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Electricity + Control March 2019

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Electricity and Control March 2019In this issue of Electricity + Control we look to the future of industry in terms of energy management and environmental engineering – and the real potential for green manufacturing – as well as the move towards mainstreaming of edge computing in Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. At the same time, taking care of existing assets, attending to plant maintenance, safety and appropriate technologies for high risk processes and hazardous areas, remain fundamental to plant longevity and industry efficiencies. In his comment, Ian Jandrell highlights the risks of neglecting maintenance – the evidence is clear for all of us to see. With regard to equipment and instrumentation we focus on drives, motors + switchgear and temperature measurement.

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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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Siemens South Africa launches new Sinamics G120X converter series

Published: 28 February 2019

Siemens has launched a brand-new converter series at its headquarters in Midrand, Johannesburg. The converters of the new Sinamics G120X series are especially suited for use in infrastructure applications like...

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Engineering professions ready to assist in power supply solutions

Published: 19 February 2019

Under the auspices of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), a group representing the country’s combined engineering disciplines met recently with the Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Pravin Gordhan...

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New ceiling-mounted robot offers maximum flexibility

Published: 18 February 2019

ABB (UK) has expanded its SCARA robot family with the launch of a compact invert-mounted model suitable for small parts assembly applications. 

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Supporting women and girls in science and technology

Published: 12 February 2019

February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science – a day that celebrates women and girls who are involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and...

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Call for engineering students to apply for internship

Published: 12 February 2019

Leading enterprise asset management engineering company Pragma, will again host its award-winning student training programme (STP), from 24 June to 12 July 2019, at its head office in Cape Town...

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Trends and opportunities in Africa's energy sector

Published: 12 February 2019

Africa’s power generation and energy sector is a catalyst for growth and development across the continent. Industry and businesses need to stay abreast of rapid advances in the energy landscape...

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Accurate tank level management in dairy production

Published: 11 February 2019

Food and beverage manufacturers in South Africa, while facing stringent legal requirements for food safety, are under pressure to optimise their processes to deliver high quality, cost-effective products to an...

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Questions to ask when choosing a vision solution

Published: 11 February 2019

Vision sensors and smart cameras are of the most accessible vision technologies for those just getting started with implementing vision solutions in their manufacturing processes. However, vision can be challenging...

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Comtest's Temperature Calibration Seminar

Published: 07 February 2019

Presented by John Wilson, this seminar is free of charge.

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Syngineer brings engineering designers together

Published: 01 February 2019

Engineering disciplines must grow together in the Industry 4.0 era, optimising information flows and increasing productivity. But how can current departmental boundaries be overcome? Syngineer ensures that designers from electrical...

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Collaboration is key to protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats

Published: 01 February 2019

Critical infrastructure like national power grids are increasingly becoming a target of hackers and attacks. Several hacks reported around the globe in recent years have drawn attention to the vulnerability...

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Fresh ideas from young scientists

Published: 30 January 2019

Two teenage boys recently travelled to Taiwan to represent South Africa at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, after showcasing science projects of exceptional quality at the Eskom Expo for...

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SAIEE appoints Sicelo Xulu as CEO

Published: 30 January 2019

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) has appointed Sicelo Xulu as its new CEO.  The announcement was made in December 2018.  Sicelo will start his three-year term this...

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VEGA uses Golf Day to highlight IIoT Solutions

Published: 22 January 2019

VEGA hosted its popular annual Golf Day at Roodepoort Country Club in Ruimsig on 17 January.  Frikkie Streicher, Managing Director of VEGA Instruments SA, welcomed guests before introducing Juan Garcia...

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Rockwell Automation – IoT Company of the Year 2019 in IoT Breakthrough Awards

Published: 22 January 2019

IoT Breakthrough, an independent organisation that recognises the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market, has announced Rockwell Automation, the largest company dedicated to...

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Schneider Electric launches Go Green in the City 2019

Published: 18 January 2019

Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has launched Go Green in the City 2019, its annual global student contest to find bold ideas and...

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Efficient troubleshooting with reliable cable identification

Published: 16 January 2019

Efficient data centre troubleshooting is essential to operational continuity and can be critical to upholding Service Level Agreements. Carefully checking each cable takes too much time, and carelessly unplugging the...

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Five things about the Siemens digital mining incubator

Published: 15 January 2019

Developing mining engineering competence The African mining industry is steadily embracing digitalisation and automation. Collaboration between government, private companies and educational institutions to help re-skill and upskill individuals already in this...

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Advancing substation infrastructure

Published: 14 January 2019

by Barry Grib, DHG Engineers The growing need for reliable power supply has increased the demand for aging substation infrastructure redevelopment and driven new substation implementation into crowded cities and other...

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New mains or solar powered HVAC VFD sets industry standard

Published: 11 January 2019

The new generation H100 range of VFDs uses LSIS’s ‘Future Smart’ technology to save energy costs through intelligent monitoring of motor loading. The motor current and voltage are controlled in...

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Career opportunity for unemployed learners

Published: 08 January 2019

JB Switchgear Solutions (Pty) Limited has given three candidates from the Ekurhuleni Campus in Daveyton the opportunity to receive the practical experience they require to complement the theoretical qualifications they...

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Klaus Endress turns 70

Published: 11 December 2018

On Sunday 9 December 2018, Klaus Endress, current President of the Supervisory Board of the Endress+Hauser Group who also served for many years as CEO, turned 70.

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Improving networking infrastructure with eNetworks

Published: 04 December 2018

The Aurum Institute, a leading healthcare organisation that has become an internationally recognised global authority on HIV and TB treatment and prevention, has embarked on its next-generation networking journey with...

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Electrical upgrades at Zululand Anthracite Colliery

Published: 04 December 2018

EMIS 2002, part of Becker Mining SA, has completed upgrade projects at Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) near Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal, which encompassed the design and installation of communication, automation and...

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Ongoing evolution keeps Booyco PDS fit for purpose

Published: 04 December 2018

In line with the Mine Health and Safety Act’s regulations on machinery and equipment, the onus is on mines to ensure that their proximity detection systems (PDSs) are ‘fit for...

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Youth energy interns excel at AEE ceremony

Published: 04 December 2018

The top eight members of the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism (LEDET) department were honoured at the Sub-Saharan African Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification Ceremony, held during November...

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