Innovation, education key to SA transition to Industrie 4.0
The Fourth Industrial Revolution or ‘Industrie 4.0’ is forever changing the world of manufacturing and automation. To keep pace with global trends, South Africa must invest in education and innovation, experts say.
Speaking ahead of the Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference to be held in Johannesburg next month, industry stakeholders noted that the paradigm shift being forced by Industrie 4.0 will demand that South African industries ‘unlearn and relearn’ in order to stay relevant.
The Fourth Industrial revolution builds on the Third – the digital revolution – and is characterised by the fusion of physical, digital technologies and the biological worlds. Industrie 4.0 is evolving at an exponential pace, starting with the industrial internet and manufacturing, and spreading to impact industries across the board.
The European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic service and partner of the Africa Automation Fair, believes that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will demand the mass upgrading of the digital skills of workers. Massimo De Luca, head of trade and economics at the delegation of the EU to SA, says: “Industrie 4.0 will create a shift from mass production to customised and creative solutions. Innovation and creativity will be key. Emphasis on education all the more necessary.”
Oratile Sematle, President of Africa Automation Fair partner the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC), says: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution/ Internet of Things is reshaping the face of industry, connecting everything to everything and leveraging on the emerging computing capacity to automate industries.”
He notes there is a growing focus on the emerging concept of the ‘innovation zero’, a concept that encapsulates the innovative solutions that are demanded by emerging socioeconomic forces, punctuated by a sense of morality and common good. “These are innovative solutions that seek to achieve for example, zero waste/emissions (e.g. petrochemical industries), zero defects (e.g. manufacturing), zero breaches of security (e.g. cyber security), zero accidents (e.g. self-driving vehicles) etc. These are areas of business that require a greater paradigm shift in the space of automation. For example it is expected that self-driving cars will dominate the transportation industry as early as 2025,” Sematle says.
As a catalyst and the driving force behind transformation of the automation industry, SAIMC is focusing on priorities including seeking the registration of automation as a separate engineering discipline; working with tertiary institutions to align education and training to the needs of industry; and working with SABS in customising industry standards for the South African environment in a changing landscape.
Hanli Goncalves, conference director of the Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference, says South African stakeholders must adapt in line with the Industrie 4.0 revolution.
“Industrie 4.0 is changing the face of industry and is a key topic across the US and Europe at the moment. To help fast-track change locally, we are bringing leading European experts to South Africa to update South African public and private sector players, large manufacturing and processing plants, and the petrochemical, automotive and mining sectors on Industrie 4.0 trends and best practice internationally.”
Africa Automation Fair and the Connected Industries conference have been endorsed by, and secured the participation of, a significant number of local and international industry bodies, as well as the South African Departments of Trade and Industry and Science and Technology. Representatives of the Department of Science and Technology, the European Union Embassy and Chamber of Commerce; the German Embassy and Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Black Management Forum; the Universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg; industry bodies and leading enterprises will participate.
The Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference will be staged alongside Pollution and Waste Technology Africa from 6-8 June 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding. It will focus on the changes wrought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, assessing its global impact, the technology and infrastructural requirements behind the revolution and the impact it will have on efficiency and quality.
Entry to the exhibition area is free to visitors who register before the end of May; while Africa Automation Fair conference seats and tables at the gala dinner may be booked online at http://www.reedexpoafrica.co.za/AfricaAutomationFair/
Fourth Industrial Revolution – pollution and waste management technologies to go on show in Johannesburg
Waste to Energy programmes, the subject of growing international and South African focus, will be a key topic of discussion during workshops alongside an upcoming pollution and waste technology exhibition in Johannesburg.
Pollution and Waste Technology Africa, to be staged at the Ticketpro Dome in June this year, will showcase the latest pollution and waste management technologies on the market. Workshops alongside the exhibition, themed around the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will have a key focus on Waste to Energy challenges and opportunities in South Africa.
This fast-emerging area of environmental and waste management grew to a global market size of over $20 billion by 2015, and the thermal Waste to Energy market alone is expected to top $29 billion by 2023, according to research by Global Market Insights.
This growth is driven by environmental factors, challenges in managing proliferating waste volumes, and renewable energy directives from governments around the world. In South Africa, the government’s focus on environmental initiatives and renewable energy sources has driven an increased focus on Waste to Energy. Recently, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced a $4.22 million worth Waste to Energy project in Pretoria, and the City of Cape Town officially opened a R400m Waste to Energy conversion plant in Athlone.
“Waste to Energy technologies present solutions to a number of challenges we face today,” says Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions, organisers of Pollution and Waste Technology Africa.
“However, optimising the potential of Waste to Energy and improving waste management in general, demands collaboration from all stakeholders. For example, infrastructure and architecture, from which 40% of all pollution is generated, must contribute to the discussion on new design models, technologies and materials, so that the entire value chain contributes to finding solutions to environmental challenges.
The Pollution and Waste Technology Africa exhibition and workshops will serve as a platform to bring together stakeholders from across public and private sector, in the academic, scientific, health and safety, engineering, environmental, water and waste management sectors, to discover the new methodologies and technologies for waste management in South Africa.”
Pollution and Waste Technology Africa, to be co-located with Africa Automation Fair 2017 and the Connected Industries conference, will address the latest developments around Waste to Energy plans among its conference and workshop topics. Other key issues to come under discussion will be technologies to address air pollution, e-waste: the fastest-growing waste stream, innovations in air quality monitoring and digital solutions for waste management. The exhibition will showcase energy, environmental, waste and water systems, risk assessment and management solutions, smart cities technology and more.
The event will be attended by a broad range of stakeholders, including engineers, technology developers, manufacturers, local authorities and utilities, medical stakeholders, researchers and educational stakeholders, and professionals in the pollution, energy, water, waste and environmental industries.
Pollution and Waste Technology Africa, Africa Automation Fair 2017 and the Connected Industries conference will be held from 6-8 June 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding, Johannesburg.
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Venue: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
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