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Instrumentation & Control News

Clocking up big success in racing

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Instrumentation company Instrotech has opened a new division within its Australian counterpart, dedicated to hiring out South African-developed electronic timing clocks used in motor rallying. The rally clock was designed by motor-rallying enthusiast and Instrotech MD Dave Howcroft. The aim is to... 

Instrument sector must control its future

By: System Author     26th March 1999 What is the value of the local industry? The leading vendors in the industry appoint independent market-research company Access Marketing International (AMI) to conduct general research every two years. Since 1985 we have had two-yearly updates as to industry trends and worth. The 1998 survey... 

Merger expands company’s product range

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Market leaders no longer sell products to the market; today they sell solutions. One of the companies in the industrial automation and instrumentation industry to adapt to this trend is Rhomberg, of the Western Cape. The recent merger between Rhomberg Electronics and Control Instruments’... 

Millionth switch delivered

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Fruit-juice manufacturer Ceres Fruit Juices has taken delivery of its millionth Liquiphant level switch manufactured by Endress + Hauser. The unit, the Liquiphant FTL 330L, is one of more than 100 units installed throughout the company’s Cape plant over the last year. This particular model... 

New flowmeters added to range

By: System Author     26th March 1999 US instrumentation specialist Dwyer, represented locally by Gosair Instruments, has systematically extended its range of flowmeters. Dwyer has just added a further two products to its 1999 product list, namely vertically-mounted variable-area (VA) and direct-reading (DR) flowmeters. This... 

New philosophy takes root in process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The industrial marketplace is getting selective in its choice of process control information-management systems, and there is a move away from the procurement of a packaged system, argues Xycom chairperson Roger Girdler. He explains that this trend is due to clients being more knowledgeable about... 

New process transmitter

By: System Author     26th March 1999 NEW process transmitters and miniaturised converters from Digital Process Measurements feature a competitive edge in pricing while still providing a full range of functions, combined with local design and manufacture. Model 9000 is fully programmable to measure inputs of mA, mV, V, RTD,... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

R7-million contract to automate gold-mine

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R7-million three- year contract for the automation of a Free State gold-mine, has been awarded to automation, control and data-acquisition specialist Systems Automation & Management (SAM) of Petervale, Gauteng, Engineering News has learnt. It is believed that the company was awarded... 

Acid-plant contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A BIG electrical and instrumentation contract for the NCP Isipingo tartaric malic acid plant has been completed by B&W Electrical, of Alberton, Gauteng. The company was called upon to supply and install the new distribution, low-voltage distribution, instrumentation and lighting and small power.... 

Sole African rights for Japanese instrumentation

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In a dramatic shift of loyalties, Kyoritsu, the Japanese instrumentation manufacturer, has granted sole rights for its product range in Africa to Elandsfontein, Gauteng, instrumentation distributor Major Tech. The ‘alliance’, a term coined by Major Tech MD Pat Shaw, was initiated in... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Instrumentation and electrical work

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Electrical and instrumentation contracts to the value of R30-million were awarded to Kentz by Fluor Daniel in August 1996 for work on the African Products Kliprivier plant that was commissioned in August last year. Work on these contracts began in September 1996 on the new maize wet-milling plant... 

‘Live’ materials-handling exhibit

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The nuts and bolts are being slotted into place for what is expected to be the largest ‘live’ exhibit of materials-handling and conveyor products ever erected in South Africa. Cost Time Resource’s Brian Rogers has been appointed project co-ordinator of this integrated operation,... 

Business confidence gets executive thumbs-down

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Executives of the top 100 industrial companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are negative about business confidence and the political situation in South Africa this year compared to 1998. This view is in contrast to the expectations expressed towards the end of 1997 with regard to... 

Coega project needs decision ‘now’

By: System Author     12th February 1999 WE need an answer now – this is the emphatic plea from Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Percci) president Chris Steenekamp in response to the continued wrangling about construction of the R1,5-billion deepwater harbour at the mouth of the Coega river in the Eastern... 

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