System Integration & Control Systems Design


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Robot-assisted machinery for the fish industry
October 2018, Beckhoff Automation
Fully automated deboning and filleting of fresh fish.

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AST’s automated fire extinguishing systems
October 2018, Alien Systems & Technologies
Restoring protection after a fire is an integral part of the service.

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Tectra Automation resolves flight simulator challenges
October 2018, Tectra Automation
Simex, a South African company specialising in the fabrication and upgrading of flight training devices like flight simulators, contracted Tectra Automation to upgrade software, supply new hardware, and ...

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Smart factory technology to power the Industry 4.0 revolution
September 2018, Parker Hannifin Sales Company South
Many areas of the industrial sector are undergoing transformation, as robots, vehicles and control systems connect to the Internet. This networking trend is enabling unprecedented levels of automation, ...

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Electronic turbine overspeed ­protection has advantages
September 2018, SAIMC
Overspeed happens when there is a sudden loss of load on the turbine. The outwardly directed centrifugal forces are some of the strongest acting on turbines. Therefore, if the rotational speed is allowed ...

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Increased quantity and quality of blends with Moore solutions
September 2018, Moore Process Controls
Ageing and obsolete control systems at a US-based producer of general and speciality grade polymers, was negatively affecting both throughput and the quality of blends. When Moore Process Controls approached ...

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Digital future for food and beverage industry
August 2018, Schneider Electric South Africa
Food and beverage manufacturers face a wide variety of challenges in today’s demanding consumer climate, including changes in customer demands, product traceability, operations visibility and strict regulatory ...

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Optimum nutritional content
August 2018, Siemens Digital Industries
Infrared oven for defrosting and preparing food uses Siemens technology.

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Autotronix supplies electrical ­control and instrumentation ­system for the Lower Thukela Water Scheme
August 2018, Autotronix
Autotronix has designed, installed and commissioned the electrical and control system that is in use at a large bulk potable water infrastructure project in KwaZulu-Natal, known as the Lower Thukela Bulk ...

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Controlling the IIoT
Technews Industry Guide: Industrial Internet of Things & Industry 4.0, Schneider Electric South Africa
How the Industrial Internet of Things is changing the role of the control engineer.

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Aspects to consider when securing ­industrial automation control system networks
Technews Industry Guide: Industrial Internet of Things & Industry 4.0, RJ Connect
The most common examples are PLCs DCSs and scada systems. Such networks are known as industrial automation control systems. The main benefit of an IACS is that it allows greater efficiency by facilitating ...

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Giving back control to RCL Foods’ Pongola plant
July 2018, Control Software Solutions
RCL Foods’ Pongola sugar mill is situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal and was operating a proprietary DCS that was installed in 1980. This obsolete and antiquated system resulted in unacceptable production ...

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Modern electromechanical machine design
June 2018, Parker Hannifin Sales Company South
Engineers from the older generation will remember the days when machine design had to be based around catalogued electromechanical actuators. Variations from standard were rare, in addition to being expensive. ...

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Ai2SA replaces HMI on legacy Mitsubishi A series PLC
June 2018, Ai2SA
Architects Integrating Industry (Ai2SA), which specialises in ‘optimally managing and scoping industrial systems projects’, was recently contracted to replace a faulty HMI on a legacy Mitsubishi A Series ...

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Afrilek optimises boiler control at KwaZulu-Natal plant
June 2018, Afrilek Automation
UCL Company, a diverse agricultural operation based in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal, has expertise in wattle bark extract exports, sugar cane production and pine lumber. The company identified a need to upgrade ...

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Yokogawa’s alarm shelving capability
May 2018, Yokogawa South Africa
Alarm fatigue can desensitise operators to the extent that they may ignore a critical alarm with potentially disastrous consequences.

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TwinCAT 3 Building Automation
May 2018, Beckhoff Automation
The next generation in building control.

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Yokogawa’s revolutionary network-based control system
April 2018, Yokogawa South Africa
Yokogawa’s unique portfolio for best-in-class scada solutions comprises of the versatile Stardom network-based control system (NCS), and the FAST/TOOLS supervisory HMI software platform.

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Versatile signal conditioners
April 2018, Phoenix Contact
Acquiring and processing analog signals of optimum quality.

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Festo’s comprehensive asset optimisation, maintenance and energy efficiency solutions
Technews Industry Guide: Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Optimisation 2018, Festo, Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration
Festo’s technical experts and efficient technologies ensure that machines and systems have shorter downtime, consume fewer resources and less energy. This leads to increases in the sustainability of production processes and overall company productivity.

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