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In his Comment upfront in this April 2021 edition of Electricity + Control, Editorial Technical Director Professor Ian Jandrell considers the power and the pitfalls of ever-increasing data in industry – something with which we may all well be familiar. While recognising that the remarkable power of the IIoT to measure almost every parameter of plant operations may give plant managers and business owners a sense of knowing what’s going on, he highlights the critical distinction between data and information: rather than delivering data for the sake of data, data needs to be processed and analysed to provide meaningful information, valuable insights into operations that can inform business decisions and improve operations. Worth keeping in mind.

In this issue we look at Industry 4.0 + IIoT, Energy management + the industrial environment, Measurement + instrumentation, and Safety of plant, equipment + people – all aspects of industry that are becoming increasingly intertwined.

With increasing digitalisation, Industry 4.0 + IIoT, the pace of change in industrial technologies continues to accelerate. John Browett General Manager of the CC-Link Partner Association, Europe, reviews Time Sensitive Networking technology – developed to expand the capabilities of Ethernet networks – and how it can contribute to improving business.

In the context of Energy management + the industrial environment – the energy transition is gaining momentum globally as countries and regions switch to clean, renewable energy sources in the endeavour to limit climate change, reduce harmful emissions, and clean up the industrial environment. There is a lot industry can do in this regard.

Comtest presents a Question & Answer session with Wade Thompson, a Fluke power quality specialist, who shares his expertise on energy measurement and management to achieve a real return on investment for industries looking to improve their energy efficiencies.

Considering South Africa’s new Carbon Tax Act, EDS Solutions’ Eckart Zollner outlines how new technologies can help businesses get to grips with their carbon footprint, set up carbon budgets and pollution prevention plans to reduce emissions and limit their liabilities, and so contribute to cleaner industry.

In Measurement + instrumentation, Istec International, represented locally by PREI Instrumentation, looks at the increasing demand for SIL certified safety instrumented systems for critical rotating machinery and highlights the distinction between certified in use and certified by design.

In Safety of plant, equipment + people we turn to the continuing problem of copper cable theft which has plagued South African utilities and industries for the past two decades and more. Remote monitoring specialist Omniflex presents a new level of defence, a small solution that raises the alarm when cable has been cut and gives utilities and business owners at least a fighting chance to combat the crime.

In our regular column on cybersecurity Simeon Tassev of the Galix Group introduces a new way of addressing cybersecurity in a work-from-anywhere world. In Engineering the future we report on a new partnership exploring the opportunities to mainstream ocean energy, and Write @ the back Lehigh Cement outlines the feasibility study underway at its Edmonton, Alberta plant where, with its project partners, it is looking to establish a system for carbon capture and storage to limit GHG emissions in the cement industry.

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Electricity Control March 2021 coverMinister of Finance Tito Mboweni recently presented his 2021 budget for the country, a budget described as full of hope, boosted by higher than expected tax revenues in the past year, aiming to reinforce the resilience the country has demonstrated thus far and to rebuild the economy steadily, continuing the implementation of structural reforms and embracing new opportunities.

While we are all aware of the economic impacts of the pandemic and the hardships these have imposed for so many, as well as the country’s resultant growing debt burden, some industry sectors saw surprising upturns through 2020. Notably, in mining and agriculture demand continues to grow, internationally and locally.

The latest shift to Lockdown Level 1 announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 28th February signals another step forward for economic recovery.

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Electricity and Control February 2021 coverPerhaps this new year has not brought us the fresh start we all were hoping for – free from restrictions imposed to combat the spread of Covid 19. We are, nonetheless, making progress. We see vaccines rolling out globally and here in South Africa too. We see peaks and declines recurring in different parts of the world – as we witness the downturn of the second surge in our own country. And we see significant economic stimulus packages taking form internationally to alleviate the economic devastation the pandemic has caused globally.

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EC January 2021 coverWell, we’ve made it this far! A milestone indeed worth celebrating, as the new year opens up to new challenges and fresh opportunities.

In this first issue of Electricity + Control for 2021, we look at a range of projects and applications across different industry sectors. Features include: Control systems + automation; Drives, motors + switchgear; Measurement + instrumentation; and Safety of plant, equipment + people. We also bring you our regular columns on Cybersecurity; work being done in Reskilling, upskilling + training; Engineering the future, which always presents a fresh perspective; and Write @ the back, where we aim to leave readers with something worth thinking about.

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EC December 2020 coverAs 2020 draws to a close, Ian Jandrell reflects on what a peculiar year it has been, and some of the interesting shifts that occurred in the publishing world (alongside so many others that challenged us all). You can read Ian’s comment upfront in this December issue of Electricity + Control.

In the feature on Industry 4.0 + IIoT, Michael Suer of Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Factory Automation, looks at how new digital technologies are being used in pharmaceutical production – providing for increased flexibility and efficiencies in smaller labs as well as multi-labs.

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Electricity and Control November 2020In his Comment upfront in this November issue of Electricity + Control, Editorial Technical Director Professor Ian Jandrell reflects on what we may have learned through the pandemic. Considering the continuing shift to automation and IIoT across industry and the advantages this brings, he reminds us at the same time of the value of people keeping an eye on the system. And he considers some of the life lessons we may take forward to build a better world. Read this before you launch into the articles and new developments we present in this edition.

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