PISA Conference with a difference

PISA LOGOPlastics Institute of South Africa Annual International Conference

Spier Estate, Stellenbosch

9 – 10 November 2017

Industry 4.0, Industrie 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.

Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory”. Within the modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, and via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and used by participants of the value chain.

Three leading SA universities who offer Polymer Training Programs will be participating viz. Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University. They will catalyse the events by involving academic staff and post graduate students, so that industry can provide guidance as to entry into this sector. Students’ presentations will be peer reviewed to maintain high standards and the participation of international students will also be encouraged.

As PISA is an institute representing members from the industrial sector, the events will be highly geared to providing a platform for industry captains and specialists to present about the latest technologies and trends.

Although not comprehensive, and by way of example, could include the following thrusts:
•    New Materials
•    Latest Conversion Technologies
•    Modern production technologies
•    Ancillary Equipment
•    Product Design and Testing
•    Automotive
•    Environmental
•    Training
•    Packaging
•    Medical
•    Consumer
•    Industry 4.0 (Internet of things)

2017 Technical Seminars

TUT Pretoria West Campus, IndustryGrid

Tuesday 6 June 2017:          15:00 to 20:00 Technical Seminar: The global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa, followed by Wine Tasting

Thursday 27 July 2017:        14:00 to 19:00 Technical Seminar followed by Wine Tasting
Thursday 21 Sep 2017:        14:00 to 19:00 Technical Seminar followed by Wine Tasting

Call for Papers

Presentations covering any aspect of the Polymer Industry in the context of Industry4.0 are encouraged to provide a window on the very exciting developments in the sector, either current or planned.

Papers should be of 30 minute duration including questions, and should be submitted to Bob Bond at bondrj@tut.ac.za including Title of Talk, Speaker Details, and a paragraph that will be featured in the official program.