Electrical switching & drive systems & components


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BI consolidates Tier 2 electrical products
First Quarter 2021
Following the recent successful launch of the Alpha Drive Micro and the Alpha Drive Plus ranges of variable speed drives, Bearings International (BI) is excited to announce the rebranding of its Bauer ...

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PC-based control technology for next-generation telescope
First Quarter 2021, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
Key factors were the advantages of EtherCAT for site-wide real-time communication connecting all telescope functions. Various embedded PCs and AM8000 servomotors were also tested and specified, among ...

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Surfing back to Earth
First Quarter 2021, Horne Technologies, Editor's Choice
How did life actually form on Earth? Even today this question still has not been definitively answered. There are, however, signs that asteroids or comets played an important role. In the search for additional ...

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Treading in the footsteps of the space pioneers
First Quarter 2021, Siemens Digital Industries, Editor's Choice
The adventure park Euro Space Centre in Transinne in Belgium is home to a number of different simulators, including the original NASA multi-axis chair dating back to the 1960s which was used to familiarise ...

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Miniature DC motors drive tattoo machine design forwards
First Quarter 2021, Editor's Choice
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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The future of automation
First Quarter 2021, SEW-EURODRIVE, Editor's Choice
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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Siemens’ first edge application for drives
First Quarter 2021, Siemens Digital Industries
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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Less than 7 millimetres for fully integrated speed controller
First Quarter 2021, Horne Technologies
The BXT motor family, consisting of brushless DC servomotors with an especially short design, was expanded in all sizes with a diameter-compliant, integrated speed controller. With an additional attachment ...

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Helping farmers free up energy
First Quarter 2021, 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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Laser peening system for surface treatment
First Quarter 2021, Beckhoff Automation
Precisely synchronised surface treatment process increases fatigue life of metal parts.

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Less than 7 millimetres for fully integrated speed controller
Fourth Quarter 2020, Horne Technologies
The BXT motor family, consisting of brushless DC servomotors with an especially short design, was expanded in all sizes with a diameter-compliant, integrated speed controller. With an additional attachment ...

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Energy efficient drives for the mining industry
Fourth Quarter 2020, Danfoss
The mining and minerals industry presents some of the most challenging environments for production. Mine sites, mineral processing facilities, associated stockyards, and ports facilities are large-scale ...

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Miniature DC motors drive tattoo machine design forwards
Fourth Quarter 2020
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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Ultra-efficient UAV drive
Fourth Quarter 2020, DNH Tradeserve
maxon has collaborated with drone startup Flybotix to develop performance-optimised brushless DC motors for a new kind of inspection drone. With the know-how gained from this and other projects, maxon ...

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Helping farmers free up energy
First Quarter 2021, 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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