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Treading in the footsteps of the space pioneers
The adventure park Euro Space Centre in Transinne in Belgium is home to a number of different simulators, including the original NASA multi-axis chair dating back to the 1960s which was used to familiarise ...

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New generation of motion controllers
maxon motor is launching a new generation of motion controllers with its MiniMACS6-AMP-4/50/10. The controller is ideal for use in applications where PLC solutions may be too expensive or cannot meet ...

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Hybrid bearings for wind farm
SKF’s Renewables Segment team was instrumental in securing an order for the supply of three hybrid bearings which deliver improved reliability and uptime for a customer operating a wind farm in the Western ...

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The digital sensor age is here
News & events

In an ever-growing digital world, Danfoss Industrial Automation has repositioned itself as Danfoss Sensing Solutions, representing the union of application-driven sensor technologies and unparalleled ...
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Danfoss continues to invest in sustainable transformation
Danfoss, News & events

There has been growing momentum in the energy sector, and governments across the world are committing to a transition to low-carbon economies. At the recent opening of the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, ...
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PC-based control technology for next-generation telescope
Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice, 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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Siemens and CSIR to boost 4IR
Siemens Digital Industries, News & events

South Africa’s pursuit of 4IR received a massive boost when the CSIR and Siemens South Africa entered into a partnership to empower the country with digital skills. The two organisations have signed an ...
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Siemens’ first edge application for drives
Siemens Digital Industries, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

As part of the Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog, Siemens is launching Analyze MyDrives Edge, its first edge application for drives. The company is thus demonstrating in concrete terms how edge computing ...
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Willem Gijzelaar retires from Bosch Rexroth
News & events

Willem Gijzelaar, group marketing manager at Bosch Rexroth South Africa, retired in December 2020 after 35 years’ service at the company and 47 years in the fluid power industry. Beginning his career ...
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PC-based control technology for next-generation telescope
Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is a project of superlatives. After a long planning and construction period, the next-generation telescope is expected to go live in 2029. With seven mirrors and a combined ...
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Miniature DC motors drive tattoo machine design forwards
Electrical switching & drive systems & components

All of this places stringent requirements on the motor – the prime mover in the tattoo machine and perhaps the most critical element of the machine design – as Vishal Sapale, assistant manager – design ...
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Extending wind turbine service life
Beckhoff Automation, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

One way to prolong service life beyond the design life is to reduce the load on the main components. For instance, a 10% reduction in damage-equivalent load at the rotor blade root results in a 50% longer ...
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Solutions for shipping
SKF South Africa, Shaft power components

When a ship is out at sea, outside support is a long way off and rough seas present extreme working conditions. Equipment reliability and flexibility is therefore paramount. SKF’s marine solutions encompass ...
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Gas generators power equivalent of 52 000 homes
Other technologies

With increased demand for low carbon power generation, industries need alternative energy sources to reduce their carbon footprint while maintaining reliable and robust performance. To meet this need, ...
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Smart positioners of the future
Pneumatic systems & components

SMC’s new range of smart positioners was designed to pair perfectly with a variety of process control valves and actuators.
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Lubricant for high temperatures
Other technologies

Lubrication Engineers (LE) has developed the 1250 Almasol High Temperature Lubricant, which has one of the highest temperature capabilities of any grease thickener available in the industry. It is designed ...
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Highly flexible pick and place with digitised pneumatics from Festo
Festo, Pneumatic systems & components

A wide range of products, functions and complete solution packages are integrated into the Festo Motion Terminal. One of these products is Motion Apps, which heralds a new Industry 4.0 era. Motion Apps ...
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Surfing back to Earth
Horne Technologies, Editor's Choice, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

How did life actually form on Earth? Even today this question still has not been definitively answered. There are, however, signs that asteroids or comets played an important role. In the search for additional ...
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BI consolidates Tier 2 electrical products
Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Following the recent successful launch of the Alpha Drive Micro and the Alpha Drive Plus ranges of variable speed drives, Bearings International (BI) is excited to announce the rebranding of its Bauer ...
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ABB sensor onboard SpaceX rocket to detect greenhouse gas emissions
ABB South Africa, News & events

An optical sensor manufactured by ABB was deployed with the successful launch of satellite Hugo from GHGSat, the emerging leader in greenhouse gas sensing services in space.
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Understanding your filtration needs
Hydrasales, Hydraulic systems & components

Contaminants such as solid, liquid and gaseous particles are the bane of a hydraulic engineer’s life. Systems over time become less efficient and ultimately break down. This is costly. The problems are ...
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