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Automation has become less of a mystery within our society as we find more and more automated products in our daily lives. With this growing interest and desire for technology that makes our lives easier, and more automated, what are the future trends?… (more)


Before answering the question on automation’s role in reducing business risks in mining, one would need to consider what the business risks are and how automation can assist in risk reduction. At the recent Automation University Classic 2013, x’s Global Solutions division South Africa listed ten top business risks according to Ernst & Young’s Business risks facing mining and metals 2012-2013: resource nationalism, skills shortage, infrastructure access, cost inflation, capital project execution, maintaining a social licence to operate, price and currency volatility, capital management and access, sharing the benefits and fraud and corruption… (more)

A new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) report provides guidance to end-users when selecting device integration technology encompassing all host systems, field instruments and device protocols… (more)

Now that government has lifted the monotorium on fracking in the Karoo, it may soon become a reality. There are many opinions about fracking and how it may affect the environment and whether it will be profitable and create jobs… (more)

Coping with the fluid “surges” or “hammering” often experienced in centrifugal pumping systems as a result of starting and stopping a pump, opening or closing valves, and many other sources in a particular system when any sudden change of flow is introduced, can be complex and costly. Rockwell Automation, suggests an economical approach to reduce these effects by exploring electronic starting and stopping of the pump motor… (more)

Pneumatic control may have a lower initial cost but its flexibility of motion in most cases is restricted and there are higher long-term energy costs and maintenance costs… (more)

Seldom in South Africa’s industrial history has there been four companies working together to bring one unique product to market. It is called MAPS… (more)

The automation world talks Ethernet. However, the sheer number of industrial-grade Ethernet components, coupled with requirements for seamless data transmission at the factory level, create the need for a high-performance network infrastructure… (more)

The industrial plant manager needs to monitor each and every device on his or her floor. Data networks, maintenance data, trip data, historical data, stress and strain data, alarms, duty and standby systems and incoming and outgoing material flow rates – must all be at the manager’s fingertips… (more)

With industrial Ethernet successfully establishing a solid position at controller level, implementation at device level is now entering a rapid growth phase. The increasing acceptance of industrial Ethernet by end users is compelling automation suppliers to introduce more and more Ethernet-enabled products… (more)

Industrial Ethernet has rapidly become the reliable technology infrastructure for automation communication within production plants, utility substations and intelligent transportation system environments… (more)

Customers served by modern electric utilities have come to expect highly reliable service due to increased awareness and to the sensitive devices utilised in today’s technologically advanced society. When the electric service is disrupted, even for a short period. The result can be anything from a minor inconvenience to a major economic loss… (more)

The latest developments in the field of protection testing encompass the testing of relays and protection schemes which use the IEC 61850 protocol. The International IEC 61850 standard is relatively new. It was developed to control and protect power systems by standardizing the exchange of information between intelligent electronic devices (IED) within an automated substation and a remote control link. The substation high speed per-to-peer messaging is accomplished using what is called the “Goose” (generic object oriented substation event) message. This message will be used extensively when performing tests… (more)

In this current age of converging systems an airport is probably one of the most information communications technology (ICT) intensive users. All the systems are ICT based running on the TCP/IP platform. All the systems are integrated to form a whole while affording the individual systems the benefit of individuality via Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) while sharing a common communications system. To examine the anatomy of this system let us follow a passenger through the system and have a peek at what happens behind the scenes… (more)

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