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Instrumentation & Control News

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.  

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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.  

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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