SAIMC Johannesburg welcomes new chairperson at AGM

February 22nd, 2018, Published in Cartoons: EngineerIT, Uncategorised articles

Mike Banda welcomes Anne de Beer as the new SAIMC Johannesburg branch chairperson.

The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) Johannesburg branch recently held its annual general meeting (AGM) for 2018. Branch chairperson Mike Banda opened the meeting by thanking all members, patron members and sponsors for their support in making 2017 a success.

The financial overview showed that there was a drop in golf day participation last year, although Banda is confident that the coming year will see better success and participation from industry. The overview also showed a substantial sponsorship made by SAIMC Johannesburg to Greenside High School for their robotics programme. Banda urged members in attendance to inform the committee of any similar sponsorship opportunities, as the society aims promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields of study – especially in the foundation phase.

Banda also urged attendees of the AGM to assist in organising site visits for society members to improve professional development and help the SAIMC Johannesburg branch achieve gold status in 2018. Last year saw the branch getting bronze and the year-end gala dinner, and further training initiatives and site visits are required to improve this.

Banda served two terms as branch chairperson – the maximum allowed – and WIKA Instruments’ Anne de Beer was named as the new chairperson. Other committee members for 2018 include: Andrew Bharath, Laura Dorrington, Dean Floyd, Cheryl Hird, Elri Klee, Tebogo Mulauzi, Kudzai Mberi, Jabulani Radebe

Following the AGM, Pepperl+Fuchs’ Frederick Langenhoven presented on two Industry 4.0 process control architectures: NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA) which takes a European approach; and Open Process Automation (OPA) which uses an American approach to process automation. He also discussed how to migrate existing plants to Industry 4.0, and how wirelessHART technology can assist. The next technical evening will be hosted by RJ Connect at the Bryanston Sports Club on 14 March.

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