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Instrumentation & Control News

Safety instrumented systems reduce risks

12th March 2010 Consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch’s systems and process control consultant Andy Fourie tells Engineering News that the company is directly involved in its clients processes and risk management as part of its project execution. 

Wastewater treatment works boasts advanced instrumentation technology

12th March 2010 The City of Cape Town’s newest wastewater treatment works (WWTW), at Fisantekraal, will boast one of the most up-to-date works in terms of electrical, control and instrumentation technology. 

Hauser resigns from Austro board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2010 JSE-listed industrial tool supplier Austro on Friday advised shareholders that Walter Hauser had resigned as a nonexecutive director, effective from the end of January. Hauser tendered his resignation to pursue other commitments. 

B&W to buy lightning protection company for R19,2m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2009 JSE-listed instrumentation specialist B&W has entered into an agreement with lightning protection product manufacturer Pontins, wherein B&W’s wholly owned subsidiary, Brightwater Trade and Invest 38, would acquire Pontins for a purchase price of R19,2-million. B&W said in a statement on Tuesday... 

Power, automation technologies to be showcased at Joburg event

By: Darren Parker     23rd October 2009 Power and automation technologies provider ABB will be hosting the 2009 Automation and Power World technology event in South Africa for the first time, from November 11 to November 12. 

Specialist focused on product solutions

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 Sensor specialist Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant stresses the importance of providing a complete product solution, as opposed to just simply selling a product. 

Society aims to advance theory and practice standards

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control’s (SAIMC’s) aim to advance the standards of theory and practice in the fields of measurement and control remains a high priority. 

New humidity measurement sensor launched

28th August 2009 Instrumentation suppliers Action Instruments has launched the HygroClip2, a precision humidity measurement sensor manufactured by humidity measurement company Rotronic. 

New process mass spectrometer enters market

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 Instrument manufacturer Ametek Process Instruments’ new ProMaxion process mass spectrometer provides real-time on-line process monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ambient air. 

Growing market for online monitoring

By: Kelly Farthing     28th August 2009 End-users have experienced a marked increase in prices, as well as a decline in service levels from traditional suppliers in the machine protection market, says machine monitoring solutions company Engineering Dynamics (ED) MD Christo van der Walt. 

Belt protection system detects tears

28th August 2009 Communication systems and controls specialist Becker Electronics has launched a belt-rip scanner system type BRS-01, which is used to detect longitudinal rips on steel cord and fibre conveyor belts. 

Level and temperature sensor 
aids vehicle diagnostics

19th June 2009 Process electronics and instrumentation supplier ASSTech has released a new level and temperature sensor for commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery. 

B&W secures orders worth R600m as it diversifies in light of slowdown 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th April 2009 JSE-listed electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Instrumentation, which had diversified its focus as part of its efforts to mitigate against the economic slowdown, had secured a record amount of work up to 2010, MD Brian Harley reported on Monday. Its order book stood at about... 

B&W expects improved interim earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2009 JSE-listed B&W Instrumentation on Wednesday informed shareholders that it expected an 18% to 28% improvement in interim earnings a share. The company said it expected to report earnings a share for the six months ended February 2009, of between 16,57c a share and 17,98c a share. 

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. 

ABB’s SA unit says robust power market will help offset slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2009 The South African unit of global technology group ABB recorded its third successive year of record sales and orders during 2008 and remained optimistic about prospects for 2009, despite slowing economic conditions domestically and a sharp deterioration in trading conditions for its Zurich-based... 

Electrical firm outlines strategies for weathering project-economy storm

By: Dennis Ndaba     28th November 2008 AltX-listed company B & W Instrumentation & Electrical says it has lost “very little revenue” owing to the cancellation or the delaying of projects by the company it supplies because of the current economic climate. 

Noise made by industrial plants: Are we doing anything at all ?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th October 2008 The short answer to : Noise made By Industrial Plants: Are We doing Anything At All ? Is in general, as relating to Southern African Plants, “No” 

Dart throwing robot wins PneuDrive challenge

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 An automated robot, designed by a student team from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering of the University of Stellenbosch, has won the inaugural PneuDrive Challenge.  

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. 

Demand grows for containerised motor control substations

By: Loni Prinsloo     1st August 2008 The container industry is experiencing a boom in the demand for containerised motor control centres for mines and general industry, says container company PD Nixon Containers. 

Temperature control company launches new product

1st August 2008 Temperature sensores specialist Temperature Controls has grown its product range and has announced the release of one of its product range, RKC Instrument's, new RB series digital temperature controller. 

Fibre-optic undersea cable construction on track

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 The construction of an undersea cable, which is to serve South Africa’s bandwidth needs for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa, while also supporting sustained East and South African economic growth, is on track and in a mature stage of development,... 

Correct cabling the key to data transmission

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 In the widespread implementation of converged communication networks, incorrectly installed cabling infrastructure can become a key bandwidth killer, states converged communications solutions distributor Westcon AME chief technology officer Graham Vorster. 

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