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Automation Technology

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... 

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... 

Automation modules offer benefits for decentralised applications
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... 

Future of mining revealed
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.  

New controller for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
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... 

Humidity sensors for hydraulic applications
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 provides six MACC units to 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... 

Digital solutions help to optimise sensors
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... 

Fast-tracking construction of biotech facilities
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... 

Measurement of hydrocarbon dew point simplified
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... 

Improved data collection from hazardous areas
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... 

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

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... 

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