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Automation and Computerisation

R55m-worth of power and automation systems are to be supplied

25th June 2004 Leading power and automation technology group ABB has so far won orders this year worth more than R55-million to supply switchgear, motors, drives, instrumentation substation automation and associated engineering to the R12-billion Sasol Project Turbo – one of the largest projects ever... 

ABB awarded R55m Sasol contract

22nd June 2004 Power and automation specialist ABB has won orders this year worth more than R55-million to supply switchgear, motors, drives, instrumentation substation automation and associated engineering to the R12-billion Sasol Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa. 

SAA awards autoclave revamp contract

25th May 2004 Integration specialist Associated Systems has been awarded the contract to revamp the automation of the autoclave system at South African Airways (SAA), in Kempton Park. 

New range of valve terminal systems enters the market

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 With a new range of valve terminal systems (VTSs) from Bosch Rexroth in Germany, South African’s Tectra Automation now has a comprehensive range of control valves, providing the company with a new competitive edge, says director Emil Berning. 

Supplier notches up quality certification

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 Local supplier to the pulp and paper industry, Valve and Automation, has attained ISO 9001/2000 certification. 

Smaller and faster are the hallmarks of the future

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 As customers’ products are becoming smaller, faster and more intelligent, Festo’s pneumatic automation technology is being continuously developed to fill the need for improved performance, smaller dimensions and faster cycle times, simple and quick installation, and intelligent... 

Aluminium castings are praised

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of the Cape’s largest suppliers of manifolds for the high performance auto-application market, Rowland Manifolds, has been relying on the Ajax Manufacturing foundry to produce superior aluminium castings for many years. 

Cable firm targeting KZN

16th April 2004 Increasing demand has prompted Lapp Cable South Africa to expand its Kwazulu-Natal presence to provide wider coverage and more intense services to its clients within the province. 

R70m BEE hydraulics and automation group formed

2nd April 2004 Industrial group Hytec Holdings and investment company Khulile Investments yesterday announced the formation of Afripower, the first empowered full-spectrum hydraulics and automation enterprise in South Africa. 

Historians enhance plant productivity

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 Even though information technology and manufacturing seem to be worlds apart, these two facets are inextricably linked. 

Vehicle-monitoring system launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new data acquisition instrument, particularly useful for on-site monitoring in the transport industry, has been introduced by Eurotherm, which is represented locally by Protea Automation Solutions. 

Rail tanker locomotives to be upgraded

By: Laura Franz     28th November 2003 GE Transportation Systems in South Africa, together with its local black economically-empowered implementation partner DCD-DORBYL’s Rolling Stock Division (RSD), has been selected to supply and implement the latest GE microprocessor ‘Brightstar’ locomotive modernisation... 

Barloworld reports solid earnings, despite strong rand

By: laurian clemence     17th November 2003 Industrial brand management company Barloworld announced, at its results presentations in Sandton on Friday, that the company had delivered a strong operating performance, especially in its cement sector, for the year-ended September 30, although it posted a 5% decrease in annual earnings from... 

Projects show trend to integration

31st October 2003 Automation and control solution provider Honeywell is a technology partner with Sasol and has had much experience providing control solutions for the petrochemical industry worldwide 

Automation market remains tough – ABB

6th October 2003 Engineering firm ABB's automation technologies division chief, Dinesh Paliwal, told journalists last week that conditions in its market remained tough, although the unit was on track to reach its operating margin goal of 7,1% in 2003. 

Connecting industrial applications to the Internet

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd October 2003 Based on its vision that all devices will be linked to the Internet one day, Finnish company Wapice develops software that helps industrial companies connect their applications to the Internet today. 

Hybrids can be cheap to make, Toyota says

3rd October 2003 Toyota Motor Corporation showed off the production site of its gasoline-electric hybrid cars to journalists for the first time yesterday with a powerful message: they don't have to be expensive to make. 

Vehicle sales continue impressive climb

3rd October 2003 For the third successive month, new vehicle sales registered impressive gains in September with passenger car sales coming in at their highest level in nearly seven years. 

First corvette handed over to SA Navy

30th September 2003 A ceremony was held at the weekend during which the first Meko A-200 corvette, named SAS Amatola, was officially handed over to the South African Navy. 

Digital data from the underground

By: Karel Smrcka     26th September 2003 Cities’ ageing sewage pipe networks should ideally be regularly surveyed for cracks and weaknesses, but traditional inspections based on closed-circuit television (CCTV) images can be unreliable and inaccurate, since they depend on the subjective interpretation of video images of video... 

Ford delays debut of gasoline/electric car

24th September 2003 Ford Motor Company has delayed the debut of its gasoline-electric hybrid sport utility vehicle by several months, saying on Monday it wants more time for testing. 

Automation technology core of R32-million cement plant upgrade

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 In mid-August, power and automation specialist ABB South Africa began a R32-million upgrade at Alpha South Africa’s Kiln 3 at Dudfield, near Lichtenburg, in the North West. 

Automation technicians need hands-on experience, believes company

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 Artificial intelligence is only as good as the information accumulated and submitted to it. 

Software developed to track each business transaction

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 To facilitate the automation of business processes, Johannesburg company Structured Paperflow has over the last two years developed a program that can track a business transaction from price guide to despatch and delivery reporting. 

Solution offers to bridge gap between engineering and finance departments

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 After two years of negotiations, a computer-aided design (CAD) software company brought to market a solution that links engineering design and enterprise resource planning (ERP). 

Danish automation specialist forms JV with SA firm

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 At the end of last month, Danish automation specialist in the minerals, metals, steel and cement industries, FLSmidth Automation, announced that it has embarked on a joint venture with South African company Metallurg SA. 

The new driving forces behind automation

By: Karel Smrcka     19th September 2003 The industrialised world has become used to continual increases in living standards doubling roughly every 25 years. 

Salt tracker system to be installed this month

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 THE tracker, one of the subsystems of the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt), is being integrated at Reutech Radar Systems’ (RRS’) laboratories, in Stellenbosch, before the completion of factory acceptance tests. 

Tracking the evolution of self-sustaining robots

By: Karel Smrcka     8th August 2003 The world’s first study of the artificial evolution of a robot food chain – using collection of working robots that must find energy to keep their batteries charges and to survive – has begun in the UK. 

PC control implemented for Polo engine production

1st August 2003 Over the last five years nearly all the assembly lines in the engine assembly area at the Volkswagen factory at Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, have been converted on the basis of personal computer (PC) based control technology from Beckhoff. 

VW to double output at Chinese plants

18th July 2003 German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen has announced plans to double the annual capacity currently available at its Chinese factories from 800 000 to 1,6-million vehicles over next five years. 

R3,8bn for airport upgrades

By: laurian clemence     17th July 2003 The Airports Company Sooth Africa (ACSA) yesterday announced that it would be spending R3,8-billion on various airport upgrades between the 2004 and 2008 at most of its airports across the country. 

Laser-based metrology widens its scope

By: Karel Smrcka     11th July 2003 Between now and 2005, a laser centre is to be built in Freiburg, Germany, which will focus on a new technology, the quantum cascade laser (QCL), and its wide range of applications, from industrial manufacturing to medicine. 

Uitenhage components firms wins pick-up work

9th June 2003 American vehicle component manufacturer Dana Corporation announced last week that it would supply carrier differentials and propshafts to Toyota South Africa for the 2005 Hilux pick-up truck, built on the same platform as the Toyota Tacoma. 

Assembly line project completed

6th June 2003 In March this year Cadweb projects, a machine design and turnkey projects company, completed an R1,6-million automation assembly line project for the electronics industry. 

Service robots get the future in hand

By: Karel Smrcka     6th June 2003 Robots are big in Japan. It is surprising – the country has lost confidence in industries from banking to semiconductors, but still leads the field in robotics. In fact, Japanese engineers have made considerable advances in creating robots with a human dimension. 

Automation contract awarded at smelter

3rd June 2003 Automation firm Streamworks has secured a second contract at Hillside Aluminium smelter, when it was selected by Murray and Roberts Engineering Solutions to design and implement substations for the Hillside 3 expansion project. 

The ever-growing world of sensors

By: Karel Smrcka     16th May 2003 Monitoring, measuring, counting – the tasks that have to be performed by sensors are as numerous as their areas of application. 

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