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SAIMC: Secunda branch

January 2017 SAIMC

November Technology Evening

Johan Maritz (left) thanks Christo Basson after the presentation.
Johan Maritz (left) thanks Christo Basson after the presentation.

The branch hosted its last Technology Evening for 2016 on 3 November, when Christo Basson from Aveng ACS did a presentation on the AMS Trex Communicator.

HART (highway addressable remote transducer) is a digital industrial automation protocol. Its most notable advantage is that it can communicate over legacy 4-20 mA analog instrumentation current loops.

Due to the huge installed base of 4-20 mA systems throughout the world, HART is one of the most popular industrial protocols today, with users who wish to use legacy 4-20 mA signals, but also want to implement a smart protocol.

Originally developed by Rosemount in the mid 1980s for its smart field instruments, the protocol soon evolved into HART and in 1986 it was made an open protocol. Since then, the capabilities have been enhanced by successive revisions to the specification. The AMS Trex device is the next generation in industrial handheld communicators and has improved capabilities and application features.

After the presentation all members and visitors enjoyed refreshments while networking.

Special thanks to Honeywell for sponsoring the venue, food and beverages for all our Technology Events during 2016.

All presentations earn CPD points for ECSA registered persons and any enquiries can be directed to the branch chairman, Johan Maritz, at johanmaritz260@gmail.com, 082 856 3865.

Year end function

Branch Patron Member Award was accepted by Johan Reeder from Honeywell.
Branch Patron Member Award was accepted by Johan Reeder from Honeywell.

The branch hosted its annual YEF at Graceland Casino and Country Club on Friday 11 November 2016. The evening was attended by 152 guests who enjoyed an evening filled with delicious food and amazing entertainment. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards where the following were handed out:

• Marthinus Venter received his SAIMC Membership Certificate.

Thabang Mangena from Sasol received the SAIMC Apprentice of the Year award.
Thabang Mangena from Sasol received the SAIMC Apprentice of the Year award.

• Branch Patron Member award was accepted by Johan Reeder from Honeywell.

• Thabang Mangena from Sasol received the SAIMC Apprentice of the Year award.

• Fanie van Biljon from VUT received the SAIMC Student of the Year award.

Fanie van Biljon from VUT received the SAIMC Student of the Year award.
Fanie van Biljon from VUT received the SAIMC Student of the Year award.

The evening was made possible by the following sponsors: SCVS, Swagelok, Proconics, VEGA, Metso Automation, Endress+Hauser, Yokogawa, Aveng ACS, Emerson, Honeywell, WIKA, JCI, Beckhoff Automation, RJ Connect and Lethabo Engineering.

The branch thanks all sponsors and guests for attending and contributing to the success of this prestigious event.

AGM

The AGM will be held on 19 January. All members in good standing are invited to attend. Please contact branch secretary Xandri Cornelissen for additional information cornelx@eskom.co.za


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