SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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TOWARDS AN INITIATIVE BASED INDUSTRY 4.0 MATURITY IMPROVEMENT PROCESS COMPANY X AS A CASE STUDY
Gideon Jacobus Maasz, Hasan Darwish

Last modified: 2018-10-17

Abstract


Industry 4.0 is an unavoidable global revolution with disruptive effects. Many sectors in South Africa are currently ‘underprepared’ for the transformation necessary to stay competitive. Therefore, an ever-present need exists for the country to stay relevant within the global industry. The mining sector consists of different companies, contributing to the sector in its entirety. Major potential exists if this Industry 4.0 wave is properly leveraged and its technologies integrated into the operations of this sector. To fully utilize emerging opportunities, areas of weakness within the sector should be identified and appropriately addressed. This article takes a different approach in understanding mining sector readiness by analyzing a company within the sector. A case study is done at Company X to identify possible areas of weakness and potential focusing on Industry 4.0 initiatives. This is further enforced by use of a TOWS analysis on the company, regarding Industry 4.0. An Industry 4.0 maturity analysis is conducted to identify the areas of further investigation. A process is created to enable any entity to analyze its maturity, providing an approach leading to area-focused technology innovations within that company.