The branch started the year in February with the AGM and a presentation by Duncan Bonnet, then from Whitehouse & Associates, a specialist research company with strategic insight into Africa. Duncan provided an insightful message on why it is imperative to look at markets in the rest of Africa, what they offer, and how to conduct business in these regions.
In March, Kevin Preston, group manager CIS &IE from Phoenix Contact made a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow presentation on IEC61511 (Process Industry) which forms part of IEC61508 (Functional Safety). SANS recently adopted these, which means it is no longer optional to consider aspects such as SIF/SIL and others when designing control systems.
In April, Petrus Klopper from Ai2SA introduced resource efficiency cleaner production (RECP) principles and how these apply to the C&I domain. ISO 5000x, EnMS, ESO and other cost-saving/value-adding philosophies were discussed, along with respective DTI programs to reduce energy and other resources costs.
In May, the branch hosted its annual golf day fund raising event.
In June, Kallie Bodenstein of Yokogawa, compared the differences between the DCS and PLC. This presentation was insightful and a lot of effort went into highlighting the plant in a box simulators, used to train engineers.
In July, Ralph White from ifm electronic introduced ‘Condition based monitoring and vibration analysis’, a largely mathematical presentation, which demonstrated a very strong knowledge of the subject.
In August, du Toit Grobler from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), introduced ‘Professional engineering registration’.
In September, Dave Bean from Industrial Data Exchange (IDX), introduced ‘Some general observations on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) landscape’. It was also in September that the branch was awarded bronze status at the prestigious SAIMC Gala Dinner.
In October, Bill Peet from Swagelok presented ‘The Bloodhound SSC’, a high-tech project aimed at designing a car that will break to 1000 mph barrier.
During the year the branch also hosted two well-received site visits to SAB Rosslyn and Ford Silverton.
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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
Read more...SAIMC: From the President’s desk May 2019, SAIMC
The SAIMC branches are doing very well this year. If you as a member have not been able to get to a technology evening to learn something new regarding technology and network with your peers, I urge you ...
Read more...SAIMC: Tshwane branch May 2019, SAIMC
There have been some changes at the branch and Morne Maree has taken over from Petrus Klopper. Petrus will move to a new portfolio for which more information will be communicated later. Nico Marneweck ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch May 2019, SAIMC
The April technology evening was held as usual at the Durban Country Club. The subject of ‘Taking the next step in automation using collaborative robots’ elicited great attendance and interest, and presenter ...
Read more...SAIMC: Secunda branch May 2019, SAIMC
, SAIMC Technology evening On 7 February, Ian Janse van Rensburg, valve specialist from Mitech, gave a very informative presentation on control valve actuator selection.
Valve actuators are a differentiating ...
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch May 2019, SAIMC
What is flow measurement, why is it important and how do we measure it?
Those were the questions asked of members at the March Technology evening, hosted at WIKA Instruments and presented by Sagadevan ...