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Towards Industry 4.0: A Roadmap for the South African Heavy Industry Sector
Jaco Prinsloo, Jan Christiaan Vosloo, Edward Henry Mathews

Last modified: 2019-08-29


Revolutionary advances in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field, paved the way for this high-tech strategy. Rapid growth and expansion of the Internet as well as technical advances in the area of sensor technology, allow for the interconnection of physical objects for the purpose of achieving collective goals, which paves the way for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Industry 4.0 paradigm is a relatively new concept that still requires detailed investigation and discussion. This is especially important if global industrial adoption is to take place. Standards, technologies and overall guidelines need to be presented, hence, this review paper aims to address key questions to provide some clarity on navigating the tides of Industry 4.0. The aim of this paper is to investigate and present the underlying architecture of Industry 4.0 to determine the readiness of the South African mining sector for Industry 4.0 adoption. The key enabling technologies and the extent in which these technologies can be applied in industry to achieve the fundamental goals of Industry 4.0 is also presented and discussed. Current challenges that hinder Industry 4.0 adoption in the South African mining sector is also discussed and a short discussion on the way forward is presented. In short, this article aims to present a detailed roadmap for the implementation of Industry 4.0 methods in the South African mining sector. From the literature, a digital framework and toolbox has been compiled to serve as a roadmap for the way forward in successful Industry 4.0 adoption. The proposed framework and toolbox are presented, with a theoretical case study.