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Instrumentation & Control News

Industrial automation firm to host two-day ‘automation university’ in May

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation will host a comprehensive two-day training programme – its Automation University – at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng, from May 17 to 18.  

Intelligent Edge network architecture a foundation for IoT systems

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) systems will allow for cost savings, efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, and is expected to change the way people work,  comparable with the changes brought about by mobile work systems and collaborative digital work environments, says networking multinational... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

Motors shielded in hazardous environments

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company 52 Engineering, a member of the South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, has employed various methods to protect motors from the dangerous and harsh environments in which they function. 52... 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Cape Town manufacturer claims outboard engine design breakthrough

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 The development of “world first” marine propulsion systems by Cape Town-based marine engines and drive gear company Caudwell Marine has been highlighted as the beginning of global reach into the commercial, recreational and military marine markets.  

Cape Town manufacturer claims  outboard engine design breakthrough
TURBO DIESEL The Caudwell 300 HP Axis outboard diesel engine uses a V6 engine format

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2016 While access control and health and safety wearable devices are commonplace in many commercial companies and industries, the use of augmented reality and virtual reality systems is expected to increase significantly over the next three to five years. Augmented reality will enable employees to... 

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Beverage industry solutions supplier Eureka Scientific launched Netherlands-based food and beverage process solutions manufacturer Pentair Haffmans’ carbon dioxide (CO2) selector to the African market at the Food and Drink Technology Africa 2016 trade fair. 

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016
LOWERING COSTS With the elimination of maintenance, the total cost of ownership of Pentair Haffmans’ CO2 selector is very low

Rockwell Automation acquires Maverick Technologies

By: Dylan Slater     4th November 2016 The acquisition of systems integrator Maverick Technologies by systems integrator company Rockwell Automation is set to expand domain knowledge and help deliver innovative control and information solutions to customers in industries such as chemicals, food and beverage, and oil and gas.  

Industrial IT can now leverage cloud services to glean greater detail from data

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Industrial information technology (IIT) systems are typically robust and resilient to ensure availability of support for safety and production. However, industries can now leverage cloud services and systems to glean greater detail in near real-time from the data generated by their IIT systems,... 

Industrial IT can now leverage cloud services  to glean greater detail from data
STEVE DU PREEZ New cloud-based industrial systems improve existing industrial systems and provide new capabilities not previously deployed in production environments

SaaS solutions reduce water loss

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With almost 40% of municipal water supplied in South Africa being lost before it even reaches the public, information and communications technology solutions provider Jasco Group states that there are tools and technologies available, such as big data, analytics and Software as a Service (SaaS),... 

Adoption of smart, Internet-connected devices set to accelerate

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 The proliferation of smart and Internet-connected devices will accelerate, achieving more than three times the growth within five years than was achieved over the previous 25 years – from ten-billion such devices this year to 34-billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) will fundamentally... 

Adoption of smart, Internet-connected devices set to accelerate
MARTIN WALSHAW All industrial and commercial sectors will be changed as more processes become automated, near real-time, augmented with analytics, context aware and personalised

Company training ensures technical expertise

     9th September 2016 Global electrical, automation, mechanical and consumable products provider Elquip Solutions aims to ensure that its customers have access to quality tools and equipment by ensuring that its personnel are trained and certified to offer quality service. 

Importance of nondestructive testing emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Regular testing and certification of equipment used in the engineering industry remains important to ensure that degradation of equipment is minimal, comments inspection and testing solutions provider Non-destructive Testing and Inspection Solutions (NIS). NIS spokesperson Jannie de Beer details... 

Importance of  nondestructive  testing emphasised
CERTIFICATION REMAINS CRUCIAL All pressure equipment has to be inspected by a competent person every three years

Vendor certification for resellers emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 In the security industry, it is essential for resellers to undergo training and obtain certification from vendors to ensure that a security solution or product is correctly specified and installed, maintained and operated, says mobile and remote closed-circuit television specialist Graphic Images... 

Vendor certification for resellers emphasised
LAURENCE SMITH Training provided by vendors can change the way a system operates, effectively giving the end-user the full benefit of the product

Endress+Hauser

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th August 2016 Being an industrial process measurements products supplier and automation solutions and services provider, Endress + Hauser offers comprehensive process solutions for flow, level, pressure, analysis, temperature, recording and digital communication across seven industries. 

Endress+Hauser

Gas company able to remotely monitor customer sites

     26th August 2016 South African automation specialist Abacus Automation was in July approached by a natural gas supplier, which requested that Abacus provide a solution that would allow the supplier to conduct remote monitoring of its customers’ sites. Prior to the implementation of this solution, the customer... 

Gas company able to remotely monitor customer sites
Photo by Shutterstock
DELIVER US FROM OUTDATED TECH A natural gas supplier approached Abacus to design a system that would facilitate gas delivery

Image processing system upgraded

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Multinational electronics company Omron earlier this year launched the upgraded Vision FH high-speed camera controller with enhanced optical character recognition (OCR) to allow for high-speed production line inspection without compromising on quality. Omron South Africa Vision field application... 

Image processing  system upgraded
ALL SEEING EYE The Vision FH high-speed camera can capture highly sensitive, high-resolution images

New features available for battery-powered water meter

     26th August 2016 German process instrumentation manufacturer Krohne in June introduced several new features and options for its Waterflux 3070 water metre. The new features are meant to reduce time consuming and inconvenient visits to water metres, which are often installed in remote locations. The new features... 

New features available for battery-powered water meter
WATERFLUX 3070 The added features include integrated diagnostics, longer battery life, and remote communication options

Software maximises mineral recovery

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Process management specialists BluESP’s advanced process control (APC) solution uses software that incorporates multivariable model predictive control to manage and stabilise complex interactions in industrial processes and maximise mineral recovery processes at mining companies, says BluESP... 

Software maximises mineral recovery
VIRTUAL CHANGING REALITY Advanced process control software essentially creates a virtual plant where engineers can predict and manipulate outcomes by changing plant variables

South African students receive technical training in Berlin

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 As part of its domestic commitment to address South Africa’s shortage of engineers, global engineering firm Siemens is placing three top-performing South African grade 12 students in the Siemens Apprenticeship Scheme, thereby granting them a place to undergo further training in Germany.  

Specialists look to expand freightrelated services

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Automation specialist Abacus Automation intends to further business relations with State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), and increase its market share in port and harbour services through the implementation and optimisation of its crane automation offering. The company –... 

Specialists look to expand freightrelated services
SMOOTH PORT OPERATION Abacus supplied the automation solution for two 40 t Terex rail mounted gantry cranes that were supplied to Pier 2 of the Durban port

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Inspection device to provide safety in rail operations

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a prototype survey and inspection device (SID) to survey and inspect South Africa’s railway lines, which is intended to improve safety and operations. Along with reporting on the condition of the rail infrastructure, the SID... 

Inspection device  to provide safety in  rail operations
DEBUT The CSIR's survey and inspection device (SID) was debuted at Africa Rail 2016

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite communication technology 

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 The decades-old conventional flight data recorders found in every commercial airliner might soon be replaced, or at least supplemented by a feed of recorded data to a land-based server.  

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite  communication technology
A320 COCKPIT Either the Aviator 200S or 700S systems will be employed in the Airbus A320 from 2018 onwards to provide a seamless connection between the aircraft cockpit and Inmarsat’s extensive global satellite network

International interest in small SA firm’s inspection robot

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 Barely launched on to the market, a South African designed and developed inspection robot has already won local orders and attracted international interest, with potential overseas clients set to come to this country to examine it. The machine is the Ryonic Modular Inspection System, or RMIS,... 

New technology for NDT technicians in South Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 South African non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians can possibly look forward to the global influx of new technology, following the completion of the nineteenth World Conference on NDT held in Munich, Germany, last month. According to South African Institute of Non-Destructive Testing... 

New technology for NDT technicians in South Africa
WCNDT international NDT institutions have to remain relevant to technicians and the younger generation of professionals within NDT

New controller range launched for compressors

     8th July 2016 Process control instrumentation and industrial electronics manufacturer Instrotech launched four new Calog advanced controllers for compressors earlier this year. The new Calog range includes optional features and intuitive interfaces, with scrolling text prompts and up to four setpoints. The... 

New controller range launched  for compressors
CALOG QUAD INDICATORS The Calog Quad process controller, is an advanced quad channel process controller with a virtually endless range of possible applications

Rockwell Automation in BEE deal, moves to new offices

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation has expanded its presence in South Africa with the opening of its new offices in Randburg, in Johannesburg, on June 8.  

Category supply contracts cannot adequately manage indirect costs

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Global components distributor RS Components GM Brian Andrew says that although manufacturing companies have realised that they can reduce costs by optimising their maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) procurement, they tend to achieve this by negotiating category supply contracts, which... 

Category supply contracts cannot adequately  manage indirect costs
BRIAN ANDREW The RS Components GM says sufficient price data could save as much as 35% of the total MRO procurement costs

New imaging technology to potentially disrupt optical industry

By: Henry Lazenby     13th June 2016 Former Vancouver-based rare earths explorer Elissa Resources has in February rebranded as NexOptic Technology and turned its attention to developing cutting-edge imaging technology in cooperation with Calgary-based acquisition target Spectrum Optix. NexOptic CEO Paul McKenzie explained to... 

New imaging technology to potentially disrupt optical industry
Photo by NexOpticTechnology
A rendering of a comparison of a traditional telescope and the NexOptic telescope prototype

Five themes affecting global factory automation

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial systems consultants Architects Integrating Industry South Africa (AI2SA) MD Petrus Klopper notes that there are five key themes affecting factory automation globally. He notes that while it is difficult to identify singular trends it is possible to group the key developments that are... 

Five themes affecting global factory automation
PETRUS KLOPPER Automation refers to the instrumentation and control equipment, systems and processes in industrial applications

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial automation solutions supplier Omron launched 49 new best-in-class Adept Robots in April. The robots – now available in 39 countries; including South Africa –  are integrated with Omron sensors, safety components and machine automation controllers that were all designed to simplify the... 

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year
RISE OF THE MACHINES The robots' applications are relevant to most packaging lines

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution

     27th May 2016 The Leuze S420  stainless steel safety hinge switch, available from South African sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, offers an ideal solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging applications such as the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics industries. It is... 

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution
LEUZE S420 A reliable and long-lasting solution that combines the safety switch and door hinge functions in a single component

Japanese group expands South African presence as part of Africa push

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Japan-headquartered automation and control, test and measurement company Yokogawa opened its new, larger South African office in Cresta last month.  

Japanese group expands South African presence as part of Africa push
RIBBON CUTTING Celebrating to opening of Yokogawa South Africa’s new office, is Yokogawa Middle East and Africa president and CEO Hideki Matsubayashi, Eskom chairman Dr Ben Ngubane, and Yokogawa South Africa MD Johan Louw

Radar offers robust solutions

     27th May 2016 International instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold Messring has introduced its Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) technology to its Kobold NGR components. The components, which use microwave or guided radar, offer a robust and low-maintenance solution for level measurement and monitoring.... 

Radar offers  robust solutions
TIME DOMAIN REFLECTOMETRY Unlike older technologies, the TDR technology offers measurement readings that are independent of chemicals or physical properties of the process media

Local electronics firm releases customisable IoT processor module

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2016 South African electronics engineering firm Keystone Electronic Solutions has launched its Blue Penguin processor module, which can be used to create open-source Internet of Things (IoT) platforms that match companies’ specifications and use cases, says Keystone Electronic Solutions director and... 

Local electronics firm releases  customisable IoT processor module
BLUE PENGUIN IOT PLATFORM The open-source hardware, similar to Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards, is designed to enable companies to create IoT platform suited to their needs
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