CALLING ALL INTERESTED PARTIES
topic: overview of Industry 4.0, its influence on existing plant structures and the Advanced Physical Layer
BY Mr. Rob Burns, Area Sales Manager Process Automation for Sub-Saharan Africa (Pepperl+Fuchs)
PLEASE RSVP ON OR BEFORE 6th JUNE @ 13:00 SO WE CAN CONFIRM THE NUMBER OF GUESTS WITH THE VENUE. THE CODE FOR VENUE IS: 42245
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.
May Month Presentation:
SAIMC Tshwane Branch was very fortunate to be invited to The National Laboratory Association or NLA in Lynwood were Mr. Steve Sidney and Mr. John Wilson presented on “The role of Technical Infrastructure organizations in South Africa”. Hence our visit doubled as both a technical evening presentation along with site visit (to the laboratory). The topic of “Technical Infrastructure” was introduced and one of the aspects which stood out was their role in terms of protecting against “Technical barriers to trade”. Differentiation was made against also physical and paper standards. Also touched on is role of regulatory organizations along with concept of traceability and quality assurance. It is also noted that the NLA has more than 300 organizations as members and furthermore train around 350 to 400 people a year in different aspects such as metrology, analytics, etc. and in due course will also present on process measurements which will include electrical, temperature and pressure. Mr. Hans van de Groenendaal from EE Publishers was also present and wrote an more in detail article about the night which included a visit to the labs, see: http://www.ee.co.za/article/sas-technical-infrastructure-unique.html.
The presentation is available upon request. SAIMC Tshwane thanks the NLA for hospitality afforded to ourselves and look forward to more engagement in due course around synergies.
Some brief feedback re past period:
FIRST ROBOTICS SA (FRSA): SAIMC NAT COM has paid a further R150,000-00 in donations to the NPO. Petrus is to write a letter to approach sponsors with and have done some research on the subject.
SAIMC NAT COM: During last committee meeting numerous items was discussed some of which includes: 1. Formalising of Automation Qualification, 2. Working with NTIP (National Tooling Initiative) who has a very successful model we hope to use i.t.o. creating capacity, 3. Manufacturing Indaba in June (during which SAIMC will hopefully have a seat on one of the IIOT panels), 4. MOU’s such AREI (Electronics Body) which Petrus will run with, etc. Petrus, in line with the “Thought Leadership” strategic objective also did some research on establishing a formal Journal for SAIMC as per 3rd party reference: https://www.ru.ac.za/media/rhodesuniversity/content/research/documents/Guidelines%20for%20inclusion%20of%20journals%20to%20the%20DHET%20accredited%20lists%20(updated).pdf. The aforementioned summarise the requirements of an (academic) journal to be accredited with DHET which includes for instance: 1. Defining subject matter focus, 2. Peer review, 3. Editorial board, etc. The feasibility of the aforementioned is still being reviewed as it is labour intensive and requires long terms commitment. More information to follow in due course.
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.
All the technical evenings for the year have been booked and we look forward to hosting you:
PLEASE NOTE – NEW DATE FOR GOLF DAY: 15 AUGUST
Also thank you to Jurie for presenting on our profession at two different universities this past month, much appreciated. Please be reminded of MESA conference in November, registration process has opened so please contact Jane email@example.com.
More visits may be setup on an ad-hoc basis.
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 hosted a workshop on the subject so thank you also to him and people who attended.
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,
SAIMC Tshwane Branch Committee (Chairman & Technology) and
National Committee (Professional Service / Standards Sub-Committee)
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