On Thursday 1 June, the branch held its monthly Technology Evening at Honeywell in Secunda. Colin Morris from Weidmuller, did a presentation on ‘The Internet of Things (IoT) in photovoltaic string monitoring in utility scale plants’.
Johan Maritz thanks Colin Morris after the presentation.
The IoT is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity, which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.
This presentation employed a balanced scorecard approach to identify the practices that contribute to excellence in solar plant management. A well run PV facility is productive, safe, cost effective and contributes to high levels of customer service.
After the presentation, members and visitors networked while enjoying the food and beverages sponsored by Honeywell.
C&I related engineers, technicians and mechanicians are welcome to attend the monthly Technology Evenings, the planned dates for the rest of the year are as follows: 7 September; 12 October and 2 November. All the presentations earn CPD points for ECSA registered persons and any enquiries can be directed to the branch chairman Johan Maritz at email@example.com or 0828563865.
Since its inception 17 years ago, the Golf Day has become a special event on the branch calendar, thoroughly proven by the way both manufacturers and vendors have given their support. This year it was held on 25 May at the Walker Park Golf Club in Evander with the demand to participate so high that provision had to be made for more teams and waterhole sponsors than in the past.
All golfers who played thoroughly enjoyed it and made it clear that even a bad day on the golf course is much better than a good day at work!
From left: Johan Maritz presents the trophy to Golf Day winners Michael Barnard, Nickey Minnaar, Harry Geel and Griff Smith from Team WIKA.
The branch thanks the following sponsors who made this day such a great success: WIKA Instruments; Lethabo Engineering; Endress+Hauser; Metso Automation; Yokogawa; JCI; Automation & Control Solutions; Pinnacle Instruments; Honeywell; Beckhoff Automation; Vega Controls; SCVS; Highveld Technical Services; Emerson; DLM; WMS Electrical Services & Supplies; Harmans Industrial Equipment; Ernest Lowe and Weidmuller.
Congratulations to the winners, Team WIKA – we look forward to their title defence in 2018.
Funds raised from the event are used for projects such as visiting local tertiary and secondary educational institutions to promote the C&I profession among students.
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?
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 ...