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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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What you should know about air preparation
Fourth Quarter 2021
Compressed air quality has three potential problem areas to consider: particles, water and oil.    • Dust and other airborne particles: The compressed air leaving the compressor room, which has already ...

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Superconductivity for aircraft
Fourth Quarter 2021, Other technologies
In 1911, Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes found himself preoccupied with one question: what happens to the electrical conductivity of pure metals at very low temperatures? During an experiment, ...

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Yaskawa steps into the future
Fourth Quarter 2021, Robotics & Mechatronics
Crackett says that Yaskawa Southern Africa has installed more than 2500 Motoman robots. The company’s main target market is automotive, having cut its teeth here when Terry Rosenberg first started up ...

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Cool move for rotor hubs
Fourth Quarter 2021, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
At the company’s new Mechatronic Competence centre, machine houses and rotor hubs are produced for the entire Enercon range of products. After painting, the large volume cast bodies of the rotor ...

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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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