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 the one hour drive to Ndola along a wide stretch of road sidled by commercial forests of pine and eucalyptus trees, interspaced with acacia and other native short brush that changes in colour and temperament over the seasons – brown and yellow in the cool dry winter to deep greens and burnt sienna in the rainy summer months. More recently, short-rise industrial developments and warehouses have also begun to sprout, as well as a large Chinese shopping mall and several places of lodging.
Established industry is facing growing competition from new investors taking advantage of the mining sector growth, and also
the diversification of the Zambian economy to include more production of food and sustenance-based products. Neelkanth
Cables is one of the new investors and, after observing their steady progress, the team decided to investigate the operation. Neelkanth hosted us and not only did they give us a technical presentation on general cable manufacture, they gave us a tour of the facility and showed us various experimental processes, as they endeavour to provide application specific cable in line with the exacting needs of the Zambian market.
Members were exposed to the various stages of copper/steel cable production from raw materials through to finished product. The meshing of IT and production machinery that is modern automation inspired us, leading to some lively conversation on the bus ride back to Kitwe.
Vaal branch September 2020, 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 ...
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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 ...
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To address the skills shortage in the South African automation industry, the SAIMC plans to provide bursaries to students in fields of study related to automation and manufacturing.
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch September 2020, SAIMC
The branch held its first virtual meeting and sticking to ‘old regimes’ it was held on the first Wednesday of the month, but sadly not at the Durban Country Club.
Read more...Preparing South African business for the 4IR September 2020, SAIMC
Incorporated into Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect’s Automation Day, the SAIMC recently hosted a webinar under the title, ‘Preparing South African business for the 4IR, getting the business and technical frameworks right to ensure success’.
Read more...SAIMC: Johannesburg branch August 2020, SAIMC
Robert Wright of RJConnect discussed cyber security with the SAIMC members at the technology evening on 8 July. In this period, when so many people are working remotely and have meetings online, just ...
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At the technology evening on Wednesday 1 July, Rob Burns from Pepperl+Fuchs presented on Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer (APL) and the concepts and implications for the IIoT, collaboration, applications ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the office of the CEO August 2020, SAIMC
I read an article the other day titled “COVID-19 is accelerating 4IR – but SA may not be ready”. It refers to the fact that as one of the most unequal societies in the world, South Africa needs to facilitate ...
Read more...SAIMC: Cape Town branch August 2020, SAIMC
The last technology evening was held on the theme: “How secure is your Industrial Network?” The branch thanks presenter Rob Wright and RJ Connect for hosting this successful event. Rob is the managing ...