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National nanotechnology centre developing prototypes, commercialising technologies

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research plans to commission its third pilot plant during the course of this year (2018). The centre’s current two pilot plants were both brought into operation in the middle of 2016. One of... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Search for space water heats up with Planetary’s Arkyd-6 satellite launch

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Space mining hopeful Planetary Resources has successfully launched its latest satellite, the Arkyd-6 – a 6U CubeSat – containing a demonstration of technology designed to detect water resources in space. Planetary reported that the team has already started receiving telemetry from the spacecraft,... 

Yokogawa Develops N-IO Standard Field Enclosure and Control System Virtualization Platform

     10th January 2018 For improved agility in implementing control system projects Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an N-IO standard field enclosure and a control system virtualization platform. The enclosure is a weatherproof remote IO cabinet that stores IO devices used by... 

Cylindrical Sensors Offer Strength

     12th December 2017 Countapulse Controls reports that the Leuze cylindrical sensors offer a higher mechanical strength than the standard sensors. Engineered for particularly arduous conditions, the Leuze 328 series sensor is based on the optical platform of the well-known standard Leuze 318B series, however this new... 

WiFi can aid in water crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 During a water crisis, readily available technology, such as the Internet of Things, enabled through WiFi, can be used to apply water management systems throughout a city including monitoring use, pinpointing leaks and curbing excessive use, says wireless solutions provider Ruckus.  

CSIR’s new antenna concept promises savings for wireless sensor networks

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the recent CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International... 

Justice confused

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th November 2017 In the State vs Oscar Pistorius case, we all know what may have happened. The trial can also aspire to a record – the worst forensic evidence in South African legal history, ever. This does not relate to bloodstains and fingerprints, but simple scientific evidence that could have been tested on a... 

Technical Support Brings Customised Applications Solutions To The Fore

     21st November 2017 When economic pressure increases, companies often adopt a cautious stance. Conversely, Countapulse Controls has survived by instituting technological innovation in the face of socio-economic uncertainty. In its more than 60 years in business, this leading supplier of sensing solutions has created... 

New antenna concept from CSIR promises savings for wireless sensor networks 

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International Convention... 

Monitoring energy consumption fosters efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Being aware of how much energy one consumes is key in energy efficiency and management, and has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in businesses and residential households, says industrial switchgear, automation and energy efficiency product distributor ElectroMechanica (EM)... 

SMC Gap Checker Sensor for High Precision Workpiece Detection

     9th November 2017 The recently launched ISA3 series from SMC offers several significant benefits to customers including; lowered air consumption, increased precision and reduced cabling work.  Today, the range of applications for the new gap checker sensors is expanding to cover faster, more precise processes in... 

Company completes second sustainable storage project

     3rd November 2017 Self-storage solutions company Stor-Age earlier this year installed a complete solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the generation of its three-phase power requirements at its Tokai store in the Western Cape. This is the second store in Stor-Age’s portfolio to be fitted with PV panels, and forms... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Amid the weak demand and low prices that have hampered strategic decision-making and stalled planning for the oil and gas industry globally, specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering says improved technologies facilitating the understanding of process variables allow for cautious... 

Temperature Calibration: Endress+Hauser South Africa boasts lowest uncertainty of measurement

     25th October 2017 Process automation specialist, Endress+Hauser South Africa’s Temperature Calibration Laboratory utilises only the highest precision and state-of-the-art equipment, resulting in it achieving a SANAS accolade as one of the highest performing temperature calibration laboratories in South Africa. The... 

Tomra Sorting Recycling Hosts Global Conference To Share Insights Into The Industry’s Future Challenges

     23rd October 2017 Two-day event brings together industry experts, customers and media to examine ideas for the future and groundbreaking technologies for today. TOMRA Sorting Recycling hosted a global conference on October 10th and 11th to share insights from leading experts in recycling and waste management and... 

Paving the path to a digital future

     10th October 2017 Further digitalization of established technologies such as condition monitoring and smart sensors could have a revolutionary effect on manufacturing, says Bernie van Leeuwen, Director Product Management Digitalization at SKF Digitalization is most apparent in the consumer market, where music... 

Absolute Accuracy With Henstler Acuro Encoder

     6th October 2017 Absolute encoders are considered ideal for applications where a power outage requires machinery to reorient without having to reconfigure any of its settings. This, according to Gerry Bryant, managing director of sensor solutions specialist Countapulse Controls, is because an absolute encoder is... 

Geospatial products distributor launches world’s smallest image laser scanner locally

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has officially locally launched the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner – the world’s smallest and lightest image laser scanner. Aciel Geomatics, the appointed distributor for Switzerland-based Leica Geosystems AG, launched the scanner at the... 

SMC Sponsors ProPak Cape 2017 as Part of its Commitment to the Packaging Industry

     5th October 2017 As ‘partners in packaging’, SMC Pneumatics is dedicated to product innovation for the food processing and packaging industry whilst maintaining its global commitment to safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. The company has spent more than half a century developing more than... 

Smart technologies are getting more intelligent

     3rd October 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) may not be a new field of technology, but it has recently gained traction. Thanks to rapidly increasing computational power and the rise of Big Data, there are more business cases for smart technologies emerging every day. While we’re not yet cruising around in self... 

HENSOLDT acquires British radar specialist Kelvin Hughes

     28th September 2017 Acquisition to complement HENSOLDT’s radar and security business HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, has acquired the provider of security and maritime radar solutions Kelvin Hughes, London, from UK private equity firm ECI and management. With all legal requirements met, the share... 

Yokogawa to Conduct PoC Test of Remote Pump Monitoring Service Using Its IIoT Architecture

     28th September 2017 Creating new value by working with partner companies Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that it has begun working with Iwaki Co., Ltd. on a proof-of-concept (PoC) test for a remote pump monitoring service. This service will use an Industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture that is... 

Digitisation of nature presents huge opportunities - and some risks

     28th September 2017 By Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor at SAP Africa The field of bio-engineering is not new, despite its recent prominence: humans have been domesticating and selectively breeding animals since as far back as 12 000 BC. More recently, advances in technology have enabled genetic... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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