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Electricity + Control April 2019

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Electricity and Control April 2019Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) is the new catchphrase in industrial automation. The concept and its benefits are presented in our opening article in the April feature on control systems and automation. We also consider the advantages of adopting a recognised IT platform and operating system, with expert support, to automate condition monitoring and optimise production uptime. We take a closer look at safety standards relating to low voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies and the production of transformers and miniature substations to meet specific standards and applications.

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Electricity + Control: Latest News

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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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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