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Automation and Computerisation

Global positioning system software market experiences growth

12th June 2009 Software developer HandyMAP reports that the market for global positioning system (GPS) software for mobile phones is growing. 

Power crisis sees the rise of robotic forces

By: Fatima Gabru     13th June 2008 The electricity crisis in South Africa has inspired an increased interest in robotisation, driving the use of robotics in automation, says power and automation technology group ABB robotics division manager Bongani Twala. 

New concentrator for PPRust concentrator

13th June 2008 Mining powerhouse Anglo Platinum has selected industry automator Siemens' SIMATIC PCS7, as the control system of choice for its largest concentrator of 600 kt/m built at Potgietersrust Platinum (PPRust). 

Automation company pioneers threadless connection system

13th June 2008 Global developer, manufacturer and marketer of automation and electrical products Woodhead, represented locally by Shorrock Automation, has pioneered a threadless connection system to quickly and securely connect sensors and control devices used in plant floor automation systems, such as... 

International airport's information, automation systems under control

13th June 2008 An extensive upgrade of the information and automation systems for The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has meant better monitoring and control of all the company's mechanical and electrical equipment at OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. 

New control technology counters high coal costs

By: Fatima Gabru     13th June 2008 Boiler automation company Boiler Combustion Technology has developed an alternative combustion control technology for coal-fired boilers in the quest for energy efficiency, and to counter the high cost of coal that is affecting the cost of production. 

Preassembled handling system reduces assembly efforts

13th June 2008 Global drive and control company Bosch Rexroth, through its local representative agency, factory and industrial automation company, Tectra, has developed a pre-assembled handling system, the camoLINE, which reduces the user’s design and assembly efforts. 

Automation company adds linear stages to range

13th June 2008 Power, control and information solutions company Rockwell Automation has announced the launch of a new line of linear stages for a range of load-carrying applications. The new lines offer machine builders substantial time and cost savings associated with design, programming and commissioning. 

New dual-voltage charger series launched

13th June 2008 Electronics design and manufacturing company Omniflex last month introduced the Powerterm L120C-D dual-voltage charger. The Powerterm L-series power supply unit/chargers provide a 12V and a 24V battery connected load outputs, which is a combined power supply and true 12/24V split battery charger. 

Photoelectric sensors find use in harsh environment

13th June 2008 Specialised suppliers of process control sensors Automation Shorrock Automation has just launched the universal and easy to mount OG photoelectric sensors from automation control system manufacturers and suppliers IFM Electronic. 

Clock module offers real time the world over

13th June 2008 Electronic products manufacturer, Wago’s has introduced a real-time clock module. 

Seta change heralds appropriate automation, control training

15th June 2007 Process manufacturing specialist Rockwell Automaton has opted to change the sector specific body or sector education training authority (SETA) under which it provides training. 

Automation firm produces low-cost logic controllers

15th June 2007 Human Machine Interface (HMI) hardware and software developer and manufacturer Pro-face, represented locally by Shorrock Automation, has released the Pro-face LT series which combines display, operation and control functions into a single, easy-to-read, low-cost unit. 

New controller enables advanced safety control requirements

15th June 2007 Total automation solution provider Rockwell Automation has introduced a new safety controller that leverages the company’s successful Integrated Architecture, allowing for faster implementation, improved productivity and easier ability to meet today’s advanced safety control... 

Local company launches new operator interface

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 Local supplier of human-machine interface (HMI) solutions CHI Control Components as part of Alstom Electrical South Africa has launched a range of operator interface known as Panelmate HMi, from Cutler-Hammer. 

New UPS bridges the power gaps

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 With the looming threat of power outages plaguing the country this winter, local manufacturer supplier and designer of uninterruptible power supplies Meissner has released the Powerware 9140 rack-mounted uninterruptible power system (UPS), which is available in a ten-kVA rating. 

SAPS hopes automated DNA system will help with backlog

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2006 The first test-run using the new automated DNA analysis system at the South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) Pretoria forensic laboratory has been successful, says superintendent Johann van Niekerk, technical operator at the genetic-sample processing system (GSPS) laboratory. 

Inventory-management specialist targets US market

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 With superior technology and a dynamic skills force, local demand and inventory- management specialist JustEnough has carved itself a significant niche in both US and local markets. 

Industrial-network development poses unique challenges

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “Data communication has seen substantial growth in the last couple of years, mostly due to advances in software development,” says Industrial Automation and Control (IAC) CEO Burg van der Westhuizen. 

Challenges emerge from global-competitiveness drive

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “The challenge posed to the local automation industry is how to compete globally and increase volumes to achieve growth,” says GM of Tectra Automation, Emil Berning. Although armed with technical experts on par with its international counterparts, growth in the South African... 

Safety controller for automotive spray-paint robot

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “Rockwell Automation supplied the safety controller for the latest automotive spray paint robots introduced by Durr Systems GmbH, exemplifying Rockwell Automation’s integrated-solutions versatility, industry manager of transportation in a media release prepared for Engineering News. 

Acsa invests R25m in weather-observation systems

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is in the process of replacing the meteorological instrumentation at Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, George, East London and Pilansberg airports with state of the art automated weather observing systems. 

Global automation group seeks Eastern Cape exposure

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 Power and automation group ABB introduced its comprehensive portfolio of products, systems and services to industry in the Eastern Cape for the first time earlier this year. 

World Cup with a twist

16th June 2006 From June 14 to 20, the Robot football World Cup, also known as the Robocup, will take place at the Bremen Fair in Germany. 

New control solution a sweet success

21st April 2006 Indian sugar company Dhampur Sugar Mills has implemented a cost-effective solution to dramatically reduce maintenance costs and enhance system reliability at its Rauzagaon facility. 

Innovation to be great differentiator

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Technological innovation will be the key determinant of future success or otherwise in the fast-moving instrumentation-and-control sector, GE Fanuc Automation manager for sub Saharan Africa Daniel Coetzee argues. 

Hazard-free acid testing

17th March 2006 Global leader in industrial measuring and automation solutions Endress + Hauser has announced the launch of a new loop-powered analysis transmitter that reportedly improves the safety and simplicity with which pH and other measurements can be made. 

Technology giant's domestic arm sees surge in orders

By: peter cromberge     3rd March 2006 Global power and automation technology group ABB has reported ‘strong organic growth following strong demand for power infrastructure in the country. 

ABB's SA arm expected to beat global targets

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The strong rise in commodity and energy prices over the last couple of years is serving as something of a double-edged sword for global power and automation technology group ABB, President and CEO Fred Kindle told Engineering News during a recent visit to South Africa. 

Company growth leads to buy-out

23rd September 2005 UK-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co has signed an agreement to buy German-based Moeller Group for a price of €1,1-billion, including pension liabilities and financial debt. 

Providing training worldwide

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 As a specialist in the fields of industrial data communication, automation and control, and telecommunications, IDC Technologies is internationally recognised as one of the premier providers of technical and practical training for engineers and technicians. 

Company in Saldanha port upgrade project

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 In 1998 Industrial Automation and Control (IAC) was established as part of the Communica group of companies, under the leadership of CEO Burg van der Westhuizen and Mohammed Hassim. 

Mechatronics - the right automation technology

17th June 2005 As a pioneer of mechatronic integration, Festo had made large contributions in the form of components in the areas of control and technology, sensors, electrical drives and software. 

A complete flow solution

17th June 2005 In keeping with today’s high level of automation, the Proline series of instruments from Endress+Hauser offers users a complete flow solution, from planning, through to commissioning and configuration, all the way to diagnosis and maintenance. 

Touch screens allow efficiency monitoring

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 Western Cape automation company H and J Automation was recently approached by Columbia DBL to supply the company with a solution to enable it to monitor the efficiencies and production outputs of its brick and block manufacturing machinery at its Blackheath plant. 

New assayer helps eliminate human error

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 More than 30 years ago FLSmidth Automation was established as a small research and development group in Danish company FLSmidth's processing division. 

Process and factory automation growing together

6th May 2005 Process and factory automation are growing together 

Pneumatics department to focus on core industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Local company and sole South African distributor of Rexroth products, Tectra Automation, has recently made changes to its pneumatics division by appointing Ian Jacobs as divisional manager for pneumatics. 

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