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Satisfying the requirements for modern assembly systems

19th October 2018 An increased emphasis on flexibility, efficiency and technical cleanliness The year 1908 was one of the most historically significant years both for personal motorised transport and for industrial assembly. With the Model T, the Ford Motor Company launched an automobile on the market which could... 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94-million factory in Portland, Oregon, an... 

Electronification prompts data-based services

19th October 2018 As part of the electronification of mobile hydraulics, drive and control technologies group Bosch Rexroth is developing new, data-based services for all aspect of rail vehicles. Until now, the maintenance of rail vehicles has essentially happened at fixed intervals, whereby the service engineer... 

Conveyor belts are a leading cause of underground fires yet they are avoidable

18th October 2018 This year has proven to be one of the deadliest for mine safety in South Africa since 2012. One of the leading causes of deaths and injury in mines is fire and a large proportion of fires are caused by conveyor belts. Conveyor belts are widely used in mining, both under and above ground. Yet... 

SAB Foundation Social Innovation And Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 Winners Announced

16th October 2018 R12.5 million awarded to South Africa’s most promising social innovators. The 20 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 were announced on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at an awards event in Johannesburg. The first place winners took home more than R1... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Tellumat optimistic aerial surveillance system will fill gap in market

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The Astus unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) system is a tactical surveillance platform with a line-of-sight range of 200 km, an endurance of 8-hours, and is a medium-sized UAS weighing under 100 kg. This makes it suitable for addressing a gap in the market for real-time tactical surveillance... 

String line-free in Mobile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Producing kerbs as if by magic: in Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico in the US state of Alabama, a Wirtgen slipform paver SP 15i operated fully automatically. When a new residential area is developed, the individual contract work sections are often very detailed. Roads and paths have to be paved... 

Losses due to arson attacks on Metrorail trains closing in on R700m 

By: African News Agency      9th October 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday put its losses due to arson attacks on its Metrorail trains at R636-million over the past three years. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on transport, PRASA chief executive Sibusiso Sithole said 71% of the arson attacks had... 

RS Components connects developers with Vishay SensorXplorer™ ecosystem for user-interface control

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Latest starter kit, modular evaluation boards, and innovative sensors portfolio with low MOQ for proximity, light, colour, and bio sensing RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, is stocking the latest Vishay SensorXplorer™ kit... 

Large new TOMRA x-ray sorter

1st October 2018 A game changer for mineral processing he TOMRA COM XRT 2.0 machine with higher belt speed and through-put as well as heavy ining 

Yokogawa Releases the DTSXTM1 Fiber Optic Heat Detector

25th September 2018 An OpreX TM Field Instruments facility monitoring and fire detection solution that is housed in an easy-to-install enclosure– Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has developed the DTSXTM1 fiber optic heat detector, an OpreXTM Field Instruments heat sensing and fire detection solution.... 

Fast Image Processing For Beginners And Experts With Univision Assistant

21st September 2018 New to sensor specialist ASSTech is Wenglor’s latest software solution to simplify implementation of intelligent image processing applications for the range of weQube smart cameras. Sensors can easily be configured with the new intuitive software assistant, UniVision that guides any user – novice... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Electrical equipment range expanded

21st September 2018 Power distribution system supplier Magnet Group has expanded on its Carlo Gavazzi range by introducing multi-channel power analyser and automation products. These include WM50 multi-channel power analysers, which efficiently measure main electrical variables as well as voltage and current... 

Cloud-based business tools can assist SMEs to integrate with large supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use low-cost, cloud-based enterprise resource tools that can be customised to automate and improve business processes and reduce costs, says enterprise resource planning software firm Palladium Software CEO Stephen Corrigan. Basic uses of modern... 

A Sandvik automated LHD proves its precision in a glass labyrinth

19th September 2018 In recent years, self-driving vehicles have become a popular discussion topic. Sandvik has had automated loaders and trucks working in mines for over 20 years — with zero accidents involving people. To prove its capabilities, Sandvik moved things above ground and put its latest generation of... 

IoT development kit available from RS Components connects out of the box to advanced Cloud-services platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has introduced a Cloud-enabled development kit that kick-starts IoT-sensing projects by allowing users to collect and analyse data on a dashboard within minutes after unboxing. The... 

Ultrasonic Sensors For Switching And Measuring

17th September 2018 Longer operating ranges and broader areas of application are only two of the features offered by the Leuze’s Leuze HTU 418B and Leuze DMU 418B ultrasonic sensors. Suitable for switching and measuring applications, the devices have an operating range of up to 1 300 mm. These fully metal-enclosed... 

voestalpine contracts SMS group to supply main melting-area components for new stainless steel plant in Kapfenberg, Austria

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl, a subsidiary of the international technology and capital goods group voestalpine and located in Kapfenberg, Austria, has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply an electric arc furnace, an AOD converter and secondary metallurgical facilities for... 

Delivering healthcare that is right for Africa, WSP

12th September 2018 Eliminating barriers and ultimately increasing access to quality health services, for all, is a key pillar that requires significant focus if the aspirations laid out in the Agenda 2063 are to be achieved. It is also crucial if a prosperous future of inclusive and sustainable growth, where all... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

AI in your car: ways in which driving will change forever

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2018 Artificial Intelligence embedded throughout vehicles and roads infrastructure will be as revolutionary for transport as the internal combustion engine once was, says Payment24.   Autonomous or self-driving vehicles may appear to be a new phenomenon, but key transport manufacturers and... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

New Hydrotechnik range for BMG

31st August 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG has been appointed as exclusive distributor of the Hydrotechnik range of analogue and digital test and measurement equipment in Southern Africa. 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

CSIR female researchers at the forefront of improving health care in SA

29th August 2018 Currently, most patients who are diagnosed with diabetes in South Africa have to prick their fingers three times a day to check their sugar levels. This method of monitoring and detecting diabetes is painful for the patient and could potentially introduce infections. The Council for Scientific... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Electrical Heat Tracing - The Successful Transport Of Liquified Products

22nd August 2018 The transportation of various products maintained at different temperatures has become a critical part of the supply chain process. The need to have specified temperature parameters has significantly increased over the past few years. Containers that carry glucose, oils, bitumen acids, molten... 

SKF ups the digital ante - Göteborg plant 4.0

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2018 Swedish group, SKF, has been implementing its digital transformation since 2015, investing close to €19 million to carry out its digital revolution at its historical Göteborg plant which has, for over a century, been producing the quality bearings on which the Swedish group’s success is based.... 

Weir Minerals announces its innovative IIoT platform Synertrex®

21st August 2018 Weir Minerals is excited to announce the global launch of Synertrex®, its advanced IIoT technology which is set to transform the mining industry. Complementing Weir Minerals’ existing portfolio of mining equipment, the Synertrex® platform is now available globally. Delivering an advanced level of... 

SKF ups the digital ante - Göteborg plant 4.0

21st August 2018 Swedish group, SKF, has been implementing its digital transformation since 2015, investing close to €19 million to carry out its digital revolution at its historical Göteborg plant which has, for over a century, been producing the quality bearings on which the Swedish group’s success is based.... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

MTN conference showcases IoT excellence

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN’s 2018 Business Internet of Things (IoT) conference and awards showcased the “next generation of IoT trailblazers” as several companies walked away with honours for their innovations in the IoT space. Mine RP and FlowCentric scooped the 2018 MTN Business IoT Solution... 

Our innovations are the key partnership to your future

By: Yolande Botes     17th August 2018 “The EIE Group is known for its innovative state-of-the-art machinery and associated technologies on their automated and semi-automated solutions. Similarly, our reputation for applying solutions that ensure that our customer’s operations are fully optimised and fully supported through our... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

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