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Microsonic Distance Sensors

Microsonic Distance Sensors

The Microsonic range of edge guide, ultrasonic and distance sensors robust design makes them an exceptional choice in many industrial automation applications. We have a specialised range of ultrasonic water level sensors that are geared to simplify the way...

Can A PC Board Be Repaired?

Can A PC Board Be Repaired?

A PC board, or printed circuit board (PCB), is a critical component in many electronic devices. It serves as a mechanical support and electrical connection platform for several electronic components.   Can PC boards be repaired? The simple answer is yes, they...

Understanding the Causes of Servo Motor Failures

Understanding the Causes of Servo Motor Failures

Servo motors are indispensable in various industrial applications, providing precision control and accuracy. However, like any mechanical or electrical component, servo motors are not immune to failures. When these essential devices malfunction, it can lead to costly...

Motion Tronic supports the Jes Foord Foundation Handbag Project

Motion Tronic supports the Jes Foord Foundation Handbag Project

We recently handed over two boxes filled with items needed for rape comfort bags to The Jes Foord Foundation following a staff collection campaign during Women's Month in support of their Handbag Project. The Handbag Project relies on the support of the community to...

Launch of the Inovance SV660N Servo Solution

Launch of the Inovance SV660N Servo Solution

Motion Tronic is proud to announce that the SV660N from Inovance is now available. This servo solution is a cutting-edge single-axis EtherCAT servo drive that redefines dynamic performance within a compact form factor. This innovation revolutionises system efficiency...

Drive Testing Capabilities of Our New Electronics Workshop

Drive Testing Capabilities of Our New Electronics Workshop

When it comes to industrial automation, precision and reliability are paramount. To cater to the intricate needs of businesses in South Africa needing top-notch drive testing solutions, Motion Tronic proudly introduces its state-of-the-art electronics workshop. This...

Mandela Day 2023 – Sarmie Army with The Robin Hood Foundation

Mandela Day 2023 – Sarmie Army with The Robin Hood Foundation

In support of Mandela Day, the team from Motion Tronic assisted in making sandwiches for the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sarmie Army initiative on the 12th of July 2023. Our team assisted in making 1 680 sandwiches for the Robin Hood Foundation’s beneficiaries and also...

Then and Now: Motion Tronic Since the 2021 South African Unrest

Then and Now: Motion Tronic Since the 2021 South African Unrest

In the history of any business, there are moments that test its toughness and determination. The year 2021 brought one such event for us at Motion Tronic. The widespread unrest that swept through KZN during that time left a trail of destruction and loss. However, our...

Are Industrial Motor Gearboxes Repairable?

Are Industrial Motor Gearboxes Repairable?

When it comes to industrial machinery, downtime caused by gearbox problems can be a significant setback for businesses. Waiting for replacement gearboxes from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) can often take months, resulting in delays in productivity and...

Advantages of Using Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) for Pump Control

Advantages of Using Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) for Pump Control

In the world of process automation and industrial machines, it is essential to have efficient and reliable equipment. One of the most critical components of these machines is the pump. Pumps are used in many industries, including agriculture, food and beverage, paper...

Ultrasonic sensors: Controlling Liquid Levels in Jojo Tanks

Ultrasonic sensors: Controlling Liquid Levels in Jojo Tanks

Jojo tanks are an integral part of life in South Africa. These tanks are used to store water for domestic and agricultural use in many parts of the country. With the frequent water shortages and water crises in South Africa, Jojo tanks have become an essential...

Our State Of The Art Motor Test Benches

Our State Of The Art Motor Test Benches

When it comes to ensuring motors remain effective and working at full potential, testing the various components from time to time becomes vitally important. As sole partners in South Africa for the world’s leading servo motors and motor component manufacturers, we...

Can You Repair A Servo Motor With An Armature Winder?

Can You Repair A Servo Motor With An Armature Winder?

No, an armature winder can’t repair a servo motor. Servo motors are vitally important tools in any automated industrial infrastructure, and getting these repairs exactly right should always be the purpose of any servo motor repair job. In this article, we explain what...

Can Automation Reduce Energy Costs?

Can Automation Reduce Energy Costs?

Yes. Automation is able to reduce energy costs by 10 - 30%, according to the International Energy Agency. Automation shines when used to reduce a factory’s energy consumption, and this has a positive impact on more than just the energy bill. In this article, we unpack...

Understanding the Causes of Servo Motor Failures

Servicing Your Servo Motors Over Shutdown

The shutdown period is one of the busiest for any factory, even though there’s barely anyone on the site. This is because of all the services, repairs, and other activities that can only be actioned when machinery is not in operation. Servicing servo motors at regular...

Microsonic Distance Sensors

How Do Ultrasonic Sensors Work?

Ultrasonic sensors are becoming commonplace in manufacturing plants and on factory floors across the planet. The technology has changed a bit since first being used industrially, but the number of applications has grown exponentially. Sensor technology is integral to...

Is A Dyno Unit Needed To Test Variable Speed Drives?

Is A Dyno Unit Needed To Test Variable Speed Drives?

A “dynamometer” or “dyno” as it’s commonly known is a pretty important device for effectively testing variable speed drives. The remarkable equipment is imperative for ensuring that VSDs and motors are in good working condition and far from breakdown. Unfortunately,...

Why Should You Consider Automating Your Production Plant?

Why Should You Consider Automating Your Production Plant?

A series of machines all connected via a transfer system that includes an electrical control system is the definition of an automated production line. Are you getting the maximum throughput from your production line? If not, think about adding some intelligent systems...

Is Your Manufacturing Floor Ready For Industry 4.0?

Is Your Manufacturing Floor Ready For Industry 4.0?

IBM provides a great definition of Industry 4.0: “Synonymous with smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 is the realization of the digital transformation of the field, delivering real-time decision making, enhanced productivity, flexibility and agility.” We’re experiencing...

Air Extraction System

Air Extraction System

Motion Tronic Projects was approached to assist in designing and building a control system to balance the airflow from two ovens through a single extraction fan. The extraction system is used to extract hot fumes from the main oven on the line. An existing extraction...

Project: Material Handling System

Project: Material Handling System

Our customer has asked Motion Tronic Projects to assist them in automating their material handling system with a cost-effective SCADA and PLC combination.  We designed, built, and installed a control system that can accommodate the controlling of blower fans, rotary...

Can Pump Monitoring In The Drive Increase Machine Life?

Can Pump Monitoring In The Drive Increase Machine Life?

Centrifugal pumps become damaged for a number of reasons. Some faults are isolated to one or two components, while others could cause faults that have machines unable to operate for days – if not weeks. Delays of this variety can’t happen in the high-stakes industrial...

How Energy Saving Drives Are Improving The Industrial Sector

How Energy Saving Drives Are Improving The Industrial Sector

The 4th industrial revolution is in full swing, as technological advancements improve society in more and more ways each year. One area where this revolution is most evident is the industrial sector. With more industrial automation comes more sensors, drives, and...

Advantages of Using Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) for Pump Control

Top Tips for Maintaining a Variable Speed Drive | Motion Tronic

Top Tips for Maintaining a Variable Speed Drive Variable speed drives (VSDs) are designed to provide many years of efficient and cost-effective service. Motion Tronic explains five essential tasks necessary to keep your VSDs in good running order. How to Maintain Your...

Choosing the Right Sensor for Your Application | Motion Tronic

Choosing the Right Sensor for Your Application | Motion Tronic

Choosing the Right Sensor for Your Application With so many different sensing technologies on the market, choosing the right one can be a challenge. Motion Tronic explains how to select the perfect sensor for your business.   What to Look for In a Sensor Choosing...

An Introduction to PLCs: A Beginners Overview Chain

An Introduction to PLCs: A Beginners Overview Chain

Automation is increasing rapidly across a variety of industries. At the heart of automated operations in most product lines are devices known as programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Motion Tronic explains what PLCs are and the advantages they can offer to...

Why Motion Tronic is Ahead of the Automation Curve

Why Motion Tronic is Ahead of the Automation Curve

Our state of the art repair lab has kept us at the forefront of industrial automation, ensuring our clients receive the best service as well as a quick turn around with minimised downtime in our effort to keep productivity up. We carry out repairs on all brands of...

Partnering with Panasonic EU

Partnering with Panasonic EU

In an effort to stay ahead in an ever-evolving industry, we’ve partnered with yet another global titan: Panasonic EU. Panasnic was founded in 1918 by Japanese industrialist Konosuke Matsushita, then known as Matsushita Electric Housewares and Manufacturing Works, a...

Leaders in Industrial Automation: Our 4 Specialist Divisions

Leaders in Industrial Automation: Our 4 Specialist Divisions

Overview With decades of industry experience, Motion Tronic are leaders in industrial automation, and currently have an extensive client base. We offer world-class products and services to the South African market, allowing our clients to work smarter, not harder....

Repairs Overview

Repairs Overview

Did you know that Motion Tronic is fully equipped to handle all your servo motor, VSD, and electronics repairs, no matter what brand? We know that downtime costs you and your business.  Our aim is to ensure we deliver fast failure analysis and rectification to get...

Spindle Motor Application

Spindle Motor Application

Our client contacted us looking for a solution for their machine, wanting to replace their current inverter. We looked at all the options and specified an alternative drive. The Invertek Optidrive ODP-2-44185-3KF42-MN was our selected specification. VSD compatible...

How Energy Saving Drives Are Improving The Industrial Sector

200kW Invertek Drive Installation – Extruder Application

Recently, Motion Tronic have acquired a new agency for VSDs. Although this was exciting news on its own, we were extremely excited to be able to install a powerful Invertek VSD, as a way to kick-off this new chapter and begin our journey with another exceptional...

December Projects Case Study

December Projects Case Study

We were keeping busy during the past December shutdown period, installing a turnkey solution and control upgrade. The control upgrade solution, which was fabricated and tested towards the end of last year, was ready for the shutdown period to finish installation and...

Husky Machine Upgrade

Husky Machine Upgrade

Husky is one of the world’s largest brand names in the injection molding and plastics industries, they have received many awards to date, with applications in the beverage and thinwall packaging, various closures, medical, consumer electronics and automotive markets....

New iQ-R Series PLC Case Study

New iQ-R Series PLC Case Study

Automation of your factory and production facilities is the way the world is moving, to increase efficiencies, boost productivity and grow profits. The cost of all these benefits is simple: maintenance, upkeep and, where necessary, upgrade of these industrial...

7 Stops On Your Roadmap To Project Success

7 Stops On Your Roadmap To Project Success

We Love Helping You Save Cost saving is very important to us, because we know how important it is to our clients! Depending on your needs, we can advise you on the best and most cost-effective solutions to your problems. Like repairing instead of replacing, and...

Why Motion Tronic

Why Motion Tronic

At Motion Tronic, we’re proud of the fact that our premises is a hub of problem-solving ideas, solutions and quality products. Our team goes full force to ensure that clients get speedy, world-class service and quality solutions, to create, enhance and maintain their...

Dosing Controller: Now Better Than Before

Dosing Controller: Now Better Than Before

If you follow our blogs, you might remember, we wrote about our internally developed dosing controller. Our controller has been fabricated and is already in use in the field. The advantage of making use of our controller is that it is developed in-house and can be...

Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

Something new is brewing. We really love pushing the boundaries of innovation. When asked to take a solution and make an equivalent that works in half the space, it really gets those creative thoughts going. This is the excitement we felt when we were tasked with...

Motion Tronic’s New ESP32-GSM-Node

Motion Tronic’s New ESP32-GSM-Node

With the ever-increasing need for remote monitoring of water tanks, controlling pumps and general factory IOT (Industrial internet of things), Motion Tronic has developed the solution.  The ESP32-GSM-Node will allow for the monitoring of two digital inputs, two...

PtP Link: East London Port

PtP Link: East London Port

We have the proven aptitude to assist our clients in exactly what they need. Therefore, we were again approached by a client to resolve a problem that they had with a long cable run that kept disappearing. We called on our expertise in creating a wireless bridge...

Punch Press Servo Feeder

Punch Press Servo Feeder

We recently completed the installation and integration of our Servo Feeder on a punching press. The result was as predicted and consistent. Designing the user interface to be intuitive makes it simple for operators to understand and use. Mechanically the feeder base...

Trust Motion Tronic To Repair Your Equipment

Trust Motion Tronic To Repair Your Equipment

Prolong the life of and safeguard your industrial machine assets, with Motion Tronic service, repair and overhauling. No matter the size of your motors, from the tiniest to the most colossal, we repair all aspects of all motors. Confidently send your servo motors in...

December Upgrades

December Upgrades

ELECTRONIC SYNCHRONIZATION: 12-AXIS CARPET LINE For this project the client wanted an upgrade that improved machine reliability, reduced the amount of adjustments required from the operator, achieved accurate synchronism between all axes, provided a user-friendly,...

Recent Project: Servo-driven sampling hammer

Recent Project: Servo-driven sampling hammer

For close to a year, Motiontronic has been working hand in hand with a prominent mining mineral processing firm to develop the worlds’ first and largest servo driven sampling hammer. This sampling application requires a massive amount of torque so the Baumuller DST2...

End Of Line Process Speed Synchronization

End Of Line Process Speed Synchronization

Some machines grow over time dependant on operational and final-product demand. For this project Motion Tronic was tasked to modify the control of the 5 axis that were added to the end of line processing that was originally controlled exclusively by the operator....

Durban Port Millennium Tower Light Control Relocation Project

Durban Port Millennium Tower Light Control Relocation Project

We do not often we get to do work on our local monuments so when the opportunity came to do work on our very own Durban Millennium Tower we were ecstatic! Due to strong storms, the tower required maintenance that meant that the operations had to be temporarily moved...

Is Your Factory Transforming to Comply with Industry 4.0?

Is Your Factory Transforming to Comply with Industry 4.0?

We’re in the midst of a significant transformation regarding the way we produce products thanks to the digitization of manufacturing. This transition is so compelling that it is being called Industry 4.0 to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in...

Microsonic LPC+ Ultrasonic Sensors with Smart Sensor Profile

Microsonic LPC+ Ultrasonic Sensors with Smart Sensor Profile

Microsonic has equipped the new lpc+ sensor family with two output stages. The sensors in the M18 threaded sleeve have the following optional features: - two push-pull switching outputs with IO-Link interface - or a push-pull switching output plus an analogue output...

Huskey PET GL300 Controller Upgrade: Part 1

Huskey PET GL300 Controller Upgrade: Part 1

Following our earlier newsletter that we upgrade injection machines, here is some insight from a project currently in progress. The electrical integration development has been completed and the installation process is underway. At this point it’s a teardown process,...

PCB and Component Level Repairs

PCB and Component Level Repairs

Did you know Motion Tronic perform repairs on all industrial PCB, electronic boards and servo drives? We carry specialist soldering and de-soldering tooling, and work on surface mount and through-hole electronic boards. We use state of the art electronic equipment for...

Servo press feeders for metal stamping and pressing

Servo press feeders for metal stamping and pressing

Servo feeders for metal stamping lines. Motion Tronic design, build and maintain heavy duty servo feeders for the metal stamping industry. The systems are designed with robustness and durability in mind for harsh environments and conditions. Incorporating digital...

Automatic pipe cutting machine

Automatic pipe cutting machine

Our client requested us to come up with a design for an automatic pipe cutter machine which can cut programmed cut lengths and qty for piping they use on there truck builds. Motion Tronic designed the once off machine from beginning to end including mechanical and...

PLC Migration Friction Welder

PLC Migration Friction Welder

Latest Projects completed Motion Tronic recently completed another successful PLC upgrade to the full satisfaction of our customer! The project involved a retrofit of a new Siemens PLC to replace the old Mitsubishi PLC on the customers Friction Welding machine. The...

What to expect in 2018

What to expect in 2018

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018! Motion Tronics ‘Lunch and Learn’’ teaching time. Motion Tronic is planning a series of hands on, practical teaching seminars where people interested can come along to our offices and see a live demonstration on one of the areas of competence at...

10 Axis Synchronized Solution

10 Axis Synchronized Solution

One of Motion Tronic's valued customers required a solution for a machine which they built. The requirements were as follows, All 10 Axis must be synchronized when the machine speeds up and slows down. The operator must be able to trim the individual axis to his needs...

Repairs Overview

Motion Tronic Repairs Large Variable Speed Drives

Motion Tronic has a fully equipped facility to repair and load test large variable speed drives down to component level and up to sizes of 1200A 400Vac. We offer 12 month Warranty on all repairs * Our Dyno Unit Our Repair Facility

Mobile Drive Systems for Automotive Industry

Mobile Drive Systems for Automotive Industry

Motion Tronic has been designing custom drive system for many years and our expert in house team  has the knowledge to Design, Engineer, Build and Support solutions to meet your specific needs. Some application specs for this design. Must be Mobile 24 vdc Supply...

Cooperation for maximum precision

Cooperation for maximum precision

The use of robotics in industrial production is booming. It enables innovative production processes and is a key technology used for networking in smart factories. As a driver of efficiency, profitability and flexibility, the use of robotics has fully extended from...

Industry 4.0 – Baudis IoT

Industry 4.0 – Baudis IoT

Industry 4.0 BAUDIS IoT: Digitization increases availability Intelligent analysis of data BAUDIS IoT, is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication System that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of...

Tec Tex Needler Loom Automation

Tec Tex Needler Loom Automation

Exceeding expectations and delivering the panels to site 2 weeks after the go-ahead. Motion Tronic reverse engineered the application and changed the old relay control system to Siemens PLC control with HMI interface for setup, running configuration & extensive...

Demolding Made Easy

Demolding Made Easy

With five internal threads and multiple undercuts, demolding a Festo pneumatic maintenance unit takes skill, patience, and the right tools. In November last year, the Krallmann Group developed a quick yet high precision solution to this task using Servomold’s...

We’re the best service based company in SA!

We’re the best service based company in SA!

We're so proud to announce that we won the award for Best Service Based Company in South Africa in this year's Business Excellence Awards, the awards ceremony of the Business Excellence Forum! What is the Business Excellence Forum? Attended by over 2 000 business...

Introducing the Motion Tronic document storage solution

Introducing the Motion Tronic document storage solution

As part of our continued drive to improve customer experience, we’ve added a QR Code document storage solution to our Motion Tronic app. We know that if your electrical drawings or documents go missing, this can cause lengthy machine downtimes and make efficient fault...

On-Site Breakdown? Call Us Now!

On-Site Breakdown? Call Us Now!

In today’s fast-paced business world, manufacturers simply cannot afford to fall behind schedule. We understand that long downtimes can have a major impact on your production schedule, deliverables, and bottom line. This means you simply don’t have the time to waste...

A professional approach to drive repairs

A professional approach to drive repairs

When it comes to drive repairs, our expert team can offer you the following:   1. Fault Detection Dead testing for short circuits, blown IGBTs, failed rectifiers, etc. Component level fault tracing and signal verification using calibrated oscilloscopes Extensive...

Understanding the Causes of Servo Motor Failures

Want To Repair A Servo Motor Yourself? Here Is Our Expert Advice.

At Motion Tronic, we repair and offer a 12 month warranty on all major AC and DC Servo motors and Controllers. For those of you looking to repair the motor yourselves, here’s our advice and a step-by-step guide. Before you start to repair a servo motor, please note:...

PLC Automation – 10 facts you should know

As industry leaders in automation, we enjoy teaching our clients about the machines and components we create and maintain. Here’s what you need to know about the PLC - a key element in the automated manufacturing process: PLC stands for Programmable Logic Controller -...

Machine woes? Repair, then replace!

Machine woes? Repair, then replace!

At Motion Tronic, we understand that downtime has a negative impact on your operations and your business. That’s why we work hard to ensure downtime doesn’t happen and if it does, it is kept to a minimum. We practice regular preventative maintenance but when your...

Out with the old, in with the new!

Out with the old, in with the new!

On a recent client visit, we replaced 20 year old (and now obsolete) Baumüller drives with the latest bmaxx 5000 series drives and completed a full upgrade in three days, including commissioning. During this time, we also modified and serviced the four existing motor...

The benefits of automation

The benefits of automation

Automation – changing the world of work Automation (or automatic control) is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers, and heat treating ovens, as well as switching on telephone networks, steering...

Latest Technology – Servo Driven Molds

Latest Technology – Servo Driven Molds

Motion Tronic has just commissioned new technology in the plastic injection molding industry. This new technology involves a Servo driven core extract function. Conventional methods are hydraulic which are expensive to run, messy, and can cost R100 000s in rejected...

A Winning Collaboration

In a professional context it often happens that private or corporate clients corder a publication to be made and presented with the actual content still not being ready. Think of a news blog that’s filled with content hourly on the day of going live. However, reviewers tend to be distracted by comprehensible content, say, a random text copied newspaper or the internet. The are to focus on the text, disregarding the layout and its elements. Besides, random text risks to be unintendedly humorous or offensive, an unacceptable risk in corporate environments.

How To Clean & Maintain Your Machinery

How To Clean & Maintain Your Machinery

Do you know how to maintain variable speed drives (VFDs)? Doing so is easier than you might think. By integrating some simple, logical steps into your preventative maintenance program, you can ensure your drives provide many years of trouble-free service. Before...

Time is money – we’ll save you both!

Time is money – we’ll save you both!

At Motion Tronic we strive to keep our clients satisfied by understanding their conditions, requirements and timelines. This allows us to deliver the promised service and maximise your industrial potential. We achieve this with our wide range of product and service...

Coating line heating system upgrade to thyristor control

Coating line heating system upgrade to thyristor control

Successful upgrade from an outdated and previously unsupported Heating Control system. Our upgrade consisted of Siemens HMI communicating on Profinet to a PLC and Communicating on Mod bus to 8 Eurotherm Digital Thyristor control units. Imagine having the power to save...

Manganese seperator using specific gravity control

Manganese seperator using specific gravity control

Motion Tronic worked closely with a well known provider of systems for the Mining Industry and developed and built the control system for the machine which will be shipped to Namibia, tight deadlines were stuck to and we exceeded the customer expectations once again....

Drop tester unit

Drop tester unit

Motion Tronic was tasked with developing a unit for a customer to test various size plastic blow molded containers. previously an outdated manual system was used but this gave varying results and the operator a BIG ARM.... So we developed a unit from scratch...

Extruder upgrade from DC to AC VSD system

Extruder upgrade from DC to AC VSD system

When our client said “can you install an upgrade for us", we said "how many hours do we have”. Yes, the Motion Tronic team was able to pull this upgrade off in just 36 hours. A complete panel build incorporating a CFW11 drive 132kw with the relevant switch gear. We...

AutoMatex crosslapper upgraded

AutoMatex crosslapper upgraded

Motion Tronic were tasked with upgrading an obsolete and outdated control system on a Automatex Crosslapper in doing so we achieved optimal running speeds and greatly increased the production rates,...

Trutzschler blending line upgrade

Trutzschler blending line upgrade

For the Motion Tronic team of dedicated engineers this was a quick and easy implementation of a Siemens S7-1200 PLC for controlling the weight and batching of Fiber. The solution comprised of new Cad...

Servo Motor Repairs

Servo Motor Repairs

Motion Tronic has recently acquired specialised equipment to allow us to carry out servo motor repairs to all brands. This includes full mechanical maintenance to feedback testing as well as electrical alignment of the feedback devices. At the end of the service or...

Process water plant for injection moulding

Process water plant for injection moulding

With energy costs at an all time high companies are looking at ways to optimise certain essential services for there plant. One such factory is an injection moulding plant. They require process water at a specific pressure and temperature to cool there machines....

Complete batching and distribution system

Complete batching and distribution system

From Concept Design in CAD to final product, Motion Tronic has the expertise to carry it out. With the vast knowledge of the highly skilled staff we are able to complete the requirements for this particular customer including Mechanical design, Mechanical build, Site...

KUKA robot system for grinding and handling

KUKA robot system for grinding and handling

Yes we at it again pushing the boundaries of engineering and achieving what we set out to do. Using a KUKA Robot and Baumuller bmaxx5000 series modular servo drives with Siemens S7-1500 PLC over profinet. A fully in house designed, built and engineered solution by...

Microsonic Distance Sensors

Microsonic Distance Sensors

The Microsonic range of edge guide, ultrasonic and distance sensors robust design makes them an exceptional choice in many industrial automation applications. We have a specialised range of ultrasonic water level sensors that are geared to simplify the way...

Can A PC Board Be Repaired?

Can A PC Board Be Repaired?

A PC board, or printed circuit board (PCB), is a critical component in many electronic devices. It serves as a mechanical support and electrical connection platform for several electronic components.   Can PC boards be repaired? The simple answer is yes, they...

Understanding the Causes of Servo Motor Failures

Understanding the Causes of Servo Motor Failures

Servo motors are indispensable in various industrial applications, providing precision control and accuracy. However, like any mechanical or electrical component, servo motors are not immune to failures. When these essential devices malfunction, it can lead to costly...

Motion Tronic supports the Jes Foord Foundation Handbag Project

Motion Tronic supports the Jes Foord Foundation Handbag Project

We recently handed over two boxes filled with items needed for rape comfort bags to The Jes Foord Foundation following a staff collection campaign during Women's Month in support of their Handbag Project. The Handbag Project relies on the support of the community to...

Launch of the Inovance SV660N Servo Solution

Launch of the Inovance SV660N Servo Solution

Motion Tronic is proud to announce that the SV660N from Inovance is now available. This servo solution is a cutting-edge single-axis EtherCAT servo drive that redefines dynamic performance within a compact form factor. This innovation revolutionises system efficiency...

Drive Testing Capabilities of Our New Electronics Workshop

Drive Testing Capabilities of Our New Electronics Workshop

When it comes to industrial automation, precision and reliability are paramount. To cater to the intricate needs of businesses in South Africa needing top-notch drive testing solutions, Motion Tronic proudly introduces its state-of-the-art electronics workshop. This...

Mandela Day 2023 – Sarmie Army with The Robin Hood Foundation

Mandela Day 2023 – Sarmie Army with The Robin Hood Foundation

In support of Mandela Day, the team from Motion Tronic assisted in making sandwiches for the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sarmie Army initiative on the 12th of July 2023. Our team assisted in making 1 680 sandwiches for the Robin Hood Foundation’s beneficiaries and also...

Then and Now: Motion Tronic Since the 2021 South African Unrest

Then and Now: Motion Tronic Since the 2021 South African Unrest

In the history of any business, there are moments that test its toughness and determination. The year 2021 brought one such event for us at Motion Tronic. The widespread unrest that swept through KZN during that time left a trail of destruction and loss. However, our...

Are Industrial Motor Gearboxes Repairable?

Are Industrial Motor Gearboxes Repairable?

When it comes to industrial machinery, downtime caused by gearbox problems can be a significant setback for businesses. Waiting for replacement gearboxes from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) can often take months, resulting in delays in productivity and...

Advantages of Using Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) for Pump Control

Advantages of Using Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) for Pump Control

In the world of process automation and industrial machines, it is essential to have efficient and reliable equipment. One of the most critical components of these machines is the pump. Pumps are used in many industries, including agriculture, food and beverage, paper...

Ultrasonic sensors: Controlling Liquid Levels in Jojo Tanks

Ultrasonic sensors: Controlling Liquid Levels in Jojo Tanks

Jojo tanks are an integral part of life in South Africa. These tanks are used to store water for domestic and agricultural use in many parts of the country. With the frequent water shortages and water crises in South Africa, Jojo tanks have become an essential...

Our State Of The Art Motor Test Benches

Our State Of The Art Motor Test Benches

When it comes to ensuring motors remain effective and working at full potential, testing the various components from time to time becomes vitally important. As sole partners in South Africa for the world’s leading servo motors and motor component manufacturers, we...

Can You Repair A Servo Motor With An Armature Winder?

Can You Repair A Servo Motor With An Armature Winder?

No, an armature winder can’t repair a servo motor. Servo motors are vitally important tools in any automated industrial infrastructure, and getting these repairs exactly right should always be the purpose of any servo motor repair job. In this article, we explain what...

Can Automation Reduce Energy Costs?

Can Automation Reduce Energy Costs?

Yes. Automation is able to reduce energy costs by 10 - 30%, according to the International Energy Agency. Automation shines when used to reduce a factory’s energy consumption, and this has a positive impact on more than just the energy bill. In this article, we unpack...

Servicing Your Servo Motors Over Shutdown

Servicing Your Servo Motors Over Shutdown

The shutdown period is one of the busiest for any factory, even though there’s barely anyone on the site. This is because of all the services, repairs, and other activities that can only be actioned when machinery is not in operation. Servicing servo motors at regular...

How Do Ultrasonic Sensors Work?

How Do Ultrasonic Sensors Work?

Ultrasonic sensors are becoming commonplace in manufacturing plants and on factory floors across the planet. The technology has changed a bit since first being used industrially, but the number of applications has grown exponentially. Sensor technology is integral to...

Is A Dyno Unit Needed To Test Variable Speed Drives?

Is A Dyno Unit Needed To Test Variable Speed Drives?

A “dynamometer” or “dyno” as it’s commonly known is a pretty important device for effectively testing variable speed drives. The remarkable equipment is imperative for ensuring that VSDs and motors are in good working condition and far from breakdown. Unfortunately,...

Why Should You Consider Automating Your Production Plant?

Why Should You Consider Automating Your Production Plant?

A series of machines all connected via a transfer system that includes an electrical control system is the definition of an automated production line. Are you getting the maximum throughput from your production line? If not, think about adding some intelligent systems...

Is Your Manufacturing Floor Ready For Industry 4.0?

Is Your Manufacturing Floor Ready For Industry 4.0?

IBM provides a great definition of Industry 4.0: “Synonymous with smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 is the realization of the digital transformation of the field, delivering real-time decision making, enhanced productivity, flexibility and agility.” We’re experiencing...

Air Extraction System

Air Extraction System

Motion Tronic Projects was approached to assist in designing and building a control system to balance the airflow from two ovens through a single extraction fan. The extraction system is used to extract hot fumes from the main oven on the line. An existing extraction...

Project: Material Handling System

Project: Material Handling System

Our customer has asked Motion Tronic Projects to assist them in automating their material handling system with a cost-effective SCADA and PLC combination.  We designed, built, and installed a control system that can accommodate the controlling of blower fans, rotary...

Can Pump Monitoring In The Drive Increase Machine Life?

Can Pump Monitoring In The Drive Increase Machine Life?

Centrifugal pumps become damaged for a number of reasons. Some faults are isolated to one or two components, while others could cause faults that have machines unable to operate for days – if not weeks. Delays of this variety can’t happen in the high-stakes industrial...

How Energy Saving Drives Are Improving The Industrial Sector

How Energy Saving Drives Are Improving The Industrial Sector

The 4th industrial revolution is in full swing, as technological advancements improve society in more and more ways each year. One area where this revolution is most evident is the industrial sector. With more industrial automation comes more sensors, drives, and...

Top Tips for Maintaining a Variable Speed Drive | Motion Tronic

Top Tips for Maintaining a Variable Speed Drive | Motion Tronic

Top Tips for Maintaining a Variable Speed Drive Variable speed drives (VSDs) are designed to provide many years of efficient and cost-effective service. Motion Tronic explains five essential tasks necessary to keep your VSDs in good running order. How to Maintain Your...

Choosing the Right Sensor for Your Application | Motion Tronic

Choosing the Right Sensor for Your Application | Motion Tronic

Choosing the Right Sensor for Your Application With so many different sensing technologies on the market, choosing the right one can be a challenge. Motion Tronic explains how to select the perfect sensor for your business.   What to Look for In a Sensor Choosing...

An Introduction to PLCs: A Beginners Overview Chain

An Introduction to PLCs: A Beginners Overview Chain

Automation is increasing rapidly across a variety of industries. At the heart of automated operations in most product lines are devices known as programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Motion Tronic explains what PLCs are and the advantages they can offer to...

Why Motion Tronic is Ahead of the Automation Curve

Why Motion Tronic is Ahead of the Automation Curve

Our state of the art repair lab has kept us at the forefront of industrial automation, ensuring our clients receive the best service as well as a quick turn around with minimised downtime in our effort to keep productivity up. We carry out repairs on all brands of...

Partnering with Panasonic EU

Partnering with Panasonic EU

In an effort to stay ahead in an ever-evolving industry, we’ve partnered with yet another global titan: Panasonic EU. Panasnic was founded in 1918 by Japanese industrialist Konosuke Matsushita, then known as Matsushita Electric Housewares and Manufacturing Works, a...

Leaders in Industrial Automation: Our 4 Specialist Divisions

Leaders in Industrial Automation: Our 4 Specialist Divisions

Overview With decades of industry experience, Motion Tronic are leaders in industrial automation, and currently have an extensive client base. We offer world-class products and services to the South African market, allowing our clients to work smarter, not harder....

Repairs Overview

Repairs Overview

Did you know that Motion Tronic is fully equipped to handle all your servo motor, VSD, and electronics repairs, no matter what brand? We know that downtime costs you and your business.  Our aim is to ensure we deliver fast failure analysis and rectification to get...

Spindle Motor Application

Spindle Motor Application

Our client contacted us looking for a solution for their machine, wanting to replace their current inverter. We looked at all the options and specified an alternative drive. The Invertek Optidrive ODP-2-44185-3KF42-MN was our selected specification. VSD compatible...

200kW Invertek Drive Installation – Extruder Application

200kW Invertek Drive Installation – Extruder Application

Recently, Motion Tronic have acquired a new agency for VSDs. Although this was exciting news on its own, we were extremely excited to be able to install a powerful Invertek VSD, as a way to kick-off this new chapter and begin our journey with another exceptional...

December Projects Case Study

December Projects Case Study

We were keeping busy during the past December shutdown period, installing a turnkey solution and control upgrade. The control upgrade solution, which was fabricated and tested towards the end of last year, was ready for the shutdown period to finish installation and...

Husky Machine Upgrade

Husky Machine Upgrade

Husky is one of the world’s largest brand names in the injection molding and plastics industries, they have received many awards to date, with applications in the beverage and thinwall packaging, various closures, medical, consumer electronics and automotive markets....

New iQ-R Series PLC Case Study

New iQ-R Series PLC Case Study

Automation of your factory and production facilities is the way the world is moving, to increase efficiencies, boost productivity and grow profits. The cost of all these benefits is simple: maintenance, upkeep and, where necessary, upgrade of these industrial...

7 Stops On Your Roadmap To Project Success

7 Stops On Your Roadmap To Project Success

We Love Helping You Save Cost saving is very important to us, because we know how important it is to our clients! Depending on your needs, we can advise you on the best and most cost-effective solutions to your problems. Like repairing instead of replacing, and...

Why Motion Tronic

Why Motion Tronic

At Motion Tronic, we’re proud of the fact that our premises is a hub of problem-solving ideas, solutions and quality products. Our team goes full force to ensure that clients get speedy, world-class service and quality solutions, to create, enhance and maintain their...

Dosing Controller: Now Better Than Before

Dosing Controller: Now Better Than Before

If you follow our blogs, you might remember, we wrote about our internally developed dosing controller. Our controller has been fabricated and is already in use in the field. The advantage of making use of our controller is that it is developed in-house and can be...

Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

Something new is brewing. We really love pushing the boundaries of innovation. When asked to take a solution and make an equivalent that works in half the space, it really gets those creative thoughts going. This is the excitement we felt when we were tasked with...

Motion Tronic’s New ESP32-GSM-Node

Motion Tronic’s New ESP32-GSM-Node

With the ever-increasing need for remote monitoring of water tanks, controlling pumps and general factory IOT (Industrial internet of things), Motion Tronic has developed the solution.  The ESP32-GSM-Node will allow for the monitoring of two digital inputs, two...

PtP Link: East London Port

PtP Link: East London Port

We have the proven aptitude to assist our clients in exactly what they need. Therefore, we were again approached by a client to resolve a problem that they had with a long cable run that kept disappearing. We called on our expertise in creating a wireless bridge...

Punch Press Servo Feeder

Punch Press Servo Feeder

We recently completed the installation and integration of our Servo Feeder on a punching press. The result was as predicted and consistent. Designing the user interface to be intuitive makes it simple for operators to understand and use. Mechanically the feeder base...

Trust Motion Tronic To Repair Your Equipment

Trust Motion Tronic To Repair Your Equipment

Prolong the life of and safeguard your industrial machine assets, with Motion Tronic service, repair and overhauling. No matter the size of your motors, from the tiniest to the most colossal, we repair all aspects of all motors. Confidently send your servo motors in...

December Upgrades

December Upgrades

ELECTRONIC SYNCHRONIZATION: 12-AXIS CARPET LINE For this project the client wanted an upgrade that improved machine reliability, reduced the amount of adjustments required from the operator, achieved accurate synchronism between all axes, provided a user-friendly,...

Recent Project: Servo-driven sampling hammer

Recent Project: Servo-driven sampling hammer

For close to a year, Motiontronic has been working hand in hand with a prominent mining mineral processing firm to develop the worlds’ first and largest servo driven sampling hammer. This sampling application requires a massive amount of torque so the Baumuller DST2...

End Of Line Process Speed Synchronization

End Of Line Process Speed Synchronization

Some machines grow over time dependant on operational and final-product demand. For this project Motion Tronic was tasked to modify the control of the 5 axis that were added to the end of line processing that was originally controlled exclusively by the operator....

Durban Port Millennium Tower Light Control Relocation Project

Durban Port Millennium Tower Light Control Relocation Project

We do not often we get to do work on our local monuments so when the opportunity came to do work on our very own Durban Millennium Tower we were ecstatic! Due to strong storms, the tower required maintenance that meant that the operations had to be temporarily moved...

Is Your Factory Transforming to Comply with Industry 4.0?

Is Your Factory Transforming to Comply with Industry 4.0?

We’re in the midst of a significant transformation regarding the way we produce products thanks to the digitization of manufacturing. This transition is so compelling that it is being called Industry 4.0 to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in...

Microsonic LPC+ Ultrasonic Sensors with Smart Sensor Profile

Microsonic LPC+ Ultrasonic Sensors with Smart Sensor Profile

Microsonic has equipped the new lpc+ sensor family with two output stages. The sensors in the M18 threaded sleeve have the following optional features: - two push-pull switching outputs with IO-Link interface - or a push-pull switching output plus an analogue output...

Huskey PET GL300 Controller Upgrade: Part 1

Huskey PET GL300 Controller Upgrade: Part 1

Following our earlier newsletter that we upgrade injection machines, here is some insight from a project currently in progress. The electrical integration development has been completed and the installation process is underway. At this point it’s a teardown process,...

PCB and Component Level Repairs

PCB and Component Level Repairs

Did you know Motion Tronic perform repairs on all industrial PCB, electronic boards and servo drives? We carry specialist soldering and de-soldering tooling, and work on surface mount and through-hole electronic boards. We use state of the art electronic equipment for...

Servo press feeders for metal stamping and pressing

Servo press feeders for metal stamping and pressing

Servo feeders for metal stamping lines. Motion Tronic design, build and maintain heavy duty servo feeders for the metal stamping industry. The systems are designed with robustness and durability in mind for harsh environments and conditions. Incorporating digital...

Automatic pipe cutting machine

Automatic pipe cutting machine

Our client requested us to come up with a design for an automatic pipe cutter machine which can cut programmed cut lengths and qty for piping they use on there truck builds. Motion Tronic designed the once off machine from beginning to end including mechanical and...

PLC Migration Friction Welder

PLC Migration Friction Welder

Latest Projects completed Motion Tronic recently completed another successful PLC upgrade to the full satisfaction of our customer! The project involved a retrofit of a new Siemens PLC to replace the old Mitsubishi PLC on the customers Friction Welding machine. The...

What to expect in 2018

What to expect in 2018

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018! Motion Tronics ‘Lunch and Learn’’ teaching time. Motion Tronic is planning a series of hands on, practical teaching seminars where people interested can come along to our offices and see a live demonstration on one of the areas of competence at...

10 Axis Synchronized Solution

10 Axis Synchronized Solution

One of Motion Tronic's valued customers required a solution for a machine which they built. The requirements were as follows, All 10 Axis must be synchronized when the machine speeds up and slows down. The operator must be able to trim the individual axis to his needs...

Motion Tronic Repairs Large Variable Speed Drives

Motion Tronic Repairs Large Variable Speed Drives

Motion Tronic has a fully equipped facility to repair and load test large variable speed drives down to component level and up to sizes of 1200A 400Vac. We offer 12 month Warranty on all repairs * Our Dyno Unit Our Repair Facility

Mobile Drive Systems for Automotive Industry

Mobile Drive Systems for Automotive Industry

Motion Tronic has been designing custom drive system for many years and our expert in house team  has the knowledge to Design, Engineer, Build and Support solutions to meet your specific needs. Some application specs for this design. Must be Mobile 24 vdc Supply...

Cooperation for maximum precision

Cooperation for maximum precision

The use of robotics in industrial production is booming. It enables innovative production processes and is a key technology used for networking in smart factories. As a driver of efficiency, profitability and flexibility, the use of robotics has fully extended from...

Industry 4.0 – Baudis IoT

Industry 4.0 – Baudis IoT

Industry 4.0 BAUDIS IoT: Digitization increases availability Intelligent analysis of data BAUDIS IoT, is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication System that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of...

Tec Tex Needler Loom Automation

Tec Tex Needler Loom Automation

Exceeding expectations and delivering the panels to site 2 weeks after the go-ahead. Motion Tronic reverse engineered the application and changed the old relay control system to Siemens PLC control with HMI interface for setup, running configuration & extensive...

Demolding Made Easy

Demolding Made Easy

With five internal threads and multiple undercuts, demolding a Festo pneumatic maintenance unit takes skill, patience, and the right tools. In November last year, the Krallmann Group developed a quick yet high precision solution to this task using Servomold’s...

We’re the best service based company in SA!

We’re the best service based company in SA!

We're so proud to announce that we won the award for Best Service Based Company in South Africa in this year's Business Excellence Awards, the awards ceremony of the Business Excellence Forum! What is the Business Excellence Forum? Attended by over 2 000 business...

Introducing the Motion Tronic document storage solution

Introducing the Motion Tronic document storage solution

As part of our continued drive to improve customer experience, we’ve added a QR Code document storage solution to our Motion Tronic app. We know that if your electrical drawings or documents go missing, this can cause lengthy machine downtimes and make efficient fault...

On-Site Breakdown? Call Us Now!

On-Site Breakdown? Call Us Now!

In today’s fast-paced business world, manufacturers simply cannot afford to fall behind schedule. We understand that long downtimes can have a major impact on your production schedule, deliverables, and bottom line. This means you simply don’t have the time to waste...

A professional approach to drive repairs

A professional approach to drive repairs

When it comes to drive repairs, our expert team can offer you the following:   1. Fault Detection Dead testing for short circuits, blown IGBTs, failed rectifiers, etc. Component level fault tracing and signal verification using calibrated oscilloscopes Extensive...

Want To Repair A Servo Motor Yourself? Here Is Our Expert Advice.

Want To Repair A Servo Motor Yourself? Here Is Our Expert Advice.

At Motion Tronic, we repair and offer a 12 month warranty on all major AC and DC Servo motors and Controllers. For those of you looking to repair the motor yourselves, here’s our advice and a step-by-step guide. Before you start to repair a servo motor, please note:...

PLC Automation – 10 facts you should know

As industry leaders in automation, we enjoy teaching our clients about the machines and components we create and maintain. Here’s what you need to know about the PLC - a key element in the automated manufacturing process: PLC stands for Programmable Logic Controller -...

Machine woes? Repair, then replace!

Machine woes? Repair, then replace!

At Motion Tronic, we understand that downtime has a negative impact on your operations and your business. That’s why we work hard to ensure downtime doesn’t happen and if it does, it is kept to a minimum. We practice regular preventative maintenance but when your...

Out with the old, in with the new!

Out with the old, in with the new!

On a recent client visit, we replaced 20 year old (and now obsolete) Baumüller drives with the latest bmaxx 5000 series drives and completed a full upgrade in three days, including commissioning. During this time, we also modified and serviced the four existing motor...

The benefits of automation

The benefits of automation

Automation – changing the world of work Automation (or automatic control) is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers, and heat treating ovens, as well as switching on telephone networks, steering...

Latest Technology – Servo Driven Molds

Latest Technology – Servo Driven Molds

Motion Tronic has just commissioned new technology in the plastic injection molding industry. This new technology involves a Servo driven core extract function. Conventional methods are hydraulic which are expensive to run, messy, and can cost R100 000s in rejected...

A Winning Collaboration

In a professional context it often happens that private or corporate clients corder a publication to be made and presented with the actual content still not being ready. Think of a news blog that’s filled with content hourly on the day of going live. However, reviewers tend to be distracted by comprehensible content, say, a random text copied newspaper or the internet. The are to focus on the text, disregarding the layout and its elements. Besides, random text risks to be unintendedly humorous or offensive, an unacceptable risk in corporate environments.

How To Clean & Maintain Your Machinery

How To Clean & Maintain Your Machinery

Do you know how to maintain variable speed drives (VFDs)? Doing so is easier than you might think. By integrating some simple, logical steps into your preventative maintenance program, you can ensure your drives provide many years of trouble-free service. Before...

Time is money – we’ll save you both!

Time is money – we’ll save you both!

At Motion Tronic we strive to keep our clients satisfied by understanding their conditions, requirements and timelines. This allows us to deliver the promised service and maximise your industrial potential. We achieve this with our wide range of product and service...

Coating line heating system upgrade to thyristor control

Coating line heating system upgrade to thyristor control

Successful upgrade from an outdated and previously unsupported Heating Control system. Our upgrade consisted of Siemens HMI communicating on Profinet to a PLC and Communicating on Mod bus to 8 Eurotherm Digital Thyristor control units. Imagine having the power to save...

Manganese seperator using specific gravity control

Manganese seperator using specific gravity control

Motion Tronic worked closely with a well known provider of systems for the Mining Industry and developed and built the control system for the machine which will be shipped to Namibia, tight deadlines were stuck to and we exceeded the customer expectations once again....

Drop tester unit

Drop tester unit

Motion Tronic was tasked with developing a unit for a customer to test various size plastic blow molded containers. previously an outdated manual system was used but this gave varying results and the operator a BIG ARM.... So we developed a unit from scratch...

Extruder upgrade from DC to AC VSD system

Extruder upgrade from DC to AC VSD system

When our client said “can you install an upgrade for us", we said "how many hours do we have”. Yes, the Motion Tronic team was able to pull this upgrade off in just 36 hours. A complete panel build incorporating a CFW11 drive 132kw with the relevant switch gear. We...

AutoMatex crosslapper upgraded

AutoMatex crosslapper upgraded

Motion Tronic were tasked with upgrading an obsolete and outdated control system on a Automatex Crosslapper in doing so we achieved optimal running speeds and greatly increased the production rates,...

Trutzschler blending line upgrade

Trutzschler blending line upgrade

For the Motion Tronic team of dedicated engineers this was a quick and easy implementation of a Siemens S7-1200 PLC for controlling the weight and batching of Fiber. The solution comprised of new Cad...

Servo Motor Repairs

Servo Motor Repairs

Motion Tronic has recently acquired specialised equipment to allow us to carry out servo motor repairs to all brands. This includes full mechanical maintenance to feedback testing as well as electrical alignment of the feedback devices. At the end of the service or...

Process water plant for injection moulding

Process water plant for injection moulding

With energy costs at an all time high companies are looking at ways to optimise certain essential services for there plant. One such factory is an injection moulding plant. They require process water at a specific pressure and temperature to cool there machines....

Complete batching and distribution system

Complete batching and distribution system

From Concept Design in CAD to final product, Motion Tronic has the expertise to carry it out. With the vast knowledge of the highly skilled staff we are able to complete the requirements for this particular customer including Mechanical design, Mechanical build, Site...

KUKA robot system for grinding and handling

KUKA robot system for grinding and handling

Yes we at it again pushing the boundaries of engineering and achieving what we set out to do. Using a KUKA Robot and Baumuller bmaxx5000 series modular servo drives with Siemens S7-1500 PLC over profinet. A fully in house designed, built and engineered solution by...