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Electricity + Control August 2018

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Electricity and Control August 2018As the digital age continues to advance at rapid speed, many industries are finding themselves in a state of constant change and flux. The engineering industry is just one sector that has seen an explosion in innovation. If anything, technology is moving faster than ever, and engineers need to be acutely aware of the associated impacts and opportunities.

In this constantly evolving industry the one thing, besides change, that remains certain is the need for reliable, up-to-date information. With this in mind, Electricity + Control continues to strive towards delivering content that keeps up with all the evolutions and revolutions that characterise the industry we serve.

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Electricity + Control: Latest News

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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A cool way to store energy

Published: 31 July 2018

In an industrial town a few miles outside of Manchester, England, two steely grey tanks stand 17 metres high. While they might look like part of a new-fangled factory — or...

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Pressure sensors for water-based media

Published: 31 July 2018

Based on its existing range of tried-and-tested pressure sensors, ifm presents a new version, specifically designed for use in special applications. With wetted parts constructed of ceramics, EPDM and Stainless...

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Drones aid in safe inspection of inaccessible spaces

Published: 31 July 2018

What appears to be a regular maintenance inspection can quickly turn dangerous for the most experienced teams, particularly where chemicals or gas are involved.

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Siemens launches the right soft starter for every application

Published: 30 July 2018

During July Siemens hosted a series of launch events to introduce the South African market to its next generation Sirius 3RW5 range of soft starters.

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The magic of automation with VEGA Inventory System

Published: 26 July 2018

On July 24 VEGA hosted a group of industry representatives at a Technology Training session featuring the innovative VEGA Inventory System, developed specifically for inventory monitoring in liquid tanks and...

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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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