Adaptive Canning Lines
Together with our partner, Kirschenhofer, we offer a complete set of canning solutions to fit your needs.
We have a wide range of skills and in-house competencies that allow us to design, manufacture and commission complete assembly lines.
Automated Work Cells
Solutions range from fixed dedicated welding machines to more flexible robotic welding cells.
S4 designs, manufactures and installs a wide range of conveyors for many different industries as per customer specific requirement.
Kanban systems are used in the control of logistical chains in production environment to increase efficiencies and reduce oversupply, which reduces waste.
Manipulators serve the purpose of moving or orientating items by automated means while they go through the various phases of production, saving you time and manpower on a production line.
Pick and Place Systems
In the increasingly competitive manufacturing environment, moving work pieces from one station to the next is a vital step in creating an effective and efficient assembly line.
Walking Beam Transfer Station
S4 has placed a lot of focus on developing, designing and and implementing effective walking beam transfer systems.
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems
Automated storage and retrieval systems provide the optimum solution for warehousing problems. ASRS will streamline your warehouse while cutting down on costs.
CIMAT is a leading company in the field of balancer manufacturing and sales in Poland, S4 brings you this quality as one of their renowned international distributors.
Dedicated Round Welder
Suitable for pipe to cone, pipe to flange, or any round weld with gun access all around. Can be made to fit vertical or horizontal orientation.
This equipment is designed to be stand-alone, used in process for applying hardener to inlet end of converter support mat.
Laser Marking Facility
Together with our partner, Marking Engineering, S4 offers custom built automated 2D barcoding systems for direct part marking(DPM) of the end product.
Designed to measure circumference, average diameter, ovality and area.
Punching and Gluing Machines
S4 has supplied a variety of punching and gluing systems to the automotive industry.
Stereo Washing Facility
S4 was asked to design and manufacture a stereo washing facility for the print industry.
This equipment is designed to automatically press the monoliths into the converter case from both ends, or from one end only.
S4 has supplied a variety of automated welding solutions to many different industries.
S4 has been asked to design, build, install and commission a fully automated parts washing system.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Daiichi-Densu LTD., FEC INc. has been a leading supplier of fastening systems for more than 25 years.
CIMAT is a leading company in the field of balancer manufacturing and sales in Poland, and S4 is one of their renowned international suplliers.
Recognising the role of bowl feeders in efficient assembly and industrial production lines.
Electrical testing covers all aspects of vehicle electronics. Solutions range from Modular test systems to ECU programming of vehicles.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Daiichi-Dentsu LTD., FEC Inc. has been a leading supplier of Fastening Systems for more than 25 years.
SAT design, supply and commission custom built processing systems for fluid and gas applications in the automotive, commercial refrigeration and other industries.
Part Handling Equipment
Part handling solutions include manipulators, which serve the purpose of moving or orientating items by automated means while they go through the various phases of production.
ASI DATAMYTE has an unmatched background in delivering Quality Assembly Solutions key to achieving and sustaining efficiency and business agility objectives.
Z-LASER is the German manufacturer of laser sources for innovative customized applications and has contributed to the automotive industry exponentially.
S4 has extensive experience in the testing and diagnostics of Electronic Control Units (ECU\'s) in component form; subassemblies and fully assembled vehicles.
With over 50 years in manufacturing, S4's partner: BEP, have the experience and know-how to build test systems that stand the test of time.
S4 offer mechanical manufacture 'to drawing' as a stand-alone service.
S4 offers a full range hydraulic services, including installation and maintenance of both gas and liquid hydraulic systems.
Machine Shop Facilities
S4 offers a full design and manufacture service, either as a stand-alone service, or as part of an overall project.
S4 offers a full range pneumatic services, including installation and maintenance of both gas and liquid pneumatic systems.
Refurbishing of Existing Installations
The excellent team at S4 will tackle any project that seeks to extend the life, or renew life into existing equipment and production lines!
Skids and Dunnages
S4 has designed, manufactured and supplied a variety of skids and dunnages to customers.
S4 offers a comprehensive and professional mechanical design service offering, catering to the clients needs.
S4 offer electrical panel manufacture and assembly to plan as a service to customers.
S4 offers electrical design services as a standalone service to customers not requiring a full turnkey automation system.
The S4 team will tackle any project that seeks to extend the life, or renew life into existing equipment and production lines!
S4 offers a comprehensive and professional project management and system engineering service offering.
Parts Picking System
The system is used to eliminate fitment error due to incorrect part selection by the operator.
Tracking systems are used to track product through the production process. S4 offers custom tracking solutions for a variety of industries.
SCADA / HMI Programming
S4 offers a full SCADA development and installation service to meet all your production environment needs.
In parallel to turnkey automation systems; S4 also offers pure PLC development and diagnostics as a service to our customers.
S4 supplies, installs and programs robots from a variety of robotic's companies.
Andon is a manufacturing term referring to a system that provides visual feedback of stoppages to the plant floor. Typically, Andon systems indicate line status, show when assistance is needed and empower operators to stop the production process for different issues.
S4's OEE solution is scaleable from a standalone terminal, supporting one machine, to a terminal supporting up to 8 machines, which can in turn be networked to our enterprise OEE solution.
Shopfloor Control System
S4 have dedicated themselves to the field of control systems and have a broad understanding of the types and functions of control systems.
S4 offers all production operations such as scheduling, job tracking, downtime, production counting and more.
S4 offers quality operations for quality, SPC, process monitoring and more.
S4 offers inventory operations such as inventory management, label printing, traceability - consumption and more.
S4 offers asset register, maintenance, repairs, and more.
International Supplier Support
S4 represents the finest international automation brands from around the globe, both here on the local market, as well as by being used by many of these same brands for international installations and support!
Shopfloor IT Support
S4 and their skilled team of electrical and mechanical engineers, as well as PLC programing team, software engineers and IT Hardware support team, offer a complete solution for shopfloor IT support.
Mobile Industrial Robots is a leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots. They are dedicated to developing user-friendly, flexible and safe robots to help companies increase the efficiency of their operations.
Universal Robots is dedicated to bringing safe, flexible and easy to use 6 axis industrial robotic arms to business of every size, all over the world.
Robotiq is the humans behind the robots: an employee-owned business with a passionate team and an international partner network.
S4 offers a large range of machine vision systems suitable for all industries.
Camera Documentation System
With the use of the Camera Documentation System an operator is able to utilise an IP camera to take documentation pictures of products on a line, which are then stored on an FTP server for any post-delivery investigations.
S4 along with their partner Eines, offer a full range of vision systems for imaging based automatic inspection and analysis for a wide range of applications.
Date Published: 08-04-2019 | Author: Christian Kohlhaas
Smart technologies such as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are rapidly becoming a part of modern industrial processes therefore creating more efficient and customized solutions. Considering the competitive nature of industry, South African manufacturers need to adapt to Industry 4.0 technologies and invest into new talents to become a developed nation.
Cyber-Physical Systems are the integration of computing technologies with the surrounding physical world, being designed as a communicating network which controls physical processes and adapts itself to new conditions. The different sub-systems are orchestrated by a central control entity which enables the interaction between humans and machines.
In the future, CPS will be present in all industries. A network of smart, self-adjusting and self-optimizing machines that control all processes along the value chain, will lead to more flexible and cost-effective solutions, enabling businesses to strongly individualize their products and intensive the relationship with customers and suppliers. The exponential growth of technology creates new opportunities for businesses but simultaneously increases global competition.
The Digital Industrial Revolution comes along with many opportunities for the South African industry but also imposes some critical challenges for local businesses. As the current adoption of smart technologies is still relatively low, the key components of Industry 4.0 will put more pressure on areas, in which the African continent is still combating.
According to Coenraad Bezuidenhout, former director at Manufacturing Circle, a majority of South African manufacturers are focused on immediate issues like labour and electricity. He further emphasized that there is a general lack of focus on building for the future, investing in education, training, research & development and innovation.
The strength of South Africa’s position in the Industry 4.0 context lies in the profound integration into global value chains and the accessibility to the African market with more than 1.2 billion people. Through a strong collaboration between government, industry and academia, South Africa has real opportunities to leverage the potential of the fourth industrial revolution by quickly adopting CPS and other Industry 4.0 technologies to create innovative business models and design unique high-tech solutions which will allow local manufacturers to compete with global players.
The digital industrial revolution imposes serious challenges to all industries. As our physical and information worlds are merging, South African manufacturers will have to restructure themselves, train their workforce and cooperate with governmental and educational institutions to recruit new talents.
Adopting Cyber-Physical Systems and automation techniques to produce customer-specific products will guarantee local businesses to run on a global scale and leapfrog their international competitors. Doing so, not only South African businesses will strengthen their position but the whole socio-economic situation of the nation will benefit and move forward.
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