On behalf of the SAIMC, I am proud to announce that there are multiple initiatives that have progressed well within our organisation:
Automation as an engineering discipline in South Africa
As most of you already know, we are driving the recognition of automation as a separate engineering discipline, together with the Automation Federation, in order to get our youth equipped to make use of the technologies and designs of the fourth industrial revolution. This is an exciting initiative and I want to thank each individual who has worked to ensure that it is realised.
The SAIMC is a Voluntary Association of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), and this will be done in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to ensure success. A steering committee to discuss this has been established that will give us regular feedback on the progress to ensure that members get maximum benefit from this initiative
Changing the education model for automation in South Africa
The NTIP initiative is not only focused on the youth, but will also provide current working employees with opportunities within education.
The main thrust in this initiative is to develop education that is modular, and which adapts to changes in technology such that the skills which are taught are those required by employers. The training will also be internationally accredited to ensure participants have optimal employment opportunities.
Development of the youth of South Africa
In 2019, the SAIMC has spent 21% of its membership fees on youth development. We are a proud sponsor of the FIRST initiative and also collaborate with initiatives to educate children about career opportunities within automation. The various branches within our organisation proactively go to schools and tertiary institutions to give students an opportunity to discuss career options with professionals working in the industry.
If you are not aware of our initiatives, please visit our website or contact us. If you want to get involved, we urge you to get in touch and become a part of this journey.
SAIMC: Secunda branch July 2019, SAIMC
, SAIMC May Technology Evening
On 16 May 2019 Kevin Preston from Phoenix Contact gave a very interesting and explanatory presentation on SIL (functional safety).
Safety Integrity Level (SIL) is by definition ...
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The May Technical Evening was presented by Krzyszstof Lapacz from ifm – South Africa. He is responsible for business development and industrial networking.
Krzyszstof gave an in-depth technical presentation ...
Read more...SAIMC: Tshwane branch July 2019, SAIMC
The committee wishes to thank Nico Marneweck from Endress+Hauser for serving on the committee since the branch’s inception. Unfortunately Nico’s work commitments have changed and he is not available to ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch July 2019, SAIMC
Durban branch held its June technology meeting at the Durban Country Club on Wednesday 5th June. It was another well-attended meeting with over 45 people in attendance.
Prinesh Mari, who is a senior ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch July 2019, SAIMC
, SAIMC SICK of safety regulations?
At the May meeting of the SAIMC Johannesburg branch held at SICK Automation, Stephen Eltze brought some fun into the safety discussion. As a nation of would-be taxi drivers, ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the President’s desk June 2019, SAIMC
We have reached the half-way point of 2019 and I am shocked at how time has just flown by for me personally. But, that is usually the result when you are fully engaged and busy with things that occupy ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch June 2019, SAIMC
The May technology evening was moved out a day to accommodate the public holiday on 1 May and the topic of IO-Link attracted an excellent attendance at the Durban Country Club, in spite of the disruption ...
Read more...SAIMC: Secunda branch June 2019, SAIMC
On 4 April, Theo Wassenaar from Emerson Automation Solutions gave an informative presentation on ‘Steam trap monitoring with pervasive sensing and plantweb insight’.
Over the years, steam traps have ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch June 2019, SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Jacques Parrot, a project engineer from SICK Automation, gave an in-depth presentation on “Greenhouse phenomena and the looming legal requirements that emission producing ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch June 2019, SAIMC
The April technology evening featured Alvin Seitz of Bürkert who outlined a fairly new flowmeter technology using surface acoustic waves (SAW). So, are SAW flowmeters the greatest thing since sliced Coriolis?