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Automation and Computerisation

Robots on the march

By: Karel Smrcka     2nd May 2003 Sales of domestic robots that mow the lawn, vacuum the carpet or clean the windows are expected to explode in the next three years, according to the latest world robotics survey. 

Manufacturing plant installs automation system

28th March 2003 Speciality chemicals supplier Zetachem’s manufacturing capacity has been automated with an Adroit 32-bit automation supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system. 

Turnkey ability secured preferred supplier position, says firm

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 The South African arm of international company Freudenberg Group, Freudenberg Nonwovens, was selected as the preferred supplier of air-purification technology and systems to Sasol Synfuels, Secunda. 

Midrand automation training centre open for business

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Global provider of industrial automation Rockwell Automation has been presenting automation training courses locally for the past eight years, keeping the country’s industries abreast of technological advances in this field. 

38 Profibus installers have been accredited

By: Taryn Leicher     21st March 2003 In a major infusion of skills into transmission, communication, appli-cation and systems integration in South African industry, 38 practitioners were certified as accredited Profibus installers in a ceremony held in Johannesburg in early March this year. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

Water bottler invests R90-million in new plant

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 After a fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed its operation in October last year, Nestl 

Intelligent robot systems used for deboning

By: Karel Smrcka     28th February 2003 Although not absolutely necessary for the use of robots in the metal-processing industry, a basic prerequisite for the handling and processing of products which are visco-elastic and flexible in sizes is the interaction between the industrial robot and the product. 

Local operation bright spot for troubled ABB

28th February 2003 ABB South Africa, part of the international power and automation technologies group, in the year ended December 31, 2002, increased revenues by 19% to a record level of nearly R2-billion. 

Plant standardisation to meet auto sector demands

By: candice haase     7th February 2003 In response to the demand for shorter lead times among original equipment manufacturers, international power and automation technology solutions provider ABB has offered a complete manufacturing solution to stakeholders in the automotive industry. 

Activities expanded by steel fabricator

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 Family-owned steel fabrication company, the Cosira Group, in the last six months has expanded its activities to now offer three facets of the steel fabrication industry to the market. 

Diagnostics firm enters local market

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Diagnostic technology supplier Automated Reasoning, of the US and Europe, is looking to gain entry into the South African market and is already working closely with a client in the oil refinery industry together with its local distributor Trilan, Engineering News can report 

MIDP phase downs explained

12th December 2002 The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) has announced the extension to the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) from 2007 to 2012. There will be phase downs of customs duty and reduced benefits under the MIDP after 2007. 

IT transforms the materials handling

By: Karel Smrcka     29th November 2002 Communications and information technology (IT) are becoming increasingly critical in materials-handling hardware. Although they are still the exception to the rule, a number of systems are now running on twice the amount of IT they used to rely on. 

New career path reaping good results for ex-MD

22nd November 2002 The several awards gained by Zevenwacht at the recent Veritas Awards has vindicated the farm’s investment in new cellar equipment and best viticultural practises. 

Easy living with intelligent homes of the future

By: Karel Smrcka     1st November 2002 There is a smart wired house in Duisburg, Germany. Even the car and the garden are integrated in the network. 

Hydraulics pioneers apply expertise to icy pilgrimage

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 The originator of cast-iron hydraulic starters, Powerworks, has installed its system in two diverse, but equally exciting applications earlier this year. 

Two new product ranges introduced

25th October 2002 The sole supplier of Norgren, Ernest Lowe offers two new product ranges for industrial automation. 

Automation technology must be user-friendly, stresses company

By: marisa rodrigues     20th September 2002 As factories become increasingly dependant on automation technology in a bid to increase their productivity, it is of utmost importance that the staff, who have to work with the latest systems, find the technology user-friendly. 

Human-machine interface devised

20th September 2002 Local automation specialist Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems (Keops Isis), recently gave new meaning to the word automation by combining its expertise in management information systems (MIS) and manufacturing execution systems (MES), with programmable logic controller (PLC) and... 

Company signs global software and services deal

20th September 2002 Developer and supplier of component-based business applications IFS has signed a multimillion-dollar global agreement with world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions, Rockwell Global Manufacturing Solutions, to provide IFS Applications business... 

Foundry invests in increased automation

20th September 2002 It is a given that automated processes guarantee the highest levels of repeatable accuracy and consistency, and this is exactly what investment casting foundries should all be aiming to achieve, believes Rely Precision Castings MD Graham Knight. 

New intelligent robot for wider use

20th September 2002 Japanese company Fanuc has based its new multipurpose intelligent robot, R-2000iA, on the company’s long nurtured artificial intelligence robotic technology that has evolved to a suitable level of practical use. 

Automation technology burgeoning

By: marisa rodrigues     20th September 2002 Automation technology continues to grow at a rapid rate despite earlier anticipation of a slowdown. 

Firm completing multimillion-dollar contracts at petrochemical giant

By: marisa rodrigues     20th September 2002 Having had a dominant role in automation in the hydrocarbon process market for over twenty years, Honeywell Southern Africa’s expertise continues to be recognised by South Africa’s leading players in this sector. 

Society pays when machines replace workers

By: Seeraj Mohamed     13th September 2002 Capital intensity is increasing in South Africa. This has been happening since the 1990s. With our high rate of unemployment we should be investing in productive processes that require more labour than capital equipment. 

Gold-mine tank-farm is completed

9th August 2002 Supplier of products and services to Africa’s transport and mining industries IMS Industrial Products (IMS-I) has completed a lubricant and fuel installation to work in conjunction with automated fuel-management technology for the Afrikander Lease gold-mine in the Klerksdorp district. 

Automation facilitates engine production

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The plans for the daily production of more than a thousand 1,3 l cylinder Rocam engines for export by Ford South Africa’s operation in the Eastern Cape will be assisted by the company’s implementation of the Indramat product line that is distributed and supported locally by automation... 

Combined valve/cylinder automation solution on offer

12th July 2002 Integrated subsystems have enabled Festo to meet the growing need for full functionality with reduced costs for purchasing, installation and maintenance with its DNCV standard cylinder/valve combination. 

R20m automation deal is secured

28th June 2002 Operations Management Systems solutions provider Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems has won several contracts at the BHP Billiton Mozal II expansion project worth an estimated R20-million over the next three years, with the project expected to continue until August 2003. 

Learnerships are to replace automation apprenticeships

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 German multinational Festo, which has been involved in the development of training programmes in South Africa for the past 25 years, is currently involved in the formulation of content for learnerships which are to replace the old system of apprenticeship training in this country. 

Innovations galore at industrial fair

By: Karel Smrcka     7th June 2002 Rarely have so many new technical products and processes or innovative services been launched at the world’s largest industrial fair than at Hanover Fair 2002, which took place in April, where some 6 926 exhibitors showcased their latest advances. 

Call for increased protection of local manufacturing industry

By: vanessa vasques     31st May 2002 Johannesburg-based electrical protection switchgear and metering manufacturer Circuit Breaker Industries (CBI) has restructured its management structure in an effort to supply a better service to its customers and compete more effectively with international manufacturers flooding the local market. 

Geared motor with special features

31st May 2002 Electric motor manufacturer SEW Eurodrive has developed the Movi-Switch, a geared motor with integrated switching and protection functions, designed for space-saving and quick project planning because of the simple controls involved. 

Motor technology facilitates remote control

By: vanessa vasques     31st May 2002 The future of automation in the industrial sector is in identifying the latest available technology when it comes to motor control, especially variable speed drives. 

Smart positioning control for electrical and pneumatic drives

31st May 2002 As a result of the need for specialised, individual axes control solutions, Johannesburg-based Festo has introduced a single unit for all positioning control and regulating tasks. 

Swedish firm introduces new on-off valve technology

17th May 2002 During the 1990s the automation of control valves, which were often referred to as ‘the final control elements’, got the world’s attention, while the automation of on-off valves was almost never discussed. 

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