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Published: 12 October 2017      

Continental acquires SA tech firm

German technology company Continental has acquired Advanced Imaging Technologies (PTY) Ltd, based in Pinetown, South Africa.

Advanced Imaging Technologies is known for its x-ray and magnetic imaging-based systems, used for early detecting damages in fabric and steel cord conveyor belts.

“With this acquisition, we added technical sensing knowledge and R&D competence to strengthen our competence in the area of predictive maintenance. At the same time, it is a strategic cornerstone to enlarge our service capabilities in industries such as mining,” stated Hans-Jürgen Duensing, who is responsible for the ContiTech division on the Continental Executive Board.

Advanced Imaging Technologies was founded in 2004 to provide scientific consulting services to South African industry and commerce, both in the private and public sectors. The company has specialised in developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to scientific and technical challenges experienced by large and small-scale industry and commerce. The parties agreed that the purchase price would not be disclosed.

Advanced Imaging Technologies offers a variety of scientific and technical expertise in the areas of image and signal processing, hardware and software development, advanced data analysis, x-ray imaging, embedded systems and system integration.

“From the data obtained by the monitoring systems, our customers can benefit from innovative service offers,” said Friederichsen. “In the last years, Dr. Michael J. Alport and his dedicated and experienced seven-employee strong team did an excellent job. We are very pleased to welcome them to our family.”

The technology developed by Advanced Imaging Technologies for international bulk-handling market uses magnetic sensing technology that has been validated by extensive x-ray imaging measurements. It provides continuous online condition monitoring of steel cord-reinforced conveyor belting and reduces the risk of belt failure by providing data that is used for timely planned maintenance, thus reducing costly downtime.

This technology is claimed to provide a high-resolution, easy-to-interpret, magnetic image of damaged or broken steel cords for the verification of potential alarm conditions. At the same time, it gives operators real-time web interactive access to review the damage locations and their severity. In addition, the splice integrity and damage severity can be monitored over time so enabling a comparison with the historical data.


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