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SAIMC Tshwane Tech Eve Invite to NLA (Site visit) & May Newsletter


topic: role of Technical Infrastructure organisations in SA & how they ensure that standards & technical regulations support quality measurements.


Site Visit: The site visit of the NLA will start at 18h30 from the auditorium and will include a tour of the training facilities and training laboratories of the Association. The training laboratories are where the practical exercises are conducted for students attending the NLA training courses. Of particular interest to the SAIMC members will be the facilities used to train students in Electrical, Temperature, and Pressure Instrumentation as well as a look at the Analytical laboratory where Microbiology and water testing practical training takes place.

Technical Presentation: Making accurate and reliable measurements is a key component to every process control loop. Wrong measurement – wrong decision – wrong output! The presentation will revolve around the South African Technical infrastructure and explain the role of NMISA, SANAS, SABS, the NRCS and who is responsible for what activity. The NLA, being an Association of all types of laboratories (accredited and non-accredited) is ideally placed to be the glue that holds the whole system together and with its Internationally recognized training courses, proficiency testing programs and Metrologist Certification schemes has a great deal to offer to the local and regional measurement and control community.


Directions: From the N1 highway, take the Lynnwood Road off ramp and turn East (away from Pretoria). At the first traffic light turn left onto Meiring Naude Road (This is the road which runs past the CSIR). At the fifth traffic light, turn left at Quintin Brand Street into Perseqour Techno Park. (The second traffic light is where Kings Highway runs into Meiring Naude Road, at the third traffic light there is a Sasol garage on your left-hand side and also the main entrance to CSIR on your right-hand side. The next traffic light is where you turn into Quintin Brand Street.) The name of the office park is written on a wall on your left-hand side. Once in the office park, carry on to the 4-way stop. Turn left at the stop street and the NLA is the second building on your right-hand side (less than 100 m from the stop street).

TIME: 18:00 for 18:30

As always at SAIMC Branch meetings, bring your technical concerns, bring colleagues and friends, and come for a cocktail of friendships, business alliances and like-minded people, united by the desire to be the best in the world of Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control.

Visitors are welcome.


April Presentation:

Mr. Dex Machida from KPMG presented on “ROBOTICS PROCESS AUTOMATION” which focussed on “Digital Labour and Rise of the Machines”. The market is expected to surpass $152B by 2020 with average ROI of between 600 to 800%. It is further envisaged 45% of current activities done by people in workplace may be automated using existing technologies. It is not practical to summate all the lessons from the very well attended event within space available so please feel free to request a copy of the presentation. Also, Muhammad from KPMG kindly wrote enclosed article which we hope will be published via our extensive networks. The topic makes one think about our own future and how we need to align ourselves for much published trends of technology such as Industry 4.0, AI, etc. etc. PS the presentation is around 6MB.

Some brief feedback re past period:

FIRST ROBOTICS SA (FRSA): At present there is nothing new to report. SAIMC NAT COM is working on releasing additional fees as per MoU and Petrus has made some comments / considerations on how the organization may become self sufficient from a financial point of view. Based on some extensive research it seems most probable way to be successful is to continue requesting donor funding and building business case on value proposition of FRSA and the respective programs its supports successes. Next step is to assist in developing such a letter to try and raise more funds ongoing. Within RSA there are numerous competing great causes and at least we all agree that it is vital to focus on STEM and that the FIRST platform has proved itself as a great program to promote STEM. Our challenge will remain to compete for funds and to have people apply for it as always. Unfortunately, there are not many alternatives i.e. member-based funding however, feel free to provide your views re how to grow funds.

SAIMC NAT COM: A committee meeting was held and at present focus is still on filling the leadership roles of the three (3) projects we identified as part of strategy session. A MOU is also planned with SAIEE.  Petrus is also to work with Mr. Maartens in firming up MOU with AREI who’s chair-man was out of the country. There are also plans for SAIMC to once again partake in the upcoming Manufacturing Indaba (http://manufacturingindaba.co.za/) to be held in Sandton in June were by we hope to have a stand depicting some present solutions available from our patrons re IIOT which is theme of event.

Internet of Things (IIOT) portfolio/ forum: At present we are looking at representation within ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 41 which scope is “Standardization in the area of Internet of Things and related technologies”. To get involved with the activities of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC41, you will need to join SABS TC 001/SC27 and SABS TC 001/SC 31. The latter ones focus a bit more on cyber security for the moment however should you be interested to partake please contact us for the application form. It is not clear if we may have one (1) or more people representing SAIMC however companies / persons may also opt to get involved directly.


All the technical evenings for the year have been booked and we look forward to hosting you:


Ps We are also looking at feasibility to host a supplier / patron day complete with training around this date too. More info to follow, please contact Petrus if you would be interested.

Please note we are in discussions at national level to make use of an offer by African Petrochemical which will further increase our joint exposure.


Following visit to NLA we will have met our requirement in terms of points. Other visits may be setup on an ad-hoc basis.


Pregs will assume responsibility for this as VP.

Science Week:

The event is taking place towards the end of the month and Jurie has been speaking to organizers and it seems we will have some representation there too and probably be show casing some applications. More info will be communicated. Jurie will also advise if he needs help, etc. Keep in mind that in June the event continues in JHB. For more see: http://science-week.co.za/


Thank you kindly to our patrons for ongoing support:




Other items we may wish to conclude this year includes setting up own bank account also (Jurie).

Please check out specials for SAIMC members at: http://www.esquire.co.za/specials/2018_03_05Main.html

ECSA Registration: Mr. Maartens will host a workshop on the afternoon of the 9th of May, venue TBC.

For more information please contact any one of the committee members. We appreciate any new members so also please feel free to share.

Thank you kindly,

Petrus Klopper

SAIMC Tshwane Branch Committee (Chairman & Technology) and

National Committee (Professional Service / Standards Sub-Committee)

082 559 7437



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