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Automation Technology

Robot showdown at TUKS campus

29th June 2022 The Annual TUKS Robot Race Day took place at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) campus recently, where several teams of third-year engineering students showcased their innovation, programming, and engineering skills. “Our Annual Robot Race Day provides a platform to stimulate curiosity and... 

Free software for lubricator set-up

29th June 2022 SKF recently announced an update of its free-of-charge software program, DialSet 7.0, aimed at further streamlining its automatic lubricator set-up. After selecting the criteria and grease appropriate for the application, the new fully updated programme calculates the correct settings for SKF... 

Image of a mobile phone to show that the new version of SKF's DialSet 7.0  can be used on any smart device
The new version of SKF's DialSet 7.0 can be used on any smart device

Stainless steel filter regulator for harsh environments

24th June 2022 Festo has designed a range of automation solutions suitable for water treatment, food and beverage and mining applications. The company’s PCRP filter regulator is said to deliver high flow rates and reliable compressed air pressure control in harsh environments. Its housing and interior are made... 

Image of The PCRP filter regulator from Festo
The PCRP filter regulator from Festo

New compact controllers offer a competitive edge

16th June 2022 Global software technology and engineering company Emerson has released its new programmable automation controllers (PAC), which it says will help original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) minimise the need for specialised software engineers. The PACSystems RSTi-EP CPE 200 controllers are designed... 

Image of person looking at Emerson PACSystems compact controllers for manufacturers
Emerson PACSystems compact controllers for manufacturers

Service plan for variable speed drives

16th June 2022 Specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation Schneider Electric has announced a service plan for variable speed drives (VSDs), aimed at future-proofing customers’ businesses and delivering safety, resilience and sustainability. Already available for electrical... 

Image of inspectors to show that Schneider Electric announced its EcoStruxure Service Plan for variable speed drives
Schneider Electric announced its EcoStruxure Service Plan for variable speed drives

New generation mine hoist system launched

10th June 2022 Global technology company ABB has introduced its new standardised hoist control system that it says will enable mining companies to achieve maximum performance and safety of hoist operations. The company states that its Ability NGX Hoist Control brings new levels of reliability, flexibility and... 

Image of ABB Ability NGX Hoist Control
The ABB Ability NGX Hoist Control

Global printing technology available locally

10th June 2022 Local plastics machinery company GreenTech Plastics Machinery offers printing technology, including laser systems, manual workplace and automated platform solutions and accessories, from global brand TAMPOPRINT. The German-based company is recognised as a leading manufacturer and supplier of... 

Image of a TAMPOPRINT machine to illustrate that GreenTech Plastics Machinery offers printing technology from TAMPOPRINT
GreenTech Plastics Machinery offers printing technology from TAMPOPRINT

Automation reduces packaging process costs

18th May 2022 An automation solution to enable a packaging process plant to carry out condition monitoring and predictive maintenance more efficiently has led to reduced operating costs and increased productivity. Sensor specialist SICK collaborated with packaging company Tetra Pak, when it sought a solution... 

Image of SICK Automation sHub sensors
SICK Automation sHub sensors enable comprehensive machine monitoring

Intelligent instruments optimise mining operations

18th May 2022 A portfolio of intelligent instruments designed to solve specific process challenges and enable optimisation for minerals and hydrometallurgical processes is now available. Covering the entire flowsheet, Metso Outotec’s Sense series instruments are suited to both new and existing operations.... 

Graphic aerial view of a mine to show Metso Outotec Sense series offers intelligent instruments for optimising mining operations
Metso Outotec Sense series offers intelligent instruments for optimising mining operations

Vision sensors for industrial imaging

25th April 2022 A new vision sensor is designed to pay attention to every detail of surfaces and contours, ensuring maximum quality assurance. Features of the Dualis sensor include: 

Image of The new Dualis vision sensor from ifm electronic
The new Dualis vision sensor from ifm electronic

Upgraded sensors offer new benefits

25th April 2022 A new series of ultrasonic distance sensors are said to be setting new standards in terms of range and integration options. Wenglor’s ultrasonic distance sensors from the new U1RT series combine the established R format with the ultrasonic technology of the U1KT and UMD product series which, with... 

Image of Wenglor’s ultrasonic distance sensors from the new U1RT series
Wenglor’s ultrasonic distance sensors from the new U1RT series

Creating smart, connected homes

14th April 2022 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): There is a growing trend towards smart solutions for residential applications, with an increasing demand for the integration of smart automation functions into homes.   Smart lighting has been identified as a particularly popular home automation solution,... 

Image of pink kitchen lights to show LEDVANCE offers a range of lighting options for residential use
LEDVANCE offers a range of lighting options for residential use

Connecting sensors for industrial automation

14th April 2022 An IO-Link is a communications networking standard mainly used for linking sensors and actuators in industrial automation applications. IO-Link masters are used to connect a number of different IO-Link devices. The decentralised IO-Link master modules serve as a gateway between intelligent... 

Image of a data memory for IO-Link and link master from ifm electronic
A data memory for IO-Link and link master from ifm electronic

Miniature sensors for confined spaces

8th April 2022 A range of compact sensors from ifm electronic are designed to be used in hard-to-reach places or where lightweight units are required. Part of the PL54 series, ifm’s new miniature pressure sensors feature a flush-mount diaphragm seal with G1/4 thread directly welded to the sensor. The measuring... 

Image of ifm electronic compact sensors for a variety of applications
ifm electronic offers a range of compact sensors for a variety of applications

Linking sensors to the cloud

18th March 2022 The integration of sensors into the Internet of Things enables industrial cloud applications and is useful in a range of applications, such as the monitoring of machines.   The io-key from ifm electronic allows centralised monitoring of sensor data of small or decentralised applications. The... 

Image of the io-key which allows quick and easy transmission of sensor data directly to the cloud
The io-key allows transmission of sensor data directly to the cloud

Next-generation vacuum circuit breaker with thermal monitoring

10th March 2022 Schneider Electric has enhanced its EasyPacT EXE vacuum circuit breaker series, which connects building infrastructures, large commercial buildings and industrial plants to the electricity grid, with the latest generation thermal monitoring system. The new product offers additional Internet of... 

Image of Schneider Electric EasyPacT EXE vacuum circuit breaker series
Schneider Electric has enhanced its EasyPacT EXE vacuum circuit breaker series

Smart, green infrastructure set to accelerate the energy transition

17th February 2022 An integrated suite of solutions is being introduced to support green urbanisation, electric mobility and counter the causes and effects of climate change. The new approach is set to create modern, sustainable, efficient, resilient and inclusive urban infrastructure, accelerating global... 

Image of modern city to show infrastructure for a sustainable future
Schneider Electric aims to help build infrastructure for a sustainable future

Steering mines towards automation and connectivity

31st January 2022 A new platform to convert data into useful, actionable information for mines has recently been unveiled. Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, in partnership with ASI Mining, has introduced Mobius for Drills, designed to display data in an... 

Image of the  Mobius system that enables multi-vehicle command, control and monitoring t
The Mobius system enables multi-vehicle command, control and monitoring

Automation solution upgrades brickmaking plant

14th January 2022 A local clay brick manufacturer has upgraded its brickmaking plant using advanced digital solutions for factory automation. The rustication process used to make the textured face bricks is a masonry technique that involves chamfering the edges of a brick to allow the mortar joints to be set back,... 

Image of Maxolution for factory automation from SEW-EURODRIVE
SEW-EURODRIVE helped upgrade a local clay brick manufacturer using advanced digital solutions based on Maxolution for factory automation

AI assistant for improved online meeting experience

15th December 2021 A virtual assistant that provides a conversational interface and offers custom skills, a chat user experience (UX), and natural language processing (NLP) capabilities is now available for use on the Microsoft Teams platform. The Infor Coleman Digital Assistant was previously available on a web... 

Image of person in front of laptop, to show that the Infor Coleman Digital Assistant is now available for  Microsoft Teams
The Infor Coleman Digital Assistant is now available for Microsoft Teams

Modular automation housing solution

15th December 2021 esmo group, a full-service systems integrator, has unveiled new configurations of UniCell, its cross-industry compact automation housing solution for manufacturers. The enclosure is an all-in-one offering that enables manufacturers to streamline and optimise processes, helping to improve... 

Image of The esmo UniCell automation housing solution
The esmo UniCell automation housing solution

Unlocking the value of vehicle data

10th December 2021 Many players in the auto industry have overlooked the immense opportunities to monetise vehicle data, especially considering how other industries are generating huge value from data, says KeyTec CEO Michael Roberts. Tapping this data not only creates new revenue opportunities for the auto... 

Image of driver and fleet of cars to show that KeyTec helps fleet managers to optimise the use of vehicle data
KeyTec helps fleet managers to optimise the use of vehicle data

South African company leads advances in proximity detection technology

3rd December 2021 The use of proximity detection systems (PDS) or collision prevention systems (CPS) is seen as a major contributor to improved safety in the mining sector and a number of technological advances have enabled even more flexibility and stability of the systems. South Africa‑based Booyco Electronics... 

Image of Booyco Electronics proximity detection systems
Booyco Electronics proximity detection systems have evolved to include the latest technology

Helping to optimise compressed air systems

22nd October 2021 A number of solutions are available to help users to maximise the efficiency of compressed air installations through improved reliability and availability and reductions in energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. “The production of compressed air is one of the biggest energy... 

Image of a compressor room to illustrate Atlas Copco's compressor roomoptimisation solutions help users gain full benefit from their compressed air systems_1022
Atlas Copco's compressor room optimisation solutions help to optimise compressed air systems

Automated monitoring improves plant efficiency

22nd October 2021 Regular monitoring and maintenance of machines to ensure optimum machine availability is key to achieving maximum production and overall plant efficiency. However, manual monitoring with the use of portable devices can be inefficient, and harsh conditions can hamper maintenance work and... 

Image of SKF’s Enlight Collect IMx-1 vibration and temperature sensor
SKF’s Enlight Collect IMx-1 vibration and temperature sensor

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... 

Image of The Berm Monitoring System ensures compliance of berms on openpit mines
The Berm Monitoring System ensures compliance of berms on openpit mines

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
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