Opto Africa Holdings
Opto Africa Holdings

392 Surrey Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg

+27 11 326 2900
+27 11 326 3542
+27 82 495 7234
[email protected]

Core business offering: Opto Africa specialises in IIoT solutions for weighing applications. It offers turnkey systems, including the design and commissioning of weighing equipment, as well as software development for automation, data collection and visualisation in various industries, including food and beverage, environmental, water, concrete, refrigeration, mining, boiler control and renewable energy.

Port Elizabeth

tel: +27 41 364 2077
fax: +27 41 364 2061
[email protected]
Cape Town
Billson, Shaun
EC Branch
[email protected]
Gokaran, Prashanth
General Manager
[email protected]
Rudman, Robin
[email protected]
Visser, Hennie
[email protected]
Visser, Jaco
[email protected]
Opto East Coast
Port Elizabeth
tel: +27 41 583 3671
fax: +27 41 583 3627
Opto KZN
tel: +27 82 575 66 69
Opto Namibia
Walvis Bay
tel: +264 811 284 592
fax: +264 811 284 657
Opto West Coast
Cape Town
tel: +27 84 354 8343
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Precia Molen
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Section - Computers & Software
-Industrial computers
- Board level
-PC function cards, modules
- I/O (analog/digital)
- Relay
-Communication medium
- Copper
- Optical fibre
- Radio
-Communication standard
- Ethernet/IP
- Fieldbus
- Modbus
- Other
- RS232/485/422
-Distributed I/O systems
- PC-centric
- PLC-centric
-I/O blocks/modules
-Mounting methods
- DIN rail
- Panel/rack mount modules
-Operating features
- Diagnostic capability
- Sealed units
-Signal modules
- Analog
- Digital
- Mixed
- Asset management
- Batch production
- Data acquisition, analysis
- Direct control
- Dynamic link to libraries (DLL)
- Link to Windows databases
- MRP, tracking, business
- Operator interface
- Programming languages
- System simulation/PID tuning
- C, Pascal, etc
- MS Visual Basic
- PLC languages
-Network communications
-Operating systems
- Windows 3.1
- Windows 95/98
- Windows NT
Section - Data Acquisition & Remote Control
-Barcode systems
- Automated
- Handheld
- Printers
-Ethernet-based systems
-In-transit temperature/event
-Machine health monitoring
-PC based data acquisition
- automatic data acquisition
- data acquisition cards
- distributed data acquisition
- intranet system
- presentation/analysis software
-Portable data collection terminal
-Radio frequency tags
- paperless
-Standalone data loggers
-Emissions management
-ISO 9000 management systems
-Maintenence management
-MES - Manufacturing Execution Systems
-MIS - Management Information Systems
-MRP - Manufacturing Resource Planning
-Product data interchange
-Production management systems
-Quality management
-Utility optimisation
-Warehouse management systems
-Meteorological instrumentation
- air quality
- chlorine
- moisture
-Integration into MES and ERP systems
-Number of I/O points
- 0-1024
- 0-32
- 0-512
- Unlimited
-Number of PLC or I/O drivers
- 0-16
- 16-64
-Operating system
- .Net
- Linux
- Windows 2000
- Windows NT
-Standalone version available
-Cable telemetry
- copper wire
- Ethernet LAN
- fibre-optic
-Radio telemetry
-Remote sensing & control
- cable link
- cellular
- infrared (IR)
- radio link
Section - Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Optimisation
-Asset related
- Enterprise asset management software (EAM)
-Calibration, configuration & adjustment
- Networkable proprietary device calibration/configuration
-Education & training
- Competency-based learning
- Simulation for training
-IoT driver & OPC software
- Computerised maintenance management (CMM)
- Planning & scheduling
- Predictive maintenance
- Preventive maintenance
-Optimisation & efficiency
- Asset optimisation
- Energy optimisation
Section - Networks for Communication & Control
-PLC Data Highway
Section - Process Control & Manufacturing Technologies
- Proprietary
- RS232
- RS422/RS485
- Logic
- Maths/calculations
- Scaling of I/O
- 0/4-20mA
- mV/V
- Strain gauge
- Thermocouple
-Number of loops
- >16
- 0/4-20 mA
- 0-5V
- mA/mV
- Pulse
- Relay contact
-Panel size (mm)
- 150x150
-Visual display
-Entry level DCS
-Networked controllers
-PACs - Programmable Automation Controllers
-Intrinsic safety
- Batch controllers
-Analytics & reporting
-Artificial intelligence
-Asset/calibration management
-Big data & cloud technologies
-Industrial IT & networking
-Interoperability HW/SW
-M2M communication
-Smart sensors
-Specialist consulting services
-Wireless network/service providers
-Automatic dispensing systems
-Belt scales
-Check weighers
-Drum filling
-Weigh bridges
-Digital process indicators
- Bar graphs
- Display wall (control room)
- LCD, flat-panel
- Programmable message
- Touchscreens
-Analog I/O
- 1-16
- 17-64
- more than 512
-Digital I/O
- 1-16
- 17-64
- more than 512
-Networking organisation
- Host-to-PLC link
- PLC-to-PLC
- Remote I/O
- 20 mA loop
- Ethernet
- PLC-to-PLC
- Remote I/O
- RS232, RS422, RS485
-Operator interface panel
- Diagnostic software
- Documenting software
- Function block diagram
- High level (C, Basic, etc.)
- IEC 1131
- Ladder diagram (relay logic)
- Logic diagram
- Sequential function chart
-Scan rate less than 1ms per step
-Programmable motion control systems
- Servo systems
- Stepper systems
-Strain gauges
-Panel-mount indicators
- Batch
Section - Services & Systems
- Process control
- Other
- scada
-Project Management
-System integration/consulting
- Factory automation
- Information systems
- Materials handling
- Process control
- Production management
- Quality control
- Scada/DCS/PLC
- Telemetry
Section - Test, Measurement & Calibration
-Calibration services (SANAS accredited, etc.)
-Strain gauge simulators/calibrators
News from Opto Africa Holdings:
Systec introduces new autoclaves and software
June 2022, Analytical Instrumentation & Environmental Monitoring, Opto Africa Holdings

Autoclaves from Systec can be used in all laboratory applications for sterilising solids, liquids, waste and hazardous biological substances.

Compact and powerful energy monitoring unit
May 2022, Fieldbus & Industrial Networking, Electrical Power & Protection, Opto Africa Holdings

The RIO EMU’s slim form factor is ideal for ‘just one more thing’ retrofit jobs thanks to DIN-rail and panel-mount options.

Distributed energy monitoring unit
February 2022, Electrical Power & Protection, Opto Africa Holdings

Opto 22 has expanded its groov RIO edge I/O series with a new energy monitoring unit (EMU) designed to help plant managers, machine operators and financial analysts understand electrical costs and track ...

I/O for the IIot
April 2020, Fieldbus & Industrial Networking, Opto Africa Holdings

Intelligent, Ethernet-based I/O unit for IIoT connection to real-world signals.

Meet the Future: Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers
November 2019, PLCs, DCSs & Controllers, Opto Africa Holdings

All controls engineers are familiar with PLCs and PACs (programmable automation controllers). Both have been used and improved over many years, incorporating capabilities that used to be found only in ...

New distributorshop for OptoAfrica
December 2010, News, Opto Africa Holdings

OptoAfrica has signed an agreement with Lantech Communications Global, a manufacturer of industrial network equipment, which makes it the exclusive southern African distributor. The company says the demand ...

Opto Africa deploys GPRS solution for WHBO
June 2004, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, IT infrastructure, Opto Africa Holdings

Embedded Internet solutions company, Opto Africa, recently deployed a cellular GPRS (general packet radio service) solution for construction company WBHO. Commonly referred to as M2M (machine-to-machine), ...

More communication options for Modbus
September 2000, Fieldbus & Industrial Networking, Opto Africa Holdings

Opto 22, a manufacturer and marketer of industrial I/O systems, announced Modbus/TCP support for its new, award-winning SNAP Ethernet I/O product line. The SNAP-B3000-ENET Ethernet I/O brain with Modbus/TCP ...

Paint manufacturer increases its output production five fold
May 2000, IT in Manufacturing, Opto Africa Holdings

The production PC is located in the supervisor's office and is networked to two batching computers with touch-screens as well as a remote road weighbridge computer. The system controls the manufacture ...

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