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The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) is responsible for maintaining the SI units and to maintain and develop primary scientific standards of physical quantities for SA and compare those standards with other national standards to ensure global measurement equivalence.
It must also provide reference analysis in the case of a measurement dispute and maintain and develop primary methods for chemical analysis to certify reference materials for SA and the region.

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Stabila, fischer products shine at iconic 129 Rivonia Road project

     16th April 2018 Leading brands fischer fixings and Stabila measuring equipment, distributed locally by Upat, played an integral role in ensuring the safe and speedy installation of the iconic façades at the 129 Rivonia Road development in Sandton, the site of the former Village Walk shopping centre. Developed by... 

International Frontier partnership spuds first hole at Mexican Tecolutla block

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Calgary-based oil and gas developer International Frontier Resources (IFR) announced on Thursday that the first evaluation well, TEC-10, has been spudded at its onshore Tecolutla block, in Mexico, which it is developing in partnership with Mexican joint venture (JV) partner Tonalli Energia. The... 

Eskom outlines case for R67bn clawback amid tariff-hike hostility

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2018 State-owned electricity group Eskom has expressed confidence that its three applications to recoup nearly R67-billion through the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism will succeed, stressing that its submissions are fully aligned to the most recent RCA decision made in 2016 for the 2013/14... 

The Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

     11th April 2018 Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing (HP). Specifically designed for the reaction of fuel and air to produce extremely high gas temperatures, heaters transfer this energy to potentially highly flammable process fluids via heat exchangers. They consume large quantities of fuel,... 

Skyriders scores full marks for NDT inspection at Eskom power stations

     10th April 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has been honing its Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) expertise since 2002, having received the stamp-of-approval from Eskom to conduct this specialist service at its power-station fleet, including Kendal in Mpumalanga. NDT forms part of a holistic Wear Failure System... 

Endress+Hauser introduces the Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor

     10th April 2018 Endress+Hauser is starting a new platform for disinfection sensors. The new Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor supports safe and effective disinfection for clean drinking water, pathogen-free cooling water and high-quality process water Systematic disinfection is an essential step in water... 

Transformation initiatives revitalize South Africa’s construction industry

     29th March 2018 What are acceptable tools of measurement and how do you analyze transformation in South Africa’s construction industry?  With transformation now at the helm of many development partnerships, South Africa’s construction industry calls for expanded governance in the sector to promote an enabling... 

The Principles for effective combustion control in fired heaters

     28th March 2018 Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing (HP). Specifically designed for the reaction of fuel and air to produce extremely high gas temperatures, heaters transfer this energy to potentially highly flammable process fluids via heat exchangers. They consume large quantities of fuel,... 

Eskom goes to Parliament to argue its case for a higher tariff increase 

By: Kim Cloete     27th March 2018 Eskom’s top officials have gone to Parliament to argue their case for a higher tariff increase, saying the 5.23% tariff increase for 2018/19 granted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would seriously harm the utility. “The 2.2% price increase for 2017/18 has strained the... 

Stabila sets the standard for measuring tools in the construction sector

     23rd March 2018 Stabila measuring tools are well-known in the global construction industry for their precision, long life, and high quality. These premium German products are distributed locally by Upat SA (Pty) Ltd. Upat National Product Specialist Charl Weber comments that construction industry professionals... 

University upgrades electronic engineering laboratory equipment

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Process control equipment solutions provider Comtest has recently completed the refurbishment of Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT’s) Electrical Engineering Department’s Electronic Engineering laboratory. The refurbishment project, which was finalised and fully functional by the second... 

Increased demand for user-friendly measuring equipment

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Optimass Coriolis mass flowmeters supplied by industrial process instrumentation manufacturer and supplier KROHNE, now all include Entrained Gas Management (EGM’s) algorithm technology. The EGM algorithm has greatly improved flowmeter capabilities, says KROHNE national sales manager Clayton... 

Blue Cube Systems

     16th March 2018 Supplier of real-time, in-line instrumentation for mineral processing Blue Cube Systems designs, manufactures, distributes and supports a range of analysers for the measurement of composition in dry, solution and slurry process streams.  Based in Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape, Blue Cube... 

High-quality bar products for the US market

     15th March 2018 Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc. selects SMS group for new merchant bar mill Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc., based in Illinois, U.S.A., has chosen SMS group (www.sms-group.com) as the primary technology supplier for its new 500,000 tons per year merchant bar mill. The new facility will be installed at its... 

SKF Enlight QuickCollect - Now anyone can monitor machine health

     13th March 2018 Simplified inspection, process and machine health data collection and analysis are now within everyone’s reach with SKF Enlight QuickCollect. SKF has made it possible for anyone to monitor machine health without the need for extensive training or diagnostic expertise. Combining an easy-to-use... 

Smooth sailing for maritime sector with SKF Enlight Centre machine condition monitoring system

     12th March 2018 SKF Enlight Centre is an internet-enabled condition-based maintenance (CBM) and condition monitoring (CM) system designed for the global marine industry. This first-of-its-kind, asset based (as opposed to measurement focused) machine health monitoring system has been designed to meet the changing... 

Smooth sailing for maritime sector with SKF Enlight Centre machine condition monitoring system

     9th March 2018 SKF Enlight Centre is an internet-enabled condition-based maintenance (CBM) and condition monitoring (CM) system designed for the global marine industry. This first-of-its-kind, asset based (as opposed to measurement focused) machine health monitoring system has been designed to meet the changing... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality

     9th March 2018 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering’s Hy-Optima 2700 hydrogen analysers optimise refinery operations, products and quality. The basic process of refining crude oil involves heating the crude oil in a column and the condensates are drawn off at different levels to produce –... 

Anglo American Platinum and Yokogawa Forging a New Way Forward

     7th March 2018 Mining Opportunities with new local business entity Yokogawa South Africa is proud to announce the signing of a distributor agreement with 3E Control and Instrumentation (3E C&I) to support local business development by the supply of their wide range of instrumentation products in the North West... 

New exploration tool harnesses cosmic rays to find mineral deposits

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 A Vancouver-headquartered technology firm CRM Geotomography Technologies has developed a technology that exploits cosmic ray muons to find mineral deposits hidden underground. A spin-off company of TRIUMF Innovations, the commercialisation arm of TRIUMF – Canada's national particle accelerator... 

De Beers unit’s novel density measurement system now commercially available 

     1st March 2018 The De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division, De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA), has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and accurate data on the material density profiles of particle samples. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

RS Components expands RS Pro range of test and measurement equipment

     26th February 2018 RS Pro oscilloscope probes, thermal imaging cameras and digital multimeter now available for maintenance professionals RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has launched more than 100 new test and measurement products under its RS... 

Newmont beats Q4 earnings forecast; output on par with largest gold producer Barrick

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2018 US gold miner Newmont Mining has reported market-beating earnings for the three months ended December 31, and reported production that is on par with that of leading gold producer Barrick Gold. The Denver, Colorado-based miner reported headline earnings for the fourth quarter of $216-million, or... 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

LD basic oxygen furnace plant ladle heating stations, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     16th February 2018 Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann plans to build two new furnaces to help substantially reduce operating costs at its steelworks.  

OMRON Introduced Four Series of Condition Monitoring Devices

     13th February 2018 Omron Industrial. Johannesburg. South Africa. OMRON Corporation have introduced on February 1, 2018, four series of condition monitoring devices to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites for workers. 

BHP expects $1.8bn tax charge, says US reform beneficial in long run

By: Mariaan Webb     13th February 2018 The world’s largest diversified mining group BHP has flagged a $1.8-billion income tax expense as a result of the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will lower the country’s federal corporate income tax rate. The tax expense will be treated as an exceptional item, and comprises a noncash measurement... 

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Leading automotive and industrial products manufacturer G.U.D Holdings’ subsidiary, Indy Oil, has opened its analytical centre at its blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.  

The Application Of Improved Sensing Technologies To Protect Product Quality In Polyethylene

     6th February 2018 Polyethylene are thermoplastic resins obtained by polymerizing the gas ethylene [C2H4]. Because of its exceptional application flexibility, polyethylene’s rise in popularity for both consumer and industrial uses means that today it is the largest volume plastic in the world. Low density... 

Entrained Gas Management EGM

     5th February 2018 The Coriolis method, a technology used to measure mass flow, is a growing market for Krohne, despite it being a relatively new technology. Added to this is a specifically patented algorithm unique to KROHNE, known as Entrained Gas Measurement (EGM). Since the introduction of EGM technology for... 

New tool ensures accuracy for transition flow of gas

     2nd February 2018 Industrial automation multinational Endress+Hauser’s new integrated pressure measurement tool, the Prowirl F/R/O 200 (Prowirl) is able to record energy and mass flows with maximum accuracy for transition flow of gases or liquids up to Re ≤ 10 000. The Prowirl is a central measuring point for... 

New gas detection sensors available in SA

     2nd February 2018 A range of compact gas sensors from gas detection sensor technology developer Figaro is now available for purchase in South Africa through electronics components supplier RS Components (RS). The company explains that the gas sensors are targeting a wide range of gas monitoring and detection... 

New flowmeter from South African manufacturer

     2nd February 2018 South African manufacturer Instrotech is offering a flow meter called Kobold RCD, for measuring and monitoring the flow of liquids and gases. The company explains that depending on the model, the measuring range of the Kobold RCD ranges from 0.5 ℓ/min to 2 350 ℓ/min for water and 0.5 Nm3/h to 2... 

Endress+Hauser presents the world’s first self-calibrating thermometer

     1st February 2018 Endress+Hauser is launching the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 compact thermometer for food & beverage and life sciences industries. It features unique sensor technology with fully automated inline self-calibration function for hygienic and aseptic applications. 100% Compliance – 0% Effort. The new... 

Petra delivers record production but stifled by Tanzania blockage

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 In the six months to December 31, LSE-listed Petra Diamonds saw a 10% production increase to 2.2-million carats across its operations, which was in line with guidance. This represented record production for any six-month period for the company. 

Multifunction vibration meter redefines vibration screening

     26th January 2018 Sandton-based distribution centre Comtest is offering electronic test tools manufacturer and distributor Fluke’s latest vibration meter, the Fluke 805, which provides quantifiable information on a bearing and the overall health of motors and other rotating equipment. 

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

What the Amended B-BBEE codes mean for your industry

     17th January 2018 Amended B-BBEE Sector Codes and What they Mean for your Industry   The Department of Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies recently announced amendments to the Financial, Agricultural and Construction Sector Codes.   While these amendments have been long awaited and look to constantly improve... 

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