On 5 March the first coronavirus case was recorded in South Africa. The government reacted swiftly and called for a nationwide lockdown which commenced on 27 March 2020. Since then there have been extensions to the lockdown, certain relaxations and many amendments to the rules.
From the SAIMC, we are busy planning ways to allow our branch technical evenings to take place via the Web, but at this stage are struggling to find a suitable portal that can accommodate all our needs. In the meantime, please feel free to take part in the various webinars and quizzes on our website: www.saimc.co.za.
Also see some great initiatives from our latest branch patron member (ifm electronic) on what they are doing to improve safety in the work environment.
Hygienic door handle reduces the risk of infection
During the coronavirus crisis, everyone is called upon to take action in order to slow the spread of Covid-19. ifm has put its expertise in tool design, tool construction and plastic injection moulding to use to produce hygienic door handles. Only three weeks passed from the initial idea and prototype to the start of production.
Door handles are known to be a breeding ground for germs. Opening doors without touching the handle with your hands can therefore help reduce the spread of infections. This door handle allows you to open and close doors with your forearm. The hygienic door handle consists of two plastic pieces which can be mounted on round door handles using four screws without needing to drill any holes.
In memoriam: Hendrick Frederik (Hennie) Prinsloo June 2020, SAIMC
It is with great sadness that the SAIMC announces the death of branch general manager Hennie Prinsloo after a short but brave battle with cancer.
A stalwart and passionate member of the SAIMC since ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO June 2020, SAIMC
President Cyril Ramaphosa rightly stated in his letter of 11 May: “Imposing a nation-wide lockdown gave our country a strategic advantage. It bought us valuable time to prepare our health system and put ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch June 2020, SAIMC
Here we are at the end of May, still in lockdown Level 4. While we at the Johannesburg branch are doing our best to bring technology to our loyal members, there is still nothing like the human touch.
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch May 2020, SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Albert Louw, mobile control systems specialist from ifm electronic, gave a presentation on control systems for mobile machines, applicable to all mobile vehicles from transport ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch May 2020, SAIMC
The last technology evening was held in March, and as we headed into lockdown we reluctantly cancelled future technology events pending the reopening of the country. There is much discussion about whether ...
Read more...SAIMC: Cape Town branch May 2020, SAIMC
, SAIMC Technology evening: Introduction to Profibus
What an interesting time and age we are in. If anyone predicted what future would be knocking on our doors in 2020, they would be a millionaire.
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO May 2020, SAIMC
Amidst the turmoil of the latest coronavirus pandemic and the recent downgrade of South African government debt to junk, I’ve begun to wonder whatever happened to traditional values like responsibility ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch May 2020, SAIMC
IIoT/Industry4.0/4IR – they cover a large area and don’t always mean the same thing. So how do we define any of these terms? Basically, they are about improving manufacturing efficiency, largely through ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO April 2020, SAIMC
South Africa has experienced terrible crimes against humanity over the years and somehow survived them. The idea of this letter is not to discuss who murdered who first, or who took whose country – if ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch April 2020, SAIMC
At the recent technology evening, Lloyd Townsend, product support specialist from Wika, presented on IIoT with a focus on digitalisation within our industries.
He said that there are many buzz words ...