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RS Components extends distribution partnership with Rockwell Automation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2020 Territories supported by RS now include Africa, Europe and Russia, providing enhanced customer access to Rockwell’s market-leading industrial automation and control product portfolio RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner... 

Southwest Microwave introduces IP-based power over ethernet fence detection system, further expanding smart sensor product family

5th June 2020 Southwest Microwave has expanded its suite of IP-based Power over Ethernet (POE) intelligent perimeter intrusion detection solutions with the INTREPID™ MicroPoint™-POE-S Fence Detection System. Ideal for fence applications with cut-or-climb intrusion risks, MicroPoint-POE-S employs proprietary... 

Traceability emerges as an imperative for African manufacturers

2nd June 2020 Globalisation, developments in international trade, changing customer expectations, digital transformation and, of course, the novel coronavirus, are forcing the African manufacturing sector to reinvent itself.  In a world where COVID-19 imposes physical distancing requirements on us and reveals... 

New Army 3-D printing study shows promise for predictive maintenance

25th May 2020 Army researchers have discovered a way to monitor the performance of 3-D printed parts, which tend to have imperfections that affect performance in ways traditionally-machined parts do not. A new study published recently in the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology showed... 

Green is key

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2020 How can automation solutions with artificial intelligence help optimize maintenance and production for sustainable manufacturing? This article describes how Omron supports the E-mobility market of the future in sustainable pouch battery cell production. And it takes a look at how Omron itself is... 

Scan offers predictive maintenance visibility

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st May 2020 Motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG is expanding its WEG Motor Scan product in South Africa to incorporate Gateway – a game-changing solution that could help farmers further leverage the Fourth Industrial Revolution. WEG Motor Scan entered South Africa’s market late in 2018, equipping... 

Mining shifts focus to technology, automation

1st May 2020 Technology implemented alongside the correct logistics and strategy, makes a difference to age-old industries, automation company SICK Automation noted in a press release in February. As the mining industry is faced with numerous challenges relating to growth in a digitised economy, it is in... 

New tractor designed for African conditions

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer John Deere received approval from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications to market and sell its new 6B series of tractors in South Africa, following several years of extensive testing throughout Africa. “The 6B series was designed specifically with... 

Good agricultural sales expected post lockdown

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 and the consequent initial 21-day national lockdown in South Africa, which has since been extended by two weeks, caused a slowdown in sales for almost every sector in South Africa, including the agricultural sector. Despite the lull, Pratley marketing director Eldon... 

New Safety Requirements for Low GWP Refrigerants

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th April 2020 In support of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and the Paris Climate Agreement and to promote efforts to reduce global warming, a coalition of US state governors has formed the US Climate Alliance. The Alliance’s goal is to demonstrate leadership by advancing responsible climate... 

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