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From the editor's desk: Is additive manufacturing poised to go mainstream?
March 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
As digital manufacturing technology pushes its way further towards the production floor, additive manufacturing (3D printing) is emerging as a viable option to complement the more traditional methods ...

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From the editor's desk: PID controllers and smart production line configuration
October 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
In his article this issue, control loop expert Michael Brown tackles the subject of PID controllers, and how these are most definitely not all created equal. For many automation engineers, proper tuning ...

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From the Editor's Desk: RFID in track and trace applications
September 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Like a few other technologies of the fourth industrial era, radio frequency identification (RFID) has been around for some time. Now though, thanks to falling costs and improved reliability, it is fast ...

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From the editor's desk: Manufacturing CIOs must confront new challenges
July 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
Disruption is driving change in many areas and the manufacturing industry is no exception. Globalisation has increased competition, which is forcing manufacturing companies to find new ways to reduce ...

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From the Editor's desk: Bryan Baxter talks cybersecurity
August 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
This month, SA Instrumentation and Control welcomes Bryan Baxter to the editorial fold. Bryan, a 20-year IT Industry veteran, recently joined Wolfpack Information Risk where his extensive knowledge of ...

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Foreword: Automation and OPC UA key to sustainable manufacturing
Technews Industry Guide: Sustainable Manufacturing 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
According to the USA’s National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing is the creation of products through processes that are non-polluting, conserve resources, and are economically ...

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From the editor’s desk: Google partnership brings OT and IT closer together
June 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
The recent announcement by Siemens and Google Cloud that the two will cooperate to develop AI-based solutions for manufacturing combines the best of both the OT and the IT worlds. As an industrial automation ...

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From the editor's desk: Quantum sensors might soon be commercially available
May 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
In 1927, at a conference in Brussels, a new theory burst onto the scene. The literati of the day’s theoretical physicists had gathered to hammer out an accurate description of the nature of matter on ...

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From the editor's desk: Sustainability – the holy grail of digital transformation
April 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
As we head into our post-pandemic future, one of the morals we are left with is the importance of sustainability in business. So, while industry leaders ponder how best to incorporate sustainability into ...

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From the editor's desk: Automating the food supply chain now a priority
February 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
While the world rests in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, maintaining an efficient food supply chain has become progressively more difficult. Given that social distancing and other health and safety ...

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From the editor's desk: Hardwired to survive, can we beat coronavirus in 2021?
January 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
According to the Smithsonian, it was around four million years ago that our earliest ancestors broke the evolutionary mould and walked upright for the very first time. Over the course of the next few ...

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From the editor's desk: Isolation economy could quicken the pace of 4IR adoption
November 2020, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control), News
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a problem that the manufacturing industry was already uncomfortably aware of – its traditional ecosystems are too cumbersome to cope with the variety of choice ...

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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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