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From the Editor's desk: Digital transformation is more than just technology
May 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
While digitalisation offers new ways to increase operational efficiency, we see many companies battling to overcome the challenges. Particularly, they struggle to get past the ‘pilot’ stage, and are therefore ...

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From the editor’s desk: A real case for artificial intelligence
April 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
For many manufacturers, the era of mass production is drawing to a close. Changes in consumer behaviour have forced them to rethink their ‘economies of scale’ approaches as they reorganise to answer the ...

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From the editor’s desk: Predictive maintenance drives asset performance
Technews Industry Guide: Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Optimisation 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
The modern trend in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) tactics is to deploy a combination of continuous monitoring and cloud-based predictive analytic solutions. The underlying principle is early ...

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From the editor’s desk: Yokogawa adds sushi to the IIoT platter
March 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
At its 2016 User Group Conference in Johannesburg, Yokogawa whet the local market’s appetite for all things IIoT when it announced the development of a compact, low-cost wireless sensor. Aptly named the ...

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From the editor’s desk: Printing the future
February 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
3D printing – aka additive manufacturing – is the process by which material is solidified layer-on-layer to produce physical objects based on computerised models. While the idea is almost 40 years old ...

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From the editor's desk: Valve manufacturers drive new value through IIoT-enabled services
January 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Valve suppliers just joined the digital revolution in their quest to drive down total cost of ownership through performance-related monitoring solutions. What is surprising is that it took so long. After ...

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From the editor’s desk: Fresh start bridges the gap to optimism
December 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
At last South Africans have something to celebrate as we head into the end-of-year holiday season. Our troubles are far from over of course, but the recent changes in government leadership have given ...

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From the Editor's desk: Digitalisation in the mining industry
November 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
With South Africa now in recession, and the unemployment rate rising to over 27%, the government’s focus has quite rightly shifted to the issues of job creation and economic stimulus. This has put critical ...

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From the editor’s desk: Digital transformation includes people, and services
October 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Digital transformation, according to Microsoft, is about reimagining how we bring together people, data and processes to create value for customers and maintain a competitive advantage in a digital-first ...

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From the Editor's desk: Data centre power consumption set to triple
September 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
The Internet has become an indispensable part of modern society but we have created a monster, and it’s getting bigger every day. The world’s data centres – those global stores for the estimated 1200 petabytes ...

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From the editor’s desk: The changing shape of optical systems
August 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
A ground-breaking development in smartphone optics looks set to spill over into machine vision and other image-related applications. Unlike the eye, conventional optical systems depend on the movement ...

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From the editor’s desk: Ignition software, innovation or market disruptor?
July 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Innovation itself does not transform a company into a market disruptor, but it is forever a prerequisite. According to Forbes, all disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors. Generally ...

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From the editor's desk: Open process automation and digital twins
June 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
The ideas of The Open Process Automation Initiative first challenged traditional process control thinking at the ARC Industry Forum in 2016. The drive began within the ExxonMobil Corporation where a large ...

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From the editor's desk: The IIoT is behind new developments in EAM software
May 2018, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
In the manufacturing industry, a decisive shift is underway influenced by the need for better asset performance and optimised resource efficiency. These are the drivers behind the growth of the IIoT and ...

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