IT in Manufacturing


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Next-generation hybrid power unit for Formula 1
January 2024, Siemens South Africa, Editor's Choice
Red Bull Ford Powertrains has leveraged the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of industry software from Siemens Digital Industries Software to develop the next-generation hybrid ICE/electric driven power unit for the 2026 Formula 1 racing season.

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Five-point action plan to decarbonise South African mining
November 2023, ABB South Africa
Decarbonising the mining industry requires a purposeful methodology combined with a suite of solutions. ABB’s automation and digital portfolio empowers miners to succeed in their all-electric ambitions.

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Scaling up battery recycling
November 2023, ABB South Africa, Electrical Power & Protection
ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement with UK-based clean technology group, Altilium to jointly explore how the integration of automation, electrification and digital technologies in plants across Europe can support the scaling up of battery materials recycling.

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Implementing industrial-grade cybersecurity
November 2023, Emerson Automation Solutions
Increasing capability and connectivity generate greater cybersecurity concerns. Internet connectivity and the adoption of Wi-Fi on the plant floor opens doors for bad actors to access all types of digital assets. Whereas in years past the availability of industrial digital devices was paramount, today confidentiality and integrity play equally important roles.

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How far can ML and AI go in food & beverage?
November 2023
AI can date its origins back to the 1950s. What we are actually seeing today are the results of decades of research and technological developments. When it comes to the food and beverage sector, things are no different and more businesses are reaping the benefits of AI technologies.

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Creating intelligence in oil and gas
November 2023, Schneider Electric South Africa
The oil and gas industry plays a major role in the global economy, and has in recent years come under increasing pressure to meet sustainability targets, while still maintaining high levels of operations and lowering the end-to-end lifecycle costs of its assets. Fortunately, thanks to advances in connectivity and digital analytics, they can move towards a position that allows them to enter the next phase of advanced organisational and process management in tandem with sustainability goals.

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Unleashing the future of mining
January 2024, RJ Connect
With the demand for critical minerals for the clean energy transition surging, the World Bank predicts a 500% increase in their production by 2050. For the mining industry, this means unprecedented growth. But it also faces a plethora of internal and external challenges. In response to these constant changes, mining operations are proactively embracing digital transformation, leveraging technologies such as automation, unmanned systems and AI for image recognition to enhance operational efficiency and safety.

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How the evolving cloud is driving growth
November 2023
Cloud technology has become a driving force for South African companies to adapt their IT infrastructure. They are blending cloud services with on-premises solutions to harness the best from a multi-cloud, hybrid world. The conversation now is is about figuring out the optimal blend.

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Process automation for sustainable mining
November 2023, Schneider Electric South Africa
Process automation plays a vital role in making the mining industry more sustainable. By leveraging advanced automation systems, mining companies can optimise resource utilisation, minimise energy consumption, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Futureproofing networks
November 2023, RJ Connect
The rise of smart manufacturing has seen a growing number of cyberthreats in the industrial sector as an unintended consequence of the convergence of IT and OT. While this achieves better efficiency and creates greater value, it also exposes traditionally isolated OT systems to all kinds of cyberattacks.

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Megatrends shaping the auto industry
November 2023, Editor's Choice
The automotive industry is in the midst of a technology-driven revolution that will not only advance the safety and sustainability of transportation, but also transform how consumers interact with their vehicles and the OEM brands behind them.

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Smart manufacturing: the future is now
November 2023
Intelligent technologies at a device layer are disrupting the manufacturing industry by managing and monitoring production outputs and keeping operational costs down.

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How multinationals can drive growth and skills transfer in the African data centre market
October 2023, Schneider Electric South Africa
The outlook for data centre growth on the African continent looks bullish. Its younger generation is well equipped to adapt to the continuous changes in the digital environment. This demographic advantage will fast track Africa’s strengthening role in the global data centre marketplace.

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Enhancing safety and productivity in mining operations
November 2023
Modern technology has become an integral part of mining operations, ensuring safety and improving productivity. Booyco Electronics, a leading player in proximity detection solutions, is at the forefront of these innovations with its gamechanging offering, the BEAMS software solution.

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Classifying data effectively to leverage value
October 2023
As the understanding that data insights can drive leadership and innovation gains traction, businesses have become increasingly data focused. While data collection is nothing new, the reality is that many organisations have no idea what data they have, where it is located, and how it can be most effectively leveraged.

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Responsible and ethical AI process automation
October 2023, Schneider Electric South Africa
By using machine learning (ML) and complex algorithms to analyse structured and unstructured data, businesses can use the decision-making engine of AI to develop a knowledge base and formulate predictions based on the data.

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Harnessing generative AI in the enterprise
October 2023
AI has certainly been hitting the headlines in 2023. What about in an enterprise environment? How can businesses harness the potential power of this truly transformative technology, and to what end?

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Fortify your defences
October 2023
In today’s interconnected world, network security is of paramount importance for businesses. It is crucial for businesses to adopt robust network security best practices to protect their sensitive data and critical systems.

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Enabling machine builders to detect machine issues
October 2023, Industrial Data Xchange (IDX)
The new Talk2M Visualisation functionality enables machine builders to easily visualise machine data to study trends, create dashboards, set up alarms, and provide user-controlled access to any aspect of the customers’ machines.

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Gen AI for business-to-business
October 2023
Advancements in applications like Chat GPT have fuelled a surge in interest surrounding Generative Artificial Intelligence. However, while a lot of buzz is being driven in the consumer space, the B2B market remains largely untapped.

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