As one of many largest producers of commercial robots, Yaskawa Southern Africa took half on this yr’s Africa Automation Expertise Honest (AATF), the place numerous specialists within the manufacturing business gathered to alternate invaluable business experience to extend funding prospects within the African continent’s manufacturing sector. The occasion, which celebrated its twenty fifth yr, centred across the theme of “For Africa from Africa”.
The AATF promotes and is enthusiastic about furthering Africa’s transformation and selling the event and development of the continent’s automation business.
Yaskawa Southern Africa was considered one of 150 exhibitors on show on the occasion, which came about from ninth to eleventh Could 2023, and showcased its collaborative robotic welding resolution, Weld4me. This transformative piece of automated tools presents another or help to handbook MIG/MAG welding with air-cooled welding tools.
When requested concerning the worth and significance of such occasions just like the AATF, John Mostert, Gross sales Engineer at Yaskawa Southern Africa, stated, “They bring about the manufacturing business and automation business collectively.
Automation suppliers are capable of higher perceive the market’s wants and producers are capable of see the most recent traits in automation choices.” And some of the outstanding wants is the adoption of collaborative methods which are capable of work alongside people, aptly known as collaborative robots or cobots.
Though such methods are making strides globally, Mostert notes that the adoption of cobots in Africa has taken a bit extra time to get off the bottom, noting that the continent nonetheless experiences distinctive challenges.
Occasions equivalent to AATF current alternatives for organisations based mostly out of Africa to take full benefit of growing partnerships and information sharing in an effort to additional the business.
“Yaskawa’s technique is to associate with integrators and specialists of their area,” Mostert explains.
Consequently, this yr Yaskawa is partnering with Fronius, a number one welding specialist in an effort to ship progressive options and stay a standout contender in a extremely aggressive market.
Due to this, staying up-to-date on the most recent traits throughout the sector is excessively necessary and one other essential a part of the aforementioned technique, all of the whereas made simpler attributable to the truth that Yaskawa Southern Africa serves as a faction of a world organisation.
Nevertheless, the organisation strongly believes within the development of the manufacturing business and Mostert is optimistic about Yaskawa’s position inside this: “We’re effectively positioned to help firms to scale back the price of manufacture whereas growing the standard of their product making it doable to compete internationally.”
Mostert says he’s enthusiastic concerning the new applied sciences as they break into the market, emphasising the “use of cameras, imaginative and prescient with robotics is now important in lots of purposes, the know-how has matured and can proceed to see enchancment.”
General, Yaskawa says this yr’s Africa Automation Expertise Honest was a “success for Yaskawa and the broader manufacturing sector”.
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