Ian Plunkett


Ian Plunkett
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Last updated: Jan 14, 2018

Last activity: Aug 13, 2019

About Ian Plunkett

Electronics has been my passion since my early teenage years. Conveyor Tension Control became my passion in 1982. My technical background is very strong in Physics and Mechanics and I have been involved in a wide variety of industrial electronics. This has involved Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and Hydraulic design. Accompanying this has been programming of PLCs as well as Embedded Micro-controllers in Machine Code.

I believe that my understanding of Take-Up Winch Control of Conveyor Belts has enabled me to complete the design of two new systems. The EGT-28AX for Variable Speed Winches and the EGT-24FX for fixed Speed Winches. I also designed our very successful 2-Wire Loop-Powered 4-20mA Tension Transducers.

My wife and I live in Johannesburg and have 2 children a daughter, who qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a son who qualified in IT support both living in London and working in the Financial sector. We have 3 beautiful Granddaughters there.


Professional Experience 58 Years / 11 MonthIan Plunkett has 58 years and 11 month professional experience in 9 different positions.

  • 1991/02 - today (28 Years / 10 Month)
    Owner, Conveyor Take-Up Winch Development & Manufact (Full-time employee)Ian Plunkett works for Iptron Technology c.c. as Owner since February 1991.

    Iptron Technology c.c.

  • 1981/03 - 1991/02 (9 Years / 11 Month)
    Managing Director, CNC Machine Service & Design of 1st Winch Tak (Full-time employee)Ian Plunkett worked for Numeritech as Managing Director from March 1981 to February 1991.


  • 1979/10 - 1981/02 (1 Years / 4 Month)
    Managing Director, Metrology and CNC Machine Tool Retrofitting (Full-time employee)Ian Plunkett worked for DRO Systems as Managing Director from October 1979 to February 1981.

    DRO Systems, Engineering Metrology

  • 1970/01 - 1978/09 (8 Years / 8 Month)
    Product Manager, Sales & Service of Leco Corporation Analytica (Full-time employee)Ian Plunkett worked for Protea Physical & Nuclear Instrumentation as Product Manager from January 1970 to September 1978.

    Protea Physical & Nuclear Instrumentation, LECO Division

  • 1968/11 - 1970/12 (2 Years / 1 Month)
    Electronics Technician & Sales (Full-time employee)Ian Plunkett worked for EMI Electronics as Electronics Technician & Sales from November 1968 to December 1970.

    EMI Electronics, Instrumentation

  • 1966/09 - 1968/10 (2 Years / 1 Month)
    Electronic Technician, Maintenance of Laboratory Equipment (Full-time employee)Ian Plunkett worked for South Africa Iron & Steel Corporation as Electronic Technician from September 1966 to October 1968.

    South Africa Iron & Steel Corporation, Research

  • 1963/01 - 1966/09 (3 Years / 8 Month)
    General Electronic and Electrical Maintenance (Freelancer)Ian Plunkett worked for Self Employed as General Electronic and Electrical Maintenance from January 1963 to September 1966.

    Self Employed

  • 1963/01 - 1965/11 (2 Years / 10 Month)
    Full Time Student (Voluntarily)Ian Plunkett worked for Salisbury Polytechnic as Full Time Student from January 1963 to November 1965.

    Salisbury Polytechnic, Electrical Engineering

  • 1961/01 - 1962/12 (1 Years / 11 Month)
    Trainee Technician (Full-time employee)Ian Plunkett worked for Posts & Telegraph as Trainee Technician from January 1961 to December 1962.

    Posts & Telegraph

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