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High performance power products
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.


Scaling up battery recycling
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.


Bearings deliver major savings at snack food plant
Production uptime is vital in process industries such as food and beverage. A case in point is a producer of snack foods that began experiencing frequent bearing failures on its process-critical cutter lines. To resolve the situation as quickly as possible, the plant turned to the expertise of NSK.


Latest articles

Considerations for lighting in manufacturing
Turck Banner Southern Africa, Electrical Power & Protection

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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Creating intelligence in oil and gas
Schneider Electric South Africa, IT in Manufacturing

The oil and gas industry plays a major role in the global economy, and has in recent years come under increasing pressure to meet sustainability targets, while still maintaining high levels of operations and lowering the end-to-end lifecycle costs of its assets. Fortunately, thanks to advances in connectivity and digital analytics, they can move towards a position that allows them to enter the next phase of advanced organisational and process management in tandem with sustainability goals.
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AVEVA signs two contracts with Kent

AVEVA has signed two contracts with Kent, a leading engineering company in oil and gas and low-carbon energy. As part of a system integrator agreement, Kent will be enabled to implement lifecycle digital solutions to industrial customers. The second contract is an enterprise agreement for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for Kent digital projects delivery.
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Marathon Gold selects ABB for vital gold project
ABB South Africa, News

Marathon Gold has agreed to a contract with ABB to design and commission the process and power control system for its Valentine Gold Project in Canada.
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Safety breakthrough in live testing of large equipment
IS & Ex

While essential to effective maintenance, the live testing of mining vehicles and equipment can be hazardous and time consuming; but this has all changed with the SafeGauge range of digital testing systems. Developed in Australia, SafeGauge is now distributed in South Africa by Booyco Electronics, known for its leading role in promoting safety on mines through its proximity detection systems.
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MESA Africa promotes innovation and collaboration in smart manufacturing
MESA Africa NPC, News

MESA Africa had an exciting lineup of thought leaders and industry experts at its recent summit, which focused on smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0.
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World-first order for nine gear units for SEW-EURODRIVE
SEW-Eurodrive, Motion Control & Drives

After the recent X.e series agitator unit launch, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa secured an order for nine units earmarked for the mining industry – a world-class first.
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MCCs for local and international markets
Iritron , PLCs, DCSs & Controllers

With a history of delivering large engineering projects globally, Iritron has over 20 years’ experience in designing motor control centres (MCCs) built to the highest international specifications.
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ABB supplies Zambian sugar producer
ABB South Africa, Electrical Power & Protection

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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How far can ML and AI go in food & beverage?
IT in Manufacturing

AI can date its origins back to the 1950s. What we are actually seeing today are the results of decades of research and technological developments. When it comes to the food and beverage sector, things are no different and more businesses are reaping the benefits of AI technologies.
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Automation solutions for underground material handling
IT in Manufacturing

Deep Automation is Epiroc’s cutting-edge set of automation systems and applications, used to orchestrate loaders and trucks in underground mining operations.
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Robust industrial relays
Vepac Electronics, Operator Interfaces, Switches & Relays

Industrial RT relays from Vepac are particularly robust and are used for high load control. RT modules can control up to three changeover contacts, with 10 A each. In addition, this product is equipped for safety reasons with manual operation, improved LEDs or free-wheeling diodes.
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The advantages of track busways
Legrand, Electrical Power & Protection

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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Universal temperature transmitter with drift detection
WIKA Instruments, Temperature Measurement

The new model T38 digital temperature transmitter from WIKA enables extremely flexible and stable temperature measurement. The instrument offers a maximum of sensor connection combinations, and a new type of drift detection.
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High-performance Tsubaki sealed chains for harsh environments
Motion Control & Drives

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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Versatile diesel engines
Motion Control & Drives

With an engine for nearly every application, Japanese engine manufacturer Kubota has expanded its range of diesel-only engines to include everything from 5 kW motors for pump and lawnmower applications, to powerful 160 kW motors for large tractors and bespoke industrial applications.
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Ultrasonic sensors with built-in CAN interface
Pepperl+Fuchs, Sensors & Transducers

Pepperl+Fuchs is breaking new ground in ultrasonic sensor technology for CAN-based applications in mobile machines. For the first time, machine builders can now use E1-approved ultrasonic sensors with an integrated CAN interface in their mobile machines. This makes the costly and time-consuming integration of additional CAN interfaces a thing of the past.
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Smart sensor solutions for sustainable farming practices
ifm - South Africa, Sensors & Transducers

Sustainability is a key theme of World Food Month. Smart sensor solutions from ifm support sustainable farming practices by helping farmers use resources more efficiently. By optimising irrigation, fertilisation and pest control, these sensors reduce the environmental impact of agriculture, while increasing yields.
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