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Powerful pump set tested
1 February 2020
With 1350 Kw of raw power produced by a massive V16 diesel motor, the SABS in conjunction with KSB Pumps and Valves has tested one of the most impressive pump sets to be assembled on South African soil ...

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Magnetic levitation technology for the Far East
First Quarter 2020
German construction engineering specialist, Max Bögl, is commissioning a local public transport system based on magnetic levitation in Chengdu, China. Beginning at Max Bögl’s main factory in Sengenthal, ...

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SEW-Eurodrive’s pick-and-place solution for brick and block plant
First Quarter 2020, SEW-Eurodrive
When a local Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of concrete brick, block, and paving machinery had the unique opportunity to build a greenfield plant for a longstanding customer in the East London area, it turned to SEW-Eurodrive for its easily configurable HandlingKinematics pick-and-place solution.

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Production boost for glass manufacturers
First Quarter 2020
A pair of 5 MW standby power systems from Cummins are providing extra protection at two glass manufacturing facilities in Lahore, Pakistan that are growing their businesses, allowing production lines ...

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New app supports predictive services for drive systems
First Quarter 2020, Siemens Digital Industries
With Predictive Services for Drive Systems, Siemens makes maintenance more efficient for Sinamics drive systems and/or Simotics motors in the low voltage range. With its new service portfolio including ...

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Motor efficiency high on global agenda
First Quarter 2020, Zest WEG Group Africa
With electric motors consuming almost 70% of industry’s energy, companies are always looking for better motor efficiencies. For many years, motor efficiency has been well defined; however, when driven ...

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Modernised irrigation control system
First Quarter 2020, Varispeed (Div. of Hudaco Trading)
As a preferred supplier to the agricultural industry due to proven reliability and performance, Varispeed designs, manufactures and distributes constant pressure solutions. With a good knowledge of the ...

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Cam clutches for bulk handling
First Quarter 2020, Bearing Man Group T/A BMG
New to BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki cam clutches is the BS-F series, designed for high speed inclined and long overland belt conveyors and bucket elevators used in the mining and bulk handling sectors. ...

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New automated drive analyser
First Quarter 2020, Comtest
Fluke’s MDA-500 Series is designed to help users easily test and troubleshoot typical problems on three-phase and single-phase inverter type motor-drive systems. The on-screen information, and step-by-step ...

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Maximised precision and speed
First Quarter 2020, Beckhoff Automation
Due to the outstanding quality characteristics of its beam, the fibre laser has become the technology of choice in the fine cutting of metal sheets. It delivers highly precise cuts with very narrow kerfs ...

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840 soccer pitches of glass
First Quarter 2020, Siemens Digital Industries
Horn Glass manufactures glass melting machines and equipment. The technology supplier has recently concluded the biggest project in the company’s history with the completion of the largest glassworks ...

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New functions for Sinamics V90 servo converter
First Quarter 2020, Siemens Digital Industries
New functions are being added to the proven Sinamics V90 servo drive system with the V1.11 version of the Sinamics firmware. The Fast PTI mode is now available for the drive system, increasing Pulse Train ...

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Geared servo motors for food and beverage project
First Quarter 2020, SEW-Eurodrive
SEW-Eurodrive supplied 64 Movigear geared servo motors to a major local OEM. Based in Paarl, H.G. Molenaar in turn designed, manufactured and supplied a weighing conveyor system to a leading German company ...

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Environmentally friendly chocolate production with Simatic Energy Manager
First Quarter 2020, Siemens Digital Industries
Alfred Ritter, better known as Ritter Sport, has been producing chocolate since 1912 and now exports it to over 100 countries. The company not only insists on high quality raw materials, production and ...

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Control for additive manufacturing
Fourth Quarter 2019, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
Colossus plans to manufacture large functional or decorative objects such as outdoor furniture and ornaments with a new 3D printer that processes recycled plastics, and this creates further special ...

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Varispeed VSDs now available from Bearings International
Fourth Quarter 2019
Being part of the broader Hudaco Group allows BI to leverage synergies across a broad range of companies, meaning it can offer a complete product basket at its extensive branch network countrywide. One ...

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On the way towards fully electrified mining machines
Fourth Quarter 2019, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Editor's Choice
The more time humans spend working in mining conditions, and near mining vehicles, the more likely they are to be injured, contract illnesses or die in accidents. According to the UN’s International ...

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Future-proof chair lift system
Fourth Quarter 2019, Siemens Digital Industries, Editor's Choice
At Snow Space, a winter sports resort near Salzburg, Bergbahnen Wagrain operates the Sonntagskogelbahn 2, a chair lift for taking skiing enthusiasts to the piste. New innovative drive technology guarantees ...

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New series of industrial gear units
Fourth Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive
The latest technology unveiled by German drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive at Hannover Messe 2019 has finally made its way to South African shores. Raymond Obermeyer, MD of SEW-Eurodrive, personally ...

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IE3 compliant motor control
Fourth Quarter 2019, Zest WEG Group Africa
The increased move towards the use of IE3 electric motors has made it increasingly important that the most appropriate starting method be selected to ensure optimum performance. With this move it is essential ...

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