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.
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
• Industry 4.0 (Internet of things)
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
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 email@example.com including Title of Talk, Speaker Details, and a paragraph that will be featured in the official program.
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In collaboration with Brand South Africa’s Competitiveness Forum, Plastics|SA is creating a platform between government and the plastics industry to discuss innovative ways of supporting and sustaining the industry. The Competitiveness Forum’s emphasis is on how government can support the industry, through increased exports, customised incentives schemes and popularising the work that the plastics industry is doing (such as products manufactured, skills development programmes and job creation).
Discussions are on-going with Chairpersons of Portfolio Committees (Trade and Industry, Environmental Affairs, Small Business Development, and Economic Development) in Parliament regarding the formulation of strategies, on how we can work together to grow the industry and to tackle the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequalities. It is important to note that through these parliamentary engagements, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry invited Plastics|SA to form part of the stakeholders, to present their beneficiation strategy. Some of the proposals and recommendations that Plastics|SA presented in Parliament were well received by the Committee, and will form part of the issues that will be adopted by Cabinet.
Moreover, we are strengthening our partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Environmental Affairs in order for them to support our advocacy activities. We had a number of discussions with them around the implementation of policies like Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), National Export Strategy (where the emphasis is on increasing exports into the African markets), and the National Development Plan 2030.
Exporters from developing countries continue to face non tariff barriers in the form of standards, regulations and conformity assessment procedures.
An EARLY WARNING SYSTEM has been instituted to inform exporters of draft regulations being developed by other countries.
This EARLY WARNING SYSTEM will keep you informed on issues that could impact on your exports. It will also provide you with an opportunity to have your say on technical regulations and conformity assessment requirements of countries to which you export, before they become a technical barrier to your trade.
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