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Automation Technology

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... 

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... 

Non-contacting sensor for a range of 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 sensor solutions for Industry 4.0
IO-Link enables Industry 4.0 solutions to be expanded down to even the smallest inductive sensors.

Print inspection is now automatic

17th April 2020 A fully automated, smart vision inspection system for printed coding and marking on food, pharmaceutical and general consumer goods packaging has recently been launched. The 4Sight automatic print inspection system from SICK Automation, in collaboration with AutoCoding Systems, is said to be a... 

Print inspection is now automatic
4Sight software processing and reading a product’s label

Automation streamlines engineering

8th April 2020 A new open automation platform boasts a 30% to 50% reduction in engineering time and effort, with a resultant reduction in time to market for new machines. The ctrlX AUTOMATION platform aims to eradicate the traditional boundaries between machine control systems, information technology and the... 

Automation streamlines engineering
Automation platform encompasses engineering software

Concept tyre regenerates automatically

1st April 2020 A revolutionary self-regenerating concept tyre has been unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show. According to Goodyear, its reCharge concept is designed to adapt and change to meet the future requirements of personalised electric mobility. 

Concept tyre regenerates automatically
The Goodyear reCharge concept tyre

5 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Mistakes To Avoid

11th March 2020 Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems streamline business operations by unifying information and automating processes. However, to ensure effective implementation, there are key things to avoid.  What is ERP?  

5 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Mistakes To Avoid

Recognition for intelligent toilet

14th February 2020 A so-called intelligent toilet has been recognised as an honouree in the CES 2020 Innovation Awards in the smart home category. Products recognised as the honourees scored above the threshold set for their respective product categories. 

Load sensing bearings designed to speed up product development

14th February 2020 Load sensing bearings with fibre optic sensors allow designers to analyse and measure bearing loads in real-time, helping to accelerate the design cycle. The bearings are interchangeable with conventional bearings and offer a number of benefits to designers and test engineers, including: 

Size of weighing unit scaled down

14th February 2020 A solution for intelligent weighing automation that measures 20 mm in width by 65 mm in height, is said to be one of the smallest weighing electronics units available. The device’s 1 000 Hz sampling rate and processing time combined with a digital output response time of less than one... 

Tomorrow’s tyre uses today's technology

12th December 2019 Tyres that are aligned with the requirements of electric and autonomous driving in both individual and shared mobility scenarios are seen as a part of new technology solutions for the mobility of the future. Electrified tyres that feature sensors built into the structure of the tyre, have... 

Tomorrow’s tyre uses today's technology
Built-in sensors in the tyre of the future

Smart water monitoring and control

12th December 2019 A new water management device that is said to have the potential to meet the challenges of water management in South Africa and across the world, has been launched. The Internet of Things-enabled device allows service providers to remotely monitor and control water meters. It is said to be part... 

Remote-controlled firefighting

14th November 2019 Automated firefighting is in growing demand and technical developments in drive engineering, sensor technology and control technology are unlocking future potential in this field. In particular, remote-controlled monitors in combination with automated fire detection systems allow for targeted... 

SAIMC NPC

13th November 2019 The SAIMC is derived from Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control and is a Voluntary Association of the Engineering Council of South Africa. The SAIMC is also a member of the Automation Federation and Intsimbi Board of Directors 

SAIMC NPC

VEGA Controls (Pty) Ltd

13th November 2019 For over 60 years, VEGA has provided industry-leading products for the measurement of level, density, weight and pressure. As the inventor of the modern radiation-based measurement system and the first to introduce a two-wire loop powered radar, VEGA has a strong tradition of product development... 

VEGA Controls (Pty) Ltd

SMC Corporation South Africa

13th November 2019 SMC are the world leaders in pneumatics and are experts in industrial automation. Their pneumatic and electric components are used extensively throughout the automotive, electronics, life science, mining and food processing and packaging sectors. 

SMC Corporation South Africa

Advanced technology takes to the skies

7th November 2019 A remote-controlled, semi-autonomous vehicle that can detect blast movement monitor (BMM) locations post-blast has been launched, in answer to the growing demand for mining digitisation. The system is aimed at helping mining companies to maximise ore recovery and profitability, while reducing... 

Integrated IO-Link technology matches automation with the Internet

31st October 2019 IO-Link is an industrial communications networking standard that allows for bi-directional exchange of data from IO-link compatible sensors and actuators to a field device. IO-Link is an increasingly used manufacturer-independent communication standard that provides more information,... 

Temperature sensor for small spaces

24th October 2019 A non-contact voltage-output infrared temperature sensor is now available in a small 30 mm x 31 mm size. The temperature sensor is designed to fit into tight spaces and has a side-entry cable to facilitate placement. It displays the measured temperature in situ on a built-in backlit organic... 

3D printing set to transform manufacturing

10th October 2019 Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is rapidly becoming a major part of the manufacturing industry. AM machines are becoming faster, with more sophisticated design tools, portfolios of materials and finishes to suit industrial applications. 

Cutting cable theft

4th October 2019 Cable theft is arguably one of South Africa’s most pressing problems, with its negative impact on electricity supply, road and rail transport and industrial and mining output, as well as on the daily lives of citizens whose economic activities are disrupted, sometimes for prolonged periods.  A... 

Tablet enables online plant asset management

1st October 2019 A tablet personal computer (PC) tool for commissioning and maintenance staff to manage field instruments and document work progress, has been introduced.   The tablet is pre-installed with device configuration software and a device library. The device enables plant asset management in Class 1 Div... 

Controls system for smart-enabled equipment

26th September 2019 Controls systems manage, regulate and configure devices or systems. They are able to integrate a number of different controls or systems and can be used to manage single controllers, small commercial systems or large industrial controls systems. A new controls system that integrates equipment and... 

Another step towards fully autonomous mining

25th September 2019 A fifth generation Rig Control System (RCS) has been introduced.  The RCS is a hardware and software interface between a drill rig and the operator. Features such as machine-to-machine communication, sharing real-time drill plan updates between drills, auto tower angle and integrated camera view... 

Another step towards fully autonomous mining
Rig control system enhances automation of rotary blast hole rigs

Robot guidance system used in assembly cell

18th September 2019 Anyfeeders are used in applications involving different parts where products are changed frequently. They convey and flip small parts without refeeding and without the use of conveyor belts. An anyfeeder is generally made up of three components which work together: an intelligent vibration unit... 

Programmable time switches with advanced precision

13th August 2019 Advanced technology time switches designed for easy programming and high clock-precision, are now available for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. The devices are used to switch an electric circuit on or off at selected times during a pre-programmed time period. The analogue and... 

Programmable time switches with advanced precision

Non-invasive sensor wins Design Council award

13th August 2019 A non-invasive temperature sensor was awarded gold at the German Innovation Awards in the category Excellence in Business to Business – Electronic Technologies. The device provides a non-invasive means of measuring the temperature of an industrial process, while maintaining the accuracy and... 

New laser scanner takes automation outdoors

1st August 2019 A safety laser scanner for use in outdoor applications is now available. The scanner allows automated guided vehicle systems to navigate through outdoor industrial environments. Safety laser scanners enable humans and machines to work together safely in industrial environments by protecting... 

Digitised inspection service for the oil and gas industry

1st August 2019  A digitised inspection service is set to enhance and revolutionise the inspection process for the oil and gas industry.   The inspection technology digitises the entire inspection workflow by leveraging automation and overhauling the current paper-based manual process. The creators of the... 

Survey solids created from scan data

23rd July 2019 A software product has been designed to handle large amounts of scanned survey point data and to use the data to automate the process of creating valid solids. The technology provides two key pieces of information, namely a wireframe and an outline of the development. An algorithm uses the scan... 

Low voltage capacitor banks help reduce overall electricity demands

16th July 2019 In electrical networks, reactive energy results in increased line currents for a given active energy transmitted to loads. This, in turn, leads to a number of consequences, including oversized transmission and distribution networks, increased voltage drops along the distribution lines and more... 

Machine control solutions for the construction industry

2nd July 2019 Digital solutions have the potential to improve efficiency and productivity in the construction industry. Machine control solutions collect, process and enable the application of data in the construction phase of a project, with the aim of creating technologically smarter, safer and more... 

Sensor technology advances bulk flow measurement in cement industry

25th June 2019 The development of sensor technology provides the cement industry with a number of potential solutions, such as lower production costs, improved quality, enhanced tracking accuracy, environment-friendly production and reduced downtime. In particular, non-contact volume flow measurement of... 

Robotic platform wins design competition

28th May 2019 A design for a new robotic platform won the prestigious Drexel University’s annual College of Engineering senior project design competition. The Swerve robotic platform was placed first out of eight competing teams that were given only six minutes each to present their entries. A project... 

Demolition robot extends its reach

21st May 2019 A new remote-controlled demolition machine was showcased at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas. The mid-sized robot is 1.2 m wide and can handle attachments weighing up to 500 kg. The three-part arm rotates 360° and extends 6.5 m vertically and 6 m horizontally. 

Demolition robot extends its reach
The Brokk 300 demolition robot with 360° rotating arm

VSDs drive cost saving in pumping systems

21st May 2019 Variable Speed Drives (VSD) offer the agricultural sector the ability to reduce operating costs on automated water collection systems by reducing motor energy consumption when the motor speed is reduced. The WEG VSD monitors the functionality of a pumping operation, including special functions... 

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