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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.

Supramotion in action
4th Quarter 2017, Festo, Other technologies

At the Hannover Messe 2017 trade fair, Festo showcased three exciting new concepts for the application of superconductor technology to industrial automation.

Hytec’s largest sea vessel project ever
4th Quarter 2017, Hytec (Afripower), Hydraulic systems & components

In its biggest sea vessel project ever undertaken, Hytec successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned all hydraulics for three systems on board the most technologically advanced marine diamond sampling and exploration vessel in the world for its client De Beers Marine.

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.

Drive solutions for anaesthesia
4th Quarter 2017, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

There are many experiences we would happily do without. Operations under general anaesthetic are definitely one of them. Anaesthesia and ventilation systems are a critical part, and perfectly tuned drive ...

Brewing up a taste sensation
4th Quarter 2017, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Siemens logic module optimises beer brewing process.

A revolution in automation
3rd Quarter 2017, Festo, Pneumatic systems & components

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 ...

Siemens software for high performance bikes
3rd Quarter 2017, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Bike manufacturer develops high performance bikes with Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software.

Drives and motors in automotive test rigs
3rd Quarter 2017, Nidec Industrial Automation Southern Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Regenerative drives are also often used, so that the drive is able to regenerate electric power when the motor is absorbing energy or providing a load, returning this energy to the supply and reducing ...

NASA relies on maxon technology
3rd Quarter 2017, DNH Tradeserve, Electrical switching & drive systems & components, Robotics & Mechatronics

Swiss drive specialist, maxon motor will supply several drives specifically developed for the task to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is building the Mars 2020 rover for NASA. The maxon drives are ...

Innovation goes hand in hand
3rd Quarter 2017, Horne Technologies, Robotics & Mechatronics

To make daily life easier, the British company Steeper has developed the bebionic myoelectric hand prosthesis. This is controlled by myoelectric signals generated from muscle contractions in the arm, ...

Easy plant automation with Contactless Energy Transfer
3rd Quarter 2017, SEW-Eurodrive, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

SEW-Eurodrive’s Movitrans Contactless Energy Transfer system is based on inductive energy transfer, whereby electrical energy is transferred without contact from a fixed conductor. The electromagnetic ...

Mobility of the future
3rd Quarter 2017, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the BMW Group commissioned the development of the Iconic Impulses exhibition, which looks ahead to the future: ‘What will mobility look like in the next 100 years? ...

XTS drives toothbrush packaging line
3rd Quarter 2017, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Koch Pac-Systeme in Pfalzgrafenweiler, Germany, is a specialist in customer-specific blister packaging machines and systems and has again proven its expertise with an innovative and complex new packaging ...

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).

Freaky hydraulics
2nd Quarter 2017, Hydraulic systems & components

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

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 ...

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.

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