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Industry 4.0 will power “Smart Factories” of the future.

05.03.18 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

Johannesburg, 26 February 2018 – Mark Twain put it best, when he said, “Plan for the future because that’s where you are going to spend the rest of your life.” At this time, the blueprint for the future seems to be Industry 4.0 – the fourth Industrial Revolution.

The dawn of the I4.0 Smart Factory promises to bring South Africa to the forefront of the manufacturing sector, create new, skilled jobs and secure decisive competitive advantages for companies that embrace change. The intelligent I4.0 factory of tomorrow offers convincing answers to challenges, such as ever shorter production runs, increasing individualisation of products, Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and growing cost pressure.

To this end, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce invited its members to a focus-driven workshop, centring on Industry 4.0 in February. The Industry 4.0 topic is very relevant to many members of the Chamber, and these members were interested I learning more. Thanks to this event with Festo Didactic South Africa, they did.

Mr Nico Landman, Head of Festo Didactic, started the workshop with a bang, showcasing how quickly technology has changed with the example of cell phones. What smartphones did for mobile communication, Industry 4.0 “Smart Factories” will do for manufacturing.

This interactive workshop looked at the contributing technologies, and the control hierarchy in a typical Industry 4.0 application. Once a business introduces intelligence to their product, this process elevates the company to the next step of the Industry 4.0 curve. A further focus was a theoretical and practical approach to capacitate management and engineers for the challenges and opportunities presented with the advent of Industry 4.0, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The workshop included a practical element which includes a demonstration on the Festo CP (Cyber Physical) Factory, the ultimate training and research platform for Industry 4.0.

The presentation was followed by an engaging question and answer session, which rounded off the workshop. Thereafter, guests were offered a light lunch and took the opportunity to network amongst themselves. Many guests commented that they found the event very beneficial and look forward to other focused workshops.

Nico Landman – Festo Head of Didactic
Nico Landman is an electrical engineer, holds a B.Com in Business and Marketing Management, and is an internationally accredited business mentor and coach through MBCI. Nico currently heads up Festo Didactic for the African Sub-Saharan region. He has 35 years industry experience, and has held senior positions in the areas of sales management, human and strategic resources, and e-commerce. His current passion and focus is on “Qualification 4.0”, a topic he has presented on multiple platforms.
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Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been operating in Southern Africa for over 65 years. Bringing together potential business partners is one of our key service offerings. We foster business links between Germany and Southern African companies through comprehensive and target group oriented researches, workshops, seminars and business delegations that bring you in contact with competent business partners in your industry. Contact the Chamber to get connected with German and southern African businesses at info(at); or call +27 11 486 2775.