THE KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE), open now, at the Durban Exhibition Centre, is an interactive hub for attendees to increase their knowledge and understanding of current industrial technology trends and legislation.
“As industrial technology rapidly evolves to keep pace with Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and the ongoing drive towards digitalisation, we find that there is an increasing need to provide organisations with information on technology trends. Together with the thousands of industrial technology products and services on display at KITE, the free-to-attend SAIMechE Seminar Theatre provides vital information to organisations seeking ways to increase their automation, upgrade their legacy systems, and plan for a more sustainable future,” says portfolio director at Specialised Exhibitions — a division of Montgomery Group, Charlene Hefer (pictured).
‘Digital transformation through Autodesk Vault’ will be presented by business development consultant at Modena Design Centres Durban, Doron Yendiah. “Digital transformation describes the process of using digital technologies to change the way organisations operate and deliver value to their customers. It involves integrating digital technologies into all areas of a business, from its operations and processes to its products and services, with the aim of improving efficiency, agility, and customer experience,” says Yendiah.
“Autodesk Vault is a product data management software that helps organisations manage their product design data throughout the product lifecycle. It enables digital transformation by securing Intellectual Property, enabling collaboration, and providing a single source of truth for product data. In addition to this Autodesk Vault automates the collection, storage, and analysis of product-related data, allowing organisations to reduce manual labour, increase productivity, and improve overall efficiency,” he continues.
“Integration between systems is also fast becoming an important contributor to digital transformation. Autodesk Vault can integrate with other software solutions used by organisations, such as ERP, CRM, and document management systems, and this provides greatly improved efficiencies by improving the flow of data between environments. Due to Autodesk Vaults’ secure storage environment, it also helps customers to comply with industry standards and regulatory requirements. We also understand that flexibility and scalability are incredibly important to customers, especially in the current economic climate. Autodesk’s SAAS model provides our customers with the ideal solution to meet these requirements,” adds Yendiah.
‘The key to the green building industry’, will be presented by managing director of Umulig Engineering, Mfundo Mhlongo. “The building sector is responsible for approximately 38% of global CO2 emissions. Climate protection must start here, to minimise greenhouse gases. To achieve this, it is necessary to take a holistic view of all factors that influence the CO2 footprint of a building. But if you want to build or renovate sustainably, you need objective and comparable data on the building products and materials that go into the lifecycle assessment of the building. This is the only way to answer the questions: How sustainable is my building? Can it be certified for its sustainability?” says Mhlongo.
There are a further nine riveting topics covered in the SAIMechE Seminar Theatre, running daily, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm on July 18, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on July 20, with a training session run by SAIMC and ECSA on July 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The sessions on July 18 and 20 include:
- ‘An introduction to the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE)’, by the branch chairperson for the SAIMechE KZN branch, Avinash Maharaj;
- ‘Intelligent software for smart IO-Link and RTM management’, presented by IFM Electronics, Krzysztof Lapacz;
- ‘Unlocking boundless potential: Training in the age of the Metaverse — Embrace the future of learning!’, by chief learning and innovation officer at The Boiler Room, Adi Stephan;
- ‘The use of a digital twin in smart maintenance’, presented by field application engineer/product manager at Omron, Driaan Coetzer;
- ‘The role of AI in contract management’, presented by CEO of OS Holdings, Nomsa Nteleko ;
- ‘Managing employee efficiency with the push of a button’, by Instacom’s Leon van der Westhuizen;
- ‘Local manufacturing challenges, 4IR, Machine Learning and IoT’, presented by SAEEC’s Eric Bruggeman;
- ‘Vision system evolution and how it is shaping the future’, by Dhilkash Bahadur; and
‘Securing the future: Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence in electronic security’ by sales & marketing director at Fang, Johan van Wyk.
“Likewise, if you are involved in the lifting industry, then we suggest registering to attend the LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa) conference,” says Hefer.
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