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Instrumentation & Control News

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. 

High hopes for 3-in-1 calibrator

4th May 2007 In line with ongoing improvement and development of the Calog Calibrator range, distributor of process control and instrumentation equipment, Instrotech, releases a combination temperature calibrator, the Calog TEMP. 

New solution resolves advanced process control costs

4th May 2007 Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and human machine interface (HMI) software developers, Adroit Technologies is offering a solution to the high costs of advanced process control (APC) applications. 

Sensors withstand extreme conditions

4th May 2007 Distributed in South Africa by Countapulse Controls, Leuze Optoelectronic sensors offer seal protection and material resistance. 

Infrared thermometer serves diagnostic function

By: Chanel de Bruyn     4th May 2007 Distributor of process control and instrumentation equipment, Instrotech, has a compact infrared thermometer suited to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. 

Heat exchanger offers safe, efficient hot oil cooling

4th May 2007 Distributor of engineering consumable products, Bearing Man’s industrial gear and electric motors division, Power Drives, distributes Transon modular shell and tube heat exchangers designed for oil cooling application that are especially suitable for the efficient and safe handling of... 

New range meets industrial applications head-on

By: Chanel de Bruyn     4th May 2007 Local industrial equipment supplier, Spirax Sarco has developed a range of process controllers that is user friendly and suitable for a range of industrial applications. 

Pressure transmitters put pressure on monitoring

4th May 2007 There are several applications where pressure monitoring is called for in the petrochemical industry, and Vega, the German pressure and level manufacturer, has developed a range of pressure transmitters particularly suited to the industry. 

Switches and thermostat range turns up the heat

4th May 2007 Specialist in electrical equipment and accessories Legrand South Africa, has a comprehensive range of time switches and thermostats designed for precise temperature control in diverse environments, including heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration applications. 

Measurement range suits high-temperature applications

By: Chanel de Bruyn     4th May 2007 Manufacturers of process analysers and instrumentation, Ametek Thermox, offer a range of systems for flue gas measurement which is distributed locally by OEN Enterprises, a supplier of analysers and monitoring instruments. 

Siemens boosts BEE ownership to 30%

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th March 2007 Industrial giant Siemens has announced that Linacre Investments, a 100% subsidiary of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, and Business Venture Investments No. 626, a 100% subsidiary of New Africa Millennium Telecommunications (Africom), had each acquired an additional 2% shares in Siemens, bringing... 

Lost generation

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 SA's instrumentation industry hit hard by 'brain drain' - claim South Africa’s ‘brain drain’ has depleted the country’s instrumentation-and-control industry of almost an entire generation of instrumentation specialists, South African Institute of Measurement and... 

Innovation to be great differentiator

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Technological innovation will be the key determinant of future success or otherwise in the fast-moving instrumentation-and-control sector, GE Fanuc Automation manager for sub Saharan Africa Daniel Coetzee argues. 

Battery-operated magflow meter launched in SA

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 Supplying South African industry for more than 50 years, N & Z Instrumentation and Control has recently launched the FLOWIZ, a revolutionary battery operated magnetic flow meter. 

Worldwide push for new industrial-process gauge

17th March 2006 A new-generation industrial process gauge has been designed and manufactured for the global market by Rhomberg/Winters. 

Hazard-free acid testing

17th March 2006 Global leader in industrial measuring and automation solutions Endress + Hauser has announced the launch of a new loop-powered analysis transmitter that reportedly improves the safety and simplicity with which pH and other measurements can be made. 

Designing for process-control efficiency

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 A carefully thought-out and comprehensive process-control and supervisory system is now viewed as an essential ingredient to operating an efficient, modern mineral-processing plant. 

Wide range covers industrial breadth

17th March 2006 Instrumentation and control company Bellambie Mining & Industrial offer an extensive range of devices including weighing, measuring and load limiting equipment, designed for a variety of applications. 

Specialist firm mulls over BEE options

17th March 2006 Instrumentation-and-control specialist B&W is approaching black economic empowerment (BEE) on multiple fronts, says chairperson John Barrow. 

Machine-protection instrument prevents costly breakdowns

2nd September 2005 Providing reliable power monitoring with overload and underload protection for single and three-phase ac motors is the Fenner Monitor 360 Mk III from Power Drives. 

Company conquers I&C contracting in Africa

2nd September 2005 Contracting in Africa is tough. Remote locations, little or no infrastructure, complex logistics, a harsh climate and disease are among the challenges testing the ingenuity of contractors striving to deliver world-class technology against the odds. 

A breakthrough in bulk-solids level measurement

2nd September 2005 Radar has been the widely-accepted standard measuring technology for reliable measurement in liquids. 

New tensiometer measures force in wire ropes

2nd September 2005 A tensiometer from Bellambie Mining & Industrial is designed for force measurement in pretensioned wire ropes, like aerials, pylons, shrouds, masts and supports, that cannot be dismantled, but where tension has to be measured or confirmed. 

Controlling household electronic devices away from home

2nd September 2005 New to Legrand's range of electrical products and accessories is an innovative automated system which controls electrical functions from any part of a home, or remotely through a Web browser from a mobile phone or computer – even from another country. 

SABS certification for custody transfer granted

2nd September 2005 Recently the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) officially approved Krohne for custody transfer for its OPTIMASS Coriolis mass flowmeters. 

Automation giant active in power-generation sector

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 One of the world’s largest power and automation technology companies ABB opened its doors in South Africa in 1992, once the country was on a path to democracy. 

Instrumentation specialist involved in Spoornet diesel-depot upgrade

By: sarah-leigh paul     2nd September 2005 Founded in Switzerland in 1953, Endress + Hauser has grown into one of the world leaders in measurement instrumentation and automation solutions. 

R12m expansion boosts valve company's capacity

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 Randburg-based valves supplier OMSA Valves and Instrumentation (OMSA) has invested some R12-million into expanded and upgraded facilities, which include additional offices, larger storerooms and a new testing facility. 

Customised samplers and dosers suitable for various applications

29th April 2005 Approved by major petrochemical companies, Mitech’s high-performance positioners have three take-off options, making them suitable for almost all applications. 

Company expands flow-metering range

By: Mariaan Webb     1st April 2005 With water being an important commodity in South Africa, N&Z Instrumentation and Control has further expanded its range of flow metering instrumentation. 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

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