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Local company invests in space worthiness of new generation of space imagers

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 South African private-sector space company SCS Space is looking forward to establishing the spaceworthiness credentials of its Gecko imager, which is mounted on South Africa’s nSight-1 nanosatellite and which was scheduled to have been launched from the International Space Station on May 23.... 

Peristaltic pump ideal for pharmaceuticals industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the pharmaceutical industry requiring gentle pumping solutions, pump solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa emphasises the importance of the standard peristaltic pump for the pharmaceutical industry.  

Geoscience BC launches third phase of govt-sponsored geologic survey

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2017 Non-profit organisation Geoscience BC has announced a third phase in a series of aerial surveys, with the aim to identify hidden mineral potential in north central and north-eastern British Columbia. Called Search Phase III, the survey will use helicopters fitted with magnetic sensors to build a... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

     5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

Pneumatics specialist showcases intelligent pneumatics

     5th May 2017 At the 2017 Hannover Messe, in Germany, which took place last month, pneumatics manufacturer Aventics will show how the company’s intelligent pneumatics can anticipate system maintenance, using already available sensors and a new smart pneumatics monitor which is the company’s first Internet of... 

Optimum Functionality In Distance Sensing Applications

     2nd May 2017 Optimum functionality during logistical operations, whether in manufacturing or storage facilities, demands the ability to sense a wide range of objects rapidly and with absolute accuracy. The Leuze 10 Series distance sensors offer reliable object detection and distance measurement over an... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Global shake-up in earth observation will affect South African sector, warns CSIR

By: Keith Campbell     28th April 2017 Worldwide, the Earth Observation (EO) sector is being shaken-up by disruptive innovations by major enterprises. "Globally, traditional EO value chains are changing radically due to technological developments, rapid commercialisation and operationalisation by, especially, leading IT [information... 

New Remote Terminal Unit expands scope for telecontrol applications

     25th April 2017 • Simple implementation and monitoring of measurement stations for process data • Cyclically controlled and event-driven transmission of process values • Flexible link to control center and rapid integration in Sinaut plants • Web-based engineering simplifies commissioning The new Remote Terminal... 

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries

By: Nadine James     21st April 2017 The DT722 relative humidity and temperature transmitter is ideal for the chemicals, food and beverage, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries because it offers accurate, stable measurement and control of humidity and temperature, says instrumentation and... 

6 car safety innovations you cannot live without  

     18th April 2017 The digital world has unlocked a lot of possibilities in terms of how we live our lives and with innovation being at the core of it all, it is definitely a great time to be alive! If you observe your personal belongings, you can definitely notice the change in design and innovative technology... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

CSIR warns global shake-up in Earth Observation will affect South African sector

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2017 Worldwide, the Earth Observation (EO) sector is being shaken-up by disruptive innovations by major enterprises. "Globally, traditional EO value chains are changing radically due to technological developments, rapid commercialisation and operationalisation by, especially, leading IT [information... 

Grace Chileshe Will Share Her View On The Impact Of The Internet Of Things (Iot) On Asset Management Processes In The Oil & Gas Industry At This Year’s Saama Conference

     7th April 2017 Grace Chileshe (Retail Reliability Engineer Secondment and Maximo Super User at BP South Africa) has specific interest in two things: technology and asset management. Thus, when she was offered the opportunity to submit an abstract for a paper at the SAAMA conference, she did not hesitate. She is... 

IoT platform integrates security equipment to provide customer control

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 An Internet of Things (IoT) platform integrates a large range of security equipment to provide control over security systems, functionality, costs and maintenance to support a company’s operations, says open architecture, Internet protocol-based security systems multinational Genetec Africa... 

The HOT topic in Beverage Production

     5th April 2017 Louis Pasteur was a French biologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurisation. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases. Pasteur's research showed that the growth of... 

New LA-25-R LVDT Linear Position Sensor by Alliance Sensors Group for Extreme Environments

     3rd April 2017 Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is proud to release its LA-25-R series LVDT linear position sensors designed to handle the extreme industrial environments found in steam and hydro power plants; paper, steel, and aluminum mills; die and stamping presses; building and bridge monitoring; and... 

Flotation Level Measurement Techniques

     31st March 2017 The requirement for good level control of flotation machines is well established and documented. In this article we will focus on the more common level measurement options available in the market in the flotation plant today, including the pros and cons associated with each one. All level control... 

XCell Sensor technology brings improved efficiency in gas detection

     30th March 2017 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) can pose serious health hazards if inhaled by those working in harsh environments. MSA Africa’s Altair 5X has been improved to include XCell Sensor technology, which plays an important role in ascertaining safety, and significantly reducing the risk of exposure.... 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

Most rugged multi-gas detector yet sets new safety benchmark

     22nd March 2017 The new MSA ALTAIR® 4XR multi-gas detector provides real-time event notification using Bluetooth connectivity. This sets a new technological benchmark for advanced features, boosting health and safety for workers operating in hazardous or dangerous environments. The latest multi-gas detector from... 

New system expands product range

     17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Following filtration technology company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ acquisition of technology producer Alphasorb in the second quarter of 2016, the quality of Freudenberg’s gas-control products has increased greatly, says Freudenberg market segment manager for sub-Saharan Africa Pooven... 

ASSA ABLOY Entrance systems supplies Besam automatic door systems to Rosebank Towers

     16th March 2017 ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems partnered with AOC Johannesburg and Reusable Walling Systems to install five safe, secure and convenient entrance and exit solutions at Rosebank Towers in Johannesburg. Besam door systems present a great entrance and exit solution for businesses such as Rosebank... 

Parker Hannifin Celebrates 100 Years

     14th March 2017 After a Century of Growth and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Spirit of Founder Art Parker Lives On at This Global Engineering Powerhouse Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding on March 13, 1917 and... 

Global agriculture innovators vie for top honours at Future Agro Challenge awards 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Two South African innovators in the agriculture industry, Reel Gardening and Meat Naturally, will on Wednesday battle it out against 48 other agripreneurs for the title of Agripreneur of the Year. As part of agriculture innovation hub Future Agro Challenge’s (FAC’s) Global Championships, held in... 

Tracker sees big data investments adding fleet-management value

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Vehicle telemetry multinational Tracker is investing in a range of research and development projects, which will provide significant insights and value for a broad range of stakeholders. The projects leverage the large volumes of data and many data streams that Tracker has access to, says Tracker... 

Digital Transformation - What it really means for Asset Management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th March 2017 Technology innovations are opening doors to a completely new world for asset management. The Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics, cloud computing, mobile solutions, augmented and virtual reality, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, and business networks are some of the... 

Advice on how to ensure security of companies’ data

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2017 While the convergence and reinforcement of data will grow in volume and complexity, the way in which companies leverage and secure this information to improve operations and make users safe must be addressed, says business intelligence firm PBT Group technical business analyst Jessie Rudd. Many... 

Paramount Group unveils new version of Mwari aircraft

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 Following a “large increase in customer demand” for the South African-designed, -developed and -built Advanced, High-performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced the unveiling of a new version of the aircraft – the Mwari... 

Diverse technologies combine to offer ‘smart’ ways of improving farm yields

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s science team finds that factors such as information and communications technology (ICT), chemicals, hydroponics and aquaculture inputs are augmenting profits for farmers.  

Keeping up with technology trends imperative for efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th February 2017 With the growing woes of electricity costs in South Africa, engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff believes that it is imperative to keep up with air-conditioning technology trends that promote energy efficiency and ease of maintenance. 

How public does your IoT implementation really need to be?

     20th February 2017 Deploy your Internet of Things (IoT) solution like you would your cloud solution: private, public and even hybrid, says Netshield.    Technologies deployed in a private environment can add as much value but cost less to run as they would in a public domain, says Inus Dreckmeyr , CEO of Netshield,... 

Intelligent Edge network architecture a foundation for IoT systems

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) systems will allow for cost savings, efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, and is expected to change the way people work,  comparable with the changes brought about by mobile work systems and collaborative digital work environments, says networking multinational... 

Shandong Iron & Steel orders continuous caster for ultra-wide medium slabs from SMS group

     16th February 2017 Shandong Iron & Steel Group Co Ltd, Rizhao, China, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the supply of a continuous caster for ultra-wide slabs. The single-strand caster is designed for an annual production of 1.5 million tons of steel slabs with widths of up to 3,250... 

Businesses require a balanced approach to IoT

     15th February 2017 Companies shouldn’t allow the hype around IoT to blind them to its very real applications in specific industries, says Netshield. While the hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing is enough to put most sane business people off the concept, Netshield CEO Inus Dreckmeyr advises... 

Wits University launches first annual CEFF Digital Innovation Challenge

     13th February 2017 The Wits Campus Personal Navigator Challenge aims to develop innovative systems to assist students with visual and physical disabilities to independently navigate Wits’ vast campus   An exciting new initiative is calling on developers and entrepreneurs with innovative ideas on how to solve the... 

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