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Control architecture leads to faster, easier product development for refrigeration
May 2024, Opto Africa Automation, IT in Manufacturing
What’s the secret to providing superior service and staying competitive in a changing market? You might learn something from ALTA Refrigeration’s experience. Over ten years, it transformed itself from a custom engineering services company into a scalable industrial equipment manufacturer, using an edge-oriented control architecture to manage a growing installed base.

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Step into the visual factory
May 2024, Turck Banner Southern Africa, Electrical Power & Protection
At Banner, the visual factory comprises three key applications for lighting and indication in industrial settings. These applications include the ability to help machines and workstations quickly communicate their status to people nearby, to use light to guide workers to perform certain tasks such as part picking, and to provide illumination for work areas and tasks.

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Quality gearboxes for irrigation
May 2024, SEW-Eurodrive, Motion Control & Drives
SEW-EURODRIVE is offering a complete gear solution for centre pivot irrigation systems as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) closer to South Africa’s farming sector.

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AI in manufacturing: a process engineer’s perspective
May 2024, IT in Manufacturing
The expert will tell you what to do, the philosopher will tell you why to do it, and the engineer will get on and actually do it. As the hype around AI intensifies, the number of ‘experts’ is increasing exponentially. In contrast, the number of engineers who actually know how to implement AI technology remains small.

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Loop signature 22: How cyclical disturbances affect a control loop
April 2024, Michael Brown Control Engineering
When tuning noisy loops, we recommend in our courses that one should eliminate the noise by editing it out, so the tuning will be done only on the true process response, free of any noise. The controller is controlling the process, and is not controlling the noise.

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High-performance motion control for teabag packaging machine
April 2024, Beckhoff Automation
Teepak relies on PC-based control and drive technology from Beckhoff to set new benchmarks for speed and precision in its teabag packaging machines.

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VEGA takes the pressure out of water pressure measurement
April 2024, VEGA Controls SA
Water treatment systems in metropolitan areas require careful monitoring and management processes across widespread networks. However, process plants choosing VEGA for their process automation know that the company offers more than just precise and reliable pressure sensors and instrumentation.

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Advantages of wireless storage tank and container tank level monitoring
April 2024, Turck Banner Southern Africa
Implementing a tank monitoring system that utilises ultrasonic or radar sensors in a wireless network has many advantages.

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Bringing Industry 4.0 to a castings foundry for heavy industries
March 2024
Moving to Industry 4.0 takes time and determination, especially for an established company in a heavy industry. Castings foundry, POK in Mexico has moved toward Industry 4.0 in a series of steps over several years, changing from manual to automated systems for more available, immediate and reliable data.

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SMOM – the future is here now
March 2024, Iritron , IT in Manufacturing
In his presentation at the recent MESA Africa conference, Neels van der Walt, business development manager at Iritron, revealed the all-encompassing concept of smart mining operations management (SMOM), and why it is inextricably linked to the future of worldwide mining operations.

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Navigating disruption in manufacturing
March 2024, IT in Manufacturing
When considering IT in manufacturing, the underlying assumption is twofold: first, a wave of valuable maturing technologies can be harnessed to create new business value, and second, the environment in which these technologies will be applied will be relatively predictable, with change following a manageable, evolutionary path. However, recent disruptions have shattered these assumptions.

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The fascination of movement
March 2024, Motion Control & Drives
A motor from Faulhaber provides gentle motion for the finest watches in the world.

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Complete system for transparent energy monitoring
March 2024, Beckhoff Automation, Electrical Power & Protection
Transparent energy monitoring reduces both machine downtime and the necessity to oversize the corresponding components. Added to these advantages are simplified preventive maintenance, and increased production efficiency. The wide range of PC-based control technology from Beckhoff offers a solution that can be optimally adapted to individual applications.

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Iritron’s year of consolidation
March 2024, Iritron , System Integration & Control Systems Design
Despite the multiple challenges faced by businesses in South Africa, the buoyancy of the technology sector worldwide has produced some green shoots for automation specialist, Iritron.

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Five edge opportunities for SIs to maximise revenue in 2024
March 2024, System Integration & Control Systems Design
System integrators continue to face the challenge of doing more with less – supporting complex operations, while meeting production schedules with limited resources, and innovating to increase efficiency, maximise safety and reduce risk.

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Quality test tools save costs at pulp and paper mill
April 2024, Comtest, Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration
A case study on how preventive maintenance and a few good test tools avoided unnecessary motor replacements at a pulp and paper company.

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WEG Africa applauds energy standards for motor efficiency
February 2024, WEG Africa, Electrical Power & Protection
In a country where most electric motors are not energy efficient, the announcement by South Africa’s government of its plans to introduce Minimum Energy Performance Standards is not a day too soon.

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World first planetary gearbox customisation
February 2024, SEW-Eurodrive, Motion Control & Drives
When a mining operation in Mpumalanga found that one of its planetary gearboxes on a high-torque conveyor was failing, it called SEW-EURODRIVE for a solution. Leveraging the latest intelligent technology, the solution was a pioneering innovation providing a cost-effective replacement that will ensure reliable performance.

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Thermoforming machine automation
February 2024, Beckhoff Automation, Motion Control & Drives
Hamer has joined forces with Beckhoff to develop a thermoforming machine for water-based cellulose pulp to produce fully recyclable and environmentally-friendly cellulose packaging.

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ABB and Gravitricity to collaborate on energy storage systems
February 2024, ABB South Africa, News
ABB has signed an agreement with UK-based gravity energy storage firm Gravitricity to explore how hoist expertise and technologies can accelerate the development and implementation of gravity energy storage systems in former mines.

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