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Instrumentation & Control News

End to concrete cracking under thermal stress

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The cracking of mass and structural concrete due to thermal stress is one of the problems faced by constructors of concrete structures with large cross-sections. 

Alcohol-recovery unit under control

22nd March 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol Chemical Industries has appointed Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions to install an advanced process control (APC) system on one of its alcohol recovery units. 

Techno giant's integrated automation drive

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The automation and drives business unit of Siemens has recently launched a new department known as systems and software house (SH). 

Secunda plant keeps its cool

22nd March 2002 The Brainchild model BTC 9200 microprocessor-based proportional integral derivative temperature controller was selected by Bartec Barlian for the multi-million rand heating contract awarded by Krupp-Uhde and Kvaerner, managing contractors for Sasol Olefins and Surfactants new detergent alcohol... 

New industrial IT firm is born

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The merger of the information management and systems integration division of Skelton & Plummer Project Engineering with Aspen Technology subsidiary AspenTech RSA, to form AspenTech Africa, took place last month. 

Process control through modelling

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The chemical, petrochemical, paper and pulp, food and pharmaceuticals as well as metals, minerals and mining industries are characterised by complex continuous and batch processes, wide raw-material variances as well as rigid quality and regulatory control. 

Namibian zinc contract wraps up

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The international instrumentation group Endress+Hauser continued its record of product innovation, registering some 81 patents during 2001, more than twice its previous record. 

Ultrasonic device exhibits artificial intelligence

1st March 2002 The instrument of the future will be so much more than just a component in a process, suggests Endress + Hauser product manager Sean Frost. 

House on 'autopilot'

By: Karel Smrcka     15th February 2002 One of the cleverest houses in Europe has been built in Duisburg, Germany: the ‘Intelligent House Innovation Centre’. 

System improves heavy-vehicle regulation

By: Karel Smrcka     25th January 2002 Developed in a public–private partnership, a new system incorporates video-based automatic vehicle identification and licence-plate recognition to monitor and track heavy-vehicle movements on major highways throughout New South Wales. 

From pure product to turnkey solutions

18th January 2002 One of South Africa’s best-known instrumentation companies, Endress+Hauser of Gauteng, is in the process of transforming itself from being a supplier of product to becoming a supplier of turnkey systems and solutions. 

Prepayment water offer to deal with arrears

By: Jill Stanford     2nd November 2001 CAPE Town companies Tellumat and Rhomberg claim to have the answer to the city's problem of recovering hundreds of millions of rands in outstanding water revenues. 

New monitors decrease downtime

By: nkolola halwindi     26th October 2001 In a world where time is money and competition is high, industries cannot afford to lose money due to downtime. It is for this reason that there has been an increase in automatic monitoring technology to eliminate the costly downtime. 

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. 

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