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Electricity and Control September 2018As a community engineers have the problem-solving skills necessary to remedy a problem, but more than that, they are responsible for creating solutions to problems that society isn’t even aware of yet. This expectation puts the industry as a whole under pressure not only to remain clued up on current developments, but also to be the driving force behind new and innovative solutions.

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Electricity + Control: Latest News

Zest WEG Group designs, adapts mobile transformers for Husab

Published: 10 September 2018

When Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine near Swakopmund in Namibia needed mobile pit transformers, Zest WEG Group’s Integrated Solutions Division was able to not only custom-design a fit-for-purpose solution, but also...

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LTP-B Eco HVAC driving energy and cost savings

Published: 10 September 2018

With a large footprint and customer base in food-and-beverage, automotive, and mining, drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is now targeting niche sectors such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning...

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Smart metering system powers up customers

Published: 10 September 2018

Property portfolio managers and tenants in both commercial and residential precincts across the country are facing punishing escalations in water and electricity tariffs on an annual basis. Consequently, making every...

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Eskom competition boosts small enterprise development

Published: 10 September 2018

The finest black-owned South African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that competed in the 2018 Eskom Business Investment Competition (BIC), were awarded great prizes at an awards function held on...

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Of machine learning and malware

Published: 10 September 2018

It is no mean feat to find an area in business and technology where the proponents of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) don’t tout the benefits of any...

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Reimagining skills development

Published: 10 September 2018

by Barry Elliot, Rockwell Automation Across the world, businesses are using digital technologies like IoT and AR to improve knowledge and skill levels of their employees. In this article, Barry Elliott...

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The future of mining is automated

Published: 10 September 2018

By Chris Calam, ThermoFisher Scientific As global demand increases for resources locked deep within the earth, the mining industry must adopt processes and technologies that streamline every step of the process. Automation...

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Eco Expo Asia returns with a new show scheme

Published: 10 September 2018

Eco Expo Asia, a leading trade fair for the environmental protection industry, returns for another year with a fresh new theme ‒ ‘Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future’.

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Women in STEM share career advice

Published: 28 August 2018

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are in short supply globally. However, in South Africa the skills shortage is compounded by difficult barriers to entry, where there are insufficient...

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The battle for the Edge

Published: 28 August 2018

It is estimated that in 2018 there will be over 31 billion connected ‘edge’ devices globally, making this year the one where the Internet of Things (IoT) truly begins to...

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Shrinking power grids key to Africa’s electrification

Published: 28 August 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest electrification rate in the world ― and is in dire need of a solution to its growing electrification problem.

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Copper refinery uses drone, abseiling team for maintenance

Published: 28 August 2018

Rather than traditional scaffolding, which is both costly and time-consuming to erect, Skyriders Access Specialists combined the use of a hi-tech drone with a specialist abseiling team to provide a...

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Common security needs when moving to the cloud

Published: 28 August 2018

The claim that cloud computing is radically transforming the way organisations (both big and small) do business, for better, agile and faster results, has become fact. However, there are still...

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The medium voltage switchgear of the future is here

Published: 13 August 2018

The 21st century has brought us many innovations. One that’s having a big impact on everyday life is the internet of things (IoT) – smart objects that can connect to...

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From mineral to electrical products, Pratley celebrates innovation

Published: 13 August 2018

Since founded in 1948, Pratley has diversified into a wide range of industrial sectors. This year it celebrates its 70th anniversary with over 1 000 products in its stable and 350...

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Reliable testing technology for plastics processing

Published: 13 August 2018

In plastics processing where thermal processes play a particularly important role, temperature is the crucial measurement parameter. Only precise temperature control ensures high, consistent product quality. Micro-Epsilon provides suitable measurement...

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Machine learning method capable of accurate extrapolation

Published: 13 August 2018

Understanding how a robot will react under different conditions is essential to guaranteeing its safe operation. But how do you know what will break a robot without actually damaging it?

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How to build efficient organic solar cells

Published: 13 August 2018

Twenty-five researchers from seven research institutes have put their heads together to draw up rules for designing high-efficiency organic solar cells. The research is led by Feng Gao, associate professor...

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Demanding environments call for robust diesel generators

Published: 07 August 2018

As demand for electricity throughout Africa continues to present numerous challenges, Zest WEG Group, the generator set manufacturer/electric motor supplier, remains a significant player in the provision of power to...

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Cyber security for industrial automation and control environments

Published: 07 August 2018

Ivan Fernandez, Frost & Sullivan A proliferation of cyber threats has prompted asset owners in industrial environments to search for security solutions that can protect their assets and prevent potentially significant...

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New ring main unit for SA market

Published: 31 July 2018

With a population of over 57 million, South Africa’s future growth is greatly dependent on energy consumption and distribution. With the country’s current energy landscape being dominated by distribution failures...

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Selecting an industrial safety controller

Published: 31 July 2018

Machine safety can often be a complex and daunting undertaking. However, the selection and implementation of an easy-to-use and flexible safety controller can make it that much easier to get...

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A cool way to store energy

Published: 31 July 2018

In an industrial town a few miles outside of Manchester, England, two steely grey tanks stand 17 metres high. While they might look like part of a new-fangled factory — or...

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Pressure sensors for water-based media

Published: 31 July 2018

Based on its existing range of tried-and-tested pressure sensors, ifm presents a new version, specifically designed for use in special applications. With wetted parts constructed of ceramics, EPDM and Stainless...

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Drones aid in safe inspection of inaccessible spaces

Published: 31 July 2018

What appears to be a regular maintenance inspection can quickly turn dangerous for the most experienced teams, particularly where chemicals or gas are involved.

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Siemens launches the right soft starter for every application

Published: 30 July 2018

During July Siemens hosted a series of launch events to introduce the South African market to its next generation Sirius 3RW5 range of soft starters.

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The magic of automation with VEGA Inventory System

Published: 26 July 2018

On July 24 VEGA hosted a group of industry representatives at a Technology Training session featuring the innovative VEGA Inventory System, developed specifically for inventory monitoring in liquid tanks and...

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Using Big Data Science to predict insurance claims fraud

Published: 16 July 2018

The rising cost of insurance in South Africa is compounded by an increase in fraud plaguing the industry. To reduce this cost, researchers in the Department of Computer Science at...

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Beyond building security

Published: 16 July 2018

by Neil Cameron, Johnson Controls Security, access control, building managements systems (BMS) and Workforce Convenience. Ordinarily these notions would not be combined in a single concept. However, in the case of...

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IoT shaping new facilities management paradigms

Published: 16 July 2018

With the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected technologies, the landscape of facilities management will change radically within three years, as the number of connected devices globally...

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Integrating renewable energy into the national grid

Published: 16 July 2018

Several research groups in the University of Pretoria’s Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering are working with industry and government to address energy-related challenges by improving energy efficiency and...

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Clean energy vision for the City of Cape Town

Published: 16 July 2018

The City of Cape Town has played a leading role in stimulating growth of renewable energy in its electricity mix, notably through the first PPA signed with an IPP (Darling...

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Wonderware SA changes its name

Published: 06 July 2018

Wonderware Southern Africa ― sole regional distributor of Wonderware industrial software solutions ― has undergone a digital transformation to become IS³ (Industry Software, Solutions and Support).

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Solutions for Cape Town water crisis

Published: 04 July 2018

by Hennie Pretorius, Endress+Hauser South Africa, a water scarce country, should consider its water supply as its most valuable resource. All South Africans with access to piped water should always be...

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Bridging the digital divide with photonics

Published: 04 July 2018

Wits physicists and engineers have teamed up to tackle Africa’s digital divide with home grown technologies.

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Next-level competitiveness in African manufacturing

Published: 03 July 2018

The manufacturing sector is set to evolve thanks to the rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Specifically focused on industries with machinery and production processes, Jeremy Potgieter, Eseye, SADC...

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