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The real and virtual worlds integrating at a steadily increased pace, the Internet of Things is pushing the evolutionary journey towards the fourth industrial revolution with various far reaching consequences. This fourth industrial revolution will not only herald change for the industrial sector, but will also have a major impact on how we live and work in general. Therefore, we are launching Africa 4.0 as a digital platform to the latest trends, technology and views regarding the IoT and Industry 4.0. Please subscribe to this magazine and always keep up to date with worldwide developments for smart factories, Industrial Internet of Things, smart manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and more.

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Join us on Social Media ALTAIR 4X IS THE ONLY WATERPROOF MULTI-GAS DETECTOR ON THE MARKET The Altair 4X multi-gas detector from MSA Africa is the only instrument of its kind with ATEX certification. This means the device has an IP67 ingress rating, which certifies it for water immersion. Visitors to MineSafe and Electra Mining Africa 2016 were treated to a special demonstration by MSA Africa, which saw its Altair 4X multi-gas detector submerged in a tank of water for two hours, after which it was shown to still be in perfect working order. While ATEX certification requires water immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 m, this demonstration clearly shows that the Altair 4X performs well beyond this minimum requirement, according to MSA Africa. Water damage is a common cause of failure on most multi-gas detectors, especially in harsh underground mining environments. The exceptional robustness and durability of the Altair 4X is testament to the emphasis that MSA Africa places on the safety of workers. The Altair 4X has been put through its paces at Harmony's Bambanani Mine near Welkom in the Free State. One device was dropped accidentally, and run over by a piece of heavy machinery used to convey blast material from the rock face. Another was caught up in a mud rush, and recovered nearly a month later after a clean-up operation. After a good clean and a replacement screen for the former, MSA Africa Instrument Technician Riaan Swanepoel confirmed that both devices were still fully functional. Harmony attributes the Altair 4X's ruggedness to it being water- and dustproof, which makes it perfect for conditions underground. In a d d i t i o n , t h e m i n i n g company states that its Altair 4Xs have not needed a battery change in three years, showcasing the coste f f e c t i v e n e s s o f t h i s p o r t a b l e m u l t i - g a s detection solution. The Altair 4X's rugged polycarbonate housing has allowed it to pass a 7 m drop test onto concrete with flying colours. In addition, a rubberised instrument over-moulding acts as extra armour. The instrument is also available with an optional glow-in-the-dark housing for optimum visibility. A patented catalytic bead support wire protects the methane sensor from shock. Adding to its impressive credentials is the fact that the Altair 4X is the only multi-gas detector in South Africa to carry the SABS Mark for Flammable Gas Detectors, which means it is fully compliant with the regulations of SANS 1515-1. The key to the Altair 4X's effectiveness is the patented XCell sensor, which has a 'clear time' response of under 15 seconds. The sensor has a lifespan of four years, which is double the industry average. MSA manufactures its own sensors inhouse, with full quality control procedures as per SANS 1515-1. MSA Africa is a leading innovator in safety technology, as demonstrated by its water-resistant Altair 4X. This instrument is testament to the company's ongoing commitment to improve safety in all sectors of the South African mining industry. MSA Africa Telephone: +27 11 610 2600 E-mail: NEW RADAR SOLUTION FOR THE WATER AND WASTEWATER INDUSTRY VEGAPULS WL S 61, VEGA's new sensor for measuring levels in the water and wastewater industry, offers an affordable radar solution with diverse mounting options and can be easily integrated into existing infrastructures. Radar technology has proven itself in practice in many applications and offers numerous advantages. It is not only independent of temperature influence, wind movement, fog and rain, but also makes compensating the signal propagation time due to temperature fluctuations unnecessary. A real big plus is its measurement accuracy of ±5 mm. Completely new is its wireless Bluetooth operation via smartphone, tablet or PC with PACTware and Bluetooth USB adapter, which further simplifies setup and diagnostics. When using this new instrument, customers benefit from VEGA's many years of experience. Today nearly 40,000 radar sensors are operating in plants in the water and wastewater industry worldwide. VEGAPULS WL S 61 VEGA's newest radar level sensor for all basic applications in the water and wastewater sector now also available with Bluetooth. VEGA CONTROLS SOUTH AFRICA(PTY)LTD Telephone: +27 11 795 3249 E-mail:

YOKOGAWA RELEASES ISA100 WIRELESS-BASED FIELD WIRELESS VIBRATION SENSOR WITH FAST DATA UPDATES AND LONG BATTERY LIFE Yokogawa announces that it has developed an ISA100 Wireless*-based field wireless vibration sensor with the ability to quickly update data and a long battery life, and will release it in markets other than Japan on December 7. By providing real-time updates on vibration levels in plant facilities, this sensor helps users quickly detect equipment anomalies and enables predictive maintenance. With a field wireless system, plant field devices and analyzers are able to communicate wirelessly with host-level monitoring and control systems. The rising need to improve productivity and enhance safety by collecting more data on plant operations is driving the demand for field wireless devices, which can be installed even in difficult to access locations. Field wireless devices have the added advantage of reducing installation costs. Vibration sensors are useful for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of plant machinery such as compressors, pumps, and motors. Conventional methods for monitoring vibration include the use of vibration sensors that rely on wired communications with a host system, and patrols by maintenance staff to collect vibration data. With the widening use of field wireless systems and the need to reduce installation costs, there is an increasing demand for wireless vibration sensors. Since releasing the world's first ISA100 Wirelessbased field wireless devices and wireless systems, Yokogawa has expanded its lineup of field wireless devices that measure temperature, pressure, flow rate, and the like. This new vibration sensor will meet our customers' needs for a device that can provide the quick updates on vibration levels needed to detect anomalies at an early stage. Product Features The principal components of this field wireless vibration sensor are the FN510 field wireless multifunction module, the LN01 piezoelectric type acceleration sensor, and the FN110 field wireless communication module. Via a gateway device, the FN510 uses the ISA100 Wireless communications protocol to exchange data with a host-level system such as a DCS. The data collected with this vibration sensor enables plant operators and maintenance staff to monitor vibration levels in real time. Both explosion proof and non-explosion proof types are available. Key features of this sensor are as follows: 1. Fast data updates The sensor can be set to update data as quickly as every 10 seconds. This update time is ideal for monitoring vibration levels in plant facilities. 2. Long battery life and easy maintenance When the vibration sensor is set to update data once per minute, it can operate on a single set of batteries Subscribe to our Digital Magazine for up to 10 years. In addition to eliminating the cost of providing replacement batteries, this reduces maintenance workload. 3. Highly reliable and versatile system Thanks to the features of ISA100 Wireless and our technical know-how, we have achieved a highly reliable wireless network with fully redundant communications that is capable of sending and receiving different types of sensor signals over long distances. Yokogawa's Approach to Field Wireless Communications Yokogawa released the world's first ISA100 Wireless system devices and wireless pressure and temperature transmitters in July 2010. In addition to enabling sophisticated control techniques in continuous processes, this gave customers a wider Digital Newsletter range of devices to choose from. Yokogawa will continue to expand its lineup of ISA100 Wireless transmitters and other devices such as adaptors to develop best-in-class solutions that provide higher value to customers, and promote the use of field wireless technologies. *ISA100 Wireless: A technology that is based on the ISA100.11a standard. It includes ISA100.11a- 2011 communications, an application layer with process control industry standard objects, device descriptions and capabilities, a gateway interface, infrared provisioning, and a backbone router. The names of the companies, organizations, and brands in this text are the trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders. YOKOGAWA SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD. Telephone: +27 11 831 6300 E-mail:


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