MESA mastering the fourth industrial revolution

November 25th, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers



Daniel Spies, Andre Brits and Gerhard Greef.

The eighth annual MESA Africa conference was held on 17 and 18 November in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.  The theme was “Mastering the fourth industrial revolution: Smart MOM 4 Industry”.

Delegates were welcomed by Daniel Spies, chairman of MESA Africa, who gave feedback on recent developments in MESA Africa: its establishment as a non-profit corporation (NPC); its new website and social media channels; and the Engineering Councl of South Africa (ECSA)’s launch of the MOM practitioner initiative.  MESA vice-chairman Gerhard Greef spoke about the gratifyingly high increase in the number of quality papers submitted for the conference, as well as the increase in delegate numbers (approximately 80).

Speakers on the first day were Pieter Theron, PWC who spoke on Industry 4.0 research results;  Gerhard Botha, Sasol on technology trends in a disruptive age; Yashin Parsad, Omnia Fertilisers on in-house encounters in the MOM space; Thomas Copley, SRI Group on Sumitomo Rubber – MES implementation case study;  Gert Coetzee, Dynamic Build on the fourth industrial revolutuion: adapt or die; Hilde Volschenk, Unilever on successful implementation of MES at Unilever Indonesia; Gawie Reyneke, Lonmin on operational management in the mining environment.  Hertzog Badenhorst of Clotan Steel presented feedback on the 2016 MESA International North American Conference.

The second day saw Dr. Willie Oosthuysen, Altron speak on IoT and other disruptive technology; Kevin Shikoluk, General Electric on how the industrial internet is transforming the realities of the new industrial plant; Shane Radford, IBM on towards practical cloud manufacturing in emerging markets; Antoine Snyman, Lonmin on asset performance measurement: a focus on mining concentrators; Varashan Mahabel, Wilec on capturing and utilising data for organisational improvement: Duane Gauche of 1Worx on the industrial internet of things – how far beyond the factory does the value chain extend?  Johan Sipho Coetzzee, motivational speaker spoke about the high road.

The winning presentation was by Antoine Snyman of Lonmin: “Asset performance measurement: a focus on mining concentrators”.

Contact Daniel Spies, MESA Africa, Tel 083 666-6854,

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