R/€ = 16.95 Change: -0.01
R/$ = 16.60 Change: 0.01
Au 1789.50 $/oz Change: 12.25
Pt 942.50 $/oz Change: 8.00

Industry 4.0

BIM technology uptake increasing in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th June 2013 Gauteng-based Autodesk Gold Partner and software solutions company the CAD Corporation have noted a significant increase in the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) and the software that drives it, in the South African architecture, structural engineering and, more recently, building... 

Automation company helps pace equipment upgrades

14th June 2013 Demanding market conditions have forced manufacturers globally to actively pursue improved productivity and protect their major capital investments, which include automation components, software and systems, says industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation.  

Machinery automation company completes project

14th June 2013 Machinery automation system supplier SA Power KwaZulu-Natal, in April, completed the design, supply and commissioning of a nine-axis press sequencing system, using the latest Lenze multi-axis control technology, for appliance manufacturer Defy Appliances. 

Mauritian power plant installs redundancy software

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 Industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation has completed an Integrated Architecture (IA) solution for the Mauritian power utility, the Central Electricity Board (CEB), for its new 30 MW diesel-powered Fort Victoria plant, in Port Louis.  

Data analysis software to improve business operations

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 The move away from manually analysing data to a more automated data system enables business to make informed decisions faster, saving time and costs, says business intelligence solutions provider QlikView South Africa MD Davide Hanan.  

Automated processes improve business efficiency, customer service

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th June 2012 Businesses cannot afford to compromise on customer service and should focus on improving core processes to ensure their long-term success, says software communications solutions company Interactive Intelligence regional business development manager Deon Scheepers. 

Lubrication automation improves operator safety

15th June 2012 Lubrication systems supplier SKF’s new-generation automated lubrication systems meet the requirements for effective lubrication of moving surfaces integral to almost all industrial and machinery applications.  

New sensors to end tuning costs

15th June 2012 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls has launched the new Leuze 318B series photoelectric sensor with an integrated and patented Leuze omni-mount, which it says will limit costs associated with fine tuning sensors.  

Company focus extends to green building automation solutions

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 With the provision of green building automation solutions now included in its focus, industrial automation supplier and service provider Shorrock Automation is concentrating on supplying products to either retrofit older buildings to improve their energy efficiency or provide solutions to new... 

Solution enhances plant reporting systems

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 Process visualisation, manufacturing execution systems and reporting software solutions provider Adroit Technologies will launch a world first when it introduces its Adroit supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) Intelligence (Asi) product, in July. Asi is unique in that it uses... 

Power solutions provider unveils green UPS for tier-four criticality

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2011 Power solutions company Meissner, a major supplier of Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems for mission-critical applications such as data centers, hospitals and other commercial applications has unveiled the latest energy efficient control software, which further enhances the range of Eaton... 

Virtualised automation lowers cost of ownership

11th June 2010 Virtualisation technology, that enables a single server to run multiple operating systems and applications simultaneously, can help manufacturers streamline system management and lower the cost of ownership of equipment, says automation contractors Honeywell strategy and global marketing... 

Automated renewable energy sources power farmhouse

11th June 2010 Global warming and carbon dioxide reduction advocacy group Beacon Energy has set up a farm to demonstrate renewable energy sources. 

Automated rod handling increases safety on drilling rigs

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2010 Automated, hands-free handling of rods used in drilling operations improves the safety of rigs because the most common injuries involve dropped rods and hazardous equipment. Automation enables operators to stand further from the rods and reduces their risk of injury, says drilling specialist... 

Link for automation and computer systems introduced locally

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 A remote maintenance and alarm management system aimed at linking automation and computer systems in industry processes has been introduced locally by industrial automation supplier and service provider Shorrock Automation. 

Data centre takes delivery 
of a new generator

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Power solutions company Meissner reports that the successful installation of an 11-ton, 1 MVA generator at healthcare company Sechaba Medical Solutions’ data and call centre is the result of the effective coordination of the project’s logistical elements. 

Technology firm expands global footprint

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Electrical engineering giant Siemens recently completed the acquisition of Elan Software Systems, an international software supplier for manufacturing execution systems (MES) in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. 

Automation expo a success, despite credit crunch

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Despite the current economic climate, the process automation, instrumentation and control expo, held last month, in Gauteng, had received excellent support and attendance, reports expo organiser Elan Communications GM Su-Anne Willemse.  

Global positioning system software market experiences growth

12th June 2009 Software developer HandyMAP reports that the market for global positioning system (GPS) software for mobile phones is growing. 

Power crisis sees the rise of robotic forces

By: Fatima Gabru     13th June 2008 The electricity crisis in South Africa has inspired an increased interest in robotisation, driving the use of robotics in automation, says power and automation technology group ABB robotics division manager Bongani Twala. 

New concentrator for PPRust concentrator

13th June 2008 Mining powerhouse Anglo Platinum has selected industry automator Siemens' SIMATIC PCS7, as the control system of choice for its largest concentrator of 600 kt/m built at Potgietersrust Platinum (PPRust). 

Automation company pioneers threadless connection system

13th June 2008 Global developer, manufacturer and marketer of automation and electrical products Woodhead, represented locally by Shorrock Automation, has pioneered a threadless connection system to quickly and securely connect sensors and control devices used in plant floor automation systems, such as... 

International airport's information, automation systems under control

13th June 2008 An extensive upgrade of the information and automation systems for The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has meant better monitoring and control of all the company's mechanical and electrical equipment at OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. 

New control technology counters high coal costs

By: Fatima Gabru     13th June 2008 Boiler automation company Boiler Combustion Technology has developed an alternative combustion control technology for coal-fired boilers in the quest for energy efficiency, and to counter the high cost of coal that is affecting the cost of production. 

Preassembled handling system reduces assembly efforts

13th June 2008 Global drive and control company Bosch Rexroth, through its local representative agency, factory and industrial automation company, Tectra, has developed a pre-assembled handling system, the camoLINE, which reduces the user’s design and assembly efforts. 

Automation company adds linear stages to range

13th June 2008 Power, control and information solutions company Rockwell Automation has announced the launch of a new line of linear stages for a range of load-carrying applications. The new lines offer machine builders substantial time and cost savings associated with design, programming and commissioning. 

New dual-voltage charger series launched

13th June 2008 Electronics design and manufacturing company Omniflex last month introduced the Powerterm L120C-D dual-voltage charger. The Powerterm L-series power supply unit/chargers provide a 12V and a 24V battery connected load outputs, which is a combined power supply and true 12/24V split battery charger. 

Photoelectric sensors find use in harsh environment

13th June 2008 Specialised suppliers of process control sensors Automation Shorrock Automation has just launched the universal and easy to mount OG photoelectric sensors from automation control system manufacturers and suppliers IFM Electronic. 

Clock module offers real time the world over

13th June 2008 Electronic products manufacturer, Wago’s has introduced a real-time clock module. 

Seta change heralds appropriate automation, control training

15th June 2007 Process manufacturing specialist Rockwell Automaton has opted to change the sector specific body or sector education training authority (SETA) under which it provides training. 

Automation firm produces low-cost logic controllers

15th June 2007 Human Machine Interface (HMI) hardware and software developer and manufacturer Pro-face, represented locally by Shorrock Automation, has released the Pro-face LT series which combines display, operation and control functions into a single, easy-to-read, low-cost unit. 

New controller enables advanced safety control requirements

15th June 2007 Total automation solution provider Rockwell Automation has introduced a new safety controller that leverages the company’s successful Integrated Architecture, allowing for faster implementation, improved productivity and easier ability to meet today’s advanced safety control... 

Local company launches new operator interface

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 Local supplier of human-machine interface (HMI) solutions CHI Control Components as part of Alstom Electrical South Africa has launched a range of operator interface known as Panelmate HMi, from Cutler-Hammer. 

New UPS bridges the power gaps

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 With the looming threat of power outages plaguing the country this winter, local manufacturer supplier and designer of uninterruptible power supplies Meissner has released the Powerware 9140 rack-mounted uninterruptible power system (UPS), which is available in a ten-kVA rating. 

SAPS hopes automated DNA system will help with backlog

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2006 The first test-run using the new automated DNA analysis system at the South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) Pretoria forensic laboratory has been successful, says superintendent Johann van Niekerk, technical operator at the genetic-sample processing system (GSPS) laboratory. 

Inventory-management specialist targets US market

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 With superior technology and a dynamic skills force, local demand and inventory- management specialist JustEnough has carved itself a significant niche in both US and local markets. 

Industrial-network development poses unique challenges

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “Data communication has seen substantial growth in the last couple of years, mostly due to advances in software development,” says Industrial Automation and Control (IAC) CEO Burg van der Westhuizen. 

Challenges emerge from global-competitiveness drive

By: Amy Heydenrych     16th June 2006 “The challenge posed to the local automation industry is how to compete globally and increase volumes to achieve growth,” says GM of Tectra Automation, Emil Berning. Although armed with technical experts on par with its international counterparts, growth in the South African... 

3 4 5 6 7 8
RSS Feed


Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Subscribe Now
Free daily email newsletter Register Now