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From the editor's desk: Hardwired to survive, can we beat coronavirus in 2021?
January 2021, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
May 2020, Editor's Choice

Have you ever wished someone would automate the daily grind of routine tasks and set you free to focus on the more engaging aspects of your job?
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From the editor's desk: The virtual business assistant
June 2020, 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, 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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EtherCAT Technology Group seminars postponed due to coronavirus pandemic
May 2020, News

The series of EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) seminars, scheduled to be held in South Africa from 22-29 October, has had to be postponed due to the uncertainty relating to travel and event hosting as ...
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In memoriam: Vivienne Caroline Dorrington - 19 June 1958 – 21 April 2020
May 2020, News

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our CEO, Vivienne Dorrington, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Like her father, Ray Beaumont, who founded Technews Publishing in 1985, ...
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From the editor's desk: AI is manufacturing’s new companion
April 2020, 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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