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.
SAIMC: From the President's desk October 2019, SAIMC
It is spring again in South Africa and what a gorgeous time of year. Within the SAIMC, there is also continuous improvement, working towards our 2023 strategic goals. SAIMC structure changes
As the ...
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The August technology evening we was hosted by Yokogawa at the Bryanston Sports Club. The theme was to find out more about the difference between a PLC and a DCS, where the PLC came from, some PLC theory, ...
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At the technology evening on 1 August, Katlego Setwaba from Pepperl+Fuchs gave a presentation on ‘Explosion protection with a focus on purge and pressurisation’.
The effects of accidental fires or ...
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At the August Technology Evening, Busisiwe Zikalala from WIKA gave a presentation titled: Sensor protection methods.
Process sensors come in many forms. In addition to the big four: temperature, pressure, ...
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The Durban branch’s September technology meeting was opened by our COO, Johan Maartens, giving a brief overview of the reasoning behind the changes to the SAIMC’s organisation. He clearly and concisely ...
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Jobs and skills of the future are continuously at the forefront of discussions. The impact that Industry 4.0 will have on us all makes us question what the future holds. Automaton is enhancing lives, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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’.