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How to embrace the benefits of smart pneumatics
Third Quarter 2021, Emerson Automation Solutions, Pneumatic systems & components
Understand how this challenge creates opportunities It is important to consider how insights from data can help end-users react to real-time events or even predict the future. For example, the Emerson ...

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PC-based control runs the stage machinery for Rigoletto
Third Quarter 2021, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
In the production, the court jester Rigoletto becomes a clown. Only the head, encircled by a wide collar, and the hands of the gigantic clown protrude from the lake. Eventually the clown becomes the victim ...

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Robotics and the potential for the lights-out factory
Third Quarter 2021, Omron Electronics, Other technologies
However the 100% automated, fully lights-out factory is not a realistic goal for a large proportion of manufacturing businesses currently operating. A key reason is that manufacturing needs people. Human ...

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Energy from the power of the moon
Third Quarter 2021, SKF South Africa, Shaft power components
It is intended to help reduce climate-damaging CO2 emissions, slow down global warming and thus build a more sustainable future for generations to come. With the help of modern technology from SKF, ...

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Electric motors without magnets
Third Quarter 2021, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Permanent magnets, though, come with their own baggage. 97% of the world’s rare earth metal supply comes out of China and state control over such a crucial resource across a number of high-tech industries ...

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A very smart material
Second Quarter 2021, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Shape memory materials (SMMs) are strong, lightweight materials that have the ability to recover their original shape after being deformed if a stimulus is applied. They can be programmed to remember ...

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The benefits of collaborative robots
Second Quarter 2021, SMC Corporation South Africa, Robotics & Mechatronics
While robotics led the way for the rapid growth of automation, cobots are the democratisation of robotics technology. They eliminate the cost and complex programming that robots usually require while providing much greater flexibility.

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Fast, safe transport on the factory floor
Second Quarter 2021, Omron Electronics
The Philips site in Klagenfurt produces over 23 million linear cutting elements for hair and beard trimmers each year. These beard trimmers use lift-and-trim technology: the beard hair is first lifted ...

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SKF bearings help Mars Rover collect rock
Second Quarter 2021, SKF South Africa, Shaft power components
Enabling the Mars Rover’s core operations in the harsh environment on Mars are Kaydon RealiSlim thin-section ball bearings, designed and manufactured by SKF at the company’s global thin-section bearing ...

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Hacking for a difference
Second Quarter 2021, RS Components SA, News & events
The annual Geekulcha Hackathon recently saw more than 100 coders, developers and programmers challenge each other in an online contest.The event has become a highlight in the African developer world. ...

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Energy efficiency in the chemical industry
Second Quarter 2021, Danfoss
Danfoss has widespread experience and expertise in refrigeration and in controlling the speed of AC motors in all main chemicals sectors: petrochemicals, basic inorganics, polymers, specialty and ...

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Mars helicopter makes history
Second Quarter 2021, DNH Tradeserve
This is the first time in the history of powered, unmanned spaceflight that a device has flown in a controlled manner on another planet – with the help of DC motors from maxon motor. The helicopter flew ...

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Land Cruiser wet brakes for mining
First Quarter 2021, Axiom Hydraulics, Hydraulic systems & components
Unfortunately, the vehicle’s OEM brakes are not built for mining; they compromise safety while suffering frequent and expensive maintenance. Simply put, the brakes were never designed for use in the highly ...

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PC-based control technology for next-generation telescope
First Quarter 2021, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
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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IoT communication without batteries
First Quarter 2021, Other technologies
When we talk about IoT, we often gloss over the fact that all these interconnected things need batteries and electronics to carry out the job of collecting and processing data while they’re communicating ...

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From the editor's desk: Life after coal
Fourth Quarter 2020, Technews Publishing
Renewable energy has been around for a while. But as attractive as the concept might have been, the hard reality was always that it just did not make economic sense. I remember not so many years ago doing ...

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