The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE), being held at the Durban Exhibition Centre between 18 and 20 July 2023, is an interactive hub for attendees to increase their knowledge and understanding of current industrial technology trends and legislation. Over 100 exhibitors are lining up a diverse range of products and services geared around optimising productivity and uptime, and assisting with future-proofing businesses for continued sustainability.
“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 Charlene Hefer, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions — a division of Montgomery Group.
There are 11 riveting topics covered in the SAIMechE Seminar Theatre, running daily, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m on 18 July, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m on 20 July, with a training session run by SAIMC and ECSA on 19 July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sessions on 18 and 20 July include: ‘An introduction to the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE)’, by Avinash Maharaj —the Branch Chairperson for the SAIMechE KZN branch; ‘Intelligent software for smart IO-Link and RTM management’, presented by Krzysztof Lapacz — IFM Electronics; ‘Unlocking boundless potential: Training in the age of the Metaverse — Embrace the future of learning!’, presented by Adi Stephan — Chief Learning and Innovation Officer — The Boiler Room; ‘The use of a digital twin in smart maintenance’, presented by Driaan Coetzer – Field Application Engineer/Product Manager at OMRON; ‘Digital transformation through Autodesk Vault’, presented by Doron Yendiah — Business Development Consultant at Modena Design Centres Durban; ‘The key to the green building industry’, presented by Mfundo Mhlongo — Managing Director of Umulig Engineering; ‘The role of AI in contract management’, presented by Nomsa Nteleko — CEO of OS Holdings; ‘Managing employee efficiency with the push of a button’, presented by Leon van der Westhuizen of Instacom; ‘Local manufacturing challenges, 4IR, Machine Learning and IoT’, presented by Eric Bruggeman from SAEEC; ‘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 Johan van Wyk, Sales & Marketing Director at Fang.
“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.