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Industry 4.0

Fair to host virtual event

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st May 2021 Exhibition organiser Reed Exhibitions will host the AATF Virtual Connect! online virtual event, scheduled to take place in September 2021. The virtual event will be held in place of the live event, which has been postponed to May 9 to 11, 2023. 

Tech enables global competitiveness

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st May 2021 Key technologies, such as automation and the automatic control of systems, are transforming industries, enabling companies to remain competitive in a global market, says South African Council for Automation and Control (SACAC) president John Burchell. “Advances in automation have allowed for the... 

Edge tech a preferred computing option in data storage

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st May 2021 Owing to 90% of manufacturing sites not being connected to cloud or data centres, information is held in disparate, siloed systems, says telecommunications company BT digital manufacturing head Andy Rowland. Consequently, manufacturing clients now want to benefit from Industry 4.0 and the company... 

Industry 4.0 – investing in smart infrastructure and education

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st May 2021 Some may argue that Africa has missed out on the opportunity for large-scale industrialisation owing to its unpredictable economies while others point out that the technology that characterises the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), enables African countries to overcome obstacles. “Africa and... 

Industry 4.0 – investing in smart infrastructure and education
FIT FOR PURPOSE PFERD South Africa’s products are geared for 4IR applications, including robotics and AI

Endpoints security can mitigate cyber attacks

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st May 2021 As a result of cyberattacks increasing rapidly in terms of their severity and complexity in the manufacturing industry, companies have to look into manufacturing endpoint-security as a line of defence, says cybersecurity solutions provider Kaspersky’s enterprise cybersecurity adviser Lehan van... 

Endpoints security can mitigate cyber attacks
TEAMWORK The manufacturing industry is good at machine learning and deep learning, and if you combine enough of those two processes, you could get to AI

Data growth increases need for digital infrastructure

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st May 2021 The significant proliferation of new-enterprise data that is being generated and processed outside of a data centre and cloud network requires digital infrastructure in multiple locations, says Lenovo Middle East and Africa Infrastructure Solutions Group GM Dr Chris Cooper. “If you look at what's... 

Industry 4.0 tech adoption requires forethought

16th April 2021 For the successful adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies, several considerations must be taken into account from both a technology and human standpoint, says technology solutions provider Dwyka Mining Services CEO Jamie van Schoor. “Changing mindsets to embrace technology adoption is no easy... 

Industry 4.0 tech adoption requires forethought
THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF ALL THINGS connectivity forms the foundation of industrial control and automation

Pandemic paves the way for Industry 4.0 course

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2021 A positive consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it has accelerated the progression of Industry 4.0, as it has prepared us all for a life online, says industry education entity Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. One of CTC’s flagship offerings is the Artisan 4.0 training... 

Pandemic paves the way for Industry 4.0 course
TECHNO TRAINING To implement and maintain Industry 4.0 technologies, artisans need to acquire appropriate skills

Additive Manufacturing: The Quality of Products is Highly Dependent on Fast and Accurate Measurements

22nd May 2020 Quality control and assurance of the products produced with conventional machining, casting or forming manufacturing is well established. This is accomplished by incorporating quality control throughout various stages of the process - from the design stage trough manufacturing to the final... 

Additive Manufacturing: The Quality of Products is Highly Dependent on Fast and Accurate Measurements

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Owing to the current Covid-19 lockdown, initiatives are being rolled out in many countries, and owing to interruption, many businesses believe that they may have to deal with an industrial control systems (ICS) cyberattack, says cybersecurity solutions provider Kapersky Africa’s enterprise sales... 

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks
BETHWEL OPIL Companies must ensure that staff are armed with the latest skills and knowledge, especially when considering how quickly cyber incidents evolve.

Pandemic prompts automation support, working remotely

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Covid-19 has prompted the automation industry to continuously provide remote services and support, says nonprofit organisation Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) Africa vice chairperson Gerhard Greeff. The option of working remotely has always been acknowledged; however, this... 

Pandemic prompts automation support, working remotely
GERHARD GREEFF Greeff believes that the pandemic is going to have some long-term effects on the way companies conduct business

Condition monitoring solution mitigates risks

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 Manufacturers are exposed to various operational risks relating to the performance of their critical production equipment, all of which can directly impact the bottom line. 

Industry 4.0 adoption muted in South Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 The adoption and impact of Industry 4.0 in South Africa is still relatively muted, compared to the rest of the world, with its biggest challenges being education, connectivity, and electricity and accessibility, says automation and machine building solutions provider S4 Integration marketing... 

Industry 4.0 adoption muted  in South Africa
NO CHALLENGE IS TOO BIG Industry 4.0 is here to make manufacturing more efficient and also improve daily lives

PLC series well received locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) says its AS200 programmable logic controller (PLC) series has been well received in South Africa, as it has one of the best price-to-performance ratios on the market currently. “It’s still a new PLC and... 

PLC series well received locally
READILY AVAILABLE All AS200 PLC series products and extensions are stocked and available nationally from EM

Company approves R3m budget for Artisan 4.0

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC) board has approved R3-million towards achieving its Artisan 4.0 vision by the end of 2020. Artisan 4.0 will enable an artisan to know about bearings, gearboxes and sequence starters because the basic principles of mechanics, electricity, forces and motion have... 

Resilience paramount for Society 5.0 era

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 New strategies are necessary for socioeconomic inclusivity and sustainable development given the novelty of the era of Society 5.0 combined with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In this era, the fusing of biological, ecological, physical, technological and socio-political worlds is... 

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Technology provider ABB Southern Africa believes that digitalisation can address the production challenges of the sugar industry. 

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation
JOHN MANUELL The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes

Siemens ready to help Africa with digitalisation challenges

By: Shannon de Ryhove     5th May 2020 The effects of digitalisation are different worldwide, and Africa is no exception. German multinational Siemens senior VP for Digital Industries in Southern and Eastern Africa Ralf Leinen says that, for the first time, Africa has an opportunity to use smart technology to transform entire... 

Siemens ready to help Africa with digitalisation challenges

Company gives foretaste of the future

24th May 2019 Automation and drive specialist SEW-Eurodrive will give visitors to the Africa Automation Fair 2019 a foretaste of its MOVI-C modular automation system, which is readymade for the requirements of Industry 4.0, says SEW-Eurodrive national sales and marketing manager Norman Maleka. SEW-Eurodrive... 

Company gives  foretaste of the future
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NORMAN MALEKA SEW Eurodrive’s focus is to provide its customers with a fully modular and customisable solution

Effective change needed for smooth transition to Industry 4.0

24th May 2019 Moving to an Industry 4.0 environment is key for future success in the industrial and manufacturing sector, but migration to this new world does not have to take place in a disruptive, big bang manner, says toy company Lego elements and moulds VP Jesper Toubol. “South African enterprises are... 

Effective change needed  for smooth transition  to Industry 4.0
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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED Traditional business culture and a lack of effective change management can challenge efforts to move to an Industry 4.0 environment

Company aligns with event to promote industry automation

24th May 2019 Nonprofit organisation Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) Africa has aligned with Africa Automation Fair for the first time this year, to help drive the next level of industry automation in South Africa. MESA Africa is part of MESA International, a global nonprofit community of... 

Company aligns with event to promote industry automation
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ANALYTICS INSIGHT Analytics will increasingly be used to bring new concepts into manufacturing operations

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation

24th May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls Royce Power Systems and automation technology group ABB are in a global partnership on microgrid technology with advanced automation. Together, the two companies will offer an innovative, energy efficient microgrid solution for utilities, islands, as well as... 

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation
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GRID STABILITY ABB Ability e-mesh can ensure a stable power grid, even with a high share of renewable energy from various sources

Scibotron

24th May 2019 Scibotron is a technology-agnostic, ISO 9001:2015 certified, award-winning, B-BBEE Level 2 systems integrator with a 98.6%  client satisfaction index. We have years of experience and an established presence in the Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage,  Wastewater Treatment, Energy and Mining sectors. We... 

Scibotron

Abacus Automation brings Laumas weighing solutions to Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2019 “This is Africa” is an often-heard phrase in South African industry conversations. Abacus Automation asks the question: “What convinces Africans that our continent is so special and what defines this amazing continent, recognising that what works in the rest of the world cannot simply be applied... 

Abacus Automation brings Laumas weighing solutions to Africa

Academy launched to align learners with Industry 4.0

By: Halima Frost     19th April 2019 Competency-based training institute Polytech Africa and industrial switchgear and automation management supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the Mechatronics Academy, at the EM head office, in Johannesburg, last month. The venture is a collaborative benchmark for the South African education... 

Academy launched to align learners with Industry 4.0
MEGA MECHA The Mechatronics Academy will introduce learners to Industry 4.0

Digital transformation pros and cons

19th April 2019 All businesses are having to transform digitally and embrace technology in order to survive in this smart digital world, says digital technology solutions provider Etion. “We’re living in a technology-driven environment that is defined by a succession of catchphrases such as digitalisation, the... 

Digital transformation pros and cons
MAESON MAHERRY Businesses have to transform to meet the expectations of a society that won’t tolerate complexity

Company urges smooth transition to Industry 4.0

By: Halima Frost     19th April 2019 Proper engagement and collective bargaining need to be addressed early, when an organisation starts to consider implementing technological advancements, such as Industry 4.0, as this might affect its workforce, says staffing and recruitment firm Workforce Staffing industrial relations director... 

Company urges smooth transition to Industry 4.0
TEBOGO MOALUSI Embracing technology means considering the implications it has on human resources and employment policies

New revolution prompts need for tight security

19th April 2019 With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the rapid growth of the Internet and the speed at which the cyber environment is developing, State-owned aerospace and military technology conglomerate Denel says security spaces need to be tightly monitored.   The defence and national security environments... 

New revolution prompts need for tight security
‘TANKS’ A LOT Denel defends South Africa on land, in the air and now in cyberspace

International congress to focus on automation and control

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 This year’s International Federation of Automatic Control (Ifac) world congress, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 24 to 28, will have as its theme ways in which control and automation can serve humankind, says the Ifac organising committee. The... 

Group expands to provide turnkey automation services

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supplier Magnet Group has expanded its focus on designing and installing automation products by incorporating automation and monitoring solutions provider Proelec Services into the company to form a new division, Magnet Automation. The new... 

Solar water heater specialist invests in robot-assisted production

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 South Africa’s product manufacturers need to invest more in automating and computerising their products and systems to stay abreast of global competition, says local solar water heating specialist SunTank. The company announced in April that it had completed the implementation of a fully... 

Government printing system upgraded

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 Local turnkey solutions provider Dac Systems reports that it has, in partnership with enterprise information management solutions provider Intervate, integrated technology to boost the operational efficiency – as well as transform the inner workings – of the State’s 124-year-old security printing... 

Highly automated industry increasingly using MIS, MES

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th June 2013 The highly automated manufacturing and mining sectors in South Africa are increasing their implementation of management information systems (MIS) and manufacturing execution systems (MES) industry, resulting in the MIS and MES market growing at a rate of 7% each year, says consulting and... 

BIM technology uptake increasing in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th June 2013 Gauteng-based Autodesk Gold Partner and software solutions company the CAD Corporation have noted a significant increase in the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) and the software that drives it, in the South African architecture, structural engineering and, more recently, building... 

Automation company helps pace equipment upgrades

14th June 2013 Demanding market conditions have forced manufacturers globally to actively pursue improved productivity and protect their major capital investments, which include automation components, software and systems, says industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation.  

Machinery automation company completes project

14th June 2013 Machinery automation system supplier SA Power KwaZulu-Natal, in April, completed the design, supply and commissioning of a nine-axis press sequencing system, using the latest Lenze multi-axis control technology, for appliance manufacturer Defy Appliances. 

Mauritian power plant installs redundancy software

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 Industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation has completed an Integrated Architecture (IA) solution for the Mauritian power utility, the Central Electricity Board (CEB), for its new 30 MW diesel-powered Fort Victoria plant, in Port Louis.  

Data analysis software to improve business operations

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 The move away from manually analysing data to a more automated data system enables business to make informed decisions faster, saving time and costs, says business intelligence solutions provider QlikView South Africa MD Davide Hanan.  

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