Roadshows to the universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Cape Peninsula Technikon, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, Wits and Johannesburg have been completed with great success. Over 600 students attended and were exposed to the latest technology in the SEW-Eurodrive and Festo product ranges, including Movigear from SEW-Eurodrive and CMAX from Festo. These products have been ear marked for bonus points in the competition.
The Roadshow at Stellenbosch University
The Movigear is the first mechatronic drive from SEW-Eurodrive and incorporates a servo motor, gearbox and frequency inverter in one hygienic design. It is frequently used in the food and beverage industry and recently an installation at a Coca Cola plant in Vienna proved its worth when calculations showed a 75% reduction in energy costs after 40 of these units were installed.
The CMAX from Festo is a servo pneumatic controller that extends the automation platform through intelligent drive technology. This servo pneumatic drive provides more freedom in controlling positioning systems by communicating via fieldbus. Position as well as force control is possible with this unit.
The competition is jointly sponsored by SEW-Eurodrive and Festo, both well known for their innovative motion control solutions, and has been endorsed by SAIMechE and SAIEE. More information can be found at www.pneudrive.co.za and the challenge can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.
Entries for the competition close on 15 October 2011.
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