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Kasbah to revise plans for Morocco tin project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 ASX-listed Kasbah Resources will revise its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Achmmach tin project, in Morocco, after having identified several project optimisation opportunities that have the potential to materially improve the project and reduce risk. These opportunities mainly relate... 

Cylindrical Sensors Offer Strength

     12th December 2017 Countapulse Controls reports that the Leuze cylindrical sensors offer a higher mechanical strength than the standard sensors. Engineered for particularly arduous conditions, the Leuze 328 series sensor is based on the optical platform of the well-known standard Leuze 318B series, however this new... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to ‘communicate’ value throughout an economy, says... 

IoT and data set to be at the heart of African smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the main drivers of change in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities and smart cities, among others, and a key aspect of evolving smart cities in Africa, says information technology and data specialist multinational Hitachi... 

Quality reprioritised in local battery market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 With its battery anti-theft solution successfully protecting more than 15 000 lead acid batteries in South Africa, battery and related-components supplier Aztec is seeing an increase in demand for premium quality batteries with a longer operating life. 

Energy efficient transformers reduce financial and environmental costs

     8th December 2017 Electrical solutions supplier Legrand last month introduced its upgraded range of cast resin transformers, which offer advanced environment-friendly features that enable the products to meet the requirements of the new European standard for distribution transformers (EN50541-1) and ensure the... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to communicate value throughout an economy, says financial... 

Data workers prove a rare resource for Barrick, fellow miners

By: Reuters     6th December 2017 Barrick Gold, the world's biggest gold miner, is staking new ground in a dogged push to overhaul its operations, seeking scarce artificial intelligence experts to oversee projects using technology for everything from exploration to robot-run mining. But for an industry perceived as slow-moving... 

Robots will run mines within the next decade, Anglo says

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 Some mines in the next decade will run without humans and instead rely on robots, virtual models and sensors, according to Anglo American. Anglo is betting on technology, such as computerized drills with "chiseling ability as good as a human" to increase productivity, cut costs and reduce... 

Technical Support Brings Customised Applications Solutions To The Fore

     21st November 2017 When economic pressure increases, companies often adopt a cautious stance. Conversely, Countapulse Controls has survived by instituting technological innovation in the face of socio-economic uncertainty. In its more than 60 years in business, this leading supplier of sensing solutions has created... 

Total plug-and-play solution for condition monitoring of equipment

     20th November 2017 A multi-channel, complete plug-and-play solution for condition monitoring of equipment is available from FAG, distributed locally by leading supplier Bearings International (BI). The FAG SmartQB is a ready-to-use, preconfigured condition monitoring system for electric motors, fans, compressors,... 

ORBCOMM promotes digitisation for container-ship supply chains

     15th November 2017 Advanced communications specialist ORBCOMM was a sponsor of the TOC Europe Conference in Amsterdam, participating in a session on how digitisation can optimise performance in the container ship supply chain sector. Technology to track containers, cargo, and transport assets on the move has been... 

Few cities have experience to deliver smart city systems

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2017 Transforming the world by 2030 to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require the establishment of more smart cities, information and communication technology multinational Huawei industry, marketing and solution department CTO Joe So told delegates at the Smart City World... 

Large national manufacturers not main determinant of aerospace success

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Germany serves as a leading example of a country that has a major and successful aeronautical industry but does not have a single wholly- or predominantly-German owned aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This was highlighted by Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German... 

SMC Gap Checker Sensor for High Precision Workpiece Detection

     9th November 2017 The recently launched ISA3 series from SMC offers several significant benefits to customers including; lowered air consumption, increased precision and reduced cabling work.  Today, the range of applications for the new gap checker sensors is expanding to cover faster, more precise processes in... 

Solar switch flipped at WesBank and FNB’s Fairland campus

By: Anine Kilian     7th November 2017 WesBank and First National Bank’s (FNB’s) 150 000 m2 campus, based in Fairland, Johannesburg, has officially switched on on 7 647 reflective photovoltaic cells across 1 010 parking, helping reduce the campus’s carbon footprint by 2 700 t/y. At peak efficiency, this system can generate 1.99 MW. 

Solar photovoltaic invention passes two-year milestone

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) social enterprise technology SolarTurtle, which provides low-cost energy for remote and unconnected communities, has been profitable and operational for more than two years in various communities, says SolarTurtle inventor, founder and manager James van der... 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and South African industry must adapt

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is now under way. And there is no way that South African industry can avoid or escape it. Industry 4.0 embraces mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), next-generation robotics, additive manufacturing... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and SA industry must adapt

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is now underway. And there is no way that South African industry can avoid or escape it. Industry 4.0 embraces mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, “big data”, the Internet of Things (IoT), next-generation robotics, additive... 

New border agency should have own budget – Defence Minister

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 South Africa's soon-to-be-created Border Management Authority (BMA) will "hopefully" be funded by a new budget line, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told "Engineering News" on the fringes of the recent Homeland Security Conference 2017, in Pretoria. "It shouldn't... 

Temperature Calibration: Endress+Hauser South Africa boasts lowest uncertainty of measurement

     25th October 2017 Process automation specialist, Endress+Hauser South Africa’s Temperature Calibration Laboratory utilises only the highest precision and state-of-the-art equipment, resulting in it achieving a SANAS accolade as one of the highest performing temperature calibration laboratories in South Africa. The... 

New products showcased at Propak Cape

By: Victor Moolman     20th October 2017 Product identification solutions provider Pyrotec PackMark will focus on showcasing its newly launched ultra-portable Anser U2 handheld printer the 9405 Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) coder and the C340 laser from product identification and traceability solutions manufacturer Markem-Imaje at Propak Cape... 

Teleeye SA Collaborates With Flir Systems On Critical Temperature Monitoring

     19th October 2017 Local remote alarm and video verification specialist, TeleEye SA, has collaborated with the world leader in thermal imaging, FLIR Systems, to develop a critical thermal temperature notification and monitoring solution.   Remotely monitoring equipment and facilities with thermal cameras can detect... 

‘Mine-blowing’ automated door solutions from Maxiflex

     18th October 2017 A range of superior quality, rugged automated door solutions, engineered to meet increased safety, efficiency and productivity on mines, are available from South Africa’s leading door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex. The local mining industry is facing significant challenges which are... 

Pre-cast at the CORE of modern hotel

     18th October 2017 The new six-storey 2Ten Hotel is immediately noticeable by the slender and elegant vertical and horizontal lines that traverse the full length and width of the east, west and south walls of the structure. Meanwhile, lean horizontal and vertical strips of pre-cast concrete coping on the perimeter... 

New border agency should have own budget, needs local technology – Mapisa-Nqakula

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2017 South Africa's soon-to-be-created Border Management Authority (BMA) will "hopefully" be funded by a new budget line, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Engineering News Online on the fringes of the the Homeland Security Conference 2017, in Pretoria on Tuesday. "It... 

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... 

On-The-Air (06/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources has dealt the economy a heavy blow by forcing the exploration of diamond giant De Beers to grind to a halt; South Africa’s foremost black miner this week committed the industry to doing all it can to build a better South Africa; and The world’s oldest mine this... 

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... 

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... 

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