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Smart, self-managing lighting the future for municipalities

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The time of humans controlling light fixtures is fading rapidly, says BEKA Schréder product development manager Daniel Kasper. “The luminaire will control itself; it will react and adjust by itself to the conditions around it. Soon there will be no need for light switches.” 

Alliance Sensors Group Releases Two New LVDT Signal Conditioners

30th October 2018 Alliance Sensors Group has developed into “The Name in LVDT Signal Conditioning” due to the constant improvements and advancements made to its line of LVDT signal conditioners. Alliance Sensors Group was founded by Harold and Howard Schaevitz, widely known as the first family of LVDTs. The... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Wire rod mill, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 The project involves the design, manufacture and installation of a new wire rod line and the upgrade of long rolling equipment at the existing rod mill at Scanthorpe, in England. 

Data Centre Management as a Service is a game changer

23rd October 2018 Riaan de Leeuw, VP for IT Division - Anglophone Africa, Schneider Electric Connectivity and data continue to transform the way that industries work, how companies interact and how people live. Data centres, server rooms and IT closets all play a critical role in making this happen. 

Automated warehouse with new contour control

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 Automated warehouse with over 10,000 storage locations across 12 aisles Five automatic ETX 515a high rack stackers from Jungheinrich 

Satisfying the requirements for modern assembly systems

19th October 2018 An increased emphasis on flexibility, efficiency and technical cleanliness The year 1908 was one of the most historically significant years both for personal motorised transport and for industrial assembly. With the Model T, the Ford Motor Company launched an automobile on the market which could... 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94-million factory in Portland, Oregon, an... 

Electronification prompts data-based services

19th October 2018 As part of the electronification of mobile hydraulics, drive and control technologies group Bosch Rexroth is developing new, data-based services for all aspect of rail vehicles. Until now, the maintenance of rail vehicles has essentially happened at fixed intervals, whereby the service engineer... 

Conveyor belts are a leading cause of underground fires yet they are avoidable

18th October 2018 This year has proven to be one of the deadliest for mine safety in South Africa since 2012. One of the leading causes of deaths and injury in mines is fire and a large proportion of fires are caused by conveyor belts. Conveyor belts are widely used in mining, both under and above ground. Yet... 

SAB Foundation Social Innovation And Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 Winners Announced

16th October 2018 R12.5 million awarded to South Africa’s most promising social innovators. The 20 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 were announced on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at an awards event in Johannesburg. The first place winners took home more than R1... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Tellumat optimistic aerial surveillance system will fill gap in market

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The Astus unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) system is a tactical surveillance platform with a line-of-sight range of 200 km, an endurance of 8-hours, and is a medium-sized UAS weighing under 100 kg. This makes it suitable for addressing a gap in the market for real-time tactical surveillance... 

String line-free in Mobile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Producing kerbs as if by magic: in Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico in the US state of Alabama, a Wirtgen slipform paver SP 15i operated fully automatically. When a new residential area is developed, the individual contract work sections are often very detailed. Roads and paths have to be paved... 

Losses due to arson attacks on Metrorail trains closing in on R700m 

By: African News Agency      9th October 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday put its losses due to arson attacks on its Metrorail trains at R636-million over the past three years. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on transport, PRASA chief executive Sibusiso Sithole said 71% of the arson attacks had... 

RS Components connects developers with Vishay SensorXplorer™ ecosystem for user-interface control

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Latest starter kit, modular evaluation boards, and innovative sensors portfolio with low MOQ for proximity, light, colour, and bio sensing RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, is stocking the latest Vishay SensorXplorer™ kit... 

Large new TOMRA x-ray sorter

1st October 2018 A game changer for mineral processing he TOMRA COM XRT 2.0 machine with higher belt speed and through-put as well as heavy ining 

Yokogawa Releases the DTSXTM1 Fiber Optic Heat Detector

25th September 2018 An OpreX TM Field Instruments facility monitoring and fire detection solution that is housed in an easy-to-install enclosure– Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has developed the DTSXTM1 fiber optic heat detector, an OpreXTM Field Instruments heat sensing and fire detection solution.... 

Fast Image Processing For Beginners And Experts With Univision Assistant

21st September 2018 New to sensor specialist ASSTech is Wenglor’s latest software solution to simplify implementation of intelligent image processing applications for the range of weQube smart cameras. Sensors can easily be configured with the new intuitive software assistant, UniVision that guides any user – novice... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

IoT development kit available from RS Components connects out of the box to advanced Cloud-services platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has introduced a Cloud-enabled development kit that kick-starts IoT-sensing projects by allowing users to collect and analyse data on a dashboard within minutes after unboxing. The... 

Ultrasonic Sensors For Switching And Measuring

17th September 2018 Longer operating ranges and broader areas of application are only two of the features offered by the Leuze’s Leuze HTU 418B and Leuze DMU 418B ultrasonic sensors. Suitable for switching and measuring applications, the devices have an operating range of up to 1 300 mm. These fully metal-enclosed... 

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... 

Delivering healthcare that is right for Africa, WSP

12th September 2018 Eliminating barriers and ultimately increasing access to quality health services, for all, is a key pillar that requires significant focus if the aspirations laid out in the Agenda 2063 are to be achieved. It is also crucial if a prosperous future of inclusive and sustainable growth, where all... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

AI in your car: ways in which driving will change forever

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2018 Artificial Intelligence embedded throughout vehicles and roads infrastructure will be as revolutionary for transport as the internal combustion engine once was, says Payment24.   Autonomous or self-driving vehicles may appear to be a new phenomenon, but key transport manufacturers and... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

New Hydrotechnik range for BMG

31st August 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG has been appointed as exclusive distributor of the Hydrotechnik range of analogue and digital test and measurement equipment in Southern Africa. 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

CSIR female researchers at the forefront of improving health care in SA

29th August 2018 Currently, most patients who are diagnosed with diabetes in South Africa have to prick their fingers three times a day to check their sugar levels. This method of monitoring and detecting diabetes is painful for the patient and could potentially introduce infections. The Council for Scientific... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Electrical Heat Tracing - The Successful Transport Of Liquified Products

22nd August 2018 The transportation of various products maintained at different temperatures has become a critical part of the supply chain process. The need to have specified temperature parameters has significantly increased over the past few years. Containers that carry glucose, oils, bitumen acids, molten... 

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