PISA’s Annual International Conference 2017


Grab this opportunity to attend the PISA International Conference, aspire to a hole-in-one and an entirely new perspective on where the industry is heading.

The Plastics Institute of Southern Africa (PISA), Plastics South Africa (PSA), The Manufacturing, Engineering and related Services Seta (MerSeta), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and Stellenbosch University (SU) take pleasure in announcing the

Annual International Conference and Golf Day, taking place from 9 – 10 November 2017

TUT in partnership with Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany, will be presenting the latest European Trends in modern manufacture, aligned with the 4th Industrial Revolution as Keynote Addresses. The Keynote Speakers include highly rated Professors from German Institutions.

Get the creative juices flowing – polymerise and galvanise our collective futures in manufacture!

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The conference runs over two days, with an industrial bias on the Thursday, and post graduate students from Tshwane University of Technology and Stellenbosch University presenting the results of their post graduate studies, complemented by the Doctoral Students of FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, all of whom are undertaking their doctoral studies locally at TUT.

Exhibition space will be available for companies to market themselves, at R1 000 per table in the conference reception area.

A gala dinner, hosted by MerSeta, is planned for Thursday evening, 9 November.  All conference speakers and delegates are invited to attend.

Ensure that you participate in the PISA Western Cape Golf Day on Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 as well.


Some of the interesting talks include:

Mobile Robotics in the context of Industry 4.0 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Kallweit, University of Applied Sciences Aachen/Tshwane University of Technology

“Industry 4.0” is more than standard industrial automation with additional intelligent sensors. The complete scenario includes new ways of logistics, supply chain management, data acquisition, prediction and online adaptation of the manufacturing process. The “smart” factory should adapt over time to the needs of the production process. One major component is robots, which can act autonomously and solve specific tasks on their own.

Prof. Stephan Kallweit is professor for Automation and Robotics at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and the Tshwane University of Technology. His main research fields are autonomous mobile systems and the necessary sensors. Prof. Jörg Wollert is a colleague of Prof. Kallweit and one of the leading industry 4.0 research fellows in Germany, giving a lot of concrete input to the main topics associated with Industry 4.0. Prof. Nils Luft is specialized in Production planning, intra logistics and factory planning and as well member of the University of Applied Sciences Aachen.

The Path Towards Industry 4.0 – Challenges and Opportunities Prof Oliver Damm, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

The rapid emerging digitalisation and integration of products, processes, and information flows is enabling and driving industrial transformation.  Industry 4.0 offers many opportunities but also challenges, for instance with regard to employment and small and medium enterprises, especially in developing and medium income countries.  This talk offers an introduction to Industry 4.0 as well as a local perspective through a case study of a local manufacturing SME.

Dr Oliver Damm is a Professional Engineer and holds a PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering as well as a Masters Degree in Engineering Management.  He is an Associate Professor Extraordinary in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Stellenbosch.  Since 2007, Oliver is a partner in LHA Management Consultants (Pty) Ltd, a business consulting firm focusing on techno-economics, industry analysis and development, feasibility analysis and business strategy development, business performance benchmarking, and innovation and programme management.  Since April 2014, he is a Senior Advisor in South Africa for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany, which is Europe’s largest applied research and technology development organisation.

Towards an understanding of the role of consumers in transitioning to a circular economy in South Africa. Janine Basson: PETCO – the PET plastic recycling company

A circular economy is one that builds economic, natural and social capital as opposed to the current “take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model that we know cannot continue infinitum. It is restorative and regenerative by design, relying on system-wide innovation.

In a recycling economy specifically, consumers are significant role-players and must be adequately capacitated and empowered to understand the potential and value of recycling and the products made from recycled matter. Furthermore, in order to transition to a circular economy, consumers will need to start using their influence and buying power to drive positive recycling behaviour up the value chain through demanding products containing recycled content.

However, behaviour change hinges on awareness being raised amongst consumers.

Here, we present the case for consumers as a key driver in transitioning to a circular economy in South Africa. Using PETCO as an example, we demonstrate the need for an explicit understanding of the system within which we operate (with articulated assumptions) and we present findings from South Africa’s first broad-based research into consumer recycling behaviour. We also present recommendations on how to apply these learnings into other African contexts and the design principles that could guide future consumer campaigns beyond South Africa.

Janine Basson’s career is an ongoing pledge towards the protection and health of our oceans – from her work with the Namibian government as an intertidal biologist, to furthering the sustainable seafood movement in South Africa through the WWF-SASSI Programme, to her current work with PETCO, the South African PET Plastic Recycling Company.

Focussed on growing PET plastic recycling in South Africa, her vision is that South Africans understand that PET plastic is valuable, recyclable and safe to use, and use their influence to drive positive recycling behaviour through demanding products containing recycled content.

Additive Manufacturing – if not now – then when? Laura Thurn, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences – GoetheLab

 The technical state of Additive Manufacturing is currently very far ahead of the knowledge, especially of potential new users. In addition, this gap is continually increasing, a number of research teams and manufacturers/distributors, which are now barely perceptible, is active worldwide. In order to remain competitive or to generate and maintain a lead, it is imperative to make the use of this technology easy for industry and to close this gap as soon as possible.

This gives rise to an urgent need for basic and advanced training on the basis of secure foundations. “We must know the technology with all its opportunities, possibilities and potential, but also with its hurdles and challenges, in order to successfully classify and integrate them.”

The talk draws up a holistic concept that integrates different target groups (from primary school to industrial production) and discusses selected tools for the implementation at different levels.

Laura Thurn is working as a Research Assistant and Lecturer in the “GoetheLab for Additive Manufacturing”, a research group of the University of Applied Sciences Aachen – Germany. In the course of her doctorate, she deals with the subject of Training and dissemination of Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing.

Plastics Recycling – Can it rescue the image of plastics? Annabe Pretorius, Plastix 911

Plastics recycling is often seen as the only viable solution for litter, marine waste, irresponsible consumer behaviour, design boo-boos and misinformed legislation.  Annabe will highlight what recycling is currently doing, what it still can do and what it can’t achieve.

Annabe is the spokesperson for the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation and is also running her own private consulting company, Plastix 911.  She is passionate about plastics and spread the good and factual news about these synthetic materials wherever she goes.

Vision based autonomous flying for logistic purposes Patrick Wiesen, FH Aachen

Flexible logistics is one of the key challenges for Industry 4.0. Customized products need to be manufactured and delivered just in time. Autonomous mobile robots can support production as well as parcel delivery tasks. Multicopters can be used as part of the supply chain, transporting single parts or to monitor the warehousing procedure. A variety of sensors is necessary for perception especially in GPS denied environments. The tasks of localization, obstacle avoidance, navigation with path planning and safe autonomous landing have to be solved.

Research assistant supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Kallweit in the field of mobile and industrial robotics. M.Sc. in Mechatronics, teaching Robotics and Advanced Robotics at University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, Team leader in Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge.


Conference fees

Two days including Gala Dinner:    R1000 for PISA Members and R1 500 for non-members.

Please book your conference seat or Four-ball by contacting Karen.Wichman@plasticssa.co.za

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