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Instrumentation and Control

Sensing technology supplier develops into high-level service provider

13th March 2015 Johannesburg-based sensing technology supplier Countapulse Controls has developed from being a supplier of “technologically superior” sensing and monitoring devices to a solutions provider that offers advanced technology packages incorporating high-level support. These services include assisting... 

R5m project for snack producer under way

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Engineering and technological products distributor BEP Bestobell South Africa is installing eight NDC 710e series moisture gauge systems at a local snack manufacturer’s facilities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The R5-million project started in November 2013 and three units had been installed as... 

GAUGING QUALITY
Several food and snacks companies use the NDC 710e series moisture gauge system
GAUGING QUALITY Several food and snacks companies use the NDC 710e series moisture gauge system

Tertiary curricula not conducive to growth in I&C skills

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 There is no specific qualification for instrumentation and control (I&C) in South Africa at the Bachelor of Science level and, as a result, there is insufficient scope for specialisation, which contributes to the existing shortage of skills, says South African measurement and control industry... 

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE
The SAIMC is engaging with South African universities to ensure that students are being taught the required practical skills sets
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE The SAIMC is engaging with South African universities to ensure that students are being taught the required practical skills sets

Restructuring places greater emphasis on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Monitoring and control systems provider Yokogawa has restructured its operations to provide greater support for the company’s Africa-based operations over the past year, Yokogawa South Africa and Yokogawa Africa Anglophone Region (AAR) MD Johan Louw tells Engineering News. “We moved from a... 

ENGINEERING INTERNS
Yokogawa South Africa has been running a one-year internship programme for electrical (instrumentation) engineer graduates since 2009
ENGINEERING INTERNS Yokogawa South Africa has been running a one-year internship programme for electrical (instrumentation) engineer graduates since 2009

Software system simplifies plant management

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Industrial software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware introduced its Situational Awareness library for the InTouch SCADA/HMI software program in March. The use of this library makes plant operators more aware of their environment by providing real-time status... 

SIMPLIFYING SYSTEM MANAGEMENT The Wonderware Corporate Energy Management functionalities include recording consumption and demand for a range of energy types
SIMPLIFYING SYSTEM MANAGEMENT The Wonderware Corporate Energy Management functionalities include recording consumption and demand for a range of energy types

Company appointed as Japanese product distributor in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Tokyo-based temperature and humidity-control speciality products designer and manufacturer Shimaden appointed local industrial instrumentation and process control supplier Indecon Instrumentation as its South African product distributor in May. Indecon Instrumentation managing member Bennie de... 

FP23 PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLER
Shimaden products are predominantly used for high-accuracy temperature control and profiling
FP23 PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLER Shimaden products are predominantly used for high-accuracy temperature control and profiling

New sensor range positively received by local market

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 Since local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls introduced the Leuze 18B series range of sensors to the local market in the last quarter of 2013,  sales of the product have been favourable, Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant tells Engineering News. He says the high-performance sensors... 

LEUZE 18B SENSORS The sensors offer smaller dimensions in a more robust housing
LEUZE 18B SENSORS The sensors offer smaller dimensions in a more robust housing

SA Gauge

29th August 2014 SA Gauge is a manufacturer and supplier of pressure and temperature measurement instrumentation, with branches in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and Kempton Park, Gauteng. The company, which recently celebrated its twenty-second year of designing and manufacturing pressure and temperature gauges for... 

SA Gauge

Society seeks I&C recognition by end of 2015 

By: Ilan Solomons     29th August 2014 South African measurement and control industry development promotion body the SAIMC aims to get the instrumentation and control (I&C) sector acknowledged as an engineering discipline by the end of 2015. SAIMC president Vinesh Maharaj tells Engineering News that the society is lobbying its cause... 

GLOBAL ALIGNMENT In many advanced countries, such as the US, India and China, instrumentation and control is an independent engineering discipline
SAIMC president Vinesh Maharaj discusses the state of the local instrumentation and control sector.

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT 

Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

Information software new trend for local industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Industrial Software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware will launch its new situational awareness graphics software and alarm management software at its X-Change User Conference for Industrial Automation and Information Software, in KwaZulu-Natal, next month. The... 

NEW METHOD
 
The new situational awareness software by Wonderware provides new methods for managing manufacturing and operating plants
NEW METHOD The new situational awareness software by Wonderware provides new methods for managing manufacturing and operating plants

New generation digital time switches for ideal control

14th March 2014 France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the end of 2013 and is designed for... 

TIME CONTROL

Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors

SA’s first accumulator testing solution developed

14th March 2014 Automation distributor Tectra Automation has developed South Africa’s first solution for the pressure testing of hydraulic accumulators for recertification processes required by law. Tectra Automation, which is a member of the drive and control company Hytec Group, was recently approached by... 

TESTING SOLUTION

The accumulator testing solution developed by automation distributor Tectra Automation can accommodate 1 ℓ to 150 ℓ accumulators
TESTING SOLUTION The accumulator testing solution developed by automation distributor Tectra Automation can accommodate 1 ℓ to 150 ℓ accumulators

Cable vital for communication systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has introduced a new variable-frequency drive (VFD) power cable to its range of Topflex cables that can be used in the industrial sector, as well as in motor and control applications. The Topflex 620 VFD cable was launched in Chicago, in the... 

TOP APPLICATION

The Helukabel Topflex cables can be used in any industrial applications, such as measurement and control
TOP APPLICATION The Helukabel Topflex cables can be used in any industrial applications, such as measurement and control

All-in-one thermostat solution brought to market

14th March 2014 Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric last month introduced a new series of room controllers, which provides a solution that integrates a thermostat/temperature sensor and programmable room controller in a single unit. “The SE8000 series room controllers are designed with a... 

ROOM CONTROL
The new SE8000 series of room controllers can enhance operational efficiency
ROOM CONTROL The new SE8000 series of room controllers can enhance operational efficiency

Company stays abreast of new developments

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 As an instrumentation and electrical construction company, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical marketing manager Ken Nel says the company is very training-orientated with regard to new technological developments in its industry. “We continuously train employees to keep up to date with the current... 

Instrumentation firm broadens product range

14th March 2014 Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supply and implementation company Magnet has extended its range to include energy management specialist Schneider Electric’s new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system. The Accutech range of instruments, which is designed for... 

ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY

The new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system is designed to reduce installation costs
ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY The new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system is designed to reduce installation costs

Real-time operational intelligence changes operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Global manufacturing, industrial and mining operations are benefitting from new technology that analyses operations, detects and predicts faults and communicates with technicians using mobile devices and applications from America-based manufacturer and supplier General Electric. General Manager:... 

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
The real time operational intelligence software called Proficy Mobile detects and predicts faults during operations
OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY The real time operational intelligence software called Proficy Mobile detects and predicts faults during operations

Bearings distributor sells new system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based manufacturer Schaeffler Group’s FAG brand SmartCheck measuring system, for the monitoring of machines and plants, makes a valuable contribution to optimising processes and ultimately reduces life-cycle cost (LCC) and the total cost of ownership (TCO), states bearings and... 

SMART CHECK

A key function of Schaeffler’s new SmartCheck system is to monitor machine vibrations
SMART CHECK A key function of Schaeffler’s new SmartCheck system is to monitor machine vibrations

Technology helps increase efficiency levels of deliveries 

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Logistics software developer Dovetail recently released its new MobileControl solution, which boasts its new estimated time of delivery functionality allowing for on-board vehicle scanning and near real-time tracking of collection and delivery processes. This enables customers to receive... 

New nurse call systems available

30th August 2013 Electrical equipment manufacturer Legrand says its integrated healthcare solutions, the latest of which are nurse call systems, are designed to meet current healthcare needs and also accommodate future developments and requirements. 

Software a step forward for mining and manufacturing industries

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Two new solutions that could potentially change the way in which the mining and manufacturing industries operate at plant level are being tested by real-time operations management solutions provider Wonderware, says Southern Africa MD Deon Barnard. 

Baby tracking system implemented

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Hugs and Kisses, a radio frequency identification (RFID) technology used to track and secure newborn babies, has been rolled out across South Africa at various public and private hospitals, reports barcode specialist Harmonic Group. 

New and improved rooftop units

30th August 2013 Rooftop air-conditioning solutions have previously had a reputation for fast and easy specification and deployment, but not for having the desired efficiency and control. Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Africa area GM Neil Cameron reports that the York Activa Rooftop range offers greater... 

Radar technology enhances surveillance

30th August 2013 Reutech Radar Systems (RRS), involved with radar systems for the mining, defense and security market, has recently launched a perimeter and wide area intrusion detection system. The Perimeter Intrusion Monitoring System (PIMS) integrates traditional technologies used for asset protection, such as... 

Industry seeks official recognition

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th August 2013 Recognition by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) will enable members of the automation, instrumentation, measurement and control industry to lobby government for changes in existing legislation which does not add sufficient value to the industry, says Society for Automation,... 

CONTROL ROOM Instrumentation and control is a huge part of modern society
CONTROL ROOM Instrumentation and control is a huge part of modern society

Fleet manager fights fuel fraud

15th March 2013 Fuel fraud and theft – the two major causes of significant financial losses to the fleet industry – have been reduced by a computerised fuel management system from fleet management services provider Avis Fleet Services. Since its introduction in August last year the product has saved clients more... 

Building efficiency system enhances HVAC control platform

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th March 2013 US technology group Johnson Controls Systems & Services will launch its building efficiency system, Panoptix, in South Africa this month, to assist customers in interpreting the data produced by the company’s building management system (BMS), the Metasys control platform.  

Acquisition brings market diversification

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th March 2013 The acquisition of automotive electronic components manufacturer Pi Shurlok in November last year has enabled Durban-based designer and manufacturer of aftermarket electronic vehicle systems PFK Electronics to diversify its core business to include the manufacture of vehicle components for local... 

Gas-saving technology reduces consumption by more than 50% 

By: Gia Costella     15th March 2013 Welding solutions firm Shield Technologies’ Shielding Gas Saving System has reduced its clients’ gas consumption by more than half and is subsequently saving them money, says CEO Wayne Holt, adding that the product has been accepted by the industrial market since it was introduced two years ago. 

SA hospital considering newborn tracking

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st August 2012 Barcode specialist Harmonic Group says it is negotiating with a South African private hospital about the use of its radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track and secure newborns, says MD Barry Baetu. Securing a newborn with an ankle bracelet and ensuring that all authorised... 

Solutions assist in lowering emissions

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st August 2012 Lighting control, such as passive infrared (PIR), is becoming increasingly popular in South African industry, as it offers energy savings and security benefits, says energy consumption specialist Schneider Electric. At the start of this year, the company introduced a new range of ultrasensitive... 

Improved technology soon to be available on SA market

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st August 2012 Diversified power management company Eaton Electric will soon introduce its new range of Easy Relay systems, with a built-in SmartWire DT master, which allows for bigger program memory, 30% more marker capacity and a faster cycle time, says Eaton product manager Danie Scholtz. The Easy Relay is... 

Conveyor belt safety important

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st August 2012 As safety risks are a big concern for industry because they can potentially result in loss of life, production and machinery damage. As a conveyor management company Electrotron does continuous research and development in staying abreast of new technology and ensuring conveyor belt safety, says... 

Continuous innovation to ensure SA’s radar, electronic warfare technology remain world class

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st August 2012 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Electronic Warfare (EW) team is focused on increasing the maturity of its Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) technology. Radar and EW systems detect, track, measure, identify, protect and implement countermeasures for sensors... 

Skills development remains focus in instrumentation and control industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th March 2012 The outlook within the instrumentation and control (I&C) industry is simultaneously “extremely good and frighteningly bad”, owing to a lack of practical skills in the industry, Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) president Johan Maartens asserts. 

Microcontroller range enters the market

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th March 2012 Industrial automation specialist Rockwell Automation has released the Allan-Bradley Micro800 range of component-class micro programmable controllers onto the South African market. 

Automated control solution targeted at industrial sector 

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th March 2012 Diversified power management company Eaton Corporation, which acquired control equipment supplier Actom Low Voltage Equipment and its subsidiary companies CHI Control Components, Meissner Uninterruptible Power and Norsa Electronics, in July last year, is now able to deliver complete automation... 

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