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Automation and Computerisation

Additive Manufacturing: The Quality of Products is Highly Dependent on Fast and Accurate Measurements

22nd May 2020 Quality control and assurance of the products produced with conventional machining, casting or forming manufacturing is well established. This is accomplished by incorporating quality control throughout various stages of the process - from the design stage trough manufacturing to the final... 

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Owing to the current Covid-19 lockdown, initiatives are being rolled out in many countries, and owing to interruption, many businesses believe that they may have to deal with an industrial control systems (ICS) cyberattack, says cybersecurity solutions provider Kapersky Africa’s enterprise sales... 

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks
BETHWEL OPIL Companies must ensure that staff are armed with the latest skills and knowledge, especially when considering how quickly cyber incidents evolve.

Pandemic prompts automation support, working remotely

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Covid-19 has prompted the automation industry to continuously provide remote services and support, says nonprofit organisation Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) Africa vice chairperson Gerhard Greeff. The option of working remotely has always been acknowledged; however, this... 

Pandemic prompts automation support, working remotely
GERHARD GREEFF Greeff believes that the pandemic is going to have some long-term effects on the way companies conduct business

Condition monitoring solution mitigates risks

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 Manufacturers are exposed to various operational risks relating to the performance of their critical production equipment, all of which can directly impact the bottom line. 

Industry 4.0 adoption muted in South Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 The adoption and impact of Industry 4.0 in South Africa is still relatively muted, compared to the rest of the world, with its biggest challenges being education, connectivity, and electricity and accessibility, says automation and machine building solutions provider S4 Integration marketing... 

Industry 4.0 adoption muted  in South Africa
NO CHALLENGE IS TOO BIG Industry 4.0 is here to make manufacturing more efficient and also improve daily lives

PLC series well received locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) says its AS200 programmable logic controller (PLC) series has been well received in South Africa, as it has one of the best price-to-performance ratios on the market currently. “It’s still a new PLC and... 

PLC series well received locally
READILY AVAILABLE All AS200 PLC series products and extensions are stocked and available nationally from EM

Company approves R3m budget for Artisan 4.0

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC) board has approved R3-million towards achieving its Artisan 4.0 vision by the end of 2020. Artisan 4.0 will enable an artisan to know about bearings, gearboxes and sequence starters because the basic principles of mechanics, electricity, forces and motion have... 

Resilience paramount for Society 5.0 era

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 New strategies are necessary for socioeconomic inclusivity and sustainable development given the novelty of the era of Society 5.0 combined with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In this era, the fusing of biological, ecological, physical, technological and socio-political worlds is... 

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Technology provider ABB Southern Africa believes that digitalisation can address the production challenges of the sugar industry. 

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation
JOHN MANUELL The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes

Company gives foretaste of the future

24th May 2019 Automation and drive specialist SEW-Eurodrive will give visitors to the Africa Automation Fair 2019 a foretaste of its MOVI-C modular automation system, which is readymade for the requirements of Industry 4.0, says SEW-Eurodrive national sales and marketing manager Norman Maleka. SEW-Eurodrive... 

Company gives  foretaste of the future
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NORMAN MALEKA SEW Eurodrive’s focus is to provide its customers with a fully modular and customisable solution

Effective change needed for smooth transition to Industry 4.0

24th May 2019 Moving to an Industry 4.0 environment is key for future success in the industrial and manufacturing sector, but migration to this new world does not have to take place in a disruptive, big bang manner, says toy company Lego elements and moulds VP Jesper Toubol. “South African enterprises are... 

Effective change needed  for smooth transition  to Industry 4.0
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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED Traditional business culture and a lack of effective change management can challenge efforts to move to an Industry 4.0 environment

Company aligns with event to promote industry automation

24th May 2019 Nonprofit organisation Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) Africa has aligned with Africa Automation Fair for the first time this year, to help drive the next level of industry automation in South Africa. MESA Africa is part of MESA International, a global nonprofit community of... 

Company aligns with event to promote industry automation
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ANALYTICS INSIGHT Analytics will increasingly be used to bring new concepts into manufacturing operations

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation

24th May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls Royce Power Systems and automation technology group ABB are in a global partnership on microgrid technology with advanced automation. Together, the two companies will offer an innovative, energy efficient microgrid solution for utilities, islands, as well as... 

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation
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GRID STABILITY ABB Ability e-mesh can ensure a stable power grid, even with a high share of renewable energy from various sources


24th May 2019 Scibotron is a technology-agnostic, ISO 9001:2015 certified, award-winning, B-BBEE Level 2 systems integrator with a 98.6%  client satisfaction index. We have years of experience and an established presence in the Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage,  Wastewater Treatment, Energy and Mining sectors. We... 


Abacus Automation brings Laumas weighing solutions to Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2019 “This is Africa” is an often-heard phrase in South African industry conversations. Abacus Automation asks the question: “What convinces Africans that our continent is so special and what defines this amazing continent, recognising that what works in the rest of the world cannot simply be applied... 

Abacus Automation brings Laumas weighing solutions to Africa

International congress to focus on automation and control

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 This year’s International Federation of Automatic Control (Ifac) world congress, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 24 to 28, will have as its theme ways in which control and automation can serve humankind, says the Ifac organising committee. The... 

Group expands to provide turnkey automation services

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supplier Magnet Group has expanded its focus on designing and installing automation products by incorporating automation and monitoring solutions provider Proelec Services into the company to form a new division, Magnet Automation. The new... 

Solar water heater specialist invests in robot-assisted production

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 South Africa’s product manufacturers need to invest more in automating and computerising their products and systems to stay abreast of global competition, says local solar water heating specialist SunTank. The company announced in April that it had completed the implementation of a fully... 

Government printing system upgraded

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 Local turnkey solutions provider Dac Systems reports that it has, in partnership with enterprise information management solutions provider Intervate, integrated technology to boost the operational efficiency – as well as transform the inner workings – of the State’s 124-year-old security printing... 

Highly automated industry increasingly using MIS, MES

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th June 2013 The highly automated manufacturing and mining sectors in South Africa are increasing their implementation of management information systems (MIS) and manufacturing execution systems (MES) industry, resulting in the MIS and MES market growing at a rate of 7% each year, says consulting and... 

BIM technology uptake increasing in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th June 2013 Gauteng-based Autodesk Gold Partner and software solutions company the CAD Corporation have noted a significant increase in the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) and the software that drives it, in the South African architecture, structural engineering and, more recently, building... 

Automation company helps pace equipment upgrades

14th June 2013 Demanding market conditions have forced manufacturers globally to actively pursue improved productivity and protect their major capital investments, which include automation components, software and systems, says industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation.  

Machinery automation company completes project

14th June 2013 Machinery automation system supplier SA Power KwaZulu-Natal, in April, completed the design, supply and commissioning of a nine-axis press sequencing system, using the latest Lenze multi-axis control technology, for appliance manufacturer Defy Appliances. 

Mauritian power plant installs redundancy software

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 Industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation has completed an Integrated Architecture (IA) solution for the Mauritian power utility, the Central Electricity Board (CEB), for its new 30 MW diesel-powered Fort Victoria plant, in Port Louis.  

Data analysis software to improve business operations

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 The move away from manually analysing data to a more automated data system enables business to make informed decisions faster, saving time and costs, says business intelligence solutions provider QlikView South Africa MD Davide Hanan.  

Automated processes improve business efficiency, customer service

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 Businesses cannot afford to compromise on customer service and should focus on improving core processes to ensure their long-term success, says software communications solutions company Interactive Intelligence regional business development manager Deon Scheepers. 

Lubrication automation improves operator safety

15th June 2012 Lubrication systems supplier SKF’s new-generation automated lubrication systems meet the requirements for effective lubrication of moving surfaces integral to almost all industrial and machinery applications.  

New sensors to end tuning costs

15th June 2012 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls has launched the new Leuze 318B series photoelectric sensor with an integrated and patented Leuze omni-mount, which it says will limit costs associated with fine tuning sensors.  

Company focus extends to green building automation solutions

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 With the provision of green building automation solutions now included in its focus, industrial automation supplier and service provider Shorrock Automation is concentrating on supplying products to either retrofit older buildings to improve their energy efficiency or provide solutions to new... 

Solution enhances plant reporting systems

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 Process visualisation, manufacturing execution systems and reporting software solutions provider Adroit Technologies will launch a world first when it introduces its Adroit supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) Intelligence (Asi) product, in July. Asi is unique in that it uses... 

Power solutions provider unveils green UPS for tier-four criticality

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 Power solutions company Meissner, a major supplier of Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems for mission-critical applications such as data centers, hospitals and other commercial applications has unveiled the latest energy efficient control software, which further enhances the range of Eaton... 

Virtualised automation lowers cost of ownership

11th June 2010 Virtualisation technology, that enables a single server to run multiple operating systems and applications simultaneously, can help manufacturers streamline system management and lower the cost of ownership of equipment, says automation contractors Honeywell strategy and global marketing... 

Automated renewable energy sources power farmhouse

11th June 2010 Global warming and carbon dioxide reduction advocacy group Beacon Energy has set up a farm to demonstrate renewable energy sources. 

Automated rod handling increases safety on drilling rigs

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2010 Automated, hands-free handling of rods used in drilling operations improves the safety of rigs because the most common injuries involve dropped rods and hazardous equipment. Automation enables operators to stand further from the rods and reduces their risk of injury, says drilling specialist... 

Link for automation and computer systems introduced locally

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 A remote maintenance and alarm management system aimed at linking automation and computer systems in industry processes has been introduced locally by industrial automation supplier and service provider Shorrock Automation. 

Data centre takes delivery 
of a new generator

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Power solutions company Meissner reports that the successful installation of an 11-ton, 1 MVA generator at healthcare company Sechaba Medical Solutions’ data and call centre is the result of the effective coordination of the project’s logistical elements. 

Technology firm expands global footprint

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Electrical engineering giant Siemens recently completed the acquisition of Elan Software Systems, an international software supplier for manufacturing execution systems (MES) in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. 

Automation expo a success, despite credit crunch

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Despite the current economic climate, the process automation, instrumentation and control expo, held last month, in Gauteng, had received excellent support and attendance, reports expo organiser Elan Communications GM Su-Anne Willemse.  

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