biggest consumer of electrical energy can often be pump and fan applications. Conversely these offer the most potential for the largest energy saving opportunities. Therefore, if caution is not exercised
Festo’s automation supports smart factories
May 2014, Festo
The concept of Integrated Industry is starting to grow and was the main theme of the 2014 Hanover Fair; and automation technology is playing a critical role in supporting the fully networked and integrated
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