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Automation and Computerisation

More robots for SA industry

6th July 2001 Robotics is starting to make significant in-roads into the operations of South African companies as they change their market strategies in an effort to accommodate the changes brought about by the globalisation of world economies. 

Factory automation innovation

29th June 2001 The industrial information technology (IT) and software section of the Hanover Fair, held in Germany earlier this year, presented a concentrated array of software products targeted at industrial applications. 

Running noses at UK university

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Hitech Briefs 

R800m in business this year

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 German contribution to SA 

New turnkey project division proving successful

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Hydraulics & pneumatics 

IT-automation JV creates new leader

By: System Author     28th July 2000 South African information technology company AST and Austrian automation solutions provider Voest Alpine Industrieanlagenbau have joined forces to create a new manufacturing execution systems, automation services and solutions firm. 

Automatic bicycle-parking system

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Developments to Watch 

Automation the key to compete

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

Smaller, faster is the name of the game

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

South Africa catches on to the robot trend

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

Intelligent actuator being developed

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

Parking system automation for car dealers

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Developments to Watch 

Lightweight materials – low weight is their strength

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Developments to Watch 

Automation is the way of the future

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Hydraulic and pneumatics 

Automaker plant to expand and modernise

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Automaker Ford Motor Company SA, formerly South African Motor Corporation, will invest more than R200-million to modernise its production facilities this year. 

Merging the real with the virtual

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Global technology group ABB has released a bouquet of new technologies which could help change a whole host of industries, from electricity transmission and paper through to automotive. 

German technology to service SA industry

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Hydraulics & Pneumatics 

Technological developments in machining

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Developments to Watch 

Tomorrow’s smart car drives into the spotlight

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Developments to Watch 

Robot simulation techniques

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Gauteng firm setting development example

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Kya Sand access automation company is setting an example for small South African companies in terms of in-house training and development of its historically disadvantaged staff. 

Michael Victor

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Leaders 

Automation, computerisation more prominent

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Textiles and clothing manufacture 

Cash transactions by eye

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Look me in the eye” may soon be the way of identifying ourselves when using an automatic teller machine (ATM) to perform banking transactions instead of typing-in a Pin. 

R1,6bn investment for ‘motor city’ of SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The radical restructuring of the global automotive industry is opening up new opportunities for South African automotive manufacturers and component suppliers to increase their volumes and sales, indicates Business, Investment, Trade & Tourism Support centre director: industry & technology Graham... 

Growing trend towards automation in SA

By: System Author     16th July 1999 A growing trend towards automation in the South African packaging industry can be expected within the next few years, says Weighing & Packaging Systems regional manager Nick Oliver. Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the company is a leading local designer and manufacturer of packaging... 

SA companies fail to compute A&C benefits

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Can you provide us with a succinct definition of A&C? Automation is an enabling technology. Computerisation refers to the computer hardware and software infrastructure required to automate a process or manufacturing operation. Control of the manufacture of a product through its successive stages... 

New plant automation for vanadium company

By: System Author     9th July 1999 New plant automation has been implemented by Vametco Minerals Corporation, of the North West Province, technical manager Folke Berg-Mathiassen tells Engineering News. The company, which is involved in the manufacture of vanadium products, has installed an automated evaporator-crystalliser plant... 

Big control system contracts are awarded

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Several significant control system contracts have been awarded to automation and control specialist Siemens, of Halfway House, Gauteng, Automation and Drives automation product manager Cornu Perold tells Engineering News. These include a drying line for Sappi Swaziland and a contract for the... 

New products unveiled

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A new range of products has been launched by GE Fanuc Automation, of Isando, Gauteng, at an exhibition in Paris. “The technology involved is extremely advanced and of the highest standard,” GE Fanuc computer numeric control (CNC) sales and application engineer Norbert Barnard tells... 

Latest advances in automation and drives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 At the Hanover Fair this year Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) group president Dr Klaus Wucherer delivered an excellent overview of the latest achievements in the field of automation and drives. He started with a brief look at the A&D group. The last financial year was the first in which the... 

Novel control strategy

By: System Author     9th July 1999 An innovative control strategy, which allows information to flow from the production environment to the business system through TCP/IP and Ethernet technologies, is one of the main drives of Schneider Automation, of Midrand, application specialist Rob Entzinger tells Engineering News. The... 

R700 000 silo, conveyor supplied to cassava factory

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng firm Bulk Pneumatic Handling has designed and managed the supply of a silo and conveyor equipment to South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch plant, in the Northern Province, reports director Tony Chiappini. The company managed the design and installation of a silo, motorised... 

Imported profiles now made in South Africa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Automation specialist RM Automation, of Randburg, Gauteng, has opted for local manufacture of aluminium profiles previously imported at high cost. These profiles are required to build various frameworks used, in turn, to build special-purpose machinery for clients, turnkey projects, or system... 

Kwazulu-Natal aluminium expansion rolls on

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The next significant start-up milestone in Hulett Aluminium’s (Hulamin’s) multibillion-rand expansion in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, has been achieved on schedule following the successful coating of the first coil on the new continuous annealing and coil coating line (CCL2). Commenting... 

The name of the game is staying ahead of the pack

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Staying ahead of the pack in electrical distribution, industrial control and automation requires adapting a company constantly to future market and customer needs, argues Schneider Electric MD Jean-Pierre Mura. “It is not always easy to convince people to adapt constantly, particularly if... 

‘Transparent’ factory leads way in virtual technology

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The main focus of Schneider Automation is to build long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, both authorised system integrators (SI) and end-users. Within the realm of a complete turnkey solution in terms of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation, the company... 

Customer demand for innovative solutions

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A worldwide specialist in electrical distri- bution, industrial control and automation, Schneider Electric is active through a highly-skilled network of local and international partners, reports marketing manager Dudley Miller. These include distributors, systems integrators (SIs), panel builders... 

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