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Underwater robot with a unique fin
Third Quarter 2019, Festo, Robotics & Mechatronics
      Swimming like the natural model The longitudinal fins of the polyclad and the cuttlefish extend from the head to the tail along their backs, their undersides or the two sides of their torsos. To ...

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Contactless energy transfer system for automotive assembly line
Third Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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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What is going on in the Milky Way?
Third Quarter 2019, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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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Motors that let you know when it’s time for a service
Third Quarter 2019, ABB South Africa, Robotics and Motion, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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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Does edge computing have the edge?
Third Quarter 2019, Omron Electronics, Other technologies
Implementing artificial intelligence in industrial manufacturing.

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New docking system for space rendezvous
Third Quarter 2019, DNH Tradeserve, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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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Data, light and the smart factory
2nd Quarter 2019, Other technologies
Photonics – the science of harnessing photons through the cutting edge use of lasers and fibre optics – has become a key technology for smart factories.

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Beacon lights of the modern age
2nd Quarter 2019, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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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Faster results with a digital twin
2nd Quarter 2019, Siemens Digital Industries, Other technologies
The digital twin allowed all the functions and permutations of the stacker to be simulated while simultaneously developing the initial motion control program to provide an optimum starting point for virtual commissioning.

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Industry 5.0 – the best of both worlds
2nd Quarter 2019, Cobots , Robotics & Mechatronics
The convergence of robot capabilities and human skills.

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Creating tomorrow’s marine braking solutions
2nd Quarter 2019, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Stromag has designed and manufactured marine braking systems for decades, and the company’s products are installed on vessels operating across the globe.

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Stepping carefully into the Fourth Industrial Revolution
2nd Quarter 2019, Other technologies
Rapid advances in technology and artificial intelligence in the mining industry raise issues like data protection, intellectual property ownership and legal liability.

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Five hydraulics technology trends
2nd Quarter 2019, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Hydraulic systems & components
In this article are five key technology trends presented by Parker Hannifin that are shaping the future of hydraulics.

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SEW-Eurodrive and Film Riggers help French Spiderman
2nd Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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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Innovation and intelligence for the smart factory
2nd Quarter 2019, Omron Electronics, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Thanks to increased processing power and the availability of increasing volumes of data (sensitisation of the industry), the discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) in the mechanical engineering sector is gaining momentum.

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Pneumatic robotics meets artificial intelligence
2nd Quarter 2019, Festo, Robotics & Mechatronics
Festo’s pneumatic robot hand BionicSoftHand, combined with the BionicSoftArm, a pneumatic lightweight robot, shows that future concepts are suitable for human-robot collaboration.

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Music festival is a flying success
1st Quarter 2019, SEW-Eurodrive, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
One of the most spectacular stunts ever achieved at a live music event in South Africa involved flying a replica helicopter across the stage at the Afrikaans is Groot festival at the Sun Arena in Menlyn, Pretoria, which was achieved using state-of-the-art automation and mechatronics technology from SEW-Eurodrive.

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Support for new space telescope
1st Quarter 2019, Tectra Automation, Pneumatic systems & components
Tectra Automation designed and supplied a purpose-built assembly tower to integrate and align the telescope lenses for a new space telescope, using the Bosch Rexroth range of heavy duty modular aluminium profiles and accessories.

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Football pitch in three pieces
1st Quarter 2019, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Sheffield-based engineering firm, SCX, helped to deliver the retractable pitch.

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