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Motion control upgrades from RS Components offer benefits across the board Performance, sustainabili

Motion control upgrades from RS Components offer benefits across the board Performance, sustainabili

Product News Wednesday, April 12, 2017: RS Components SA


Motion control upgrades from RS Components offer benefits across the board

Performance, sustainability and maintenance can all benefit
from new-generation motion control solutions


Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 April, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now offering everything engineers need to design, develop and deploy world-class motion control solutions.


From adding smart capabilities and upgrading systems, to dealing with sustainability challenges and ongoing maintenance, the huge range of products on offer from RS will provide answers to just about every motion control question and application. Technological offerings include products from many of the world’s leading motion control companies, including Festo, Danfoss, Omron, Phoenix Contact, Schneider Electric and ifm.


One application that is gaining from a contemporary motion control approach is conveying. Forming the main arterial link in multiple industries and applications, including production lines, packaging and filling machines, and warehouses and storage solutions, the upgrade of conveying solutions can offer immediate and tangible benefits in terms of throughput, energy usage and long-term service life.


Upgrade options include the addition of newer, more intelligent hardware, such as QUINT4 power supply units from Phoenix Contact. These use near-field communication to allow the upload of user-defined settings from a PC or laptop; plus there is an app for mobile and tablet devices. Users also configure QUINT4 to monitor DC current, power, or voltage in real-time via a 4-20 mA analogue output. This intelligence, in a broader sense, can also improve access to the wider connected enterprise, using IoT-based solutions and capabilities.

Energy efficiency can be tackled through the use of higher-efficiency motors, such as the IE3 AC motor range from TECO Westinghouse, or the deployment of variable-speed drives/inverters to control motor output more intelligently. Products of note include the new VLT FC 280 from Danfoss, which can be easily retrofitted to replace the popular VLT 2800.


From a maintenance standpoint, RS provides multiple products and services to support predictive maintenance regimens, such as electronic vibration sensors from ifm. These can be used to monitor motor and bearing vibrations in order to identify critical operating states before failures occur.


RS has also extended its stock from Festo, with the addition of 400 new products on top of the initial 1,200 products it launched in June 2016. The extended offering comprises Festo’s top selling ranges, plus other innovative products, such as EPCO electric cylinders, which offer various benefits compared to traditional pneumatic equivalents.


Engineers and technicians can access significant support and information from the RS website, where the dedicated motion control section ( contains a raft of additional information and complementary products. Tutorials and articles are also available from the website’s DesignSpark section, and include ‘how to increase efficiency in a motion control system’ ( and ‘motor efficiency and IE3 (





About RS Components


RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 26 countries whilst serving a further 100 through third-party distributors, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development. 


With over 500 000 products across 2500 leading brands, the company is committed to ensuring that their 1,5 million customers have fast access to a broad, as well as deep range, of products and technologies, all under one roof.


RS’s customers, whether ordering single or multiple items, experience a quick, easy, secure, painless and cost effective process.  The RS catalogue, available at, offers full colour pictures with extensive clear product specifications.  Free access to thousands of datasheets ensures the correct product choice.  Order placement is easily facilitated through, the call centre, e-mail, fax and trade counter.  Locally held stock is delivered to customers within 24 hours, and products held internationally, within four to six working days.  


It is proven that departments traditionally spend 80% of their time sourcing products that account for only 20% of their total procurement spend. RS is focussed on reducing the customers “total cost of product ownership” by reducing the need to make multiple calls to various companies to source products, reducing supplier related administration and allowing for the amalgamation as well as consolidation of supplier bases.  Through this process, procurement efficiency is improved and time is freed up to concentrate on the more important business decisions. 

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Le-andra Olivier

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RS Components South Africa

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