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High-tech launches from SEW-EURODRIVE at Electra Mining
On show will be the DriveRadar suite for condition monitoring and maintenance forecasting, the M1 high-speed gearbox, and a 3,5 metre diameter girth gear for mills and kilns.

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RS expands industrial networking offering with HMS partnership
The agreement gives RS Components’ customers access to HMS Networks’ Anybus, Ewon and Ixxat brands.

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Barcode reader suited for wide fields of view
Omron’s new MicroHAWK V440-F is ideal for reading multiple codes in a wide area, as well as for applications over longer distances and with minuscule barcodes.

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Latest articles

From the editor's desk: Beware the somewhat knowledgeable engineer
Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News

‘Somewhat knowledgeable’ is functionally equivalent to ‘partially ignorant’, and in the engineering world that is simply not good enough.
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Sensors train many eyes on FMCGs
VEGA Controls SA, Editor's Choice, Sensors & Transducers

Profit margins on consumer goods are small, which makes it all the more important for producers to have smooth, efficient operating processes.
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Iritron wins multi-million Rand cross-border project
Iritron , News

The team got ahead through its technical expertise and proven design methodologies, to ultimately reduce overall project risks posed by the supply chain bottleneck.
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Phoenix Contact launches Energy Solution Partner programme
Phoenix Contact, Electrical Power & Protection

The concept is a win-win for end-customers, Energy Solution Partners and Phoenix Contact alike.
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Beware the fire starter
Schneider Electric South Africa, Electrical Power & Protection

Smart sensing has come a long way, and now allows organisations to proactively focus on and mitigate potential electrical fires, providing a substantial improvement in resilience.
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LED strips enhance efficient pick-to-light C-parts management
Turck Banner, Editor's Choice, Operator Interfaces, Switches & Relays

KEB Automation used Turck’s WLS15 strip lights to refine its assistance system for C-parts management into an efficient and failsafe pick-to-light solution.
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The route to proactive maintenance
Comtest, Editor's Choice, Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration

What were once complex tasks can now be accomplished by less experienced technicians with easy-to-use tools such as vibration screeners and thermal imagers.
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Using local talent to execute risk-based gas mapping studies
Proconics, Editor's Choice, Analytical Instrumentation & Environmental Monitoring

This new approach builds on international best practice. Proconics engineers worked in close collaboration with a simulation platform developer to expand and improve upon the capability to solve bespoke problems.
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Case History 183: Bad valve split-ranging causing problems
Michael Brown Control Engineering, Editor's Choice, System Integration & Control Systems Design

Pressure control is one of the processes that can be self-regulating or integrating, and it is sometimes very difficult to determine which type it is.
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Zest WEG develops robust local supply chain
Zest WEG, News

The company has progressively increased its level of local manufacturing over the past decade and now boasts six manufacturing sites – four in the Gauteng region and two in Cape Town.
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Cleanroom tablet PC
Extech Safety Systems, Industrial Computer Hardware

The device is convenient to operate, even with multiple pairs of nitrile cleanroom gloves or a stylus. Both the front and rear cameras of the tablet can be used within the stainless steel enclosure.
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High-speed Ethernet up to 1 km with Gigabit Ethernet extenders
Phoenix Contact, IT in Manufacturing

With Power-over-Link and Power-over-Ethernet functions, the entire Gigabit Ethernet extender network and connected PoE devices are supplied with power via the data lines.
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ARCA retains BASF MVV status
Valve & Automation, Valves, Actuators & Pump Control

The framework agreement will cement ARCA’s position as one of two global key suppliers for automated control valves to BASF.
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Process photometer performs in-line measurement in real time
SECO Process Instrumentation, Analytical Instrumentation & Environmental Monitoring

Standard features include 16 linearisation tables for switching between multiple products, remote zeroing, automatic cell cleaning cycle and signal filtering.
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Firmware update enhances RFID interfaces for IIoT
Turck Banner, Industrial Wireless

A free firmware update makes Turck Banner’s IP67 RFID interfaces fit for barrier-free communication in IIoT applications, such as for simple product identification and tracking.
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Doctored diesel is dangerous
Analytical Instrumentation & Environmental Monitoring

Small amounts of illuminating paraffin may not affect the properties of diesel enough for it to fail SABS specifications, so it can be present even if the fuel passes standard tests.
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Narrow power supply with high power density
Phoenix Contact, Electrical Power & Protection

The devices are particularly suitable for urban infrastructure and in machine building, where they find their way into small systems with basic requirements.
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Portable benchtop gas analyser
Elemental Analytics, Analytical Instrumentation & Environmental Monitoring

The Servoflex MiniFoodPack 5200 provides dependable quality control and checking of gas mixtures in modified atmosphere packaging.
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