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Factory Automation

Five themes affecting global factory automation

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial systems consultants Architects Integrating Industry South Africa (AI2SA) MD Petrus Klopper notes that there are five key themes affecting factory automation globally. He notes that while it is difficult to identify singular trends it is possible to group the key developments that are... 

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial automation solutions supplier Omron launched 49 new best-in-class Adept Robots in April. The robots – now available in 39 countries; including South Africa –  are integrated with Omron sensors, safety components and machine automation controllers that were all designed to simplify the... 

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year
RISE OF THE MACHINES The robots' applications are relevant to most packaging lines

Software solutions enabling digital disruption will drive growth

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Manufacturers looking to improve their efficiencies and stimulate growth by obtaining new technology should search for a solution that enables their businesses to adopt disruptive technologies, says global software company SYSPRO. SYSPRO chief innovation officer Kevin Dherman explains that... 

Software solutions enabling digital disruption will  drive growth
KEVIN DHERMAN Digital disruption is characterised by capturing the existing market share, like the Uber's transport application redefining the taxi industry

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant 

By: David Oliveira     15th June 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has improved the automation of the Ford Ranger production line, following the installation of a conveyor belt and wax system, as well as further improvements to the underbody system of the production line, which were all... 

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant
Ford Manage the Change team manager Victoria Machete tells Engineering News about the automation systems at the company’s Silverton plant,

Company helps recommission fire damaged cheese factory

By: David Oliveira     12th June 2015 Factory automation services provider Automation Works last month successfully completed the installation and recommissioning of equipment and electrical wiring at Western Cape dairy factory Ladismith Cheese. Automation Works owner Wynand Kotze tells Engineering News that a significant portion of... 

Company helps recommission fire damaged cheese factory
QUICK RESPONSE Fire fighters from Eden district municipality combat the fire that broke out in March at Ladismith Cheese

New training facility to address automation skills gap

     12th June 2015 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, in the fourth quarter of this year, officially open a new learning academy, in Buffalo City, East London, which will focus on training in the fields of robotics and automation solutions. Construction of the new facility – beginning... 

New training facility to address automation skills gap
CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s new learning academy will open its doors to fresh minds in the fourth quarter of 2015
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