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From the editor's desk

A tribute to Dr Maurice McDowell
Second Quarter 2008, News & events
It was with great sadness, that the team at Technews came to hear of the recent passing of Dr. Maurice McDowell, who passed away on Friday 23 May, 2008. Maurice was involved in writing for Technews titles ...

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Good news, bad news and robots
Second Quarter 2008, Technews Publishing, News & events
The economic environment We really seem to be getting mixed messages on the economic front. It is quite depressing if one only reads the newspapers, and yet there is good news to be found as well. Amongst ...

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Blackouts and buyouts
First Quarter 2008, Technews Publishing, News & events
“When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change, then you will change.” Anon.       Blackouts What a disaster in South Africa's power provision. There seem to be two fundamental problems. We have ...

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Engineering futures and the status quo
Fourth Quarter 2007, Technews Publishing, News & events
Engineering futures I attended a press conference the week before writing this column. The main topic of the conference related to the presence of an Indian delegation, spearheaded by the Indian Engineering ...

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Rocking and rolling
Third Quarter 2007, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News & events
I had the opportunity to visit some businesses operating in the hydraulic and pneumatic spheres a few weeks back. There is vibrancy and a 'busy-ness' in the sector that comes through: investment in infrastructure, ...

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Convergence of technologies
Second Quarter 2007, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News & events
Talking to some people in the business sectors addressed by Motion Control and to some engineers there seems to be a school of thought that believes that there is nothing new to read or write about. Well, ...

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Pay engineers salaries equitable with lawyers
First Quarter 2007, Technews Publishing, News & events
When was the last time you heard of a South African lawyer giving his client a refund after the lawyer failed to successfully defend his client in court? Has your doctor ever given you a refund after ...

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Technews launches SA's first 'Technical Recruitment Portal'
Fourth Quarter 2006, Technews Publishing, News & events
"The skills shortage in South Africa is not news, but as a media player we are consistently exposed to queries from businesses and vendors alike, as they seek to fill important roles in their businesses ...

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Settling in
Third Quarter 2006, Technews Publishing, News & events
After two months in my new position as editor and with the experience of editing two issues of SA Instrumentation & Control under my belt, I have reached the point where putting my first issue of Motion ...

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Beyond 2006
Second quarter 2006, Technews Publishing, News & events
This quarter's issue will be a bonus for those who enjoyed the Australian 'Beyond 2000' shows that once graced our TV screens. Some of the folk at Festo are rather fortunate to get to experiment with ...

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Motion Control electronic delivery extended
Second quarter 2006, Technews Publishing, News & events
Our best wishes to John Gibbs, as he moves on to his new career. Next issue we will introduce our newly appointed editor to you. A professional mechanical engineer, she is a 'force formidable' and promises ...

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From ammunition to crockery
First Quarter 2006, Technews Publishing, News & events
In December last year (as a host of Festo) I had the privilege of flying to Germany and visiting the showrooms of a company that is 258 years old. Villeroy & Boch, I am told had its roots in the early ...

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Motion control industry set for an upturn
First Quarter 2005, Technews Publishing, News & events
From a great start with last year's Second Quarter edition, the magazine continues to do well at 40 pages.       Motion Control Buyers' Guide Those of you familiar with the Instrumentation and Control ...

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Editorial comment
Fourth Quarter 2005, Technews Publishing, News & events
With 2005 essentially over it is a good time to take a look at how Motion Control is doing and where we are heading.       Fluid power anchor While we would like Motion Control to become the 'one stop' ...

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