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Second Quarter 2005 News & events

Ever struggled to source a particular product or service to get your project moving?

This quarter sees the first distribution of the new Motion Control Buyers' Guide. Those familiar with the Instrumentation and Control Buyers' Guide will grab this new directory and hide it somewhere safe. (They tend to grow legs!)

Now it will be far easier to find all you need to address all your hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical drive related needs. Compiled with a philosophy similar to its sister publication, MCBG contains directories that will make it easy to find vendors, manufacturers and service providers - as well as which suppliers offer the brands you are looking for. The core directory area is divided into the three main, colour-coded areas: Electrical, Hydraulics and Pneumatics. For the more PC-inclined, the directory is also accessible on-line at www.mcbg.co.za - for even quicker results.

If you can think of any way that our printed directory can be improved, please e-mail your suggestions to john@technews.co.za, and we will see how the next issue can be made even better.

Using Ex motors with variable speed drives

The SA Flameproof Association has proposed an improved strategy for testing Ex rated motors when running from variable speed drives. The association is inviting comment on its proposal, which is featured in 'Certification of Ex motors with variable speed drives'.

Pump parts piracy

We may think we are being smart when using pirate parts to make quick and cheap repairs... Goldquest Hydraulics discusses the bigger picture in 'Pump parts piracy'.

Hannover Messe

Both my colleague, Graeme Bell, and myself were privileged to be part of a tour to Germany (organised by Siemens and élan communications), which culminated in a day or two at this grandfather of all trade shows. Words are hardly enough to capture the vastness of this collection of exhibitions. The Siemens stand dominated the entire one side of Hall 9; it featured a live coldrink brewing and bottling plant that was running at a deliberately slow pace so that show visitors were able to consume the coldrink as it came off the line.

Of course Festo was there too. This innovative 'mechatronics' leader featured more than 40 active displays covering over a thousand square metres. Having grown to encompass a larger and larger selection of automation's requirements, Festo is in the position to offer full, single-source solutions. Read more about this in 'Responding to trends at Hannover Messe, 2005'.

You may notice that the magazine is a little thicker this quarter. In fact it has grown by eight pages, from 40 to 48 - Enjoy!

John Gibbs - editor

Send your letters to john@technews.co.za

For all your hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical drive shopping: www.mcbg.co.za

For all Instrumentation & Control shopping: www.ibg.co.za



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