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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... 

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... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Global precast-concrete industry takes centre stage as a driver of innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 The global precast-concrete industry can lay claim to being a leading driver of innovation in the construction industry. This has been an ongoing process since the lattice girder was harnessed in the 1960s to allow for the first large-scale industrial production of precast-concrete elements. 

Etion lobbies for independent maintenance house for railways

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2018 The JSE-listed Etion is lobbying for the formation of an independent information and maintenance house, which will manage the maintenance and information of the condition monitoring systems at most of South Africa’s freight rail operations. These systems, which serve to keep trains on the track... 

AECOM offers architecture as part of its multi-disciplinary offering

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2018 Well-known as an integrated infrastructure delivery company in Africa, AECOM also offers architectural services, which is rapidly gaining traction on the continent, especially in East Africa. What differentiates AECOM from traditional architectural and design practices is that it is able to offer... 

Federal-Mogul Motorparts Presents New Support Program and Champion® Expansion at Automechanika Frankfurt 2018

31st July 2018 New product launches, range extensions, and Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ Garage Gurus technical education platform to be featured Federal-Mogul Motorparts announced its presence at Automechanika Frankfurt 2018 on the 11th-15th of September. During the show, the company will present exciting new... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Britain reveals progress and plans in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the 2018 Farnborough airshow. This, described as a ‘concept aircraft’, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which comprises British aero­space firms and the Royal Air Force... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 The new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck can save South African fleet owners up to 6% in fuel compared with the previous model, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) executive director Jasper Hafkamp. If calculated over a four-year period, this could mean a saving of up to R300 000 per... 

IIoT-enabled businesses expected to boost revenues by 10% by 2023

By: Schalk Burger     24th July 2018 Companies across the global supply chain expect the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to increase their yearly revenues by 10% within five years, a global study by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat, released on Tuesday, showed. IIoT is the application of networked sensors, which... 

CSIR unveils technologies to enhance mine safety

By: Nadine James     24th July 2018 It is unlikely that the mining industry will attain its goal of zero harm by 2020 and, as such, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed some of the mine safety technologies it is developing and looking to commercialise. Speaking at the Mandela Mining Precinct, on... 

Automated Bulk Solids Drum Dumping System

24th July 2018 PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new TIP-TITE™ Drum Dumping System from Flexicon automatically rolls drums containing bulk material into position, dumps the material into downstream equipment and rolls empty drums out of the dumping station, allowing safe, high-capacity transfer from drums of all... 

General purpose monitoring sensors promoted

20th July 2018 Instrumentation and measurement product supplier Instrotech, local representative of vibration sensors and monitoring systems manufacturer Monitran, is promoting Monitran’s general purpose monitoring sensors, for use with programmable logic controllers (PLC) and other industrial controllers.... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough airshow on Monday. This, described as a “concept aircraft”, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which is made up of British aerospace firms and the Royal Air... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

Ansys rebrands as Etion

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2018 Digital technology solutions provider Ansys has embarked on a significant rebranding to breathe new life into its business units and reflect its new position as a diversified digital technology group. Now evolved into Etion, representing “energy in action”, the AltX-listed group has changed the... 

Endress+Hauser development team earns the AMA Innovation Award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 iTHERM TrustSens recognized as an exceptional innovation in the field of and instrumentation Innovation, originality and market relevance: these are the three key criteria that are applied when selecting the winner of the AMA Innovation Award. With the iTHERM TrustSens, a development team from... 

Reliable Detection Of Objects With Sensors From Countapusle Controls

10th July 2018 Countapulse Controls advises that German sensor specialist, Leuze electronic is expanding its portfolio of optoelectronic and inductive switches with capacitive proximity switches. This move will make it possible for users to procure obtain complete solutions for detection requirements from a... 

SKF and Hexatronic sign development partnership for industrialisation of fiber optic sensing systems

6th July 2018 SKF and Proximion AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexatronic Group AB have entered into a development partnership for the industrialisation of fiber optic sensing systems. The two parties will work together to combine SKF’s fiber optic bearing sensing technology with Proximion’s application... 

Company extends offering

6th July 2018 Safety equipment manufacturer MSA Africa has extended its gas detection capabilities with the acquisition of gas detection technology manufacturer Senscient in the UK, and the launch of its new Ultima X5000 with Bluetooth communication. 

IT and engineering: bringing it all together

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 The maintenance of infrastructure is a vital role for engineers worldwide – to mitigate risks for our industries and for society at large.   With recent advances in information technology (IT), possibilities have opened up to ensure that this maintenance and risk management happens effectively.... 

Capitalising on Big Data and analytics

29th June 2018 Enhancing shareholder value, improving the way businesses operate and compete, and obtaining real-time insight into consumers, risks, profit, performance, and productivity management are all core elements of big data and analytics, which is a digital enterprise capability available from Advisian,... 

Schneider Electric ready to break barriers, connect ideas

25th June 2018 Solar water pumps Reducing pump electricity usage by 20% Harnessing IIoT in water utilities   Schneider Electric’s international knowledge on the water and wastewater industry and its ability to break barriers and connect ideas will be demonstrated later this month at the Water Institute of... 

A 110-year pedigree and a competitive range of cabin, air, oil, and fuel filters to make your car run like a Champion®

22nd June 2018 Changing your car’s filters regularly is a ‘must’ if you want your beloved car to run like a Champion®. Clogged filters affect performance, with a noticeable loss of power, dirty smoke, oil light warning, and even potential engine failure. Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 June 2018. A competitive... 

Huawei Releases Its Latest IoT and AI Products, Creating Intelligent and Connectivity Genes for Digital Enterprises

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2018 At CEBIT 2018, Huawei released its latest IoT and AI products to help enterprises create intelligent and connectivity genes to build digital neurons and accelerate digital enterprise transformation. At Huawei’s press conference at CEBIT, Qiu Heng, President of Global Marketing, Enterprise... 

Emerson Introduces Powerful Diagnostics For Flow Meter Intelligence And Measurement Confidence

21st June 2018 Advanced Smart Meter Verification diagnostics to deliver real-time intelligence and calibration of Coriolis and magnetic flow meters for a complete process overview and greater operational certainty Emerson has launched the latest version of its Smart Meter Verification software for Coriolis and... 

Fast And Accurate Plotting

21st June 2018 Fast and accurate marking of openings, reservations and other cuts saves a bunch of money in the hollow core slab production process. But not only that - accuracy also saves people at the construction site from spending time struggling with unfitting duct installations. The new automatic Elematic... 

OMRON to Introduce New i4 SCARA Product Family

19th June 2018 Top of the line SCARA in speed and precision is designed for easy integration into the production line with predictive maintenance functions Omron Industrial, Johannesburg. South Africa. 

Capitalising on big data and analytics for improved operationsc

14th June 2018 Enhancing shareholder value, changing the way businesses operate and compete, and obtaining real-time insight into consumers, risks, profit, performance, and productivity management are all core elements of ‘big data’ and analytics, a digital enterprise capability from Advisian, WorleyParsons’... 

Outotec Floatforce Retrofit significantly improved metallurgical performance for Jinchuan Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2018 Outotec China successfully completed the 150m3 flotation cell retrofit project at Jinchuan Groups Ni-Cu facility in Jinchang. Background 

African rail operators should jump to digital networks, says DB venture architect 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2018 Similar to large parts of Africa jumping to mobile/phone-based Internet instead of using fixed-line access first, African railway operators should, from the onset, build systems that make use of the recent advances in technology, says Deutsche Bahn (DB) senior venture architect Henning Seeschaaf.... 

The IDEAL Commercial & Industrial Combustion Gas and Emissions Analyzer

11th June 2018 Measure NOx & SOx Quickly & Accurately Built-in Printer & Full COLOR Graphic Display Automatic Data Saving & Expanded Internal Memory Bluetooth Wireless Communication & Software The E4500-S Includes: Four Gas Sensors: 

The Principles for Effective Combustion Control in Fired Heaters

11th June 2018 The Principles for Effective Combustion Control in Fired HeatersFired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing. Specifically designed for the reaction of fuel and air to produce extremely high gas temperatures, heaters transfer this energy to potentially highly flammable process fluids via... 

The Application Of Improved Sensing Technologies To Protect Product Quality In Polyethylene

8th June 2018 Polyethylene are thermoplastic resins obtained by polymerizing the gas ethylene [C2H4]. Because of its exceptional application flexibility, polyethylene’s rise in popularity for both consumer and industrial uses means that today it is the largest volume plastic in the world. Low density... 

Energy efficient lighting system pilot project completed

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialists Magnet Group, in partnership with electronic multinational Philips, completed a pilot project for the design and installation of an energy efficient lighting system at property investment company Growthpoint Properties’ head offices, in Johannesburg,... 

The fourth industrial revolution, an African perspective

8th June 2018 New and emerging technologies are fundamentally changing the world in ways that were previously unimaginable. Technology driven innovation has always caused business models to go extinct. Some companies could not evolve and went out of business while others adapted, seized opportunities and... 

Capitalising on big data and analytics for improved operations

7th June 2018 Enhancing shareholder value, changing the way businesses operate and compete, and obtaining real-time insight into consumers, risks, profit, performance, and productivity management are all core elements of ‘big data’ and analytics, a digital enterprise capability from Advisian, WorleyParsons’... 

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