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Automation and Computerisation

Launch of innovative product

By: System Author     30th April 1999 One of the largest local integration houses, IST Industrial, of Pretoria, is set to launch an innovative product which will have an impact on the majority of industrial and mining sectors, reports marketing manager Jacques Joubert. Details regarding this product seem to be a tightly guarded... 

Fully automated factory for the United States

By: System Author     16th April 1999 GLOBAL industrial automation software supplier USDATA Corporation has implemented manufacturing software at its plant in Seattle as part of a drive to fully automate its production processes. The company has demonstrated the total integration of a factory – from the plant floor up through... 

Miniature ball-rail system

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The expansion of Rexroth Star’s miniature ball-rail system, the latest offering in a proved product range, enables Tectra Automation to provide a solution for virtually every linear motion application. As part of an already extensive range of Star profiled rail linear motion systems, the... 

Trade-fair partnership formed

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The globalisation of world economies and markets requires organisers of leading trade fairs to think and act globally. This was exactly the prevailing mindset at Icam Asia, the trade fair for measurement and automation, which culminated in the foundation of a partnership between leading trade... 

R1-million control software for smelter

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Industrial automation software distributor Futuristix Advanced Control Systems has been subcontracted by Keops Isis, an industrial information systems consultancy, for the supply of Wonderware software for the Mozal project. Futuristix was, in fact, awarded the almost R1-million contract in... 

R7-million contract to automate gold-mine

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R7-million three- year contract for the automation of a Free State gold-mine, has been awarded to automation, control and data-acquisition specialist Systems Automation & Management (SAM) of Petervale, Gauteng, Engineering News has learnt. It is believed that the company was awarded... 

Clocking up big success in racing

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Instrumentation company Instrotech has opened a new division within its Australian counterpart, dedicated to hiring out South African-developed electronic timing clocks used in motor rallying. The rally clock was designed by motor-rallying enthusiast and Instrotech MD Dave Howcroft. The aim is to... 

Merger expands company’s product range

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Market leaders no longer sell products to the market; today they sell solutions. One of the companies in the industrial automation and instrumentation industry to adapt to this trend is Rhomberg, of the Western Cape. The recent merger between Rhomberg Electronics and Control Instruments’... 

Auto industry warned: up export drive

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While proposed changes to the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), due to be gazetted this month, will create a more sensible environment in which participants can operate, the local automotive industry will have to increase its export drive and international competitiveness further if it... 

New range of robots has 20% fewer parts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new range of Motoman robots offering increased handling capabilities above that of its predecessors, and with 20% fewer parts, is being launched at Hanover Fair, Germany, by Motoman Robotec this month, reveals Robotic Systems SA MD Terry Rosenberg. The mechanically-simplified machine is... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

New oil monitor available

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Unnecessary oil changes are costly and time-consuming. A low-cost solution that takes the guesswork out of oil changes is presented in the form of Oilcheck. The portable microprocessor-controlled oil monitor combines the technology to detect and analyse the dielectric of oil. Fully automatic,... 

‘Smart’ toolbox from the UK

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 BUSY manufacturing areas in modern engineering workshops around the world are set for a significant productivity boost by the development in the UK of the latest aid in shopfloor automation, the computerised toolbox. Benefits from this ‘smart’ toolbox include time savings and greater... 

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