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Australia’s energy sector should leverage automation and technology to boost competitiveness

25th May 2018 Australia’s energy resources sector could unlock a potential A$10-billion in value to the national economy if it pursues a number of transforms, a report by National Energy Resources Australia (Nera) has found. In its 2018 update to the ‘Sector Competitiveness Plan’, Nera identified... 

LRL-27 Series Long Stroke Heavy Duty LVIT Inductive Linear Position Sensors

22nd May 2018 Alliance Sensors Group a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LRL-27 Series of long-stroke LVIT position sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation systems and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial... 

Improving water management through deployment of IoT devices

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The use of low-power wide-area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) provide significantly greater water management capabilities and highly detailed water information across the value chain, says multinational mobile network operator Vodacom IoT director Deon... 

Rik Rhino 

17th May 2018 South African technical security and surveillance solutions specialist Rik Rhino Surveillance was started in 2011 to help eradicate the terror of rhino poaching by supplying anti-rhino poaching projects in wildlife reserves with scouting trail cameras. These cameras are equipped with motion... 

Biomimicry is one of the top tech trends, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Nature-inspired design – biomimicry – has been highlighted as one of the key technology trends that will shape the future and is beginning to transform industries across the world. The rapidly growing field focuses on adapting nature’s solutions to solve man-made design challenges. 

Remote con trol your Epiroc Scooptram with new automation package

11th May 2018 For greater safety and efficiency in underground mining, Epiroc releases a number of automation features for the Scooptram underground loader. The Scooptram Automation Regular package allows the Scooptram to be controlled through an operator station from a remote location. "With the new Scooptram... 

Aerovision South Africa

11th May 2018 Cape Town-based aerial surveying and remote-sensing specialist Aerovision South Africa is the developer of the ALTiMapper AV-01, a remotely piloted fixed-wing mapping aircraft. The company also undertakes custom builds for various commercial remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) applications.... 

DST outlines plans to boost mining, manufacturing

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has outlined its investments in innovations in mining, with R186-million over the next three years being earmarked for targeted research and development to modernise South Africa’s mining industry. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko... 

Automotive press for local range of light commercial vehicles

4th May 2018 A servo-driven automotive press for automotive components integrated provider Auto Industrial (AI) has been designed, manufactured and commissioned by pneumatic, electric and mechanical drive technology specialist Tectra Automation. The application- specific automotive press is used by AI to... 

Pneumatic systems are an energy efficient alternative

4th May 2018 With there being a need to consider service life costs when planning municipal water management systems, pneumatic systems and industrial equipment supplier Festo says pneumatic systems are 28% more advantageous. 

RS Components launches small-size RS Pro infrared temperature sensor for industrial equipment

30th April 2018 High-performance and low-cost non-contact sensor unit designed for permanent monitoring of industrial application temperatures up to 1000°C RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc , the global distributor for engineers, has launched a new RS Pro low-cost and... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

MSA Africa extends its gas-detection capabilities significantly

26th April 2018 MSA Africa has extended its gas-detection capabilities significantly with the acquisition of Senscient of the UK, and the launch of its new Ultima® X5000 with Bluetooth communication. High false-alarm rates, slow detection and poor reliability are frequent bugbears for on-site operations in terms... 

Legrand Vantage Home Automation Lighting Control Systems…one

26th April 2018 Legrand’s intelligent Vantage home automation and lighting control system combines advanced technology, simplified software and the latest products, for one-touch control of electrical functions in commercial, residential and luxury marine applications. The Vantage system, which ensures elegant... 

Securex South Africa exhibitors reveal plans for 2018 show

25th April 2018 As the opening day of the 25th anniversary of Securex South Africa 2018 fast approaches, this year’s exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new products and services to the thousands of visitors expected to attend Africa’s biggest security and fire focused trade exhibition. New Teltron... 

Data and the smart machine revolution

24th April 2018 How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimization of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data. Immense amounts of data. Omron Industrial,... 

Muting Reinvented

24th April 2018 Smart Process Gating, introduced by Leuze, has made muting processes more economical as well as simpler and safer. This technology is available in southern African from leading sensor solutions specialist, Countapulse Controls. Gerry Bryant, managing director of Countapulse Controls, explains... 

What Industry 4.0 means for business

20th April 2018 At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Three new Novus products improve temperature logging accuracy

20th April 2018 Brazilian loop controller and data instrumentation manufacturer Novus Automation has launched three new products within the last four months, the Novus LoopView, the LogBox-BLE and the RHT Climate range with a focus on temperature and pressure monitoring. The first product is the Novus LoopView.... 

New pyrometer makes measuring moving objects easier

20th April 2018 Germany-based process control instrument producer Optris released the world’s first pyrometer with an automatic spot finder for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) industry. Released in January, the Xi series is an amalgamation of a pyrometer and an advanced infrared camera. An integrated... 

New optimisation solution to improve SAG efficiency

20th April 2018 Danish engineering company FLSmidth has launched a process optimisation solution for semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) milling, SAGwiseTM. The system is designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners. 

Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities

18th April 2018 By Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor: Utilities at SAP Africa Sustainable energy consumption and 'green' energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today's hyperconnected consumer expects a reduced environmental footprint while still enjoying seamless services and ease of use, improving... 

4Sight to establish JV in China

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed 4Sight Holdings has signed an agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen Rongmei Science and Technology (RM) to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in China. 4Sight said in a statement on Monday that it aims to expand its business operations, opportunities and customer footprint in the... 

The Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

11th April 2018 Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing (HP). Specifically designed for the reaction of fuel and air to produce extremely high gas temperatures, heaters transfer this energy to potentially highly flammable process fluids via heat exchangers. They consume large quantities of fuel,... 

Endress+Hauser introduces the Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor

10th April 2018 Endress+Hauser is starting a new platform for disinfection sensors. The new Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor supports safe and effective disinfection for clean drinking water, pathogen-free cooling water and high-quality process water Systematic disinfection is an essential step in water... 

Autonomous food robots move with the times

9th April 2018 Manufacturers in the food and drink sector are increasingly asked to provide a wider variety of offerings, without suffering a decrease in productivity. These demands have dramatically increased both the amount, and complexity, of tests. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Oando commissions new office building in Lagos

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Dual-listed Oando has officially commissioned its new office building, the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos, Nigeria. The complex, which was commissioned by State and Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachickwu,  comprises two 12-storey towers with 27 000 m2 of lettable office space, a three-level car park,... 

The Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

28th March 2018 Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing (HP). Specifically designed for the reaction of fuel and air to produce extremely high gas temperatures, heaters transfer this energy to potentially highly flammable process fluids via heat exchangers. They consume large quantities of fuel,... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Pumps system integration key to industry future

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd March 2018 The future of pump technology may be in optimal system integration as opposed to the pump itself, says pumps solution company Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) MD Franscois Steenkamp. This being the case, MRS now offers improved motor and variable-speed drive technology that provide solutions... 

Company expands offering through IoT partnership

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Industrial automation software developer and supplier Adroit Technologies has expanded its offerings through its partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) network provider SqwidNet.   Adroit Technologies MD Dave Wibberley says the global industrial automation industry is robust and growing... 

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group will exhibit at Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) on March 27 and 28 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng.  

New IoT suite launched

16th March 2018 Network solutions and Internet of Things (IoT) provider Ruckus Networks, an Arris company, announced the launch of the new Ruckus IoT Suite last month. Launched on February 21, the company states that, the Ruckus IoT suit enables organisations to readily construct a secure IoT access network that... 

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