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The evolution of mining infrastructure and EPCM collaboration
January 2024
As the demand for raw material continues to surge, the spotlight has turned to the mining sector, bringing both greenfield and brownfield mining projects into focus. Ensuring these ventures are efficiently executed, without compromising on time or budget, necessitates a tailored strategy. Often, this means relying on the expertise of an EPCM contractor.

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EVs – grid assets in the making
January 2024, Schneider Electric South Africa
In South Africa, the EV market is enjoying some encouraging awareness. Interestingly, they have the potential to address some of our country’s power supply problems.

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WEG Africa supplies e-house package for Sasol gas project
January 2024, WEG Africa
A large complete substation E-house locally manufactured by WEG Africa will help power Sasol’s Upstream PSA project currently under construction in the Inhambane Province of southern Mozambique.

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Schneider Electric connects to the future
January 2024, Schneider Electric South Africa, Editor's Choice, News
Schneider Electric had a major presence at the recent MESA Africa International Summit, which focused on ‘accelerating the journey to smart manufacturing’. SA Instrumentation & Control’s editor caught up with Dr. Suven M Ramsunder, Digital Transformation Expert, Anglophone Africa, to find out how the company is approaching the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into the manufacturing industry, both in its own factories and for its customers.

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Intelligent energy recovery
January 2024, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
Beckhoff’s AX8820 regenerative unit for effective energy management is designed for a nominal supply voltage of 400 to 480 V AC, nominal output of 7 kW, and a maximum DC link voltage of 848 V DC. The regenerative energy is initially stored in the DC link.

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Optimising electrical consumption on a process plant
January 2024, Iritron
Iritron advises business owners to conduct an energy study to reveal the health and efficiency of a plant’s electrical system. Based on this study, recommendations can be made for improvement to the reticulation and the energy-hungry machinery, which can result in substantial cost savings while identifying potential safety issues and lack of compliance.

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Eaton brings next-generation power protection to the market
November 2023
A new generation of uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and power protection systems is now available for technology applications grappling with South Africa’s power cuts.

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High performance power products
November 2023
South Africa’s electricity problems are causing grave difficulties for businesses and households. Vert Energy makes sure all sectors are able to keep their power on. The main focus of its business is on electric power generation.

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Partnering with the automotive industry
November 2023
The emergence and growing popularity of electric vehicles is generating exciting opportunities for the Eastern Cape province, which already has a well-established presence in the local vehicle manufacturing sector, and also for technology companies looking to partner with the automotive industry.

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New advanced wire tracers
November 2023, Comtest
Comtest has launched two new wire tracers, with a safety rating of CAT IV 600 V, that simplify the process of tracing and troubleshooting of energised and de-energised wires in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

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Scaling up battery recycling
November 2023, ABB South Africa, IT in Manufacturing
ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement with UK-based clean technology group, Altilium to jointly explore how the integration of automation, electrification and digital technologies in plants across Europe can support the scaling up of battery materials recycling.

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Considerations for lighting in manufacturing
November 2023, Turck Banner Southern Africa
With so many economical and attractive lighting solutions available, choosing among technologies can be difficult. Industrial users must consider four factors in order to make the best lighting decision: the metrics, the costs, the environment and the people.

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Optimised steam generation for ore beneficiation
November 2023
Efficiency, reliability, maintenance, sustainability, fuel selection, and procurement are just some of the challenges facing the mining sector. As one of South Africa’s leading operations and maintenance service providers to the steam and boiler sector, AES is perfectly placed to optimise these.

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The advantages of track busways
November 2023, Legrand
A reliable and flexible power distribution system is an essential element in manufacturing, industrial and commercial sectors, where facilities require upgrades to enhance efficiency and optimise productivity. The key advantage of a track busway system is that users are able to bring the power source to the machines and equipment, instead of trying to wire machines back to the power source at a distant panel board.

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ABB supplies Zambian sugar producer
November 2023, ABB South Africa
ABB has supplied its UniGear ZS1 medium voltage, arc-proof, air-insulated switchgear to a project for a major sugar producer in Zambia.

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Dry-type transformers for Bisie tin mine
November 2023
It has been five years since Trafo Power Solutions supplied Alphamin’s Bisie tin mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo with two dry-type transformers. They have performed so well that another three of these modular substations, equipped with dry-type transformers, will soon be on their way to keep up with the mine’s expansion.

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Power quality at the service panel
October 2023, Comtest
Voltage sags, tripping breakers, overheated electrical panels, and excessive voltage levels indicate possible trouble in an electrical distribution system. Where do you begin the search to isolate the exact cause of these power quality problems?

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Greener energy distribution
October 2023, Schneider Electric South Africa, News
Drakenstein Municipality, situated in Paarl in the Western Cape, is one of the first distribution utilities globally to implement Schneider Electric’s green, SF6-free RM AirSeT switchgear with pure air technology and native digital connectivity.

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A new era of power: large-scale battery energy storage systems
October 2023, RJ Connect
As the sun sets on coal power, we are seeing the rise of large-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS), together with a surge in renewable energy capacity. So what is the secret to ensuring a successful energy transition?

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Three-phase motor protection relay
October 2023, NewElec Pretoria
The NewCode Dual Ethernet Relay is an ISO 9001:2008-compliant, three-phase motor protection relay, designed and manufactured in South Africa.

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