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WEG partners with Panaco in the DRC
First Quarter 2024, Zest WEG Group Africa, News & events
The strengthened presence of WEG in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), through its strategic alliance with ts value-added reseller (VAR) Panaco, has proved to be highly successful.

Execution of the massive Azmet Reactor project DRC
First Quarter 2024, News & events
The Azmet Reactor project, a collaborative effort led by Viva Engineering, involved fabricating six massive reactors that were over three stories high in Gauteng, and then transporting these more than 2500 kilometres to a mine in the DRC - where all 3265 parts fitted perfectly, with not even one of the 26 900 bolts out of place. This was a massive achievement.

The time is now to implement a motor management strategy
First Quarter 2024, Schneider Electric South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Motor management plays an all-important role in controlling motor energy costs in various industries, segments and applications. Research and practical experience have consistently shown that effective motor management practices can result in significant energy savings, reduced operational costs, and improved overall system reliability.

SKF’s successful raid action in Cape Town
First Quarter 2024, SKF South Africa, Shaft power components
Authorities, with collaborative support from SKF, recently conducted a large and highly effective raid on a very well-known bearing seller of SKF bearings in Cape Town.

Case study on automotive quality control
First Quarter 2024, Motion Tronic
Motion Tronic selected high-performance PLCs and HMIs from Inovance Technology to engineer a smart catalytic converter quality control solution for the exhaust facility at Toyota South Africa Motors.

PC-based motion control on a labelling machine
First Quarter 2024, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
For 50 years, Bausch+Ströbel in Germany has been developing packaging and production systems for the pharmaceutical industries. The company’s goal is to offer the best technical and economical solutions for the challenges of modern industry. Its new ESA1025 labelling machine shows how this is achieved with PC-based control from Beckhoff as the central motion controller.

Thrust for hybrid electric flying
First Quarter 2024, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Several leading academic institutes in Germany are collaborating on the future of hybrid electric flying. The partners are researching an entirely new propulsion system for medium-range aircraft with up to 35 passengers.

Tough couplings for tough industries
First Quarter 2024, Bearing Man Group T/A BMG
BMG’s extensive range of power transmission components encompasses robust products from Regal Rexnord, a leading manufacturer of critical system components that perform efficiently under rigorous demands in diverse applications.

Hydraulic connectors with residual pressure
First Quarter 2024, Hydraulic systems & components
Hydraulic connections are vital in both outdoor and indoor industrial machinery. However, the hydraulics lines frequently require connecting and disconnecting for maintenance or changeover. The goal is to enable quick, easy swaps to enhance machine flexibility and productivity.

Inovance brings advanced motion control to South Africa
Fourth Quarter 2023, Motion Tronic
Inovance and its South African distributor, Motion Tronic are launching the Easy Series PLC in this country, bringing its flexible, high-performance motion control solution to customers across South Africa in a wide range of industry sectors.

How to protect against water hammer
Fourth Quarter 2023, SA Gauge, Hydraulic systems & components
Water hammer is a high-pressure surge or wave created by the kinetic energy of moving fluid when it is rapidly forced to stop or change direction, altering the liquid’s velocity. The progression of the water hammer shockwave needs to be detained and slowed before reaching the instrument sensor. SA Gauge manufactures several such devices in order to achieve this.

Axiom ups its game
Fourth Quarter 2023, Axiom Hydraulics, Hydraulic systems & components
In today’s competitive market, manufacturers of hydraulic components are constantly challenged to find better, faster and cheaper ways of producing parts. Axiom Hydraulics has met the challenge, and can now deliver a product with superior performance and significant cost savings for its customers.

How to get the best of both worlds with hydraulics and electric
Third Quarter 2023, Hydraulic systems & components
While battery technologies continue to evolve and overcome challenges that have previously restricted more rapid electrification adoption rates, hybrid electric systems are well positioned as an ideal interim solution.

Going underground for energy storage
Third Quarter 2023, Other technologies
The idea of using gravity to store energy is not new. Hydro has been a feature of mature electricity grids for decades. While this may be ideal for large-scale storage, it requires very specific geographies and comes with a huge capital cost. Gravitricity, an Edinburgh-based green engineering startup, is working to make gravity energy storage a reality.

World’s largest concentrated solar farm
Third Quarter 2023, Other technologies
Sub-title: Noor power station in Morocco is the largest concentrated solar power plant on the planet, and uses molten salt storage to produce electricity at night.

Robot-assisted workflows in the food and beverage industry
Third Quarter 2023, Omron Electronics
Producers are increasingly having to juggle between longer term range proliferation centred on consumer demands, and range reduction caused by the rapidly changing buying habits of retailers and consumers. This has resulted in them having to be even more agile with existing assets.

The control giant from Duisburg
Third Quarter 2023, Valve & Automation, News & events
Valve & Automation’s control valve, more than four metres tall, produced for Siemens Energy in Duisburg, has broken ARCA’s internal design height record.

Sustainable machines for groundworks
Third Quarter 2023, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
The global drive towards net zero and sustainable energy sources is accelerating the shift from fossil fuel to electric-driven machines. Some European companies are already setting conditions for electric-driven equipment on their tender requirements.

The world’s largest magnet
Third Quarter 2023, Other technologies
The world’s largest and most powerful magnet is the Central Solenoid magnet in the ITER fusion reactor in France. Built by General Atomics, it is the result of over five years of research and development, and the statistics are mind-blowing.

Time follows function
Third Quarter 2023, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
What would a mechanical watch look like if it was reimagined and redeveloped from the bottom up? Master watchmaker Benoît Mintiens asked himself this question. He came up with a unique mechanism in the world of mechanical timepieces, a wristwatch that ‘sleeps’ when you take it off and wakes up when you put it back on, setting the correct time automatically.


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