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Instrumentation and Control

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. 

Employee development at forefront of process automation

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 Skills development is a key component of the development of South African economy, says process field instrumentation specialist company Endress+Hauser marketing manager Hennie Blignaut. 

Pyrotemp division relocated 
to Benoni

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 Process automation company Endress+Hauser’s production centre for temperature, based in Germany, has invested over R20-million in a new production facility, for its Pyrotemp division, in Apex, Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

Advanced technology for wastewater treatment works

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 The City of Cape Town is using the latest control and instrumentation technology in its green fields wastewater treatment works (WWTW), in Fisantekraal, north of Durbanville, reports consulting engineering company SSI. 

Self-diagnosis system on the cards for rigs

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 Drilling specialist Boart Longyear is developing a computer-based self-diagnosis system for rigs with electronic control, based on a Bosch Rexroth CANbus system. 

New product range assists in energy management

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 Specialist supplier of control equipment CHI Control is supplying Circutor, a new range of equipment manufactured in Spain that enables the efficient and effective use of electricity.  

Automated system to improve material and data flow

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 German specialist manufacturer of machines for steel fabrication and steel service centres Kaltenbach group’s logistic, process and control (LPC) system can increase production capacity by 30%, reports Kaltenbach group president Valentin Kaltenbach. 

Community initiatives take precedence in nickel project

27th August 2010 JSE AltX-listed electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Instrumentation & Electrical (B&W) is empowering local [Madagascan] communiities as part of its involvement in the Ambatovy Nickel Project, in Madagascar.  

Electronic motor 
protection relay 
to be launched

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th March 2010 Engineering component supplier CHI Control Components will be launching a new electronic motor protection relay, which has on-board logic capability and fieldbus connectivity for Profibus, DeviceNet and Ethernet, by the end of April. 

Sensor specialist focuses 
on safety

12th March 2010 It is an acknowledged fact that without an emphasis on safety, productivity will consequently suffer. Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant reports that this is one of the primary drivers which is being tackled by the company by using the latest technology. 

Limiting devices for 
safer operations

12th March 2010 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering’s Dynasafe Load limiting devices ensure that overhead cranes and lifting devices are operated safely within their working limits. 

New technologies for improved monitoring solutions

12th March 2010 Manufacturer of geotechnical and structural monitoring instrumentation Soil Instruments reports that several instrumentation companies are proactively considering new technologies to offer improved monitoring solutions to customers 

Safety instrumented systems reduce risks

12th March 2010 Consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch’s systems and process control consultant Andy Fourie tells Engineering News that the company is directly involved in its clients processes and risk management as part of its project execution. 

Wastewater treatment works boasts advanced instrumentation technology

12th March 2010 The City of Cape Town’s newest wastewater treatment works (WWTW), at Fisantekraal, will boast one of the most up-to-date works in terms of electrical, control and instrumentation technology. 

Society aims to advance theory and practice standards

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control’s (SAIMC’s) aim to advance the standards of theory and practice in the fields of measurement and control remains a high priority. 

New humidity measurement sensor launched

28th August 2009 Instrumentation suppliers Action Instruments has launched the HygroClip2, a precision humidity measurement sensor manufactured by humidity measurement company Rotronic. 

Specialist focused on product solutions

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant stresses the importance of providing a complete product solution, as opposed to just simply selling a product. 

Belt protection system detects tears

28th August 2009 Communication systems and controls specialist Becker Electronics has launched a belt-rip scanner system type BRS-01, which is used to detect longitudinal rips on steel cord and fibre conveyor belts. 

Motor control centres testing completed

28th August 2009 Electrical engineering company CHI Control Components has completed testing of its motor control centres to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) specifications.  

Growing market for online monitoring

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 End-users have experienced a marked increase in prices, as well as a decline in service levels from traditional suppliers in the machine protection market, says machine monitoring solutions company Engineering Dynamics (ED) MD Christo van der Walt. 

New process mass spectrometer enters market

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 Instrument manufacturer Ametek Process Instruments’ new ProMaxion process mass spectrometer provides real-time on-line process monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ambient air. 

Engineering company expands capacity 

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Power solutions company Meissner opened its newly acquired 6 600 -m2 warehouse in January 2009, providing the company with a factory floor area four times bigger than its original floor size. 

Electrical engineering company supplies nickel project 

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Diversified electrical engineering company CHI Engineered Solutions is now rolling out the second phase of its contract for the Nkomati Nickel project, in Mpumalanga. 

Colliery contract grows instrumentation company’s order book

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Instrumentation & Electrical (B&W) has boosted its order book with a R90-million contract from a Mpumalanga colliery. 

Efficient, effective processes save costs amid difficult economic climate

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th March 2009 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls notes that with recent headlines underscoring the uncertainty in global markets, it is more important than ever before to ensure that processes are efficient and effective, and that waste is kept to an absolute minimum. 

Tougher control for extreme conditions

13th March 2009 Supplier of industrial data communications products Westermo released its new M12 ultraslim rugged Ethernet switches designed for applications with severe operating conditions and extreme environments, the Viper switches, earlier this year. 

Power projects prove fruitful for measurement and control industry

By: Rozanne Cloete     29th August 2008 The South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) president Paulo Da Silva is positive about the state of the automation industry, and reports that manufacturers and suppliers are reaping the benefits from impending power generation projects across the country.  

Technology firm develops new instrumentation products

By: Rozanne Cloete     29th August 2008 Technology firm Siemens' process instrumentation division has developed new products as part of its automation systems offering, which include the new Sitrans FX300 vortex flow meter series, while the company has also added new Profibus PA interfaces to the Sitrans LR250 and Sitrans LR460 radar... 

Variable speed drives applied in platinum mine

By: Rozanne Cloete     29th August 2008 Manufacturer and supplier of low- and medium-range motor control switchgear CHI Control Components' NXP variable speed drives are being used at Lonmin Platinum's Marikana mine, in Rustenburg, where the drives are implemented in the controlling of electrodes in the platinum smelter. 

Acquisition ensures controlled measurement solutions

29th August 2008 Instrumentation company, Agilent Technologies, has announced its substantial acquisition of the assets of measurement instruments company, Escort Instruments, a subsidiary of Unitech Printed Circuit Board Corporation. 

Electrical and instrumentation works at concentrator completed

29th August 2008 AltX-listed electrical and instrumentation construction company, B&W, has recently completed several works at a 600 000-t/m concentrator at Anglo Platinum's PPRust north expansion project's Mogalakwena section. 

Technical hotline assists monitoring and control industry

29th August 2008 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls has opened a technical hotline facility which assists customers in the correct selection of sensors. 

Efficiency motivates automation and control solution growth

29th August 2008 Growth partnership company, Frost & Sullivan, states that the upgrading of mills from semi automated to fully automated, as well as the continued capacity upgrades of existing mills, are increasing the uptake of automation and control solutions (ACS) in South Africa's pulp and paper industry. 

New push-button line on offer

29th August 2008 Electrical company General Electric's (GE's) consumer and industrial division has released its new series push-button (PB) line, which offers a simple and cost-effective control and signalling device to the instrumentation and control market. 

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