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Ultra-compact robot-based cake production with PC control
Second Quarter 2022, Beckhoff Automation
“Baking Baumkuchen requires advanced skills and experience from the confectioner,” says Mr Matsumoto, managing director of Juchheim’s central plant. “However, if the oven’s parameters can be captured ...

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The advantages of robotics and simulation for your business
Second Quarter 2022, Robotics & Mechatronics
The more complex your business is, the more room there is for innovation. At the same time, innovation cannot come at the cost of efficiency, quality and output levels. According to Von Fintel, this is ...

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Ball screws with nut cooling
Second Quarter 2022, Shaft power components
The machine tool industry uses ball screws to convert the rotary motion of an electric motor into linear motion. Very often, the positioning accuracy, as well as the travel speed and acceleration, have ...

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Concept to solution the short way
Second Quarter 2022, Axiom Hydraulics, Hydraulic systems & components
QuickDesign streamlines your custom design process, delivering complete designs in as little as ten minutes.

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Wireless communication and control of electro-pneumatic manifolds and IO
Second Quarter 2022
SMC analysed the control of manifolds-in-motion, where the physical removal of communications cables is desirable. Applications include manifolds mounted on robot gripper assemblies or rotating tables. ...

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Pneumatics and digital transformation: overcome what’s holding you back
Second Quarter 2022, Emerson Automation Solutions, Pneumatic systems & components
While IIoT offers the promise of a revolutionary impact on manufacturing, implementation of the technology has its challenges. What holds us back from a broader embrace of digital transformation, especially in pneumatics? And how do we move past the challenges to embrace the opportunity for real improvement in productivity and efficiency?

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The world’s smallest electric subsea valve actuator
Second Quarter 2022
The actuator minimises energy consumption and is geared toward delicate ecosystems and installation and operating costs are reduced. When the SVA R2 is used in subsea factories at a depth of up to 4000 metres, ...

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Reduced costs for packaging process
Second Quarter 2022, SICK Automation Southern Africa , Other technologies
To address Tetra Pak’s requirements, SICK recommended the utilisation of its sHub sensors with EDS/EDM35 feedback system. This motor feedback system incorporates an acceleration sensor and enables comprehensive ...

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Festo Process Automation solutions for all production levels
Second Quarter 2022, Festo South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
The first leg of the campaign creates an analogy between the human heart and its Process Automation solutions. The heart is at the centre of the vascular system, which is a network of blood vessels ...

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Cobot boosts production by 15%
First Quarter 2022, Omron Electronics, Robotics & Mechatronics
Topcustom is situated in central Italy and bases its success on the entrepreneurial tradition of the Le Marche region. Topcustom International was formed in 2018, in partnership with Nicos International ...

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How smart pneumatics enhances machine safety and operation
First Quarter 2022, Emerson Automation Solutions, Pneumatic systems & components
Pneumatics and safety Machine manufacturers and end-users have always used pneumatic devices to provide cost-effective and efficient motion and actuation on a wide range of systems; pneumatics has also ...

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The ‘P’ in predictive maintenance represents progress, not pain
First Quarter 2022, Pneumatic systems & components
There are three main types of maintenance: reactive, preventative and predictive. But how do you make sense of these terms? Human health can provide an analogy to machine health. Take diabetes, for ...

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Digital prototyping grows sales 500%
First Quarter 2022, Siemens South Africa, Other technologies
“Solid Edge has enabled us to enter a new world of product design and manufacturing,” says Reid. “With its 3D design and sheet metal capabilities, we can now design equipment that is far more functional ...

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From the editor's desk: Another dimension
First Quarter 2022, Technews Publishing
      It is with great sadness that I am communicating the news of the passing of my colleague Steven Meyer, who was the editor of our sister publication, SA Instrumentation & Control. It was a privilege ...

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Condition monitoring on offshore oil platforms
First Quarter 2022, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
The steel structures of an offshore platform are exposed to extreme environmental conditions throughout their entire service lives. Difficult sea conditions ranging up to freak waves and aggressive ...

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Insect-sized flying robots with flapping wings
First Quarter 2022, Robotics & Mechatronics
A new drive system for flapping wing autonomous robots has been developed by a University of Bristol team, using a new method of electromechanical zipping that does away with the need for conventional ...

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Handling the heat
First Quarter 2022, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
For more than 20 years, Columbus Stainless has worked with Nidec Control Techniques to ensure operations run smoothly. Most recently, the Nidec team used their expert engineering capabilities to upgrade ...

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More parts for less cost
First Quarter 2022, Axiom Hydraulics
Dura-Bar’s continuous cast ductile iron bar is a cost-saving alternative to low-medium carbon steels. It has similar strengths but with superior machinability and without the defects associated with ...

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The top three reasons cylinders fail
Fourth Quarter 2021, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa
Cylinder operation requires precise fluid pressure on both sides of the piston. If a seal breaks down and allows fluid to leak from one side of the piston to the other or out of the cylinder altogether, ...

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Rugged, reliable electro-hydraulics
Fourth Quarter 2021, Axiom Hydraulics
From simple switching valves to sophisticated closed-loop control, Sun’s line of E-H products powers your most demanding applications.

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