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Instrumentation & Control News

Rolling out a heavy engineering solution

     26th October 2001 The manufacturing of large engineering artifacts by Dorbyl Heavy Engineering of Vereeniging has been continued due to ingenuity and expertise supplied by Timken. 

Tony Jacobsen, Endress + Hauser

     5th October 2001 Tony Jacobsen Endress + Hauser 

More development in sensor technology

     7th September 2001 Sensors have always played an important role in automation and control, and this will continue unabated as technology develops further, reports Countapulse Control MD Gerry Bryant. 

Myriad of new products at exhibition

     7th September 2001 Interest in the Electrex 2002 exhibition has escalated, and it seems most local companies will be participating in the event, states South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) chairperson Richard Teagle. 

New product saves space and money

     7th September 2001 Control specialist Festo has developed a control cabinet solution that achieves space savings of up to 50%. 

Laser products changing at lightning speed

     7th September 2001 The manipulation of a light pulse has become such a sophisticated issue over such a short period of time, that changes in laser technology take place quicker than the speed of a travelling light pulse itself. 

New meters for bunker barge

     7th September 2001 An operator of offshore tanker terminals in Southern Africa, Smit Pentow Marine, has extended its range of services to include a new bunker barge to meet the ever increasing demand to supply shipping vessels with a variety of marine fuel products based on custody transfer. 

Small-leak detection system available

     7th September 2001 Early detection and localisation of water leaks in areas where computers and other electronic equipment are housed can be achieved with the new Bartec RLW device, which monitors small leaks. 

Heavyweight toggle controllers

     7th September 2001 Market leading infrared and radio remote control systems manufacturer Cattron-Theimeg, has designed its toggle controller specifically for heavyweight applications. 

Automation optimises cement plant

     7th September 2001 By using the latest technological advances in automation, Alpha Cement has optimised its cement loading operation at the Dudfield plant in Lichtenburg. 

Vibrating level switches enhanced

     7th September 2001 The latest development in the Vegaswing 60 range of vibrating level switches adds even more features to the existing range. The length of the tuning fork is only 40 mm, which means it can be used in pipes with a nominal diameter of DN 25. 

Steam products not just hot air

     7th September 2001 Local company BTR Flow Control has been at the forefront of systems engineering for steam and process fluid control through its range of Gestra steam-related products. 

Firm completes contract in KZN

     7th September 2001 Dutch company USF Rossmark and South African company Chematron have commissioned a turnkey water-treatment system at Iscor Newcastle for demineralisation, drinking and process water. 

New multimeter range launched

     7th September 2001 Local instrumentation supplier Spescom MeasureGraph has launched Fluke’s new series digital multimeters on to the South African market. 

Remote control for Swazi sugar producer

     7th September 2001 The Durban office of the Streamworks group has been contracted by Royal Swaziland Sugar to provide a remote control system at its Simunye sugar estate. 

Automation system for brewery

     7th September 2001 Technology conglomerate Siemens has completed a R15-million contract for the installation of a totally integrated automation (TIA) system at the SAB Ibhayi brewery near Port Elizabeth. 

Automation system rollout at steel mill

     7th September 2001 South Africa’s largest privately-owned steel mill, Cape Gate has contracted PQ Africa’s Tetra division for the installation and rollout of an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system from UK firm Preactor at its head office and factory in Cape Town. 

Petrochemicals firm gets new transmitter

     7th September 2001 Instrumentation specialist Blanes Instruments has installed a guided wave impulse radar transmitter on a cooling water sump for Sasol in Secunda. 

Hendrina power contracts flow

     24th August 2001 A R35-million contract for control and instrumentation refurbishment at power utility Eskom’s Hendrina power station has been awarded to Siemens. 

Need for genuine parts in agriculture

     17th August 2001 Parts specifications are becoming more complex and varied to meet the high performance standards of modern engines used in agricultural equipment. 

Technology firm wins a support contract

     17th August 2001 A support service agreement has been reached between Honeywell Southern Africa and African Products for its East Rand mill. 

SA firm helps crops in Gabon

     17th August 2001 Local company AfriGIS Environmental Solutions, a new business unit of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) solution provider AfriGIS, has taken significant steps towards conquering Africa with a land capability study in Gabon. 

Local biotech funding tops R100m

     17th August 2001 Total biotechnology funding in South Africa amounts to more than R100-million a year, and it is estimated that half of this supports genetic modification. 

New man at helm of instrumentation firm

By: Laura Franz     10th August 2001 Leading local instrumentation company Endress+Hauser Southern Africa (E+H), of Johannesburg North, may have lost former MD John Immelman to Australia, but has gained a new leader with more than 20 years of systems and project experience in the form of Tony Jacobsen. 

Automation is SA's ticket to the world, says council

     6th July 2001 Automation and computerisation are real opportunities that South Africa needs to grab hold of with both hands. 

Firm enters new market through acquisition

     6th July 2001 Plans to enter the rapidly growing manufacturing execution system (MES) market by AST’s manufacturing systems integration (MSI) division, a business unit of the group, have come to fruition through the acquisition of a leading participant in the industrial automation industry. 

More robots for SA industry

     6th July 2001 Robotics is starting to make significant in-roads into the operations of South African companies as they change their market strategies in an effort to accommodate the changes brought about by the globalisation of world economies. 

Nigeria to benefit from SA revenue management systems

     1st June 2001 The Nigerian market is regarded as having greater potential than the South African by Pretoria-based Grintek Energy Technologies (GET) marketing and sales manager Alwyn van Jaarsveld. 

Profibus user group in Africa

     1st June 2001 Since the launch of the original Profibus technology (FMS) ten years ago, it has been continuously refined and enhanced. 

Fieldbus technology at work

     1st June 2001 Today, serial fieldbus technology is used mainly as the communication system for exchange of information between automation systems and distributed field devices. 

Fieldbus proving a commercial advantage

     1st June 2001 In any industrial automation project there are different levels of information transfer, each of which has its own responsibilities and demands. 

Cabling to meet needs of fieldbus

     1st June 2001 As Profibus systems advance and adapt to the changing needs of its market, likewise, cabling for these systems have developed to meet and compete with changing technology and trends. 

New yeast-extraction product helps local brewery quality

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Brewery & winery industry 

How electricity is being liberalised

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Liberalisation of the energy industry is becoming a global phenomenon. 

Cutting from Argentina to Zanzibar

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

Africa lights up with African technology

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

SA-developed prepayment meter now in 42 countries

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

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