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Instrumentation & Control News

Society seeks I&C recognition by end of 2015 

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 South African measurement and control industry development promotion body the SAIMC aims to get the instrumentation and control (I&C) sector acknowledged as an engineering discipline by the end of 2015. SAIMC president Vinesh Maharaj tells Engineering News that the society is lobbying its cause... 

Robust industrial platforms, software help improve productivity

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2014 Reliable mobile industrial equipment, networks and software improve the productivity of industrial workers and the performance of companies, says industrial equipment company Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Europe, Middle East and Africa market development manager Enzo Capobianco. Although... 

International congress to focus on automation and control

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 This year’s International Federation of Automatic Control (Ifac) world congress, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 24 to 28, will have as its theme ways in which control and automation can serve humankind, says the Ifac organising committee. The... 

Group expands to provide turnkey automation services

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supplier Magnet Group has expanded its focus on designing and installing automation products by incorporating automation and monitoring solutions provider Proelec Services into the company to form a new division, Magnet Automation. The new... 

Solar water heater specialist invests in robot-assisted production

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 South Africa’s product manufacturers need to invest more in automating and computerising their products and systems to stay abreast of global competition, says local solar water heating specialist SunTank. The company announced in April that it had completed the implementation of a fully... 

Government printing system upgraded

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th June 2014 Local turnkey solutions provider Dac Systems reports that it has, in partnership with enterprise information management solutions provider Intervate, integrated technology to boost the operational efficiency – as well as transform the inner workings – of the State’s 124-year-old security printing... 

New biometric security range launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     6th June 2014 France-based global biometrics company Safran in May launched its new range of Morpho biometrics products and aims to improve its services and support to customers to meet the demand for customisation, says local subsidiary Morpho South Africa COO Paul Jeremias. The products are the new Morpho... 

Industrial software group expanding in emerging markets with manufacturing focus

By: Schalk Burger     6th June 2014 International industrial and retail software group JDA Software is expanding in South Africa and is enabling industrial companies to manage their profitability against price fluctuations and to manage their supply chains efficiently and rationally, says JDA Group Europe, Middle East and Africa... 

New technology to enhance situational awareness for Eskom  

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Power delivery currently faces many challenges including decreasing reserves, an increase in renewable generation and changes in electricity loads – it is, therefore, important that State-owned power utility Eskom manages these challenges by having near real-time observation of the health of the... 

New technology to enhance situational awareness for Eskom
Eskom Power Delivery Engineering division smart grid technologies and operational data chief engineer Reshin Moodley and Eskom System Operator, specialised studies senior engineer Brian Berry explain the advantages of the new PMU technology. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th April 2014 Alstom on Wednesday said it was considering a binding offer from General Electric (GE) to acquire its energy assets, leaving the France-headquartered company to expand its transport sector activities. The deal, representing an equity value of €12.35-billion and an enterprise value of... 

General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets
Photo by Duane Daws

More defence orders for Poynting, new acquisition and exports promising

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2014 Local antenna manufacturer Poynting Holdings reports high growth of its defence equipment order book, offset by losses in other divisions, and notes that about 68% of its earnings stem from exporting equipment mainly to developed markets, says Poynting CEO Dr André Fourie. Poynting’s interim... 

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... 

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

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

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

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

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... 

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

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

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. 

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... 

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