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December 2016 Edition 13.6

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The real and virtual worlds integrating at a steadily increased pace, the Internet of Things is pushing the evolutionary journey towards the fourth industrial revolution with various far reaching consequences. This fourth industrial revolution will not only herald change for the industrial sector, but will also have a major impact on how we live and work in general. Therefore, we are launching Africa 4.0 as a digital platform to the latest trends, technology and views regarding the IoT and Industry 4.0. Please subscribe to this magazine and always keep up to date with worldwide developments for smart factories, Industrial Internet of Things, smart manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and more.

Now Launching: AFRICA 4.

Now Launching: AFRICA 4. Cover Story Information, Tech Trends Interviews and More... Utilizing the next Revolution. 8TH ANNUAL MESA AFRICA CONFERENCE - 17/18 NOVEMBER 2016 MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International is a global non-profit community of miners, refiners, manufacturers, producers, industry leaders, and solution providers who are focused on driving business results from industrial plant, process, mining and manufacturing information. MESA helps members formulate strategies to turn plant-floor data into valuable knowledge that is used throughout an enterprise, to provide effective Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). The annual MESA Africa conference is a 2-day event hosted within the economic hub of Southern Africa, in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The Conference theme for this year 2016 was “Mastering the 4th Industrial Revolution – Smart MOM 4 Industrie“, which attracted 98 registrations from around South Africa. Three commanding opening keynote presentations were delivered, as follows: 1. I n d u s t r y 4 . 0 R e s e a r c h R e s u l t s ( P W C Partner/Director Pieter Theron) - The presentation highlighted the noteworthy increase in industrial digitisation that is predicted to generate significant addition revenue growth from digital products and services, over the next 5 years. During this presentation the enablement of industrial companies to optimise customer relations through digital collaboration, at different levels, was emphasized. Nevertheless, the absence of a rooted digital culture and the associated training, was outlined as the most important challenge for industrial companies, to successfully do digital business in the foreseeable future. 2. Technology Trends in a Disruptive Age (Sasol Head of Group MES Architecture Gerhard Botha) - The presentation explored the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on industry, and introduced the concept of Industry 4.0 - the 4th industrial revolution. The presenter unpacked the capabilities required by a company to successfully exploit the opportunities presented by the IoT, and suggested a transformation roadmap companies could consider to ensure that they were not rendered obsolete during the next industrial cycle. 3. IoT and other Disruptive Technology (Altron Group Executive: Technology and Strategy Dr.Willie Oosthuizen) – The presenter unpacked converging technologies for smart environments and integrated ecosystems. He highlighted the practical impact of this industrial revolution on everyday private and business life. The presentation outlined macro-economic trends such as autonomous connected motors cars and smart homes, and multitenant cloud-based ecosystems. Eight user presentations were delivered by r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s f r o m t h e m i n i n g a n d manufacturing and industry sectors, and sponsors this year included Siemens, Wonderware SA, Bytes PMC, OSISoft, Business Connexion, SAIMC, Afrihost and Yokogawa. The voted best user presentation was for Asset Performance Measurement in the mining industry with special focus on concentrators. A conceptual model, which was tested and verified across seven concentrators at a major PGM producer in South Africa with actual data, was well presented as a concept that can be used in the industry. Other presentations included: Magazine The real and virtual worlds integrating at a steadily increased pace, the Internet of Things is pushing the evolutionary journey towards the fourth industrial revolution with various far reaching consequences. This fourth industrial revolution will not only herald change for the industrial sector, but will also have a major impact on how we live and work in general. Therefore, we are launching Africa 4.0 as a digital platform to the latest trends, technology and views regarding the IoT and Industry 4.0. Please subscribe to this magazine and always keep up to date with worldwide developments for smart factories, Industrial Internet of Things, smart manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and more. 1. An application that filters through huge volumes of data to find the information that reveals critical truths, and allows for game changing operational decisions, in a manufacturing environment. Working towards achieving an accurate and reliable mass balance, this application effectively demonstrated the use of available data to monitor staff activities, stock movement and production figures, to achieve stable processes and eliminate problems; in doing so ensuring that all possible benefits are derived from the data. 2. An application where, despite resource constraints and other challenges, a MES implementation within the MOM layer derives significant transformation in the way in which the business operates. The first part of the presentation demystified the confusion surrounding the definition of MES and MOM and then outlined how the ISA-95 standard has become the de-facto way of describing the various layers of MOM software. The integration methods with other level three MOM systems; such as LIMS, as well as future integration with home grown systems, were also presented, 3. A n a p p l i c a t i o n j o u r n e y t o w a r d s t h e implementation of an advanced scheduling solution. This presentation covered the operational environment, scheduling technology employed and difficulties experienced prior to the start of the journey. Also the issues faced and problems overcome during the implementation process and review of the operating procedure and benefits achieved, as a result of implementing advanced scheduling technology. 4. A MES/OMS system in the mining space with material tracking, overcoming integration complications between systems, and the generation of accurate production reports from historians. In this application implemented systems included system visibility on a daily basis across mining operations, and material tracking systems to cater for time based, as well as batched operations. The presentation further included metals accounting, operator log sheets, charting, Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE), loop monitoring, statistical process control, weighbridge management, LIMS reporting, and operational KPI measurement. 5. A tracking application that required accurate genealogy in an application where each final product is made up of 14 individual parts, and where the manufacturing processes uses 100's of different recipes and 150 raw materials, to manufacture 20 material types in 21 processes. To add to the complexity the process is made up of 81 machines and ending up in 148 moulding cavities with raw material batch's that have a shelf-life of only 7 days. The presentation showed how the manufacturer approached the challenges, listed the over 137 hardware components and explained how the 100 software MES client licenses enabled the final solution successfully. Overall the MESA Africa 2016 Conference was praised by several attendees for being an even better success than previous years, and a great value contributor to the Southern African industrial community. Looking forward, the 2017 conference is planned for 16 and 17 November 2017, whilst at least four Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions are proposed in Johannesburg during March 2017 and September 2017, in Pretoria during August 2017 and then for the first time in Port Elizabeth during May 2017. Participation in the KZN Industrial Technology Exhibition, together with a SIG in that region in also proposed during July 2017. http://www.mesa-africa.org/

Now Launching: 8TH ANNUAL MESA AFRICA CONFERENCE 2016: MASTERING THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AFRICA 4. Information, Tech Trends Interviews and More... Utilizing the next Revolution. Halilou Mohaman, Boxmore Andre Brits, Daniiel Spies

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