At the last technology evening Dave Wibberley, managing director of Adroit Technologies, presented on ‘New perspective on smart factories in the context of Industry 4.0 and IOT’ with regards to sustainability, benefits to employees and energy management.
We live in a connected world. Industry 4.0, M2M, IoT, IIoT are all interconnected and interrelated in order to measure, monitor, control, manage and optimise our production systems and facilities.
The smart factory is aimed at a flexible system that can self-optimise performance across a broader network, self-adapt to and learn from new conditions in real or near-real time, and autonomously run entire production processes. The Smart Factory/Process should be one that focuses on achieving two things namely elimination of waste and creation of value, together with lean manufacturing.
Industry 4.0 is a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the IoT, cloud-based analytics and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.
The IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, etc, that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
Industry is evolving and embracing these new technologies due to compliance (regulations and norms) and also to remain competitive and efficient in this global economy. However, we also need perspective into the benefits and limitations as there is no quick fix.
The branch thanks Dave Wibberley for his informative and well received presentation.
The branch hosted its annual golf day on 19 October at the Jackal Creek Golf course. The day dawned with blue skies and between the wonderful support from the staff at Jackal Creek, the attendance and the outstanding support of Johannesburg Patrons and members, the day could only be classed as a great success. The enthusiastic crowd of nineteen four-balls enjoyed the golf and also some welcome refreshment at the eleven watering holes along the way. Overall winners for the day were as follows:
First: Endress+Hauser – Danie Martins, Wynand Basson, Duncan Venter and Christopher Meyer.
Second: Loadtech – Magnus Geldenhuys, Divan Vosloo, Reinhardt, Mario.
Joint third: Extech – Gary Friend, Bruce Boake, Teboho Leepile and Les Friend.
Endress+ Hauser – Glenn Smith, Noel Lendis, Bernhard Kloss and Glen Cook.
The branch thanks everyone who participated in the event.
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