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What Industry 4.0 means for business

     Updated 6 hours ago At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Three new Novus products improve temperature logging accuracy

     Updated 6 hours ago Brazilian loop controller and data instrumentation manufacturer Novus Automation has launched three new products within the last four months, the Novus LoopView, the LogBox-BLE and the RHT Climate range with a focus on temperature and pressure monitoring. The first product is the Novus LoopView.... 

New pyrometer makes measuring moving objects easier

     Updated 6 hours ago Germany-based process control instrument producer Optris released the world’s first pyrometer with an automatic spot finder for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) industry. Released in January, the Xi series is an amalgamation of a pyrometer and an advanced infrared camera. An integrated... 

New optimisation solution to improve SAG efficiency

     Updated 6 hours ago Danish engineering company FLSmidth has launched a process optimisation solution for semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) milling, SAGwiseTM. The system is designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners. 

Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities

     18th April 2018 By Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor: Utilities at SAP Africa Sustainable energy consumption and 'green' energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today's hyperconnected consumer expects a reduced environmental footprint while still enjoying seamless services and ease of use, improving... 

4Sight to establish JV in China

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed 4Sight Holdings has signed an agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen Rongmei Science and Technology (RM) to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in China. 4Sight said in a statement on Monday that it aims to expand its business operations, opportunities and customer footprint in the... 

The Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

     11th April 2018 Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing (HP). 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 heat exchangers. They consume large quantities of fuel,... 

Endress+Hauser introduces the Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor

     10th April 2018 Endress+Hauser is starting a new platform for disinfection sensors. The new Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor supports safe and effective disinfection for clean drinking water, pathogen-free cooling water and high-quality process water Systematic disinfection is an essential step in water... 

Autonomous food robots move with the times

     9th April 2018 Manufacturers in the food and drink sector are increasingly asked to provide a wider variety of offerings, without suffering a decrease in productivity. These demands have dramatically increased both the amount, and complexity, of tests. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

     6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Oando commissions new office building in Lagos

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Dual-listed Oando has officially commissioned its new office building, the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos, Nigeria. The complex, which was commissioned by State and Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachickwu,  comprises two 12-storey towers with 27 000 m2 of lettable office space, a three-level car park,... 

The Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

     28th March 2018 Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing (HP). 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 heat exchangers. They consume large quantities of fuel,... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Pumps system integration key to industry future

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd March 2018 The future of pump technology may be in optimal system integration as opposed to the pump itself, says pumps solution company Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) MD Franscois Steenkamp. This being the case, MRS now offers improved motor and variable-speed drive technology that provide solutions... 

Company expands offering through IoT partnership

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Industrial automation software developer and supplier Adroit Technologies has expanded its offerings through its partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) network provider SqwidNet.   Adroit Technologies MD Dave Wibberley says the global industrial automation industry is robust and growing... 

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group will exhibit at Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) on March 27 and 28 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng.  

New IoT suite launched

     16th March 2018 Network solutions and Internet of Things (IoT) provider Ruckus Networks, an Arris company, announced the launch of the new Ruckus IoT Suite last month. Launched on February 21, the company states that, the Ruckus IoT suit enables organisations to readily construct a secure IoT access network that... 

SKF Enlight QuickCollect - Now anyone can monitor machine health

     13th March 2018 Simplified inspection, process and machine health data collection and analysis are now within everyone’s reach with SKF Enlight QuickCollect. SKF has made it possible for anyone to monitor machine health without the need for extensive training or diagnostic expertise. Combining an easy-to-use... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality

     9th March 2018 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering’s Hy-Optima 2700 hydrogen analysers optimise refinery operations, products and quality. The basic process of refining crude oil involves heating the crude oil in a column and the condensates are drawn off at different levels to produce –... 

‘World-class’ machine to debut at expo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has designed the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, PMSA joint MD Walter Ebeling reveals exclusively to Engineering News. The Ultra 3000 is an... 

Bloodhound supersonic car project, UK and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd March 2018 The Bloodhound supersonic car is expected to be transported to South Africa in October. 

How smart sensors aid predictive maintenance as part of Industry 4.0

     27th February 2018 Franck Roussillon, European Product Manager for Actuator, Parker Hannifin Industry 4.0 is far more than a term that’s simply ‘trending’ in the manufacturing industry, it’s a tool made up of many component parts which are able to offer genuine benefits and competitive gain to plants prepared to... 

WSP achieves EDGE Preliminary Certification for Balwin’s Polo Fields

     27th February 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project, The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future... 

Bloodhound supersonic car to arrive in South Africa in October

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2018 The UK-based team chasing a new world land-speed record will send its Bloodhound supersonic car to South Africa in October, the project has confirmed. Following the Bloodhound’s successful 320 km/h runway trial at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, in October last year, the team will be... 

FLSmidth launches SAGwise™ total process control. An advanced process optimisation solution with less than six months return on investment.

     20th February 2018 FLSmidth launches a sensory and process optimisation system designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners. The SAGwise™ total process control system reduces energy consumption by up to 6%. This is a significant reduction considering that, by... 

Autonomous food robots move with the times

     20th February 2018 Manufacturers in the food and drink sector are increasingly asked to provide a wider variety of offerings, without suffering a decrease in productivity. These demands have dramatically increased both the amount, and complexity, of tests. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe... 

Country-specific hazards emerge during self-driving car’s world tour

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Global megatrends and social changes brought about by the use and integration of digital technologies in personal, commercial and industrial processes are changing testing, verification, certification and compliance processes, and are placing new demands and requirements on businesses to ensure... 

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Safe motion control in ATEX environments

     14th February 2018 Franck Roussillon, BU ACT EU Product Manager Actuators, Parker Hannifin Machinery and moving equipment is a vital element in all areas of modern automated industry, but what happens when the atmosphere in the working environment is potentially explosive? In short, regulations and directives... 

OMRON Introduced Four Series of Condition Monitoring Devices

     13th February 2018 Omron Industrial. Johannesburg. South Africa. OMRON Corporation have introduced on February 1, 2018, four series of condition monitoring devices to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites for workers. 

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced

     9th February 2018 Research and development enterprise Toyota Research Institute (TRI) presented Platform 3.0, its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. The new platform is based on a Lexus LS 600h L and combines greater technological... 

Water department seeking partnerships to strengthen policy environment

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated that it is seeking partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to strengthen the current water and sanitation policy environment, said Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, during the Water Infrastructure Investment... 

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