Factory Automation

Find all the factory automation products and technologies you need for your workshop, production, assembly, packaging and handling lines from Tectra Automation. From single piece to high volume production, we help you build a faster and more flexible production process to improve efficiency and reduce complexity and downtime.


A smarter, faster, more efficient factory floor

Whether you need to optimise a single workstation, require a bespoke machine or a completely new, ergonomic production line, Tectra Automation is your total factory automation partner.

For more than 20 years, we’ve helped companies in Africa improve productivity and meet process and production goals, specialising in developing custom-engineered automation solutions drawing on a vast technology bouquet.

  • Thousands of products from the world’s leading brands like Bosch Rexroth, Schmalz and Aventics
  • State-of-the-art system design and engineering capabilities
  • Achieve your exact process control requirements easily with the ultra-flexible, secure and smart Connected Automation ecosystem from Bosch Rexroth
  • End-to-end aftersales support, from on-site and technical services to spare parts and training
  • 100% Industry 4.0-ready

From packaging machines and workshop presses to fully autonomous handling and assembly lines, we will develop the exact solution you need to improve your performance.

How can we assist you? Call us on +27 11 971 9400 or use the form to discuss your project requirements with us.


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Complete range of factory automation technologies:


We can build fully automated pneumatic systems and machines, drawing on a complete range of pneumatic solutions from Aventics.


Linear Motion

Smart solutions for your motion tasks from Bosch Rexroth, including linear motion mechanical components, electrics, software and sensors.


Assembly Technology

Fully modular assembly conveyors and transfer systems, plus all the supporting technologies you need, including RFID systems and software.


Drives & Control

We supply the complete range of Bosch Rexroth PLCs, embedded controls, servo motors, gearboxes and more to drive your automated system.


Vacuum Technology

Schmalz Vacuum technology enhances handling capabilities for any workpiece up to 2 000 kg! The range includes over 3 500 components.


Process Valves

Omal process valves and actuators deliver precise flow control of liquids and gases – ideal for industrial and plant automation applications.


Set your factory automation ideas in motion:

Intelligent automation capabilities in manufacturing leads to faster and more flexible production processes, improved production consistency and reliability, greater availability and less downtime. Whatever your factory automation goals, Tectra Automation will work with you in making sure you achieve them.

Production and assembly lines

We have all the technologies to automate your handling, assembly, transfer and transport processes across your shop floor.

Whether you need to build completely ergonomic workstations, or automate your entire process line on a reliable, flexible and secure platform, we focus on enhancing your productivity and meeting your individual requirements.

All components, from electric drives to linear motion systems, conveyor systems and RFID systems are perfectly matched with one another to always provide precise positioning, with high dynamics.

Whether your requirement is for precise positioning with minimum cycle times, fast changeover for small-size batches, or flexible adaptation to changes in production.

Optimise your production and manufacturing processes
Customisable human machine interface designs as you require.

Machine solutions

We can build an almost endless list of machines to automate labour intensive, repeatable tasks in small plants and factory automation applications.

From CNC machines to pneumatic presses to packaging machines, Tectra Automation draws on our entire technology range to build bespoke factory automation systems that meets your exact performance requirements, both now and in the future.

We are a competent and experienced partner in developing automated and semi-automated machines and machine tool processes. We combine your need for short cycle times with the highest precision, maximum freedom in engineering and low energy consumption in a completely customised solution.

Vacuum handling

Schmalz vacuum gripping systems are ideal for efficient automated handling in a variety of industries and production processes.

High-quality components and systems allow accurate, fast and non-marking gripping of any workpiece, including bags, boxes, pallets and sheets of glass, metal, wood or composites, up to 2 000 kg.

Schmalz gripping systems are used in industrial robots and other automated systems, and handle a wide range of palletising and logistics applications, enabling you to implement decisive productivity increases during automated processes. The systems range from layer and vacuum area gripping systems to ready-to-install vacuum suction spiders, for use in all areas of automation.

High speed vacuum systems
Warehouse automation

Warehousing and storage

Our smart controls, reliable drives, high-precision linear motion systems, and modern identification philosophies provide you with flexible warehousing and storage options.

Manual production systems with application-optimised material supply scenarios and customisable racking systems make sure that material doesn’t have to travel far and is always at hand when needed.

Automated material flow within warehouse applications enables you to reduce inventory levels and hence costs. In all applications, the focus is on achieving maximum transparency for your processes.


Design & Engineering

We will custom design your solution using state-of-the-art in-house design tools and equipment, and fabricate, engineer and test your solution.

Installation & Commissioning

Tectra Automation will transport, install and do final commissioning of your solution as you require, giving you complete peace of mind.


As an experienced African automation partner, our specialists will help you analyse your current systems and identify optimisation.

Aftersales Services

We will support your application with complete aftersales services, including inspection, maintenance, training and spare parts supply.

Industries we support:

Manufacturing & Assembly

Food & Beverage


Processing & Packaging

Printing & Paper


Warehousing & Logistics


Science & Research

Simplicity. Flexibility. Productivity

Manufacturers face constant pressure to produce goods faster and respond to market requirements in near real time. They have to get new, increasingly complex products to market as quickly as possible. More efficient engineering, more consistent communication and more common diagnosis for all their drive technology are critical in boosting productivity. With Tectra Automation, these high performance, intelligent production floors are now a reality.

Lean engineering for faster results

Bosch Rexroth technologies and engineering tools are developed to interact perfectly through standardised interfaces.

This reduces project engineering, installation and start-up requirements by up to 80 %.

  • User-friendly design and project planning tools help you to configure the linear motion technology and to plan the complete structural framing and conveyor system.
  • Electric and pneumatic linear modules have the same dimensions and are therefore interchangeable. You can thus easily adapt the drive technology to new tasks without having to change the overall system design.
  • All processes – from start-up, parameter-input, and programming, all the way through to diagnosis – can be performed using the comprehensive and ergonomically designed software environment. The integrated framework offers maximum transparency for all processes and is very easy to use.
  • The start-up procedure for servo axes, comprising Rexroth servo drives and linear modules, can be accomplished up to 90% faster by using an intuitive software assistant. It only takes a few minutes to enter the specific data required to make a complete electrical axis ready for operation.
Factory Automation systems from Tectra Automation
Open standards from Bosch Rexroth

Open standards, for use worldwide

Bosch Rexroth’s Open Core platform is the most open ecosystem for future-proof automation and manufacturing execution solutions, allowing it to be used anywhere in the world. Its system solutions operate via the internationally standardised sercos automation bus, and their unique flexibility offers the highest level of protection for your investment.

  • Standardised multiple Ethernet interface and support for the widest range of protocols for real-time communication, including sercos, PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP and EtherCat. The interface is easily configured using the dedicated software. Conventional interfaces such as PROFIBUS are also supported.
  • The programming underlying our PLC control units complies with the international standard IEC 61131-3. A wide range of predefined and rapidly configurable function blocks eliminate the need for time-consuming programming.
  • Complete programs and program segments can be easily copied and pasted, allows users to easily build up their own function libraries, which saves time and effort when programming new tasks.
  • Through standardised interfaces and frequencies, Rexroth identification systems using RFID technology and centralised or decentralised data storage can be linked up easily to the PLC and motion logic system.

Our drive and control technologies:

PLC Systems

Modular programmable logic controllers, with a complete, easy-to-use and customisable code library, executing complex factory functions, quickly and reliably.


Motion Control

Combining motion, logic and control functions into an integrated unit, intelligent motion control systems can be used for a wide range of controlled handling tasks.


Servo Drives

Complete precision and reliable servo motor control. We supply modular, compact and cabinet free converters, with a complete range of firmware, safety technology and more.


HMI & PLC Accessories

Optimise machine vision with a full range of HMI and PLC accessories from visualisation products, to industrial PCs and IO modules.


IndraDyn Motors

Our IndraDyn motors include servo, linear, torque and high-speed motors with torque up to 13 800 Nm and speed up to 22 500 rpm.


Frequency Converters

Bosch Rexroth’s range of variable frequency drives for asynchronous AC motors 400 W – 90 kW. Precise, energy-saving 3-phase motor speed control.



The new Industry 4.0 automation platform for industrial and factory applications from Bosch Rexroth reduces engineering time and effort by 30 - 50%.


CNC Drives

Bosch Rexroth’s CNC drive range provides precision and efficiency for any high-output CNC application, supporting up to 250 axes in 60 channels with one control system.


Servo Gearboxes

Highly precise and flexible Servo Gearboxes with minimum power dissipation in continuous operation. Our planetary range guarantees high torques in all standard applications.

Contact Tectra Automation today on +27 11 971 9400

Frequently asked questions:

What are the benefits of automation?

There are many advantages of automation, including:

  • Increased throughput/production capacity
  • Improved product and quality consistency
  • Reduced wastage
  • Better safety as automated areas are unmanned
  • Reduced inventory stockpiling, as systems can respond to market requirements more flexibly
  • Site-wide visibility provides greater transparency and accountability of processes
What is meant by factory automation?

Factory automation refers to the automated control of machinery, systems and processes on a factory or workshop floor. Automating previously labour intensive tasks can lead to huge increases in productivity, efficiency, quality and safety, ultimately lowering overall costs of production with real time control and visibility of processes.

Where is automation used?

Every industry makes use of automation to speed up certain tasks and become more efficient. From mining, power generation and chemicals processing to food and beverage, manufacturing and water treatment, industrial automation allows companies to improve their performance and lower their costs.

How do you introduce automation?

Traditionally, automation is seen as having high initial capital costs with fast returns on investment. Automation can be introduced flexibly on your production floor, beginning with leveraging maximum data from existing technologies into some form of intelligence platform. Tectra Automation will work with you in building flexible automated control systems according to your production and business goals.

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