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Instrumentation and Control

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’. 

System improves heavy-vehicle regulation

By: Karel Smrcka     25th January 2002 Developed in a public–private partnership, a new system incorporates video-based automatic vehicle identification and licence-plate recognition to monitor and track heavy-vehicle movements on major highways throughout New South Wales. 

From pure product to turnkey solutions

18th January 2002 One of South Africa’s best-known instrumentation companies, Endress+Hauser of Gauteng, is in the process of transforming itself from being a supplier of product to becoming a supplier of turnkey systems and solutions. 

Prepayment water offer to deal with arrears

By: Jill Stanford     2nd November 2001 CAPE Town companies Tellumat and Rhomberg claim to have the answer to the city's problem of recovering hundreds of millions of rands in outstanding water revenues. 

New monitors decrease downtime

By: nkolola halwindi     26th October 2001 In a world where time is money and competition is high, industries cannot afford to lose money due to downtime. It is for this reason that there has been an increase in automatic monitoring technology to eliminate the costly downtime. 

Tony Jacobsen, Endress + Hauser

5th October 2001 Tony Jacobsen Endress + Hauser 

More development in sensor technology

7th September 2001 Sensors have always played an important role in automation and control, and this will continue unabated as technology develops further, reports Countapulse Control MD Gerry Bryant. 

Myriad of new products at exhibition

7th September 2001 Interest in the Electrex 2002 exhibition has escalated, and it seems most local companies will be participating in the event, states South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) chairperson Richard Teagle. 

New product saves space and money

7th September 2001 Control specialist Festo has developed a control cabinet solution that achieves space savings of up to 50%. 

Automation system for brewery

7th September 2001 Technology conglomerate Siemens has completed a R15-million contract for the installation of a totally integrated automation (TIA) system at the SAB Ibhayi brewery near Port Elizabeth. 

Steam products not just hot air

7th September 2001 Local company BTR Flow Control has been at the forefront of systems engineering for steam and process fluid control through its range of Gestra steam-related products. 

Firm completes contract in KZN

7th September 2001 Dutch company USF Rossmark and South African company Chematron have commissioned a turnkey water-treatment system at Iscor Newcastle for demineralisation, drinking and process water. 

Remote control for Swazi sugar producer

7th September 2001 The Durban office of the Streamworks group has been contracted by Royal Swaziland Sugar to provide a remote control system at its Simunye sugar estate. 

New multimeter range launched

7th September 2001 Local instrumentation supplier Spescom MeasureGraph has launched Fluke’s new series digital multimeters on to the South African market. 

New meters for bunker barge

7th September 2001 An operator of offshore tanker terminals in Southern Africa, Smit Pentow Marine, has extended its range of services to include a new bunker barge to meet the ever increasing demand to supply shipping vessels with a variety of marine fuel products based on custody transfer. 

Laser products changing at lightning speed

7th September 2001 The manipulation of a light pulse has become such a sophisticated issue over such a short period of time, that changes in laser technology take place quicker than the speed of a travelling light pulse itself. 

Vibrating level switches enhanced

7th September 2001 The latest development in the Vegaswing 60 range of vibrating level switches adds even more features to the existing range. The length of the tuning fork is only 40 mm, which means it can be used in pipes with a nominal diameter of DN 25. 

Automation optimises cement plant

7th September 2001 By using the latest technological advances in automation, Alpha Cement has optimised its cement loading operation at the Dudfield plant in Lichtenburg. 

Heavyweight toggle controllers

7th September 2001 Market leading infrared and radio remote control systems manufacturer Cattron-Theimeg, has designed its toggle controller specifically for heavyweight applications. 

Small-leak detection system available

7th September 2001 Early detection and localisation of water leaks in areas where computers and other electronic equipment are housed can be achieved with the new Bartec RLW device, which monitors small leaks. 

Petrochemicals firm gets new transmitter

7th September 2001 Instrumentation specialist Blanes Instruments has installed a guided wave impulse radar transmitter on a cooling water sump for Sasol in Secunda. 

Automation system rollout at steel mill

7th September 2001 South Africa’s largest privately-owned steel mill, Cape Gate has contracted PQ Africa’s Tetra division for the installation and rollout of an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system from UK firm Preactor at its head office and factory in Cape Town. 

Hendrina power contracts flow

24th August 2001 A R35-million contract for control and instrumentation refurbishment at power utility Eskom’s Hendrina power station has been awarded to Siemens. 

New man at helm of instrumentation firm

By: Laura Franz     10th August 2001 Leading local instrumentation company Endress+Hauser Southern Africa (E+H), of Johannesburg North, may have lost former MD John Immelman to Australia, but has gained a new leader with more than 20 years of systems and project experience in the form of Tony Jacobsen. 

Profibus user group in Africa

1st June 2001 Since the launch of the original Profibus technology (FMS) ten years ago, it has been continuously refined and enhanced. 

Fieldbus technology at work

1st June 2001 Today, serial fieldbus technology is used mainly as the communication system for exchange of information between automation systems and distributed field devices. 

Fieldbus proving a commercial advantage

1st June 2001 In any industrial automation project there are different levels of information transfer, each of which has its own responsibilities and demands. 

Cabling to meet needs of fieldbus

1st June 2001 As Profibus systems advance and adapt to the changing needs of its market, likewise, cabling for these systems have developed to meet and compete with changing technology and trends. 

New yeast-extraction product helps local brewery quality

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Brewery & winery industry 

How electricity is being liberalised

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Liberalisation of the energy industry is becoming a global phenomenon. 

Cutting from Argentina to Zanzibar

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

Africa lights up with African technology

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

SA-developed prepayment meter now in 42 countries

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

New yardstick for materials- testing, and other hitech

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hitech Briefs 

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