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 April 2021, SAIMC
We had an interesting presentation last month given by Allan Pead from Microsoft on the open source platform from Microsoft Azure Sphere – a secure IoT platform.
Allan is currently an Xamarin ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch April 2021, SAIMC
The technology evening was once again hosted virtually and this time it was the turn of Albert Louw from ifm electronic, presenting on the topic: Systems for mobile machinery.
One could ask the question, ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch April 2021, SAIMC
Members and visitors were treated to a Zoom presentation that had the understated title: Introduction to ultrasonic flow measurement, by Marco Lopes of NIC KZN. Marco was ably backed up by Howard Lister, ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch March 2021, SAIMC
The branch held its first virtual technology meeting of the year on 10 February, where John de Castro (a long-time friend of the Durban SAIMC) gave us some insight into his experiences working abroad. ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch March 2021, SAIMC
, SAIMC Vaal University of Technology: new qualifications and phasing out of others
Since 1994 the South African education sector has gone through many transformative and structural changes. These have focused ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch March 2021, SAIMC
As 2021 begins, we at the Johannesburg branch are looking forward to the year as there has been a great response to our available technology evenings, which are completely full. The branch has decided ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO March 2021, SAIMC
In my last letter, I committed to talking to you about the various outcomes for which applicants would need to provide evidence in order to qualify with ECSA for certification in mechatronics.
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO April 2021, SAIMC
The skills shortage is always a topical subject. It is also complex because the diverse nature of our economy leads to many different points of view. So, in my next few correspondences, I’d like to share ...
Read more...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 ...