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Instrumentation & Control News

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Companies are expected to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) systems and dynamic encryption algorithms to combat the expected complex cyberattacks arising from the growing use of AI by cybercriminals, reports digital security multinational Gemalto. Gemalto Africa identity and data protection... 

Actom sells Wilec division

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Electromechanical equipment manufacturer Actom has sold its Wilec division to Makarenge Electrical Industries, effective February 1. The disposal forms part of Actom’s corporate strategy to focus on its core businesses within the electrical infrastructure industrial sector.  

Hudaco maintains FY18 dividend despite economic headwinds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2019 JSE-listed engineering consumables supplier Hudaco Industries maintained its final dividend for 2018 at 380c apiece, despite having experienced an “especially challenging” year. The company reported a 3% year-on-year decrease in operating profit to R655-million.  

Hudaco maintains FY18 dividend despite economic headwinds
Photo by Dylan Slater
Hudaco CFO Clifford Amoils and Hudaco CE Graham Dunford

Biogas flowmeter introduced for variable compositions

1st February 2019 Industrial process instrumentation supplier Krohne announced the introduction of the new Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter to the Southern African market in the last quarter of last year. The Optisonic 7300 Biogas is an ultrasonic flowmeter for low pressure biogas, landfill and sewage... 

Biogas flowmeter introduced for  variable compositions
GOING WITH THE FLOW The flowmeter is suited to biogas as well as landfill and sewage gas applications

Collaboration key to protect critical infrastructure from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Electrical engineers and those involved in the power generation sector play a critical role in hardening power operations against intruders. However, the collaboration and support of corporate management and information technology (IT) departments are essential to mitigate cyberthreats, says... 

Connectivity and security balance critical as smart cities grow

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 A balance between the hyperconnected-and-vulnerable and overly-cautious, developmentally moribund poles of the smart-city spectrum must be sought to support and protect smart cities, says networking multinational F5 Networks major channel account manager Simon McCullough. As smart cities expand,... 

Engineering firm changes name

18th January 2019 Engineering consultants SMC Pneumatics South Africa has changed its name to SMC Corporation ZA, which reflects the growing range of non-pneumatic components being developed by SMC globally, owing to its continued focus on research and development (R&D). With the objective of producing cutting... 

Engineering firm changes name
SO CONTROLLING SMC ZA motor control devices are distributed globally

Companies to boost cobot industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electronics company Omron Corporation and collaborative arm robot manufacturer Techman Robot have provided collaborative robots, or cobots, that can be used for a variety of applications such as electronics assembly, product testing and inspection. This comes after both companies signed an... 

Companies to boost cobot industry
ARMING THE FUTURE Collaborative robots are the way of the future, working in conjunction with people, rather than replacing them

Energy efficiency practices and technologies can provide significant savings

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 The scale of savings that can be cost effectively achieved in South Africa through managing energy use and using more energy efficient modern technologies and equipment can comprise up to 30% of all energy used, says building intelligence company Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil... 

Energy efficiency practices and technologies can  provide significant savings
NEIL CAMERON About half of total energy savings can be achieved through better management of energy use and the other half by deploying more efficient modern technologies

Modernisation presents opportunities in industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Despite the challenges experienced in the South African fluid power valve market, international motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin believes that there is opportunity for further modernisation and development of fluid power valves. “The local fluid power valve industry... 

Modernisation presents opportunities in industry
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Parker Hannifin Sales Company South Africa has identified the integration of electronics into its range of hydraulic and pneumatic valve products as a growth opportunity

Improved performance, energy efficiency and fault-finding

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 A new cloud-based analytical building optimisation platform for building management systems analyses building data, and helps property owners and managers to improve building performance, fault finding and corrective action, as well as reduce energy costs, says building technology multinational... 

Conditions not conducive for retrofits, but regulation can help

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Challenging economic conditions and the commensurate impact on investments reduce the impetus to deploy energy efficiency equipment and systems despite a squeeze in local electricity use and higher electricity tariffs, says industrial drives and motors specialist company SEW-Eurodrive South... 

Conditions not conducive for retrofits, but regulation can help
NORMAN MALEKA The earlier a company includes energy efficiency as a goal, the less costly the deployment and the greater the savings

Efficiency prominence increasing in South African businesses

9th November 2018 Energy solutions company Energy Partners Intelligence has developed a utility management platform that can display an organisation’s energy-related data in real time. The management tool, called GLO, is a Web- and mobile-based utility management software designed for real-time metering and data... 

Increased investment in refrigeration model planned

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 Core energy utilities provider Energy Partners Refrigeration plans to invest a further R30-million this year still in its increasingly popular refrigeration outsourcing model. Energy Partners Refrigeration CEO Dawie Kriel tells Engineering News that the company’s two-year-old refrigeration... 

Increased investment in refrigeration model planned
DAWIE KRIEL Businesses are operating refrigeration systems that are performing poorly and are expensive to maintain

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Advanced manufacturing technologies, connectivity and analytics are helping factories to become integrated, intelligent, adaptable and efficient, says Japanese-based industrial technology multinational Omron South Africa GM and sub-Saharan Africa head Victor Marques. This global trend is mirrored... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing
VICTOR MARQUES Demands from manufacturers in South Africa indicate a sustained move towards advanced manufacturing and automation

In situ measurement of hydrogen made possible

14th September 2018 The reliable in situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. In a global first, Norwegian laser-based... 

In situ measurement of  hydrogen made possible
HYDROGEN ANALYSER Neo Monitors has developed a method of measuring hydrogen in situ – the LaserGas II SP H2

New flowmeter from Instrotech introduced

7th September 2018 Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech is offering the latest Kobold Model VKP flowmeter that works on the Variable Area principle, still one of the most-used measurement principles in flow engineering.  Instead of the conical measuring pipe generally used, a conical... 

New flowmeter from Instrotech introduced
VARIABLE FLOW The Kobold Model VKP flowmeter is able to monitor variable liquid flows

BMG’s solar inverters used in agricultural irrigation

31st August 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG’s Motoline P19000 solar inverters aid in agricultural irrigation and water feed systems, for rural domestic and municipal water supply, as well as for ponds and dams. 

Company invests in quality control equipment and software

31st August 2018 Plastic fabrication company Vesconite Bearings is ensuring that machined components are produced to specification for their clients, through quality control equipment and software. 

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

Local company launches new fire-detection range

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Fire-detection manufacturer Zyteq Fire launched a locally designed and manufactured range of conventional fire-detection products at security and fire trade exhibition Securex in Johannesburg in May. “The fire detectors are designed to provide early detection and notification of fires. They are... 

Local company launches new fire-detection range
EQUIPPED FACTORY Zyteq’s detection products are manufactured in the company’s own ISO9001-certified factory, in Cape Town

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Industrial fires cause damage of about R430-million a year. Transformer fires are disruptive, dangerous and may cause loss of life. Depending on the severity of the fire the likelihood of explosions is very high, says safety solutions provider Sperosens. Common causes of transformer fires include... 

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions
FIRE-PROTECTION A typical transformer detection medium will be a hydraulic pilot line with fast response sprinkler heads

Resistance thermometer on offer

17th August 2018 Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech has on offer international instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold’s TNK resistance thermometers, which have applications in a number of industries, including steel.  The TNK resistance thermometers, owing to their extreme... 

Resistance thermometer on offer
MULTI-FACETED TNK resistance thermometers find application in shipbuilding, diesel engines, engine building, mechanical engineering, and power unit construction

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Industry provider to  expand African footprint
IT’S A GAS E Instruments provides portable industrial combustion stack gas and emission analysers that can be used to measure stack gases emitted from furnaces, kilns, dryers and ovens

Emerson releases new thermowell design

20th July 2018 Global technology and engineering company Emerson has released the Rosemount Twisted Square Thermowell line, a solution that reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements. This new thermowell design was developed to address these... 

Emerson releases new thermowell design
NEW DESIGN Emerson’s new thermowell design reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Although machine tools are the backbone of most industries, their market volume has decreased by 30% a year in the past three years, reflecting the state of the manufacturing sector, says Machine Tool Merchants Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides. “It seems as if we are already 20% down... 

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state
MACHINES ON DISPLAY Machine tools on display at the Machine Tool Africa Expo hosted by MTMA

Small machines with big capabilities

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Global machine tool supplier Hurco’s BX40i double-column, bridge-type machine, originally launched in 2016, has been upgraded to service a variety of trades, from general manufacturing to highly specialised industries such as the aerospace sector. The stability of the double-column design and the... 

Small machines with big capabilities
STABILITY PROVIDING ACCURACY The BX40i meets the needs of any high-speed machining application.

Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Along with prevention and proactive cyberdefence measures, back-up is an increasingly vital layer to protect critical infrastructure systems from the risks of cyberattacks and subsequent disruption, says data management and availability multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa VP Gregg... 

Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure
GREGG PETERSEN Bolstering cybersecurity is important as more critical public services become supported by data networks and cloud-hosted assets

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations

25th May 2018 Owing to increasing safety requirements and more stringent environmental regulations, use of electric drive technology has become the subject of ever stronger debate in the offshore sector. Its higher precision and better dynamics and efficiency are winning over more and more users on the high... 

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations
GROUNDED OFFSHORE Pedestal-mounted lattice boom cranes with an innovative electric drive concept

New shafts to enhance motor performance

25th May 2018 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens is extending its portfolio of Simotics synchronous-reluctance motors to include the two new shaft heights, the AH90 and AH225, thereby addressing calls from renowned manufacturers of pumps, fans, compressors and machine builders in general for different... 

New shafts to enhance motor performance
COMPLETE PACKAGE The perfectly coordinated system permits optimum closed-loop control of pumps, fans and compressors.

Entry-level energy management solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 The Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control... 

Alaris Holdings to acquire US radio frequency manufacturer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Global radio frequency technology holding group Alaris Holdings’ Alaris Investment Holdings UK subsidiary has signed a membership interest purchase agreement for the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding membership interests of an undisclosed limited liability company based in the US... 

Improving water management through deployment of IoT devices

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The use of low-power wide-area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) provide significantly greater water management capabilities and highly detailed water information across the value chain, says multinational mobile network operator Vodacom IoT director Deon... 

Edge platform adds industrial strength to software applications

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Critical availability specialist company Stratus Technologies has launched an edge computing device that provides high availability for software applications used in industrial environments, such as mines, factories and processing facilities says Stratus Technologies consultant head Greg... 

New optimisation solution to improve SAG efficiency

20th April 2018 Danish engineering company FLSmidth has launched a process optimisation solution for semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) milling, SAGwiseTM. The system is designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners. 

New optimisation solution to improve SAG efficiency
SAG EFFICIENCY The SAGwiseTM can reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, and improve employee safety in mills

New pyrometer makes measuring moving objects easier

20th April 2018 Germany-based process control instrument producer Optris released the world’s first pyrometer with an automatic spot finder for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) industry. Released in January, the Xi series is an amalgamation of a pyrometer and an advanced infrared camera. An integrated... 

New pyrometer makes measuring moving objects easier
SPOTTED The Optris Xi series is the first pyrometer with an automatic spot finder

Portable temperature solution for roto-moulders

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th April 2018 South African research and development company Roto Solutions launched the new TempLogger V 6.6 ULTRA – the smallest temperature monitoring and control device from the company – in February. “The TempLogger V 6.6 ULTRA is perfectly suited to rotational moulders in the manufacture of hollow... 

Portable temperature solution for roto-moulders
PORTABLE MONITOR The TempLogger V 6.6 ULTRA is lightweight enough to be used by different machines and at different plants.
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