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Instrumentation & Control News

Acoustic tube leak-detection system to be commissioned next month

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 A South African-designed acoustic tube leak-detection system will be commissioned at Unit 3 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s 1 000 MW Komati coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, next month. 

Company embarks on electrical and instrumentation subcontract at Medupi

     28th June 2013 Electrical, control and instrumentation engineers and constructors Wade Walker, a wholly owned subsidiary of construction group Murray & Roberts, has embarked on a subcontract awarded by bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi... 

Automation company helps pace equipment upgrades

     14th June 2013 Demanding market conditions have forced manufacturers globally to actively pursue improved productivity and protect their major capital investments, which include automation components, software and systems, says industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation.  

Machinery automation company completes project

     14th June 2013 Machinery automation system supplier SA Power KwaZulu-Natal, in April, completed the design, supply and commissioning of a nine-axis press sequencing system, using the latest Lenze multi-axis control technology, for appliance manufacturer Defy Appliances. 

Technological solutions for improving combustion efficiency, safety concerns

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 According to sources, more than 12 steam boilers in South Africa fail catastrophically each year as a result of undetected low water-level conditions, says specialist combustion optimization company Boiler Combustion Technologies.  

Academy accredited to offer instrumentation, rigging training

By: Samantha Herbst     31st May 2013 Level 1 broad-based black economic-empowerment training academy the Artisan Training Institute (ATI), formerly the Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy, can now offer training in instrumentation and rigging to potential candidates, after finalising accreditation from the Mining Qualifications... 

R&D focus leads to improved motor protection offering

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Motor protection company NewElec says it has made significant upgrades to its range of motor-protection relays in the past three years, which the company attributes to rigorous research and development (R&D) processes on which it spends several million rands each year. 

SA industry finally grasping energy efficiency nettle, but constraints remain

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2013 Industrial energy efficiency projects are steadily being implemented in South Africa to combat price and productivity pressures, but financial constraints, including funding and internal resources, remain barriers to their broad deployment. 

Automation company introduces new drive

     3rd May 2013 To assist machine builders and end-users in simplifying equipment design and operation, as well as to speed up installation and configuration, the compact Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 525 alternative current (ac) drive was launched last month by industrial automation, power, control and information... 

Society notes challenges and opportunities for industry

By: Gia Costella     3rd May 2013 The instrumentation and control industry is a survivor of the stagnation that has affected many industries worldwide as a result of the economic crisis, says the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC). “It has been a difficult year for many industries, but... 

Software company helps manufacturers face industry challenges

By: Gia Costella     3rd May 2013 The pending environmental legislation regarding carbon tax as outlined in the treasury white paper and mentioned in the South African Revenue Service’s tax budget document for 2012, intended to curb harmful emissions, will add to the difficulties that South African manufacturing companies are... 

IT-enabled information feedback can aid business efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2013 The constant challenges that businesses have to deal with, including rising prices and stiff competition from abroad, can be reduced through the effective integration of business operations using information technology (IT), says industrial business resource planning company Infor business... 

B&W posts headline loss after ‘uncomfortable’ half year

By: Natalie Greve     22nd April 2013 B&W Instrumentation and Electrical on Monday reported a headline loss for the six months ended February 28, 2013, of R40.79-million, on the back of a unsatisfactory Madagascar-based mining project settlement and acute market contraction. The company, which was approaching the end of a two-year... 

Power management group places services at heart of African offering

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2013 Diversified power management company Eaton Electric is focusing on developing its market share in South Africa and Africa by backing up its product offering with engineering and support services. Eaton Electric marketing manager Mark Strydom notes that the contribution from services to sales... 

Electronics major launches new controller and integration software 

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Multinational electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens has officially introduced its new range of Simatic S7 controllers for medium- to high-end machine and plant automation to the South African industrial market. The new controller, launched with the latest version of Siemens’... 

Strategic technology investments can deliver corporate benefits

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2013 Business-led technology and applications have become the basis for business planning and integral parts of companies’ strategies. Strategic investment by companies in several developing technologies can result in significant benefits for a company, says business services firm Deloitte global... 

Using the cloud to improve the management of business infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2013 Sending data from equipment, instruments and sensors in a building to cloud servers is an effective way of collecting the data and then performing analytics to monitor and manage the devices and systems to improve effective use, says IBM Smarter Planet Industry Solutions VP David Bartlett. “There... 

Fleet manager fights fuel fraud

     15th March 2013 Fuel fraud and theft – the two major causes of significant financial losses to the fleet industry – have been reduced by a computerised fuel management system from fleet management services provider Avis Fleet Services. Since its introduction in August last year the product has saved clients more... 

Acquisition brings market diversification

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th March 2013 The acquisition of automotive electronic components manufacturer Pi Shurlok in November last year has enabled Durban-based designer and manufacturer of aftermarket electronic vehicle systems PFK Electronics to diversify its core business to include the manufacture of vehicle components for local... 

Building efficiency system enhances HVAC control platform

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 US technology group Johnson Controls Systems & Services will launch its building efficiency system, Panoptix, in South Africa this month, to assist customers in interpreting the data produced by the company’s building management system (BMS), the Metasys control platform.  

Gas-saving technology reduces consumption by more than 50% 

By: Gia Costella     15th March 2013 Welding solutions firm Shield Technologies’ Shielding Gas Saving System has reduced its clients’ gas consumption by more than half and is subsequently saving them money, says CEO Wayne Holt, adding that the product has been accepted by the industrial market since it was introduced two years ago. 

Integrating wireless technology and plant management systems can boost efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2013 Integrating wireless technology with industrial plant management systems that keep track of maintenance history and modifications, enables plants to be maintained more effectively and, hence, operate efficiently over an extended plant lifecycle, says industrial database software engineering... 

Industrial automation company approaches competition authorities for relief

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2013 A local industrial automation company alleges that two larger companies, which supply it with business-critical products, acting in concert have refused to provide it with the necessary products in an attempt to eliminate it as competition and take over its customers and market share. Local... 

Full virtualisation potential unrealised in SA

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2013 The virtualisation of business processes and backup systems in South Africa may be stalling, owing to the poor implementation and management of such systems, says virtual infrastructure and data protection company Veeam channel manager Jessica van Wyk. However, this stall can be overcome through... 

Measuring and monitoring key to ensuring effective energy management

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2012 Electricity monitoring should be done to determine the quantity and quality of electricity supplied to a company. This information will give the company the ability to measure its load profile over time, as well as a real-time window into its electricity use and the effectiveness of various... 

Sound design key to improving human-machine interface

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2012 An ergonomic design and intuitive user interface helps users to learn and operate systems, enabling improved efficiency and productivity in industrial and manufacturing companies, says industrial control systems company Anytech sales representative Ben Liebenberg. The German Fraunhofer Institute... 

Frontline tools essential to maintenance

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th November 2012 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) condition monitoring manager Pieter van Zyl tells Engineering News that, since extending its range of shock-pulse method condition monitoring systems to include the VibChecker and BearingChecker portable instruments, many of the instruments... 

Instrument uses acoustic emissions to monitor bearing health

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th November 2012 As the early stages of bearing defects may not be detectible through condition-monitoring technologies, such as vibration, thermography and tribology monitoring, machine solutions provider Motornostix has introduced the MHC-Bearing Checker solution onto the South African market. 

SA industries embrace convergence technology

By: Samantha Herbst     9th November 2012 Large-scale security convergence is becoming increasingly popular in all spheres of industry, owing to its contribution to the mitigation of safety, health and environmental (SHE) risks and its proven financial benefits, says Honeywell Building Solutions regional GM for sub-Saharan Africa Richard... 

Siemens to place emphasis on customer, partner support

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2012 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens will focus on training and support for customers and partners, as well as excellence in customer service worldwide and in Africa, says Siemens Industry Middle East and Africa VP Raymond Padayachee. 

DigiCore undertakes comprehensive restructuring, unveils new product platforms

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2012 Technology and telemetry company DigiCore reported mixed results for the year ended June 30, with revenue increasing by 19% to R844-million from R712-million. However, profit after tax fell by 44% to R30-million, from R54-million in 2011, owing to comprehensive restructuring of its global... 

Joburg to host consolidated industrial fair in 2013 

     19th October 2012 Ten trade events targeting different sectors of industry will be combined at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on May 14 to May 16 next year. 

Supplier launches new genset controller

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Italy-based electrical equipment manufacturer Lovato launched its new RGK800 generating set (genset) controller unit in South Africa this month. Specialist electrical equipment supplier Electromechanica hosted the launch event at its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, having flown in two Lovato... 

Alstom, Cisco in digital substation solutions partnership

     7th September 2012 French electricity major Alstom Grid and networking giant Cisco have signed a commercial and technology agreement to develop new digital substation solutions for electrical grids. 

CEO of global instrumentation group sees signs of life amid gloom 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     7th September 2012 Global instrumentation and automation group Endress+Hauser CEO Klaus Endress believes that, despite the continuing global economic and political turmoil, the group will continue to be successful and grow. On a visit to South Africa last month, Endress told Engineering News that the group is... 

Solution improves safety, reliability

     7th September 2012 Large oil and gas companies around the world are using process automation and control firm Honeywell Process Solutions’ new Blending and Movement Automation (BMA) R400.1 solution at refinery off-sites, terminals and large tank farms to improve safety, reliability and operational performance, the... 

System benefits petrochemicals sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Control instrumentation and analyser vendor OEN Enterprises has released the next generation German-manufactured Durag D-VTA 200 EX video and thermography system to the South African petrochemicals market. 

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