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Electricity + Control October 2018

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Electricity and Control October 2018The history of our species is a testament to the works of countless engineers. The importance of engineers to any society has historically been of great importance, and as we become more dependent on technology, that trend is only likely to increase over time. 

With this in mind, the industry as a whole is required to remain well-informed and to be the driving force behind the development of new and innovative solutions for the betterment of all.

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Electricity + Control: Latest News

Optimising water transfer system with VSDs

Published: 09 October 2018

by Christo du Plessis, Zest WEG Group Rising energy costs The fast-increasing price of electricity from South African local utility Eskom has become a major cost factor for South African mining groups...

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Sensor solutions in food safety

Published: 09 October 2018

by Brandon Topham, RET Automation Controls Product recall is costly not only in terms of lost revenue, wasted materials, and production time but also in terms of brand reputation and brand loyalty...

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Young scientists stun with impressive innovations 

Published: 08 October 2018

October saw Boksburg hosting over 500 learners in the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF). These budding young scientists were in Johannesburg to compete in the...

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Protecting potential explosive zones from lightning strikes

Published: 08 October 2018

On 7 October 2017, a lightning strike caused a major fire in an oil storage tank on Butcher Island (Jawahar Dweep), off the Mumbai shore. It took four days to...

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Investing in African Mining Indaba

Published: 08 October 2018

Investing in African Mining Indaba will be celebrating its 25th anniversary from 4-7 February 2019 in Cape Town. The event will look back at the best moments in African mining...

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Easily create lockout procedures and tags

Published: 08 October 2018

Easily create full colour lockout tags and procedures with the BradyJet J5000 Label Printer and the Lockout Writer app.

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Beacon lights of the modern age

Published: 08 October 2018

At first glance lighthouse structures may appear old and dignified, but the technology inside is modern and robust. Availability as well as low operating costs with long maintenance intervals are...

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Cummins announces appointment of new MD

Published: 02 October 2018

Cummins Southern Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Racheal Njoroge as Managing Director for Cummins Southern Africa as of 1 September 2018. Ms Njoroge is responsible for...

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Yokogawa launches an innovative fiber optic heat detector

Published: 25 September 2018

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed the DTSXTM1 fibre optic heat detector, an OpreXTM Field Instruments heat sensing and fire detection solution. Housed in an enclosure and suitable for use with...

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Finding the way forward for the electricity sector in SA

Published: 25 September 2018

There appears to be a ‘New Dawn’ of optimism in South Africa lately. The opportunity now exists for a turnaround in the country’s fortunes.  Clearly, corruption, state capture and bad governance...

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High performance, smart hospitals in Africa

Published: 25 September 2018

The next generation of healthcare buildings will be very different from the hospitals, clinics and general practitioner (GP) surgeries we are familiar with today. A revolution in building design is...

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New battery guzzles CO2

Published: 25 September 2018

A new Lithium-based battery developed by researchers at MIT could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialised chemicals...

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Easily create lockout procedures and tags

Published: 25 September 2018

Easily create full colour lockout tags and procedures with the BradyJet J5000 Label Printer and the Lockout Writer app.

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Taming costly spikes and transients

Published: 25 September 2018

The common surge protection management approach in African mines ignores the effect of transient voltage spikes on equipment performance. Fortunately, according to Jeff Edwards, the Texas-based President of Energy Control...

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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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