Industry 4.0 under spotlight at Durban industrial tech expo

02 July 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915049

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Industry 4.0 under spotlight at Durban industrial tech expo

IN order to remain competitive on both the local and global stage, organisations need to gear up and retrain their teams to leverage the benefits of Industry 4.0.

That’s according to Nick Sarnadas, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, organisers of the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE), which is being held between 24 and 26 July 2019 at the Durban Exhibition Centre

“KITE not only provides the region with the latest trends and technology available to accelerate uptake of industry 4.0, but furthermore creates a platform for visitors to garner more knowledge. This is achieved through the carefully thought-out seminar sessions available at the free-to-attend SAIMechE Seminar Theatre,” Sarnadas said.

One of these sessions addresses how technological inventions have delivered immense benefits for businesses in all sectors in terms of cost reductions, enhanced productivity and efficiencies. According to Sarnadas, “the session will help visitors to gain an understanding into how Industry 4.0 will be the vehicle driving transformation”.

Other sessions include the free-to-attend MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) special interest group, and the paid-for Lifting Equipment Association of South Africa (LEEASA) conference.

Exhibitors galore

According to Sarnadas, KITE 2019 showcases a broad spectrum of industrial technology from local manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who understand the idiosyncrasies and specific needs of the local market. Some of the exhibitors using KITE as a launchpad for their products and services include:


This company offers product handling solutions incorporating zero pressure accumulation conveyors and motorised diverts as well as custom-designed pack stations, workstations and assemblies. It is also an agent for global conveying, warehouse, associated products and solutions to local system integrators and end-users.

Siyavuma storage products range from bins and shelving to dynamic warehouse solutions.


Kevro’s Barron range of apparel includes workwear, chef wear, sports attire, headwear, gifts, bags and display items as well as a full end-to-end branding service. These include acid-resistant, flame-retardant, dust-proof Conti-suits tough, protective shoes and boots for a range of environments.

The new workwear catalogue offers 30 new products and 16 new colourways.


The company engineers low cost solutions to allow users to monitor their production lines, refrigeration, power distribution and building services from their computer or smartphone.

Serving both commercial and industrial clients, Integration-Services provides and supports a variety of purpose built IoT sensors which are easily deployed and managed online. Services extend to the integration of sensor data to 3rd party systems and company databases.

H.A.S.S. Industrial

Focused on hearing health care in sub-Saharan Africa, H.A.S.S. Industrial was the first company to manufacture and successfully implement custom-made hearing protection devices and hearing conservation management programmes into the South African market in 1992.


Festo will showcase its latest range of pneumatics, electric and process automation products and solutions, including the latest and core range dynamic display. It will provide learning system, training and consulting solutions which it says will help companies to maximise their competitiveness in various industries such as the automotive, water and wastewater, food and beverage, and packaging.

It will co-exhibit with its official distribution partner Compressed Air Equipment, a seller and distributor of compressed air filtration, pneumatics and automation.

Pyrotec PackMark

The company will use KITE to showcase its Pyrotec PackLink software – a fully-integrated customised product tracking system that increases line visibility while improving efficiency by tracking waste, labour and resources, and limiting downtime by enabling critical decisions to be made on the fly.

Among its line-up of equipment on show are the ultra-portable Anser U2 mobile hand-held printer; the Anser U2 Pro-S Inkjet printer, the world’s first solvent-compatible cartridge specially designed for primary package coding applications; Markem-Imaje’s 8018 thermal transfer printer, that replaces manual hot foil technology with real-time digital coding; the Large Character Valvejet 4500 with a responsive colour touch screen and clean plug and play consumable changeover in less than 30 seconds; Markem-Imaje’s easy-to-install Small Character Inkjet 9029 that is proven to facilitate daily operations that save customers’ time; and the Smart-Date X30 primary coding machine that the company says is ideal for low- to medium-speed production lines for printing on flexible film.

The Fastener Factory

The Fastener Factory offers a specialist supply and support service to diverse industries throughout the country, including automotive, engineering, packaging, printing, agriculture, sugar, paper, mining and construction industries.


The company stocks a comprehensive range of quality branded products consisting of fasteners, tools, abrasives, drill bits and engineering consumables, as well as a range of bearings and power transmission products. Besides its comprehensive range of Control valves, Ultravalves has a complete range of valves (50 to 3000 mm) suitable for the water, paper, sugar and petrochemical industries, and it is in a joint venture with Valvemech to provide entry into these industries with total repair and on-site backup.

Always conscious of water hammer potential in pipelines, Ultravalves says it makes sure that it recommends the correct products to overcome this phenomenon. To this end a full day seminar has been developed which will have CPD accreditation.


The company is a leading manufacturer and supplier of load cells in southern Africa. Loadtech products range from robust industrial load cells, to the highest accuracy commercial load cells.

The range extends from 300g to 500 ton with accuracies from 0.2% to 0.03%, most of which are available from stock.

For more information about the exhibition or to register online to attend the event for free, visit the website at

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