Interfacing design and test automation tools

  As the development of design and test automation tools continues apace, so too does the convergence of the disciplines that utilise these sophisticated software systems. In this article we will consider how electronic design automation (EDA) and automated test development software and their users interact at the following levels: Connection data (Netlist) import for […]

Safety is not the only driver of automation and robotics in mining

  With frequent – and now in some sectors of the mining industry, ongoing – strikes the question arises: should more automation be deployed in mines?  I posed this question to Dr. Declan Vogt , strategic research manager at the CSIR Centre for Mining Innovation.  “I believe that it is the way we are heading!”  […]

Are you getting optimum value from your investment in thermal imaging?

  Thermography is not just pointing the camera at an object. You have to know what you are imaging and then how to interpret the image. Thermal imaging is not just about pointing a camera at a switch, a transformer or risky cable connection. As in photography, a “mik en druk”  (point and press) camera cannot […]

Protecting industrial control systems and SCADA networks

  Cyber attacks on critical infrastructures are now a reality. Power generation facilities, metropolitan traffic control systems, water treatment systems and factories have become targets of attackers and have been hit with an array of network breach, data theft and denial of service activity. Service uptime, data integrity, compliance and even public safety require that […]

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