SAIMC


SAIMC: From the President’s desk

March 2019 SAIMC

Sitting here writing another article on my cellphone, realising it’s 2019 and we have technology available to us that people could not even imagine when I was born, is quite a revelation. A sobering moment as we look at the world around us and see the opportunities that are opening up. Opportunities that will use data in ways that right now we cannot fully comprehend.

Sadly though, the technologies that are evolving can also change the world for the worse. This is not new, there are many examples in history where technology that was developed for the benefit of society, was used by despots to cause catastrophic harm. As professionals in the automation fraternity, we have to find a balance.

On the positive side, ubiquitous connectivity and data availability bring us the benefit of cloud computing and the ability to manage anything from anywhere. Today we have the ability to automate almost any mundane task, be it work or home related. If we resist automation our competitors may beat us to it and we risk being at a disadvantage in the marketplace. We have access to the technology that others have developed, which in many instances is freely available online. But remember, if it is free online there is almost certainly a risk. So ensure that you understand that risk, particularly if it involves data security. Do this in order to reach a level of understanding that gives you the freedom to choose your own path going forward.

It is a fascinating topic, and also a very necessary one. I recommend that you be sure to evaluate your skills development and growth in line with emerging technology trends. And above all, make sure you stay on top of cybersecurity developments. Cyber-attacks are the downside of our connected society. Be sure you are in a position to protect yourself in both your personal and professional capacities.

SAIMC 2019 AGM

The AGM will take place at Park Inn Hotel, Sandton on 8 March at 15h00, where the newly elected council will be announced. All members are invited to attend and be part of the future decision-making process. We value your insights.

Please direct enquiries to admin@saimc.co.za

Yours in automation,

Annemarie van Coller



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

SAIMC: From the office of the CEO
November 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
The new mechatronics qualification    For the last few weeks there has been a team working on the new Mechatronics Discipline Specific Training Guidelines (DSTG). The team consisted of:    • Henry Heymans ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
November 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Ralph White from ifm electronic presented on the topic of vibration monitoring and how it provides the ability to detect changes in machine health. Once a machine’s condition ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
November 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
The technical evening of 14 October was once again presented via Microsoft Teams. How do we approach HMI and camera solutions in Ex environments? This was explained by Diogo Fidalgo from Stahl. Most ...

Read more...
SAIMC: From the office of the CEO
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Explaining the Skills Development Trust Fund For the benefit of members, the SAIMC plans host a one-hour presentation to explain the Skills Development Trust Fund. This presentation will be repeated ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
As South Africa celebrated Women’s Month in August, the Vaal branch and Proconics decided to celebrate women in engineering with a technical evening highlighting the importance of a diverse team for solving ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
September Virtual Meeting    The September virtual technology evening was hosted by Turck Banner, and presented by newly appointed sales director, Kenneth McPherson.       Kenneth is enthusiastic about ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Durban branch
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Paul Sikhakhane was the presenter at the last Durban branch virtual technology meeting and the subject was ‘Living on the edge’. The meeting was well attended, with lots of interaction and questions afterwards ...

Read more...
Vaal branch
September 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
As South Africa celebrated Women’s Month in August, the Vaal branch and Proconics decided to celebrate women in engineering with a technical evening highlighting the importance of a diverse team for solving ...

Read more...
SAIMC to host webinar during Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect week
August 2020, SAIMC , News
As part of Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect week (7-11 September), the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics & Control (SAIMC) will be hosting a webinar on the subject: “Preparing South ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
September 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
The August virtual technology evening was hosted by Eric Carter of turboTRAIN on the subject ‘Instrumentation fault finding: why it is problematic and what can be done about it’. During the presentation ...

Read more...