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Electricity + Control July 2018

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Electricity and Control July 2018Ours is an industry characterised by ingenuity, and dependent on innovation for its advancement. Since inception, Electricity + Control has been fervently dedicated to providing the engineering community with content which is above-all current and informative, all the while remaining committed to promoting the efficient use of energy.

The July 2018 issue achieves just this with features that delve into the significance of electric actuators and their use in the design of medical devices, data and the smart machine revolution, as well as the ins and outs of variable frequency drives. We also explore the question of whether smart metering is capable of meeting the specific requirements of Africa, the ways in which artificial intelligence is expected to revolutionise the energy industry and how remote monitoring improves machine maintenance.

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Electricity + Control: Latest News

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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Lightning and surge protection for renewable energy sources

Published: 03 July 2018

Lightning strikes to renewable energy equipment on wind and solar farms or rooftop solar panels, will cause damage at the strike point, as well as lightning surge damage to any...

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Liberate economic development for renewable energy companies

Published: 03 July 2018

With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, it is time for these respective companies in the industry to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licences were...

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Boosting laser-welding repair technology

Published: 03 July 2018

The ACTOM group’s mechanical repair business unit Metalplus and the CSIR’s National Laser Centre (NLC) have agreed to collaborate in marketing and providing a laser-welding service to industry as an...

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Schneider Electric celebrates World Environment Day

Published: 19 June 2018

Schneider Electric South Africa, the global specialists in energy management and automation, celebrated its fifth annual Global Environment Event at the Pastoral Centre Pre-School and Crèche, in Kliptown, Soweto.

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Unearthing future leaders

Published: 19 June 2018

As proclaimed by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” It is against this background that Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and...

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Protecting utilities from cyber-attacks

Published: 19 June 2018

In 2017, the UK Government proposed the implementation of the Security of Networking and Information Systems (NIS) Directive, with the aim of improving the security of essential services such as...

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Connected devices at the heart of smart city projects

Published: 19 June 2018

With numerous challenges, both existing and emerging, exacerbated by growing populations and dwindling resources, it is essential for municipalities to more effectively control and manage numerous resources, including water and...

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Bringing energy and Internet access to rural communities

Published: 19 June 2018

Under a pilot programme, Winch Energy and iWayAfrica will deploy a remote solar kiosk, The Winch Hub (WH®), with integrated VSAT equipment to provide high-quality and affordable broadband connectivity. This...

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Turck and Banner Engineering take over RET Automation Controls   

Published: 08 June 2018

Turck and Banner Engineering established a new joint venture in South Africa, by purchasing RET Automation Controls, their long-standing sales partner. The name of the new sales company will be...

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Harmonic filtering on board diamond mining vessel

Published: 05 June 2018

by John Mitchell, CP Automation Namibia in southwest Africa has 3 700 square miles of diamond concession at sea, which is expected to yield millions of carats of marine gemstones over the...

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Wind farms lead SA’s green energy race

Published: 05 June 2018

South Africa’s five largest renewable energy projects, measured in terms of investment, are all multi-billion rand wind farms that contribute a collective 645.71 MW to the grid. 

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The next step in digitisation

Published: 05 June 2018

Schneider Electric’s mySchneider App is an innovative tool that is easily accessible, offering productivity-improving features for customers and partners. The app, a first-of-its kind in the industry, is a digital...

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Powering Mali mines  

Published: 05 June 2018

Howden South Africa, in conjunction with Howden Australia were awarded a contract to increase the underground ventilation of the Somisy Syama Gold mine, located in the West African country of...

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Lightweight robotics for medical manufacturing

Published: 05 June 2018

In the medical industry, changes are a constant. Today’s top medical manufacturers develop and create an incredible range of products, from the tiniest ‘implantables’ to unbelievably large and complex MRI...

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Is your network ready for GDPR and PoPI?

Published: 05 June 2018

Global and local legislation imposes severe penalties for firms that fail to protect their networks from DDoS attacks.

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IR windows assure reliability and safety

Published: 05 June 2018

Thermal imaging is a well-established and proven method of Preventative Maintenance to electrical equipment. But the process does not come without risk. Removing panels to gain access to switchgear for...

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GE turbine delivers second world record

Published: 22 May 2018

Back in the early days of electricity, power frequency — the rate at which alternating currency (AC) fluctuates per second — was all over the place. Distribution systems operated at...

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First solar powered desalination plant launched in South Africa

Published: 22 May 2018

The first highly cost-effective solar powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October 2018 at Witsand, Hessequa Municipality in the Western Cape. 

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Gravitricity offers fast, versatile energy storage

Published: 22 May 2018

As the world generates more and more electricity from intermittent renewable energy sources, there is a growing need for technologies which can capture and store energy during periods of low...

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Smart solutions to tackle energy losses for utilities

Published: 22 May 2018

The pressure to improve energy efficiency is constant and intense, particularly for electric utilities which face the cascading effect that changes to power production and distribution can have on energy...

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What does the ‘rise of the machines’ mean for Africa?

Published: 07 May 2018

Barry Elliott, Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa Managing Director Barry Elliott considers the possible impact of the Internet of Things in Africa. Will automation, artificial intelligence and robotics – or...

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Data and the smart machine revolution

Published: 07 May 2018

How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimisation of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it...

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SEW adds value by expanding field service department

Published: 07 May 2018

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has expanded its Field Service Department, and is growing its service offering with the addition of value-added services such as vibration and oil analysis.

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Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project

Published: 07 May 2018

South Africa boasts one of the best solar resources in the world and is a country at the forefront of the solar revolution. SolarReserve entered the South Africa renewable energy...

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Lightning Protection: Reducing fatalities through innovative systems

Published: 07 May 2018

According to NASA’s lightning tracking technology, which has recorded every lightning strike to hit the earth for the past 18 years, some regions in Africa have the largest lightning flash...

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ABB helps Bayer implement modular automation solution

Published: 07 May 2018

The process industry is facing harsh global competition and changing market requirements such as more customised products, shorter delivery times and smaller batch series down to batch size 1.

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13th Annual SAEEC Conference

Published: 17 April 2018

13th Annual SAEEC Conference will be held from 13 – 14 November 2018 at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

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