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Instrumentation & Control News

ELB implements B&W buy-out

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2014 Engineering solutions provider ELB Group is set to leverage the synergies between it and electrical and instrumentation company B&W Instrumentation and Electrical, the acquisition of which ELB is busy concluding. ELB, which had issued over 1.96-million shares as consideration for the acquisition... 

Automation innovations to be showcased at Hanover industrial fair

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 Industrial automation giant Festo has been displaying some of the its ongoing research projects and latest automation developments and products at the Hannover industrial fair from April 7 to 11, as part of its Integrated Automation – The Next Steps theme. The research projects and products... 

All-in-one thermostat solution brought to market

     14th March 2014 Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric last month introduced a new series of room controllers, which provides a solution that integrates a thermostat/temperature sensor and programmable room controller in a single unit. “The SE8000 series room controllers are designed with a... 

All-in-one thermostat solution brought  to market
ROOM CONTROL The new SE8000 series of room controllers can enhance operational efficiency

Bearings distributor sells new system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based manufacturer Schaeffler Group’s FAG brand SmartCheck measuring system, for the monitoring of machines and plants, makes a valuable contribution to optimising processes and ultimately reduces life-cycle cost (LCC) and the total cost of ownership (TCO), states bearings and... 

Bearings distributor  sells new system
SMART CHECK A key function of Schaeffler’s new SmartCheck system is to monitor machine vibrations

Cable vital for communication systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has introduced a new variable-frequency drive (VFD) power cable to its range of Topflex cables that can be used in the industrial sector, as well as in motor and control applications. The Topflex 620 VFD cable was launched in Chicago, in the... 

Cable vital for communication systems
TOP APPLICATION The Helukabel Topflex cables can be used in any industrial applications, such as measurement and control

Company stays abreast of new developments

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 As an instrumentation and electrical construction company, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical marketing manager Ken Nel says the company is very training-orientated with regard to new technological developments in its industry. “We continuously train employees to keep up to date with the current... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

Information software new trend for local industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Industrial Software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware will launch its new situational awareness graphics software and alarm management software at its X-Change User Conference for Industrial Automation and Information Software, in KwaZulu-Natal, next month. The... 

Information software new trend for local industry
NEW METHOD The new situational awareness software by Wonderware provides new methods for managing manufacturing and operating plants

Instrumentation firm broadens product range

     14th March 2014 Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supply and implementation company Magnet has extended its range to include energy management specialist Schneider Electric’s new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system. The Accutech range of instruments, which is designed for... 

Instrumentation firm broadens product range
ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY The new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system is designed to reduce installation costs

New generation digital time switches for ideal control

     14th March 2014 France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the end of 2013 and is designed for... 

New generation digital  time switches for ideal control
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors

SA’s first accumulator testing solution developed

     14th March 2014 Automation distributor Tectra Automation has developed South Africa’s first solution for the pressure testing of hydraulic accumulators for recertification processes required by law. Tectra Automation, which is a member of the drive and control company Hytec Group, was recently approached by... 

SA’s first accumulator  testing solution developed
TESTING SOLUTION The accumulator testing solution developed by automation distributor Tectra Automation can accommodate 1 ℓ to 150 ℓ accumulators

Automation system offers brewery real-time processing visibility

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 Beer giant SAB uses a flexible industrial control system at its Alrode Brewery, in Alberton, to ensure it maintains the quality of the different brands, despite differences in their ingredients, brewing and maturation, says SAB Alrode Brewery systems manager Grant Wolff. SAB has made significant... 

Ansys narrows H1 loss, pins recovery hopes on rail

By: Natalie Greve     29th November 2013 JSE-listed engineering and electronics firm Ansys has narrowed its loss for the six months ended August 31, 2013, to R2.7-million, from R9.7-million in the first six months of 2012, on the back of a “low revenue-generating period” characterised by an expected slow-down in projects and a boost in... 

Ansys narrows H1 loss, pins recovery hopes on rail

Available data can be used to improve city traffic management

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2013 Municipalities can use currently available data generated by global positioning systems (GPS), vehicle tracking and cellphones to manage traffic smartly and improve travel times, says vehicle routing specialist company TomTom Southern Africa GM Danny Grobben. Inefficient use of road capacity and... 

Air bearing offers gentle transport without contact

     8th November 2013 The ATBT air bearing from pneumatic and electrical automation technology supplier Festo is designed to provide a solution that ensures safe and gentle transport of fragile components such as flat panel displays and photovoltaic substrates on a cushion of air. 

Machine-to-machine communication can reduce energy, resource uses

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2013 The crunch of energy and resources arising from economic and population growth can be reduced through the use of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, says cellular major Vodacom Enterprise Business Unit executive head of sales Tony Smallwood. M2M will enable utilities and municipalities to... 

SA infrastructure projects shortlisted for global awards

By: Samantha Herbst     25th October 2013 Two South African infrastructure projects have been recognised for innovation in their respective sectors, having been shortlisted as finalists in the 2013 Be Inspired Awards competition, organised by global infrastructure software developer Bentley Systems. State-owned power utility Eskom has... 

SA infrastructure projects shortlisted for global awards
MALCOLM WALTERUsers of Bentley Systems’ software infrastructure solutions nominated projects worldwide that tested the adjudicative prowess of the jury members for this year’s Be Inspired Awards

Time-in-state metric can improve production processed, equipment efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2013 A time-in-state metric (TISM) enables continuous evaluation of process and equipment condition against an ideal condition or baseline. TISM provides early warning of deteriorating operating and equipment conditions that may impact operational efficiency, says operational risk management company... 

Electric cylinder alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic options

     18th October 2013 Drive technology company SEW Eurodrive has launched the complete series of the CMS electric cylinder onto the South African market.  

Local distributor partners with global company

     18th October 2013 Engineering components provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its range of pneumatic and hydraulic filtration products and systems to include Parker motion and control technologies, says BMG executive director Gavin Pelser. BMG signed a distribution deal with global motion and control... 

New user-friendly machine tools in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 A modern computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning machine must be productive, flexible and easy to operate, says local machine tools distributor Retecon MD Hans-Peter Neth. He tells Engineering News that the new monoBlock and CTX ecoline series of machine tools from global machine tools... 

New user-friendly  machine tools  in South Africa
INTERFACE OPTIONS The CTX ecoline machine practice-orientated SLIMline user interface is available with Operate 4.5 on Siemens 840D solution line or Heidenhain CNC Pilot 640

Predictive maintenance leads to longer asset life, better performance

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2013 Predictive maintenance technologies can help companies effectively extend the use of assets, improve their performance, increase their safety and prevent unplanned downtime, says business intelligence consultancy BITanium Analytics director Nadine Shenker. Predictive maintenance is complex, owing... 

Robotics changing automatic sensing, sorting and quality inspection in SA

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2013 The use of robotics in South Africa will increase as industrial systems can be integrated to provide business-wide real-time production and quality information and control, says industrial automation company Omron South Africa national projects manager Jacques Labuschagne. South African industry... 

Companies insiting on better IT performance

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2013 Significantly more information and value can be derived from business data, owing to large volumes of data available and better data processing, but the performance and repayment period of any information technology systems are key factors governing adoption, says information technology company... 

Energy efficient system makes inroads in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Companies are aiming to achieve a balance between cost-effective sustainable energy efficiency and ensuring their facilities possess high-quality heating and cooling systems, US technology group Johnson Controls Systems & Building Efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron tells Engineering News. It is... 

Understanding IT patterns can help boost manufacturing performance

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2013 Mining and manufacturing companies can improve performance and collaboration, as well as prepare for future business intelligence systems, by determining how they use information technology (IT) services, says unified email and data service company Mimecast customer experience director Christelle... 

Baby tracking system implemented

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Hugs and Kisses, a radio frequency identification (RFID) technology used to track and secure newborn babies, has been rolled out across South Africa at various public and private hospitals, reports barcode specialist Harmonic Group. 

Industry seeks official recognition

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Recognition by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) will enable members of the automation, instrumentation, measurement and control industry to lobby government for changes in existing legislation which does not add sufficient value to the industry, says Society for Automation,... 

Industry seeks official recognition
CONTROL ROOM Instrumentation and control is a huge part of modern society

New and improved rooftop units

     30th August 2013 Rooftop air-conditioning solutions have previously had a reputation for fast and easy specification and deployment, but not for having the desired efficiency and control. Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Africa area GM Neil Cameron reports that the York Activa Rooftop range offers greater... 

New nurse call systems available

     30th August 2013 Electrical equipment manufacturer Legrand says its integrated healthcare solutions, the latest of which are nurse call systems, are designed to meet current healthcare needs and also accommodate future developments and requirements. 

Radar technology enhances surveillance

     30th August 2013 Reutech Radar Systems (RRS), involved with radar systems for the mining, defense and security market, has recently launched a perimeter and wide area intrusion detection system. The Perimeter Intrusion Monitoring System (PIMS) integrates traditional technologies used for asset protection, such as... 

Software a step forward for mining and manufacturing industries

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Two new solutions that could potentially change the way in which the mining and manufacturing industries operate at plant level are being tested by real-time operations management solutions provider Wonderware, says Southern Africa MD Deon Barnard. 

Technology helps increase efficiency levels of deliveries 

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Logistics software developer Dovetail recently released its new MobileControl solution, which boasts its new estimated time of delivery functionality allowing for on-board vehicle scanning and near real-time tracking of collection and delivery processes. This enables customers to receive... 

Company helps retailers trace produce

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 The difficulty of tracing a product is, owing to incorrect serialisation and infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges in the retail industry, says systems integrator and supply chain, identification and mobility solutions provider Zetes. “This can have life-threatening consequences, as in... 

Fuel monitoring system prevents fuel theft 

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 Measuring vehicle fuel-tank levels using the “Tank-I” system has proven to be a successful solution, as it enables fleet operators to monitor, manage and, ultimately, protect their fuel, says process control instrumentation and industrial electronics company Instrotech. “With the ever-escalating... 

Prefabricated scalable power and data modules can be rapidly deployed

     23rd August 2013 Prefabricated energy centre modules, uninterrupted power supply and data centres that can be expanded or scaled can be installed within two to three days on sites throughout Africa, says secure power equipment company Master Power Technologies Durban engineer and project manager Wouter Vermeulen.... 

Curbing impact on the oceanic environment

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Global shipping company Maersk Line (ML) has reduced its energy consumption and has registered a corresponding environmental-impact reduction of 105.000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) for all its vessel operations since its environment-friendly software programme, the quality and energy efficiency in... 

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