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Automation and Computerisation

Software developed to track each business transaction

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 To facilitate the automation of business processes, Johannesburg company Structured Paperflow has over the last two years developed a program that can track a business transaction from price guide to despatch and delivery reporting. 

Solution offers to bridge gap between engineering and finance departments

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 After two years of negotiations, a computer-aided design (CAD) software company brought to market a solution that links engineering design and enterprise resource planning (ERP). 

Danish automation specialist forms JV with SA firm

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 At the end of last month, Danish automation specialist in the minerals, metals, steel and cement industries, FLSmidth Automation, announced that it has embarked on a joint venture with South African company Metallurg SA. 

The new driving forces behind automation

By: Karel Smrcka     19th September 2003 The industrialised world has become used to continual increases in living standards doubling roughly every 25 years. 

Salt tracker system to be installed this month

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 THE tracker, one of the subsystems of the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt), is being integrated at Reutech Radar Systems’ (RRS’) laboratories, in Stellenbosch, before the completion of factory acceptance tests. 

Tracking the evolution of self-sustaining robots

By: Karel Smrcka     8th August 2003 The world’s first study of the artificial evolution of a robot food chain – using collection of working robots that must find energy to keep their batteries charges and to survive – has begun in the UK. 

PC control implemented for Polo engine production

1st August 2003 Over the last five years nearly all the assembly lines in the engine assembly area at the Volkswagen factory at Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, have been converted on the basis of personal computer (PC) based control technology from Beckhoff. 

VW to double output at Chinese plants

18th July 2003 German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen has announced plans to double the annual capacity currently available at its Chinese factories from 800 000 to 1,6-million vehicles over next five years. 

R3,8bn for airport upgrades

By: laurian clemence     17th July 2003 The Airports Company Sooth Africa (ACSA) yesterday announced that it would be spending R3,8-billion on various airport upgrades between the 2004 and 2008 at most of its airports across the country. 

Laser-based metrology widens its scope

By: Karel Smrcka     11th July 2003 Between now and 2005, a laser centre is to be built in Freiburg, Germany, which will focus on a new technology, the quantum cascade laser (QCL), and its wide range of applications, from industrial manufacturing to medicine. 

Uitenhage components firms wins pick-up work

9th June 2003 American vehicle component manufacturer Dana Corporation announced last week that it would supply carrier differentials and propshafts to Toyota South Africa for the 2005 Hilux pick-up truck, built on the same platform as the Toyota Tacoma. 

Assembly line project completed

6th June 2003 In March this year Cadweb projects, a machine design and turnkey projects company, completed an R1,6-million automation assembly line project for the electronics industry. 

Service robots get the future in hand

By: Karel Smrcka     6th June 2003 Robots are big in Japan. It is surprising – the country has lost confidence in industries from banking to semiconductors, but still leads the field in robotics. In fact, Japanese engineers have made considerable advances in creating robots with a human dimension. 

Automation contract awarded at smelter

3rd June 2003 Automation firm Streamworks has secured a second contract at Hillside Aluminium smelter, when it was selected by Murray and Roberts Engineering Solutions to design and implement substations for the Hillside 3 expansion project. 

The ever-growing world of sensors

By: Karel Smrcka     16th May 2003 Monitoring, measuring, counting – the tasks that have to be performed by sensors are as numerous as their areas of application. 

Robots on the march

By: Karel Smrcka     2nd May 2003 Sales of domestic robots that mow the lawn, vacuum the carpet or clean the windows are expected to explode in the next three years, according to the latest world robotics survey. 

Manufacturing plant installs automation system

28th March 2003 Speciality chemicals supplier Zetachem’s manufacturing capacity has been automated with an Adroit 32-bit automation supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system. 

Turnkey ability secured preferred supplier position, says firm

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 The South African arm of international company Freudenberg Group, Freudenberg Nonwovens, was selected as the preferred supplier of air-purification technology and systems to Sasol Synfuels, Secunda. 

Midrand automation training centre open for business

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Global provider of industrial automation Rockwell Automation has been presenting automation training courses locally for the past eight years, keeping the country’s industries abreast of technological advances in this field. 

38 Profibus installers have been accredited

By: Taryn Leicher     21st March 2003 In a major infusion of skills into transmission, communication, appli-cation and systems integration in South African industry, 38 practitioners were certified as accredited Profibus installers in a ceremony held in Johannesburg in early March this year. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

Water bottler invests R90-million in new plant

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 After a fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed its operation in October last year, Nestl 

Intelligent robot systems used for deboning

By: Karel Smrcka     28th February 2003 Although not absolutely necessary for the use of robots in the metal-processing industry, a basic prerequisite for the handling and processing of products which are visco-elastic and flexible in sizes is the interaction between the industrial robot and the product. 

Local operation bright spot for troubled ABB

28th February 2003 ABB South Africa, part of the international power and automation technologies group, in the year ended December 31, 2002, increased revenues by 19% to a record level of nearly R2-billion. 

Plant standardisation to meet auto sector demands

By: candice haase     7th February 2003 In response to the demand for shorter lead times among original equipment manufacturers, international power and automation technology solutions provider ABB has offered a complete manufacturing solution to stakeholders in the automotive industry. 

Activities expanded by steel fabricator

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 Family-owned steel fabrication company, the Cosira Group, in the last six months has expanded its activities to now offer three facets of the steel fabrication industry to the market. 

Diagnostics firm enters local market

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Diagnostic technology supplier Automated Reasoning, of the US and Europe, is looking to gain entry into the South African market and is already working closely with a client in the oil refinery industry together with its local distributor Trilan, Engineering News can report 

MIDP phase downs explained

12th December 2002 The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) has announced the extension to the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) from 2007 to 2012. There will be phase downs of customs duty and reduced benefits under the MIDP after 2007. 

IT transforms the materials handling

By: Karel Smrcka     29th November 2002 Communications and information technology (IT) are becoming increasingly critical in materials-handling hardware. Although they are still the exception to the rule, a number of systems are now running on twice the amount of IT they used to rely on. 

New career path reaping good results for ex-MD

22nd November 2002 The several awards gained by Zevenwacht at the recent Veritas Awards has vindicated the farm’s investment in new cellar equipment and best viticultural practises. 

Easy living with intelligent homes of the future

By: Karel Smrcka     1st November 2002 There is a smart wired house in Duisburg, Germany. Even the car and the garden are integrated in the network. 

Hydraulics pioneers apply expertise to icy pilgrimage

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 The originator of cast-iron hydraulic starters, Powerworks, has installed its system in two diverse, but equally exciting applications earlier this year. 

Two new product ranges introduced

25th October 2002 The sole supplier of Norgren, Ernest Lowe offers two new product ranges for industrial automation. 

Automation technology must be user-friendly, stresses company

By: marisa rodrigues     20th September 2002 As factories become increasingly dependant on automation technology in a bid to increase their productivity, it is of utmost importance that the staff, who have to work with the latest systems, find the technology user-friendly. 

Human-machine interface devised

20th September 2002 Local automation specialist Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems (Keops Isis), recently gave new meaning to the word automation by combining its expertise in management information systems (MIS) and manufacturing execution systems (MES), with programmable logic controller (PLC) and... 

Company signs global software and services deal

20th September 2002 Developer and supplier of component-based business applications IFS has signed a multimillion-dollar global agreement with world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions, Rockwell Global Manufacturing Solutions, to provide IFS Applications business... 

Foundry invests in increased automation

20th September 2002 It is a given that automated processes guarantee the highest levels of repeatable accuracy and consistency, and this is exactly what investment casting foundries should all be aiming to achieve, believes Rely Precision Castings MD Graham Knight. 

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