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Instrumentation and Control

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. 

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. 

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