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Contactless energy transfer system for automotive assembly line
Third Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive, This Week's Editor's Pick
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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Cost-efficient production with 18 synchronous NC axes
Third Quarter 2019, Beckhoff Automation, This Week's Editor's Pick
Swedish equipment manufacturer, Ecmec has developed a high-tech machine for a supplier to the automobile industry that can complete several process steps simultaneously without having to remount the part ...

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Expanded power ranges and capabilities for drives
Third Quarter 2019, Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation has expanded the power ranges and capabilities of TotalFORCE technology for its Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T AC drives. The drives now offer an expanded power range, helping engineers ...

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What is going on in the Milky Way?
Third Quarter 2019, This Week's Editor's Pick
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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Drive migration for Mozal Aluminium
Third Quarter 2019, Rockwell Automation
For over 20 years, Rockwell Automation’s 1336 Drives have delivered the drive control required across Mozal, an aluminium smelter near Maputo, Mozambique. Now the industrial automation leader is in the ...

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Automated post-print processing on 3D printed parts
Third Quarter 2019, Beckhoff Automation
Additive manufacturing processes can produce parts with the most complex geometries in a single operation. However, post-processing these 3D printed parts is time consuming and costly. In order to remove ...

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Movidrive for screen filters
Third Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive
An industrial water filtration specialist that has used gearmotors from SEW-Eurodrive for many years has adopted its Movidrive inverters with CMP servo motors and customisable iPOS software for its latest ...

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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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Motors that let you know when it’s time for a service
Third Quarter 2019, ABB South Africa, Robotics and Motion, This Week's Editor's Pick
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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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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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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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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New docking system for space rendezvous
Third Quarter 2019, DNH Tradeserve, This Week's Editor's Pick
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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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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Flying motion
2nd Quarter 2019, Beckhoff Automation
A planar motor system of free-floating movers with six degrees of freedom.

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A new servo motor
2nd Quarter 2019, Tectra Automation
The new MS2N synchronous servo motor range is Tectra Automations’ latest product offering to break new boundaries in the electric drives and controls industry.

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Beacon lights of the modern age
2nd Quarter 2019, Horne Technologies, This Week's Editor's Pick
Anyone who takes a look inside a lighthouse along the French coast has a good chance of experiencing drive technology from Faulhaber.

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VSDs drive cost saving in pumping systems
2nd Quarter 2019, Zest WEG Group Africa
WEG variable speed drives (VSDs) offer the agricultural sector the ability to reduce the operating cost on automated water collection systems with a reduction in motor energy consumption when the motor speed is reduced.

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SEW-Eurodrive and Film Riggers help French Spiderman
2nd Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive, This Week's Editor's Pick
Specialist rigging company, Film Riggers, was recently called upon to ensure the safety of Alain Robert, aka the French Spiderman, while he scaled a skyscraper in central Johannesburg to create an advertisement for an international tyre manufacturer.

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