Robotic Tasks Made Easy

A new low-cost modular robotics kit from motion plastics manufacturer, igus, makes automation extremely easy and affordable for manufacturing companies in South Africa. Cost-effective automation is the best possible solution for gripping, turning, pivoting and placing items and returning them to their initial position, especially in the case of simple pick-and-place tasks performed over a […]

Bridge between Sensors and Controllers

Available from RS South Africa, IO-Link is a standardised communication protocol used in the automation and industrial sectors. It acts as a bridge between sensors and controllers, enabling seamless communication and control of various sensors and actuators. While IO-Link is versatile and supports various devices, RS PRO IO-Link sensors have emerged as a game-changer for […]

Robotic Precision and Speed

John Mostert, Sales Manager at Yaskawa Southern Africa says that their Yaskawa’s Motoman GP20 robot is more than just a machine.

Microwave Sensor Options for Mill Installations

ABB has updated its KPM KC7 microwave consistency transmitter portfolio with a larger flow-through sensor to fit process pipes with a diameter of up to 16”, giving more customers the choice to measure the total consistency of mixed pulps with a flow-through sensor. The company has also launched a redesigned insertion type with an improved […]

Manufacturing Sector’s Readiness for Industry 4.0

The fortunes of our members and readers are closely allied to the manufacturing sector. A recent report from PwC provides some insights.  The manufacturing sector is South Africa’s fourth largest sector and a key driver of economic growth. However, industrialisation challenges in recent decades and the relatively slow adoption of new technologies have hampered the […]

Stamping Body Parts Brought In-house

Ford Motor Company’s R15.8-billion investment in its Silverton Assembly Plant operations in Pretoria is coming to fruition, with the completion of one of its largest and most ambitious projects to date – the high-tech new Stamping Plant, which is now in operation. The vast facility measures a staggering 10 320m2, equivalent to almost 1.5-times the […]

Robot Loading System

Before it developed Elevate, Cellro had already had success with Xcelerate, a flexible automation solution. Xcelerate offers customers flexibility when automating small to medium-sized series. However, it seemed that there was also an increasing demand for a loading system with a larger storage capacity. This was particularly true of machining companies which make their own […]

Minding The Gaps To Protect Industrial PLCs From Cyber Threats

PLCs, designed to control machinery and specific processes, were never built with cybersecurity threats in mind and protecting PLCs against these threats requires healthy isolation from the World Wide Web. With the change in how industrial machines communicate within a network came new risks. Systems that were isolated in the past are now visible on […]

The Factory of Tomorrow

Many still believe that man and robots can only work against each other or, if need be, side by side; moreover, there is still a fear that machines will replace human workers. However, the coexistence of human workers and automated machine solutions and robots has become commonplace in more and more companies. But that’s not […]

Robots In The Time of COVID-19

As the world moves towards a different tomorrow, future-orientated solutions won’t merely be an option for industries but an absolute necessity. Robotics and automation technology are already playing a pivotal role in the health sector but they’re about to extend further into other industries faster than anyone could have predicted. “The automotive industry has always […]