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Automation Technology

Safety-critical berm monitoring on openpit mines

16th September 2021 Dump point related accidents in openpit mining operations can be catastrophic, causing human casualties, damage to equipment and loss of productivity. The use of effective safety berms that comply with required height standards is imperative to safeguard personnel and equipment and berm... 

Linear actuator for harsh conditions in the process industry

9th September 2021 Linear actuators DFPC are double-acting pneumatic actuators that are optimised for the requirements of process automation and are specially designed to actuate media flow in process valves such as gate and pinch valves. The linear actuator DFPC from Festo is designed to be sturdy and... 

Image of the linear actuator DFPC from Festo
The linear actuator DFPC from Festo

Optimising technology enhances mine safety and productivity

9th September 2021 Technologies such as collision prevention system (CPS) or proximity detection system (PDS) are now seen as integral to the improvement of safety and productivity in the mining sector. South Africa-based Booyco Electronics is now in a strategic collaboration with technology systems integrator... 

Image of collision prevention systems
Booyco Electronics is playing a leading role in testing collision prevention systems to meet compliance requirements

Award-winning laser motion control sensor

3rd September 2021 A new non-contact optical sensor that is designed to accurately measure the speed, length and position of almost any material, from metal sheeting to newsprint paper - is now available in South Africa. Ideal target applications for the laser include cutting processes, packaging and printing,... 

Integrated offering for process and electric automation

26th August 2021 The combined benefits of process and electric automation offer a complete automation solution, with process automation solutions helping customers to control and transfer media from point A to B, while electric automation solutions offer seamless functioning from components to the cloud. “When... 

Image of Festo Automation System's CPX-E and Angle Seat Valve VZXA
Festo Automation System's CPX-E and Angle Seat Valve VZXA

The future of metal fabrication

26th August 2021 Press brakes are vital pieces of equipment in the metal industry and are recognised as the best machinery for bending plate and sheet metals to precise angles and dimensions, helping to deliver custom parts to a range of industries including aviation, automotive, agricultural, energy and... 

Image of a Yaskawa robot
Press brakes can be integrated with a Yaskawa robot

Geohazard monitoring and warning system to help keep communities safe

10th August 2021 A military-precision reactive monitoring and alarm system for tailings dam breaches, large slope failures, landslides and avalanches, has been announced. Said to be the industry’s most advanced doppler radar for reactive geohazard monitoring, the system detects, tracks and sends alarms on moving... 

Image of GroundProbe’s RGR-Velox monitoring in the field
GroundProbe’s RGR-Velox monitoring in the field

New evaluation and development kits for automotive and industrial automation

28th July 2021 A series of evaluation and development kits targets fast and easy development for a range of applications in automotive and industrial automation. RS Components, a trading brand of Electrocomponents, a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions, announced the new range of kits... 

Image of Infineon’s AURIX TriCore from RS Components
Infineon’s AURIX TriCore from RS Components

World’s smallest sensor allows machines to ‘see’

9th July 2021 With the ability to navigate terrain and spaces inaccessible to humans, drones and other autonomous vehicles have changed the way many industries operate. Despite their numerous advantages, however, autonomous machines are vulnerable to accidents that can damage the vehicles and their cargo.... 

Image of the SF45 microLiDAR from LightWare LiDAR
The SF45 microLiDAR from LightWare LiDAR

State-of-the-art technology determines impact of transport on agricultural products

2nd July 2021 Scientists at the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Engineering 4.0 research facility are tracking the journey of 3D-printed avocado-shaped sensors on a ship from South Africa to the Netherlands. The so-called smAvos are part of a research project to determine damage to fresh produce while... 

A digital rendering of UP’s smAvo enclosures and electronic components
A digital rendering of UP’s smAvo enclosures and electronic components

New condition monitoring for conveyor belts

24th June 2021 A new condition monitoring digital service, tailor-made for predictive maintenance of conveyor belts has recently been launched. Belt damage can cause significant production downtime in mines and processing plants with in-person inspections typically carried out to determine the condition of... 

The ABB Ability condition monitoring for belts is tailor-made for predictive maintenance of conveyor belts
The ABB Ability condition monitoring for belts is tailor-made for predictive maintenance of conveyor belts

Technologies advance production processes

14th May 2021 Fully integrated and customised technologies are being used to automate, integrate, upgrade and streamline production processes. SEW-EURODRIVE believes that exchangeable modules are the future of factories and its MAXOLUTION® systems are designed to enable manufacturing operations to become... 

MAXOLUTION® technologies from SEW-EURODRIVE help boost industrial performance
MAXOLUTION® technologies from SEW-EURODRIVE help boost industrial performance

State-of-the-art IIoT technologies for smart manufacturing

15th April 2021 RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents, a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has expanded its industrial control portfolio with a range of Industrial Internet of Things- (IIoT-) enabled technologies from SICK. As a result of the ongoing... 

SICK inductive sensor from RS Components
SICK inductive sensor from RS Components

State-of the-art harvester brings precision agriculture to the fore

8th April 2021 Precision agriculture (PA) is an approach to farm management that uses technology to ensure that crops and soil receive exactly what they need for optimum health and productivity, using specialised equipment and real-time data. PA technology is at the forefront of harvesting solutions to ensure... 

Combine Harvesting Heads RD45F HydraFlex S700 Series S790 from John Deere
Combine Harvesting Heads RD45F HydraFlex S700 Series S790 from John Deere

Machine and system automation with added benefits

8th April 2021 A new automation control system is said to set the benchmark in control automation, offering control technology throughout the entire automation process – from planning and commissioning, through to operations and diagnostics. Part of the Generation C advanced technology innovation, MOVI-CÒ, from... 

The MOVI-CÒ automation control system from SEW-EURODRIVE
The MOVI-CÒ automation control system from SEW-EURODRIVE

Providing a solution to manage and control low voltage loads

26th March 2021 An object-oriented digital load management solution is said to have huge potential in a modern industrial automation context, with its capacity to deal with motors and other electrical loads, such as pumps, relays, programmable logic controllers and conveyors up to an 80 A rating. RS Components... 

RS Components has added TeSys island from Schneider Electric to its portfolio
RS Components has added TeSys island from Schneider Electric to its portfolio

Robot designed for safe inspection of petrochemical storage tank

19th February 2021 A revolutionary new method of conducting periodic inspections of petrochemical storage tanks has recently been developed. Oil and fuel storage require a robust and reliable infrastructure, with regular inspection critical to ensure that tanks are fit for purpose. Existing inspection methods often... 

The  Project nautilUS robot for inspections of petrochemical storage tanks
The Project nautilUS robot for inspections of petrochemical storage tanks

Drilling automation offers solution for quarries

19th February 2021 A global shift towards autonomous drilling in the quarrying sector is seen to be the result of a number of benefits offered by the automation of surface drill rigs, such as an increase in productivity and cost-savings. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has noted a growing interest in drilling... 

The Sandvik Leopard DI650i is designed for high-capacity production drilling applications in surface mining and for large-scale quarry applications
The Sandvik Leopard DI650i is designed for high-capacity production drilling applications in surface mining and for large-scale quarry applications

Digital tools improve mining efficiencies

12th February 2021 Digital tools such as equipment health monitoring and process management are increasingly being applied to underground mines in an effort to continuously improve efficiencies. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions specialises in designing and implementing digital tools, with its AutoMine automation... 

The Sandvik AutoMine automation system is built into the Toro TH663i
The Sandvik AutoMine automation system is built into the Toro TH663i

Digital transformation boosts manufacturing into Industry 4.0

5th February 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Global leading digital solutions provider SMS group offers a range of smart products and services designed to enhance opportunities for new business models and provide long-term added value for plant operators in the form of enhanced plant performance and... 

SMS group uses automation and digitilasation to offer manufacturing solutions
SMS group uses automation and digitilasation to offer manufacturing solutions

Safety-critical berm monitoring system first in SA

29th January 2021 Safety berms are critical for the safe movement of heavy machinery in openpit operations and ongoing monitoring of berms to ensure berm integrity is crucial. Traditionally berm monitoring is conducted by means of manual vision inspections, which can be time-consuming and imprecise.  ­­SICK... 

SICK Automation’s truck-mounted berm monitoring system
SICK Automation’s truck-mounted berm monitoring system

Water boosting system improves energy efficiency

8th January 2021 Managing electricity costs of buildings such as residential and business blocks, hotels and industrial facilities includes ensuring that the correct pressure and volume of water is maintained by means of a reliable, energy efficient system. The Grundfos Hydro Multi Pump Control (MPC) booster... 

The Grundfos Hydro MPB booster system offers an advanced intelligent cascade controller to improve energy efficiency.
The Grundfos Hydro MPB booster system offers an advanced intelligent cascade controller to improve energy efficiency.

Multifunctional sensor promises efficient pneumatic performance

4th November 2020 A recently introduced multifunctional Flow Thermal Meter for gases (FTMg) flow sensor detects pneumatic system leakages before pressure loss causes machine failure. It is engineered to output up to eight process parameters including flow speed, flow volume, cumulative volume, mass flow,... 

SICK Automation’s pneumatic multifunctional sensor
SICK Automation’s pneumatic multifunctional sensor

Prepaid water meters prevent billing confusion

30th October 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): The purpose of a water meter is to measure the amount of water delivered to a household, register the consumed amount of water over a fixed period and ensure that an accurate bill can be generated. Enbaya Prepaid Meters offers a range of services related to the... 

Prepaid water meters from Enbaya Prepaid Meters
Prepaid water meters from Enbaya Prepaid Meters

Hands-free rod handling improves safety

23rd October 2020 A hands-free rod handling system which is designed to fully automate the loading of drill rods and core barrel operation, has been released. Pacific Technologies and its drilling rigs supplier, Hanjin D&B, announced the new solution which is said to be particularly suited for applications such as... 

Pacific Technologies and Hanjin D&B's hands-free rod handling  system
Pacific Technologies and Hanjin D&B's hands-free rod handling system

Automation modules offer benefits for decentralised applications

9th October 2020 German automation technology company Pilz offers a number of automation modules that offer a high degree of decentralisation in the field. Its PDP20 modules feature protection type IP20, while its PSS67 and PDP67 modules feature IP67 protection and are available for decentralised applications... 

Decentralised automation modules from Pilz
Decentralised automation modules from Pilz

Future of mining revealed

9th October 2020 The next generation of intelligent technologies was demonstrated at the Innovation in Mining Virtual Event, hosted by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology in September. The fully working and autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle is based on the latest technologies and is equipped with new sensing... 

Sandvik's fully autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle
Sandvik's fully autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle

Robotic process automation takes the tedium out of repetitive tasks

9th October 2020 Robotic process automation (RPA) is the automation of activities across multiple functions and the integration of data from multiple systems and/or software, to perform actions such as reading, typing and clicking that would ordinarily be performed by a human. RPA is described as not being... 

Robotic process automation takes the tedium out of repetitive tasks

New controller for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

1st October 2020 A new Industrial Internet of Things- (IIoT-) ready controller for logic and motion applications has been launched. The controller from Schneider Electric was announced as a powerful new solution for the smart-machine era.  

The Modicon M262 controller from Schneider Electric
The Modicon M262 controller from Schneider Electric

Humidity sensors for hydraulic applications

22nd September 2020 A range of humidity sensors has been developed to serve as a preliminary warning system on any hydraulic application and to continuously monitor application oil relative humidity (rH), or moisture, and temperature. Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group company Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT) recently... 

The AquaSensor range, Humidity Sensor WGM, from Hytec Fluid Technology
The AquaSensor range, Humidity Sensor WGM, from Hytec Fluid Technology

SEW-Eurodrive provides six MACC units to local power utility

11th September 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Global drive technology and automation leader, SEW-Eurodrive has developed a purpose-built 2-stage gear unit series solution, the MACC series, specifically for air-cooled condensers. Air condensers are the preferred solution for dry cooling towers in a range of... 

SEW-Eurodrive has provided six MACC units to a local power utility
SEW-Eurodrive has provided six MACC units to a local power utility

Digital solutions help to optimise sensors

14th August 2020 An increasing demand for the use of sensors to gather data that can be used to make business processes more efficient, has been noted across a range of industries. A new way of visualising a sensor’s status is said to open up new opportunities for optimising plant availability and process... 

SICK‘s digital solutions for the secure and flexible administration of digital twins
SICK‘s digital solutions for the secure and flexible administration of digital twins

Fast-tracking construction of biotech facilities

7th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic poses major challenges for pharmaceutical companies, specifically related to the development and mass-production of new vaccines and medicines in existing production facilities. A new partnership between Siemens and Exyte aims to offer end-to-end solutions for the... 

Model of a biopharmaceutical facility consisting of pre-configured ExyCell modules and an integrated power supply by Siemens
Model of a biopharmaceutical facility consisting of pre-configured ExyCell modules and an integrated power supply by Siemens

Measurement of hydrocarbon dew point simplified

24th July 2020 A self-contained hydrocarbon dew point analyser that combines a hydrocarbon dew point cell and water dew point measurement in a single compact and lightweight explosion proof, or EExd, enclosure, requiring only mains power to operate, is now available. Michell Instruments, locally represented by... 

The Condumax II On-Line hydrocarbon dew point analyser
The Condumax II On-Line hydrocarbon dew point analyser

Improved data collection from hazardous areas

26th June 2020 A sensor that monitors rotating equipment performance is now certified for use in hazardous areas, extending condition monitoring into new applications and industries.  The sensor is certified to both the international IECEx and European ATEX standards, for use in Zone 1 hazardous areas. In... 

The QuickCollect sensor from SKF
The QuickCollect sensor from SKF

Technology boosts Covid-19 contact tracing and physical distancing in the workplace

22nd May 2020 In response to the need for greater worker protection during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new Internet of Things- (IoT-) based solution to help keep workers safe and to boost efforts to curb the spread of the disease, has recently been launched. The wearable device provides alerts when workers are... 

A Proximity Trace device attached to a hard hat
A Proximity Trace device attached to a hard hat

Non-contacting sensor for a range of measurements

23rd April 2020 A non-contacting sensor designed for in situ measurements eliminates the need for sample extraction and conditioning and allows for a variety of process types including corrosive, abrasive and condensing gases. Yokogawa affirms that its TDLS8100 sensor houses all of the industry’s leading... 

The Yokogawa TDLS8100 is designed for in situ measurements
The Yokogawa TDLS8100 is designed for in situ measurements

IO-Link sensor solutions for Industry 4.0

22nd April 2020 IO-Link communication technology is increasingly being used in a growing number of applications and is also recognised as an enabler for innovative sensor solutions, supporting the global availability of data and information required by Industry 4.0, which is the trend towards automation and data... 

IO-Link enables Industry 4.0 solutions to be expanded down to even the smallest inductive sensors.
IO-Link enables Industry 4.0 solutions to be expanded down to even the smallest inductive sensors.
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