Philips tackling the evolving lighting industry

Philips tackling the evolving lighting industry

Philips Lighting celebrated their one year anniversary of becoming a standalone company today at a media event at their offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the event, Reggie Nxumalo, GM of Philips Lighting Southern Africa, spoke of the evolving sector which is lighting and broke down just how Philips Lighting plans to make an impact. Since becoming a stand-alone company and being listing on the Amsterdam stock exchange, the company has delivered many innovations that look to unlock the extraordinary potential of light to bring about brighter lives and a…

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BLT’s new Meclift ML1812R series variable lift trucks for heavy lifting

BLT's new Meclift ML1812R series variable lift trucks for heavy lifting

The Meclift range of heavy lifting equipment – available exclusively in South Africa from materials handling specialists, BLT SA – encompasses variable reach trucks, side reach stackers and various attachments. These machines are designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries. New to the range is the upgrade of ML1612R machines to the ML1812R series, which has a lifting capacity of 18 T and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. These multi purpose machines are able to lift 20-feet containers and…

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New Holland to Distribute Directly in South Africa

New Holland to Distribute Directly in South Africa

New Holland Agriculture, a brand of CNH Industrial, has announced that it is opening a new branch to distribute and support its products and services in South Africa and neighbouring markets By taking over the direct distribution and support of its products, the brand aims to devote a strong focus to its business in this territory, provide customers with the best all-round support and ensure its product offering for the market perfectly matches the specific requirements of local agriculture. New Holland Agriculture will manage its operations for South Africa, and the…

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DHL to leverage Internet of Things in Logistics

Paul Stone, CEO Africa and MD South Africa, DHL Supply Chain.

DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist within the Deutsche Post DHL Group, in collaboration with Cisco and start-up Conduce, have forged ahead on their path of digitalisation by implementing Internet of Things technology into warehousing to optimise operational efficiency, and lay the foundations for safer work practices. DHL has begun testing the technology at three different pilot sites in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Improved operational efficiency and safety The solution enables DHL to monitor operational activities in real-time through a responsive graphical visualisation of operational data aggregated from sensors…

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Wipro, IDC partner on Whole School Development Project

Wipro, IDC partner on Whole School Development Project

Wipro has provided two ICT laboratories to two schools in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga in partnership with South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).  As part of the IDC’s Whole School Development Programme which was launched in 2012 with the Department of Basic Education and Adopt A School Foundation, in addition to the ICT laboratories, Makhosana-Manzini High School received an administration block and Mapaleni Primary School received a library which was equipped with books donated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Whole School Development Project aims to improve the academic, infrastructural, social and…

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SA’s National Development Plan under scrutiny at Vision 2030 Summit

SA's National Development Plan under scrutiny at Vision 2030 Summit

South Africa’s National Development Plan, the government’s blueprint for economic and social growth, will headline discussion at the 3rd annual Vision 2030 Summit, scheduled for 21 June in Gauteng, South Africa. Multinational ICT and telecommunications firm Huawei South Africa is listed as a participant and the company’s CEO Steven Wu says ICT is a vital enabler for economic growth. Wu says, “As a key participant in the Vision 2030 Summit we aim to engage stakeholders on how bridging the digital divide can contribute to national economic growth. Huawei will share…

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Bringing the Industrial Internet of Things to Fluid Power

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers new opportunities for machine monitoring, control, and diagnostics

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers new opportunities for machine monitoring, control, and diagnostics. But unlike the all-purpose IoT, the IIoT requires much more than synching your smart phone with individual devices. Without a doubt, the biggest news in manufacturing for the decade is the rapid proliferation of low-cost sensing and computer processing being attached to all types of industrial equipment—everything from connectors, hose and tubing to pumps, motors, actuators and filters. In fluid power systems, the line between actuator and sensor is becoming increasingly blurred. Traditionally, solenoid-operated valves…

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Make the Connection

FLUID POWER BASICS>PNEUMATICS Make the Connection

Pneumatic quick-acting couplings provide a fast, convenient way to repeatedly connect and disconnect air lines. If a hose or tubing in a pneumatic system will be connected and disconnected more frequently than once a week, chances are a quick-acting coupling will pay for itself rapidly by improving productivity. Although simple in concept, many quick-acting couplings are precisely engineered for specific applications. Their widespread use over many years has produced a wide variety of standard designs. Regardless of the manufacturer, all quick-acting couplings have some elements in common. All have two…

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