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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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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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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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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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M&C rewinds compressor motor stator
1 October 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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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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Cost-efficient production with 18 synchronous NC axes
Third Quarter 2019, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
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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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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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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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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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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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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