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.
SAIMC: From the President’s desk September 2019, SAIMC
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, SAIMC Technology evening: Flow measurement, custody and Industry 4.0
From power generation and cement production to waste treatment, the petrochemical industry and gas distribution, custody transfer can be ...
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, SAIMC Golf day
Friday 12 July started off a little cold and blustery (and got colder and more blustery!), but that didn’t deter the 17 enthusiastic four-balls who teed off at the Kloof Country Club. As always, ...
Read more...SAIMC: Zambia branch September 2019, SAIMC
On 8 March, a select group of SAIMC members from the Copperbelt in Kitwe congregated at the premises of incoming SAIMC Zambia chairman T.C. Siame’s Trescha Electronics. This would hail the beginning of ...
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The July technology evening featured a presentation by Katlego Setwaba of Pepperl+Fuchs. The main focus of her talk was Ex p (purging and pressurisation). However, she started off by reminding us of the ...
Read more...SAIMC: Secunda branch September 2019, SAIMC
On 11 July, product specialist Sagadevan Kanniappen from WIKA Instruments gave a presentation on: ‘The Critical Importance of the Correct Valve and Manifold Selection in the Process Industry’.
Read more...SAIMC: From the President’s desk August 2019, SAIMC
August marks the month where we have the opportunity to celebrate women. As a female leader it is humbling to know that I have opportunities today that I would not have had years ago. It has required ...
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, SAIMC June technology evening
On 13 June, Chris Petschel and Kegan Smith from PREI Instrumentation presented the monitoring and prediction capabilities that Industry 4.0 can offer with regards to rotary machinery.
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch August 2019, SAIMC
At the latest technology evening, members and visitors were entertained by Comtest Technologies at a presentation given by Hilton Preston where he discussed the fundamentals of gas detectors.
A gas ...