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Instrumentation and Control

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:... 

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... 

Bearings distributor  sells new system
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,... 

Industry seeks official recognition
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... 

Analyser offers superior gas and dust measurement

16th March 2012 Industrial solutions provider Rand Technical Services (RTS) now offers a reliable and maintenance-free method of measuring the gas emissions in the reheating furnace and continuous annealing process. 

New regulations to hamper local equipment production

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th August 2011 Government’s decision to impose European standards on the South African pressure equipment sector will impact heavily on the local instrumentation industry, says former Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) president Johan van Jaarsveldt. 

Meter prover supply contract for NMPP in final stages

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th August 2011 International process control specialist Krohne’s R50-million contract to design and supply meter provers for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) from Durban to Johannesburg is expected to reach completion in August. 

RFID incorporated into proven range

26th August 2011 Fixturing system manufacturer Witte Bleckede has incorporated radio frequency identification (RFID) into its existing Alufix modular fixturing system, which is used for measuring and inspection purposes. 

Education central to energy efficiency

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th August 2011 Changing human behaviour through education is central to achieving maximum energy efficiency, energy management specialist Schneider Electric South Africa VP for energy efficiency Gys Snyman tells Engineering News.  

Sensor chosen as finalist in product innovation awards

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th August 2011 Supplier of instrumentation and sensors ASSTech Process Electronics & Instrumentation’s German-designed transit time sensor by Wenglor was chosen as one of the five finalists eligible for the prestigious Hermes Award 2011 for product innovation.  

UK-based sensor manufacturer appoints local distributor

26th August 2011 Digital microwave sensor manufacturer Hydronix is planning to establish moisture measurement as a standard solution for industrial processes in South Africa. 

Company places bulk order for PDAs

26th August 2011 Mobile handheld computer manufacturer Psion secured a bulk order for a 1 000 new Psion EP10 personal digital assistant (PDA) handheld computers from German mobile computing hardware distributor Warok, in April. 

Technology company to launch redesigned DMC in Q2

By: Dimakatso Motau     11th March 2011 The technology division of diamond giant De Beers, DebTech, says that it will launch a redesigned version of its dense-medium controller (DMC) technology in the second quarter of this year. 

New wireless winch control system launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     11th March 2011 Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Control Instruments Automotive reports that it has added a wireless winch control system, manufactured by US-based Warn Industries, to its product offering. 

Instruments allow for safe machinery inspection

11th March 2011 Integrated technology solutions provider SKF says that it has recently added the TKRS 10 and TKRS 20 stroboscopes to its product range. 

Company launches electronic overload relay

By: Dimakatso Motau     11th March 2011 Low-voltage components supplier CHI Control Components, a division of Actom, reports that it has launched its NewCode motor protection relay in February. 

Industrial consumables supplier launches diagnostic system

11th March 2011 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) reports that its new SPM-HD shock-pulse analysis system is the world’s first reliable method for measuring the condition of rolling-element bearings operating at low rotational speeds.  

Demand for wiring devices from hospitality industry grows

11th March 2011 Electrical equipment manufacturer Legrand reports that it is seeing increased demand for its Arteor range of wiring devices from the hotel and hospitality industry in South Africa. 

Compact pressure sensors suitable for pneumatic applications

11th March 2011 Automation company ifm electronic says that its new PQ series pressure sensors precisely measure the pressure in the negative pressure range and the overpressure range in pneumatic applications.  

Company aims to grow its VSD market share

By: Dimakatso Motau     11th March 2011 Industrial gearbox and motor supplier BMG Drives, a division of the Bearing Man Group (BMG) reports that it aims to achieve significant growth in the variable-speed drive (VSD) market. 

Integration solutions key to success

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 The increasingly rapid change in the instrumentation market and in customer behaviour, owing to technology developments, globalisation and market transparency, are significant challenges, reports Endress+Hauser MD Rob MacKenzie. 

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