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Automation and Computerisation

New intelligent robot for wider use

20th September 2002 Japanese company Fanuc has based its new multipurpose intelligent robot, R-2000iA, on the company’s long nurtured artificial intelligence robotic technology that has evolved to a suitable level of practical use. 

Automation technology burgeoning

By: marisa rodrigues     20th September 2002 Automation technology continues to grow at a rapid rate despite earlier anticipation of a slowdown. 

Firm completing multimillion-dollar contracts at petrochemical giant

By: marisa rodrigues     20th September 2002 Having had a dominant role in automation in the hydrocarbon process market for over twenty years, Honeywell Southern Africa’s expertise continues to be recognised by South Africa’s leading players in this sector. 

Society pays when machines replace workers

By: Seeraj Mohamed     13th September 2002 Capital intensity is increasing in South Africa. This has been happening since the 1990s. With our high rate of unemployment we should be investing in productive processes that require more labour than capital equipment. 

Gold-mine tank-farm is completed

9th August 2002 Supplier of products and services to Africa’s transport and mining industries IMS Industrial Products (IMS-I) has completed a lubricant and fuel installation to work in conjunction with automated fuel-management technology for the Afrikander Lease gold-mine in the Klerksdorp district. 

Automation facilitates engine production

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The plans for the daily production of more than a thousand 1,3 l cylinder Rocam engines for export by Ford South Africa’s operation in the Eastern Cape will be assisted by the company’s implementation of the Indramat product line that is distributed and supported locally by automation... 

Combined valve/cylinder automation solution on offer

12th July 2002 Integrated subsystems have enabled Festo to meet the growing need for full functionality with reduced costs for purchasing, installation and maintenance with its DNCV standard cylinder/valve combination. 

R20m automation deal is secured

28th June 2002 Operations Management Systems solutions provider Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems has won several contracts at the BHP Billiton Mozal II expansion project worth an estimated R20-million over the next three years, with the project expected to continue until August 2003. 

Learnerships are to replace automation apprenticeships

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 German multinational Festo, which has been involved in the development of training programmes in South Africa for the past 25 years, is currently involved in the formulation of content for learnerships which are to replace the old system of apprenticeship training in this country. 

Innovations galore at industrial fair

By: Karel Smrcka     7th June 2002 Rarely have so many new technical products and processes or innovative services been launched at the world’s largest industrial fair than at Hanover Fair 2002, which took place in April, where some 6 926 exhibitors showcased their latest advances. 

Call for increased protection of local manufacturing industry

By: vanessa vasques     31st May 2002 Johannesburg-based electrical protection switchgear and metering manufacturer Circuit Breaker Industries (CBI) has restructured its management structure in an effort to supply a better service to its customers and compete more effectively with international manufacturers flooding the local market. 

Geared motor with special features

31st May 2002 Electric motor manufacturer SEW Eurodrive has developed the Movi-Switch, a geared motor with integrated switching and protection functions, designed for space-saving and quick project planning because of the simple controls involved. 

Motor technology facilitates remote control

By: vanessa vasques     31st May 2002 The future of automation in the industrial sector is in identifying the latest available technology when it comes to motor control, especially variable speed drives. 

Smart positioning control for electrical and pneumatic drives

31st May 2002 As a result of the need for specialised, individual axes control solutions, Johannesburg-based Festo has introduced a single unit for all positioning control and regulating tasks. 

Swedish firm introduces new on-off valve technology

17th May 2002 During the 1990s the automation of control valves, which were often referred to as ‘the final control elements’, got the world’s attention, while the automation of on-off valves was almost never discussed. 

Takeover extends firm's valve actuator range

17th May 2002 One of the valve actuation market leaders, Rotork Controls, of Johannesburg, now offers a comprehensive range of specialist electric and electro-hydraulic linear, rotary and lever arm actuators as a result of its take-over in January of Jordan Controls, which further extends the company’s... 

New low-voltage product company launched

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 A new participant in low-voltage products has emerged in South Africa, with the launch of ABB Entrelec last month. 

The agents are coming

By: Karel Smrcka     26th April 2002 New agent software enables robots to intelligently interact and work collaboratively to carry out assignments. 

Foundry group reports good growth

19th April 2002 Foundries group Ozz has, over the last 60 years, acquired extensive expertise in the manufacture of wear-resistant materials. 

Human's new best friend

By: Karel Smrcka     12th April 2002 Japanese industrial automation company Omron has developed an autonomous two-armed mobile robot that works in conformance with human instructions or gestures and can perform tasks such as move a desk together with a human being. 

SA firm joins automation software leader

22nd March 2002 Australian company Citect, which is one of the largest industrial automation software companies in the world and produces the Citect supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) package, has acquired local companies Xycom and ISI. 

The stuff life will be made of

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd February 2002 In the previous Developments Column, published on February 8, we spoke about developments in the field of total communication and global virtuality. 

House on 'autopilot'

By: Karel Smrcka     15th February 2002 One of the cleverest houses in Europe has been built in Duisburg, Germany: the ‘Intelligent House Innovation Centre’. 

System improves heavy-vehicle regulation

By: Karel Smrcka     25th January 2002 Developed in a public–private partnership, a new system incorporates video-based automatic vehicle identification and licence-plate recognition to monitor and track heavy-vehicle movements on major highways throughout New South Wales. 

SA firm wins Moz sugar project

25th January 2002 In a deal valued at more than R5-million, JSE-listed CS Holdings’ mining and manufacturing systems division, CS Systems Integration, has been awarded the factory automation contract for the Marromeu Sugar Mill in Northern Mozambique by John Thompson Africa (JTA), the contractor for the... 

Productive welding solutions

By: Karel Smrcka     14th December 2001 In the industrially-developed nations, mechanisation and automation have been proved technologies for decades and, today, system solutions are available for the integration of welding technology in flexible manufacturing systems, which, with higher productivity, flexibility and product quality,... 

Process-automation acquisition finished

19th October 2001 Technology giant Siemens, of Germany, has further strengthened its position as one of the top five suppliers of process automation systems and number two worldwide in process control rankings with the acquisition of Moore Process Automation Solutions, of the US, a development celebrated by the... 

Smarter logistical solutions developed

By: Karel Smrcka     21st September 2001 Space exploration has resulted in a number of new products. DaimlerChrysler Aerospace has compiled experiences that are now being implemented in industrial down-to-earth environments. 

Transnational enters new SA market

21st September 2001 In a R9-million deal that heralds its entry into the substation automation market, Siemens’ power automation department has been awarded a contract by the city of Cape Town for the supply of remote terminal units (RTUs). 

More development in sensor technology

7th September 2001 Sensors have always played an important role in automation and control, and this will continue unabated as technology develops further, reports Countapulse Control MD Gerry Bryant. 

China's great leap in automation

By: Karel Smrcka     7th September 2001 China is now making enormous investments in high technology in general and in automated materials handling in particular. 

Smaller, faster, smarter micro systems

By: Karel Smrcka     7th September 2001 Micro System Technic is the buzzword for one of the key technologies of the 21st century, especially in automation. 

Happy helpers made of electronics and steel

10th August 2001 The service society is brining about an entirely new ‘species’ of machine – service robots for households and public services designed to relieve us of all arduous, dirty, monotonous and unappealing work. 

Intelligent vehicles not compromising safety

27th July 2001 Autonomous vehicles are best suited to and most important in heavy transfer duties in confined working areas. The technology itself would be applicable to cars with power-steering system, but there is still a long way to go in terms of safety and affordable costs. 

E-solution is launched for process market

6th July 2001 The best of enterprise management, operations management and e-production has been integrated in a new solution. 

More marking tools are now available

6th July 2001 Variable and growing needs for industrial identification and traceability equipment has resulted in Telesis, the world’s largest supplier of permanent identification systems, increasing its options of marking tools. 

Automation is SA's ticket to the world, says council

6th July 2001 Automation and computerisation are real opportunities that South Africa needs to grab hold of with both hands. 

Firm enters new market through acquisition

6th July 2001 Plans to enter the rapidly growing manufacturing execution system (MES) market by AST’s manufacturing systems integration (MSI) division, a business unit of the group, have come to fruition through the acquisition of a leading participant in the industrial automation industry. 

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