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Automation and Computerisation

Merging the real with the virtual

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Global technology group ABB has released a bouquet of new technologies which could help change a whole host of industries, from electricity transmission and paper through to automotive. 

German technology to service SA industry

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Hydraulics & Pneumatics 

Technological developments in machining

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Developments to Watch 

Tomorrow’s smart car drives into the spotlight

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Developments to Watch 

Robot simulation techniques

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Gauteng firm setting development example

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Kya Sand access automation company is setting an example for small South African companies in terms of in-house training and development of its historically disadvantaged staff. 

Michael Victor

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Leaders 

Automation, computerisation more prominent

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Textiles and clothing manufacture 

Cash transactions by eye

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Look me in the eye” may soon be the way of identifying ourselves when using an automatic teller machine (ATM) to perform banking transactions instead of typing-in a Pin. 

R1,6bn investment for ‘motor city’ of SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The radical restructuring of the global automotive industry is opening up new opportunities for South African automotive manufacturers and component suppliers to increase their volumes and sales, indicates Business, Investment, Trade & Tourism Support centre director: industry & technology Graham... 

Growing trend towards automation in SA

By: System Author     16th July 1999 A growing trend towards automation in the South African packaging industry can be expected within the next few years, says Weighing & Packaging Systems regional manager Nick Oliver. Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the company is a leading local designer and manufacturer of packaging... 

SA companies fail to compute A&C benefits

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Can you provide us with a succinct definition of A&C? Automation is an enabling technology. Computerisation refers to the computer hardware and software infrastructure required to automate a process or manufacturing operation. Control of the manufacture of a product through its successive stages... 

New plant automation for vanadium company

By: System Author     9th July 1999 New plant automation has been implemented by Vametco Minerals Corporation, of the North West Province, technical manager Folke Berg-Mathiassen tells Engineering News. The company, which is involved in the manufacture of vanadium products, has installed an automated evaporator-crystalliser plant... 

Big control system contracts are awarded

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Several significant control system contracts have been awarded to automation and control specialist Siemens, of Halfway House, Gauteng, Automation and Drives automation product manager Cornu Perold tells Engineering News. These include a drying line for Sappi Swaziland and a contract for the... 

New products unveiled

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A new range of products has been launched by GE Fanuc Automation, of Isando, Gauteng, at an exhibition in Paris. “The technology involved is extremely advanced and of the highest standard,” GE Fanuc computer numeric control (CNC) sales and application engineer Norbert Barnard tells... 

Latest advances in automation and drives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 At the Hanover Fair this year Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) group president Dr Klaus Wucherer delivered an excellent overview of the latest achievements in the field of automation and drives. He started with a brief look at the A&D group. The last financial year was the first in which the... 

Novel control strategy

By: System Author     9th July 1999 An innovative control strategy, which allows information to flow from the production environment to the business system through TCP/IP and Ethernet technologies, is one of the main drives of Schneider Automation, of Midrand, application specialist Rob Entzinger tells Engineering News. The... 

R700 000 silo, conveyor supplied to cassava factory

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng firm Bulk Pneumatic Handling has designed and managed the supply of a silo and conveyor equipment to South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch plant, in the Northern Province, reports director Tony Chiappini. The company managed the design and installation of a silo, motorised... 

Imported profiles now made in South Africa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Automation specialist RM Automation, of Randburg, Gauteng, has opted for local manufacture of aluminium profiles previously imported at high cost. These profiles are required to build various frameworks used, in turn, to build special-purpose machinery for clients, turnkey projects, or system... 

Kwazulu-Natal aluminium expansion rolls on

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The next significant start-up milestone in Hulett Aluminium’s (Hulamin’s) multibillion-rand expansion in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, has been achieved on schedule following the successful coating of the first coil on the new continuous annealing and coil coating line (CCL2). Commenting... 

The name of the game is staying ahead of the pack

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Staying ahead of the pack in electrical distribution, industrial control and automation requires adapting a company constantly to future market and customer needs, argues Schneider Electric MD Jean-Pierre Mura. “It is not always easy to convince people to adapt constantly, particularly if... 

‘Transparent’ factory leads way in virtual technology

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The main focus of Schneider Automation is to build long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, both authorised system integrators (SI) and end-users. Within the realm of a complete turnkey solution in terms of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation, the company... 

Customer demand for innovative solutions

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A worldwide specialist in electrical distri- bution, industrial control and automation, Schneider Electric is active through a highly-skilled network of local and international partners, reports marketing manager Dudley Miller. These include distributors, systems integrators (SIs), panel builders... 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

Y2K testing tools available in South Africa

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South African distributor for Generation Systems Bateleur Software has announced that new versions of Genada and Gentest, the powerful year 2000 (Y2K) testing tools, are available locally. The Genset suite of tools has already been purchased by Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, with which it... 

Engineering giants join forces

By: System Author     18th June 1999 SOUTH African industry, municipalities and water authorities have gained access to the world’s most extensive and advanced range of control and automation technology following the merger of two international engineering giants, BTR and Siebe. “The merger has created Britain’s... 

New foolproof concept in dropsafe security

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Anew and virtually foolproof concept in dropsafe security using advanced recognition software that automates the counting of money deposits has been launched onto the local market by the security products business unit of Analysis Management & Systems (AMS). The patented Dropsafe system promises... 

Modelling tools designed for railway sector

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Computer-based engineering solutions company TLC Software, of Johannesburg, and Spoornet TTC will be participating in the upcoming Africa Rail ’99 exhibition. TLC Software is involved actively in the development of specialised systems and modelling tools for the railway industry, including... 

New automation division drives forward

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Automation, drive control and instru- mentation products will be the focus of the new automation division of ABB South Africa. Divisional manager: drive products Howard Dunn reports that the new ABB Automation Instrumentation and Control division features a products division that includes... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

International exhibition for Jhb

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Drives and controls are invaluable tools to industry because they act as a vital interface between the power supply and industrial processes, be they manufacturing or mining. Without them, industry simply could not function. With a market value of around R160 million, drives and controls are... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

South African firm changes its focus

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Industrial automation component and system supplier Hytec Automation has changed its name to Tectra Automation. Although retaining its position as a member of Hytec Holdings, the company will function as an independent entity, while continuing to represent Rexroth Mecman, Rexroth Star and Rexroth... 

Latest know-how from the Hannover Fair

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Representatives of Bosch pneumatic and automation products, Pneumatech of Sandton, Gauteng, have just returned from the Hannover Fair in Germany with new products from its principal. Engineering News caught up with chief executive Keith Berning and GM Emil Berning shortly after they returned to... 

Acquisition paves way for exports

By: System Author     7th May 1999 PNEUMATIC specialist Parker Hannifin, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has bought Global Fluid Power (GFP), a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders, ISO subplates and directional valves. The company was established ten years ago, and is located in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. It will form part of the Parker... 

Fully-automated plant

By: System Author     30th April 1999 As more and more emphasis is placed on the maintenance of the environment, it is natural that industries and authorities are being compelled to examine their effluents, and especially the particular sludges that their operations or populations generate. Elepon’s new technology offers... 

Complete solution for power industry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 It is imperative that the quality of water in steam-generation plants is controlled to high standards. Burkert Contromatic has products suitable for this demanding environment, and it will be releasing 37 new products this year alone, one of which is Top Control. This is heralded by the company... 

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