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On Friday September 29, Charles Anderson of productONE delivered a presentation at the Aerospace, Marine and Defence (AMD) conference at the CSIR, in which he highlighted the role of technology as a vehicle of transformation for the defence sector. MechChem Africa reports.

The convergence of PLM and the IIoTOpening his talk Anderson highlighted some of the key points made by the speakers on Day 1, many of which were transformation focused: from the Denel COO, who spoke about transformation, innovation and Industry 4.0; the DoD Secretary about doing things differently so as to manage reduced budgets; and from Armscor about defence as an industry multiplier, particularly with respect to local procurement, manufacturing and exports.

Local manufacturing; collaborative projects; predictive analytics; the application of commercial technologies; the need to remain nimble in the light of emerging threats; the explosive growth of UAVs; and rapid, radical and disruptive change in the defence industry also featured prominently. “I am going to talk about how I see technology as an enabler for overcoming some of the issues currently facing our defence industry,” says Anderson.

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