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Automation Technology

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... 

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. 

The Brokk 300 demolition robot with 360° rotating arm
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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