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Helping farmers free up energy
Fourth Quarter 2020, Danfoss
In recent years, South African energy security has been constrained, while also being recognised by the Development Bank of Southern Africa as a water-scarce country. The importance of energy efficiency ...

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Condition monitoring using the drive as a sensor
Third Quarter 2020, Danfoss
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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Festo Simplified Motion Series electric drives designed for simple movements
Fourth Quarter 2020, Festo South Africa
The Simplified Motion Series integrates all the elements of standard electric drive solutions into a single package for simple motion tasks such as repositioning, aligning, feeding, sorting, clamping, ...

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VSDs improve energy efficiency on farms
Fourth Quarter 2020, Danfoss
“Farming operations are not only facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected every industry globally, but farmers also need to cope with power supply limitations and the rising ...

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Lubricant and feed gear pumps
Fourth Quarter 2020, Bearing Man Group T/A BMG
BMG’s range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps – the SF series – are used mainly on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry. “SF heavy duty pumps, which ...

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Extending wind turbine service life
Fourth Quarter 2020, Beckhoff Automation
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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Drive configuration made easy
Fourth Quarter 2020, Nidec Control Techniques
Nidec Control Techniques prides itself on offering free software for commissioning, optimising and monitoring drive/system performance. “If you have already purchased our hardware, why should you have ...

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What is adaptive acceleration control?
Fourth Quarter 2020, Elettronica Santerno South Africa
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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Powerful technology packages for motion control and CNC
Fourth Quarter 2020, Siemens Digital Industries
Siemens is launching three powerful technology packages exclusively for the CNC Sinumerik One. The Sinumerik One Dynamics packages are One Dynamics Operate, One Dynamics 3-axis milling and One Dynamics ...

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Never say no to a challenge
Fourth Quarter 2020, Omron Electronics
High speed seed counting and packing solution - a first in South Africa.

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Food Safe motors withstand over 1100 washdown cycles
Fourth Quarter 2020
Rigorous testing at a state-of-the-art hygiene laboratory verifies that ABB’s Food Safe stainless steel motors can withstand frequent sanitisation. The motors emerged in full working order after being ...

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Energy efficient drives for the mining industry
1 October 2020, Danfoss
The mining and minerals industry presents some of the most challenging environments for production. Mine sites, mineral processing facilities, associated stockyards, and port facilities are large in scale ...

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Evolved drive systems
28 September 2020, Horne Technologies
Drive specialist Faulhaber has once again demonstrated its competence as a system provider and has extended its BXT flat motor series by adding corresponding gearheads and integrated encoders as well ...

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Same day VSD solution
17 September 2020
When a manufacturing facility on the East Rand urgently required a replacement variable speed drive (VSD) for an extraction fan in its welding facility after the existing drive broke down and halted production, ...

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Remote commissioning for sugar mills
17 September 2020
Virtual commissioning can be used in a number of different ways without working with physical assets and has several benefits for customers. This technology has the potential to improve operations in ...

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Additive manufacturing for mass production of customised helmets
17 September 2020, Siemens Digital Industries
Bicycle helmets made to measure and in an affordable framework for everyone − what was unthinkable a few years ago is now becoming reality thanks to digitalisation and additive manufacturing. The ...

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Powerful general-purpose drives
Third Quarter 2020, Nidec Industrial Automation Southern Africa
The Commander series of simple and compact AC motor speed controllers meets advanced requirements in a wide range of applications. Their small footprint makes them ideal for machine builders and OEMs, ...

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Nine drives for copper mining project
Third Quarter 2020, SEW-Eurodrive
SEW-Eurodrive has supplied a comprehensive drive package to a major Greenfield copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The package comprised nine drives in total, of which the five ...

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New IE5+ motor generation
Third Quarter 2020, Bearing Man Group T/A BMG
BMG and German precision engineers, Getriebebau Nord, entered a partnership agreement in 1996 to assemble, distribute and support Nord Drivesystems throughout southern Africa. BMG has made a substantial ...

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Milling machines for the aircraft industry
Third Quarter 2020, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
In aircraft construction, exceptional component quality and precision are crucial. However sheet-metal aircraft parts are often very large, making machining and handling problematic. Harmuth CNC-Frästechnik ...

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