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Instrumentation & Control News

107-year-old going for market niches

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Following a three-year restructuring process, Hudaco company BEP Bestobell is taking a fresh look at its markets, MD Andrew Vermaak tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview at the company’s operation in Jet Park, Boksburg. 

Nampak restructures board

25th July 2003 South African packaging firm Nampak said on Wednesday Robert Becker would become financial director effective October 1, a post he was designated for in January 2003, after John Sayers steps down. 

Mapungubwe’s new status a landmark in African renaissance

8th July 2003 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa has welcomed the declaration of Mapungubwe as the World Heritage site. 

Power quality meter launched

25th April 2003 A member of the Alstom SA group, CHI Control, has introduced the IQ analyser power quality meter, as a solution for the monitoring of all aspects of electrical distribution systems. 

Gold and silver oxygen sensor developed

4th April 2003 It has been said that it is the dream of any technician working on a high-accuracy plant, such as wastewater, to have instruments that are still accurate after ten years of operation. 

Increased sophistication demands increased assistance

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 The technical expertise of instrumentation and control equipment suppliers are becoming increasingly important to end-users, states MD Countapulse Controls Gerry Bryant. 

Majority of instrumentation cost maintenance-related

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Process control solution provider and instrumentation supplier Endress + Hauser (E+H) has launched a new management system for instrumentation which could reduce end-user costs significantly. 

Computer program promises to increase efficiency yields

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Advanced control has established itself as a control optimisation solution in the petrochemical industry, and to a limited extent in other industries, such as paper and pulp, mining, minerals and power generation. 

Midrand automation training centre open for business

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 Global provider of industrial automation Rockwell Automation has been presenting automation training courses locally for the past eight years, keeping the country’s industries abreast of technological advances in this field. 

Flowmeter specialist finds a measuring solution at steel mill

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 At the beginning of the year, Iscor’s steel mill, Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape commissioned four of flowmeter specialist company Chlorine and Flow Technologies’ (C&F’s) flowmeters on its electrical arc furnaces. 

Industry to to be showcased at Blue IQ business week

By: Helene Le Roux     21st March 2003 The South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) will take part in Blue IQ’s business outreach programme, Blue IQ Means Business Week 2003, which will be held in Sandton, Johannesburg in October. 

New pencil tester launched

21st March 2003 Exclusive distributor in Southern Africa for the Hioki range of test and measurement instruments TIM Controls, of Durban, has launched the new 3246 Pencil Hitester that is said to provide accurate measurements, even in badly-lit locations. 

Replacement instrument-landing systems installed at three South African airports

21st March 2003 A year ago the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) awarded the tender to replace three instrument landing systems (ILSs) to telecommunications and electronics company Tellumat. 

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. 

Lighting control system introduced

21st March 2003 Manufacturer of electrical equipment and accessories Legrand has launched a new lighting-control system, the AstroRex 2000, which forms part of the company’s new generation of time switches for distribution board mounting. 

Research project invests in new circulators

21st March 2003 A research project at Rand Afrikaans University’s inorganic chemistry division is focusing on the study of reaction mechanisms of coordination compounds, directed to industrial reaction mechanisms and medical applications. 

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. 

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. 

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