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Automation and Computerisation

Takeover extends firm's valve actuator range

17th May 2002 One of the valve actuation market leaders, Rotork Controls, of Johannesburg, now offers a comprehensive range of specialist electric and electro-hydraulic linear, rotary and lever arm actuators as a result of its take-over in January of Jordan Controls, which further extends the company’s... 

New low-voltage product company launched

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 A new participant in low-voltage products has emerged in South Africa, with the launch of ABB Entrelec last month. 

The agents are coming

By: Karel Smrcka     26th April 2002 New agent software enables robots to intelligently interact and work collaboratively to carry out assignments. 

Foundry group reports good growth

19th April 2002 Foundries group Ozz has, over the last 60 years, acquired extensive expertise in the manufacture of wear-resistant materials. 

Human's new best friend

By: Karel Smrcka     12th April 2002 Japanese industrial automation company Omron has developed an autonomous two-armed mobile robot that works in conformance with human instructions or gestures and can perform tasks such as move a desk together with a human being. 

SA firm joins automation software leader

22nd March 2002 Australian company Citect, which is one of the largest industrial automation software companies in the world and produces the Citect supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) package, has acquired local companies Xycom and ISI. 

The stuff life will be made of

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd February 2002 In the previous Developments Column, published on February 8, we spoke about developments in the field of total communication and global virtuality. 

House on 'autopilot'

By: Karel Smrcka     15th February 2002 One of the cleverest houses in Europe has been built in Duisburg, Germany: the ‘Intelligent House Innovation Centre’. 

System improves heavy-vehicle regulation

By: Karel Smrcka     25th January 2002 Developed in a public–private partnership, a new system incorporates video-based automatic vehicle identification and licence-plate recognition to monitor and track heavy-vehicle movements on major highways throughout New South Wales. 

SA firm wins Moz sugar project

25th January 2002 In a deal valued at more than R5-million, JSE-listed CS Holdings’ mining and manufacturing systems division, CS Systems Integration, has been awarded the factory automation contract for the Marromeu Sugar Mill in Northern Mozambique by John Thompson Africa (JTA), the contractor for the... 

Productive welding solutions

By: Karel Smrcka     14th December 2001 In the industrially-developed nations, mechanisation and automation have been proved technologies for decades and, today, system solutions are available for the integration of welding technology in flexible manufacturing systems, which, with higher productivity, flexibility and product quality,... 

Process-automation acquisition finished

19th October 2001 Technology giant Siemens, of Germany, has further strengthened its position as one of the top five suppliers of process automation systems and number two worldwide in process control rankings with the acquisition of Moore Process Automation Solutions, of the US, a development celebrated by the... 

Smarter logistical solutions developed

By: Karel Smrcka     21st September 2001 Space exploration has resulted in a number of new products. DaimlerChrysler Aerospace has compiled experiences that are now being implemented in industrial down-to-earth environments. 

Transnational enters new SA market

21st September 2001 In a R9-million deal that heralds its entry into the substation automation market, Siemens’ power automation department has been awarded a contract by the city of Cape Town for the supply of remote terminal units (RTUs). 

More development in sensor technology

7th September 2001 Sensors have always played an important role in automation and control, and this will continue unabated as technology develops further, reports Countapulse Control MD Gerry Bryant. 

China's great leap in automation

By: Karel Smrcka     7th September 2001 China is now making enormous investments in high technology in general and in automated materials handling in particular. 

Smaller, faster, smarter micro systems

By: Karel Smrcka     7th September 2001 Micro System Technic is the buzzword for one of the key technologies of the 21st century, especially in automation. 

Happy helpers made of electronics and steel

10th August 2001 The service society is brining about an entirely new ‘species’ of machine – service robots for households and public services designed to relieve us of all arduous, dirty, monotonous and unappealing work. 

Intelligent vehicles not compromising safety

27th July 2001 Autonomous vehicles are best suited to and most important in heavy transfer duties in confined working areas. The technology itself would be applicable to cars with power-steering system, but there is still a long way to go in terms of safety and affordable costs. 

E-solution is launched for process market

6th July 2001 The best of enterprise management, operations management and e-production has been integrated in a new solution. 

More marking tools are now available

6th July 2001 Variable and growing needs for industrial identification and traceability equipment has resulted in Telesis, the world’s largest supplier of permanent identification systems, increasing its options of marking tools. 

Automation is SA's ticket to the world, says council

6th July 2001 Automation and computerisation are real opportunities that South Africa needs to grab hold of with both hands. 

Firm enters new market through acquisition

6th July 2001 Plans to enter the rapidly growing manufacturing execution system (MES) market by AST’s manufacturing systems integration (MSI) division, a business unit of the group, have come to fruition through the acquisition of a leading participant in the industrial automation industry. 

More robots for SA industry

6th July 2001 Robotics is starting to make significant in-roads into the operations of South African companies as they change their market strategies in an effort to accommodate the changes brought about by the globalisation of world economies. 

Factory automation innovation

29th June 2001 The industrial information technology (IT) and software section of the Hanover Fair, held in Germany earlier this year, presented a concentrated array of software products targeted at industrial applications. 

Running noses at UK university

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Hitech Briefs 

R800m in business this year

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 German contribution to SA 

New turnkey project division proving successful

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Hydraulics & pneumatics 

IT-automation JV creates new leader

By: System Author     28th July 2000 South African information technology company AST and Austrian automation solutions provider Voest Alpine Industrieanlagenbau have joined forces to create a new manufacturing execution systems, automation services and solutions firm. 

Automatic bicycle-parking system

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Developments to Watch 

Automation the key to compete

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

Smaller, faster is the name of the game

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

South Africa catches on to the robot trend

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

Intelligent actuator being developed

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

Parking system automation for car dealers

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Developments to Watch 

Lightweight materials – low weight is their strength

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Developments to Watch 

Automation is the way of the future

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Hydraulic and pneumatics 

Automaker plant to expand and modernise

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Automaker Ford Motor Company SA, formerly South African Motor Corporation, will invest more than R200-million to modernise its production facilities this year. 

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