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Instrumentation and Control

System installation unites plant-floor and executive-level IT layers

By: Neal Goldwyer     31st August 2007 The South African manufacturing environment is still plagued by an immature approach to the data landscape in its organisations, which is incommensurable with ambitions to be competitive in a global market, Siemens Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) consultant Lael Heasman tells Engineering News. 

Alternative listing propels nuclear capability

31st August 2007 The pre-listing private placing of electrical and instrumentation (E&I) leader B&W Electrical and Instrumentation (B&W) on the South African JSE's AltX was oversubscribed 49 times. 

New analysis instrument simplifies industrial maintenance

16th March 2007 Renowned bearing technology and rotating equipment company SKF has released the MX series vibration analysis instrument. The portable maintenance device is part of the company’s Microlog family of products aimed at simplifying industrial maintenance, servicing and inspection techniques. 

Test body gives measuring instrument top marks

16th March 2007 Instrumentation specialist, Endress+Hauser, was a top performer in the recent Working-party on Instrument Behaviour (WIB) tests conducted on guided radar. 

Vibrating switches prove a robust level-measuring solution

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Instrumentation developers and radar sensor technology pioneer Vega has released two new vibrating level switches, Vegavib and Vegawave, for level detection of bulk solids. Vegavib operates with a vibrating rod, Vegawave with a tuning fork. 

Zirconia monitor controls combustion, lowers fuel costs

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Process control company Novatech Controls has spent more than Australian $2-million over the past twenty years developing a zirconia oxygen sensor acknowledged as the most robust in the world. 

Weighty prospects for electronics enterprise

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Process control instrumentation specialists Digital Process Measurement (DPM) anticipates a boom year ahead based on an active new marketing strategy, swelling order books and heightened interest around its two new product ranges. 

Acoustic control sounds out export opportunities

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Engagement in specialised manufacturing and high export quotas are usually indicative of good growth prospects for a company. Process control instrumentation company Instrotech has both. Instrotech manufactures acoustic leak-detection equipment mainly for large power station boilers and lists... 

Upgraded frequency inverter to replace old technology

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Global drive solutions group SEW Eurodrive has launched the latest upgrade to its range of Movitrac frequency inverters, the Movitrac B. 

SA company develops underground communications system

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 A South African engineering solutions provider has developed its own range of instrumentation components to circumvent what it considers the supply-chain monopoly in the local market for radio-frequency communications equipment. 

Institute woos matriculants, varsity students

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 A big challenge facing the South African instrumentation and control industry is the lack of awareness of this type of work by matriculants seeking career paths. 

Instrumentation firm wins power station contract

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 Instrumentation supplier Endress+Hauser SA was recently awarded the instrumentation supply contract by Siemens South Africa for the refurbishment of Eskom’s Kriel Power Station. 

The calm before the storm?

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 The process control and instrumentation industry in South Africa is in a relatively slow phase at the moment with a huge upswing expected to develop in the short to medium term, as large industrial firms plan and begin to implement large expansion and refurbishment projects. 

New products allow for early fault detection

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 International measurements solutions company, Krohne has released new flow control products onto the market belonging to the Optiflux family, which enable faults to be detected and reported on at an early stage and reduce the impact on the customers production process, as multifunctioning field... 

Sophisticated thermostats for increased safety

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 A new high-performance electromagnetic flowmeter, the Promag 55S, released by instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser is ideal for application in the mining, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and food industries, says the company. 

Electronic load-indicating devices meet international standards

1st September 2006 Instrumentation and control company Bellambie’s range of Dynafor electronic load indicating devices includes the LLX unit, that measures loads up to 250 t, the MWX unit with capacities between 2,5 t and 12,5 t and the HPX series, which is available in two models: 3 000 kg and 5 000 kg. 

Sophisticated thermostats for increased safety

1st September 2006 Legrand's range of Mosaic electrical switches and sockets includes sophisticated thermostats which measure and control temperature in offices, shops, commercial buildings and homes. 

Flow-meter supplier sees sustained year-on-year growth

1st September 2006 Since its inception in 1995, C & F Technologies has built up a reputation for top-class flow products and a level of service, before, during, and after the sale, that has seen its turnover on an upward trend year after year, the company says in a statement. 

Specialisation needed to ensure sustained innovation

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 It has become essential that areas of specialisation within the instrumentation and control industry be recognised as there is a growing need for companies to improve their competitive edge enabling them to compete globally, according to Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant. He believes that,... 

Lost generation

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 SA's instrumentation industry hit hard by 'brain drain' - claim South Africa’s ‘brain drain’ has depleted the country’s instrumentation-and-control industry of almost an entire generation of instrumentation specialists, South African Institute of Measurement and... 

Innovation to be great differentiator

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Technological innovation will be the key determinant of future success or otherwise in the fast-moving instrumentation-and-control sector, GE Fanuc Automation manager for sub Saharan Africa Daniel Coetzee argues. 

Battery-operated magflow meter launched in SA

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Supplying South African industry for more than 50 years, N & Z Instrumentation and Control has recently launched the FLOWIZ, a revolutionary battery operated magnetic flow meter. 

Worldwide push for new industrial-process gauge

17th March 2006 A new-generation industrial process gauge has been designed and manufactured for the global market by Rhomberg/Winters. 

Hazard-free acid testing

17th March 2006 Global leader in industrial measuring and automation solutions Endress + Hauser has announced the launch of a new loop-powered analysis transmitter that reportedly improves the safety and simplicity with which pH and other measurements can be made. 

Designing for process-control efficiency

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 A carefully thought-out and comprehensive process-control and supervisory system is now viewed as an essential ingredient to operating an efficient, modern mineral-processing plant. 

Wide range covers industrial breadth

17th March 2006 Instrumentation and control company Bellambie Mining & Industrial offer an extensive range of devices including weighing, measuring and load limiting equipment, designed for a variety of applications. 

Specialist firm mulls over BEE options

17th March 2006 Instrumentation-and-control specialist B&W is approaching black economic empowerment (BEE) on multiple fronts, says chairperson John Barrow. 

Solution to dusty, noisy level applications

17th March 2006 The patented End-of-Probe (EOP) Algorithm incorporated into the Levelflex M device from Endress+Hauser enables accurate and reliable level measurement of low dielectric solids (flour, cement, PE and PP granules, powders, hops, lime) even during pneumatic silo filling, and fluidised emptying... 

Machine-protection instrument prevents costly breakdowns

2nd September 2005 Providing reliable power monitoring with overload and underload protection for single and three-phase ac motors is the Fenner Monitor 360 Mk III from Power Drives. 

Company conquers I&C contracting in Africa

2nd September 2005 Contracting in Africa is tough. Remote locations, little or no infrastructure, complex logistics, a harsh climate and disease are among the challenges testing the ingenuity of contractors striving to deliver world-class technology against the odds. 

A breakthrough in bulk-solids level measurement

2nd September 2005 Radar has been the widely-accepted standard measuring technology for reliable measurement in liquids. 

New tensiometer measures force in wire ropes

2nd September 2005 A tensiometer from Bellambie Mining & Industrial is designed for force measurement in pretensioned wire ropes, like aerials, pylons, shrouds, masts and supports, that cannot be dismantled, but where tension has to be measured or confirmed. 

Controlling household electronic devices away from home

2nd September 2005 New to Legrand's range of electrical products and accessories is an innovative automated system which controls electrical functions from any part of a home, or remotely through a Web browser from a mobile phone or computer – even from another country. 

SABS certification for custody transfer granted

2nd September 2005 Recently the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) officially approved Krohne for custody transfer for its OPTIMASS Coriolis mass flowmeters. 

Automation giant active in power-generation sector

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 One of the world’s largest power and automation technology companies ABB opened its doors in South Africa in 1992, once the country was on a path to democracy. 

Instrumentation specialist involved in Spoornet diesel-depot upgrade

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 Founded in Switzerland in 1953, Endress + Hauser has grown into one of the world leaders in measurement instrumentation and automation solutions. 

Increasing SA's safety standards

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 Over the last few years, South African industries have begun to wake up to the importance and necessity of safety equipment in the work place. 

R12m expansion boosts valve company's capacity

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 Randburg-based valves supplier OMSA Valves and Instrumentation (OMSA) has invested some R12-million into expanded and upgraded facilities, which include additional offices, larger storerooms and a new testing facility. 

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