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Manufacturer looks to strengthen position in HVAC sector

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive is looking to strengthen its foothold within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector, having entered into the market last year. SEW national sales manager Norman Maleka comments that at present, the company is building up its experience... 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design 

     21st September 2017 The effects of global warming are driving the case for electric vehicles, or EVs, such as the latest zero-emissions EV from global vehicle manufacturer Nissan, the much-anticipated Leaf 2. Tracy Hancock attended the launch in Japan. 

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

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... 

Faced with shifts in technology, the mining industry will need to adapt  

By: Kim Cloete     11th September 2017 The mining industry will need to adapt to ongoing changes in technology and involve all players in each step of the process, suggests change management analyst Petro du Pisani. Du Pisani from IntegriChange, who has a longstanding record in the mining industry, told delegates attending the South... 

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.... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

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... 

WIKA Instruments

     1st September 2017 WIKA Instruments, one of the nine production sites of the Germany-headquartered WIKA group, manufactures pressure, temperature, level and flow measuring instrumentation for the Southern African market. It also imports and distributes other instrumentation products that complement the product... 

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. 

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,... 

Technology to aid fleet management

By: Nica Schreuder     25th August 2017 South Africa-based, international information technology and communications provider T-Systems says technological improvements in sensors, software and management solutions indicate that commercial vehicle owners, such as fleet management and logistics organisations using trucks and bakkies, can... 

Health monitoring system keeps an eye on the fleet

     22nd August 2017 SKF has helped a shipping customer introduce condition monitoring to its vessel, with plans to extend it further across the fleet says Anders Welin, Business Engineer at SKF When you’re out at sea, the last thing you need is a major breakdown. In such a case, it would mean being towed back to dry... 

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... 

Hapman Announces New Industrial Internet-Of-Things Initiative

     7th August 2017 HAPMAN, a global manufacturer of standard and custom bulk material handling equipment, is pleased to announce a new initiative with DATTUS www.dattus.com, an industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT) platform, to bring Industrial IoT value to its customers. HAPMAN has earned the role as an industry... 

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... 

Platinum industry redoubling marketing efforts in the midst of oversupply

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Marketing is immensely important for the platinum sector, which is battling a pervasive weak price environment, with the metal trading at about $925/oz, compared with the all-time high of $2 270/oz in 2008, and an oversupplied market. Marketing of the metal’s various uses has only increased in... 

AR Controls acquires leading valve manufacturer

     21st July 2017 Valve and actuator technology manufacturer and supplier AR Controls of Vanderbijlpark has announced that it has acquired IncoValve and Controls. The latter will be established as a leading producer for a range of industries. IncoValve and Controls has worked closely with AR Controls to combine... 

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... 

Reliable Detection Of Objects And Fill Levels

     20th July 2017 Leuze’s range of optoelectronic and inductive switches with capacitive proximity switches make it possible to apply a solution for all detection requirements from a single source. Using innovative technology, these sensors are able to reliably detect and monitor fill levels and detect objects... 

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... 

Data and digitisation spur on innovation in the mining industry

     12th July 2017 Big data and analytics stand to play an increasingly important role in the future of the mining industry as latest trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) spurs on continuous innovation. Only 1% to 5% of the data generated by the mining industry is actually used for prediction and... 

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... 

Oil & Gas Africa 2017 begins tomorrow in Cape Town

     10th July 2017 Key industry speakers join midstream and downstream suppliers at the three-day focus for the energy sector in southern Africa from July 11 to 13 Doors open at 10am on Tuesday (July 11) for Oil & Gas 2017 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, a two-day conference and three day expo. 

Airborne Drones on patrol – the answer to public safety policing

     10th July 2017 Autonomous drones are set to take over border patrols, crime hotspot monitoring and more, says South Africa’s Airborne Drones Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)s, commonly known as drones, will soon be a common sight over border zones, crime hotspots and city streets, as public safety and security... 

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... 

Digitalisation evolution, not revolution

     7th July 2017 Efficient plants, machinery and services solutions company SMS group has developed strategies to promote digitalisation in the steel industry, in light of Internet 4.0, digitalisation, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing becoming dominant themes in the industry. According to the SMS... 

Manufacturing to be changed by digital systems, Endress+Hauser avers

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 Digital technologies, the automation of processes and the changes to business models will be some of the main areas to be affected by digitalisation and connection of industrial systems, says industrial automation multinational Endress+Hauser VP supervisory board and German Electrical and... 

Besam automatic door systems at Lanseria International Airport

     6th July 2017 ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems’ automatic entrance and exit solutions facilitate passage at Lanseria International Airport’s international departures terminal as well as to offices at the facility. First established in 1974 and located North of Johannesburg, Lanseria is South Africa’s only... 

Top level conference alongside the region’s finest supplier expo make Oil & Gas Africa 2017 a magnet for industry chiefs next week

     4th July 2017 Cape Town hosts one of the most important Oil & Gas sector events on the continent in 2017 with key industry speakers examining the present successes and the future of southern Africa’s energy sector Engineers from across Africa arrive in Cape Town next week for the Oil & Gas Africa 2017... 

Fingerprint readers adapted for use in tough operating conditions

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Biometric multinational HiD Global has made several improvements to its compact Lumidigm M-Series fingerprint solutions and they can now be used in many different and difficult operating conditions for identity verification applications, says HiD Global solutions business development VP Greg... 

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