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Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Industry 4.0 adoption muted in South Africa

22nd May 2020 The adoption and impact of Industry 4.0 in South Africa is still relatively muted, compared to the rest of the world, with its biggest challenges being education, connectivity, and electricity and accessibility, says automation and machine building solutions provider S4 Integration marketing... 

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks

22nd May 2020 Owing to the current Covid-19 lockdown, initiatives are being rolled out in many countries, and owing to interruption, many businesses believe that they may have to deal with an industrial control systems (ICS) cyberattack, says cybersecurity solutions provider Kapersky Africa’s enterprise sales... 

Resilience paramount for Society 5.0 era

22nd May 2020 New strategies are necessary for socioeconomic inclusivity and sustainable development given the novelty of the era of Society 5.0 combined with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In this era, the fusing of biological, ecological, physical, technological and socio-political worlds is... 

Company approves R3m budget for Artisan 4.0

22nd May 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC) board has approved R3-million towards achieving its Artisan 4.0 vision by the end of 2020. Artisan 4.0 will enable an artisan to know about bearings, gearboxes and sequence starters because the basic principles of mechanics, electricity, forces and motion have... 

Pandemic prompts automation support, working remotely

22nd May 2020 Covid-19 has prompted the automation industry to continuously provide remote services and support, says nonprofit organisation Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) Africa vice chairperson Gerhard Greeff. The option of working remotely has always been acknowledged; however, this... 

PLC series well received locally

22nd May 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) says its AS200 programmable logic controller (PLC) series has been well received in South Africa, as it has one of the best price-to-performance ratios on the market currently. “It’s still a new PLC and... 

IP infringement to increase in 3D printing

15th May 2020 There is a likelihood that intellectual property (IP) infringement may increase, owing to the ease with which products can be reproduced by a layperson with the use of three-dimensional (3D) printing, says law firm Spoor & Fisher senior associate Marco Vatta. “3D printing technologies affect all... 

Next-generation machine tool introduced

8th May 2020 Automation company ABB has begun the introduction of its FlexLoader to the South African market. The FlexLoader, which next generation of machine tools, contains tending cells that are designed to feed machines and automate the handling of workpieces in production. 

Subscription model launched for African clients

1st May 2020 Mining software solutions provider MICROMINE has launched a new pay-as-you-go subscription model for African clients to keep pace with industry needs. The company notes that the struggle that smaller African companies face is getting enough capital investment into their operations. As a result,... 

Policies can assist OEMs with Africa’s automotive market

10th April 2020 Africa needs to have policies and incentives in place to help original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen (VW), gain access to the automotive market in Africa, says Deloitte Africa automotive industry leader Martyn Davies. Polices include the... 

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