Motion Control & Drives

SEW-Eurodrive gives a foretaste of the future of automation

June 2019 Motion Control & Drives

SEW-Eurodrive gave visitors to Africa Automation Fair 2019 a foretaste of its Movi-C modular automation system, ready-made for the requirements of Industry 4.0. This represents the next-generation of automation technology from Germany, and will be phased in gradually in South Africa, according to national sales and marketing manager, Norman Maleka. The system consists of a Maxo-RPS, CMP motors, Movi-C Modular, Movi-C Controller, HMI, and Movikit Robotics software.

The system provides an end-to-end automation solution, from planning to commissioning, operation and diagnostics software, electronic control and monitoring devices, mechanical drives, and gearmotors. What’s more, it features open communications topology from Profibus and industrial Ethernet to Modbus.

While the Movidrive B drive inverter and Moviaxis servo inverter have been available for some time, the Movi-C modular automation system sets SEW-Eurodrive on a path to embrace Industry 4.0. “This requires products that are both open and flexible,” stressed Maleka. “Our focus is to provide customers with a fully modular and customisable solution.”

The unit on display was a high-speed pick-and-place solution, including a tracking function, applicable to a range of industries. It was showcased as a ‘teaser’ of what customers can expect in the near future from SEW-Eurodrive, which is already developing new technologies in response to both industry trends and customer requirements.

“Our main focus at the exhibition was energy efficiency,” noted Maleka. Three segment conveyors featured IE2, IE3 and IE4 motors, with the different energy consumptions displayed on a screen. Apart from the motor range, the Movigear mechatronic drive system was also showcased. This technology is making inroads into the food and beverage industry due to its ease of use and quick installation, and the fact that it is easy to clean and meets strict hygiene standards, for which an optional smooth surface is available.

Other products on display included VSDs and the LTP-B Eco HVAC drive, which is ideal for applications in large buildings, hospitals and even mills. Features include an advanced ‘sleep’ and ‘wake’ function that maximises energy efficiency by only switching on a pump, for example, when it is required.

For more information contact Jana Klut, SEW-Eurodrive, +27 11 248 7000,,


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