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Is your manufacturing plant ready for IoT?
May 2022, Fieldbus & Industrial Networking, IT in Manufacturing
Pockets of IoT exist in manufacturing plants today; the challenge is to fully digitalise the entire plant.

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Control loop: Case History 182 - A temperature cascade control loop that didn’t work
May 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering, System Integration & Control Systems Design
The problems encountered in a heater outlet temperature control in a petrochemical refinery were causing considerable difficulties for the operators. Here is another wonderful example of the power of cascade control, even with a really bad control element.

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Five reasons for force measurement
May 2022, WIKA Instruments, Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration
Wika takes a closer look at the measured variable of force and gives five reasons to show why force measurement is of particular importance.

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100 years of Anton Paar
May 2022, News
The company's success story began in1922, when Anton Paar founded his machine shop. For 100 years Anton Paar has combined high precision technology with scientific curiosity and a thirst for research. This has made the company a world market leader in the fields of density and concentration measurement, rheometry and CO2 measurement.

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Compact drive technology mobilises high-tech CT scanner
May 2022, Beckhoff Automation, Motion Control & Drives
PC- and EtherCAT-based technology from Beckhoff delivers the desired viewing angles and mm-precise alignment of the X-ray source to the patient.

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Water and wastewater treatment in the digital age
May 2022, Endress+Hauser South Africa, Analytical Instrumentation & Environmental Monitoring
In these testing times of declining water security, IoT technology has been proven to boost operational efficiency and inform smart investment decisions.

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Grist for the mill
May 2022, Turck Banner, Sensors & Transducers
To meet the requirements of Swiss company Bühler with regard to its MHSA grain huller, Turck certified its contactless Li linear position sensor for use in the Ex area. Thanks to its contactless operating principle, the robust sensors are both maintenance-free and wear-free. They offer an impressive performance due to their optimum reproducibility, resolution and linearity over a large temperature range.

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Impact of innovative technologies on the mining industry
May 2022, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, IT in Manufacturing
Mining operations must identify creative ways to handle the increased demand for minerals and resources as global economies become even more reliant on mineral sales. As a result, mine operators must ...

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Loop Signatures 11: Digital controllers – Part 3: The P term.
April 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering
In the real world of industrial process control, P-only control should be used only on processes that are tuned with a large P gain value.

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Proper TCP/IP networking is a fight you can’t afford to lose
April 2022
The modern-day TCP/IP network can and should be viewed as the nervous system of an industrial or utility application and should be treated with the same importance and respect.

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Control loop: Case History 181 - Understand the basics of the components in the loop
March 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering, System Integration & Control Systems Design
To my amazement I find that people seem to think that because these days we are using ‘smart’ transmitters, the basic rules can be ignored.

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The devil is in the detail – the importance of design engineering
March 2022, Iritron
Years of study and implementation have proven numerous times that the detailed design and engineering process is a critical phase in a project.

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Moxa sets out to redefine futureproof industrial networks
March 2022, RJ Connect, IT in Manufacturing
Moxa’s brand-new EDS-G4000 series of Ethernet switches aims to unite networking and OT cybersecurity with a layered defence-in-depth approach.

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Loop Signatures 10: Digital controllers – Part 2: Testing controller operation
February 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering
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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Total 3D linearisation: Best performance under all process conditions for DP transmitters
February 2022, KROHNE, Flow Measurement & Control
Whether it be for pressure, flow, level, density or interface, applications with gases, liquids or steam: differential pressure (DP) measurement technology is suitable for nearly all processes while covering an extreme range of process temperatures and pressures.

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A review of the 2021 MESA Africa conference
January 2022, MESA Africa NPC
The overarching lesson from this year’s conference: yes, we have problems now and solutions are on the table, but we need collective action!

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Cybersecurity for operational technology: Part 5: Cybersecurity threats to critical information infrastructure.
January 2022
CII describes infrastructure that is essential to the functioning of a country’s society and economy(2). Local examples include energy (Eskom), government (SARS, judiciary), police and defence (SAPS, ...

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The ultimate control valve
January 2022, Valve & Automation, Valves, Actuators & Pump Control
Zwick has designed its TRI-SHARK range of Triple Eccentric Valves to be used in control or throttling applications as well as for pure on/off functionality.

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From the editor's desk: 2022 must be the year SA gets its vaccination act together
January 2022, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
This is his last "From the editor's desk" that Steven Meyer wrote before his death in early January 2022.

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What to do when fragmented systems get too complex
November 2021, Absolute Perspectives
With proper planning, a strategic approach, careful vendor selection and a systematic project methodology, you can successfully upgrade to a future-proof ICT infrastructure that supports ongoing digital transformation.

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