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Instrumentation and Control

Electronic motor 
protection relay 
to be launched

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th March 2010 Engineering component supplier CHI Control Components will be launching a new electronic motor protection relay, which has on-board logic capability and fieldbus connectivity for Profibus, DeviceNet and Ethernet, by the end of April. 

Sensor specialist focuses 
on safety

12th March 2010 It is an acknowledged fact that without an emphasis on safety, productivity will consequently suffer. Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant reports that this is one of the primary drivers which is being tackled by the company by using the latest technology. 

Limiting devices for 
safer operations

12th March 2010 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering’s Dynasafe Load limiting devices ensure that overhead cranes and lifting devices are operated safely within their working limits. 

New technologies for improved monitoring solutions

12th March 2010 Manufacturer of geotechnical and structural monitoring instrumentation Soil Instruments reports that several instrumentation companies are proactively considering new technologies to offer improved monitoring solutions to customers 

Safety instrumented systems reduce risks

12th March 2010 Consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch’s systems and process control consultant Andy Fourie tells Engineering News that the company is directly involved in its clients processes and risk management as part of its project execution. 

Wastewater treatment works boasts advanced instrumentation technology

12th March 2010 The City of Cape Town’s newest wastewater treatment works (WWTW), at Fisantekraal, will boast one of the most up-to-date works in terms of electrical, control and instrumentation technology. 

Society aims to advance theory and practice standards

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control’s (SAIMC’s) aim to advance the standards of theory and practice in the fields of measurement and control remains a high priority. 

New humidity measurement sensor launched

28th August 2009 Instrumentation suppliers Action Instruments has launched the HygroClip2, a precision humidity measurement sensor manufactured by humidity measurement company Rotronic. 

Specialist focused on product solutions

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant stresses the importance of providing a complete product solution, as opposed to just simply selling a product. 

Belt protection system detects tears

28th August 2009 Communication systems and controls specialist Becker Electronics has launched a belt-rip scanner system type BRS-01, which is used to detect longitudinal rips on steel cord and fibre conveyor belts. 

Motor control centres testing completed

28th August 2009 Electrical engineering company CHI Control Components has completed testing of its motor control centres to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) specifications.  

Growing market for online monitoring

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 End-users have experienced a marked increase in prices, as well as a decline in service levels from traditional suppliers in the machine protection market, says machine monitoring solutions company Engineering Dynamics (ED) MD Christo van der Walt. 

New process mass spectrometer enters market

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 Instrument manufacturer Ametek Process Instruments’ new ProMaxion process mass spectrometer provides real-time on-line process monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ambient air. 

Engineering company expands capacity 

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Power solutions company Meissner opened its newly acquired 6 600 -m2 warehouse in January 2009, providing the company with a factory floor area four times bigger than its original floor size. 

Electrical engineering company supplies nickel project 

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Diversified electrical engineering company CHI Engineered Solutions is now rolling out the second phase of its contract for the Nkomati Nickel project, in Mpumalanga. 

Colliery contract grows instrumentation company’s order book

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Instrumentation & Electrical (B&W) has boosted its order book with a R90-million contract from a Mpumalanga colliery. 

Efficient, effective processes save costs amid difficult economic climate

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls notes that with recent headlines underscoring the uncertainty in global markets, it is more important than ever before to ensure that processes are efficient and effective, and that waste is kept to an absolute minimum. 

Tougher control for extreme conditions

13th March 2009 Supplier of industrial data communications products Westermo released its new M12 ultraslim rugged Ethernet switches designed for applications with severe operating conditions and extreme environments, the Viper switches, earlier this year. 

Power projects prove fruitful for measurement and control industry

By: Rozanne Cloete     29th August 2008 The South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) president Paulo Da Silva is positive about the state of the automation industry, and reports that manufacturers and suppliers are reaping the benefits from impending power generation projects across the country.  

Technology firm develops new instrumentation products

By: Rozanne Cloete     29th August 2008 Technology firm Siemens' process instrumentation division has developed new products as part of its automation systems offering, which include the new Sitrans FX300 vortex flow meter series, while the company has also added new Profibus PA interfaces to the Sitrans LR250 and Sitrans LR460 radar... 

Variable speed drives applied in platinum mine

By: Rozanne Cloete     29th August 2008 Manufacturer and supplier of low- and medium-range motor control switchgear CHI Control Components' NXP variable speed drives are being used at Lonmin Platinum's Marikana mine, in Rustenburg, where the drives are implemented in the controlling of electrodes in the platinum smelter. 

Acquisition ensures controlled measurement solutions

29th August 2008 Instrumentation company, Agilent Technologies, has announced its substantial acquisition of the assets of measurement instruments company, Escort Instruments, a subsidiary of Unitech Printed Circuit Board Corporation. 

Electrical and instrumentation works at concentrator completed

29th August 2008 AltX-listed electrical and instrumentation construction company, B&W, has recently completed several works at a 600 000-t/m concentrator at Anglo Platinum's PPRust north expansion project's Mogalakwena section. 

Technical hotline assists monitoring and control industry

29th August 2008 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls has opened a technical hotline facility which assists customers in the correct selection of sensors. 

Efficiency motivates automation and control solution growth

29th August 2008 Growth partnership company, Frost & Sullivan, states that the upgrading of mills from semi automated to fully automated, as well as the continued capacity upgrades of existing mills, are increasing the uptake of automation and control solutions (ACS) in South Africa's pulp and paper industry. 

New push-button line on offer

29th August 2008 Electrical company General Electric's (GE's) consumer and industrial division has released its new series push-button (PB) line, which offers a simple and cost-effective control and signalling device to the instrumentation and control market. 

Safety controller offers specialised PLC platform

29th August 2008 Automation technology company, IFM Electronic South Africa, has released details of the R360 safety controller, that offers a hardened programmable logic controller (PLC) platform specifically designed for mobile vehicle applications. 

New sensor saves wasted lighting hours

29th August 2008 Electrical equipment, cable management systems and wiring accessories company, Legrand South Africa, has introduced a new energy efficient occupancy sensor, the Wattstopper, which is designed to save hours of wasted lighting each day. 

Ethernet-enabled communication controllers introduced

29th August 2008 Automation solution company, Advantech, has released details about the new ADAM-4501 and 4501D Ethernet-enabled communication controllers. 

Company offers range of control applications

29th August 2008 Instrumentation and control company, Spirax Sarco, has introduced the CSM-K range of high-capacity clean steam generators that bring economic efficiency to larger-scale applications. 

New thermal imagers spot potential trouble

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     14th March 2008 Test and measurement distribution company Comtest has introduced a new line of rugged and reliable thermal imagers from electronic test equipment giant Fluke. 

Back-up power demands ‘horses for courses’

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     14th March 2008 The backup power market place is currently being swamped by requests for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power solutions Specialist Company Meissner’s director, Graham Beyleveld says. 

Moisture analyser provides fast response

14th March 2008 Global electric motor and electronic instrument manufacturing company Ametek’s Model 3050 OLV process moisture analyser uses a quartz-crystal oscillator to measure moisture, allowing moisture molecules to sit on the surface of the sensor. 

Control equipment specialist unveils new starters, drivers

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     14th March 2008 Low and medium voltage motor control equipment specialist CHI Control Components is unveiling a group of new soft starters and variable speed drives, designed to make the management and maintenance of motor applications much easier 

Magnetic absolute sensor allows pinpoint precision

14th March 2008 The magnetic absolute sensor MSA510 from US measurement equipment manufacturer Siko, is an absolute linear sensor combining precision, robustness and a compact size. 

Ultrasonic sensor measures levels continuously

14th March 2008 The noncontact aspect of ultrasonic sensors means that the sensor is not affected by the product that is being measured level measurement company Vega claims. 

Control systems manufacturer launches new modem

14th March 2008 Control and information company Rockwell Automation has announced the launch of its dial-in ethernet modem, the 9300-RADESG. 

Selection services company ensures appropriate solutions

14th March 2008 Ensuring a high level of productivity in the manufacturing and processing sectors of industry can be related directly to the selection of appropriate instrumentation and control solutions, says Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant. 

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