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Instrumentation and Control

Historians enhance plant productivity

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 Even though information technology and manufacturing seem to be worlds apart, these two facets are inextricably linked. 

Instrumentation companies’ challenge to ensure that manufacturers’ goods are high quality is outlined

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 Owing to current industry demands, which necessitate quicker services at lower costs, instrumentation companies have to ensure that their prices are competitive while maintaining high-quality products. 

Vehicle-monitoring system launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new data acquisition instrument, particularly useful for on-site monitoring in the transport industry, has been introduced by Eurotherm, which is represented locally by Protea Automation Solutions. 

Regulatory amendments and efficiency drives to boost the uptake of flow sensors

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 According to a report writtem by Frost & Sullivan, an international growth consultancy, the need to conform with new European Commission (EC) regulations, combined with increased demand for improved efficiency in process industries is encouraging greater adoption of flowmeters. 

Encoder is suitable for mining industry

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new generation of Hengstler absolute encoders offers industry a viable, future-oriented solution for industrial-control engineering and integrated motor feedback applications. 

New calibrator will be marketed locally and internationally

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new range of process-control calibrators with trend functions is being launched this month by Digital Process Management. 

New control system installed in some SA plants by June

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new software platform for industrial information technology (IT) has been developed by ABB. 

Twice-the-life filter bags launched

By: renay de     19th March 2004 A new line of filter bags, Dura-Life, was introduced into the country by Donaldson Filtration Systems.? 

Lesotho seeks to establish industrial estate

By: laurian clemence     12th February 2004 The Lesotho Development Corporation (LNDC) this week started seeking qualified firms or individuals to undertake a financial viability study of the Tikoe Industrial Estate, located near Maseru, in Lesotho. 

Absolute encoders launched at Hannover now in South Africa

By: renay de     31st October 2003 A typical example of a successful partnership between a proudly South African company and German partners can be seen in Countapulse Controls, which was established 20 years ago and is partnered with Hengstler, Leuze Electronic, Pulsotronic, EGE, Secatec, ABP and Deuta Werke. 

'Tanzania's mindset stifling capital markets'

30th October 2003 The biggest obstacle facing Tanzania’s fledgling capital markets is the country’s socialist mindset, says Isabella Komba of the Tanzanian Capital Markets Securities Authority, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) conference, currently under way. 

Namibia targets SA tourists

By: laurian clemence     8th October 2003 The Namibian Tourism Board (NTB) is seeking an organisation to help it develop a marketing strategy to position and grow tourism in Namibia with particular emphasis given to developing Namibian tourism from South Africa. 

Business confidence remains strong

By: laurian clemence     8th October 2003 The South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) reported yesterday that the Business Confidence Index (BCI) for September had improved further to 112,3 from 110,9 recorded in August. 

SA launches first off-board navigation product

By: laurian clemence     6th October 2003 An innovative off-board navigation product, which enables motorists to use their mobile phones to chart out the best route to their destination, was launched in Midrand at the weekend. 

Connecting industrial applications to the Internet

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd October 2003 Based on its vision that all devices will be linked to the Internet one day, Finnish company Wapice develops software that helps industrial companies connect their applications to the Internet today. 

Asset-management system launch expected at the end of the year

By: zeena isaacs     5th September 2003 Process automation company Endress + Hauser anticipates the launch of a new web-enabled asset management (W@M) software system, which is an open information management system that provides data flow and archiving for the technical and operational management of assets, at the end of the year. 

New generation of absolute encoders released in SA

By: zeena isaacs     5th September 2003 A new generation of Hengstler absolute encoders, designated Acuro, is being released in South Africa. 

Software company to launch a new product later this month

By: zeena isaacs     5th September 2003 Engineering software company Crusader Systems is launching a new product, which will enable clients to analyse complex processes quickly, on September 26, at the CSense Users Group 2003. 

12 000 prepayment meters supplied to Tanzania

5th September 2003 A South African company that specialises in electricity metering solutions, Landis+Gyr, has completed a contract to supply the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), the national power utility of Tanzania, with Cashpower prepayment electricity meters. 

Company expands its product offering

5th September 2003 Manufacturer and supplier of low and medium range motor control switchgear CHI Control has added Cutler-Hammer’s E57 tubular proximity sensor to its range of products. 

New four-gas monitor promises to be small and light

5th September 2003 Mine safety appliances company, MSA, launched the newest member of its Stellar series portable instrument product line, the Solaris multigas detector, last month. 

New laser tech instrument on the SA market

5th September 2003 New advanced laser technology for level control in crushers, bins and silos, called Lasermeter Pixie+, has been launched in the local process control industry. 

Viscosity meters introduced locally

5th September 2003 Sole Southern African distributors for the Solartron Mobrey product range, Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM), in July launched a new range of long-stemmed inline, vibrating fork viscosity meters that allows real-time measurement of viscosity. 

Contracts’ completion expected by the end of the year

By: zeena isaacs     5th September 2003 In recent months measuring equipment supplier Mecosa has been awarded, among others, three contracts, including a R350 000 pH measurement and dissolved oxygen contract, a R2-million ash and moisture measurement contract and a R400 000 level and density equipment contract. 

Restructuring plan boosts Group Five's performance

By: laurian clemence     22nd August 2003 Following the completion of a three-year restructuring plan, broad-based infrastructural company Group Five yesterday announced strong results for the year to June 2003. 

E-manufacturing course on offer

13th August 2003 Technology company Keops Altech, a member of listed Altech group, has teamed up with an internationally recognised provider of technical training to establish a two-day course for engineers and technicians. 

Joined-up model working for Gauteng–Moleketi

By: laurian clemence     13th August 2003 The Gauteng Provincial Government announced yesterday that the Gauteng Shared Service Centre (GSSC) has made significant progress since its initial start-up in September 2000. 

107-year-old going for market niches

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Following a three-year restructuring process, Hudaco company BEP Bestobell is taking a fresh look at its markets, MD Andrew Vermaak tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview at the company’s operation in Jet Park, Boksburg. 

Nampak restructures board

25th July 2003 South African packaging firm Nampak said on Wednesday Robert Becker would become financial director effective October 1, a post he was designated for in January 2003, after John Sayers steps down. 

Mapungubwe’s new status a landmark in African renaissance

8th July 2003 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa has welcomed the declaration of Mapungubwe as the World Heritage site. 

Power quality meter launched

25th April 2003 A member of the Alstom SA group, CHI Control, has introduced the IQ analyser power quality meter, as a solution for the monitoring of all aspects of electrical distribution systems. 

Gold and silver oxygen sensor developed

4th April 2003 It has been said that it is the dream of any technician working on a high-accuracy plant, such as wastewater, to have instruments that are still accurate after ten years of operation. 

Increased sophistication demands increased assistance

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 The technical expertise of instrumentation and control equipment suppliers are becoming increasingly important to end-users, states MD Countapulse Controls Gerry Bryant. 

Majority of instrumentation cost maintenance-related

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Process control solution provider and instrumentation supplier Endress + Hauser (E+H) has launched a new management system for instrumentation which could reduce end-user costs significantly. 

Computer program promises to increase efficiency yields

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Advanced control has established itself as a control optimisation solution in the petrochemical industry, and to a limited extent in other industries, such as paper and pulp, mining, minerals and power generation. 

Midrand automation training centre open for business

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Global provider of industrial automation Rockwell Automation has been presenting automation training courses locally for the past eight years, keeping the country’s industries abreast of technological advances in this field. 

Flowmeter specialist finds a measuring solution at steel mill

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 At the beginning of the year, Iscor’s steel mill, Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape commissioned four of flowmeter specialist company Chlorine and Flow Technologies’ (C&F’s) flowmeters on its electrical arc furnaces. 

Industry to to be showcased at Blue IQ business week

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 The South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) will take part in Blue IQ’s business outreach programme, Blue IQ Means Business Week 2003, which will be held in Sandton, Johannesburg in October. 

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