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Workshop: New Developments in Instrumentation and Automation
Cape Town, South Africa, 4th August 2004

This workshop was held in conjunction with the Minerals Processing ’04 conference and was a bumper event with 10 speakers and more than 80 delegates being challenged on a range of topics in this fast developing field. Noteworthy was the significant attention that South African expertise is getting from a global audience.

The keynote presentation “Instrumentation: The state of the art” by Prof Jon Tapson began by challenging the status quo and predicting the fundamental effect that widespread and low cost digital networks are going to have on the control and instrumentation field, with the main effect being on the development of ‘Smart’ or ‘intelligent’ instruments.

Other speakers ranged from how to ‘make sense of the measurements to turn it from data to information’ to measuring slurry flow and particle sizes etc to soft sensors which included the use of machine vision measurements.

Particularly popular was the session of 5-minute talks allocated to new research developments and commercial offerings which preceded the cocktail party and exhibition, generating ample debate and discussion.

Whatever the weather, we look forward to the next workshop and conference in the series, Mineral Processing 05, scheduled to happen at the same place next year - 3 - 5, August, 2005.

Dr. Dee Bradshaw, University of Cape Town. Email: db@chemeng.uct.ac.za

 

 

   

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