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Instrumentation & Control News

3D modelling procedures assist in reducing project lead times

29th July 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s structural practice is reducing its project delivery schedules by up to three months, as well as improving quality control, owing to improved workflow through its in-house three-dimensional (3D) modeling procedures and shop detailing... 

Wireless plant monitoring solution now on offer in SA 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     17th June 2011 Monitoring and controlling inventory is critical in realising safe, efficient and continuous plant operations, but comes with its own set of challenges, says monitoring and control systems provider Yokogawa South Africa product specialist Johan van der Westhuizen.  

Software platform assists with seamless expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     29th April 2011 Process control and automation software developer Wonderware reports it is providing critical software required for the expansion of ferroalloys producer Assmang’s Khumani mine, in the Northern Cape, which is expected to be operational by early next year. 

Gas cleaning equipment automated

By: Henry Lazenby     29th April 2011 Systems automation specialist Resonant Automation reports it has undertaken a number of automation projects in the gas cleaning industry in Russia during the past year. Resonant director Matthew Cramb says the company has completed four significant gas cleaning automation projects at operations... 

Improved infrared thermometer introduced

29th April 2011 Integrated technology solutions provider SKF has introduced a new infrared thermometer, the TKTL 30, which it considers to be its most advanced thermometer. The TKTL 30 is a lightweight instrument for safely measuring temperatures at a distance 

Automation equipment assists in achieving energy savings

29th April 2011 Paper producer Sappi reports that it has achieved a 25% reduction in kWh consumption at its Tugela River pump station, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), after a new control system, and other new hardware were installed last year. 

External temperature probe developed for building industry

29th April 2011 Process control and instrumentation specialist Jumo has introduced an outdoor mounted resistance temperature detector (RTD) probe to monitor building energy efficiency, suitable for use in the field of building services engineering. 

Temperature sensors improved

29th April 2011 Automation specialist ifm electronic reports that its TR and TN series temperature sensors are now available with IO-Link. IO-Link is an intelligent point-to-point connection system on the field level, which is compatible with existing input/output standards, allowing for parameter setting and... 

New data logger introduced

29th April 2011 Instrumentation specialist Impact Measurement Solutions reports it has introduced the new eight-bit MicroLog, two-channel data logger. The device incorporates an internal temperature sensor, as well as an optional external input channel that enables additional data collection and is suitable for... 

Digital instrumentation introduced

By: Henry Lazenby     29th April 2011 Control valve supplier Dresser South Africa reports that it has introduced a new digital instrument, offering enhanced functionality for safety instrumented systems. The new SVI II emergency shutdown device (ESD) provides in-service partial stroke testing of emergency shutdown valves.  

Asset acquisition improves product offering

29th April 2011 Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms has acquired technology assets from software developer CSense Systems of Pretoria, Gauteng, during April. GE says the acquisition of CSense’s assets will expand its Proficy Software Platform’s analytic capabilities, increasing asset performance... 

German electrical testing products maker further expands in South Africa

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     29th April 2011 Germany-based electrical meter and instrument transformer testing product manufacturer Zera Technologies has expanded further into the South African electrical and metrological industry through a second local distributor. 

Explosionproof heater controller introduced

29th April 2011 Instrumentation specialist Intertec has launched an explosion-proof smart programmable controller for precision temperature regulation of process instrumentation and analyser enclosures in hazardous environments, the company repor 

Gauteng Tooling Initiative forges alliances in bid to stimulate artisan training 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 The Gauteng Tooling Initiative (GTI) is partnering with a number of institutions and organisations, in a bid to stimulate toolmaking artisan training in the province and support the toolmaking industry in general. 

Commission approves ABB’s Coilmech acquisition

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd February 2011 Technology and automation group ABB said on Wednesday that South Africa’s Competition Commission had approved its acquisition of mining equipment manufacture Coilmech. ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Pone said that the commission’s decision had cleared the way for the company’s acquisition plans. 

ABB wins $43m contract to supply new Kusile plant

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th November 2010 Power and automation group ABB on Monday announced that it had won a $43-million contract to supply automation and control equipment to South Africa’s new Kusile power station in Mpumalanga. The company said in a statement that it won an order from State-owned power utility Eskom to supply the... 

Employee development at forefront of process automation

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 Skills development is a key component of the development of South African economy, says process field instrumentation specialist company Endress+Hauser marketing manager Hennie Blignaut. 

Pyrotemp division relocated 
to Benoni

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 Process automation company Endress+Hauser’s production centre for temperature, based in Germany, has invested over R20-million in a new production facility, for its Pyrotemp division, in Apex, Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

Focused on level 
measurement technology

26th November 2010 Process automation specialist Endress+Hauser’s new Levelflex FMP5x series is integrated with SensorFusion technology, offering a guided radar measurement in difficult applications such as interface measurement with emulsions and in applications where echo loss is a challenge.

 

Integration solutions key to success

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 The increasingly rapid change in the instrumentation market and in customer behaviour, owing to technology developments, globalisation and market transparency, are significant challenges, reports Endress+Hauser MD Rob MacKenzie. 

Phased system offers 
vibration monitoring

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th October 2010 Condition monitoring company Engineering Dynamics has launched a three-phased vibration monitoring and protection system, where clients choose the level of monitoring capabilities in their plants. 

Packaged pumpstations for Drakensberg estate

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Pumps supplier ITT Water & Wastewater (ITT) has supplied and installed three plug-and-play wastewater treatment pump stations, from its submersible sewage pumps range, for the first construction phase of the Nondela Drakensberg Mountain Estate, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Advanced technology for wastewater treatment works

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 The City of Cape Town is using the latest control and instrumentation technology in its green fields wastewater treatment works (WWTW), in Fisantekraal, north of Durbanville, reports consulting engineering company SSI. 

New product range assists in energy management

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 Specialist supplier of control equipment CHI Control is supplying Circutor, a new range of equipment manufactured in Spain that enables the efficient and effective use of electricity.  

Self-diagnosis system on the cards for rigs

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 Drilling specialist Boart Longyear is developing a computer-based self-diagnosis system for rigs with electronic control, based on a Bosch Rexroth CANbus system. 

Automated system to improve material and data flow

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 German specialist manufacturer of machines for steel fabrication and steel service centres Kaltenbach group’s logistic, process and control (LPC) system can increase production capacity by 30%, reports Kaltenbach group president Valentin Kaltenbach. 

Community initiatives take precedence in nickel project

27th August 2010 JSE AltX-listed electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Instrumentation & Electrical (B&W) is empowering local [Madagascan] communiities as part of its involvement in the Ambatovy Nickel Project, in Madagascar.  

Furnace technology used in national and 
international projects

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 Smelter design and construction company Metix reports that its furnace technologies for ferroalloy smelter furnaces is being used in some of the largest furnaces in the world. 

Competition underscores mechatronics

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has won this year’s Cyber Junkyard Challenge, a mechatronics competition that drew entries from 11 engineering tertiary institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Real-time traffic updates integrated into new navigation tool

By: Petronel Smit     18th June 2010 Navigation solution company TomTom has unveiled a real-time traffic update solution, which it claims could assist South African car users, who are confronted almost daily with traffic congestion and construction-related changes, to decrease travel time by providing route alternatives. Services... 

Virtualised automation lowers cost of ownership

11th June 2010 Virtualisation technology, that enables a single server to run multiple operating systems and applications simultaneously, can help manufacturers streamline system management and lower the cost of ownership of equipment, says automation contractors Honeywell strategy and global marketing... 

Automated rod handling increases safety on drilling rigs

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2010 Automated, hands-free handling of rods used in drilling operations improves the safety of rigs because the most common injuries involve dropped rods and hazardous equipment. Automation enables operators to stand further from the rods and reduces their risk of injury, says drilling specialist... 

Eliminating regular calibration checks

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th April 2010 Sensor and control manufacturer IFM Electronic reports that its TAD-series self-verifying temperature sensors, designed for sanitary process control applications, provide continuous drift monitoring, which eliminates the need for regular calibration checks.  

Electronic motor 
protection relay 
to be launched

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th March 2010 Engineering component supplier CHI Control Components will be launching a new electronic motor protection relay, which has on-board logic capability and fieldbus connectivity for Profibus, DeviceNet and Ethernet, by the end of April. 

Sensor specialist focuses 
on safety

12th March 2010 It is an acknowledged fact that without an emphasis on safety, productivity will consequently suffer. Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant reports that this is one of the primary drivers which is being tackled by the company by using the latest technology. 

Limiting devices for 
safer operations

12th March 2010 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering’s Dynasafe Load limiting devices ensure that overhead cranes and lifting devices are operated safely within their working limits. 

New technologies for improved monitoring solutions

12th March 2010 Manufacturer of geotechnical and structural monitoring instrumentation Soil Instruments reports that several instrumentation companies are proactively considering new technologies to offer improved monitoring solutions to customers 

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