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Instrumentation & Control News

Temperature sensor manufacturer to increase local production 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     7th September 2012 Within the next 12 months, temperature sensor manufacturer Endress+Hauser Pyrotemp plans to locally manufacture 75% of all temperature sensors sold by Endress+Hauser in South Africa, Endress+Hauser Pyrotemp GM Chris Gimson revealed at the inauguration of the manufacturer’s new production... 

Small plant staged-approach automation to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2012 A staged approach for the automation of smaller plants and across the sites of smaller companies can help in developing productivity and cost-control capabilities, while leaving room for the future expansion of automation, says industrial automation giant Invensys Wonderware software portfolio... 

Cross-company database integration for production analysis

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2012 Real-time production reporting program zenon Analyser enables users to integrate other databases – even from vendors – within a single database, says South African zenon service provider Anytech. 

Local group to launch new fully welded heat exchanger in SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Local heat exchanger group HGF Plate Heat Exchangers (HGF-PHE) plans to launch a new range of plate heat exchangers that are manufactured by French engineering group Vitherm in South Africa. “These products have gained significant traction in the global market in a short time, owing to... 

Software enables integration of plant and people

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2012 The different experts required to operate a plant efficiently can be integrated into a single auditable system that collates all information generated and generates reports in real-time, says automation software giant Invensys Operations Management Southern Africa divisional director Deon van Aardt. 

New sensors to end tuning costs

     15th June 2012 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls has launched the new Leuze 318B series photoelectric sensor with an integrated and patented Leuze omni-mount, which it says will limit costs associated with fine tuning sensors.  

Modular burner control system to be installed for first time in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 Thermoprocessing solutions provider Talec Combustion will, this month, install a complete modular burner control system – the first of its kind in South Africa – for a major food manufacturer.  

Retrofitted boilers, burners increase combustion efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 Retrofitted boilers and burners provide reduced electricity consumption and improved combustion efficiency that can assist the boiler industry, which is facing rising energy costs, says combustion control specialist Steam House Africa project engineer Lionel Naudè.  

New variable-speed pump drive to cut energy costs

     25th May 2012 German drive and control technology specialists Bosch Rexroth, locally represented by the Hytec Group, says its new variable-speed pressure and flow control system provides a dynamic and economical solution for controlling oil and volume pressure. 

Proper bearings selection important for solar power plants

By: Gia Costella     25th May 2012 The use of the right bearings play a fundamental role in the successful operation of solar power generation projects, which will form an important part of South Africa’s future power generation mix, bearings distributor Bearings 2000 director Nick Stamatiadis tells Engineering News. 

Systems integration can help improve industrial operations

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 Consistent control and operation across different plants and systems can be accomplished by networking existing systems and controls into a single industrial operation control platform, ensuring that operations can be managed in a sustainable and profitable manner, says process control and... 

Component remanufacturer to commission largest pressure tester in SA

     4th May 2012 Diesel engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering is set to commission the largest pressure tester in the country. 

Industrial solutions provider solves cooling problem

     4th May 2012 Mechanical products and controls manufacturer Danfoss’ variable speed drives (VSDs) have a back-channel cooling system that enables one to channel ambient air from outside a control room through the VSD and then vent it back in to the atmosphere.  

Society tackles industry challenges through training, certification

By: Gia Costella     4th May 2012 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) has reiterated its commitment to providing training and improving skills development within industry. 

B&W unveils new strategy, sees opportunities in oil and gas

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd April 2012 JSE-listed electrical specialist B&W Instrumentation and Electrical is embarking on a five-year strategy, based on organic growth, with a focus on the oil and gas sector, CEO Brian Harley reported on Monday. The company believed the oil and gas sector was set for significant growth, particularly... 

South Africa opts for incremental smart-grid migration 

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has begun to deploy a hybrid smart grid model that supports its legacy time-division multiplexing management system, while gradually introducing an Internet protocol (IP) packet communication system, which will enable smart demand side management, automatic... 

$8.6m electrification, instrumentation contract for Ngodwana mill

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2012 Power and automation technology group ABB reports it has been awarded a large electrification and instrumentation and distributed control system order by pulp and paper producer Sappi Southern Africa. 

Analyser offers superior gas and dust measurement

     16th March 2012 Industrial solutions provider Rand Technical Services (RTS) now offers a reliable and maintenance-free method of measuring the gas emissions in the reheating furnace and continuous annealing process. 

Automated control solution targeted at industrial sector 

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th March 2012 Diversified power management company Eaton Corporation, which acquired control equipment supplier Actom Low Voltage Equipment and its subsidiary companies CHI Control Components, Meissner Uninterruptible Power and Norsa Electronics, in July last year, is now able to deliver complete automation... 

Microcontroller range enters the market

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th March 2012 Industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation has released the Allan-Bradley Micro800 range of component-class micro programmable controllers onto the South African market. 

Skills development remains focus in instrumentation and control industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th March 2012 The outlook within the instrumentation and control (I&C) industry is simultaneously “extremely good and frighteningly bad”, owing to a lack of practical skills in the industry, Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) president Johan Maartens asserts. 

Erbacon sells 80% stake in small plant unit

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2012 JSE-listed construction firm Erbacon on Wednesday reported it had disposed of its 85% interest in BO’s Hire and Sales, formerly known as Erbacon Small Plant (ESP), for R30-million to Imbewu SPV4, on February 29. ESP, which is based in Durban, hires out small plant to companies engaged in... 

Asset-tracking solutions company launches driver-behaviour measurement system in SA

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2012 Advanced asset-tracking and management solutions group DigiCore Holdings has launched a driver-behaviour measurement system in South Africa, linked it with an insurance product from insurance giant Discovery and is in the process of rolling out similar solutions in Europe and Australia. 

PLC data can help boost industrial productivity

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2012 A supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system, which aggregates the data received from a factory’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs), can be used to fully trace every change made to the system, whether manual or automatic, says technology distributor Anytech zenon Scada specialist... 

COP 17 expo used yearly energy equivalent of 24 US households

     3rd February 2012 The two-week Climate Change Response Expo, held in Durban during the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, used the same electricity as 24 US households do during one year, says smart device research and development company... 

Real-time monitoring software can save costs, boost efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2012 Real-time production and power monitoring software linked new or old equipment using direct protocol interrogation, or programable logic controllers and sensors, improves the efficient use of available time of equipment and ensures that work is performed at the expected or costing rate, says... 

Bright export future for electrical company

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Powermite, a division of JSE-listed Hudaco Industries, has a dedicated focus on the industrial and mining sectors and sees a bright future for its export potential to South Africa's neighbouring countries, CEO Mike Allnut says. 

Operational variance management can improve plant efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2011 Managing the variability of process parameters in subsystems using real-time measurements will yield a higher chance of ideal running conditions and will improve plant efficiency and energy efficiency, said process control instrumentation and electrical equipment company Industrial Management... 

Integrated safety and security systems for industries

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2011 Smart personal protective equipment (PPE) and security systems can be integrated to provide a real-time health and safety system, as well as security in industrial and commercial applications, says automation and electronic equipment specialist company Honeywell process solution MD Sean Smith. 

New noise and vibration analyser features user-inspired refinements

     7th October 2011 Years after launching its three-series analysers, noise and vibration instrument manufacturer Oros has added user-inspired refinements to the product. 

Finger vein, print scanner to improve transaction, access security 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2011 A finger vein and fingerprint scanner, which uses optical image capturing of the print and near-infrared light capturing of the vein network, combines the two types of verification to increase accuracy and security, says French biometrics technology company Morpho VP for biometric terminals Hervé... 

ABB wins Eskom Arnot contract

By: Loni Prinsloo     7th September 2011 Power and automation technology group ABB said on Wednesday that it had received an order from South Africa’s power utility Eskom to automate a plant at its Arnot power station in Mpumalanga. ABB’s control and instrumentation system would integrate Arnot’s water treatment plant, condensate plant... 

Company places bulk order for PDAs

     26th August 2011 Mobile handheld computer manufacturer Psion secured a bulk order for a 1 000 new Psion EP10 personal digital assistant (PDA) handheld computers from German mobile computing hardware distributor Warok, in April. 

Education central to energy efficiency

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th August 2011 Changing human behaviour through education is central to achieving maximum energy efficiency, energy management specialist Schneider Electric South Africa VP for energy efficiency Gys Snyman tells Engineering News.  

Meter prover supply contract for NMPP in final stages

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th August 2011 International process control specialist Krohne’s R50-million contract to design and supply meter provers for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) from Durban to Johannesburg is expected to reach completion in August. 

New regulations to hamper local equipment production

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th August 2011 Government’s decision to impose European standards on the South African pressure equipment sector will impact heavily on the local instrumentation industry, says former Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) president Johan van Jaarsveldt. 

RFID incorporated into proven range

     26th August 2011 Fixturing system manufacturer Witte Bleckede has incorporated radio frequency identification (RFID) into its existing Alufix modular fixturing system, which is used for measuring and inspection purposes. 

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