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Instrumentation & Control News

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... 

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

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

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... 

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.  

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... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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

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... 

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.... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

Acoustic tube leak-detection system to be commissioned next month

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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