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Instrumentation & Control News

New cable achieves gigabit data transmission

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Integrated technology company, Siemens, has succeeded in sending one gigabit a second down plastic fibres, which is a record for data transmission in optical polymer fibre cables, reports the company. 

Trunking system suits industrial and commercial applications

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Cable management systems manufacturer, Legrand South Africa, manufactures an adaptable trunking system, and provides solutions to trunking requirements in industrial and commercial environments, reports Legrand South Africa national sales manager Timothy Mountjoy. 

Distribution systems company invests in cable

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Electrical distribution systems company, CBI-electric, has made large capital investments at their Vereeniging facility over the last twelve months.  

Screened cables eliminate VSD motor operation radiation

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Screened motor drive cables eliminate interference problems that can arise without warning in the variable speed drives (VSD) to motor combination, reports cable company Lapp Cable marketing and sales manager Grant Joyce. 

State-owned IT company to build cross-Atlantic submarine cable

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 The African West Coast Cable (AWCC), initiated by State-owned broadband infrastructure company, Broadband Infraco, is government's lead initiative to rapidly deploy broadband capacity and create a sustainable competitive international bandwidth market in South Africa, reported the Department of... 

New tools monitor air quality health risks

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd May 2008 Indoor air quality (IAQ), as an investigative and measurement tool to manage and respond to air quality complaints for better public health, is being promoted by test and measurement solutions provider Comtest, a distributor of the Fluke air quality control range of products, reports Comtest... 

Industry body proactive in confronting skills deficit

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd May 2008 The South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) has initiated its own specialised skills development programme to confront the skills deficiency, reports SAIMC president Paulo da Silva. 

Control mechanism improves closed-loop cooling efficiencies

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd May 2008 Fluid process control manufacturing company Bürkert has released the new 8611 eControl, that is designed to save time, space and curb inefficiencies in closed-loop cooling systems, says Bürkert new customer development manager Alvin Seitz. 

Company develops new on/off controls

2nd May 2008 Industrial process control manufacturer Spirax Sarco has pushed the technological envelope with the development of a new on/off pump control and alarm system with adjustable switching levels that can be adjusted without shutting down a boiler. 

Self-monitoring temperature sensor lowers set-up costs

2nd May 2008 A new self-monitoring temperature sensor, supplied by automation technology manufacturer, IFM Electronics, requires no calibration and ultimately eliminates time-consuming and expensive setting-up procedures, reports the company. 

New valves range provides accurate fluid control

2nd May 2008 The new range of 3-port QL valves, manufactured by industrial process control company, Spirax Sarco, provides a wide range of applications for the control of water, oils and other industrial fluids used in controlling energy and fluid flows for manufacturing and other processes, reports Spirax... 

New product improves industrial production systems

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd May 2008 Electronic solutions and services provider, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, has developed the new Proficy Process System that provides more efficient and accessible industrial production systems, reports GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms manager for Africa Daniel Coetzee. 

Pressure gauge manufacturer receives accreditation

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Manufacturer of pressure and temperature gauges, SA Gauge, has recently received its South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accreditation for pressure calibration. 

Equipment supplier rebrands rental division

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th April 2008 Suppliers of industrial equipment Bobcat Equipment South Africa has concluded an agreement to rebrand its rental division and introduce a new line of pneumatics products. 

German intelligent-sensor group sees SA as emerging-market template

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2008 German intelligent sensor and sensor solutions group Sick, which recorded global sales of more than €700-million in 2007, is experiencing exponential growth for its products and services in South Africa and believes the country could offer something of a template for its broader... 

B&W sharpens African focus in anticipation of SA project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2008 AltX-listed electrical and instrumentation construction company B&W was homing in on African resources-project opportunities in anticipation of a potential slowdown in the South African project economy in light of the prevailing electricity crisis. This revised strategy was based on an... 

Association kindles fire prevention, protection standard improvement

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 The Fire Detection Installers Association’s (FDIA’s) goal of uplifting standards in the fire prevention and protection industry is being hampered, owing to a lack of government legislation and laws regarding fire prevention and protection, the association tells Engineering News. 

Ventilation fans meet international standards

4th April 2008 entilation company Donkin Fans has launched the Fumax fan, the first approved South African manufactured smoke ventilation fan to meet BSEN 12101 requirements. 

Swedish drives group sets up shop in growing SA market

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     3rd April 2008 Swedish industrial drives solution company Hagglunds has reacted positively to the massive growth the company is experiencing in South Africa by establishing its first formal sales office in Meadowdale, east of Johannesburg. The company’s products have been distributed in South Africa since... 

Listed instrumentation firm expects interim earnings to rise by up to 175%

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     14th March 2008 JSE-listed B&W Instrumentation and Electrical said on Friday that it expected its earnings a share, and headline earnings a share for the half-year ended February 29, 2008, to be between 155% and 175% higher than the previous comparative period. This increase would put the earnings a share at... 

ABB South Africa hopes to ride cogeneration boom

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     14th February 2008 Power and automation technology group ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Poñe said that he expected future demand to be driven by newcomers to power generation in light of the country's electricity crisis. Many large industrial consumers were considering the option of cogeneration, and he... 

Biometric technology improves airport security

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd November 2007 Biometric technology is the new standard in industrial security and access control and is being used the world over in all areas of air travel says IDtek MD Julian Thorrold. 

Video threat detection offers new perimeter security option

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd November 2007 An intelligence video system, known as video threat detection (VTD), is the future of video surveillance and perimeter security says security solutions company, C3 Shared Services (C3SS) MD Brendon Cowley. 

Empowerment deal imminent for drives company

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 The South African division of drive automation specialist SEW Eurodrive is set to announce details of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal this month. 

Latest addition joins hydrostatic pressure instrument range

21st September 2007 Process instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser (E+H) has launched the Deltapilot S FMB70. This hydrostatic pressure sensor integrates a climate-proof Contite digital measuring cell into the modular instrument platform of Cerabar S and Deltabar S with interchangeable housing, electronics and... 

Process solutions company releases new-generation process controller

By: Neal Goldwyer     31st August 2007 Automation services provider Honeywell Process Solutions has released a new generation process controller that supports its popular Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) platform. 

Local Fieldbus communicator serves SA motor control industry needs

By: Neal Goldwyer     31st August 2007 Specialist supplier of motor control equipment CHI Control Components, a business unit of Alstom Electrical South Africa, has launched a custom controller suitable for any environment where Fieldbus communication is used. 

System installation unites plant-floor and executive-level IT layers

By: Neal Goldwyer     31st August 2007 The South African manufacturing environment is still plagued by an immature approach to the data landscape in its organisations, which is incommensurable with ambitions to be competitive in a global market, Siemens Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) consultant Lael Heasman tells Engineering News. 

Alternative listing propels nuclear capability

31st August 2007 The pre-listing private placing of electrical and instrumentation (E&I) leader B&W Electrical and Instrumentation (B&W) on the South African JSE's AltX was oversubscribed 49 times. 

New AltX entrant to spend R3,6m on nuclear R&D, skills development

By: Matthew Hill     5th July 2007 Electrical and instrumentation construction company B&W Instruments, which debuted on the AltX on Thursday, will spend R3,6-million on research and development, and training its staff, to take advantage of the planned growth in South Africa's nuclear sector, CEO Brian Harley said. The... 

Intelligent system takes control of Dwaalboom facility

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     29th June 2007 An unusual control system is being implemented at PPC�s Dwaalboom facility. 

AltX-bound B&W eyes nuclear sector for growth

By: Matthew Hill     27th June 2007 Electrical and instrumentation construction company B&W, which will list on the JSE's AltX on July 5, said on Wednesday that it had taken a strategic decision to target the nuclear power generation sector, which is expected to take off in South Africa over the next decade. 

Seta change heralds appropriate automation, control training

15th June 2007 Process manufacturing specialist Rockwell Automaton has opted to change the sector specific body or sector education training authority (SETA) under which it provides training. 

Automation firm produces low-cost logic controllers

15th June 2007 Human Machine Interface (HMI) hardware and software developer and manufacturer Pro-face, represented locally by Shorrock Automation, has released the Pro-face LT series which combines display, operation and control functions into a single, easy-to-read, low-cost unit. 

New controller enables advanced safety control requirements

15th June 2007 Total automation solution provider Rockwell Automation has introduced a new safety controller that leverages the company’s successful Integrated Architecture, allowing for faster implementation, improved productivity and easier ability to meet today’s advanced safety control... 

Local company launches new operator interface

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 Local supplier of human-machine interface (HMI) solutions CHI Control Components as part of Alstom Electrical South Africa has launched a range of operator interface known as Panelmate HMi, from Cutler-Hammer. 

New UPS bridges the power gaps

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2007 With the looming threat of power outages plaguing the country this winter, local manufacturer supplier and designer of uninterruptible power supplies Meissner has released the Powerware 9140 rack-mounted uninterruptible power system (UPS), which is available in a ten-kVA rating. 

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