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No ‘hollow’ promises: Allied Steelrode’s LT20 tube laser leverages the full engineering and design potential of tubular steel

13th July 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities. This type of  steel tubing has many advantages for the consulting engineer as it is cost-effective, light,... 

Rio Tinto autonomous train makes first delivery 280 km away

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has delivered its first iron-ore delivery by autonomous train from the Tom Price mine, to the port of Cape Lambert, some 280 km away. The autonomous train consisted of three locomotives and carried about 28 000 t of ore. The train was monitored remotely by operators in... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Power generation posited as mutually beneficial solution

13th July 2018 Municipalities have a lot to gain from small scale, localised power generation in future, but any power generation plans must be approached in a long-term strategic manner involving multiple departments. Speaking ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018, power sector experts said... 

No ‘hollow’ promises: Allied Steelrode’s LT20 tube laser leverages the full engineering and design potential of tubular steel

12th July 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities. This type of  steel tubing has many advantages for the consulting engineer as it is cost-effective, light,... 

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday announced a significant system upgrade aimed at facilitating the automation of the births, marriages and deaths (BMD) certification system. The BMD automation process forms part of the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA’s) flagship R2.2-billion... 

Actionable insights can positively influence organizational performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 Prior to the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and predictive analytics, critical business decisions were made based on the analysis of historical data. Today, organizations that have a strong, future-fit ERP system in place, and that have implemented automation, have... 

Schneider Electric expands education training collaboration with DHET

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Energy management and automation multinational Schneider Electric South Africa has signed a letter of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand their Access to Education training collaboration. Working towards the promotion of vocational training and training of... 

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2018 Public transport in cities faces a growing number of challenges, says UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Mohamed Mezghani. The first is a growing urban population with increasing demand for mobility. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, it means... 

Spectrum release expected to bring big economic and social benefits 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 The much-anticipated release of South Africa’s high-demand spectrum has the potential to reshape the country’s economy by stimulating innovation and open the way for the country's full participation in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, industry analysts stress that the manner... 

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Benrose-based cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut believes it has a role to play in educating the downstream steel industry on the possibilities offered by new technology and the scope of automation. “Technology is changing and advancing at a rapid pace and the current... 

Spectrum release expected to bring big economic and social benefits

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 The much-anticipated release of South Africa’s high-demand spectrum has the potential to reshape the country’s economy by stimulating innovation and open the way for the country's full participation in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, industry analysts stress that the manner... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

SKF partners with Siemens to improve railway reliability

5th July 2018 Condition monitoring and cloud-based data acquisition platforms are set to revolutionise the way railway operators address their asset management obligations. SKF and Siemens have signed a partnership agreement that will focus on improving train operators’ asset management efficiencies. The... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

Resolute’s updated study reduces Syama underground mining costs

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 An update to the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Syama underground gold mine, in Mali, has delivered a significant reduction in the life-of-mine (LoM) all-in sustaining cost (AISC) to $746/oz, from $881/oz. The DFS update presents the results of an ongoing effort by ASX-listed Resolute... 

Aveng ACS concludes contract with Emerson to supply and service Pentair valves and controls brands in Southern Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2018 Aveng ACS, Local Business Partner of Emerson Automation Solutions, now has a complete automation and control solutions portfolio and service network within the automation & process control industry in Southern Africa. Emerson acquired the Valves & Controls Business Unit of Pentair and... 

From concept to reality: bringing digital transformation into focus

2nd July 2018 The incredible announcement from Uber at this year’s annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles sent echoes across the globe, stirring imaginations about just what’s possible with new technologies. The transportation giant unveiled its electric-powered ‘flying car’ – looking like a hybrid of a... 

Digitisation key to sustainable mining industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018  The mining industry is at an inflection point and on the cusp of profound change, Australian mining futurist Gavin Yeates told delegates at the AEL Workshop for Explosives Engineers and Technical Representatives (WEETR) themed IntelliBlast, in Pretoria. Delivering the keynote address, he said... 

Technology, costs, society affecting fleet companies

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Fleet and fuel management company Globaltrack has identified through research that technology, costs and society are the economic forces that have a direct impact on the survival of transport companies. The most prominent of these forces is technology, with the automation of in-house processes,... 

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 Intelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Laser equipment extends design possibilities

29th June 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities, says steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode. This type of steel tubing has many advantages for the... 

WGC report a first step in understanding gold’s GHG footprint

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2018 While there is limited published data on gold’s global carbon footprint, research by the World Gold Council (WGC) has determined that total greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from newly-mined gold are significantly lower than those of other major metals and mined products. “Gold is also valuable and,... 

Schneider Electric ready to break barriers, connect ideas

25th June 2018 Solar water pumps Reducing pump electricity usage by 20% Harnessing IIoT in water utilities   Schneider Electric’s international knowledge on the water and wastewater industry and its ability to break barriers and connect ideas will be demonstrated later this month at the Water Institute of... 

Motortronics Acquires Fairford Electronics Ltd

25th June 2018 Motortronics, a worldwide-leader specialising in the manufacturing of solid state AC motor controls and motor protection products, has today announced the acquisition of Fairford Electronics Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Providing a range of complementary low voltage IEC soft starters, the... 

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

Siemens boss outlines how China’s BRI will benefit 70% of global population

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd June 2018 Earlier this month, multidisciplinary cooperation Siemens held its first Belt & Road International Summit in Beijing, China, themed Create, Connect and Collaborate, during which it advocated for a digital ecosystem to foster future-oriented infrastructure development globally in what it referred... 

Hot strip mill “HSM 2000” modernisation, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 PAO Severstal plans to modernise its hot strip mill at its Cherepovets steel works. 

Emerson Introduces Powerful Diagnostics For Flow Meter Intelligence And Measurement Confidence

21st June 2018 Advanced Smart Meter Verification diagnostics to deliver real-time intelligence and calibration of Coriolis and magnetic flow meters for a complete process overview and greater operational certainty Emerson has launched the latest version of its Smart Meter Verification software for Coriolis and... 

In conjunction with the Cyber Threat Alliance, Symantec today released their blog post on an APT (advanced persistent threat) group codenamed "Thrip.”

21st June 2018 By FortiGuard SE Team As part of our membership with the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), we have received these indicators ahead of publication to ensure that FortiGuard customers are protected from this latest disclosure. 

Fast And Accurate Plotting

21st June 2018 Fast and accurate marking of openings, reservations and other cuts saves a bunch of money in the hollow core slab production process. But not only that - accuracy also saves people at the construction site from spending time struggling with unfitting duct installations. The new automatic Elematic... 

OMRON to Introduce New i4 SCARA Product Family

19th June 2018 Top of the line SCARA in speed and precision is designed for easy integration into the production line with predictive maintenance functions Omron Industrial, Johannesburg. South Africa. 

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Despite the South African renewables market being in its infancy in comparison to well-established markets, South Africa is ahead of the curve, says owner’s engineer and lender’s technical adviser K2 Management. This, K2 Management South Africa country director Hebren James explains, is owing to... 

All-round IP65 and IP66 protected HMI devices for operator control and monitoring

18th June 2018 HMI Thin Client PRO operator terminals with IP65 degree of protection and 15, 19 and 22 inch screen sizes Mountable components (extension units) extend application options Simatic HMI Thin Client Ex OG in IP66 for use in the chemical, oil, gas and shipbuilding industries Siemens has extended its... 

Surge protection solutions for offices with DEHN Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 Office and administration buildings are generally equipped with PCs, servers, networks and telecommunication systems. Should these systems experience failure, work processes and operations can be brought to a standstill. Lightning and surge protection specialist DEHN Africa, the local arm of... 

Averda launches hazardous waste management system

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Healthcare institutions have a legal duty to ensure that their hazardous waste is managed responsibly, and Averda has introduced the Averda TruTrak to demonstrate its commitment to the responsible management of hazardous waste products. Averda South Africa healthcare head Eugene Barnard explains... 

Arc 1

15th June 2018 High-quality welding and cutting products and services supplier Arc 1 is focused on supporting the fabrication industry in Southern Africa. Based in Elandsfontein, Germiston, the company intends to be the supplier of choice for those fabrication customers wanting to procure high-quality welding... 

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