IT in Manufacturing


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Augmented reality in hazardous areas
April 2020, Extech Safety Systems
Extech in collaboration with UtilityAR has unleashed the power of augmented reality (AR) in hazardous areas (Atex/IECEx/IA). Combining the power of UtilityAR and the iSafe HMT-1Z1 head mounted device, ...

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Digitisation and automation for mining: the only way forward
March 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa
A global specialist for factory automation, logistics and process automation applications, SICK Automation has over 44 000 products for the most challenging industry applications that require high precision proximity detection systems.

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2020 IT trends by Rittal South Africa
March 2020, Rittal
Rapid upgrades to data centres and rising energy consumption are key factors to consider.

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Allianz Risk Barometer 2020
March 2020
Cyber top peril for companies in South Africa.

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Finding the common thread in process industries
March 2020, Absolute Perspectives
Initially focused on financial management and MRP (materials resource planning), ERP has evolved to embrace the whole value chain, from vendor management, manufacturing, supply chain/logistics, customer relationship management and more.

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Smart engineering directly in the cloud
March 2020, Beckhoff Automation
PC-based control offers a central, open and comprehensive machine control platform ideal for delivering highly efficient, IoT-based automation strategies. It enables machines, plants and production lines ...

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Protect against DDoS attacks
February 2020
The recent slew of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against South African banks and ISPs have highlighted the fact that even the largest organisations with the latest security tools and solutions ...

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Siemens Industrial Edge takes cloud processing benefits to the field
February 2020, Siemens Digital Industries
With Industrial Edge, Siemens offers users the opportunity to close the gap between conventional local and cloud-based data processing, depending on individual requirements. With edge computing, large ...

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End-to-end supply chain visibility and analytics now a reality
February 2020
Line of sight is a challenge for many supply chain aspects, from the manufacturer to the wholesaler, distributor and the reseller, and even the end consumer. This lack of visibility and control results ...

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Micromine assists mining operations in the Industry 4.0 era
January 2020
Global trends such as Industry 4.0 are transforming the traditional methods deployed to extract ore from rock. Mining operations are instead looking at innovations such as automated drilling in high risk ...

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11th annual MESA Africa conference
January 2020
I recently attended the MESA conference held at the Zulu Inyala Country Manor.

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Blockchain technology in the food and beverage industry
December 2019, Schneider Electric South Africa
Advances in blockchain technology could enable the food and beverage industry (F&B) to enhance traceability. In the US alone, food recalls and food-borne illnesses cost some $77 billion per annum, including ...

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Digital twin allows process simulations
December 2019, Siemens Digital Industries
The high-tech company Grenzebach’s portfolio includes the simulation of material flow in complex plants in the glass industry, which it achieves using Siemens simulation solutions. Together, the two companies ...

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Game-changing digital solutions for mines
December 2019, SKF South Africa
With digitalisation creeping into the mining industry and transforming day-to-day operations, this sector is enhancing its Industry 4.0 operation and process compliancy. As a preferred supplier of premium ...

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Protect critical infrastructure and manufacturing plants
December 2019
As manufacturers around the world analyse and embrace the importance of being more connected to the IIoT, cybersecurity experts caution that the benefits of being interconnected come with a warning, and ...

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Extending analytics to EAM and operations users
December 2019
Today’s manufacturing operations and maintenance teams generate vast amounts of data in all forms.

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AI in manufacturing – revolutionary opportunity or well-trodden path?
December 2019, Absolute Perspectives
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a catchphrase used by marketers that attributes the characteristics of human intelligence to a computer system.

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Industrial Ethernet switches reflect ongoing evolution at the IIoT ‘thin edge’
January 2020
Today’s digital transformation strategies require data connectivity throughout the architecture to fulfil the quest for improved operations.

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RS Components introduces 4ZeroBox IIoT development system
January 2020, RS Components SA
RS Components has introduced the 4ZeroBox IIoT unit from Italian manufacturer TOI. 4ZeroBox is the hardware component of TOI’s 4ZeroPlatform, a plug-and-play data gathering, processing and reporting system ...

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IFS study reveals AI investments looming on the business horizon
January 2020
Global enterprise applications company, IFS, has announced the findings of a research study into the attitudes and strategies towards artificial intelligence (AI) among business leaders. The study polled ...

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