Yokogawa Adds Network Function to UTAdvanced Series UM33A Digital Indicator –A solution that is both easy to install and cost effective –

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that it has added a network function to the UM33A digital indicator with alarms, a product in the UTAdvanced controller series, and will release this to the market on May 7.   With this network function, a single UM33A digital indicator can receive, process, and sequentially display data from up to eight sensors. The enhanced UM33A is an easy to install and cost effective solution that enables the monitoring of data from multiple field sensors. By improving the functions of its UTAdvanced product line,…

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Will SA manufacturers survive the fourth industrial revolution?

Over time we have seen how mechanisation; mass production; computers and automation have greatly impacted manufacturing industries – proving time and again that nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.   Now, as we teeter ever closer to Industry 4.0 – the fourth global industrial evolution that is set to be as pivotal if not more than its three predecessors put together — the most important question for South African manufacturers is whether we are ready to meet global competitors at the forefront of technology innovation.…

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Monitoring the molecules: RTS Africa’s Neo Monitors LaserGas analysers offer accurate real-time gas level monitoring for industry

Since its founding, innovation has been the hallmark of RTS Africa Engineering, a Tshwane-based company specialising in innovative technologies which provide solutions to industrial challenges. RTS Africa has not only imported many new technologies from its portfolio of well-established and highly reputable overseas principals; but, in-house, has developed ground-breaking solutions to industrial challenges such as the removal of dust from air flows. “In the day-to-day operation of industry, vast quantities of fossil fuel are burned,” explains Ian Fraser, MD of RTS Africa Engineering. “If the combustion process is inefficient, the…

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First Cut’s stellar business growth drives major space optimisation for star-studded customer service

  In spite of the prevailing economic challenges industry has experienced in the past few years, First Cut has embarked upon a major expansion of its offices in Benrose, Johannesburg. First Cut was ready for growth in the business and required additional floor space to cope with the growth and increased activity the company has been experiencing. “We needed to expand our stores and to expand our footprint across all divisions. For example, we decided to renovate our showroom area for capital equipment from our international principals such as Starrett,…

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Optimise sheet metal handling with new Schmalz suction cup from Tectra Automation

Tectra Automation, part of the Hytec Group, has introduced the new SAX bell-shaped suction cup from Schmalz to its range of vacuum components. It is a single-piece suction cup with a vulcanised connection nipple made of reinforced plastic. Available with various connection types, it comes in seven sizes with suction diameters of 30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 and 115 mm.   The wear-resistant Elastodur construction provides the SAX with a service life considerably longer than that of comparable materials, providing product longevity. The cups long stroke allows it to…

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Yokogawa Releases Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) R4.01–New maintenance and operations support function for the display of statistical information on the status of all plant devices”

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces the April 12 release of version R4.01 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) software tool for centrally managing large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices as well as manufacturing equipment. PRM R4.01, an upgrade to R3.31, has been significantly enhanced with a new function that provides statistical data needed to identify the overall status of the devices in a plant. Through the provision of information that is essential for efficient maintenance and optimum operations, this new PRM release will help to…

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Security a top trend for the future of IIoT

The effects of the Internet of Things (IoT) is something we experience in our everyday lives, with the proliferation of smart phones, cars, thermostats, and even smart refrigerators entering our homes. These smart devices provide us with a rich source of sensor data that can be networked, gathered and analysed by software to detect potential issues, allow us to work more productively and save more energy.   A less frequently talked about phenomenon, the Industrial IoT (IIoT), is the application of the same principles to a wide range of industrial…

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SOUTHERN AFRICAN SUPPLY CHAIN ASSOCIATION JOINS GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HEALTH SUPPLY CHAINS

Leading Southern African supply chain association SAPICS has been appointed a board member of “People that Deliver”, a global initiative that aims to improve health outcomes by promoting sustainable workforce excellence in health supply chain management.   “We are very proud to have this opportunity to contribute to the global drive to develop and professionalise public health supply chains in order to improve access to critical medicines and save lives,” comments SAPICS president Mungo Park. “More than half the world’s population lacks access to the most basic health services, and…

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Rand-Air ‘amps up’ to meet increased demand from customers with major investment in generator fleet

  Consistent and reliable electrical power supply is an absolute necessity for the smooth functioning of all sectors of industry and modern society today. Over the past few years in South Africa, there has however been growing uncertainty about the reliability of regular AC mains supply. This has seen the demand for so-called ‘prime’ or primary power rental increasing. In addition, new developments in industry have also increased the demand for reliable prime power. However, equipment rental companies have to maintain a fine balance between having sufficient equipment available for…

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The new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

The New Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace closes the gap between the compact Tiguan and the premium class Touareg. 215 mm additional external length creates capacity for a standard third row of seats, which turns the longer wheelbase Tiguan into a 7-seater. Boot space has increased by an impressive 115 litres. New 132kW TSI engine added to the range Johannesburg – Volkswagen is expanding the model range of the best-selling Tiguan SUV to include a newly designed 7-seater model – the even bigger, particularly elegant and versatile Tiguan Allspace. The new SUV’s…

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