SA businesses still in their comfort zone when it comes to AI – expert

  Despite pockets of excellence, there is a massive gap among South African businesses between understanding the impact of using technology and actually moving to embrace that technology, according to Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx. Moreover, many have flagged poor connectivity as a barrier to moving ahead. “The secret that South African businesses should understand is that technology is not the enemy, but your ally,” Goldstuck said at the SAIPA Accounting Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday.   More than half of businesses he recently surveyed indicated that they…

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OPINION: How automation can help people add value

    OHANNESBURG –  Mention automation in any conversation these days and the first thing that springs to mind is job losses. In much the same way that AI is inextricably associated with the rise of the machines and the fall of humans, so automation is inevitably linked to job losses.   For a country like South Africa, which just released its highest unemployment figures since 2003, this is potentially devastating. Or is it?   Automation – and specifically robotic process automation (RPA) – is indeed seeing back office processes and…

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RTS Africa Group gets a ‘Fair’ chance to highlight its many leading industrial automation solutions.

  For the past three decades, the RTS Group has been introducing pioneering solutions to South Africa’s various industrial challenges. At the recent Africa Automation Fair held at the Ticketpro Dome in northern Johannesburg, the company joined the 124 other exhibitors in a quality exposition of control and automation. “South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly,” says RTS Africa group MD Ian Fraser. The advantages of automation, he explains, are considerable and include higher production rates, better productivity, better use of materials improved product…

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Managing the march towards zero-touch service

Earlier this year, Gartner released its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management, and while  IFS understands service and flexibility required to deliver for our customers, the report is full of other pieces of enlightening information. In addition to its vendor reports, Gartner also uses the Magic Quadrant Earlier this year, Gartner released its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management, and while  IFS understands service and flexibility required to deliver for our customers, the report is full of other pieces of enlightening information as an opportunity to discuss the…

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What’s trending? Manufacturing trends for 2019

In 2018, KFC ran out of chicken, we sent a car into space and we all had to decide if we heard Yanny or Laurel in an audio clip. As we start a new year, we have a lot to look forward to, particularly in manufacturing. Each new year brings new technologies and processes to increase digitalisation and improve our results. Here are three areas of manufacturing that could trend in 2019. In 2018, manufacturers have focused on implementing Industry 4.0 technologies including, automation, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sophisticated software…

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Schneider Electric brings a new era of automation control with the Modicon M580

  Johannesburg South Africa, 16 April 2019; Schneider Electric’s new high-end Modicon M580 Ethernet programmable automation controller (ePAC) features redundant processors, native Ethernet, and cybersecurity embedded into its very core. It combines native Ethernet capabilities, high performance, high availability for processors and networks, improved industrial cybersecurity, greater flexibility in design and improved agility for operations. The Internet of things (IoT), is the extension of Internet connectivity into a plethora of devices and everyday objects we rely on to run our homes and businesses. Fitted with sensors and Internet connectivity, these…

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Extracting dust – and great value – RTS Africa’s spin filters provide mines with a cost-effective dust extraction solution

Often the simplest solutions are the best, and leading engineering solutions provider RTS Africa’s inertial spin filters are a very good example of this universal truth in action. They employ a basic principle of physics very effectively, using a vortex to remove 98% of all dust particles down to 15 microns, 93 % of particulate matter above 10 microns and for that which is above 5 microns, a spin filter will remove 80% of all airborne particles. “This makes RTS spin filters eminently suitable for filtering air supplied into MCC…

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Yokogawa Establishes Yokogawa Norge –Expanding our business in the renewable energy, pharmaceutical, and food industries–

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that it has established a subsidiary in Norway to engage in the sale of control products and provision of related services. The subsidiary, Yokogawa Norge, was established on February 14. Renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, and foods are targeted under Yokogawa’s Transformation 2020 mid-term business plan, and each of these industries enjoys good prospects for growth in Norway. The country has played a leading role in Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy and is diversifying its economy to lessen its dependence on natural resources. In the…

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RCL Foods turns to Schneider Electric to modernise Pongola mill operations

When Durban-based RCL Foods embarked on a modernisation journey at one of its three sugar mills, it turned to Schneider Electric. The company has over 20,000 employees across three core divisions, consumer, sugar and milling, and logistics. Its Pongola mill is one of three sugar mills which collectively produce over 544,310.8 tonnes of sugar annually. Situated in the north of KwaZulu-Natal, the mill’s distributed control system (DCS) system for the juice preparation and crystallisation areas was obsolete, and in desperate need of an upgrade. This caused the mill to suffer…

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80% of Project Management tasks could be eliminated by 2030 due to AI

CAPE TOWN – Data and analytics firm Gartner released data which suggested that by 2030, 80 percent of the work of today’s project management (PM) discipline will be eliminated as artificial intelligence (AI) takes on traditional PM functions such as data collection, tracking and reporting. Daniel Stang, research vice president at Gartner said in a statement: ” AI is going to revolutionize how program and portfolio management (PPM) leaders leverage technology to support their business goals.” “Right now, the tools available to them do not meet the requirements of digital business.” Gartner predicts AI-enabled Project…

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