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Freaky hydraulics
2nd Quarter 2017, Hydraulic systems & components

There is some great technology that can be developed by mimicking spiders.

Innovation for mechanical engineering
2nd Quarter 2017, Beckhoff Automation

Beckhoff’s eXtended Transport System (XTS) has found its way into numerous new machines supporting the development of innovative automation concepts in a diversity of forms, from simple to highly complex.

A new chapter for hydraulics
2nd Quarter 2017, Hydraulic systems & components

A new groundbreaking technology could change the face of hydraulics – digital displacement technology (DDT).

From the President’s desk: SAFPA reaches out with new qualifications
2nd Quarter 2017, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA), SAFPA

SAFPA’s training initiative to develop properly accredited fluid power qualifications for the industry has made significant progress. Motion Control’s editor recently paid a visit to the training service ...

Digitalisation set to develop Africa
1st Quarter 2017, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, News & events

Siemens has presented the African Digitalisation Maturity Report, which lays out a digitalisation benchmark across four countries, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as key vertical industries – transport, manufacturing and energy.

Ready for Industry 4.0
1st Quarter 2017, Tectra Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Bosch Rexroth’s IndraMotion MLC control system enhances automation performance and flexibility.

Want a thrill – try hydraulics
1st Quarter 2017, Hydraulic systems & components

Motion Control’s editor, Kim Roberts, spoke to Monty Jasper, corporate vice president for safety and engineering at Cedar Fair in Sandusky, Ohio, about the engineering behind the Top Thrill Dragster.

Nanoscale hydraulics
1st Quarter 2017, Hydraulic systems & components

Motion Control’s editor caught up with UC Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ashlie Martini, to find out more about the Simulation, Rheology and Efficiency of Polymer Enhanced Solutions project.

Mechanical drives in a nutshell
1st Quarter 2017, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

The editors of Motion Control and SA Instrumentation & Control recently paid a visit to the Mechanical Drives factory in Isando, Johannesburg to find out how Mechanical Drives fits into the greater Siemens picture.

Hydraulics lifts the stage at U2 concert
1st Quarter 2017, Bearing Man Group t/a BMG, Hydraulic systems & components

Together with Enerpac, Stageco developed a unique system based on Enerpac’s synchronous lift system to raise the modular construction to a height of 30 metres quickly and safely.

PC controlled telescope surveys the skies
4th Quarter 2016, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) is a highly unique astronomical research facility. The observatory is operated by the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) foundation, whose main research goal is to survey several thousand square degrees of sky photometrically.

Autonomous, self-regulating systems with collective behaviour
4th Quarter 2016, Festo, Robotics & Mechatronics

The latest innovation emerging from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network (BLN) is the AirPenguin. The BLN examines naturally occurring phenomena and develops innovative, cutting-edge bionic technology which Festo then integrates into its products.

The latest robots are friendly
4th Quarter 2016, ABB South Africa, Robotics, Robotics & Mechatronics

We all know what a robot is. But then it really does depend on whether you immediately think of them in sci-fi films, or paint spray booths, or welding on automotive production lines, or stacking in automated ...

High-tech bread
4th Quarter 2016, Yaskawa Southern Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Austrian industrial bakery relies on innovative, fast and efficient PLC technology from VIPA.

The future of vehicle crash testing
3rd Quarter 2016, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

This growth has seen a rise in the number of accidents and the trend has spurred car manufacturers to introduce advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). In light of this, leading vehicle test equipment ...

South Africa’s supercomputing excellence
3rd Quarter 2016, News & events

The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) has taken the top prize in the international Student Cluster Competition held at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany. The CHPC is no ...

Axis control valve goes sailing
3rd Quarter 2016, MOOG, Hydraulic systems & components

A racing yacht is an unlikely place to find one of the world’s most advanced hydraulic servo valves. Traditionally used to synchronise motion in large industrial machines in steel plants and automotive ...

The latest compact robot for arc welding
3rd Quarter 2016, ABB South Africa, Robotics, Robotics & Mechatronics

ABB Robotics has unveiled its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending, the IRB 1660ID. The most versatile robot in the mid-size class, the new robot’s Integrated DressPack makes it easier ...

XTS connects processing modules to create an Industry 4.0-ready machine
3rd Quarter 2016, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

The modular automation platform CresaLine made by Credimex from Alpnach in Switzerland consists of intelligent process stations and, according to Roger Schelbert, joint owner of Credimex and head of the ...

Siemens at the speed of sound
3rd Quarter 2016, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

The TWG is used to simulate aircraft and spacecraft behaviour at speeds close to the sound barrier, in other words at around 1000 kilometres per hour and beyond. The facility in Göttingen is the most ...

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