Motion Control & Drives


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Future-proofing SMEs with cobots
January 2024, Omron Electronics
Many countries around the world are likely to experience skill shortages over the coming decade, especially technical specialists. At the same time, product lifecycles are becoming shorter. Collaborative robots are easy to set up, and offer a quick and cost-effective solution.

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SKF doubles mean time between failures
January 2024, SKF South Africa
The utilisation of SKF sealed bearings, combined with upgraded internal modifications, reconditioning and locally manufactured custom seals, has increased the average mean time between failures (MTBF) of scraper idlers on a customer’s submerged scraper conveyor (SCC) from between three and six months, up to between 12 and 18 months.

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Inovance brings advanced motion control to South Africa
January 2024, Motion Tronic
Inovance and its South African distributor, Motion Tronic are launching the Easy Series PLC in this country, bringing its flexible, high-performance motion control solution to customers across South Africa in a wide range of industry sectors.

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Flexible transport solutions for materials handling
January 2024, Omron Electronics
Omron has added a Selectable Autonomy functionality to the core software for its line of autonomous mobile robots

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High-efficiency motors for the mining sector
January 2024, Bearing Man Group t/a BMG
The electric motor is known as the workhorse in the mining industry, and plays a critical role in ensuring optimum productivity at every plant; but a major problem is that they are mostly not optimised for maximum efficiency.

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Inovance Ethercat servo drive for compact dynamic performance
January 2024, Motion Tronic
Industrial automation group Inovance Technology, and its partner Motion Tronic, are bringing market-leading improved performance with ultra-fast current loop technology to South Africa with the launch of the SV660N servo solution for industrial automation applications.

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Time follows function
January 2024, Horne Technologies
What would a mechanical watch look like if it was reimagined and redeveloped from the bottom up? Master watchmaker Benoît Mintiens asked himself this question. He came up with a unique mechanism in the world of mechanical timepieces, a wristwatch that ‘sleeps’ when you take it off and wakes up when you put it back on, setting the correct time automatically.

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Bent-axis pump and motor series for the medium-duty market
January 2024, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa
Parker Hannifin has launched the new medium duty, fixed displacement, bent-axis pump and motor series, F10. As an evolution of the F11 and F12 products, the F10 series offers elevated performance when it comes to power savings, reliability and durability.

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Robot-assisted workflows in the food industry
January 2024, Omron Electronics
Producers are increasingly having to juggle between longer term range proliferation centred on consumer demands, and range reduction caused by the rapidly changing buying habits of retailers and consumers. This has resulted in them having to be even more agile with existing assets.

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Compact and integrated EtherCAT stepper motor drives
January 2024, Beckhoff Automation
The integrated ASI8100 stepper motor drive from Beckhoff’s range of compact drive technology products up to 48 V DC combines a stepper motor, stepper motor output stage and fieldbus connection in a space-saving design. As an EtherCAT slave, it can be placed directly on the machine without a control cabinet or upstream I/O level, allowing for highly compact, control cabinet-free machines.

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Easy integration of a motor into a machine
January 2024, Beckhoff Automation
The AL8000 and AL8100 linear motor series now offers integrated position detection, thanks to the addition of a feedback system. This makes the entire process of integrating a motor into a machine much easier, as users no longer have to mount the scanning head themselves. Users also benefit from all the advantages of Beckhoff’s One Cable Technology.

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Conveyor drive technology increases energy efficiency
January 2024, ABB South Africa
LKAB has awarded ABB a contract to install two ABB gearless conveyor drives on the existing conveyor belt system at its Malmberget mine in Sweden. This will enable an increase in annual production, while lowering energy use.

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Bearings for harsh conditions on steel mills
January 2024
When a steel mill was experiencing regular failures of the bearings on its pilger mill, the plant turned to the expertise and experience of NSK for a robust and economic solution. By recommending bearings with 200% more life than the units they replaced, NSK provided the mill with annual savings of €159 933.

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Energy management system for electrohydrostatic actuation systems
January 2024
In the machine manufacturing industry, more drive systems are being converted from servo-hydraulic throttle to electrohydrostatic actuation systems. The four-quadrant capability of the electrohydrostatic pump unit and servo drive used in this technology, in combination with the new Moog energy management system, allows regenerative power flows generated during braking or pressure relief to be stored and reused.

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Precision shaft alignment
January 2024, Comtest
The powerful Fluke 831 Laser simplifies precision shaft alignment and saves thousands in downtime and energy waste by making it practical to align most machines in a facility.

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Motors and drives for South Africa’s energy solution
January 2024, WEG Africa
With the continued energy problems being experienced in South Africa, motors and drives are set to play an ever more crucial role in industry’s energy solution strategy. WEG Africa has the knowledge and expertise, and the technology solutions to assist operations in reducing their operating costs and increasing their productivity, while guarding their energy security.

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How to avoid common failures in plain bearings
January 2024
Plain bearings are often used in intensive applications because of their ability to operate for a long time under heavy loads and their low maintenance needs, even in harsh operating conditions. Despite this, their resilience does not mean that they are immune to failure.

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Yaskawa’s vision for South Africa’s industrial future
January 2024
As Industry 4.0 revolutionises multiple industries and sectors the world over, we find ourselves at the precipice of a transformative era, with automation and robotics technologies breaking new ground on an almost day-to-day basis. Yaskawa, a global leader in automation and robotics, envisions a future where South Africa is at the forefront of Industry 4.0.

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Stronger than steel
January 2024, igus
German polymer manufacturer, igus is slowly changing the way it does things by replacing metals and other everyday materials with stronger, longer lasting polymers that can stand up to almost any challenge.

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R200 part saves recycler millions
November 2023, igus
A simple switch to a polymer bearing, in place of stainless steel, has saved lead acid battery recycler, Frys Metals, tens of thousands of rands in maintenance costs, and much more in preventing lost production time.

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