In the last few publications we looked at the newly envisaged mechatronics qualification. We looked at the different groups within mechatronics as was recommended to ECSA, namely: factory automation, process automation and mechatronic devices. We also looked at the various industries where you would find these practitioners.
The next question to consider is: “Which technologies would mechanical professionals work with?” Here is a list of some possibilities: computation systems; data logging and recording; databases; DCS; HMI; industrial computer hardware; microcontrollers; PLCs; OPC UA; scada; single board computers (Raspberry Pi, etc.); traditional PC-based automation; and integrated devices (mobile phones, tablets, etc.).
Together with these hardware technologies, mechatronic professionals would typically be involved in some of the following software platforms: embedded Linux and Windows; historians; modern automation coding languages (C, C#, Python, SCL); laboratory information management systems; and production information management systems.
You will also find them working with the following network technologies: CAN-Bus; fibre; EtherCAT; Foundation Fieldbus; Industrial Ethernet; Industrial Wireless; Modbus; Profibus; and Profinet.
Process control technologies they could be involved with include: alarm management; anti-surge control; control room design and layout; enclosures, cabling and accessories; process measurement (temperature, pressure, level, flow and mass); safety systems and vibration monitoring.
They could also be involved in any one or more of the following: digital enterprise and information technologies: artificial intelligence; augmented reality; cloud storage and services, edge computing and industrial 5G; digital twins; virtual commissioning; and embedded control technologies.
In the next article of this series I will talk about the various outcomes that applicants would need to provide evidence of, and then in the last article I will expand on ECSA. Is it worth being a member? We have not yet had any tangible benefit from being registered with ECSA, so what has changed – if anything?
SAIMC: Cape Town branch February 2021, SAIMC
What an interesting year 2020 was and we are looking forward to an exciting 2021.
The branch recently held its annual AGM and elected new branch management team. This event was a hybrid meeting where ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch February 2021, SAIMC
The branch held its AGM on 13 January, where various topics were discussed, including: • Continuation of the online technical evenings in 2021 with the possibility of face-to-face meetings subject to ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban Branch February 2021
The branch held its annual general meeting via Zoom on 27 January. Secretary, John Owen-Ellis, welcomed everybody and gave a brief review of 2020 which, with the death of branch general manager Hennie ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch February 2021, SAIMC
The branch held its AGM via Skype on 20 January. It was well attended and followed the usual protocol with the branch manager’s report, financial report and voting. Branch manager Ann de Beer reported ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO November 2020, SAIMC
, SAIMC The new mechatronics qualification For the last few weeks there has been a team working on the new Mechatronics Discipline Specific Training Guidelines (DSTG). The team consisted of: • Henry Heymans ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch January 2021, SAIMC
On 4 November, Rob Wright, MD of RJ Connect, gave an informative presentation on the subject of cybersecurity to Durban branch members and anyone else who joined the open invitation Microsoft Teams meeting. ...
Read more...SAIMC: Cape Town branch January 2021, SAIMC
The last month will be remembered as an exciting one where the branch facilitated two technical evenings, hosted by Proconics and Yokogawa. We also hosted our first technical evening where members could ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch January 2021, SAIMC
The end of the year can be an emotional time for all of us. Was this your best year yet, or not so great? You start to get a feel as the end approaches, and 2020 is no exception, especially with the ‘new ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO January 2021, SAIMC
Last month I spoke about the new mechatronics engineering discipline. It has quite an impact on SAIMC members, as previously we had to register and be interviewed by electrical or mechanical professionals. ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch November 2020, SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Ralph White from ifm electronic presented on the topic of vibration monitoring and how it provides the ability to detect changes in machine health. Once a machine’s condition ...