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Automation and Computerisation

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

Y2K testing tools available in South Africa

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South African distributor for Generation Systems Bateleur Software has announced that new versions of Genada and Gentest, the powerful year 2000 (Y2K) testing tools, are available locally. The Genset suite of tools has already been purchased by Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, with which it... 

Engineering giants join forces

By: System Author     18th June 1999 SOUTH African industry, municipalities and water authorities have gained access to the world’s most extensive and advanced range of control and automation technology following the merger of two international engineering giants, BTR and Siebe. “The merger has created Britain’s... 

New foolproof concept in dropsafe security

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Anew and virtually foolproof concept in dropsafe security using advanced recognition software that automates the counting of money deposits has been launched onto the local market by the security products business unit of Analysis Management & Systems (AMS). The patented Dropsafe system promises... 

Modelling tools designed for railway sector

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Computer-based engineering solutions company TLC Software, of Johannesburg, and Spoornet TTC will be participating in the upcoming Africa Rail ’99 exhibition. TLC Software is involved actively in the development of specialised systems and modelling tools for the railway industry, including... 

New automation division drives forward

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Automation, drive control and instru- mentation products will be the focus of the new automation division of ABB South Africa. Divisional manager: drive products Howard Dunn reports that the new ABB Automation Instrumentation and Control division features a products division that includes... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

International exhibition for Jhb

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Drives and controls are invaluable tools to industry because they act as a vital interface between the power supply and industrial processes, be they manufacturing or mining. Without them, industry simply could not function. With a market value of around R160 million, drives and controls are... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

South African firm changes its focus

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Industrial automation component and system supplier Hytec Automation has changed its name to Tectra Automation. Although retaining its position as a member of Hytec Holdings, the company will function as an independent entity, while continuing to represent Rexroth Mecman, Rexroth Star and Rexroth... 

Latest know-how from the Hannover Fair

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Representatives of Bosch pneumatic and automation products, Pneumatech of Sandton, Gauteng, have just returned from the Hannover Fair in Germany with new products from its principal. Engineering News caught up with chief executive Keith Berning and GM Emil Berning shortly after they returned to... 

Acquisition paves way for exports

By: System Author     7th May 1999 PNEUMATIC specialist Parker Hannifin, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has bought Global Fluid Power (GFP), a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders, ISO subplates and directional valves. The company was established ten years ago, and is located in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. It will form part of the Parker... 

Fully-automated plant

By: System Author     30th April 1999 As more and more emphasis is placed on the maintenance of the environment, it is natural that industries and authorities are being compelled to examine their effluents, and especially the particular sludges that their operations or populations generate. Elepon’s new technology offers... 

Complete solution for power industry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 It is imperative that the quality of water in steam-generation plants is controlled to high standards. Burkert Contromatic has products suitable for this demanding environment, and it will be releasing 37 new products this year alone, one of which is Top Control. This is heralded by the company... 

Launch of innovative product

By: System Author     30th April 1999 One of the largest local integration houses, IST Industrial, of Pretoria, is set to launch an innovative product which will have an impact on the majority of industrial and mining sectors, reports marketing manager Jacques Joubert. Details regarding this product seem to be a tightly guarded... 

Fully automated factory for the United States

By: System Author     16th April 1999 GLOBAL industrial automation software supplier USDATA Corporation has implemented manufacturing software at its plant in Seattle as part of a drive to fully automate its production processes. The company has demonstrated the total integration of a factory – from the plant floor up through... 

Miniature ball-rail system

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The expansion of Rexroth Star’s miniature ball-rail system, the latest offering in a proved product range, enables Tectra Automation to provide a solution for virtually every linear motion application. As part of an already extensive range of Star profiled rail linear motion systems, the... 

Trade-fair partnership formed

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The globalisation of world economies and markets requires organisers of leading trade fairs to think and act globally. This was exactly the prevailing mindset at Icam Asia, the trade fair for measurement and automation, which culminated in the foundation of a partnership between leading trade... 

R1-million control software for smelter

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Industrial automation software distributor Futuristix Advanced Control Systems has been subcontracted by Keops Isis, an industrial information systems consultancy, for the supply of Wonderware software for the Mozal project. Futuristix was, in fact, awarded the almost R1-million contract in... 

R7-million contract to automate gold-mine

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R7-million three- year contract for the automation of a Free State gold-mine, has been awarded to automation, control and data-acquisition specialist Systems Automation & Management (SAM) of Petervale, Gauteng, Engineering News has learnt. It is believed that the company was awarded... 

Clocking up big success in racing

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Instrumentation company Instrotech has opened a new division within its Australian counterpart, dedicated to hiring out South African-developed electronic timing clocks used in motor rallying. The rally clock was designed by motor-rallying enthusiast and Instrotech MD Dave Howcroft. The aim is to... 

Merger expands company’s product range

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Market leaders no longer sell products to the market; today they sell solutions. One of the companies in the industrial automation and instrumentation industry to adapt to this trend is Rhomberg, of the Western Cape. The recent merger between Rhomberg Electronics and Control Instruments’... 

Auto industry warned: up export drive

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While proposed changes to the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), due to be gazetted this month, will create a more sensible environment in which participants can operate, the local automotive industry will have to increase its export drive and international competitiveness further if it... 

New range of robots has 20% fewer parts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new range of Motoman robots offering increased handling capabilities above that of its predecessors, and with 20% fewer parts, is being launched at Hanover Fair, Germany, by Motoman Robotec this month, reveals Robotic Systems SA MD Terry Rosenberg. The mechanically-simplified machine is... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

New oil monitor available

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Unnecessary oil changes are costly and time-consuming. A low-cost solution that takes the guesswork out of oil changes is presented in the form of Oilcheck. The portable microprocessor-controlled oil monitor combines the technology to detect and analyse the dielectric of oil. Fully automatic,... 

‘Smart’ toolbox from the UK

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 BUSY manufacturing areas in modern engineering workshops around the world are set for a significant productivity boost by the development in the UK of the latest aid in shopfloor automation, the computerised toolbox. Benefits from this ‘smart’ toolbox include time savings and greater... 

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