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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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How to prove payback on an ­Industry 4.0 project
4th Quarter 2018, Festo, Other technologies
Festo not only implements IIoT functions and services into its product portfolio, but also adds training and consulting, for students as well as professionals, using the latest ideas in its Technology Factory at Scharnhausen, Germany.

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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.

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The eight technologies that will transform manufacturing
3rd Quarter 2018, Other technologies
Recent research identifies vendor challenges and solutions for new future technologies, including robotics, blockchain, AI and edge analytics.

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Technology that gets under your skin
3rd Quarter 2018, Horne Technologies, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Football players Lukas Podolski and Jerome Boateng have them. Olympic swimmer Franziska van Almsick has them. Pop stars such as Robbie Williams and Madonna also decorate their bodies. What does this have ...

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Wet brake solution for Land ­Cruisers
3rd Quarter 2018, Axiom Hydraulics, Hydraulic systems & components
Axiom Hydraulics is the exclusive agent for Ausco Products’ wet enclosed LC brake for the Toyota Land Cruiser, the vehicle of choice for South African mining. This well-proven vehicle is commonly used ...

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Modern electromechanical ­machine design
3rd Quarter 2018, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Other technologies
Many leading motion technology suppliers have developed their product portfolio specifically for machine designers.

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Safe landing every time
3rd Quarter 2018, Siemens Digital Industries, Hydraulic systems & components
Aeronautics research institute studies aircraft braking operations using simulation software from Siemens.

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Fully automatic tool change for CNC machining and 3D printing
2nd Quarter 2018, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies has developed a CNC-based hybrid tool solution, the Ambit multi-task system, which can be integrated into almost any CNC metalworking machine.

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PC-based CNC controller revitalises traditional wood joining technique
2nd Quarter 2018, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Beckhoff's CNC PC- and EtherCAT-based control platform controls the automatic manufacturing of mortise and tenon joints and provides a bright future for the traditional wood joining technique.

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Ready for Industry 4.0: Connected hydraulics
2nd Quarter 2018, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Decentralised intelligence and open interfaces are the crucial requirements for future automation solutions.

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Linear actuator drive selection
2nd Quarter 2018, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
A precise balancing act.

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Green energy stores of the future
2nd Quarter 2018, Other technologies
Former South African mines could find a new lease of life – with old mine shafts turned into hi-tech green energy stores. Energy startup, Gravitricity has just received a R12 million grant from Innovate ...

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New drive range for energy intensive applications
2nd Quarter 2018, Schneider Electric South Africa, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Schneider Electric has extended its range of Altivar Process drives to include a solution for energy intensive applications in the oil and gas, mining, minerals and metals sectors – the Altivar 960 variable speed drive.

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Festo’s human-robot collaboration with artificial intelligence
2nd Quarter 2018, Festo, Robotics & Mechatronics
By means of intelligent workplaces capable of learning, such as the BionicWorkplace, and the use of multifunctional tools, collaboration between humans and machines will be even more intuitive, simple and efficient in future.

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