SA Instrumentation & Control Magazine


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Inverters for PV generation plants
As solar energy contributes increasingly to cleaner, renewable energy for a more sustainable world, WEG has introduced its complete ESW line of central inverter stations for photovoltaic power generation plants.

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Laser motion control sensor
SICK Automation’s new Speetec laser motion control sensor is now available in South Africa.

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BMG’S Nord IE5+ motor generation
BMG and German precision engineers, Getriebebau Nord, entered a partnership agreement in 1996 to assemble, distribute and support Nord Drive Systems throughout southern Africa.

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Latest articles

Loop Signatures 9: Digital controllers – Part 1: Introduction to the simple PID controller
Michael Brown Control Engineering, Editor's Choice

There is a commonly held belief in control circles that all PID controllers are similar and relatively simple. This is a dangerous fallacy.
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Turck Banner’s Profinet integration with S2 redundancy
Turck Banner, Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

The TBEN-L5-8IOL is an IO-Link master module in IP67 that supports S2 system redundancy. The master establishes a logical communication relation to more than one controller and combines high availability with a wide range of potential uses through IO-Link in the field.
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Connected test tools
Comtest, Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration

Fluke Connect is a set of tools and a smartphone app that let maintenance technicians capture, securely store and share data with their teams from the field.
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Get full value from factory floor data with data sciences
Omron Electronics, IT in Manufacturing

Valuable information needs to be extracted from the data and presented to the right audience, at the right time and in the right way.
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ABB and Stäubli to develop solutions for electric mines
ABB South Africa, News

Global industrial electrical connectors providers Stäubli and ABB to explore technologies to support the decarbonisation of mining operations.
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From the editor's desk: PID controllers and smart production line configuration
Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News

In his article this issue, control loop expert Michael Brown tackles the subject of PID controllers, and how these are most definitely not all created equal. For many automation engineers, proper tuning ...
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Monitoring at GKN Aerospace
ifm - South Africa, Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration

The combined solution of ifm’s sensors and software helps GKN understand and improve its equipment.
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Collaboration in the automation ecosystem
EPLAN Software & Services, IT in Manufacturing

Data created in the engineering process must be shared with everyone involved in the process.
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Demystify plant modernisation
Nidec Control Techniques, News

It is now well understood that technology can offer businesses the cutting edge, putting them ahead of their competitors thanks to increased efficiency.
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The brewery of the future
Siemens Digital Industries, Process Dynamics, System Integration & Control Systems Design

Meeting current and future customer requirements quickly and with the highest quality is key to the food and beverage industry.
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Multifunction timer sets parameters remotely
ElectroMechanica, Sensors & Transducers

Machine builders now have the option to set timing and counting parameters on their application timers from a smartphone or tablet – without having to power the timer.
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Electronic transformers for special requirements
ASSTech Process Electronics + Instrumentation, Electrical Power & Protection

The Jumo IPC 300 electronic transformer was developed for the control of heating loads that previously required an additional transformer for power control.
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Pyrometers for fast processes
Instrotech, Temperature Measurement

With very fast processes, the requirements of the pyrometers used for temperature measurement are especially onerous.
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Type 2 push-in surge protection
Phoenix Contact, Electrical Power & Protection

The VAL-MS PT surge protective device from Phoenix Contact is its first type 2 protective device with push-in connection technology.
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Specialist instrumentation for specialised applications
GHM Messtechnik SA, Level Measurement & Control

Over 30 years of experience puts Val.co at the forefront to supply specialist liquid level, flow, pressure and temperature instrumentation.
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All-in-one sensor allows quick deployment
Turck Banner, Sensors & Transducers

Turck Banner’s photoelectric Q45 family combines sensor, wireless node and battery in a single, compact unit.
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MicroHAWK smart cameras simplify code reading and inspection
Omron Electronics, Sensors & Transducers

Omron’s powerful new smart cameras simplify applications by combining code reading and vision inspection into a single, highly compact device.
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Pepperl+Fuchs acquires Aava Mobile Oy
Pepperl+Fuchs, News

On 2 September, Pepperl+Fuchs strengthened its Mobile Computing and Communication business unit through the acquisition of Aava Mobile Oy.
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