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The SAIMC- Latest news from Tshwane branch

March Presentation:

Mr. Dhiren Naidoo from Endress & Hauser presented on “The benefits of Heartbeat Technology” which includes:

  1. In-situ verification and documentation of each measuring point without any interruptions
  2. Devices continuously diagnose themselves and extend test cycles
  3. Diagnostic messages provide precise instructions for maintenance
  4. Process and device data show trends for predictive maintenance
  5. Combined process and device parameters facilitate analysis for process optimization

The presentation as always is available so feel free to enquire.

April Invite:

Please see invite below for this month’s talk and feel free to enquire:

TSHWANE Branch

entation, Measurement and Contro

Society for automation, instrumentation, measurement and control

CALLING ALL INTERESTED PARTIES

Date: wednesday 4th OF April

Venue: centurion country club

GPS position: Latitude 25 deg 52’38.58″S, Longitude 28 deg 12’5.11″E

Address: Centurion Residential Estate, John Vorster Avenue, Centurion

 

TECHNOLOGY EVENING

topic: ROBOTICS PROCESS AUTOMATION

BY DEX machida (kpmg)

PLEASE RSVP ON OR BEFORE 4th APRIL @ 13:00 SO WE CAN CONFIRM THE NUMBER OF GUESTS WITH THE VENUE. THE CODE FOR VENUE IS: TO FOLLOW VIA WHATSUP GROUP

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT petrus klopper ON 082 559 7437 OR PETRUS.KLOPPER@AI2SA.CO.ZA

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Some brief feedback re past period:

FIRST ROBOTICS SA (FRSA): The main interaction from our side as Tshwane re the FTC program is to look at ways to make programme self sufficient so if you have ideas feel free to contribute. Petrus has engaged with ABSA who has funding available and have asked Johannes to follow up as funds are given to tertiary institutions direct to use (for education). It is envisaged given non-profit nature of FRSA that main sources of income will always be from grants and sponsorships and hence business plan is to be developed reflecting needs along with benefits of the program so applications may be submitted… Then we received following email from FTC leadership team (adapted):

“To grow FTC and expand the number of FTC teams in South Africa TUT want to implement the following:

  1. New team: Rent a Robot: (Deposit R5000 refundable minus rental and broken part replacement cost) R300 per month or R2000 for the season (August 2018 to March 2019) (Replacement Value R24 000). To reduce the start-up cost for Rookie FTC teams, they will rent out a total of 10 FTC Robot Kits to new teams with the following components: TERTIX WRO Competition Set (Part list attached), 1 x Rev Expansion Hub, Encoder Level converters. To participate in FTC a team needs to supply their own Smart Phones and Logitech Gaming devices.
  2. Team Training:

To skill FTC teams FRSA is planning a 3 Day workshop: 1 Day Team business model, time planning, budget, outreach, volunteering and mentorship, 1 Day mechanical assembly and engineering notebook, 1 Day – Software setup, programming and autonomous mode. Proposed dates are late November 2018 or in the week of 3 to 8 December 2018 (This is after FTC kick off and FLL Nationals and early enough for the scrimmages in January/February). This training can be presented by experiences FTC teams as part of their outreach and team fund raising. If you know of schools that would like to start with FTC and would like to make use of the above options, please let FRSA know.”

SAIMC NAT COM: The “Bosberaad” took place on 9th of March and was attended by close to 25 very senior people across country and also Zambia from industry. The key outcomes are to focus on:

  1. Training & development
  2. SAIMC Growth
  3. Automation Thought Leadership

More will be communicated re it in due course with the next action to be to appoint team leaders for the respective five (5) year projects. The AGM followed the strategy session were Annemarie was voted in as President and Pregs from Tshwane as Vice President. We wish them both well with taking organization to next level.

Petrus is also to work with Mr. Maartens in firming up MOU with AREI. At present there appears to have been some leadership changes so progress has been delayed.

Internet of Things (IIOT) portfolio/ forum: is being headed up by Mr. Marc van Pelt of P&F who has already started to engage with Government re role of SAIMC can play in this regard. A couple of us also attended the TEDA event re the subject.

Events:

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

Visits:

Kindly note that the next event will take place at the offices of the The National Laboratory Association (NLA), more information to follow.

Witbank:

Nothing to report, to look at feasibility to start up the branch this year.

Patron(s):

Thank you kindly to our patrons for ongoing support:

Branch:

National:

General:

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

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

petrus.klopper@ai2sa.co.za

www.saimc.co.za

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