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Imagine a better world with robots and win with Epson

25th September 2018 Epson invites higher education institutes, universities and research facilities from across EMEA to enter the competition, giving them a chance to win up to three state-of-the-art Epson robots Epson has opened the floor to local higher education institutes, universities and research facilities,... 

Innovation and automation critical in race to digitisation

25th September 2018 Maintaining relevance and driving conversations with customers remains critical to the challenges of business in an increasingly digitised world. To achieve this and ensure longevity, Cassie Lessing, managing director, Strato IT Group, a mobile business solutions provider, says that while... 

SEW clinches major order for five M-Series industrial gear units for West African mine

25th September 2018 Having an in-house Projects Department to focus on the specific requirements of project houses, OEMs, and other tender-related project activity is starting to bear fruit for drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, which has clinched a major order for five M-Series industrial... 

Jendamark MD to vie for prestigious African business leadership award

25th September 2018 Quinton Uren flies Nelson Mandela Bay flag high QUINTON Uren, managing director of Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation, was named a finalist in the prestigious All Africa Business Leaders Awards at an event in Johannesburg last night [Thursday, September 20]. 

Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Sinumerik Edge: Siemens presents the first Edge applications for machine tools

21st September 2018 Edge application Optimize MyMachining /Trochoidal allows real-time data processing for high availability and productivity Siemens Industrial Edge closes the gap between local and cloud computing in the industrial sector 

Innovation Challenge to find future steel product fingerprint

21st September 2018 SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology are joining forces to find the best ideas on how to track steel products during their whole life cycle. Today the SmartSteel Innovation Challenge is launched, an initiative by SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology looking to find new brilliant ideas on what a... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Electrical equipment range expanded

21st September 2018 Power distribution system supplier Magnet Group has expanded on its Carlo Gavazzi range by introducing multi-channel power analyser and automation products. These include WM50 multi-channel power analysers, which efficiently measure main electrical variables as well as voltage and current... 

SA aims to set new innovation agenda as Draft White Paper is released

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media at the recent launch of the Department of Science and Technology’s draft... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Advanced manufacturing technologies, connectivity and analytics are helping factories to become integrated, intelligent, adaptable and efficient, says Japanese-based industrial technology multinational Omron South Africa GM and sub-Saharan Africa head Victor Marques. This global trend is mirrored... 

New IFS CEO bullish about prospects for growth in SA market

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2018 Nearly three months into his new role as IFS South Africa MD and country manager, enterprise software veteran Mohamed Cassoojee has his eyes firmly focused on growing the global group’s local presence in large enterprise accounts, as well expanding its ecosystem of top-tier consulting and... 

Cloud-based business tools can assist SMEs to integrate with large supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use low-cost, cloud-based enterprise resource tools that can be customised to automate and improve business processes and reduce costs, says enterprise resource planning software firm Palladium Software CEO Stephen Corrigan. Basic uses of modern... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Vision Automation

21st September 2018 Vision Automation, specialists in automation control with over 50 years combined experience in programmable logic controller (PLC), instrumentation and control design projects, is the exclusive supplier of Unitronics’ all-in-one PLC+HMI equipment in Southern Africa. The Unitronics field-proven... 

Vital Engineering: ensuring quality and safety standards don’t slip in the local and pan-African mining sector

20th September 2018 “Electra Mining has definitely grown exponentially over the past few years in terms of the scale and variety of companies, products and solutions showcased”, was the observation by Glen Pringle, Technical Director at Vital Engineering, on visiting the show with members of his sales team last... 

Quality Inspection for the Food and Beverage packaging lines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 Quality inspection is critical in all manufacturing and packaging lines, especially in the Food and Beverage sector. Being able to catch a defective product before the products are shipped to customers in retail can bring significant savings in both time and money, preventing expensive product... 

A Sandvik automated LHD proves its precision in a glass labyrinth

19th September 2018 In recent years, self-driving vehicles have become a popular discussion topic. Sandvik has had automated loaders and trucks working in mines for over 20 years — with zero accidents involving people. To prove its capabilities, Sandvik moved things above ground and put its latest generation of... 

The future of work in a digital world

19th September 2018 By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa The digital age, and the new technologies it’s brought with it - blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality - is seen by many as a threat to our way of life as we know it. What if my job gets automated?... 

RS Components introduces portfolio of 2W and 3W DC/DC converters from Traco Power

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has announced the availability of new 2W and 3W DC/DC converters in the compact SIP-8 package. Manufactured by Traco Power, the devices target a range of general electronics design... 

ASSA ABLOY unlocks automation with over R10 million investment

19th September 2018 Global leader in door opening solutions, ASSA ABLOY, has tapped into the Industry 4.0 space by investing over R10 million to process automation machines in their Roodepoort factory in Johannesburg. This investment saw the recent installation of six robots with the goal to have a fleet of more... 

Lianxin Steel and Shandong Laigang Yongfeng order TMbaR mill from SMS group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 For decades, SMS group (www.sms-group.com) has been a pioneer in and promoter of thermomechanical rolling. Now, two Chinese companies, Lianxin Steel and Shandong Laigang Yongfeng Steel, have decided to employ TMbaR, the process developed by SMS group for thermomechanical rolling of rebar. With... 

For its tandem cold mill, PAO Severstal again relies on the modernization expertise of SMS group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 In April 2018, PAO Severstal has contracted SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to modernize the exit section of the tandem cold mill “2100” at its Cherepovets plant in northwest Russia. In the forefront there is the target of full utilization of the maximum possible strip width of 1,850 millimeters.... 

voestalpine contracts SMS group to supply main melting-area components for new stainless steel plant in Kapfenberg, Austria

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl, a subsidiary of the international technology and capital goods group voestalpine and located in Kapfenberg, Austria, has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply an electric arc furnace, an AOD converter and secondary metallurgical facilities for... 

ArcelorMittal Bremen will upgrade its hot strip mill with the aid of SMS group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 ArcelorMittal Bremen, Germany, has contracted SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to modernize its hot strip mill with the objective of improving hot strip tolerances. The upgrade will comprise the installation of a CVC®plus work roll shifting system with integrated bending mechanism and of new drive... 

Successful modernization of AOD converter at SěAH CSS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 The 100-ton AOD converter at the SěAH CSS stainless steel mill in Changwon, South Korea, was successfully re-commissioned in March 2018, after installation of an electro-hydraulic torque retainer from SMS group. The purpose of the modernization was to minimize the destructive forces acting on the... 

Vizag Steel Plant successfully commissions new bloom & round combi-caster from SMS Concast

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 RINL’s (Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd.) Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) has successfully commissioned the new continuous casting machine in Visakhapatnam, India, which was supplied by SMS Concast, a company of SMS group (www.sms-group.com). With a casting radius of twelve meters, the five-strand... 

Laser leaving mark on product identification

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Various industries are becoming increasingly aware of product identification solutions, owing to the upsurge of counterfeit products entering the local market from the Far East, says identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kelby Parker. This has resulted in a growing... 

New tech will change nature of work, but could also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Merchant mill revamp, Mexico

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2018 Grupo Simec is revamping its 300 000 t/y merchant bar mill. 

Innovation recognised at this year’s EMA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     13th September 2018 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) awarded South African mining supplier Afri-Tech the overall innovation award and the South African Innovation award at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition for its locally manufactured forced ejection nozzle. The nozzle, which is... 

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering, with the introduction of the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The drill was unveiled to the market for the first time at Electra Mining Africa, being held this week at the Nasrec Expo... 

Manganese takes pole position in ARM’s earnings surge

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2018 Manganese formed the backbone of the earnings performance of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) in the 12 months to June 30, delivering 64% of the headline earnings, at R1.9-billion, and helping the company move into a strong net cash position by recording the best margin.... 

High-level meeting planned to set innovation agenda as new draft White Paper launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th September 2018 The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media on Monday. No date for the meeting was given. “South Africa needs to set... 

High-performance production plant for stainless steel strip in Belgium

10th September 2018 Aperam orders annealing and pickling line for stainless steel cold strip from SMS group Aperam Stainless Belgium has contracted SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply an annealing and pickling line for stainless steel cold strip to its Genk plant in Belgium. Production start is scheduled for... 

Yongfeng Group Ltd. invests in casting technology for the production of demanding SBQ steel grades

10th September 2018 Yongfeng orders two five-strand billet casters for direct rolling from SMS Concast Shandong Laigang Yongfeng Steel Corporation (YONGFENG), based in Dezhou, China, is a subsidiary of Yongfeng Group Ltd. In February 2018, Yongfeng ̶ as a private company ̶ placed an order for two continuous casting... 

350,000 tons per year of galvanized steel strip for the Chinese construction and home appliances industries

10th September 2018 Ruifeng orders continuous hot-dip galvanizing line from SMS group Ruifeng (Shandong Ruifeng Stainless Steel Co.), China, has selected SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply a continuous hot-dip galvanizing line for steel strip, which is to be erected in Binzhou in the Chinese province of... 

ABB equipment set for Kittilä gold mine in Finland

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2018 The Kittilä mine has invested in multinational corporation ABB’s production and personnel hoists, and these are set to be installed and introduced at the mine during 2020/21 The ABB delivery includes one friction type production hoist with 2.5 MW of motor power and a 1.2 MW single drum personnel... 

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