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By Elian Zimmermann
20 November 2023

Grindrod TCM and Implats Customer Panel



Jacques Malan
C&I Superintendent
Grindrod TCM
Rudi van Aarde
Project and Control Engineer
Darner Engineering
Pedro Steyn
Snr Instrument Technician
Braam Venter


The panel discussions brought together some of the best and brightest from the worlds of automation and technology. Customers and partners participated in the panel, discussing how their companies have deployed solutions and answering audience questions.

Jacques Malan from Grindrod TCM, with integration partner Rudi van Aarde from Darner, joined Pedro Steyn from Implats and integration partner Braam Venter from Advansys on stage in Centurion.

Jacques and Rudi spoke through the Ignition, Canary and Flow applications serving the Terminal De Carvão da Matola operations in Mozambique. Their control system was outdated and in need of an upgrade. They opted for Ignition, while Canary was deployed to give long-term historisation capabilities, and Flow was selected for downtime analysis, reporting and eventual integration into ERP systems. The results are a clean, modern system with expanded functionality, simplifying operational tasks while providing more in-depth information.

Implats built a new cooling tower and plant that needed a PLC control module standard and a Situational Awareness SCADA that works with the new PLC standard. Pedro and Braam discussed their requirements and why they selected Ignition: The new SCADA must be cost-effective and sustainable. They also shared and talked through the sleek new situationally aware operator screens and adoption considerations.


We are busy working on the transcripts for the ELEV8 sessions.