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Technologies that cut manufacturing costs

     13th October 2017 The cost of production remains the biggest pressure point for local manufacturers, but there are technology-driven solutions to reduce costs, contends Dereshin Pillay Local manufacturing firms continue to face blustering headwinds – from heightened global competition from the likes of China and... 

Going Digital: Bentley Systems’ New OpenRail is First to Advance BIM for the Full Rail and Transit Lifecycle – Systems Engineering from Planning Through Performance

     11th October 2017 Through OpenRail’s Connected Data Environment (CDE), Digital Components and Digital Context Converge for Digital Workflow Benefits for Rail Infrastructure Today, Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley introduced the OpenRail solution, comprising applications and services for the comprehensive... 

Paving the path to a digital future

     10th October 2017 Further digitalization of established technologies such as condition monitoring and smart sensors could have a revolutionary effect on manufacturing, says Bernie van Leeuwen, Director Product Management Digitalization at SKF Digitalization is most apparent in the consumer market, where music... 

Absolute Accuracy With Henstler Acuro Encoder

     6th October 2017 Absolute encoders are considered ideal for applications where a power outage requires machinery to reorient without having to reconfigure any of its settings. This, according to Gerry Bryant, managing director of sensor solutions specialist Countapulse Controls, is because an absolute encoder is... 

Predictive maintenance made portable

     6th October 2017 To detect early signs of component wear or failure in pumps and other mechanical assemblies, vibration sensors and monitoring systems company Monitran, represented locally by manufacturer Instrotech, has designed a portable, rechargeable instrument for measuring vibration levels. The MTN/VM220 is... 

Innovative system helps control wastewater pumping

     6th October 2017 Pumps and valves producer KSB Pumps and Valves has introduced the PumpDrive variable speed system, for the effective and controlled pumping of waste water. The system has been designed specifically to overcome problems related to the pumping of waste water. Three innovative functions have been... 

Company upgrades Verderflex Vantage 5000

     6th October 2017 Pumps products and services provider Verder Liquids, part of the Verder Group, has released a new remote terminal unit (RTU) version of its Verderflex Vantage 5 000 peristaltic pump. The RTU brings easier system integration and real-time communication to form a sophisticated, remotely operated... 

From mass-production to the customisation boom – why the future of automation needs to be fully flexible

     5th October 2017 Rob Stoppek, Vice President Automation Group EMEA, Parker Automation Since the emergence of steam-powered machines in the 18th century, manufacturing has progressed in leaps and bounds. Mechanical production lines have progressed from simple tasks such as weighing and packaging flour in 1785 to... 

SMC Sponsors ProPak Cape 2017 as Part of its Commitment to the Packaging Industry

     5th October 2017 As ‘partners in packaging’, SMC Pneumatics is dedicated to product innovation for the food processing and packaging industry whilst maintaining its global commitment to safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. The company has spent more than half a century developing more than... 

Robots under Swedish forest breathe life into ancient mines

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 Hundreds of metres below the lush forests of rural Sweden, one of the world’s most ancient mines has been transformed into one of the most modern. Sensors linked to robotic equipment in Boliden’s Garpenberg zinc mine – which has been in operation since the 13th century – feed data to operators... 

Organic load under control

     2nd October 2017 Endress+Hauser launched a new analyser for the chemical oxygen demand. Liquiline System CA80COD is perfectly suited for environmental monitoring and applications in municipal and industrial wastewater. Reliable assessment of the organic load Chemical oxygen demand is the most commonly used... 

First Mygale crawler acquired by Goscor

     29th September 2017 Industrial warehousing equipment solutions provider Goscor Access Rental has acquired its first Mygale 23 crawler boom lift from France-based industrial equipment supplier ATN Platforms. 

HENSOLDT acquires British radar specialist Kelvin Hughes

     28th September 2017 Acquisition to complement HENSOLDT’s radar and security business HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, has acquired the provider of security and maritime radar solutions Kelvin Hughes, London, from UK private equity firm ECI and management. With all legal requirements met, the share... 

Yokogawa to Conduct PoC Test of Remote Pump Monitoring Service Using Its IIoT Architecture

     28th September 2017 Creating new value by working with partner companies Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that it has begun working with Iwaki Co., Ltd. on a proof-of-concept (PoC) test for a remote pump monitoring service. This service will use an Industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture that is... 

Manufacturer looks to strengthen position in HVAC sector

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive is looking to strengthen its foothold within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector, having entered into the market last year. SEW national sales manager Norman Maleka comments that at present, the company is building up its experience... 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design 

     21st September 2017 The effects of global warming are driving the case for electric vehicles, or EVs, such as the latest zero-emissions EV from global vehicle manufacturer Nissan, the much-anticipated Leaf 2. Tracy Hancock attended the launch in Japan. 

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

SICK Automation moves offices in long-term commitment signal

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 Specialist automation and sensor company SICK Automation Southern Africa has moved to new custom-designed premises in Lanseria Corporate Estate, which is five times larger than its previous offices. The new facility is an important prerequisite in the company’s next growth phase as it continues... 

Faced with shifts in technology, the mining industry will need to adapt  

By: Kim Cloete     11th September 2017 The mining industry will need to adapt to ongoing changes in technology and involve all players in each step of the process, suggests change management analyst Petro du Pisani. Du Pisani from IntegriChange, who has a longstanding record in the mining industry, told delegates attending the South... 

Endress+Hauser wins Digital Champion Award - IIoT in the process industry

     11th September 2017 Endress+Hauser accompanies customers on the path to digitalisation The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has huge potential: predictive maintenance, asset information management and device configuration are just some examples of the opportunities digitalisation has in store for companies.... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

Precision Over Long Distances With Leuze

     1st September 2017 Leuze distance sensors have a solid reputation for maximum accuracy over both small and large distances. These sensors are used everywhere geometric parameters such as height or width need to be determined and are characterised by high resolving capacity at high measurement rates. The Leuze ODSL... 

WIKA Instruments

     1st September 2017 WIKA Instruments, one of the nine production sites of the Germany-headquartered WIKA group, manufactures pressure, temperature, level and flow measuring instrumentation for the Southern African market. It also imports and distributes other instrumentation products that complement the product... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Advanced lighting technology boasts significant improvements

     1st September 2017 Advanced lighting technology from electrical solutions provider Magnet Energy has significantly improved light levels, enhanced safety and contributed to energy savings at the Centurion Mall parkade in Pretoria. 

ILPS-27 Series Industrial Duty LVIT Linear Position Sensor Factory Automation by The Sensor Connection

     28th August 2017 The Sensor Connection has expanded its sensor product offering by adding a line of ILPS-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors using LVIT Technology; contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of industrial or commercial applications such as motor sport vehicles,... 

Technology to aid fleet management

By: Nica Schreuder     25th August 2017 South Africa-based, international information technology and communications provider T-Systems says technological improvements in sensors, software and management solutions indicate that commercial vehicle owners, such as fleet management and logistics organisations using trucks and bakkies, can... 

Health monitoring system keeps an eye on the fleet

     22nd August 2017 SKF has helped a shipping customer introduce condition monitoring to its vessel, with plans to extend it further across the fleet says Anders Welin, Business Engineer at SKF When you’re out at sea, the last thing you need is a major breakdown. In such a case, it would mean being towed back to dry... 

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 With the Internet of Things driving large-scale automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager Norman Maleka believes that materials handling systems will become increasingly integral for improving... 

SKF unveils new machinery health monitoring solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

     16th August 2017 SKF’s latest condition monitoring technologies are demonstrated live on a vibrating screen operating at the show SKF used CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, a major exhibition for the international construction and aggregates industries, to demonstrate its latest condition monitoring technologies. Taking... 

Hapman Announces New Industrial Internet-Of-Things Initiative

     7th August 2017 HAPMAN, a global manufacturer of standard and custom bulk material handling equipment, is pleased to announce a new initiative with DATTUS www.dattus.com, an industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT) platform, to bring Industrial IoT value to its customers. HAPMAN has earned the role as an industry... 

Sensor and machine data sharing to become a business norm

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 Sharing sensor and machine data will become a normal part of business operations to improve daily operations and to leverage the big, but often segregated, volumes of data being generated by machines and sensors for commercial purposes, says office systems company Nashua CIO Yunus Scheepers. He... 

Fit For Purpose Sensing Solutions

     3rd August 2017 Replacing original sensing, measuring and monitoring devices represents the ideal opportunity to assess a specific application and the suitability of the equipment. This is according to Gerry Bryant, managing director of Countapulse Controls, who says that often a better fit for purpose solution... 

Platinum industry redoubling marketing efforts in the midst of oversupply

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Marketing is immensely important for the platinum sector, which is battling a pervasive weak price environment, with the metal trading at about $925/oz, compared with the all-time high of $2 270/oz in 2008, and an oversupplied market. Marketing of the metal’s various uses has only increased in... 

AR Controls acquires leading valve manufacturer

     21st July 2017 Valve and actuator technology manufacturer and supplier AR Controls of Vanderbijlpark has announced that it has acquired IncoValve and Controls. The latter will be established as a leading producer for a range of industries. IncoValve and Controls has worked closely with AR Controls to combine... 

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Environmental consultant SI Analytics, a division of JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH, has launched the new Smart Low Energy Analyser (Lea), a self-powered and multi-parameter water-quality analyser. The analyser is equipped with sensors that collect and transmit data to be used in... 

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