JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal chapter of the annual Manufacturing Indaba, set for next month in Durban, will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with innovative technology and how it can boost output quality, organisers said on Tuesday.
The August 14–15 conference will draw together African manufacturers looking to raise standards and increase the efficiency of their operations through sophisticated technology such as Internet of Things (IoT) Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) respectively.
Internet of Things refers to the interconnection, via the Internet, of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.
"Dynamic, tech-savvy industrialists are resourcefully making use of innovative technology solutions to achieve improved quality control and an efficient supply chain, consequently shifting the status quo of the sector," the KZN Manufacturing Indaba organisers said in a statement.
They said digitization, known as Industry 4.0 within the manufacturing sector, was considered the most profound and disruptive phenomenon in the world of business, and increased reliance on computers and automation had rendered industries both self-reliant and efficient.