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Automation and Computerisation

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. 

SAPS hopes automated DNA system will help with backlog

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2006 The first test-run using the new automated DNA analysis system at the South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) Pretoria forensic laboratory has been successful, says superintendent Johann van Niekerk, technical operator at the genetic-sample processing system (GSPS) laboratory. 

Inventory-management specialist targets US market

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 With superior technology and a dynamic skills force, local demand and inventory- management specialist JustEnough has carved itself a significant niche in both US and local markets. 

Industrial-network development poses unique challenges

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “Data communication has seen substantial growth in the last couple of years, mostly due to advances in software development,” says Industrial Automation and Control (IAC) CEO Burg van der Westhuizen. 

Challenges emerge from global-competitiveness drive

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “The challenge posed to the local automation industry is how to compete globally and increase volumes to achieve growth,” says GM of Tectra Automation, Emil Berning. Although armed with technical experts on par with its international counterparts, growth in the South African... 

Safety controller for automotive spray-paint robot

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “Rockwell Automation supplied the safety controller for the latest automotive spray paint robots introduced by Durr Systems GmbH, exemplifying Rockwell Automation’s integrated-solutions versatility, industry manager of transportation in a media release prepared for Engineering News. 

Acsa invests R25m in weather-observation systems

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is in the process of replacing the meteorological instrumentation at Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, George, East London and Pilansberg airports with state of the art automated weather observing systems. 

Global automation group seeks Eastern Cape exposure

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 Power and automation group ABB introduced its comprehensive portfolio of products, systems and services to industry in the Eastern Cape for the first time earlier this year. 

World Cup with a twist

16th June 2006 From June 14 to 20, the Robot football World Cup, also known as the Robocup, will take place at the Bremen Fair in Germany. 

New control solution a sweet success

21st April 2006 Indian sugar company Dhampur Sugar Mills has implemented a cost-effective solution to dramatically reduce maintenance costs and enhance system reliability at its Rauzagaon facility. 

Innovation to be great differentiator

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Technological innovation will be the key determinant of future success or otherwise in the fast-moving instrumentation-and-control sector, GE Fanuc Automation manager for sub Saharan Africa Daniel Coetzee argues. 

Hazard-free acid testing

17th March 2006 Global leader in industrial measuring and automation solutions Endress + Hauser has announced the launch of a new loop-powered analysis transmitter that reportedly improves the safety and simplicity with which pH and other measurements can be made. 

Technology giant's domestic arm sees surge in orders

By: peter cromberge     3rd March 2006 Global power and automation technology group ABB has reported ‘strong organic growth following strong demand for power infrastructure in the country. 

ABB's SA arm expected to beat global targets

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The strong rise in commodity and energy prices over the last couple of years is serving as something of a double-edged sword for global power and automation technology group ABB, President and CEO Fred Kindle told Engineering News during a recent visit to South Africa. 

Company growth leads to buy-out

23rd September 2005 UK-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co has signed an agreement to buy German-based Moeller Group for a price of €1,1-billion, including pension liabilities and financial debt. 

Providing training worldwide

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 As a specialist in the fields of industrial data communication, automation and control, and telecommunications, IDC Technologies is internationally recognised as one of the premier providers of technical and practical training for engineers and technicians. 

Company in Saldanha port upgrade project

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 In 1998 Industrial Automation and Control (IAC) was established as part of the Communica group of companies, under the leadership of CEO Burg van der Westhuizen and Mohammed Hassim. 

Mechatronics - the right automation technology

17th June 2005 As a pioneer of mechatronic integration, Festo had made large contributions in the form of components in the areas of control and technology, sensors, electrical drives and software. 

A complete flow solution

17th June 2005 In keeping with today’s high level of automation, the Proline series of instruments from Endress+Hauser offers users a complete flow solution, from planning, through to commissioning and configuration, all the way to diagnosis and maintenance. 

Touch screens allow efficiency monitoring

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 Western Cape automation company H and J Automation was recently approached by Columbia DBL to supply the company with a solution to enable it to monitor the efficiencies and production outputs of its brick and block manufacturing machinery at its Blackheath plant. 

New assayer helps eliminate human error

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 More than 30 years ago FLSmidth Automation was established as a small research and development group in Danish company FLSmidth's processing division. 

Process and factory automation growing together

6th May 2005 Process and factory automation are growing together 

Pneumatics department to focus on core industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 Local company and sole South African distributor of Rexroth products, Tectra Automation, has recently made changes to its pneumatics division by appointing Ian Jacobs as divisional manager for pneumatics. 

Flowmeter calibrator launched in South Africa

By: Zonika Botha     11th March 2005 Known for its innovative and accurate liquid-fuel accounting and measurement instruments, Liquid Automation Services (LAS) has launched the latest flow-meter calibration technology to South Africa’s petroleum and chemical market. 

Giant sees continued growth in low-voltage-equipment demand

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 Global power and automation technology group, ABB, is expecting the local sales of low-voltage equipment, a component of the automation technology division, to increase by another four per cent this year, reports ABB senior vice-president Per Wanland. 

Firm introduces high-tech air-traffic management

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 Johannesburg-based company Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has introduced in this country an innovative way of managing air-traffic services, known as the South African Advanced Air Traffic System (Saats). 

Smart modules for CPX valve terminals

12th November 2004 An e-mail came through from the factory with the message: Malfunction in parts assembly, the system is down. 

First automated hopper is being patented

By: Nicola Mawson     22nd October 2004 Following on a 100-year-old tradition of engineering in the fluid power field, Ernest Lowe Pneumatic & Hydraulic Automation Solutions is making strides into the Mecatronics field of automation. 

Modular electrical terminal introduced

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Simplifying the exchange of information between electrical and pneumatic control levels for effective communication at all levels, a new modular electrical terminal, known as CPX, has been developed and introduced by Festo. 

Hydraulics company expands its premises

22nd October 2004 The well-known premises of Optima Hydraulics in Paarden Eiland road, Cape Town, has been extended with the new three-storey office block complete with new workshop facilities. 

Technology roadmaps launched this week

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Manufacturing technology is to receive a welcome boost this month, as technology roadmaps in the Electronics and Aerospace industries are launched this week. 

SME implements ERP solution

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 The first SAP All-in-One system to be implemented in a small to medium enterprise (SME) in South Africa was implemented at Bandito’s Chile Co. this August. 

R250 000 information system installed

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Richards Bay engineering firm Engineering Top Tech’s customised software system for manufacturing use is now available to other engineering firms for use in computerising the production process. 

Automation conference displays firm's products

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Last week’s RSTechED automation technology conference held by Rockwell Automation was an in-depth look at the benefits and applications of automating a manufacturing concern. 

Saving you time and money

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 A computerised clocking machine can save companies up to 75% of their clock card costs, says MD of Baur Research John Baur. 

Domestic control units improve security

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd September 2004 Audio and video door-entry control kits manufactured by Legrand are effective security devices, designed to enhance safety and provide peace-of-mind in almost any application. 

Future African distribution rights are likely

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th August 2004 South Africa’s fastest growing document solutions company, Itec, aims to consolidate and strengthen its offices in the SADC region, says founder and CEO Jacques Duyver. 

Police to install automated DNA analyser

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2004 The South African Police Service (SAPS) will introduce an automated DNA analysis system at its Pretoria forensic laboratory on December 5, next year. 

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