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Instrumentation and Control

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... 

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

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

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

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... 

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

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

Information software new trend for local industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Industrial Software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware will launch its new situational awareness graphics software and alarm management software at its X-Change User Conference for Industrial Automation and Information Software, in KwaZulu-Natal, next month. The... 

Information software new trend for local industry
NEW METHOD The new situational awareness software by Wonderware provides new methods for managing manufacturing and operating plants

New generation digital time switches for ideal control

14th March 2014 France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the end of 2013 and is designed for... 

New generation digital  time switches for ideal control
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors

SA’s first accumulator testing solution developed

14th March 2014 Automation distributor Tectra Automation has developed South Africa’s first solution for the pressure testing of hydraulic accumulators for recertification processes required by law. Tectra Automation, which is a member of the drive and control company Hytec Group, was recently approached by... 

SA’s first accumulator  testing solution developed
TESTING SOLUTION The accumulator testing solution developed by automation distributor Tectra Automation can accommodate 1 ℓ to 150 ℓ accumulators

Cable vital for communication systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has introduced a new variable-frequency drive (VFD) power cable to its range of Topflex cables that can be used in the industrial sector, as well as in motor and control applications. The Topflex 620 VFD cable was launched in Chicago, in the... 

Cable vital for communication systems
TOP APPLICATION The Helukabel Topflex cables can be used in any industrial applications, such as measurement and control

All-in-one thermostat solution brought to market

14th March 2014 Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric last month introduced a new series of room controllers, which provides a solution that integrates a thermostat/temperature sensor and programmable room controller in a single unit. “The SE8000 series room controllers are designed with a... 

All-in-one thermostat solution brought  to market
ROOM CONTROL The new SE8000 series of room controllers can enhance operational efficiency

Company stays abreast of new developments

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 As an instrumentation and electrical construction company, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical marketing manager Ken Nel says the company is very training-orientated with regard to new technological developments in its industry. “We continuously train employees to keep up to date with the current... 

Instrumentation firm broadens product range

14th March 2014 Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supply and implementation company Magnet has extended its range to include energy management specialist Schneider Electric’s new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system. The Accutech range of instruments, which is designed for... 

Instrumentation firm broadens product range
ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY The new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system is designed to reduce installation costs

Real-time operational intelligence changes operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Global manufacturing, industrial and mining operations are benefitting from new technology that analyses operations, detects and predicts faults and communicates with technicians using mobile devices and applications from America-based manufacturer and supplier General Electric. General Manager:... 

Real-time operational intelligence changes operations
OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY The real time operational intelligence software called Proficy Mobile detects and predicts faults during operations

Bearings distributor sells new system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based manufacturer Schaeffler Group’s FAG brand SmartCheck measuring system, for the monitoring of machines and plants, makes a valuable contribution to optimising processes and ultimately reduces life-cycle cost (LCC) and the total cost of ownership (TCO), states bearings and... 

Bearings distributor  sells new system
SMART CHECK A key function of Schaeffler’s new SmartCheck system is to monitor machine vibrations

Technology helps increase efficiency levels of deliveries 

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Logistics software developer Dovetail recently released its new MobileControl solution, which boasts its new estimated time of delivery functionality allowing for on-board vehicle scanning and near real-time tracking of collection and delivery processes. This enables customers to receive... 

New nurse call systems available

30th August 2013 Electrical equipment manufacturer Legrand says its integrated healthcare solutions, the latest of which are nurse call systems, are designed to meet current healthcare needs and also accommodate future developments and requirements. 

Software a step forward for mining and manufacturing industries

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Two new solutions that could potentially change the way in which the mining and manufacturing industries operate at plant level are being tested by real-time operations management solutions provider Wonderware, says Southern Africa MD Deon Barnard. 

Baby tracking system implemented

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Hugs and Kisses, a radio frequency identification (RFID) technology used to track and secure newborn babies, has been rolled out across South Africa at various public and private hospitals, reports barcode specialist Harmonic Group. 

New and improved rooftop units

30th August 2013 Rooftop air-conditioning solutions have previously had a reputation for fast and easy specification and deployment, but not for having the desired efficiency and control. Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Africa area GM Neil Cameron reports that the York Activa Rooftop range offers greater... 

Radar technology enhances surveillance

30th August 2013 Reutech Radar Systems (RRS), involved with radar systems for the mining, defense and security market, has recently launched a perimeter and wide area intrusion detection system. The Perimeter Intrusion Monitoring System (PIMS) integrates traditional technologies used for asset protection, such as... 

Industry seeks official recognition

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Recognition by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) will enable members of the automation, instrumentation, measurement and control industry to lobby government for changes in existing legislation which does not add sufficient value to the industry, says Society for Automation,... 

Industry seeks official recognition
CONTROL ROOM Instrumentation and control is a huge part of modern society

Fleet manager fights fuel fraud

15th March 2013 Fuel fraud and theft – the two major causes of significant financial losses to the fleet industry – have been reduced by a computerised fuel management system from fleet management services provider Avis Fleet Services. Since its introduction in August last year the product has saved clients more... 

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