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Bending the law of size, power and speed
The Hägglunds Quantum hydraulic motor range exceeds previous performance limits in torque, speed and efficiency. Hägglunds Quantum is the new name for the Hägglunds CB range, and these direct drives can be used in heavy-duty and mobile applications.

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More movement on the market
If you want to move something, you have to be able to control the movement. When positioning in the nanometre range everything matters and requires high performance motion control. Six years ago, Aerotech therefore set itself the goal of revolutionising the market for precision motion and machine control systems.

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Tyre-actuated globe valve
Parker Hannifin has launched a tyre-actuated pneumatic valve in its Bestobell cryogenic globe valve range. The valve can be operated remotely with a single switch command, providing much greater speed and convenience than a manually operated type.

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Reflecting 30 years of growth
WEG Africa, Editor's Choice, News & events

Starting out in 1994 to serve the metropolitan area with a range of low-voltage electric motors, WEG Africa’s Cape Town branch has grown. Testament to this is the fact that it has again outgrown its premises, and last year relocated to larger, well-equipped facilities in Richmond Business Park.
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Selection of two-port valves: an open and shut case
SMC Corporation South Africa, Pneumatic systems & components

Little consideration is generally given to two-port valves because they are often perceived as simple devices that only open and close to control downstream fluid supply. Although this is mechanically true, choosing the optimal two-port valve for your application can make a big difference, saving space, weight and energy consumption.
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High-performance additives protect gears
Bearing Man Group T/A BMG, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

The BMG team works closely with key players in diverse sectors to enhance production efficiencies, minimise downtime and extend the service life of power transmission systems and industrial equipment.
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High-efficiency motors for mining
Bearing Man Group T/A BMG, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

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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NSK bearings help pet food plant raise OEE
Shaft power components

When a major UK pet food producer wanted better machine utilisation with the aim of raising its overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) by three points, it decided to ask experts at bearing specialist NSK if they could evaluate processes and systems to help with this improvement goal.
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Case History 191: The weakest link
Pneumatic systems & components

Which is the weakest link in a control loop? The answer, without any doubt is that, in most cases, the final control element is the weakest link.
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Ten considerations for optimum use of vacuum technology
Pneumatic systems & components

Vacuum technology plays a huge role in the packaging of foodstuffs and other products. Here are ten considerations to help you use vacuum technology as effectively and efficiently as possible, so that you can optimise processes and cut operating costs.
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Emerson software optimises maintenance
Other technologies

Emerson has announced the Plantweb Insight Valve Health Application, a powerful software tool that combines Fisher control valve expertise with advanced analytic algorithms. The new app makes it possible for users to visualise an entire connected fleet of valves, while prioritising actions based on the health index of each valve.
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BMG’s machine tools on show at Machine Tools Africa
Bearing Man Group T/A BMG, News & events

BMG will be participating at the Machine Tools Africa exhibition. Its stand will showcase the company’s comprehensive range of quality branded tools and equipment, which has been carefully selected by specialists, to meet the exact requirements of customers in diverse sectors.
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PC-based motion control on a labelling machine
Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

For 50 years, Bausch+Ströbel in Germany has been developing packaging and production systems for the pharmaceutical industries. The company’s goal is to offer the best technical and economical solutions for the challenges of modern industry. Its new ESA1025 labelling machine shows how this is achieved with PC-based control from Beckhoff as the central motion controller.
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Caster for service robot applications
Robotics & Mechatronics

As part of a drive to get robots into more workplaces, operating side by side with humans, a team of expert development engineers at NSK has come up with a novel way to improve the mobility of cobots.
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Automation solutions for underground material handling on mines
Other technologies

Deep Automation is Epiroc’s cutting-edge set of automation systems and applications, used to orchestrate loaders and trucks in underground mining operations.
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Versatile cylinder monitoring
ifm - South Africa, Pneumatic systems & components

This IO-Link cylinder sensor from ifm, with two configurable hardware outputs, will upgrade your machine in no time.
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Tyre-actuated globe valve
Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Pneumatic systems & components

Parker Hannifin has launched a tyre-actuated pneumatic valve in its Bestobell cryogenic globe valve range. The valve can be operated remotely with a single switch command, providing much greater speed and convenience than a manually operated type.
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Thor’s hammer of pneumatic knockers
neaMetrics, Pneumatic systems & components

Neu Matics acts as sole distributor for a range of internationally recognised brands, and one of these is the pneumatic knocker from singold.
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Anti-surge valves
Valve & Automation, Shaft power components

Anti-surge valves meet the most stringent requirements, and in the event of a disturbance must open lightning fast, with precise positioning and absolute reliability. One of the world’s leading compressor manufacturers selected Arca anti-surge valves for its compressor stations at a steel mill in Taiwan.
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Sun carries the load
Axiom Hydraulics, Hydraulic systems & components

When valuable lives are hoisted in the air, reliable load holding technology is at its utmost importance. That’s why you can count on Sun’s excellent load holding cartridge valves.
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Hydraulic connectors with residual pressure
Editor's Choice, Hydraulic systems & components

Hydraulic connections are vital in both outdoor and indoor industrial machinery. However, the hydraulics lines frequently require connecting and disconnecting for maintenance or changeover. The goal is to enable quick, easy swaps to enhance machine flexibility and productivity.
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