This Week's Editor's Pick
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.
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.
Industry 5.0 – the best of both worlds
2nd Quarter 2019, Cobots , Robotics & Mechatronics
The convergence of robot capabilities and human skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bionic flying fox
1st Quarter 2019, Festo, Robotics & Mechatronics
Festo has for years been developing research platforms where the basic technical principles are derived from nature.
Football pitch in three pieces
1st Quarter 2019, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Sheffield-based engineering firm, SCX, helped to deliver the retractable pitch.
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.
The first Mars helicopter will fly with maxon motors
1st Quarter 2019, DNH Tradeserve, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
The Mars helicopter technology will lay the way for many future scientific and exploratory missions to Mars.
Retrofit of sheet metal warehouse
1st Quarter 2019, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
The modernisation project was handled by Peter Huber, a full service provider of control solutions for sheet metalworking, and a Beckhoff solution provider since 2010.
Taking hydraulics to a new level
4th Quarter 2018, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Other technologies
The recent introduction of versatile digital ecosystems connecting electronic control hardware and software to the cloud will be a game changer for mobile hydraulic machinery and equipment manufacturers.
Fashion and data combine to create iconic African designs
4th Quarter 2018, Siemens Digital Industries, Other technologies
Technology leader Siemens used data from the cities of Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg and wove it into unique fabrics which tell a story about each city.
A revolutionary new heavy duty engine platform
4th Quarter 2018, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Cummins ISG is a revolutionary global heavy duty engine platform developed using a combination of patented technologies and advanced production techniques.
Blockbuster effects, automated for any theatrical production
4th Quarter 2018, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Controlling all the complex moving parts in a large-scale theatrical production requires a robust control system in the background, and Hudson uses Beckhoff’s PC-based control technology.
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