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Instrumentation and Control

SA company develops underground communications system

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 A South African engineering solutions provider has developed its own range of instrumentation components to circumvent what it considers the supply-chain monopoly in the local market for radio-frequency communications equipment. 

Institute woos matriculants, varsity students

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 A big challenge facing the South African instrumentation and control industry is the lack of awareness of this type of work by matriculants seeking career paths. 

Instrumentation firm wins power station contract

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 Instrumentation supplier Endress+Hauser SA was recently awarded the instrumentation supply contract by Siemens South Africa for the refurbishment of Eskom’s Kriel Power Station. 

The calm before the storm?

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 The process control and instrumentation industry in South Africa is in a relatively slow phase at the moment with a huge upswing expected to develop in the short to medium term, as large industrial firms plan and begin to implement large expansion and refurbishment projects. 

New products allow for early fault detection

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 International measurements solutions company, Krohne has released new flow control products onto the market belonging to the Optiflux family, which enable faults to be detected and reported on at an early stage and reduce the impact on the customers production process, as multifunctioning field... 

Sophisticated thermostats for increased safety

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 A new high-performance electromagnetic flowmeter, the Promag 55S, released by instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser is ideal for application in the mining, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and food industries, says the company. 

Electronic load-indicating devices meet international standards

1st September 2006 Instrumentation and control company Bellambie’s range of Dynafor electronic load indicating devices includes the LLX unit, that measures loads up to 250 t, the MWX unit with capacities between 2,5 t and 12,5 t and the HPX series, which is available in two models: 3 000 kg and 5 000 kg. 

Sophisticated thermostats for increased safety

1st September 2006 Legrand's range of Mosaic electrical switches and sockets includes sophisticated thermostats which measure and control temperature in offices, shops, commercial buildings and homes. 

Flow-meter supplier sees sustained year-on-year growth

1st September 2006 Since its inception in 1995, C & F Technologies has built up a reputation for top-class flow products and a level of service, before, during, and after the sale, that has seen its turnover on an upward trend year after year, the company says in a statement. 

Specialisation needed to ensure sustained innovation

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 It has become essential that areas of specialisation within the instrumentation and control industry be recognised as there is a growing need for companies to improve their competitive edge enabling them to compete globally, according to Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant. He believes that,... 

Lost generation

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 SA's instrumentation industry hit hard by 'brain drain' - claim South Africa’s ‘brain drain’ has depleted the country’s instrumentation-and-control industry of almost an entire generation of instrumentation specialists, South African Institute of Measurement and... 

Innovation to be great differentiator

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Technological innovation will be the key determinant of future success or otherwise in the fast-moving instrumentation-and-control sector, GE Fanuc Automation manager for sub Saharan Africa Daniel Coetzee argues. 

Battery-operated magflow meter launched in SA

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Supplying South African industry for more than 50 years, N & Z Instrumentation and Control has recently launched the FLOWIZ, a revolutionary battery operated magnetic flow meter. 

Worldwide push for new industrial-process gauge

17th March 2006 A new-generation industrial process gauge has been designed and manufactured for the global market by Rhomberg/Winters. 

Hazard-free acid testing

17th March 2006 Global leader in industrial measuring and automation solutions Endress + Hauser has announced the launch of a new loop-powered analysis transmitter that reportedly improves the safety and simplicity with which pH and other measurements can be made. 

Designing for process-control efficiency

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 A carefully thought-out and comprehensive process-control and supervisory system is now viewed as an essential ingredient to operating an efficient, modern mineral-processing plant. 

Wide range covers industrial breadth

17th March 2006 Instrumentation and control company Bellambie Mining & Industrial offer an extensive range of devices including weighing, measuring and load limiting equipment, designed for a variety of applications. 

Specialist firm mulls over BEE options

17th March 2006 Instrumentation-and-control specialist B&W is approaching black economic empowerment (BEE) on multiple fronts, says chairperson John Barrow. 

Solution to dusty, noisy level applications

17th March 2006 The patented End-of-Probe (EOP) Algorithm incorporated into the Levelflex M device from Endress+Hauser enables accurate and reliable level measurement of low dielectric solids (flour, cement, PE and PP granules, powders, hops, lime) even during pneumatic silo filling, and fluidised emptying... 

Machine-protection instrument prevents costly breakdowns

2nd September 2005 Providing reliable power monitoring with overload and underload protection for single and three-phase ac motors is the Fenner Monitor 360 Mk III from Power Drives. 

Company conquers I&C contracting in Africa

2nd September 2005 Contracting in Africa is tough. Remote locations, little or no infrastructure, complex logistics, a harsh climate and disease are among the challenges testing the ingenuity of contractors striving to deliver world-class technology against the odds. 

A breakthrough in bulk-solids level measurement

2nd September 2005 Radar has been the widely-accepted standard measuring technology for reliable measurement in liquids. 

New tensiometer measures force in wire ropes

2nd September 2005 A tensiometer from Bellambie Mining & Industrial is designed for force measurement in pretensioned wire ropes, like aerials, pylons, shrouds, masts and supports, that cannot be dismantled, but where tension has to be measured or confirmed. 

Controlling household electronic devices away from home

2nd September 2005 New to Legrand's range of electrical products and accessories is an innovative automated system which controls electrical functions from any part of a home, or remotely through a Web browser from a mobile phone or computer – even from another country. 

SABS certification for custody transfer granted

2nd September 2005 Recently the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) officially approved Krohne for custody transfer for its OPTIMASS Coriolis mass flowmeters. 

Automation giant active in power-generation sector

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 One of the world’s largest power and automation technology companies ABB opened its doors in South Africa in 1992, once the country was on a path to democracy. 

Instrumentation specialist involved in Spoornet diesel-depot upgrade

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 Founded in Switzerland in 1953, Endress + Hauser has grown into one of the world leaders in measurement instrumentation and automation solutions. 

Increasing SA's safety standards

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 Over the last few years, South African industries have begun to wake up to the importance and necessity of safety equipment in the work place. 

R12m expansion boosts valve company's capacity

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 Randburg-based valves supplier OMSA Valves and Instrumentation (OMSA) has invested some R12-million into expanded and upgraded facilities, which include additional offices, larger storerooms and a new testing facility. 

Customised samplers and dosers suitable for various applications

29th April 2005 Approved by major petrochemical companies, Mitech’s high-performance positioners have three take-off options, making them suitable for almost all applications. 

Company expands flow-metering range

By: Mariaan Webb     1st April 2005 With water being an important commodity in South Africa, N&Z Instrumentation and Control has further expanded its range of flow metering instrumentation. 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

Indicators facilitate accurate load management

18th March 2005 Three devices that meet international commercial and weights measurements standards have recently been released. 

Automation project engineering has been standardised

18th March 2005 Honeywell announced last month that it has signed an agreement to standardise its automation project engineering on SmartPlant Instrumentation, an instrumentation engineering solution powered by INtools, from Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. 

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

Firm introduces high-tech air-traffic management

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 Johannesburg-based company Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has introduced in this country an innovative way of managing air-traffic services, known as the South African Advanced Air Traffic System (Saats). 

Most upgrades will be complete in next 4 years

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 A big portion of a R3,8-billion programme being implented by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) to upgrade the country's national and international airports in preparation for the 2010 soccer World Cup will be completed over the next four years. 

Infrared camera improves inspection of materials

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 The use of infrared cameras in predictive maintenance is becoming increasingly common, says H Rohloff sales manager Johan Jansen van Vuuren. 

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