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Consumer demand for wearable devices set to continue

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 Sales of wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers, are set to increase by 16.7%, from 265.8-million units in 2016 to 310.4-million in 2017, according to predictions from US-based research and advisory company Gartner.  

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

SICK Automation moves offices in long-term commitment signal

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 Specialist automation and sensor company SICK Automation Southern Africa has moved to new custom-designed premises in Lanseria Corporate Estate, which is five times larger than its previous offices. The new facility is an important prerequisite in the company’s next growth phase as it continues... 

Geophysicists urged to innovate amid tough times for exploration

By: Kim Cloete     12th September 2017 The state of exploration for oil and gas as well as mining is in a fix, with exploration spending having decreased by 69% in the last four years, delegates attending the South African Geophysical Association (Saga) 2017 conference have heard. Lockheed Martin business development manager Dan Di... 

Endress+Hauser wins Digital Champion Award - IIoT in the process industry

     11th September 2017 Endress+Hauser accompanies customers on the path to digitalisation The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has huge potential: predictive maintenance, asset information management and device configuration are just some examples of the opportunities digitalisation has in store for companies.... 

Omron Introduces Their Third Wave Of Factory Automation (Fa) Devices Which Are Built On A Common Design Platform

     7th September 2017 Omron Industrial, Johannesburg. South Africa. OMRON recently introduced its third wave of factory automation (FA) devices which are built on a Common Design Platform for the creation of unified product specifications. The new product range includes Switch Mode Power Supplies, DIN rail Terminal... 

Precision Over Long Distances With Leuze

     1st September 2017 Leuze distance sensors have a solid reputation for maximum accuracy over both small and large distances. These sensors are used everywhere geometric parameters such as height or width need to be determined and are characterised by high resolving capacity at high measurement rates. The Leuze ODSL... 

Advanced lighting technology boasts significant improvements

     1st September 2017 Advanced lighting technology from electrical solutions provider Magnet Energy has significantly improved light levels, enhanced safety and contributed to energy savings at the Centurion Mall parkade in Pretoria. 

Level measurement probe an alternative to traditional systems

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 The Level Transmitter Mining-2 (LTM-2) level measurement probe from Pretoria-based measuring instrument supplier Instek Control aims to be an alternative to traditional measurement systems, as it provides accurate level measurement in various difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible measuring... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

ILPS-27 Series Industrial Duty LVIT Linear Position Sensor Factory Automation by The Sensor Connection

     28th August 2017 The Sensor Connection has expanded its sensor product offering by adding a line of ILPS-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors using LVIT Technology; contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of industrial or commercial applications such as motor sport vehicles,... 

RTS Africa Engineering provides accurate, reliable hydrogen detection solutions for increased safety in mine battery-charging stations

     25th August 2017 Increasingly, mines are using battery-powered electric vehicles underground as they help eliminate the problem of air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions. However, there is also an inherent risk in having large multi-battery charging bays underground. The charging process generates hydrogen,... 

Ford announces another Kuga recall

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2017 After identifying another Ford Kuga fire risk, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is recalling all Kugas built at the Valencia assembly plant in Spain from July 17, 2012 up to and including June 19, 2014.  In the event of a frontal collision, these vehicles have been identified as having a... 

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 With the Internet of Things driving large-scale automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager Norman Maleka believes that materials handling systems will become increasingly integral for improving... 

SKF unveils new machinery health monitoring solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

     16th August 2017 SKF’s latest condition monitoring technologies are demonstrated live on a vibrating screen operating at the show SKF used CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, a major exhibition for the international construction and aggregates industries, to demonstrate its latest condition monitoring technologies. Taking... 

Tanaka Precious Metals to Exhibit at SEMICON WEST 2017

     4th August 2017 World’s leading supplier of precious metals’ bonding wire to unveil new ruthenium precursors; New technology to support the microfabrication of next-generation semiconductors 

Digital transformation may offer remedy to SA’s manufacturing ailments

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 According to the Deloitte Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey for 2016, South Africa is ranked 27, slipping three places since 2013, and is expected to drop even further in the next five to ten years. “The rising cost of production combined with muted investments in technology are making... 

Sensor and machine data sharing to become a business norm

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 Sharing sensor and machine data will become a normal part of business operations to improve daily operations and to leverage the big, but often segregated, volumes of data being generated by machines and sensors for commercial purposes, says office systems company Nashua CIO Yunus Scheepers. He... 

Fit For Purpose Sensing Solutions

     3rd August 2017 Replacing original sensing, measuring and monitoring devices represents the ideal opportunity to assess a specific application and the suitability of the equipment. This is according to Gerry Bryant, managing director of Countapulse Controls, who says that often a better fit for purpose solution... 

Ford begins Phase 2 of 1.6-litre Kuga safety recall 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started the second phase of the safety recall for all affected 1.6-litre Kuga models, and is requesting customers to schedule an appointment with their dealer to have the vehicle enhancements completed.  Around 4 556 1.6-litre Ford Kugas, built... 

European Extremely Large Telescope project, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The telescope is a revolutionary scientific project for a 40-m-class telescope that will enable scientists to answer many of the most pressing unsolved questions about the universe. 

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Environmental consultant SI Analytics, a division of JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH, has launched the new Smart Low Energy Analyser (Lea), a self-powered and multi-parameter water-quality analyser. The analyser is equipped with sensors that collect and transmit data to be used in... 

Industry 4.0 will affect connectivity

     14th July 2017 As Industry 4.0 advances, the demands on cable and connection technology will also change, states cable connector producer the Lapp Group, predicting that the speed at which data is transferred will climb with the consistent networking of company and business processes, which is a development... 

Demag launches DMR modular rope hoist for diverse applications

     13th July 2017 The newly-launched Demag DMR modular rope hoist can be adapted precisely to match specific requirements. With one basic technology, Demag is now able to cover an even broader range of applications than rival products on the market. Due to its modular design, the Demag DMR modular rope hoist... 

Moving data from big to smart

     11th July 2017 Collecting process data and using it correctly is a vital part of predictive maintenance programmes – and proves the adage that knowledge is power explains Erwin Weis, head of IoT Technology at SKF Collecting data is one thing, but making sense of it is what adds value. In modern industrial... 

Moving data from big to smart

     10th July 2017 Collecting process data and using it correctly is a vital part of predictive maintenance programmes – and proves the adage that knowledge is power explains Erwin Weis, head of IoT Technology at SKF Collecting data is one thing, but making sense of it is what adds value. In modern industrial... 

Bosch launches new generation of 18 V rotary hammers

     10th July 2017 The latest additions to the Bosch range of rotary hammers with EC motors generate an impact energy of 2.6 joules, which is 50% more than the current strongest 18 V rotary hammer. The GBH 18V-26 Professional and GBH 18V-26 F Professional are the latest additions to the Bosch range of rotary... 

Minimising arc fault damage with DEHNshort

     7th July 2017 Arc faults have the potential to cause severe personal injury, death and excessive damage to infrastructure, which can result in high revenue losses for businesses due to production downtime. Even in the most modern switchgear assemblies, the risk of an arc fault is imminent, as they can be... 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New measuring devices available through local company

     30th June 2017 Instrumentation engineering business Kobold – represented locally by instrumentation and measurement product supplier Instrotech – now offers the highly precise pressure measuring devices the HND-P121 or P231 up to the HND-P127, which has integrated pressure sensors.  

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

RS Components now stocks compact Figaro gas sensors that provide improved monitoring and detection

     21st June 2017 Wide selection of sensors meets needs in monitoring and detection of a range of gases in a variety of applications, including leak detection in refrigeration and gas systems and solvent detection in air-conditioning systems   RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the... 

Brazilian agency providing remote sensing training for African countries

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE – National Institute for Space Research) has been providing training for Earth observation (EO) specialists from African and other countries (in Asia and Latin America), under its Capacitree programme, which is a capacity-building project... 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Weld purge monitor required to measure oxygen accurately

     16th June 2017 In order to accurately read the residual oxygen level inside a tube, pipe, welding chamber or enclosure during the act of purging, weld purging experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has designed a range of weld purge monitors, including the PurgEye Desk, the PurgeNet and the Purge Monitor,... 

Volcanic advances Mandiana drilling projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2017 TSX-V-listed Volcanic Gold Mines has completed almost 3 000 m of reverse-circulation and diamond drilling and over 6 000 m of air-core drilling at its Mandiana project and the recently acquired adjoining land from West African Mining Associates (Wama) in Guinea. This month, the company expects to... 

System positions company in good stead in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand is using its lighting and motion management systems to position itself in the South African energy efficiency market. “We have seen a positive response from the South African market to these systems, with a pleasing... 

Prepare well for a digital future, advises Pragma

By: Kim Cloete     6th June 2017 Leaders in the management of buildings, machinery and assets have been advised to prepare well for a future in which digital solutions will take centre stage. Engineering company Pragma CEO Adriaan Scheeres told attendees at the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) conference, in... 

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