http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.58Change: 0.00
R/$ = 10.54Change: 0.02
Au 1303.02 $/ozChange: 0.16
Pt 1438.00 $/ozChange: 1.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013   Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science & Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
May 23, 2008

Industrial sector shows increased interest in PLC training

Back
Cape Town|DURBAN|Johannesburg|Education|Magnol Electrical|Moeller Electric|Northlink College|Australia|South Africa|The Netherlands|Belhar Campus|Dredge Mining Plants|Process Control Systems|Social Services|Richards Bay|Western Cape|Department Of Education|Education Department|Bradley Whitaker|Ivan Robertson|Pat Lawrence|DV6|PS4-200 PLCs|PLC |PLC Technology|Process Control
cape-town|durban|johannesburg|education-company|magnol-electrical|moeller-electric|northlink-college-company|australia-country|south-africa|the-netherlands|belhar-campus|dredge-mining-plants|process-control-systems|social-services|richards-bay|western-cape|department-of-education|education-department|bradley-whitaker|ivan-robertson|pat-lawrence|dv6|ps4-200-plcs|plc|plc-technology|process-control
© Reuse this Increased interest in the programmable logic controller training courses that are held by diversified electrical company Möeller Electric has prompted the company to increase the frequency of the courses being affected.

South Africa is experiencing an accelerating need for PLC skills as a result of technological development and advances in machine automation and process control systems. The company held two such courses towards the end of 2007, with more courses planned for 2008.

Initial requests by Western Cape manufacturing companies and students for access to PLC training have led to a partnership between Northlink College and Möeller Electric.

The two organisations have combined local vision and teaching skills with popular German products and components, to make Northlink's first formal courses in PLC technology and its applications available.

In the Western Cape, Northlink College head of electrical engineering Pat Lawrence identified and approached Möeller Electric as a partner to help the college meet part of the requirement for technical knowledge. Möeller Electric has proven capabilities in equipment supply and support, and the capacity to formulate and deliver high-quality training programmes.

Suitable space at the college was identified and allocated at Belhar campus, one of eight campuses at Northlink, allowing Möeller Electric engineers to design the new facility and equip it using funding provided by a Department of Education recapitalisation grant.

Belhar campus is the centre of Northlink's training in electrical engineering.

Northlink's electrical heavy current programme manager, Ivan Robertson, provided guidance and assistance while the new facility was fitted with the latest Möeller PS4-200 PLCs, and model DV5, DV6 and MFD-Titan variable speed drives.

The completion of Northlink's new facility paved the way for Möeller Electric's director of training and technology, Gert Jonker, to begin courses for lecturing staff.

The students for the college's first course of part-time study in basic PLC programming took their seats in May 2007.

Students enrol at the college either as an alternative matriculation to high school grades 10 - 12, or post-matriculation to follow NQF-level skills courses, National Certificate courses or National/International Diploma courses at one of the eight campuses located in Cape Town's northern suburbs.

Cape Town-based Northlink College is a government-owned and nationally registered Further Education and Training (FET) institution falling under the Western Cape education department. A team appointed by the department manages the college and its assets.

Courses at Northlink are orientated towards engineering and building related occupations, business, utility and social services. All courses emphasise hands-on training to equip students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience that ensure employment in the labour market.

The second PLC training course at Northlink College took place in November 2007.

Meanwhile, control panels based on electrical engineering company Möeller technology have been installed in dredge mining plants at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM).

The control panels will form a key part of RBM's expansion towards a target of two-million tons of minerals output per year.

The panels were designed at Moeller Electric's Johannesburg engineering department, and assembled in Richards Bay by authorised panel builder Magnol Electrical.

They comprise Möeller moulded case circuit breakers, contactors and overload protection devices housed in Moeller polycarbonate enclosures to provide flameproof protection to IP65 standard.

Ranked today as the largest single producer of titanium products in the world, RBM began operations in 1977 with one dredge mining plant and two furnaces, producing 400 000 t/y of titanium slag.

There are now four dredge mining plants and four furnaces producing one-million tons of titanium slag and 550 000 t of pig iron a year.

RBM uses a dredge mining technique pioneered in Holland and Australia to extract the heavy minerals ilmenite, rutile and zircon from the sand.

Dune sand is bulldozed to create very large artificial freshwater ponds some 200 m in diameter, on each of which floats a dredger and concentrator plant.

Burrowing into the mining faces of the dunes, the dredgers advance at a rate of two to three m/d, undermining the sand faces to collapse them into the ponds and form a slurry which is then sucked up and pumped to the floating concentrator.

Then, the heavy minerals are separated from the sand using a gravity process and stockpiled as heavy mineral concentrate for transportation to the smelter site.

Möeller components have been used in RBM control panels from the start, traversing the continuous and often rapid advances in technology and protocols over three decades.

Möeller Electric's branch manager in Durban, Bradley Whitaker, says that control and automation panel design for the dredge mining plants is now moving towards the American protocol deviceNet, with which Möeller Electric products are fully compatible.

"Our components are mainly used for the controlling and protection functions, with the bulk of our supply comprising switchgear; that is contactors, motor protective breakers and timers for start-up and shut down," Whitaker explains.

"All these products are deviceNet compatible, allowing complete automation of the dredge mining plant and the monitoring of operations from a single control desk," he says.

"Each dredger is controlled by third-party automation devices which include touch panels for entering and programming the position data, scanning the operating hours and monitoring service intervals.

"Dredger pumps are also controlled by Möeller's switchgear to ensure reliable running of the plant throughout the year," Whitaker adds.

Higher level automation is used to control the dredger's position and speed, and to monitor the rate of material flow through the pumps.

Whitaker say that Magnol Electrical was currently working on new panels comprising cubic motor control centres incorporating Möeller switchgear, and refurbishment of various panels on the minerals separation plant.

When the dredger upgrades are completed, further work is planned for the tailings.


Edited by: Laura Tyrer
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Electricity News
DoE promotional material
South African nonprofit environmental organisation Project 90 by 2030 has filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa against the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recent promotion of nuclear energy. The complaint, in which the...
Article contains comments
Koeberg
South Africa may have difficulty in financing new nuclear power plants (NPPs), an Academy of Science of South Africa symposium in Pretoria has been warned. The concern was expressed by University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre director Professor Harald Winkler....
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
South Africa's drive to create a competitive and food-secure State was boosted on Tuesday with the launch of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security, at the University of the Western Cape, which would bring together a cohort of experts and researchers from 19...
The City of Cape Town has entered into eight third-party service provider agreements licensing the take up of the spare infrastructure capacity generated through the city’s broadband network. Lease-agreement negotiations were progressing with another 20 third-party...
A 344.5 t wax reactor has arrived at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fisher-Tropsch wax expansion project, in Sasolsburg, in the Free State, after five weeks of road travel from Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. The reactor was transported through Pongola, in...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
There is enough water in South Africa to supply communities and the economy, even if some activities may be constrained, such as agriculture in the Limpopo, says National Planning Commission commissioner Mike Muller. 
Muller was also the director-general from 1997...
South African antenna designer and producer Poynting and provider of professional products, system integration and implementation and commissioning services for the broadcast and telecommunications markets in South Africa, African Union Communications (Aucom),...
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...
South African retail companies are responding to the way in which e-commerce is changing their engagement model with customers by improving customer engagement channels and order fulfilment intelligence, says industrial and retail software company JDA Europe, Middle...
In support of the South African government’s mandate to create more jobs and promote sustainable development, multilevel marketing company Amway’ business model aims to assist government in easing the startup of business and encourage an entrepreneurial mindset...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks