The end of the year is almost upon us. Have you taken the opportunity to ask yourself what has really changed for you this year? In some areas we have seen significant and exponential change. Automation and Industry 4.0 have shown significant and exponential development. But has this changed anything for you as an individual? Or, maybe the best question to ask is if you understand the impact it has on your future? Are things changing and you are not realising that you are adapting? Or maybe resisting the change?
We are part of a great time in history where innovation is happening at such a rapid pace that we can almost not predict what will happen two years from now. We now have technologies that enable us to use tremendous amounts of data to solve our daily problems. But, I think we have to ask ourselves if we are using this era optimally? Are we collaborating and using every opportunity to be part of multi-disciplinary collaborations to solve problems efficiently? Perhaps a difficult question to answer, especially in the business world, where you might not be the decision maker choosing the way forward.
Within education we are seeing a big drive for change and collaboration between industries to ensure that our educational institutions provide for the future skills needed. We still have a long way to go, but there is hope. People are indeed challenging the old ways of doing things. We are all on a journey of change and each needs to take it at a pace that they can handle. The SAIMC has multiple individuals working towards a common goal to be the ‘voice of automation’, which guides the country to prepare and adapt. If you ever want to be part of this, I urge you to get into contact with us and tell us where you want to contribute.
Sometimes however, it can all be overwhelming. Just dealing with normal life can be a challenge. But, as South Africans, we are very adaptable and have shown the ability to innovate, even in conditions where others would lose hope. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. Take it one day at a time.
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 ...