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Smart pumping solves infrastructure problems

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 Outdated water management infrastructure is threatening to “spiral out of control” as the global population grows, says digitalisation and automation technology company Schneider Electric South Africa product manager Jaque Mare, who claims that smart pumping technology is the solution. According... 

Controlling several flow rates simultaneously with the new Festo Motion Terminal app

12th October 2021 The Festo Motion Terminal VTEM combines digitalisation and pneumatics. Quickly activated Motion Apps are revolutionising pneumatics by increasing flexibility, energy efficiency and accelerating production processes. Thanks to the new Motion App “Flow control”, the VTEM now makes filling... 

Better tech. Better asset registers. Better decision-making

11th October 2021 A good foundation keeps a house standing and protects you from untimely losses. The same goes for the management of physical assets, where a proper asset register forms the foundation for all decisions made about your organisation’s tangible assets. Knowing what assets you have, what condition... 

Digital Transformation | A reality check

11th October 2021 Digital transformation is high on the agenda of many companies across the world and all industries. The manufacturing industry has been flooded with IoT and digitalisation-based content, including videos, webinars and articles. The solutions often seem too advanced and very pricey. IoT is not new... 

Kearney unpacks the decentralised power transition in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2021 Africa is on the cusp of a transition into a new energy paradigm, one in which technological and commercial innovation is delivering increasingly decentralised power to the continent in new ways, says consultancy Kearney. Kearney has outlined in a white paper, the overarching strategic... 

De Ruyter reiterates Eskom’s need to adapt to the changing energy landscape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2021 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says there are significant efficiency gains to be made by embracing digitalisation at the State-owned power utility. Speaking during the second day of the Joburg Indaba on October 7, he unpacked the changing energy provider landscape in South Africa.  

New initiative aims to increase smartphone access to narrow mobile Internet use gap

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th October 2021 Vodafone Group and the United Nation’s (UN’s) International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have partnered to launch an initiative aimed at identifying policy, commercial and circular-economy interventions to increase smartphone access. Of the 3.7-billion people not connected to the Internet,... 

Structural transformation

By: Riaan de Lange     8th October 2021 Could this be the latest South African economic buzzword? Structural transformation, that is. In its publication, Structural Transformation in Developing Countries: Cross Regional Analysis, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) defines it thus: “The transition of an economy... 

Consultancy emphasises the role of employees as mines modernise

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th October 2021 To reap the full benefits of mining modernisation in South Africa, the industry needs to start with its people rather than the technologies, says business consulting firm OIM Consulting MD Arjen de Bruin. Mining companies are positively embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South Africa;... 

Sapics conference experts explore the promise and pitfalls of supply chain digitalisation

7th October 2021 Digital transformation is at the top of most organisations’ agendas today. Supply chain digitalisation aims to leverage digital technologies to ensure that supply chains are more connected, have end-to-end visibility, are more resilient, flexible, efficient and cost effective than ever before.... 

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