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Automation and Computerisation

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.  

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... 

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... 

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.  

Automated processes improve business efficiency, customer service

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 Businesses cannot afford to compromise on customer service and should focus on improving core processes to ensure their long-term success, says software communications solutions company Interactive Intelligence regional business development manager Deon Scheepers. 

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.  

Lubrication automation improves operator safety

     15th June 2012 Lubrication systems supplier SKF’s new-generation automated lubrication systems meet the requirements for effective lubrication of moving surfaces integral to almost all industrial and machinery applications.  

New sensors to end tuning costs

     15th June 2012 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls has launched the new Leuze 318B series photoelectric sensor with an integrated and patented Leuze omni-mount, which it says will limit costs associated with fine tuning sensors.  

Company focus extends to green building automation solutions

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 With the provision of green building automation solutions now included in its focus, industrial automation supplier and service provider Shorrock Automation is concentrating on supplying products to either retrofit older buildings to improve their energy efficiency or provide solutions to new... 

Power solutions provider unveils green UPS for tier-four criticality

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 Power solutions company Meissner, a major supplier of Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems for mission-critical applications such as data centers, hospitals and other commercial applications has unveiled the latest energy efficient control software, which further enhances the range of Eaton... 

Solution enhances plant reporting systems

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 Process visualisation, manufacturing execution systems and reporting software solutions provider Adroit Technologies will launch a world first when it introduces its Adroit supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) Intelligence (Asi) product, in July. Asi is unique in that it uses... 

Automated renewable energy sources power farmhouse

     11th June 2010 Global warming and carbon dioxide reduction advocacy group Beacon Energy has set up a farm to demonstrate renewable energy sources. 

Automated rod handling increases safety on drilling rigs

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2010 Automated, hands-free handling of rods used in drilling operations improves the safety of rigs because the most common injuries involve dropped rods and hazardous equipment. Automation enables operators to stand further from the rods and reduces their risk of injury, says drilling specialist... 

Virtualised automation lowers cost of ownership

     11th June 2010 Virtualisation technology, that enables a single server to run multiple operating systems and applications simultaneously, can help manufacturers streamline system management and lower the cost of ownership of equipment, says automation contractors Honeywell strategy and global marketing... 

Automation expo a success, despite credit crunch

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Despite the current economic climate, the process automation, instrumentation and control expo, held last month, in Gauteng, had received excellent support and attendance, reports expo organiser Elan Communications GM Su-Anne Willemse.  

Data centre takes delivery 
of a new generator

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Power solutions company Meissner reports that the successful installation of an 11-ton, 1 MVA generator at healthcare company Sechaba Medical Solutions’ data and call centre is the result of the effective coordination of the project’s logistical elements. 

Global positioning system software market experiences growth

     12th June 2009 Software developer HandyMAP reports that the market for global positioning system (GPS) software for mobile phones is growing. 

Link for automation and computer systems introduced locally

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 A remote maintenance and alarm management system aimed at linking automation and computer systems in industry processes has been introduced locally by industrial automation supplier and service provider Shorrock Automation. 

Technology firm expands global footprint

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Electrical engineering giant Siemens recently completed the acquisition of Elan Software Systems, an international software supplier for manufacturing execution systems (MES) in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. 

Automation company pioneers threadless connection system

     13th June 2008 Global developer, manufacturer and marketer of automation and electrical products Woodhead, represented locally by Shorrock Automation, has pioneered a threadless connection system to quickly and securely connect sensors and control devices used in plant floor automation systems, such as... 

Automation company adds linear stages to range

     13th June 2008 Power, control and information solutions company Rockwell Automation has announced the launch of a new line of linear stages for a range of load-carrying applications. The new lines offer machine builders substantial time and cost savings associated with design, programming and commissioning. 

Clock module offers real time the world over

     13th June 2008 Electronic products manufacturer, Wago’s has introduced a real-time clock module. 

International airport's information, automation systems under control

     13th June 2008 An extensive upgrade of the information and automation systems for The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has meant better monitoring and control of all the company's mechanical and electrical equipment at OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. 

New concentrator for PPRust concentrator

     13th June 2008 Mining powerhouse Anglo Platinum has selected industry automator Siemens' SIMATIC PCS7, as the control system of choice for its largest concentrator of 600 kt/m built at Potgietersrust Platinum (PPRust). 

New control technology counters high coal costs

By: Fatima Gabru     13th June 2008 Boiler automation company Boiler Combustion Technology has developed an alternative combustion control technology for coal-fired boilers in the quest for energy efficiency, and to counter the high cost of coal that is affecting the cost of production. 

New dual-voltage charger series launched

     13th June 2008 Electronics design and manufacturing company Omniflex last month introduced the Powerterm L120C-D dual-voltage charger. The Powerterm L-series power supply unit/chargers provide a 12V and a 24V battery connected load outputs, which is a combined power supply and true 12/24V split battery charger. 

Photoelectric sensors find use in harsh environment

     13th June 2008 Specialised suppliers of process control sensors Automation Shorrock Automation has just launched the universal and easy to mount OG photoelectric sensors from automation control system manufacturers and suppliers IFM Electronic. 

Power crisis sees the rise of robotic forces

By: Fatima Gabru     13th June 2008 The electricity crisis in South Africa has inspired an increased interest in robotisation, driving the use of robotics in automation, says power and automation technology group ABB robotics division manager Bongani Twala. 

Preassembled handling system reduces assembly efforts

     13th June 2008 Global drive and control company Bosch Rexroth, through its local representative agency, factory and industrial automation company, Tectra, has developed a pre-assembled handling system, the camoLINE, which reduces the user’s design and assembly efforts. 

Automation firm produces low-cost logic controllers

     15th June 2007 Human Machine Interface (HMI) hardware and software developer and manufacturer Pro-face, represented locally by Shorrock Automation, has released the Pro-face LT series which combines display, operation and control functions into a single, easy-to-read, low-cost unit. 

Local company launches new operator interface

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 Local supplier of human-machine interface (HMI) solutions CHI Control Components as part of Alstom Electrical South Africa has launched a range of operator interface known as Panelmate HMi, from Cutler-Hammer. 

New controller enables advanced safety control requirements

     15th June 2007 Total automation solution provider Rockwell Automation has introduced a new safety controller that leverages the company’s successful Integrated Architecture, allowing for faster implementation, improved productivity and easier ability to meet today’s advanced safety control... 

New UPS bridges the power gaps

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 With the looming threat of power outages plaguing the country this winter, local manufacturer supplier and designer of uninterruptible power supplies Meissner has released the Powerware 9140 rack-mounted uninterruptible power system (UPS), which is available in a ten-kVA rating. 

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