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Automation and Computerisation

Flowmeter calibrator launched in South Africa

By: Zonika Botha     11th March 2005 Known for its innovative and accurate liquid-fuel accounting and measurement instruments, Liquid Automation Services (LAS) has launched the latest flow-meter calibration technology to South Africa’s petroleum and chemical market. 

Giant sees continued growth in low-voltage-equipment demand

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 Global power and automation technology group, ABB, is expecting the local sales of low-voltage equipment, a component of the automation technology division, to increase by another four per cent this year, reports ABB senior vice-president Per Wanland. 

Firm introduces high-tech air-traffic management

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 Johannesburg-based company Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has introduced in this country an innovative way of managing air-traffic services, known as the South African Advanced Air Traffic System (Saats). 

Smart modules for CPX valve terminals

12th November 2004 An e-mail came through from the factory with the message: Malfunction in parts assembly, the system is down. 

First automated hopper is being patented

By: Nicola Mawson     22nd October 2004 Following on a 100-year-old tradition of engineering in the fluid power field, Ernest Lowe Pneumatic & Hydraulic Automation Solutions is making strides into the Mecatronics field of automation. 

Modular electrical terminal introduced

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Simplifying the exchange of information between electrical and pneumatic control levels for effective communication at all levels, a new modular electrical terminal, known as CPX, has been developed and introduced by Festo. 

Hydraulics company expands its premises

22nd October 2004 The well-known premises of Optima Hydraulics in Paarden Eiland road, Cape Town, has been extended with the new three-storey office block complete with new workshop facilities. 

Technology roadmaps launched this week

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Manufacturing technology is to receive a welcome boost this month, as technology roadmaps in the Electronics and Aerospace industries are launched this week. 

SME implements ERP solution

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 The first SAP All-in-One system to be implemented in a small to medium enterprise (SME) in South Africa was implemented at Bandito’s Chile Co. this August. 

R250 000 information system installed

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Richards Bay engineering firm Engineering Top Tech’s customised software system for manufacturing use is now available to other engineering firms for use in computerising the production process. 

Automation conference displays firm's products

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Last week’s RSTechED automation technology conference held by Rockwell Automation was an in-depth look at the benefits and applications of automating a manufacturing concern. 

Saving you time and money

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 A computerised clocking machine can save companies up to 75% of their clock card costs, says MD of Baur Research John Baur. 

Domestic control units improve security

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd September 2004 Audio and video door-entry control kits manufactured by Legrand are effective security devices, designed to enhance safety and provide peace-of-mind in almost any application. 

Future African distribution rights are likely

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th August 2004 South Africa’s fastest growing document solutions company, Itec, aims to consolidate and strengthen its offices in the SADC region, says founder and CEO Jacques Duyver. 

Police to install automated DNA analyser

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2004 The South African Police Service (SAPS) will introduce an automated DNA analysis system at its Pretoria forensic laboratory on December 5, next year. 

R55m-worth of power and automation systems are to be supplied

25th June 2004 Leading power and automation technology group ABB has so far won orders this year worth more than R55-million to supply switchgear, motors, drives, instrumentation substation automation and associated engineering to the R12-billion Sasol Project Turbo – one of the largest projects ever... 

ABB awarded R55m Sasol contract

22nd June 2004 Power and automation specialist ABB has won orders this year worth more than R55-million to supply switchgear, motors, drives, instrumentation substation automation and associated engineering to the R12-billion Sasol Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa. 

SAA awards autoclave revamp contract

25th May 2004 Integration specialist Associated Systems has been awarded the contract to revamp the automation of the autoclave system at South African Airways (SAA), in Kempton Park. 

New range of valve terminal systems enters the market

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 With a new range of valve terminal systems (VTSs) from Bosch Rexroth in Germany, South African’s Tectra Automation now has a comprehensive range of control valves, providing the company with a new competitive edge, says director Emil Berning. 

Supplier notches up quality certification

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 Local supplier to the pulp and paper industry, Valve and Automation, has attained ISO 9001/2000 certification. 

Smaller and faster are the hallmarks of the future

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 As customers’ products are becoming smaller, faster and more intelligent, Festo’s pneumatic automation technology is being continuously developed to fill the need for improved performance, smaller dimensions and faster cycle times, simple and quick installation, and intelligent... 

Aluminium castings are praised

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of the Cape’s largest suppliers of manifolds for the high performance auto-application market, Rowland Manifolds, has been relying on the Ajax Manufacturing foundry to produce superior aluminium castings for many years. 

Cable firm targeting KZN

16th April 2004 Increasing demand has prompted Lapp Cable South Africa to expand its Kwazulu-Natal presence to provide wider coverage and more intense services to its clients within the province. 

R70m BEE hydraulics and automation group formed

2nd April 2004 Industrial group Hytec Holdings and investment company Khulile Investments yesterday announced the formation of Afripower, the first empowered full-spectrum hydraulics and automation enterprise in South Africa. 

Historians enhance plant productivity

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 Even though information technology and manufacturing seem to be worlds apart, these two facets are inextricably linked. 

Vehicle-monitoring system launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new data acquisition instrument, particularly useful for on-site monitoring in the transport industry, has been introduced by Eurotherm, which is represented locally by Protea Automation Solutions. 

Rail tanker locomotives to be upgraded

By: Laura Franz     28th November 2003 GE Transportation Systems in South Africa, together with its local black economically-empowered implementation partner DCD-DORBYL’s Rolling Stock Division (RSD), has been selected to supply and implement the latest GE microprocessor ‘Brightstar’ locomotive modernisation... 

Barloworld reports solid earnings, despite strong rand

By: laurian clemence     17th November 2003 Industrial brand management company Barloworld announced, at its results presentations in Sandton on Friday, that the company had delivered a strong operating performance, especially in its cement sector, for the year-ended September 30, although it posted a 5% decrease in annual earnings from... 

Projects show trend to integration

31st October 2003 Automation and control solution provider Honeywell is a technology partner with Sasol and has had much experience providing control solutions for the petrochemical industry worldwide 

Automation market remains tough – ABB

6th October 2003 Engineering firm ABB's automation technologies division chief, Dinesh Paliwal, told journalists last week that conditions in its market remained tough, although the unit was on track to reach its operating margin goal of 7,1% in 2003. 

Connecting industrial applications to the Internet

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd October 2003 Based on its vision that all devices will be linked to the Internet one day, Finnish company Wapice develops software that helps industrial companies connect their applications to the Internet today. 

Hybrids can be cheap to make, Toyota says

3rd October 2003 Toyota Motor Corporation showed off the production site of its gasoline-electric hybrid cars to journalists for the first time yesterday with a powerful message: they don't have to be expensive to make. 

Vehicle sales continue impressive climb

3rd October 2003 For the third successive month, new vehicle sales registered impressive gains in September with passenger car sales coming in at their highest level in nearly seven years. 

First corvette handed over to SA Navy

30th September 2003 A ceremony was held at the weekend during which the first Meko A-200 corvette, named SAS Amatola, was officially handed over to the South African Navy. 

Digital data from the underground

By: Karel Smrcka     26th September 2003 Cities’ ageing sewage pipe networks should ideally be regularly surveyed for cracks and weaknesses, but traditional inspections based on closed-circuit television (CCTV) images can be unreliable and inaccurate, since they depend on the subjective interpretation of video images of video... 

Ford delays debut of gasoline/electric car

24th September 2003 Ford Motor Company has delayed the debut of its gasoline-electric hybrid sport utility vehicle by several months, saying on Monday it wants more time for testing. 

Automation technology core of R32-million cement plant upgrade

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 In mid-August, power and automation specialist ABB South Africa began a R32-million upgrade at Alpha South Africa’s Kiln 3 at Dudfield, near Lichtenburg, in the North West. 

Automation technicians need hands-on experience, believes company

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 Artificial intelligence is only as good as the information accumulated and submitted to it. 

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