Yokogawa Wins Control System Order for Water Source Facilities in Northwestern China’s Dushanzi District

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa China, has received an order from the Dushanzi Petrochemical Company, a subsidiary of PetroChina Company Limited, to deliver a control system for its water source facilities. This system will monitor and control various water source facilities managed by the Dushanzi Petrochemical Company in the Dushanzi District of Karamay, a city in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Dushanzi Petrochemical Company manages four sources that annually produce approximately 650 million m3 of water for use by its world-class Dushanzi petrochemical complex…

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On-pack trends: Augmented reality enabled packaging

In theory, augmented reality (AR) could allow product owners and marketers to add a virtual layer of communication and promotional messaging to their brand packaging. Wondering about the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality? Augmented reality (AR) is technology that adds an extra layer of digital content to your view of the real world, when observed through a device that is AR-enabled (such as a smart phone with the relevant app or in-built capabilities). Pokémon Go is a well-known example of augmented reality – offered in the form of…

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THE HIGH COST OF SUPPLY CHAIN GLITCHES

Supply chain disruptions are widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers, and have become a top concern of global insurance providers.   A glitch in its supply chain can cost an organisation up to 10% of its shareholder value, and even put the company out of business, warns international supply chain risk management specialist, Gregory Schlegel. A professor at Lehigh University in the USA, a renowned author and founder of the global Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium, Schlegel will be sharing his insights with Southern African supply…

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Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Toxic cloud angers harbour tenants Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet’s two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat. Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (Pedsac) chairman Richard Donaldson said the situation was intolerable. “Nowhere else in the world would a similar operation be allowed in the middle of a city, especially near major tourist attractions and residential areas. “The health issues caused by manganese ore dust are enormous,” he said.…

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SustainPower delivers first locally manufactured biogas combined heat and power generator

SustainPower, together with Unique Hydra, part of the Unique Group (a world leader in providing engineering expertise, sales and rental equipment and the latest technology for the marine, diving, pipeline and subsea market sectors) has recently delivered a locally manufactured biogas electrical power generator to ibert (Pty) Ltd, one of the leading biogas companies in Southern Africa.   The containerised combined heat and power unit (CHP) produces electricity and heat in a waste to energy process which, by recovering about 90% of the energy in the gaseous fuel, is very…

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Yokogawa Develops N-IO Standard Field Enclosure and Control System Virtualization Platform –For improved agility in implementing control system projects–

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an N-IO standard field enclosure and a control system virtualization platform. The enclosure is a weatherproof remote IO cabinet that stores IO devices used by the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system and the ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system, and the virtualization platform enables the control of multiple virtual devices on a single server. By reducing the amount of time and effort to engineer a new system, these solutions help to both speed up project execution and reduce total cost of…

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Allied Steelrode supports the ‘sisters of steel’ in serving the Pretoria region

The steel business has always been perceived as a male preserve. However, in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, there are two vibrant women who are challenging this traditionally-held perception on a daily business – literally, the ‘sisters of steel’. Gwen Mahuma and Monika Pretorius are respectively Business Development Director and Managing Director of BBD Steel Supplies. Since its inception in 2014 – and despite the extremely tough economy of recent years – the business has doubled its turnover every year since then. From a three-person start-up, it now employs 27 people…

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Linde Material Handling makes customers fit for tomorrow’s intralogistics

Linde at LogiMAT: Digital, connected, autonomous and safe Aschaffenburg, It is the many continuous innovation steps that help to make the transition to digitally controlled and interconnected processes, autonomous solutions, the highest safety standards, and even more powerful drives become a reality. At the LogiMAT trade show in Stuttgart, Germany, from March 13-15, 2018 Linde Material Handling will show how large its range of corresponding products has now become and what innovations have been added to make the handling of goods across all sectors fit for the future. Visitors will…

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Rand within 3c of pre-Gordhan firing level

JOHANNESBURG – The rand achieved an intra-day best level of R12.34 to the dollar on Wednesday‚ before giving back some of its gains by mid-afternoon‚ when settling just a few cents firmer than Tuesday’s close. Prior to the sacking of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan at the end of March, the rand had been trading at about R12.31 to the dollar on Wednesday. The rand firmed in response to the news in the Sunday Times at the weekend that “secret talks” were underway for a negotiated exit for President Jacob…

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Sibanye-Stillwater to buy troubled platinum producer Lonmin

LONDON – South Africa’s precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has agreed to buy Lonmin in an all-share deal, valuing the troubled platinum producer at about $382 million, the two companies said on Thursday. Lonmin, the world’s third biggest platinum producer, has faced the combined pressures of low platinum prices and challenges of operating in South Africa, where laying off workers to improve profitability is a fraught issue. Its share price in London was up 18% by 0822 GMT, while Sibanye-Stillwater’s fell 2.6% in Johannesburg trade. “The flexibility inherent in the larger…

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