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Instrumentation & Control News

Eya Bantu appointed switchgear manufacturer for Schneider Electric

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2022 Electricity equipment and automation multinational Schneider Electric has appointed South African company Eya Bantu as one of its local engineering and customisation licensed partners for its range of PIX Easy air-insulated medium-voltage (MV) switchgear. This will bolster local manufacturing and... 

Innovative alternative to mechanical seals

3rd June 2022 Sealing products producer Garlock’s Hydra-Just system is a reliable, leak-free rotary sealing system. It consists of a minimal number of components and comes completely split which eliminates the need for a costly dismantling process or backup equipment. 

Global sector poised to grow, says report

3rd June 2022 Apropos, a latest report published by research membership organisation ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights, the global demand for gaskets and seals is projected to surge at a steady rate during the forecast period 2016 to 2026. The report estimates that in... 

An image of seals
GROWTH EXPECTED A comparative forecast on the global sales of gaskets and seals projects that demand for seals will increase

Local assembly of MACC drives to slash lead times

3rd June 2022 Drive technology supplier SEW Eurodrive’s expanded local capability out of its new Aeroton facility will include the assembly of SEW M-Series Air Cooled Condenser (MACC) air-cooled condenser drives for delivery at a rate of three units a week 

An image of an air-cooled condenser.
AIR COOL CONDENSERS Air-cooled condenser (ACC) systems used in steam-driven power generation plants.

Reunert expects improved full-year performance following solid interim results

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial group Reunert’s revenue increased by 11% year-on-year to R5.1-billion for the six months ended March 31, while operating profit increased by 4% to R465-million. The group’s profit after tax increased by 7% to R331-million, while headline earnings a share climbed 1% to R1.95... 

New SEW-Eurodrive factory geared towards modular drive development

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 Drive systems company SEW-Eurodrive is focusing on localising its modular drive concept for a variety of industrial drive applications for the power generation sector in an effort to meet urgent local needs and harsh conditions with improved lead times. National sales and marketing manager... 

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

BEYOND TECHNOLOGY
Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
BEYOND TECHNOLOGY Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working

IoT applications grew during lockdowns, but innovation was hampered

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 Internet of Things (IoT) adoption trends in South Africa have started to coalesce around smart water and energy management, particularly in the commercial office space, and the mining, agriculture and manufacturing sectors are gaining a very firm foothold in IoT use, says industry organisation... 

Approval for marine applications gained

26th November 2021 Motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin has announced that its mechanical flange system for machines and plants with working pressures of up to 420 bar high performance flange system has gained DGUV approval for marine applications. The DGUV approval certifies the use of Parker’s... 

the Parker Hannifin Mechanical flange system
CERTIFIED The DGUV approval certifies the use of Parker’s high performance flange in hydraulic systems for injection moulding machinery

Pneumatic positioner lengthens service life

26th November 2021 The latest CMSH pneumatic positioner from automation technology company Festo boosts performance and lengthens service life. The easy-to-use positioner is also part of the latest Festo ‘heart of absolute automation’ campaign. Through this, Festo demonstrates how its products keep machines running... 

The Festo CMSH positioner
LONGEVITY CMSH pneumatic positioner from Festo boosts performance and lengthens service life

Schneider Electric appoints new Africa leaders to bolster evolving continental needs

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 Schneider Electric has appointed Taru Madangombe as Africa power and grid segment regional leader and Vladimir Milovanovic as Anglophone Africa power systems VP. In a statement, the company says their appointments represent Schneider Electric’s continued commitment to the ever-evolving power and... 

An image of Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa power systems VP Vladimir Milovanovic
Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa power systems VP Vladimir Milovanovic

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

By: Donna Slater     25th October 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority, has opened the doors of its newly developed Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Learning Factory (LF), which is designed to help... 

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan

Gas analyser suitable for easy pressure monitoring

8th October 2021 The E8500 Plus is a powerful and advanced portable emissions analyser from analytical services provider Elemental Analytics, which is a complete, portable tool for Environmental Protection Agency compliance and level emissions monitoring of boilers, engines and other combustion equipment. An... 

the E8500 Plus portable emissions analyser
SMART TECH An internal pressure sensor allows the analyser to measure both pressure and stack draught

New units installed at zinc mine 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2021 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) expert Booyco Engineering is installing the first of its “new generation” units at a South African zinc mine, later this month.  

COOL SPOT Booyco Engineering operates a world class HVAC assembly facility in Johannesburg
Booyco Engineering executives unpacks its extensive product design and testing process

Unique thermowell design on offer

6th August 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments offers its ScrutonWell as an alternative to a standard thermowell. The ScrutonWell, manufactured by Wika, is typically used in applications commonly found in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, where high flow velocity and aggressive process... 

A large silver screw like instrument used in a thermowell application
WELL WELL WELL The ScrutonWell offered by Wika can handle high flow velocity and aggressive process media

Pin gear drives used in kilns

6th August 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s comprehensive range of Tsubaki power transmission components encompasses pin gear drive units that replace conventional gear rack systems, with typical applications being in rotary kilns, casting lines, drives for large transporters, handling robots and pallet... 

BMG pin gear drive unit on a white background
FIRM GRIP Pin gear drive units replace conventional gear rack systems

Gearboxes ensure increased safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG supplies the local railway sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes. Design customisations are adjusted according to the demand and physical requirements of the application. 

BMG’s Dinamic Oil gearbox in a warehouse
CARRYING THE WORLD BMG supplies the local railways sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes

Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates... 

Large solar plant at an agriculture estate Zimbabwe
OFF GRID The hybrid solar installation installed by Blockpower SA and Dhybrid was tailor made for the client in Zimbabwe

Drone and NDT firm join forces

By: Halima Frost     9th July 2021 Materials testing and inspection service provider Dekra Industrial has joined forces with aerial solutions and drone services company Sky Africa Drones to offer a drone inspection service that combines the technologies of high scope non-destructive testing (NDT) systems with the manoeuvrability... 

SKY HIGH
The use of drones to conduct non-destructive testing on taller installations and hard to reach areas is even more possible
SKY HIGH The use of drones to conduct non-destructive testing on taller installations and hard to reach areas is even more possible

Danfoss merges heating, cooling businesses to tackle climate change

By: Donna Slater     9th February 2021 Electronics and technological solutions company Danfoss has changed its group structure to combine the heating and cooling segments into Danfoss Climate Solutions in an effort to intensify its focus on the “green agenda” in attractive global markets. The company notes that “everywhere in the... 

Group continues to embrace instrumentation technology

5th February 2021 Utility management company Bosch Munitech continues to make a substantial investment in the latest instrumentation technology, offering geospatial services in line with stringent global standards. Munitech, a division of multidisciplinary consulting engineering group Bosch Holdings, continuously... 

GROUP POWER
The new technology enables the company to accurately survey complex structures in just one site visit
GROUP POWER The new technology enables the company to accurately survey complex structures in just one site visit

New pressure gauge incorporates IoT tech

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments has aligned the global launch of its Bourdon tube pressure gauge, the company’s most advanced gauge to date, with its new business strategy. Although the new gauge uses the old gauge’s design, it includes Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)... 

PRESSURE GAUGE
The pressure to move to a more technology orientated company has seen the introduction of the Internet of Things to its devices
PRESSURE GAUGE The pressure to move to a more technology orientated company has seen the introduction of the Internet of Things to its devices

Society drives initiatives to improve instrumentation sector

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) has announced that its trust fund will be introduced to the instrumentation and control sector this year, which is among other initiatives being developed by the society for the coming years. “The trust fund is being... 

HELPING HAND
The  Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control hopes its trust fund will drive change in education in the sector
HELPING HAND The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control hopes its trust fund will drive change in education in the sector

Flow control meter added to product range

5th February 2021 Last month, Instrotech introduced its Kobold’s calorimetric (KAL-D) flow meters with an integrated microcontroller that allows users to adapt the device to individual process conditions. The KAL-D continuously monitors water-based liquids. It finds service in all applications where flow currents... 

FLOW WATCH
the KAL-D flow meter has the capacity to continuously monitor water based liquids
FLOW WATCH the KAL-D flow meter has the capacity to continuously monitor water based liquids

Time switch series available locally

5th February 2021 Electric solutions provider Legrand’s AlphaRex and MicroRex series of time switches are now available in South Africa. Both switches, which ensure high-clock precision and energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and domestic environments, have been designed for easy programming. 

EASY TECH
Legrands new series of time switches have been designed for easy programming
EASY TECH Legrands new series of time switches have been designed for easy programming

Chains extend equipment operating life

22nd January 2021 Included in engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki high-performance chain, is the robust workhorse elevator series, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, a cleaner environment and extended operating life. “Workhorse elevator chains – manufactured for high... 

POWER CHAIN 
Carefully-selected high-strength steels, advanced manufacturing processes and refined heat treatments, ensures the chain has maximum fatigue strength and protection against failure
POWER CHAIN Carefully-selected high-strength steels, advanced manufacturing processes and refined heat treatments, ensures the chain has maximum fatigue strength and protection against failure

Backlog indicates high demand for solar

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 Energy storage manufacturer Solar MD has a backlog of 14 MWh in terms of battery orders, and a backlog of 1 200 orders for the Logger V2, the company’s monitoring and control system. “This demand speaks volumes to the critical renewable-energy gap in South Africa, particularly with regard to... 

HIGH TECH
Solar MD’s research and development teams are working constantly to improve the performance of the company’s products
HIGH TECH Solar MD’s research and development teams are working constantly to improve the performance of the company’s products

Company adds solar inverters and drives to suite of solutions

15th January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s electromechanical specialists have extended its solutions service to include solar inverters and drives, which are designed to enhance the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems. “PV modules – which use daylight to generate electricity – are gaining... 

READY FOR ANYTHING
The BMG-supplied Vacon IP66 drives and Nema 4X enclosures are well-protected against water and dust ingress
READY FOR ANYTHING The BMG-supplied Vacon IP66 drives and Nema 4X enclosures are well-protected against water and dust ingress

Company ready for larger-scale projects

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 With the global trend of microgrid hybrid power solutions, solar solutions company Vert Energy was presented with a unique opportunity by property development company O’Nit Developments, whose strategic intent was to develop a power management solution that optimised the available energy sources... 

FULL CONTROL
The installation, with remote monitoring and remote access, ensures that the client has full control over the system remotely
FULL CONTROL The installation, with remote monitoring and remote access, ensures that the client has full control over the system remotely

Fund helps South African universities unlock benefits of homegrown IP 

By: Donna Slater     25th November 2020 Since its inception in February, the University Technology Fund (UTF) has approved six investments. Technology and innovation incubated in South Africa’s universities is, as a result, being commercialised and a step closer to commercialisation, creating significant economic, investment and job... 

SA SME Fund CEO Ketso Gordhan
SA SME Fund CEO Ketso Gordhan

Leak detection creates ease of maintenance

13th November 2020 Test and management service provider Comtest introduced the Fluke ii900, a handheld sonic industrial imager that enables maintenance to quickly locate air, steam, gas and vacuum leaks in compressed air systems. The straight-forward, intuitive interface allows technicians to isolate the sound... 

MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENTS 
The Fluke ii900 reduces leak detection time and improves reliability on the production line
MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENTS The Fluke ii900 reduces leak detection time and improves reliability on the production line

Increased bolt security in all conditions

23rd October 2020 The X-series washers, which are a part of industrial products producer BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing systems range, are designed for optimum bolt security, even in the most demanding operating conditions. These bolt securing washers have been developed to safely secure bolted joints exposed to... 

STRONG WASHER
The combined tension and spring action of X-series washers combats the effects of surface treatments, thermal cycling and vibration
STRONG WASHER The combined tension and spring action of X-series washers combats the effects of surface treatments, thermal cycling and vibration

Global demand met by industry leader

23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak created a surge in global demand for medical equipment, with a subsequent knock-on effect being a huge demand for sheet metal fasteners, specifically for those companies producing essential equipment, including ventilators. International fastening specialists TR... 

FAST FASTENERS
TR Fastenings facility in the UK can manufacture a wide range of fasteners that can be used across a range of industries
FAST FASTENERS TR Fastenings facility in the UK can manufacture a wide range of fasteners that can be used across a range of industries

Wireless valve bank available locally

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 The EX600-W wireless valve bank module from industrial automation technology company SMC is officially available in the South African market, says SMC senior technical sales engineer Wade Holland. The product has been available in Europe and Asia since early last year, but still needed to conform... 

TIME AND MONEY
The EX600-W wireless valve bank module is designed to reduce downtime and costs
TIME AND MONEY The EX600-W wireless valve bank module is designed to reduce downtime and costs

Updated range to improve rotational moulding

By: Cameron Mackay     4th September 2020 Rotational moulding equipment provider Roto Solutions released the latest version among its range of TempLogger temperature monitoring and control systems last month. TempLogger is a real-time temperature-monitoring and -control system, capable of continuous monitoring and requiring minimal... 

CLOSER CONTROL
TempLogger is a real-time temperature-monitoring and -control system, and assists operators in maintaining an ideal processing temperature for inside a mould
CLOSER CONTROL TempLogger is a real-time temperature-monitoring and -control system, and assists operators in maintaining an ideal processing temperature for inside a mould

Company manufactures locally, improves lead time and quality

By: Cameron Mackay     4th September 2020 Industrial pressure- and temperature-gauge manufacturer SA Gauge started to manufacture its own digital pressure gauges this year to ensure that it is not affected by import lead times and exchange rates. In the past five years, the company has imported digital pressure gauges from Europe to sell... 

HANDLING THE PRESSURE	
Now able to manufacture locally, the company can now meet increased local demand for digital pressure gauges
HANDLING THE PRESSURE Now able to manufacture locally, the company can now meet increased local demand for digital pressure gauges
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