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Instrumentation and Control

Industry needs a trade association to stabilise and grow  

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Establishing a dominant instrumentation and control trade association in South Africa could help the local industry grow and mitigate possible absorption by international competitors, says Architects Integrating Industry (Ai2SA) MD Petrus Klopper. 

Inverter system uses automatic shutdown system

     17th March 2017 The new intelligent inverter system from photovoltaic (PV) company SolarEdge has an automatic safety control feature that allows the system to use a module-level voltage shutdown, where the PV array is reduced to a safe direct current (dc) voltage in the event of alternating current (ac) shut... 

Inverter system  uses automatic shutdown system
COMPLETE SYSTEM When the full system is installed, the inverter is capable of safely delivering power

New controller increases memory and processing power

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Machine manufacturer Hurco Machine Tools’ Max5 control console, using WinMax software, is a forerunner in memory capacity, processing power and design in the machine tools industry in South Africa, says Hurco export sales manager Peter Guy. 

New controller  increases memory  and processing power
HIGH SPEED MACHINING The Hurco controls enable the machines to complete projects faster

New system expands product range

     17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

New system expands  product range
COMPLETE PACKAGE The SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner system comes in a complete package

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Following filtration technology company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ acquisition of technology producer Alphasorb in the second quarter of 2016, the quality of Freudenberg’s gas-control products has increased greatly, says Freudenberg market segment manager for sub-Saharan Africa Pooven... 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality
DANGEROUS Corrosive gases are usually by-products of industry processes and can be flammable

Weapon system controlled from vehicle 

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Defence vehicle manufacturer Denel Vehicle Systems will deliver four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapons (SD-ROW) systems and eight RG32M defence vehicles to the Namibian government by the end of this month for defence purposes and tactical observation. 

Weapon system controlled from vehicle
Denel Vehicle Systems executive for programmes and engineering Abri du Plessis and business development manager Gerrie van der Merwe explain the precision engineering in the SD-ROW system and the RG32M vehicles. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Company introduces thermal imaging service

     26th August 2016 Industrial solutions provider Magnet Group’s newly established division – Magnet Electrical Projects (MEP) – offers a critical thermal imaging service to all industries in the electrical and instrumentation sectors, in addition to its solutions for hazardous environments. “Although the Magnet... 

Company introduces  thermal imaging service
HEAT SEEKING Magnet’s thermal imaging service has been designed to reduce plant breakdowns and improve safety in the workplace

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

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

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

APC technology cost efficient for industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Using advanced process control (APC) technology ensures relatively low costs for various industry applications, says specialists in process and operations management solutions BluESP. As an instrumentation and control technology, APC optimises the performance of process units to improve... 

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Micro and macroeconomic factors, and the unavailability of local skills in South Africa are key issues that contribute to the stifling of progress in various sectors within the instrumentation and control (I&C) industry, says the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control... 

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry
ORATILE SEMATLE The SAIMC facilitates continuing professional development accreditations and has collaborated with international bodies to provide training and development expertise in the I&C industry

Exchange rate challenges impact on I&C sector

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 The biggest challenge facing the instrumentation and control (I&C) sector, both in South Africa and on the continent, is the impact of the deteriorating rand to dollar exchange rate, indicates Actum Group director Kevin Klaff. “Owing to the deterioration in the exchange rate, the biggest... 

Exchange rate challenges impact on I&C sector
GL840 GRAPHTEC DATA LOGGER The data logger contains a highly-isolated input mechanism to ensure that signals are not corrupted by noise from other channels

GSM device suitable for remote monitoring

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Wear control company, Filter Focus, indicates that there are no competitors that implement the same logic control as the i-Commander— a global system for monitoring, automating and reporting events at remote sites, using mobile communication (GSM) — owing to its completely unique software, says... 

GSM device suitable for  remote monitoring
I-COMMANDER The i-Commander is a control and telemetry device configured to perform site specific functions and enables the client to remotely monitor and manage the operation

MCBs provide protection and safety solutions

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Electrical and digital building infrastructures company Legrand’s portfolio of miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) offers solutions for efficient protection, enhanced safety and continuity of service in commercial, industrial and domestic applications. New to the company’s MCBs is the TX³ series,... 

MCBs provide protection and safety solutions
LEGRAND TX3 The TX³ series, designed for safe installation and maximum protection of people and property in modern commercial and residential installations

Advanced vision sensors check catalytic converters

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 Peter Jones Electronic Equipment, a division of the Actum group recently supplied two IV series vision sensors to the Port Elizabeth-based Mobile Emissions Catalyst division of Germany-based chemicals company BASF, says Actum technical sales manager Rob Howes, who notes that  visual inspection... 

Industrial switch helps manufacturers address network requirements

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 Industrial automation specialist company Rockwell Automation introduced its new Allen Bradley MobileView tethered operator interface – a mobile terminal that enables plant and industrial personnel to take a machine’s human-machine interface (HMI) with them to make real-time adjustments to... 

Industrial switch helps manufacturers address network requirements
NETWORK COMPONENT The Stratix 5400 switch offers up to 20 gigabit ports in a single switch

Mobile HMI enables real-time changes to out-of-view applications

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 Industrial automation specialist company Rockwell Automation introduced its new Allen Bradley MobileView tethered operator interface – a mobile terminal that enables plant and industrial personnel to take a machine’s human-machine interface (HMI) with them to make real-time adjustments to... 

Mobile HMI enables  real-time changes to out-of-view applications
OUT-OF-VIEW APPLICATION The MobileView uses a 10" display with a resistive touch screen

Monitoring solution mitigates worker fatigue

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 More than a dozen companies worldwide are using heavy machinery and engine manufacturer and designer Caterpillar’s 24/7 equipment operator monitoring service, which provides customers with the ability to see, mitigate and manage operator distraction or fatigue, says Caterpillar safety solutions... 

Monitoring solution  mitigates worker fatigue
PREPARED When Caterpillar’s monitoring centre is alerted, the company’s analysts follow a custom, preset safety procedure

Petrochemicals partnership develops wireless gas detector

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 Japanese engineering and software company Yokogawa and Norwegian wireless optical gas-detector developer GasSecure in July announced the delivery of the world’s first SIL2-certified wireless gas detection system for use at a liquified natural gas (LNG) facility, in Northern Europe. 

Petrochemicals partnership develops wireless gas detector
WIRELESS MANAGEMENT STATION

Shell helps develop advanced control systems software

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 Japanese engineering and software company Yokogawa and international oil company Shell have jointly developed a software suite that acts as a platform for advanced control and estimation, which accelerates and simplifies the process of designing, deploying and maintaining advanced process control... 

Company highlights benefits of thermography for maintenance

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 South African companies and government entities need to realise the benefits of applying thermographic imaging to maintenance procedures, says process control equipment solutions provider Comtest thermography products specialist Jeanri Mellanby. Mellanby is Southern Africa’s first female Snell... 

Company launches enhanced integrated production control system

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 Process control and field instrumentation systems, solutions and services provider Yokogawa Electric Corporation, as part of its aim to optimise clients’ plant productivity, this month launched the Centum Vigilant Plant (VP) Release 6 version 01 (R6.01) – an enhanced version of the company’s... 

Company launches new configuration suite, improves cybersecurity

     13th March 2015 Processing technologies and services provider Emerson Process Management in December introduced the world’s first remote terminal unit (RTU) and highway addressable remote transducer (HART) configuration suite – the OpenEnterprise Field Tools software suite – which enables local and remote... 

Company launches new configuration suite, improves cybersecurity
OPEN ENTERPRISE FIELD TOOLS The software promotes personnel safety by eliminating unnecessary trips to the field

Complete sensor solution added to product offering

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 South Africa-based process control instrumentation manufacturer and distributor Instrotech now sells UK-based sensor solutions manufacturer Monitran’s MTN/5000, which Monitran introduced to the market in September last year. “Recently, Monitran started focusing on providing not only single... 

Increased demand for electrical houses, MCCs and VSDs

     13th March 2015 Motor control centre (MCC), distribution board, control desk, PLC and instrumentation enclosure, portable and containerised substation manufacturer Shaw Controls, a member of Zest WEG Group, has registered a significant increase in the demand for electrical houses (E-Houses), fully withdrawable... 

Increased demand for  electrical houses, MCCs and VSDs
BEST SERVICES Shaw Controls’ electrical workshop is used for the production of main and sub distribution boards

Instrumentation company remains strong, despite industry challenges

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 Since engineered solutions provider ELB Engineering Services (ELB) acquired local electrical and instrumentation (E&I) contractor B&W Instrumentation and Electrical (B&W) in April last year, B&W has reported a significant turnaround and continues to register growth, despite the rest of the E&I... 

Sensing technology supplier develops into high-level service provider

     13th March 2015 Johannesburg-based sensing technology supplier Countapulse Controls has developed from being a supplier of “technologically superior” sensing and monitoring devices to a solutions provider that offers advanced technology packages incorporating high-level support. These services include assisting... 

Company appointed as Japanese product distributor in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Tokyo-based temperature and humidity-control speciality products designer and manufacturer Shimaden appointed local industrial instrumentation and process control supplier Indecon Instrumentation as its South African product distributor in May. Indecon Instrumentation managing member Bennie de... 

Company appointed as Japanese product distributor in SA
FP23 PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLER Shimaden products are predominantly used for high-accuracy temperature control and profiling

New sensor range positively received by local market

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Since local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls introduced the Leuze 18B series range of sensors to the local market in the last quarter of 2013,  sales of the product have been favourable, Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant tells Engineering News. He says the high-performance sensors... 

New sensor range positively received by local market
LEUZE 18B SENSORS The sensors offer smaller dimensions in a more robust housing

R5m project for snack producer under way

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Engineering and technological products distributor BEP Bestobell South Africa is installing eight NDC 710e series moisture gauge systems at a local snack manufacturer’s facilities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The R5-million project started in November 2013 and three units had been installed as... 

R5m project for snack producer under way
GAUGING QUALITY Several food and snacks companies use the NDC 710e series moisture gauge system

Restructuring places greater emphasis on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Monitoring and control systems provider Yokogawa has restructured its operations to provide greater support for the company’s Africa-based operations over the past year, Yokogawa South Africa and Yokogawa Africa Anglophone Region (AAR) MD Johan Louw tells Engineering News. “We moved from a... 

Restructuring places greater emphasis on Africa
ENGINEERING INTERNS Yokogawa South Africa has been running a one-year internship programme for electrical (instrumentation) engineer graduates since 2009

SA Gauge

     29th August 2014 SA Gauge is a manufacturer and supplier of pressure and temperature measurement instrumentation, with branches in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and Kempton Park, Gauteng. The company, which recently celebrated its twenty-second year of designing and manufacturing pressure and temperature gauges for... 

SA Gauge

Society seeks I&C recognition by end of 2015 

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 South African measurement and control industry development promotion body the SAIMC aims to get the instrumentation and control (I&C) sector acknowledged as an engineering discipline by the end of 2015. SAIMC president Vinesh Maharaj tells Engineering News that the society is lobbying its cause... 

Society seeks I&C  recognition by end of 2015
SAIMC president Vinesh Maharaj discusses the state of the local instrumentation and control sector.

Software system simplifies plant management

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Industrial software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware introduced its Situational Awareness library for the InTouch SCADA/HMI software program in March. The use of this library makes plant operators more aware of their environment by providing real-time status... 

Software system simplifies plant management
SIMPLIFYING SYSTEM MANAGEMENT The Wonderware Corporate Energy Management functionalities include recording consumption and demand for a range of energy types

Tertiary curricula not conducive to growth in I&C skills

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 There is no specific qualification for instrumentation and control (I&C) in South Africa at the Bachelor of Science level and, as a result, there is insufficient scope for specialisation, which contributes to the existing shortage of skills, says South African measurement and control industry... 

Tertiary curricula not conducive to growth in I&C skills
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE The SAIMC is engaging with South African universities to ensure that students are being taught the required practical skills sets
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