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Instrumentation and Control

Lockable local control station introduced

21st March 2003 Johannesburg company Bartec Barlian has introduced a lockable version of its four-pole ComEx explosion-protected local control station. 

Flowmeters for copper-mine

21st March 2003 After experiencing problems with installed electromagnetic flowmeters, the largest copper-mine in the world, situated in the north of Chile, decided to opt for a new supplier and chose the Sonokit Danfoss Sonoflo ultrasonic flowmeter. 

The benefits of being ‘multilingual’

21st March 2003 “As creator of one of the original fieldbus (CAN), which many others took as a base for their own fieldbus systems or customised versions, Bosch Rexroth has been active in the forefront of the developments in fieldbus communication technology since the very early stages,” says... 

New laser meter to be launched

21st March 2003 Local designer and manufacturer of laser meters, LaserM of Midrand, Gauteng, reports that the new lasermeter Pixie+ is ready to be launched into the process control industry. 

Computerised system makes maintenance management much easier, says firm

21st March 2003 The development of the On Key asset performance management system (APMS) by local company Pragma Products, brings maintenance management and asset performance measurement into a new era internationally, reports MD Attie Nieuwoudt. 

Instrumentation provided for university’s new seat-test facility

21st March 2003 Provider of electronic, vibration and mechanical test and measurements solutions and equipment, Spescom MeasureGraph, has supplied the electronic and hydraulic components from MTS which forms the basis for the newly commissioned R800 000 dynamic seat test facility, located within the mechanical... 

38 Profibus installers have been accredited

By: Taryn Leicher     21st March 2003 In a major infusion of skills into transmission, communication, appli-cation and systems integration in South African industry, 38 practitioners were certified as accredited Profibus installers in a ceremony held in Johannesburg in early March this year. 

Company says valve-terminal concept holds many advantages

14th March 2003 Growth in the South African automotive industry has been spurred by the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP). 

Investing in people key, believes firm

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 MD Gottfried Pogats believes Energotec’s success on Sasol’s detergent alcohols plant, in Secunda, Mpumalanga, must be attributed to its strategy of investing in people, involving the local community and recognising superior performance. 

Reinheitsgebot demands high-quality water input

22nd November 2002 Most beverages require the addition of water during the manufacturing process.?Beer, for example, consists primarily of barley malt, hops, yeast and water. 

Firm emphasises correct installation of electrical surface-heating tapes

27th September 2002 Electrical surface heating (ESH) tapes are sometimes selected incorrectly and installed poorly, which could lead to unsatisfactory results, MD Bartec Barlian Fritz Boettiger says. 

Infrastructure upgrade project is completed

13th September 2002 Honeywell has completed a ten-month Hiway infrastructure upgrade project at the East Refinery of Sasol Synfuels’ operations at Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Firm to change market approach

6th September 2002 After conducting extensive research throughout the southern African region to determine local market requirements, Endress+Hauser has altered its market approach to specifically meet the demands of local industry. 

R20m project completed

6th September 2002 Active in the design and supply of mechanical equipment for seed and grain plants Techmac Technology has completed the commissioning of the new R20 million Pioneer seed maize conditioning plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

New home-grown tech to aid weatherman

By: marisa rodrigues     6th September 2002 In 1996, South Africa out was carrying soundings at eleven weather stations, across the country, twice a day. 

Pressure on process-control industry to refine processes

By: marisa rodrigues     6th September 2002 Entering into global markets has meant that all South African manufacturers have had to become more competitive. 

South African company forms international partnership

6th September 2002 Local specialist condition management and process control company, Crusader Systems, has formed an alliance with international Outokumpu Oy, Finland, with a partner plan for South African technology to be used worldwide. 

South Africa's largest APC project is completed in Khayelitsha

By: marisa rodrigues     6th September 2002 The largest and most significant advanced pressure control (APC) project to be undertaken in South Africa, and quite possibly the world, was completed in February in Khayelitsha, a 24 km2 township about 20 km from Cape Town. 

Electromagnetic flowmeter developed

By: marisa rodrigues     6th September 2002 An electromagnetic flowmeter, suitable for all water applications has been developed by Danish company Danfoss and is now available on the South African market. 

Adapt quickly or perish, warns company

By: marisa rodrigues     6th September 2002 It has become evident that companies at the leading edge of manufacturing and supply chain technology are far less likely to suffer in times of change than those that are not, observes AspenTech Africa business consultant Gustaf Gous. 

Technology giant restructures department following acquisitions

By: marisa rodrigues     6th September 2002 Following the acquisition by Siemens of Milltronics Process Instruments of Canada (ultrasonic level measurement technology), Turbo Messtechnic of Germany (flow measurement), Moore Controls of the US (control and instrumentation) and Applied Automation of the US (chromatography), Siemens is now... 

50 years of experience in supplier market

23rd August 2002 Suppliers of instrumentation and control products, Gauteng-based N&Z instrumentation and control, have been supplying products to Southern African companies for more than 50 years. 

Device curbs overloading and speeding 

26th July 2002 A speed-governing device which combines the principles of speed limiting and mass loaded on to a vehicle – hence, limiting speed based on both aspects. 

Eagle eyes detect flaws in paper

By: Karel Smrcka     26th July 2002 Today’s paper-making machines produce paper so rapidly that visual quality control is stretched to its limits. New automated systems with cameras and image analysis algorithms manage this flood of paper with no problem – they can even tackle the job with patterned wood and textiles. 

RBF Technology

24th May 2002 RBF Technology specialises in the engineering, design, manufacturing and installation of low- and medium-voltage switchgear systems. 

Human's new best friend

By: Karel Smrcka     12th April 2002 Japanese industrial automation company Omron has developed an autonomous two-armed mobile robot that works in conformance with human instructions or gestures and can perform tasks such as move a desk together with a human being. 

R20m Moz smelter deal

22nd March 2002 Operations Management Systems solutions provider Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems (Keops Isis) has announced that it has won several contracts at the BHP Billiton Mozambique Aluminium Smelter (Mozal) expansion project, with a collective value of some R20-million. 

Techno giant's integrated automation drive

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The automation and drives business unit of Siemens has recently launched a new department known as systems and software house (SH). 

New industrial IT firm is born

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The merger of the information management and systems integration division of Skelton & Plummer Project Engineering with Aspen Technology subsidiary AspenTech RSA, to form AspenTech Africa, took place last month. 

Process control through modelling

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The chemical, petrochemical, paper and pulp, food and pharmaceuticals as well as metals, minerals and mining industries are characterised by complex continuous and batch processes, wide raw-material variances as well as rigid quality and regulatory control. 

End to concrete cracking under thermal stress

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The cracking of mass and structural concrete due to thermal stress is one of the problems faced by constructors of concrete structures with large cross-sections. 

Namibian zinc contract wraps up

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The international instrumentation group Endress+Hauser continued its record of product innovation, registering some 81 patents during 2001, more than twice its previous record. 

Renewed emphasis on process measurement

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 A renewed emphasis on process measurement, resulting in a decrease in plant wastages, is evident in the instrumentation and control sector, reports Spescom MeasureGraph MD John Wilson. 

Alcohol-recovery unit under control

22nd March 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol Chemical Industries has appointed Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions to install an advanced process control (APC) system on one of its alcohol recovery units. 

Fighting fire with fire-detection system

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 One of Africa’s largest safety equipment manufacturers MSA Africa, has completed the development of its new fire-detection system for the mining industry, following the company’s merger with specialist fire-detection equipment company Computerised Telemetry Technologies in September... 

Secunda plant keeps its cool

22nd March 2002 The Brainchild model BTC 9200 microprocessor-based proportional integral derivative temperature controller was selected by Bartec Barlian for the multi-million rand heating contract awarded by Krupp-Uhde and Kvaerner, managing contractors for Sasol Olefins and Surfactants new detergent alcohol... 

Ultrasonic device exhibits artificial intelligence

1st March 2002 The instrument of the future will be so much more than just a component in a process, suggests Endress + Hauser product manager Sean Frost. 

House on 'autopilot'

By: Karel Smrcka     15th February 2002 One of the cleverest houses in Europe has been built in Duisburg, Germany: the ‘Intelligent House Innovation Centre’. 

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