Archive for November, 2013

Automating an old, existing plant

Automating an existing plant could save considerable funds, converting it to modern monitoring methods and keep staff happily familiar with their existing equipment. As an additional bonus, if  certain levels of spare parts are retained, it could also save considerable inventory costs. Training of operations personnel will be kept to an absolute minimum as so […]

Pressure sensors for pneumatic applications

The compact PQ Series pressure sensors from Ifm Electronic are designed for pneumatic applications such as robotics and material handling applications. They measure the full range of pressure and vacuum typical in these applications. The cube-shaped pneumatic pressure sensor easily retrofits traditional pressure switches at a fraction of the price. Measuring only 32 mm x […]

A system solution for high precision in injection molding

Beckhoff is presenting its extensive range of PC and EtherCAT-based control solutions for the entire plastics machine manufacturing industry at K 2013. In XMold, Beckhoff is bringing an integrated solution for the automation of complex injection molding machines onto the market that meets the highest requirements for precision, speed and energy efficiency. Based on the […]

SETI awards

The NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards encourage and reward excellence in scientific research, education, capacity building, management, communication and in technological innovation by publicly honouring and celebrating outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) in South Africa. These are the longest-standing awards for SETI in South Africa, and have been hosted since 1998 by the […]

Multiple software options for label and sign printing

The DuraLabel Pro printer gives multiple software options for printing labels and signs. This printer does not require special software as it is compatible with software already on PCs such as Microsoft Word and Excel. Any software which works with a computer printer will be compatible with this printer. It also comes with DuraSuite labelling […]

Network utilising cellular radio technology

Athonet has developed a highly distributed and efficient network that utilises UMTS/HSPA, CDMA/EVDO and LTE broadband cellular radio technology but evolves it to conform to a “flat” architecture where all functionality can be flexibly centralised or distributed to the edge of the network (i.e. regional area, enterprise, airport, campus etc.). Communication between mobile terminals and […]

Multiservice field testing announced

Exfo has announced the extension of its Power Blazer offering to cover 10 M to 10 G interfaces, and rates including Ethernet, SONET/SDH and OTN. Adding to the modules’ existing 40 G/100 G capabilities, these functionalities are available as software options for existing 88100NGE Power Blazer modules, thus maximising customers’ return on investment. All of […]

Magnetorestrictive position sensors for plastics processing

For over 30 years, MTS Sensor Technologie has been a reliable partner for measurement and control technology in the plastics processing industry. Its absolute, linear and non-contact position sensors have influenced measuring technology of injection moulding machines, blow molding machines and thermoforming machines. MTS Sensor Technologie’s sensors for the plastics processing industry are optimally suited […]

ICT Incubation and youth employment

Entrepreneurial development organisation MEDO launched its ICT Incubator in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg on 11 November 2013. This is the first youth incubator in the DTI Incubator Support Programme (ISP), and as such marks the launch of the DTI’s Youth Enterprise Development Strategy. With roughly […]

Decades of engineering excellence

Decades of Engineering Excellence is a 216-page hard cover coffee-table publication of the Engineering Council of South Africa. Du Toit Grobler, a professional electrical/electronic and certificated electrical/ mechanical engineer was requested to compile and edit the contents which commemorates the excellence of engineering in South Africa over many decades. The inspiration to publish the book […]