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Instrumentation & Control News

Coping with Internet of Things data volumes

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2015 A key way through which companies will be able to cope with the increasing volumes of data from the Internet of Things (IoT) devices is to use software-defined application services (SDAS) to ensure that their networks are scalable, reliable and secure, says networking company F5 Networks senior... 

Industry 4.0 requires ‘factories of learning’

By: Schalk Burger     1st May 2015 The expected changes influencing manufacturing and industry over the next twenty-five years, including digitisation, hyper-connectivity, automation and integration, will require that many factories become centres of learning, says German industrial systems education and training subsidiary Festo... 

Industry 4.0 requires ‘factories of learning’
RUSSELL SCHWULST South African industry will have to maintain its pace with changes to remain competitive in the ever-globalising world

High-temperature gas flowmeter launched

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th April 2015 Industrial process instrumentation manufacturer and solutions provider Krohne this year launched its new Optisonic 8300 ultrasonic flowmeter for high-temperature gas and steam onto the global market. The new Optisonic 8300 ultrasonic flowmeter is a two-beam ultrasonic flowmeter for high flow... 

High-temperature gas flowmeter launched
OPTISONIC 8300A two-beam ultrasonic flowmeter for high flow rates of superheated steam

Increased interest in laser gas analysis, says engineering specialist

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th April 2015 Specialised engineering company Rand Technical Services (RTS) noticed an increased market interest for laser gas analysis in the last quarter of 2014, with the beginning of 2015 reflecting ongoing interest from potential clients, including the petrochemical and mining  sectors.  RTS became the... 

Increased interest in  laser gas analysis, says  engineering specialist
GAS DETECTION GROWS Neo Monitors' laser gas monitoring systems provide reliable measurement of the concentration and control of a single gas among other gases

Automation control specialist lands third oil and gas contract

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th April 2015 Automation control specialist Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), which serves industrial process manufacturers worldwide, announced in March that it had been selected by oil and gas explorer and producer Hoang Long Joint Operating Company (HLJOC) to handle critical project management and... 

Automation control  specialist lands third oil and gas contract
SAFETY CONTROL SOLUTIONSThe C300 process controller is used to tap oil and gas reserves in Vietnam

Process automation specialist improves flow-measurement solution

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th April 2015 Instrumentation and process automation specialist Endress+Hauser is developing a new-generation change to its Proline flow-measurement solution platform. “The launch started three years ago and will cotinue for the next two years,” says Endress+Hauser product manager Frans van den Berg. Proline... 

Process automation specialist  improves flow-measurement solution
PROMAG 53H STAINLESS STEEL Endress+Hauser develop a new-generation change to its Proline flow-measurement solution platform

Process-control specialist launches infrared camera range

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th April 2015 Process-control instrumentation and industrial electronics supplier Instrotech has launched a new fixed infrared camera, the PI 450 G7, aimed specifically at the glass industry. Released in South Africa in January, the Optris PI 450 G7 features a special wavelength specifically for the glass... 

Process-control  specialist launches  infrared camera range
INNOVATIVE INFRARED TECHNOLOGYThe launch of the new infrared camera range has provided Instrotech with the opportunity to work with customers such as Consol and PFG Building Glass.

Digital educational tools empower teachers and super-charge study materials

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2015 Electronic and digital education tools, including interactive whiteboards and student-response systems, are empowering teachers to spend significantly more time preparing lessons, work on identified difficult topics and help students who struggle. Various high-quality, colourful images, and... 

Digital educational tools empower teachers and  super-charge study materials
BEZ SANGARI Rich-media environments and content provide significant benefits for all subjects and improve learning and retention

Energy crunch could prove a long-term boon for SA industry

By: Schalk Burger     17th April 2015 While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency... 

Better receivers, engineering benefit MeerKAT, SKA

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2015 Multiple and more sensitive receivers are being deployed on the 64 antennas of the MeerKAT radio telescope array, which will improve the scientific data it gathers, says Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa science and engineering associate director professor Justin Jonas. “The good design... 

Better receivers, engineering benefit MeerKAT, SKA
Photo by Schalk Burger
MEERKAT 63 RECEIVERS A host of receivers on the antenna provides high fidelity and sensitivity and was informed by the KAT-7 prototype

Poynting disposes of lossmaking segments, posts mixed interim results

By: Schalk Burger     20th March 2015 JSE-listed communications and defence antenna manufacturer Poynting’s interim results for the period ended December 31, 2014, show that the company has increased turnover for continuing operations by 101% after disposing of its loss-making segments. It posted profits after tax and before fair... 

Poynting disposes of lossmaking segments,  posts mixed interim results
JÜRGEN DRESEL Poynting disposed of loss-making segments and is now well positioned for growth

Instrumentation company remains strong, despite industry challenges

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 Since engineered solutions provider ELB Engineering Services (ELB) acquired local electrical and instrumentation (E&I) contractor B&W Instrumentation and Electrical (B&W) in April last year, B&W has reported a significant turnaround and continues to register growth, despite the rest of the E&I... 

Company highlights benefits of thermography for maintenance

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 South African companies and government entities need to realise the benefits of applying thermographic imaging to maintenance procedures, says process control equipment solutions provider Comtest thermography products specialist Jeanri Mellanby. Mellanby is Southern Africa’s first female Snell... 

Increased demand for electrical houses, MCCs and VSDs

     13th March 2015 Motor control centre (MCC), distribution board, control desk, PLC and instrumentation enclosure, portable and containerised substation manufacturer Shaw Controls, a member of Zest WEG Group, has registered a significant increase in the demand for electrical houses (E-Houses), fully withdrawable... 

Increased demand for  electrical houses, MCCs and VSDs
BEST SERVICES Shaw Controls’ electrical workshop is used for the production of main and sub distribution boards

Complete sensor solution added to product offering

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 South Africa-based process control instrumentation manufacturer and distributor Instrotech now sells UK-based sensor solutions manufacturer Monitran’s MTN/5000, which Monitran introduced to the market in September last year. “Recently, Monitran started focusing on providing not only single... 

Company launches enhanced integrated production control system

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th March 2015 Process control and field instrumentation systems, solutions and services provider Yokogawa Electric Corporation, as part of its aim to optimise clients’ plant productivity, this month launched the Centum Vigilant Plant (VP) Release 6 version 01 (R6.01) – an enhanced version of the company’s... 

Company launches new configuration suite, improves cybersecurity

     13th March 2015 Processing technologies and services provider Emerson Process Management in December introduced the world’s first remote terminal unit (RTU) and highway addressable remote transducer (HART) configuration suite – the OpenEnterprise Field Tools software suite – which enables local and remote... 

Company launches new configuration suite, improves cybersecurity
OPEN ENTERPRISE FIELD TOOLS The software promotes personnel safety by eliminating unnecessary trips to the field

Sensing technology supplier develops into high-level service provider

     13th March 2015 Johannesburg-based sensing technology supplier Countapulse Controls has developed from being a supplier of “technologically superior” sensing and monitoring devices to a solutions provider that offers advanced technology packages incorporating high-level support. These services include assisting... 

Company delivers first order of new laser-cutting range

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 Local machine tools distributor Retecon has received its first order for the high-powered 8 kW Trumpf TruLaser 5060 (TL 5060), which should be delivered to its Gauteng-based customer by the end of next month. Retecon is the official sole distributor for Germany-based laser manufacturer Trumpf,... 

Company delivers first order of new  laser-cutting range
PRODIGIOUS REQUIREMENT The manufacturing industry's need for increased laser power can be mitigated by the TL 5000 series

Massive commercial industry potential for solar energy

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2015 The renewable energy sector should focus on commercial ventures in its drive to increase the uptake of solar energy through photovoltaic (PV) panels, rather than the current industry focus on the residential sector, says renewable-energy company Green Habitat. 

Massive commercial industry potential  for solar energy
COMMERCIAL FOCUS Large shopping centres have lots of unused rooftop space where photovoltaic panels can be installed

Automated lubrication systems increase efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 Automated and centralised lubrication control platforms are essential for any type of machine, as they ensure efficient lubricant consumption and application, says Randburg-based lubrication systems company Control Lubrication Systems. 

Automated  lubrication systems increase efficiency
COMPREHENSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEMS Centralised lubrication systems ensure that there is no need to be concerned about a lubrication point being under- or overlubricated

Skills contests create platforms for collaborative curriculum development

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2015 Skills competitions that test new apprentices’ and artisans’ skills in a competitive environment are highly effective forums to enable industry, education and government to engage one another on matters such as training and curriculum. The skills competition held in South Africa in November, to... 

Skills contests create platforms  for collaborative curriculum development
Photo by Duane Daws
MECHATRONICS SKILLS COMPETITION Students and apprentice artisans compete against each other to build industrial mechantronic systems

Air motors popular in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     23rd January 2015 Germany-based air-tools company Deprag’s air motors have proven to be popular in many South African industries, building on the company’s reputation for reliability and performance, according to local distributor Dowson and Dobson (D&D). 

Air motors popular in South Africa
DRIVEN BY AIR The stainless steel air motors from Deprag are ideal for use in wet rooms and can withstand the acidic materials

Pneumatic motors suited for winding

     23rd January 2015 Pneumatic motors are ideal for winding applications, owing to their ability to automatically adapt speed as a load changes, Germany-based air tools company Deprag says. 

Pneumatic motors  suited for winding
LESS ENERGY Pneumatic motors’ energy requirement decreases with increased torque

Industry heading towards increased motor efficiency

     23rd January 2015 The biggest cost factor involved in owning a compressor is its motor’s energy use, with cost cutting in this area resulting in substantial savings for the operator, says air process company Airgas Compressors. 

Industry heading towards increased motor efficiency
BELT-DRIVE MOTOR The most effective means of reducing operational costs is through enhanced energy use

Variable frequency drives for demanding applications

     23rd January 2015 A series of variable frequency drive (VFD) devices, for demanding industrial and building automation applications, was recently launched to customers in Africa, by power management company Eaton. 

Variable frequency drives for demanding applications
VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES An active energy control algorithm is active as standard when using the factory default setting for volts-per-herts mode

Motors company a regional hub in the making

     23rd January 2015 Electrical construction company Zest WEG Group is positioning itself to become a regional hub of electric motors company WEG, with subsidiary company motor control systems manufacturer Shaw Controls set to become the number one panel builder and systems integrator in Africa, says Zest WEG Group. 

Motors company  a regional hub  in the making
DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB DRIVING A REGIONAL HUB Zest WEG Group aims for all its manufacturing operations to become centres of excellence

Motors company donates equipment to boost skills development

     23rd January 2015 As part of its corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives, electric motors company Zest WEG Group has donated equipment worth more than R2-million to training schools, colleges and other educational institutions. 

Motors company  donates equipment to boost skills development
PROMOTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Three colleges have benefited from Zest WEG Group’s donation of electric motors, switchgears, soft starters and other electric equipment

Whole-systems approach improves efficiency

     23rd January 2015 At the forefront of engineering considerations for motors are aspects such as efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership; however, to deliver the maximum benefits it is ideal to examine items of equipment as a whole, instead of individually, says geared motors company Bauer Gear Motor. 

Whole-systems approach improves efficiency
INTEGRATED EFFICIENCY By examining each component within the mechanical section of the motor and drivetrain, and enhancing its design, further efficiencies and savings can be made

Industrial integration platform facilitating holistic control

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2014 The latest version of power and automation giant ABB’s 800xA integration platform unifies core industrial functions, their planning and execution, enabling industrial companies to maintain control over all aspects affecting production, including safety. The platform, similar to previous versions,... 

Big data to ‘transform’ existing business functions

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2014 The growth of data generated by devices, sensors and equipment is driving the most significant changes in information technology (IT), affecting all industries, says IT equipment and software company Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Europe, Middle East and Africa CTO Bob Plumbridge. Business’... 

Valves range redesigned

     7th November 2014 The entire control valve range of valves company AZ-Armaturen has undergone a complete redesign, resulting in a modular system that increases productivity in the process, food, chemical and petrochemical industries, the company says. 

Valves range redesigned
NEW DESIGN The construction of the control valves is based on the standard cavity-free plug valve

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

Stainless steel marker introduced
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification

New Energy

By: Tracy Hancock     24th October 2014 Sabine Dall'Omo, Siemens South Africa CEO, talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about her career and moving to South Africa for love. For the first time in 150 years, there is a woman at the helm of Siemens South Africa – German-born Sabine Dall'Omo, who has fallen in love with more than... 

New Energy
SABINE DALL’OMO You will be challenged regardless of gender, especially in South Africa, where having a woman at the helm of an organisation is not that unusual

Frequency inverters launched at expo

     17th October 2014 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive launched its MOVI4R-U frequency inverters at trade show Electra Mining Africa, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, in September. 

Frequency inverters launched at expo
SIMPLE DESIGN The innovative design of the MOVI4R-U frequency inverters allows for the quick and easy removal or replacement of parts

Remote-timed switch reduces accident risk

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 A remote switch with a timer function can assist in mitigating the risk of ordinary users being accidentally electrocuted because they are not familiar with complex electrical systems, says Midrand-based technology innovation company Sagifon. 

Remote-timed switch reduces accident risk
SIMPLIFICATION All timer and on/off programming is performed through using the compact remote control transmitter

Computing platforms powering critical industrial, mining systems

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2014 A computing platform to ensure the availability of critical processes and control systems is receiving increased attention in South Africa to ensure that the software driving new industrial systems, including automated and robotic processes, functions continuously, says industrial systems... 

Computing platforms powering critical industrial, mining systems
BRENDAN WIDLAKE Stratus fault-tolerant servers ensure continuous availability of operational systems in critical processes

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