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Instrumentation and Control

Safety controller offers specialised PLC platform

29th August 2008 Automation technology company, IFM Electronic South Africa, has released details of the R360 safety controller, that offers a hardened programmable logic controller (PLC) platform specifically designed for mobile vehicle applications. 

New sensor saves wasted lighting hours

29th August 2008 Electrical equipment, cable management systems and wiring accessories company, Legrand South Africa, has introduced a new energy efficient occupancy sensor, the Wattstopper, which is designed to save hours of wasted lighting each day. 

Ethernet-enabled communication controllers introduced

29th August 2008 Automation solution company, Advantech, has released details about the new ADAM-4501 and 4501D Ethernet-enabled communication controllers. 

Company offers range of control applications

29th August 2008 Instrumentation and control company, Spirax Sarco, has introduced the CSM-K range of high-capacity clean steam generators that bring economic efficiency to larger-scale applications. 

New thermal imagers spot potential trouble

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     14th March 2008 Test and measurement distribution company Comtest has introduced a new line of rugged and reliable thermal imagers from electronic test equipment giant Fluke. 

Back-up power demands ‘horses for courses’

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     14th March 2008 The backup power market place is currently being swamped by requests for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power solutions Specialist Company Meissner’s director, Graham Beyleveld says. 

Moisture analyser provides fast response

14th March 2008 Global electric motor and electronic instrument manufacturing company Ametek’s Model 3050 OLV process moisture analyser uses a quartz-crystal oscillator to measure moisture, allowing moisture molecules to sit on the surface of the sensor. 

Control equipment specialist unveils new starters, drivers

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     14th March 2008 Low and medium voltage motor control equipment specialist CHI Control Components is unveiling a group of new soft starters and variable speed drives, designed to make the management and maintenance of motor applications much easier 

Magnetic absolute sensor allows pinpoint precision

14th March 2008 The magnetic absolute sensor MSA510 from US measurement equipment manufacturer Siko, is an absolute linear sensor combining precision, robustness and a compact size. 

Ultrasonic sensor measures levels continuously

14th March 2008 The noncontact aspect of ultrasonic sensors means that the sensor is not affected by the product that is being measured level measurement company Vega claims. 

Control systems manufacturer launches new modem

14th March 2008 Control and information company Rockwell Automation has announced the launch of its dial-in ethernet modem, the 9300-RADESG. 

Selection services company ensures appropriate solutions

14th March 2008 Ensuring a high level of productivity in the manufacturing and processing sectors of industry can be related directly to the selection of appropriate instrumentation and control solutions, says Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant. 

Process solutions company releases new-generation process controller

By: Neal Goldwyer     31st August 2007 Automation services provider Honeywell Process Solutions has released a new generation process controller that supports its popular Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) platform. 

Local Fieldbus communicator serves SA motor control industry needs

By: Neal Goldwyer     31st August 2007 Specialist supplier of motor control equipment CHI Control Components, a business unit of Alstom Electrical South Africa, has launched a custom controller suitable for any environment where Fieldbus communication is used. 

System installation unites plant-floor and executive-level IT layers

By: Neal Goldwyer     31st August 2007 The South African manufacturing environment is still plagued by an immature approach to the data landscape in its organisations, which is incommensurable with ambitions to be competitive in a global market, Siemens Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) consultant Lael Heasman tells Engineering News. 

Alternative listing propels nuclear capability

31st August 2007 The pre-listing private placing of electrical and instrumentation (E&I) leader B&W Electrical and Instrumentation (B&W) on the South African JSE's AltX was oversubscribed 49 times. 

New analysis instrument simplifies industrial maintenance

16th March 2007 Renowned bearing technology and rotating equipment company SKF has released the MX series vibration analysis instrument. The portable maintenance device is part of the company’s Microlog family of products aimed at simplifying industrial maintenance, servicing and inspection techniques. 

Test body gives measuring instrument top marks

16th March 2007 Instrumentation specialist, Endress+Hauser, was a top performer in the recent Working-party on Instrument Behaviour (WIB) tests conducted on guided radar. 

Vibrating switches prove a robust level-measuring solution

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Instrumentation developers and radar sensor technology pioneer Vega has released two new vibrating level switches, Vegavib and Vegawave, for level detection of bulk solids. Vegavib operates with a vibrating rod, Vegawave with a tuning fork. 

Zirconia monitor controls combustion, lowers fuel costs

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Process control company Novatech Controls has spent more than Australian $2-million over the past twenty years developing a zirconia oxygen sensor acknowledged as the most robust in the world. 

Weighty prospects for electronics enterprise

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Process control instrumentation specialists Digital Process Measurement (DPM) anticipates a boom year ahead based on an active new marketing strategy, swelling order books and heightened interest around its two new product ranges. 

Acoustic control sounds out export opportunities

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Engagement in specialised manufacturing and high export quotas are usually indicative of good growth prospects for a company. Process control instrumentation company Instrotech has both. Instrotech manufactures acoustic leak-detection equipment mainly for large power station boilers and lists... 

Upgraded frequency inverter to replace old technology

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 Global drive solutions group SEW Eurodrive has launched the latest upgrade to its range of Movitrac frequency inverters, the Movitrac B. 

SA company develops underground communications system

By: Neal Goldwyer     16th March 2007 A South African engineering solutions provider has developed its own range of instrumentation components to circumvent what it considers the supply-chain monopoly in the local market for radio-frequency communications equipment. 

Institute woos matriculants, varsity students

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 A big challenge facing the South African instrumentation and control industry is the lack of awareness of this type of work by matriculants seeking career paths. 

Instrumentation firm wins power station contract

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 Instrumentation supplier Endress+Hauser SA was recently awarded the instrumentation supply contract by Siemens South Africa for the refurbishment of Eskom’s Kriel Power Station. 

The calm before the storm?

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 The process control and instrumentation industry in South Africa is in a relatively slow phase at the moment with a huge upswing expected to develop in the short to medium term, as large industrial firms plan and begin to implement large expansion and refurbishment projects. 

New products allow for early fault detection

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 International measurements solutions company, Krohne has released new flow control products onto the market belonging to the Optiflux family, which enable faults to be detected and reported on at an early stage and reduce the impact on the customers production process, as multifunctioning field... 

Sophisticated thermostats for increased safety

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 A new high-performance electromagnetic flowmeter, the Promag 55S, released by instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser is ideal for application in the mining, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and food industries, says the company. 

Electronic load-indicating devices meet international standards

1st September 2006 Instrumentation and control company Bellambie’s range of Dynafor electronic load indicating devices includes the LLX unit, that measures loads up to 250 t, the MWX unit with capacities between 2,5 t and 12,5 t and the HPX series, which is available in two models: 3 000 kg and 5 000 kg. 

Sophisticated thermostats for increased safety

1st September 2006 Legrand's range of Mosaic electrical switches and sockets includes sophisticated thermostats which measure and control temperature in offices, shops, commercial buildings and homes. 

Flow-meter supplier sees sustained year-on-year growth

1st September 2006 Since its inception in 1995, C & F Technologies has built up a reputation for top-class flow products and a level of service, before, during, and after the sale, that has seen its turnover on an upward trend year after year, the company says in a statement. 

Specialisation needed to ensure sustained innovation

By: cheryl reddy     1st September 2006 It has become essential that areas of specialisation within the instrumentation and control industry be recognised as there is a growing need for companies to improve their competitive edge enabling them to compete globally, according to Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant. He believes that,... 

Lost generation

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 SA's instrumentation industry hit hard by 'brain drain' - claim South Africa’s ‘brain drain’ has depleted the country’s instrumentation-and-control industry of almost an entire generation of instrumentation specialists, South African Institute of Measurement and... 

Innovation to be great differentiator

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Technological innovation will be the key determinant of future success or otherwise in the fast-moving instrumentation-and-control sector, GE Fanuc Automation manager for sub Saharan Africa Daniel Coetzee argues. 

Battery-operated magflow meter launched in SA

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Supplying South African industry for more than 50 years, N & Z Instrumentation and Control has recently launched the FLOWIZ, a revolutionary battery operated magnetic flow meter. 

Worldwide push for new industrial-process gauge

17th March 2006 A new-generation industrial process gauge has been designed and manufactured for the global market by Rhomberg/Winters. 

Hazard-free acid testing

17th March 2006 Global leader in industrial measuring and automation solutions Endress + Hauser has announced the launch of a new loop-powered analysis transmitter that reportedly improves the safety and simplicity with which pH and other measurements can be made. 

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