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Electricity + Control May 2019

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Electricity and Control May 2019In this May issue of Electricity+Control we look at some of the new developments in automation and control systems and technologies launched at Hannover Messe 2019 – pointing the way to Industry 4.0.

Analytical instruments and intelligent sensors have become an essential component of automation systems and are key to collecting operations data that can drive improvements in product quality, production efficiencies and plant longevity.

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Electricity + Control: Latest News

Securing power supply for businesses

Published: 20 May 2019

Electricity tariffs have recently been increased by around 14% and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved further above-inflation hikes for Eskom for the next three financial...

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Print complex labels from a smartphone

Published: 20 May 2019

The new BradyPrinter M611 Mobile Printer marks a new chapter in the ongoing evolution of identification labels. Complex labels can now be designed easily in the field using only a...

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New Head of Marketing for Bureau Veritas in Southern Africa

Published: 20 May 2019

Bureau Veritas has announced the appointment of Mr Cedric Serre as the Head of Marketing for Bureau Veritas Southern Africa.

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SA to establish 4IR affiliate centre

Published: 20 May 2019

South Africa and the World Economic Forum (WEF) recently signed a host government accord to establish an affiliate centre of the WEF's Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR). South Africa will...

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Intelligent process automation in freight industry

Published: 20 May 2019

SAP SE and Uber Freight have announced a partnership to advance the freight industry through intelligent process automation and better access to a network of connected and reliable drivers. The...

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Solar heat systems at scale

Published: 20 May 2019

15 May 2019, saw the Austrian Ambassador in South Africa officially launch the first solar district heating system and the largest solar process heat system in Sub-Saharan Africa. Both major...

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Driving the conveyors in new Mpumalanga coal mine

Published: 10 May 2019

A greenfield coal mine in the Mpumalanga coalfields region has standardised on drives from SEW-EURODRIVE for its entire conveyor-belt system. This entailed a 27-unit order that was assembled at the...

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Large-scale battery storage for the energy transition 

Published: 30 April 2019

CMBlu Energy AG and MANN+HUMMEL GmbH have signed an agreement for the joint development and industrialisation of energy converters for organic redox flow batteries. The aim of the partnership is...

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Renewable energy key for a climate-safe future

Published: 30 April 2019

A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) charts pathways to accelerate energy transformation in order to meet climate objectives while creating jobs and fostering economic growth.

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Global cooperation on microgrid solutions

Published: 30 April 2019

Rolls-Royce and ABB have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology, integrating hybrid power systems and advanced automation. Together the companies offer an innovative, energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities and...

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Change management key to Industry 4.0 transition

Published: 30 April 2019

While South African enterprises are moving to embrace Industry 4.0 models and technologies to enhance efficiencies and remain competitive, adapting to these new models is not without challenges. However, migration...

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An alliance for the IIoT

Published: 30 April 2019

At Hannover Messe 2019, seven leading suppliers from mechanical engineering, industrial automation and software announced the foundation of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. Through this cooperation, the companies aim to...

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CPD Training: Field Calibration: Workshop troubleshooting and field calibration of process instruments

Published: 23 April 2019

By the end of this 1-day session, a participant will understand the most important basic principles of troubleshooting and calibrating analogue and HART process instruments and transmitters in the field...

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CPD Training: Thermal

Published: 23 April 2019

By the end of this 2-days introduction training a participant will understand the complete thermography workflow, which includes most important basic principles of Infrared measurements, efficient use of thermal camera...

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CPD Training: Power Quality: Training Measure & Analyze PQ Problems

Published: 23 April 2019

An important step in the problem-solving process is taking measurements and identifying problems from the results so that the appropriate counter measures can be taken. With theory, hands-on exercises and...

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New versatile industrial label printer

Published: 15 April 2019

The BradyPrinter i3300 Industrial Label Printer is a hassle-free, easy-to-use PC-based printer. It can print a full range of safety and facility labels and signs as well as die-cut labels for...

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Global cooperation on microgrid solutions

Published: 11 April 2019

Rolls-Royce and ABB have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology, integrating hybrid power systems and advanced automation. Together the two companies offer an innovative, energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities...

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Mechatronics Academy supports technical skills training

Published: 10 April 2019

Polytech Africa, a B-BBEE Level 4 start-up engineering consultancy/projects and training specialist, has teamed up with leading supplier, ElectroMechanica (EM), to establish the Mechatronics Academy. The academy will assist in...

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Latest tech for test and research laboratories

Published: 10 April 2019

South African manufacturer Pratley has recently undertaken an extensive revamp of its two main test and research laboratories. CEO Kim Pratley says this has bolstered the company’s unique position among...

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Dry-type transformers suit mobile process plant

Published: 10 April 2019

Installed last year, four dry-type transformers from Trafo Power Solutions are proving their worth on a mobile process plant at a mine in Sierra Leone – such that the customer...

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Wadeville microgrid wins at Hannover Messe

Published: 05 April 2019

Power management company Eaton has won the first Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for its microgrid system installed at its Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The Power Hub, Midrand

Published: 01 April 2019

Cummins, a global corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions, recently launched its state-of-the-art premises in the Waterfall Logistics Precinct...

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Construction starts on 140 MW Nxuba wind farm

Published: 01 April 2019

Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has begun construction on its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole District, Eastern Cape. This is...

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Supporting women in STEM education

Published: 01 April 2019

The Ithemba Trust, a women’s empowerment organisation, and Bureau Veritas Southern Africa, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, recently celebrated International Women’s Day together at Ntsikana Primary School...

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Cyber security certification – a first in automation systems

Published: 29 March 2019

Emerson, a global technology and engineering leader, announced March 19th 2019 that it had received the industry’s first ISASecure® System Security Assurance (SSA™) Level 1 certification for cybersecurity. This certification...

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Cities will lead the electric transport revolution

Published: 29 March 2019

Today, transport accounts for a fifth of global energy demand and a quarter of energy-related CO2 emissions . The effects of pollution from transport are especially significant in cities.

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Global supply chain needs to step up cyber security

Published: 18 March 2019

Enterprises across the global supply chain recognise that their approaches to cyber security must be strengthened, but they are not yet taking the practical steps to safeguard their Industrial Internet...

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Hannover Messe – a stage for the future of industry

Published: 14 March 2019

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, is scheduled for 1-5 April 2019. The show offers visitors from production and energy industries a panoramic view of the...

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Zest WEG Group’s new CEO looks to grow Africa footprint

Published: 11 March 2019

Newly appointed chief executive officer of the Zest WEG Group, Siegfried Kreutzfeld, says, as part of its ongoing growth plans, the group will continue to focus on opportunities in more...

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Induction hardening with IR temperature measurement

Published: 11 March 2019

In many industries the use of non-contact temperature measurement has become essential for monitoring and controlling production processes. This is particularly the case where high quality standards can only be...

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Growing local manufacturing

Published: 11 March 2019

The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME) will be staged from 21 to 23 May 2019 at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg.

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Edge computing: the next wave of data centre modernisation

Published: 11 March 2019

Edge computing – defined as computing infrastructure that exists close to the source of data – performs hosting, storage, computing and analysis and pushes aggregate data to a centralised plant...

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Control room video wall tracks full production process

Published: 01 March 2019

Metsä Fibre, a division of the international Metsä Group, is set to become the world’s largest producer and seller of softwood pulp with the recent opening of its new bioproduct...

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Tax incentives to improve energy efficiency

Published: 01 March 2019

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has noted Treasury’s recent announcement that the energy efficiency savings tax incentive – Section 12L of the Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act...

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Kathu 100 MW concentrated solar power plant newly operational

Published: 01 March 2019

Global energy and services group Engie recently announced that at end January 2019 it had achieved commercial operation for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in South Africa. This state-of-the-art...

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Rotating labels for quick cable identification

Published: 01 March 2019

Being able to identify cables quickly can be critical in data centres and other industrial settings. Brady Corporation's new rotating label enables users to rotate the label so that it...

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