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Drives at work at cricket's hallowed ground
First Quarter 2006
Home of the Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC), Lord's cricket ground in London is considered by many enthusiasts to be the centre of the cricketing world. Named after Thomas Lord, owner of the first MCC ...

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Drives cable for drives applications
First Quarter 2006, Lapp Southern Africa
Lapp Cable, leaders in specialised cable manufacturing have an extensive range of drives, servo, encoder and all other style cables for motion control. Designed and manufactured to suit both OEM equipment ...

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Sucking mud in the Nile river
Fourth Quarter 2005
The task was to remove a 600 kW Vacon variable speed drive on a dredger that had failed after becoming very wet - and then to fit a replacement drive

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New range of electrical motion solutions
Third Quarter 2005, Tectra Automation
Tectra Automation is offering a new motion product package, IndraMotion, which is manufactured by the Rexroth Bosch Group and incorporates several new components, like the updated Indradyn motor range, ...

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Economical brushless DC motor drive
Third Quarter 2005, DNH Tradeserve
Maxon Motor's new DC 70/10 speed controller was specifically developed for the upper performance range where it can control electronically commutated DC motors of up to 700 W. The 4-quadrant controller ...

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Award-winning drive
Third Quarter 2005
At an award ceremony in Opernhaus, Hanover, Germany, in September last year (2004), Danfoss Drives was presented the iF design award for 2004. The award was for the local control panel of the VLTAutomationDrive ...

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New drive launched
Third Quarter 2005, Danfoss
A new member of the family in the latest Danfoss Drives generation series VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 is now on offer. The new addition, the FC 301, along with the FC 302, is intended to cover all performance ...

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Smallest high power drive in its class
Third Quarter 2005, Danfoss
High efficiency components and innovative designs make Danfoss VLT high power drives compact as well as easy to commission and operate. These high power drives are designed for side-by-side mounting in ...

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IGBT DC locomotive drives
Third Quarter 2005
Aztec Electronics is offering its new IGBT loco controller. This controller represents the state-of-the-art with regard to DC loco control and serves to replace the older MOSFET controllers. Aztec's IGBT ...

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AC drives from 250 W to 3 MW
Third Quarter 2005
Vacon are world-renowned specialists in the field of AC drives in a variety of shapes and forms in the power range from 0,25 kW to 3 MW

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Advanced steel inspection line
Second Quarter 2005, Bonfiglioli
To meet the high quality standards of South Africa's successful automotive industry, which manufactures vehicles for local use and export, Ispat Iscor has invested R20 million in a new high-tech, high-speed ...

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Constant 200 W from 40 mm motor
Second Quarter 2005
maxon set its sights high when developing the new 30 mm diameter power motor, focusing clearly on customer orientation. At 200 W output power, the EC-powermax is one of the best drives available today ...

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Certification of Ex motors with variable speed drives
Second Quarter 2005
This article focuses on the risk associated with an excessive temperature

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Multiposition airless cylinders
First Quarter 2005, Ernest Lowe
Motion and fluid control specialist Norgren, represented in South Africa by sole local agent Ernest Lowe, has extended its range of actuator solutions with a new, multipurpose airless cylinder. The new ...

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Integrated stepper motor and drive
First Quarter 2005
Baldor is offering a range of micro-stepping motors with onboard drive electronics. Their compactness makes them particularly suitable wherever space saving or simplicity of installation is important ...

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Lifting 16 tonne boats above water for easy boarding
First Quarter 2005, Nidec
The 4-axis Unidrive system, including both hardware and software, was designed and built by Control Techniques' systems engineering division

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Electronic nameplate saves on data entry at commissioning
First Quarter 2005, SEW-Eurodrive
Drive electronics must be matched exactly to the connected motor to ensure optimum operation of the drive system. In the case of SEW Eurodrive systems, all motor data is entered into the project planning ...

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'Dirty duty' motors for severe processing environments
First Quarter 2005
Baldor is offering a new grade of electric motors for 'dirty duty' applications. They feature a range of special protection measures that will withstand the most severe and corrosive applications in the ...

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Gearing up for precision welding of steel giants
Fourth Quarter 2004
The key element in the class-leading versatility of the Series M, F and K ranges of inline, right angle and shaft mount geared motor units is the unique David Brown motor connection which offers the option of fitting any standard electric motor

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Flexible drive inverter family
Fourth Quarter 2004, SEW-Eurodrive
Movidrive is an application inverter that offers a solution for asynchronous and synchronous motors from simple motors to dynamic servomotors (small power ranges included)

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