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Hydraulic power packs for ­Bloodhound
1st Quarter 2016, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Hydraulic systems & components
Two new hydraulic power packs delivered to the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) team will make safety and operational testing much easier in the run-up to the project’s world land-speed record bid. There ...

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The nanoclutch
1st Quarter 2016, Shaft power components
Transmission of torque at the nano level.

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A linear induction motor with a twist
1st Quarter 2016, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Just steps from the beach you can launch yourself into a spiralling scream-fest. This is not just a coaster, it’s a double-twisting impulse coaster – one of the tallest and fastest in the world. You’ll ...

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Hope for the future
4th Quarter 2015, SEW-EURODRIVE
The 2015 Pneudrive Challenge mechatronics competition is well advanced. Technews editors, Kim Roberts and Steven Meyer spent a fascinating afternoon with the top three groups from Wits Mechanical Engineering Department, together with their lecturer, Professor Joao Nobre, to find out what’s involved from a student’s point of view.

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Small, powerful piezo-hydraulic actuator
4th Quarter 2015, Siemens Digital Industries, Hydraulic systems & components
Researchers at Siemens have developed a small but powerful piezo-hydraulic actuator. Although it is only about nine centimetres long, it can apply a force of more than 150 newtons – equivalent to a weight ...

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New legislation to affect skills ­development rebates
3rd Quarter 2015, News & events
Motion Control’s editor visited SAFPA council members, Hugo van Niekerk and Wessie van der Westhuizen to find out what the implications are for the fluid power industry and how SAFPA is meeting this challenge.

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Advanced valve engineering
3rd Quarter 2015, Tectra Automation, Pneumatic systems & components
Tectra Automation’s new generation range of pneumatic valves from Aventics sets new standards in compactness, lightness and advanced safety features.

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SupraMotion
3rd Quarter 2015, Festo, Robotics & Mechatronics
Completely new and previously unimaginable applications in automation technology are possible with superconductors. They allow hovering, contactless motion using very little energy and without wear. Festo ...

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Miniature servo valves control quadruped robot
3rd Quarter 2015, MOOG, Robotics & Mechatronics
A team of researchers from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) based in Genova, Italy selected Moog Industrial Group, a designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and ...

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A comet chaser stirs
3rd Quarter 2015, Horne Technologies, Robotics & Mechatronics
Drive systems from Faulhaber defy the harsh conditions of a 10-year journey through space.

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Pneumatics on steroids
2nd Quarter 2015, Pneumatic systems & components
Motion Control’s editor spoke to Monty Jasper, corporate vice president for safety and engineering at Cedar Fair, about the engineering behind the Power Tower.

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In search of a suitable pneumatic drive
2nd Quarter 2015, Pneumatic systems & components
How to avoid design errors and save money

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Smart sensors reshaping the automation landscape
2nd Quarter 2015, Other technologies
The state of automation is rapidly changing. One of the main reasons for this changing landscape is the advent of smart devices. ARC Advisory Group defines smart devices as having:    • Embedded computing ...

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Trends in asset management and maintenance
1st Quarter 2015, Technews Publishing, Other technologies
The recessionary state of manufacturing around the world has created a renewed interest in sweating assets.

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Servo terminals move a virtual ocean
1st Quarter 2015, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components
Norwegian oil company, Lundin Norway, recently presented its unique kinetic art creation at the ONS Energy Convention, the world’s largest offshore energy trade show. It comprised 529 Plexiglas tubes ...

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The changing role of system integrators
1st Quarter 2014, Other technologies
System integrators are playing an increasingly important role in engineering fluid power systems for next generation manufacturing and automation equipment. Tom Price, president of Price Engineering in Hartland, Wisconsin, USA, recently gave some perspective on this trend.

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