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From the editor's desk: AI in manufacturing and a virtual exhibition booth
October 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Artificial intelligence (AI) is seen by many as the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), yet its vision is not fundamentally new. The ideas have been around since the mid 1950s, but progress ...

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From the editor's desk: Digital transformation or the way of the dinosaur?
September 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) recently had its fair share of exposure in South African industry circles. First, the German & EU Chamber’s Working Group Industry 4.0 kicked off a series of online ...

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From the editor's desk: Digital twins are the means not the end
August 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
One of the more ethereal ideas introduced by Industry 4.0 is that of the digital twin. Actually, the idea of the twin is not new and has been around since NASA introduced the first virtual environment ...

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From the editor's desk: Coronavirus pulls the trigger on digital transformation
July 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
The general consensus among economists is that the disruption to global markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic is going to result in economic upheaval of proportions not seen since the disastrous ...

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From the editor's desk: The virtual business assistant
June 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), Editor's Choice
Enter robotic process automation (RPA), a disruptive workplace technology that uses software “robots” to mimic many of the repetitive interactions human beings have with their computers. It performs such ...

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From the editor’s desk: Loop signatures and digital postage during lockdown
May 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
In this month’s issue, we publish the first updated version of Michael Brown’s Loop Signature series of articles, the material that forms the basis for his popular control loop training courses.  ...

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From the editor's desk: AI is manufacturing’s new companion
April 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Artificial intelligence (AI) is not new. In fact, the ideas have been around since the 1950s when Enigma code breaker, Alan Turing, discussed the building of intelligent machines in a scientific paper ...

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From the editor's desk: Maintenance is the new cool
Technews Industry Guide: Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Optimisation 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
An interesting spin-off of digitalisation in today’s manufacturing plants is how it has elevated the maintenance department from obscurity to the status of primary organisational profit driver. Preventative ...

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From the editor's desk: Digital twins require digital threads and therein lies the rub
March 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
It’s interesting to see how the use of digital twins to drive production efficiency is maturing thanks to the cost-effective implementation technologies of the IIoT. One of the bottlenecks to wider adoption ...

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From the editor's desk: Technology trends for 2020
February 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Since no objective rules exist for determining the next big thing, prophesy-style articles are simply the opinion of their authors, and contradictory views abound. The market for commodities is a good ...

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From the editor's desk: The power of 23
December 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Have you ever looked back on a year and wondered how you survived it? For the majority of South Africans, 2019 was such a year. It started benignly enough, cosily wrapped in the blanket of Ramaphoria ...

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The IIoT edge is evolving
January 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
In its IIoT context, the edge is traditionally understood to be a kind of half-way point between the plant and the cloud. Physically hard to define, the edge acts as a repository for data collected from ...

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From the Editor's desk: Emerson unveils its digital nexus at Nashville Exchange
November 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Lal Karsanbhai, executive president Emerson Automation Solutions, launched this year’s American User Group Exchange with an announcement that positioned Industry 4.0 front and centre in the company’s ...

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From the editor's desk: IT-OT integration becoming a must, but there are challenges
October 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
We’re seeing the insecurity around digital transformation start to fade as the history of case studies builds to show how enlightened manufacturing companies have applied the ideas to rationalise their ...

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