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The eight technologies that will transform manufacturing
3rd Quarter 2018, Other technologies

Recent research identifies vendor challenges and solutions for new future technologies, including robotics, blockchain, AI and edge analytics.

Technology that gets under your skin
3rd Quarter 2018, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Football players Lukas Podolski and Jerome Boateng have them. Olympic swimmer Franziska van Almsick has them. Pop stars such as Robbie Williams and Madonna also decorate their bodies. What does this have ...

Wet brake solution for Land ­Cruisers
3rd Quarter 2018, Axiom Hydraulics, Hydraulic systems & components

Axiom Hydraulics is the exclusive agent for Ausco Products’ wet enclosed LC brake for the Toyota Land Cruiser, the vehicle of choice for South African mining. This well-proven vehicle is commonly used ...

Safe landing every time
3rd Quarter 2018, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, Hydraulic systems & components

Aeronautics research institute studies aircraft braking operations using simulation software from Siemens.

Modern electromechanical ­machine design
3rd Quarter 2018, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Other technologies

Many leading motion technology suppliers have developed their product portfolio specifically for machine designers.

Fully automatic tool change for CNC machining and 3D printing
2nd Quarter 2018, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies has developed a CNC-based hybrid tool solution, the Ambit multi-task system, which can be integrated into almost any CNC metalworking machine.

PC-based CNC controller revitalises traditional wood joining technique
2nd Quarter 2018, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Beckhoff's CNC PC- and EtherCAT-based control platform controls the automatic manufacturing of mortise and tenon joints and provides a bright future for the traditional wood joining technique.

Ready for Industry 4.0: Connected hydraulics
2nd Quarter 2018, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Decentralised intelligence and open interfaces are the crucial requirements for future automation solutions.

Linear actuator drive selection
2nd Quarter 2018, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

A precise balancing act.

Green energy stores of the future
2nd Quarter 2018, Other technologies

Former South African mines could find a new lease of life – with old mine shafts turned into hi-tech green energy stores. Energy startup, Gravitricity has just received a R12 million grant from Innovate ...

New drive range for energy intensive applications
2nd Quarter 2018, Schneider Electric South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Schneider Electric has extended its range of Altivar Process drives to include a solution for energy intensive applications in the oil and gas, mining, minerals and metals sectors – the Altivar 960 variable speed drive.

Festo’s human-robot collaboration with artificial intelligence
2nd Quarter 2018, Festo, Robotics & Mechatronics

By means of intelligent workplaces capable of learning, such as the BionicWorkplace, and the use of multifunctional tools, collaboration between humans and machines will be even more intuitive, simple and efficient in future.

Automated pretzel buttering
2nd Quarter 2018, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

MFDO UG based in Althütte in Baden-Württemberg has developed a machine capable of automated pretzel buttering.

How drives are revolutionising the printing industry
1st Quarter 2018, Nidec Industrial Automation Southern Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Whether it’s for actual printing press machinery or supplementary systems, such as inserters, reel stands and cart loaders, many in the print industry are taking steps to replace DC drives with AC drives ...

An experience like no other
1st Quarter 2018, Other technologies

A 50-ton, flame-throwing mechanical spider.

Faulhaber motors for Mars
1st Quarter 2018, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

2020 is the year of the next rover mission to Mars. The main payload of the Russian Proton rocket is the ExoMars rover, developed by the European and Russian Space Agencies (ESA and Roskosmos). The plan ...

Puristic design and convenient functionality
1st Quarter 2018, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

A combination of exercise, relaxation and a sporting challenge – these are the things that motivate golfers when they step onto the green. The golfer’s most important companion is a lightweight and manoeuvrable ...

Kinetic sculpture interacts with water and light
4th Quarter 2017, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

A fascinating play of water, light and motion.

Rotating and turning
4th Quarter 2017, Lapp Group , Robotics & Mechatronics

The most important difference between robot cables and conventional moving cables is that the former have to withstand both bending and torsion over their entire service life, and in development they are designed fundamentally differently to a power chain cable, for example.

Precious cases
4th Quarter 2017, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Manufacture of luxury packaging with servo and control technology from Siemens.

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