Motion Control Magazine


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The future of automation
MOVI-C comprises four components: MOVISUITE engineering software, MOVI-C Controller control technology, MOVIDRIVE inverter technology, and MOVIGEAR, MOVIMOT decentralised drive technology comprising the ...

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Land Cruiser wet brakes for mining
Unfortunately, the vehicle’s OEM brakes are not built for mining; they compromise safety while suffering frequent and expensive maintenance. Simply put, the brakes were never designed for use in the highly ...

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SMC’s new virtual showroom
SMC Corporation South Africa is proud to announce the launch of its new 360-degree interactive virtual showroom. Locally designed and developed by Joanne Zimmerman, it was created to extend the company’s ...

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Latest articles

Siemens’ first edge application for drives
Siemens Digital Industries, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

As part of the Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog, Siemens is launching Analyze MyDrives Edge, its first edge application for drives. The company is thus demonstrating in concrete terms how edge computing ...
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Willem Gijzelaar retires from Bosch Rexroth
News & events

Willem Gijzelaar, group marketing manager at Bosch Rexroth South Africa, retired in December 2020 after 35 years’ service at the company and 47 years in the fluid power industry. Beginning his career ...
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PC-based control technology for next-generation telescope
Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is a project of superlatives. After a long planning and construction period, the next-generation telescope is expected to go live in 2029. With seven mirrors and a combined ...
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Miniature DC motors drive tattoo machine design forwards
Electrical switching & drive systems & components

All of this places stringent requirements on the motor – the prime mover in the tattoo machine and perhaps the most critical element of the machine design – as Vishal Sapale, assistant manager – design ...
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Extending wind turbine service life
Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

One way to prolong service life beyond the design life is to reduce the load on the main components. For instance, a 10% reduction in damage-equivalent load at the rotor blade root results in a 50% longer ...
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Solutions for shipping
SKF South Africa, Shaft power components

When a ship is out at sea, outside support is a long way off and rough seas present extreme working conditions. Equipment reliability and flexibility is therefore paramount. SKF’s marine solutions encompass ...
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What is adaptive acceleration control?
Elettronica Santerno South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Adaptive Acceleration Control (AAC) is a new soft start control type that allows the selection of different acceleration and deceleration profiles according to application needs. Soft starters offer a ...
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Festo helps young South Africans realise their dreams
Festo South Africa, News & events

Festo has been a leading worldwide supplier of automation technology and a performance leader in industrial training and education programmes for almost half a century. The company is more than just an ...
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Condition monitoring using the drive as a sensor
Danfoss, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Variable speed drives have been used for over half a century, with the main advantage being the reduction of electrical energy use. With the advance of Industry 4.0, the role of the drive moves from that ...
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Rethinking pneumatic technology for the factories of the future
Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Editor's Choice, Pneumatic systems & components

As manufacturing continues its rapid journey to digitalisation, one must ask, what will become of conventional technologies? Take pneumatics for example, which remains based on the age old principle of ...
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Advanced filtration solutions
Other technologies

Fibertex Nonwovens, a leading global manufacturer of nonwovens and performance-based materials, has developed advanced filtration solutions including pleated, needlepunch, spunlace and thermally bonded ...
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Lubrication-free roller chain
Bearing Man Group T/A BMG, Shaft power components

BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki chain products encompasses the Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series, which has been designed for industries where clean working environments are required and where ...
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Siemens industrialises additive manufacturing
Siemens Digital Industries, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Under the motto ‘Partnering for the next step to industrialise additive manufacturing’, Siemens will present its Digital Enterprise Portfolio for the industrialisation of additive manufacturing at Formnext ...
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Higher range synchronous servo motors
Electrical switching & drive systems & components

With twelve new variants of the synchronous servo motor MS2N, Bosch Rexroth is expanding the performance range of the engine series at the high end. With up to 692 Nm, the maximum torque is almost doubled. ...
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New generation compact vector control drive
Electrical switching & drive systems & components

The Delta ME300 series from ElectroMechanica (EM) is a new generation compact vector control drive that has up to 60% volume reduction compared to previous Delta VFD-EL drives. This provides more installation ...
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Hybrid bearings for wind farm
SKF South Africa, Shaft power components

SKF’s Renewables Segment team was instrumental in securing an order for the supply of three hybrid bearings which deliver improved reliability and uptime for a customer operating a wind farm in the Western ...
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Addressing the new normal in food manufacturing
Omron Electronics, Other technologies

Food and beverage companies can now set the course for the time after Covid-19 using automation to boost competitiveness and productivity. Manufacturers should focus their resources on four market driven perspectives: workforce, product quality, flexibility and sustainability.
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Keeping your lifting equipment on track
Other technologies

Lifting equipment applied at mining sites is a major Capex expenditure, and one that has to reflect a positive return on investment for mining companies. Preventive maintenance scheduling plays a crucial ...
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