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M&C rewinds compressor motor stator
Fourth Quarter 2019
Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently provided a solution to an irregularity that occurred in the stator of a large 36 MW compressor motor deployed at Sasol’s Secunda plant.The results of final tests, conducted ...

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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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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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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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Cummins engines power expansion projects in Ghana
Fourth Quarter 2019
A pair of Cummins QSK95 engines is helping power expansion projects at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA). GPHA is the national port authority of Ghana, responsible for the governance, maintenance ...

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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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Motors, drives, alternators and ATEX induction motors
Fourth Quarter 2019
Vert Energy is the sole distributors for Leroy-Somer in southern Africa and supplies and supports the entire LS range, which includes standard and adapted AC and DC motors, geared and brake motors, variable ...

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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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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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Mechatronic drive system for improved bakery industry efficiency
Fourth Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive
SEW-Eurodrive is assisting the bakery industry in improving efficiencies and reducing its energy consumption by means of the introduction of its Movigear mechatronic drive system. The drive specialist ...

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Motors that let you know when it’s time for a service
Third Quarter 2019, ABB South Africa, Robotics and Motion, Editor's Choice
A new smart sensing solution from ABB can reduce downtimes of low voltage motors by up to 70% and extend their lifetime by up to 30%.

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Contactless energy transfer system for automotive assembly line
Third Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive, Editor's Choice
The Movitrans contactless energy transfer system from SEW-Eurodrive, in conjunction with its Movipro SDC decentralised drive, position and application controller, has played a critical role in an assembly ...

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Drives for sewage treatment applications
Third Quarter 2019, Bearing Man Group T/A BMG
BMG supplies a range of drives designed specially for optimum efficiency in sewage treatment applications. “Nord drives, which consist of Unicase helical shaft mount geared motors, have special features ...

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How to stablilise South Africa’s power supply
Third Quarter 2019, Zest WEG Group Africa
South Africa could go a long way to cutting the risk of future load-shedding by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors. According to Fanie Steyn, manager of rotating ...

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Laminated glass in small batches
Third Quarter 2019, Siemens Digital Industries
The Italian Bottero Group (Bottero) manufactures laminated glass lines for producing structural and safety glass. The glass manufacturer is relying on the benefits provided by Industry 4.0 to increase ...

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Cost-effective DC motor solutions
Third Quarter 2019
Vert Energy’s Leroy-Somer LSK direct current DC motors provide cost-effective solutions for variable speed applications. The major advantage of direct current motors is the ease of effecting accurate ...

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What is going on in the Milky Way?
Third Quarter 2019, Editor's Choice
One of the regions we know very little about is the dense part in the centre of the galaxy, where countless stars and gas clouds cluster around a presumed black hole. But a major astronomy project is ...

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New docking system for space rendezvous
Third Quarter 2019, DNH Tradeserve, Editor's Choice
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working on a new system to enable easy docking between two spacecraft. maxon motor developed two special drive systems for this purpose. Even though it has been done ...

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Using quality motors and gearboxes optimises screen economy
Third Quarter 2019
Harsh operating conditions on vibrating screens demand high quality engineering and the strictest tolerances for unbalanced motors and gearboxes, or they simply do not last. According to Kenny Mayhew-Ridgers, ...

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Power-factor correction to cut energy costs
Third Quarter 2019, ElectroMechanica
Power-factor correction is a mechanism to reduce operating costs associated with electricity consumption. Some of the key advantages are reduced kVA charges, improved plant efficiency and network voltage ...

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