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Valve manifolds for food and packaging
1st Quarter 2018, SMC Pneumatics South Africa

SMC recently launched a new addition to the SY series of valve manifolds targeted at the food and packing market. According to product manager, Ernst Smith, the new IP69K manifold is available as part ...

Pneumatic rodless cylinders in cleanroom applications
1st Quarter 2018, Parker Hannifin (Africa)

With industry subjected to increasing demands for product miniaturisation, a major challenge is manufacturing in cleanroom conditions. This applies especially to sectors such as pharmaceutical, medical, ...

Pneumatic energy saving solutions
1st Quarter 2018, SMC Pneumatics South Africa

SMC Pneumatics recently launched a new version of the VEX3 power valve series, used to control actuators. The new modifications allow for improved cost savings and versatility by offering greater energy ...

Compressed air leak detection
1st Quarter 2018, Artic Driers International

Compressed air costs around R0,13 per cubic metre. A typical 160 kW air compressor will consume around R1,3 million a year in power when providing a basic plant air service plan operating 24/7/365. In ...

SMC rolls out compact cylinders
1st Quarter 2018, SMC Pneumatics South Africa

SMC Pneumatics is helping customers meet the demand for space saving components that drive down costs and drive up productivity with the launch of two compact cylinders.

Pneumatic systems as an energy efficient alternative
1st Quarter 2018, Festo

Not so with pneumatic automation technology. It is robust, cost-effective and reliable because the compressed air is easy to transport, store and regulate. A comparison of pneumatic and electric actuator ...

Simple verification of modified ­atmosphere packaging
1st Quarter 2018, Artic Driers International

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is well established in the food industry and continues to gain in importance. MAP means that the natural ambient air in the package is replaced by a gas or gas mixture, ...

Versatile connection technology
4th Quarter 2017, Festo

Thanks to its stable material properties, the PTFEN polytetrafluoroethylene tubing from Festo ensures greater process reliability under extreme ambient and operating conditions in the chemical, pharmaceutical, ...

New range of retrofit inline filter elements
4th Quarter 2017, Artic Driers International

Artic Driers recently launched a new range of retrofit replacement inline compressed air filter elements that are compatible with casings from a wide range of global manufacturers. Manufactured in the ...

Safety for your plants
4th Quarter 2017, Festo

The safety and reliability of technical processes are of vital importance for companies in the process industries. Bulk materials and powders in sectors such as the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries ...

Proportional regulators and valves
4th Quarter 2017, Hydramatics Control Equipment

In a pneumatic system it can be more economical to implement proportional control rather than resorting to expensive electric motors and drives, especially when the application involves the accurate movement ...

Precise control and efficient cooling
4th Quarter 2017, Rittal

The temperature of the cooling medium in machine tools needs to be controlled accurately so as to ensure high precision machining. The cooling system must also be energy-efficient, versatile, reliable ...

New easy-to-use valve series
4th Quarter 2017, Tectra Automation

Tectra Automation has brought the Aventics ES05 Essential Valve System series to South Africa. The ES05 series now offers a clever, economic and user-friendly solution for applications with standard requirements ...

Clean style valve manifold
4th Quarter 2017, SMC Pneumatics South Africa

In the food and beverage industry, hygiene is the order of the day. Many systems and system parts need to withstand treatment with steam, high-pressure cleaning and aggressive cleaning agents, whilst ...

SMC’s success with pneumatic panels
4th Quarter 2017, SMC Pneumatics South Africa

In an effort to innovate continuously and provide total engineering solutions while meeting demand, SMC recently expanded its local production offering to include the design and build of electro-pneumatic ...

Secure operational pressure
4th Quarter 2017, SMC Pneumatics South Africa

As an industry rule and to ensure efficiencies, downtime on all production lines should be kept a complete minimum. “SMC supports its customers in this regard by constantly developing products that help ...

How to extend your filter element life
3rd Quarter 2017, Artic Driers International

High quality inline filter casings and the elements they contain, are an essential part of compressed air treatment. They are the primary defence for removing condensed water, particles, oils and vapours ...

A revolution in automation
3rd Quarter 2017, Festo, This Week's Editor's Pick

All this is made possible by the latest developments in piezo technology and associated software. Just as the smartphone turned the mobile communication market on its head a decade ago, so too Festo’s ...

Pneumatic or electric?
3rd Quarter 2017, Festo

Most linear motions in the field of automation and handling technology are carried out using pneumatic or electric drives. This means that engineers frequently face the challenge of having to find the ...

Three additional communication protocols
3rd Quarter 2017, SMC Pneumatics South Africa

Responding to the demand for broader communication capacities on its popular direct input step motor controller, SMC Pneumatics has now made it available in three additional communication protocols, DeviceNet, ...

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