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Turkey, we are keeping the development of seven specific publications which are lightening their sectors. In addition to our periodical special publications such as Machine & Automation, Industry 4.0, Cutting Tools, Roller&Linear, Cad/Cam/Cae/Plm, Industrial Piping, we are making new publications from time to time. The bulletin you are currently reading is a special edition for IMTOS 2017: Machine Automation &Electricity Bulletin. IMTOS 2017 Special Edition in English Published on the first days of April and distributed extensively in the IMTOS INDIA 2017 Fair. Our İMTOS Special Edition has given place to many pioneer companies on its pages. It has been published in English in order to be distributed more easily and extensively in whole Europe. We can proudly say that we made a productive work in favor of all our companies we work together. There is a great sympathy for World Media Summits There was a broad participation in our Industry 4.0 Summit we organized with the sponsorship of SIEMENS last year in Istanbul. Now we can easily say that in this year’s Industry 4.0 Summit there will be a broader participation. You can also be a part of this organization. Also we are organizing the first Metalworking and Cutting Tools Summit this year. You can follow our bulletins The World Media Magazines with their pioneer bulletins in sectorial publications not only enable you to reach your target audience but also makes the sectorial information transfer possible with the scientific- technical articles and news. You may have a contact with us for news, advertisements and subscriptions. Please continue following and reading us…

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Festo On her tour of the fair, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Festo booth together with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło.


****** Left to right: Curt Michael Stoll, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Alfred Goll, Spokesman of the Management Board (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG). ******

A t the focus of this visit was the Festo Motion Terminal,

which the Federal Chancellor and her Polish counterpart saw in action in several applications. The Festo Motion Terminal brings to life entirely new types of lightweight robot from the Bionic Learning Network of Festo. A particular highlight, which the visitors tried out for themselves, was the OctopusGripper, inspired by the tentacles of an octopus. Just like the robots, it is driven by compressed air and can grasp objects very flexibly, wrap itself around variously shaped items and securely hold smooth surfaces with its suckers.

On her tour of the Hannover Messe 2017 trade fair, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Festo Booth D11 in Hall 15 on 24th April 2017. The Chancellor was accompanied this year by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Poland is the partner country of the Hannover Messe 2017. Festo is initiating the digitalisation of pneumatics with its breakthrough innovation Festo Festo Motion Terminal VTEM Motion Terminal, The motto of the Hannover presented for Messe 2017, “Integrated Inthe first time at the fair. Further dustry – Creating Value”, is at highlights this the focus of attention at the year include the trade fair for Festo as well. latest projects Digitalisation in the course from the Bionic of Industry 4.0 is providing Learning Network: the BionicCobot, the necessary key technolothe BionicMotion- gies. With the Festo Motion Robot and the Terminal, Festo has now for OctopusGripper. the first time developed a universal, programmable platform for highly flex6

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ible and adaptive automation with digitalised pneumatics. Bionic Learning Network The engineers from the Bionic Learning Network of Festo are presenting three future-oriented concepts at the Hannover Messe 2017 trade fair. While the BionicCobot is inspired by the natural movement of the human arm, the BionicMotionRobot is based on the elephant’s trunk and the octopus’s tentacles from the animal kingdom. A new bionic grasping device, the OctopusGripper, is likewise derived from the octopus. All three projects show what hazard-free, direct human-robot collaboration could look like in future. The bionic lightweight robots exhibited by Festo at the Hannover Messe are ideally suited for safe human-robot collaboration by reason of their natural movement patterns and their inherently flexible pneumatics. Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło were able to convince themselves of this. Festo: a partner to Polish industry for over 50 years

Festo has been a trendsetter in Polish industry for over 50 years. With its know-how in automation and technical training, the company supports the country’s growth and competitiveness as a production location for foreign companies and the domestic economy, increasingly with a focus on Industry 4.0. Festo Poland based in Warsaw looks back on a successful history. It launched its first training programmes in the country back in the 1960s, including courses in schools and technical universities. In the beginning, all business was done via a local company acting as a representative. Festo opened its own technical information office in 1970, which became a sales agency in 1985. This was followed in 1989 by the establishment of the Festo national company in Poland, Festo Sp. z o.o. in Warsaw. With 130 employees, today Festo Poland looks after around 6,500 customers in factory and process automation as well as over 600 universities and educational establishments throughout the country.


“T he special characteristics of superconductors open

up great potential for them wherever contact-free storage or handling is required. Automation can thus make inroads into areas of application that until now have been regarded as not or only hardly accessible to automation,” said Georg Berner, Head of Strategic Corporate Development, Group Holding Festo and Project Coordinator for the SupraMotion concepts. “We have now developed a total of 15 different concepts for four key areas of automation: transportation in any spatial orientation, transferring suspended objects between systems, manoeuvring objects at a distance, and exchanging suspended objects and setting them in motion. We are currently working together with customers on launching some initial pilot projects.” At the Hannover Messe 2017 Festo will be presenting three new possible applications of SupraMotion: SupraDrive: dynamic linear motion The SupraDrive exhibit shows how a suspended transport sledge can operate highly dynamically and be precisely positioned. Three cryostats with superconductors mounted on each side of the course enable the sledge to hover a few millimetres above the surface. The movement and positioning are effected by the drive unit from the Multi-Carrier System of Festo, which is installed between the cryostats. In addition to smooth accel-

eration and almost wear-free, dynamic movement, this concept has the advantage that all drive components can be enclosed in a casing. This greatly facilitates cleaning, without interruption to the transport process. Since the sledge is in levitation, it cannot be obstructed or soiled by dirt on the surface of the system. This makes for safe operation and a hygienic working environment. Furthermore, the sledge itself moves silently. The concept can be used in areas where components must be cleaned frequently or during operation, for example in laboratory automation, in medical engineering, or in the food, pharmaceutical and packaging industries. SupraLoop: a combination of various transport systems The combination of different transport systems with superconductor technology is demonstrated by the SupraLoop exhibit, which comprises three individual transport systems operating on a circuit: a classic conveyor belt, the Multi-Carrier System from Festo and Siemens, and a SupraMotion system. Several carriers are transported by SupraLoop. Their magnetised undersides serve both for the magnetic coupling to the contactless drive unit of the Multi-Carrier System and for the levitation effect of the SupraMotion system. By means of a set of points, a carrier can be transferred from the conveyor belt to the cryostats with superconductors and then be coupled to them and transported in suspension – even beyond


At the Hannover Messe trade fair, partitions and walls. A pos- Festo is showcassible application would be to ing three new remove individual transport Future Concepts sledges from a process, in for automation with superconducorder to transfer them to a tor technology clean room without contact, or to treat objects carried by Superconductors them with gases or liquids are materials within an enclosed space. which below a certain temperature can store the SupraShaker: a sus- field of a permapended vibration sys- nent magnet at tem with tilting option a predefined disWith SupraShaker, a plate is tance. This effect enables objects to suspended above a cryostat be held in position with superconductors. An ec- and manoeuvred centric electric motor sets it in without contact. vibration via a magnetic cou- The levitation gap pling. Tilting in any desired di- remains stable even beyond rection is also possible thanks walls. Thanks to transfer of a magnetic field. to their restorThe levitation gap between ing forces the the plate and the automation superconductive system ensures mechanical magnetic bearing components separation between the tool autonomously and the machine and pre- return to their vents the vibrations from be- memorized posiing transferred to the overall tion even when system. Shaking processes, as one of them is temporarily reused with vibration convey- moved – entirely ors, could be carried out much without external more quietly and efficiently control engineering. with this type of apparatus. The plate can be very easily exchanged or cleaned; this would be an advantage especially in dusty environments. All three exhibits are controlled by the CPX automation platform, which includes an OPC-UA interface.

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Ingersoll Rand®


About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustain- ngersoll Rand®, a world able progress and enduring results. leader in creating comfortIngersoll Rand able, sustainable and efficient products range environments, won an Envifrom complete ronmental Leader Product compressed air Award for its Ingersoll Rand and gas systems and services, Next Generation R-Series to power tools, line of compressors at the material handling Environmental Leader Conand fluid manage- ference in Denver, Colorado ment systems. on June 6, 2017. Deborah The diverse and innovative prod- Kalish, program manager for ucts, services and Ingersoll Rand, also received solutions enhance an Energy Manager Today our customers’ 50 award at the conference. energy efficiency, productivity and operations. For The Environmental Leader more informa- Product and Project Awards tion, visit www. recognize excellence in ucts/services and projects or www.inger- that provide companies sollrandproducts. with environmental, sustaincom. ability and energy management benefits; winners are awarded Top Product based on scores from a panel of judges with experience in environmental management.



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Today 50 award at the conference award ceremony. She leads sustainability efforts for new product development, and serves as the program manager for the company’s Climate Commitment. Kalish received the award for her leadership in the development of improved energy management strategies that impact the company as well as the acceleration of the industry. “We are honored to receive this award at the Environmental Leader Conference,” said Kevin Kosobud, contactcooled portfolio leader for Ingersoll Rand Compression Technologies and Services. “This technology helps our customers improve their energy efficiency and sustainability. It has been a great example of how, through a commitment to innovation and global teamwork, we are bringing leading edge efficiency technology to the market.” The Next Generation R-Series air compressors deliver enhanced performance and reliability, lowering operational costs for those in need of general purpose plant air in support of many manufacturing applications. All fixed-speed models are 16 percent more efficient compared to legacy products, while the variable speed option is up to 35 percent more efficient compared to the industry average. In recognition of her sustainability efforts, Kalish also received an Energy Manager

Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment Ingersoll Rand made a Climate Commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its products and operations by 2030. The Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment pledges to: • Cut the GHG refrigerant footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower-GWP alternatives across its portfolio by 2030; • Invest $500 million in product-related research and development by 2020 to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions; and • Reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2020. The company’s Climate Commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 6.7 million metric tons of CO2e globally, which is the equivalent of avoiding annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 700,000 homes. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons.




Sales figures increased by six times over during the last decade. Ziehl-Abegg Turkey celebrates its 10th anniversary and looks back over a successful time period with sales figures increasing by six times over. The company has successfully entered new markets and is in the position to win many new customers. While ZiehlAbegg was originally focused in the field of ventilation, today the company has market shares in the sector of drive systems in Turkey as well.

Thomas Brommer

A successful history which can be truly celebrated: More

than 100 guests, among them customers, employees and people from society were invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary together with German board members on a cruise over the Bosporus. Peter Fenkl, chairman of Ziehl-Abegg SE, is pleased with the strong development of the Turkish subsidiary. “Tur-

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key is an important national economy with high growth potential. It’s great to see how successfully we are operating in this market. I would like to thank our Turkish colleagues for their great job,” said Fenkl during his speech on the evening. The cruise was marked by speeches, dinner and traditional Turkish music. As special guest Prof. Dr. A.

Nilüfer Egrican and Taner Yönet, President of ISKID, the Turkish association for air and climate technology, took part in the anniversary celebration. Taner Yönet emphasized how impressed he was by the history and success of Ziehl-Abegg, especially how the company survived two world wars and came to today. “Ziehl-Abegg is a company which cares about innovation to a strong degree.


The inspiration from nature can be clearly seen in all of its products. This fact makes Ziehl-Abegg a leading company in the market for fans. We´re thankful for its contributions in this area of the Turkish market,” he said in his speech on the evening. A prime example of this inspiration from nature is the new product of Ziehl-Abegg, the ZAbluefin, which employs scientific knowledge from the depth of the sea to achieve up to

15% higher efficiency. The fan’s corrugated blades with tubercles (small humps) on the blade’s rear edge are inspired by the fins of the humpback whale. The result is a fan with optimum upstream flow angle and reduced flow separation on the blade surface, which diffuses sound output and reduces noise. As a parting gift from Ziehl-Abegg, at the end of the evening all guests got a bowl with sweets held in a fan

blade taken from the ZAbluefin – a piece of Ziehl-Abegg to touch. Now, Ziehl-Abegg products like fan and electric motors can also be found in products that stay in Turkey. The Turkish customers in turn sell their products with Ziehl-Abegg components at international markets. The organization operates successfully in the Turkish ventilation and drive system market like building, cooling and climate technology.

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Weltec Power

Innovative Drive Praised by Olaf Lies, Minister of the Economy

“The ‚Made in Germany’ label is a special cachet and thus an export driver.” With these words, Lower Saxony‘s Minister of the Economy Olaf Lies conferred the Lower Saxony Foreign Trade Award. The so-called “export Oscar of the North” was awarded for the eighth time on 26 April 2017 at the Foreign Trade Conference held at the Hannover Messe, the world‘s largest industrial trade show. The German biogas plant manufacturer was pleased to be among the Top Five in the category of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). 12


Lower Saxony‘s Minister of the Economy Olaf Lies (left) and Jens Albartus, Director of WELTEC BIOPOWER (right) at the Ceremony for the Lower Saxony Foreign Trade Award.

Tthehewinners 10-person jury elected from about 40 businesses, all of whom have delivered outstanding performance in the international competition. „The submissions were of a high quality and impressed me and the jury. By means of their overseas activities, all of the participating companies make a key contribution to the preservation and development of jobs in our federal state“, said Olaf Lies on the occasion of the award ceremony in the presence of 300 business representatives. WELTEC BIOPOWER had reason to be proud: „To be

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among the Top Five is an acknowledgment of our export strategy, which has run through our company history like a common thread ever since our foundation in 2001“, remarks Jens Albartus, Director of WELTEC. „We built our first biogas plant outside Germany back in 2003. Meanwhile, more than 300 WELTEC plants have been set up in 25 countries on five continents“, explains Jens Albartus. Profound quality awareness and attractive location conditions are important factors that support the export-oriented company‘s dynamics and success. The main steps

of the value chain take place in North Germany and ensure a consistently high quality level for customers worldwide. The collaboration with energetic regional partners is instrumental in achieving global success with the „Made in Germany“ label. On this basis, WELTEC BIOPOWER constantly works on new, innovative products and optimisation approaches. Thanks to its good financial situation, the biogas specialist is also able to engage in research and development, thereby bolstering its position as one of the global market leaders.

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C E+T Power, award winning global power and electricity specialist, today announced the launch of new revolutionary functionality for its Enhanced Conversion Innovation (ECI) technology, including multi-source and multidirectional power conversion.

The new and improved ECI technology offers bi-directionality and multi-directionality on every converter, bringing a new dimension to modular inverters and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with enhanced flexibility and improved efficiency. With three high-efficiency (up to 96% for AC/AC and 94% for DC/AC and AC/DC) energy converters, the upgraded ECI allows unlimited new energy

conversion possibilities, such as peak shaving, phase-balancing, high-quality battery management and tests, and energy restitution to a micro-grid and/or a battery. “The upgraded and improved ECI is unlike any other technology on the market since anything is possible in terms of DC to AC and AC to DC power conversion,” said Olivier Bomboir, VP Product Management & Business Development at CE+T Power. “For example, the new features allow for ECI modules to be used for critical back up, such as a hybrid system where AC input feeds both the AC and DC loads while charging the battery. If the AC input fails, the battery can still supply both loads.”

The new, upgraded ECI brings a new dimension to power conversion, allowing for full bi-directionality and multiport use

About CE+T Power CE+T Power is an award winning global power and electricity specialist, who delivers high-end, high-performance backup power solutions. Working primarily across the Telecoms, Industrial and Datacom/IT sectors, CE+T Power specialises in keeping businesses running. CE+T Power specialises in products that ECI can also perform energy guarantee up-time management, as it can feed for critical AC load infrastructures both the micro-grid and the and recently AC load from the battery. developed the Peak shaving can also be most efficient managed by limiting the pow- inverter available er taken from the AC input, on the market today. Its goal is and instead the extra power to save businesses will be taken from the DC thousands in source and sent to the load. running costs and guarantees a fast “The ECI can benefit any busi- return-on-investment. For more inness application, such as se- formation please curing power for data centers, visit http://www. micro-grids and industrial or commercial infrastructure, or for bringing more flexibility in electrical, telecommunication or data-grid distribution. We can’t wait for our customers to reap the benefits from the ECI’s new bi-directionality feature,” continued Mr Bomboir.

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EOS PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON AND SRH HOCHSCHULE BERLIN TO INTRODUCE EXPERT 3D PRINTING TRAINING PROGRAM “Additive Manufacturing Application Engineer” program designed to accelerate customer’s learning curve, paving the way for quicker AM business success.

Successful business cases inspire the additive manufacturing experts of tomorrow.

About EOS EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive OS, the global technolmanufacturing. Its product portfolio of ogy leader for industrial 3D EOS systems, ma- printing of metals and polyterials, and process parameters gives mers, today announces a customers crucial first of its kind 3D Printing competitive advan- training course, collaborating tages in terms of product quality and with two leading universithe long-term eco- ties in the UK and Germany. nomic sustainability For this six month ‘Additive of their manufacturApplication ing processes. www. Manufacturing Engineer’ program, EOS will


work directly with the Uni-

versity of Wolverhampton, a long standing partner of EOS with an existing high-level metal AM expertise especially in automotive, Formula 1 and aerospace and SRH Hochschule Berlin, one of the leading private universities in Germany, specializing in international business administration and management. “One of the major barriers for metal Additive Manufactur-

Projects driven by industrial 3D printing proceed in short iterations. Therefore, candidates need to adapt their skills in project management.


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ing technology is the shortage of AM application engineering experts at a global level. The program aims to empower the future generation of AM engineers through specialized training and expertise.” comments Güngör Kara, Director Global Application & Consulting at EOS. And he adds: “With this initiative, we also want our customers to turn this AM knowl-

Each course leader is an expert in his field with at least two years of experience in the additive manufacturing industry.


Participants learn design principles for additive manufacturing

edge into a competitive advantage. They will save time and money, as well as boosting their business productivity with industrial 3D printing.” The first participants will start their expert training program in May 2017, with a maximum number of eight participants per course. More information about this program can be found here. From trial and error to a rapid, structured AM learning curve Until recently, an application engineer would need up to two years’ experience to acquire adequate AM knowledge. This program is designed to reduce the learning curve to six months, and lower the general threshold that companies are facing when implementing Additive Manufacturing technology. The program will also substantially reduce the investment risk for entering AM production. Based on the trained workforce, a customer is now able to bring innovative AM metal applications to their industries as well as introducing both radical innovations and serial manufacturing more rapidly. Understand, improve

and implement AM In close cooperation with both universities, the course offers a mix of intense theoretical and practical learning blocks at the partner universities, at EOS and in-house with the customer. After a period of six months, participants receive their “AM Application Engineer” certification. - Part 1: Understanding AM (at EOS and in-house): Participants are being introduced to the fundamentals of Additive manufacturing, including the definition and development of the right applications for the use of this technology - Part 2: Improve knowledge and technical AM competence (at the University of Wolverhampton and inhouse): during the next four months, participants will improve their knowhow in process development (e.g. defining parameters, supports), material characteristics (e.g. metallurgy, powder, density, post processing), quality assurance (destructive and non-destructive testing, CTScanning etc.) and how to leverage the freedom of designing for AM - Part 3: Implement AM (at SRH): dur-

ing the last week of this educational program, participants will attend strategy courses focusing on how to implement AM in the organization, how to generate and communicate AM business models and how this will all affect internal value chains. Güngör Kara concludes: “The program is giving engineers the technical expertise to master AM more efficiently. As such, it supports them to develop and improve AM applications, implement serial production, optimize innovation and keep their organization well ahead of their respective competition. “This is a proven short-cut for our customers - they can build new AM metal-based competencies internally. This will make the difference when it comes to introducing AM driven innovations. We believe that the industrial champions of the next decade have to build up their AM technology competencies in this decade.” The complete Additive Minds offerings, including the additional trainings, innovation centers and consulting can be found here.

Program course leaders Monica Smith and Stefan Bindl welcome the first students to EOS.

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ROBOTICS MEETS ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING tion constraints allows the point that especially dangerE Roboy team to implement ous and repetitive tasks can

EOS sponsors the “Roboy” research project which replicates the OS, the global technolhuman musculoskel- ogy and quality leader for etal system to advance high-end Additive Manurobotics facturing (AM) solutions, has announced its support of the Swiss society Devanthro and the Roboy project at the Technical University of Munich. The goal of the Roboy project is to advance humanoid robotics to the capability of human bodies. The vision is to iteratively improve Roboy models until the performance is comparable to humans in dexterity, robustness and flexibility. The first prototype – Roboy Junior – has muscles and EOS sponsors the Roboy tendons rather than motors research project which in the joints. It has been deaims to advance humanoid robotics to the veloped under substantial capability of human bod- usage of AM: The complete ies. (source: EOS. Roboy skeletal body structure of design by Devanthro Society. Photographer: Roboy, which encases his Adrian Baer) bones and muscles, has been built with EOS systems for Plastic Additive Manufacturing. The use of Industrial 3D Printing has several key advantages; among them is the possibility of building complex functional geometries as well as sustaining a fast and iterative hardware development. Values of Additive Manufacturing Additive Manufacturing allows for highly complex structures which are also Robotics meet Additive extremely light and stable. Manufacturing. (source: It provides a high degree EOS. Roboy design by of design freedom, optimiDevanthro Society. Photographer: Adrian Baer) zation and integration of functional features, and the manufacture of small batch sizes at economical unit costs. The Roboy development benefits from all these advantages: Building complex functional geometries without classical fabrica16

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functionality directly into the geometrical parts. Consequently, build complexity is reduced, and many of the otherwise necessary assembly steps can be dispensed of. For example, Roboy’s hands and forearms are manufactured in one piece, including several joints and individual phalanxes for each finger. Due to Roboy’s maximal mechatronic complexity on a minimal space, it is not possible to validate some project requirements in simulation. Therefore, the development team needs to be able to test the robot itself. AM is key to this because it allows the fast manufacturing of individual components and the modularization and parameterization of the robot’s construction, enabling an iterative hardware development. Rafael Hostettler, Roboy project leader, comments: “In software development, rapid development cycles allow software improvement by testing it ‘in the wild’. Additive Manufacturing allows us to apply this approach to robotics, enabling a rapid development to find optimal functional parts in a fraction of the time.” He continues: “EOS’ AM technology is a key component for doing this as it enables the iterative hardware development that is crucial for our project.” Humanoid robotics: A vision with social impact In the future, with the increasing advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics, robots will play a much more prominent role both in society and at work – to the

be completed by robots. In this context, building robots with similar morphology to the human body yields critical advantages over classical robotic approaches. First and foremost, the human musculoskeletal system is a proven solution that leads to dexterous, dynamic and robust robots. In addition, a human-like robot eases interaction between human and machine significantly, making it more intuitive and natural. Over centuries humans have adapted the environment to fit their needs, humanoid robots can therefore fit into this environment more easily – thus avoiding expensive adaptions. Furthermore, building robots that are compatible with the human anatomy can help to augment and repair human mobility, with the use of exoskeletons and prosthetics, for example. Dr. Adrian Keppler, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at EOS, says: “While a larger number of companies focusses on AI development, only a very small number of projects worldwide develop humanoid robotics. Therefore, we are all the more proud to support the renowned Roboy project and see its meaning. As the strengths of Additive Manufacturing lie in those areas where conventional manufacturing reaches its limitations, EOS’ technology is the ideal solution for a research project as ambitious as Roboy. We are happy that the Roboy team is trusting in EOS to realize their vision.”

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Machine Learning


Iplot: t is a well-worn Hollywood artificial intelligence

makes machines more and more independent until the day comes when they begin to attack their creators. There is a war and the survival of humanity is at stake. A study recently published by Stanford University is reassuring. According to the experts, artificial intelligence is not a threat to humanity at the moment. But what is behind the mysterious intelligence that has caused so much controversy?


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Already today, many systems from daily life make use of the discipline. When you ask your mobile phone about the weather, for example, or an online shop suggests a book that fits your taste exactly, you are using artificial intelligence. Industry too is increasingly recognizing the potential of machine learning and is beginning to make use of it. With precise forecasts, systems can be serviced exactly when necessary and before a machine malfunctions. Or established processes can be

made leaner with new knowledge. The basis in all fields of application is the same: enormous amounts of data. However, “only collecting data is insufficient,� says Dr. Steffen Haack, Member of the Executive Board at Bosch Rexroth. Rather, data is the prerequisite for obtaining valuable information that creates added value. This can succeed if data is collected, networked together intelligently, analyzed and the right conclusions are drawn, as quickly and as comprehensively as possible.



Tbuilt-in he storage system has a camera that identifies

an individual and captures two of his biometric details, i.e. quasi 3D model of his face, and his iris. The solution provides high-grade security access control. For example, unlike fingerprints, the mentioned data is hard to forge. On top of that, the vault is easy to use: you don’t have to remember the number of your safe deposit box, or carry a card or a paper slip. The system automatically unlocks the necessary box after identifying and verifying the owner. The biometric recognition takes a maximum of 3 to 5 seconds. The system has a wide range of applications: it can be used in automatic luggage lockers at railway stations and airports, in mailboxes in apartment blocks, in automated parcel lockers, and in safe deposit boxes in banks. Furthermore, the solution is especially relevant to law enforcement agencies that require high-level security for their weapon storage units. The camera has an option of remote computer control and management via local area network. Over time, it will become possible to use this function via a smartphone or even a smartwatch. This reliable system is highly autonomous in operation and requires minimum maintenance costs. As part of Ruselectronics, NPO Impulse is developing the system. Its prototype has already undergone trials and proved successful. The safe

vault’s configuration and security level can be modified upon the customer’s request. It can be supplemented with a security CCTV and an alarm. The system is currently adopted at the NPO Impulse office, where it’s installed at the entrance to a classified unit and is used to store cellphones. The “Information Technology of Industrial Russia 2017” conference, sponsored by Rostec State Corporation, is held on May 24-27, 2017, in Innopolis (the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia). Rostec Corporation is a Russian corporation that was established in 2007 to facilitate the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civilian and military applications. The Corporation comprises over 700 organizations that are currently part of eleven holding companies operating in the military-industrial complex and three holding companies working in the civilian industry, as well as over 80 directly managed organizations. Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO AVISMA, UralVagonZavod, etc. Rostec companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to more than 70 countries. In 2016, the consolidated revenue of Rostec reached 1 trillion 266 billion rubles, while the consolidated net income and EBITDA amounted to 88 and 268 billion rubles respec-

tively. In 2016, the average For the first time, salary in the Corporation was united company 44,000 rubles. According to Ruselectronics Rostec’s strategy, the main (part of Rostec State Corporation) objective of the Corporation has presented its is to ensure that Russia has storage system a technological advantage with biometric acin highly competitive global cess control within markets. Rostec’s key objec- the framework of the “Information tives include the introduction Technology of of a new techno-economic Industrial Russia paradigm and the digitaliza- 2017” conference. tion of the Russian economy. The smart safe vault for particularly valuable United company Russian Elec- effects provides tronics was established in two-stage access 2017 on the basis of the hold- control using 3D ings of the electronic cluster face and iris recogof Rostec State Corporation nition techniques. — JSC Ruselectronics and JSC United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation. It is the largest Russian developer and manufacturer of communication tools and systems, automated control systems, reconnaissance and monitoring systems, robotic systems, super high frequency electronics, computing and telecommunications equipment. It unites over 170 companies and research organizations in the radio electronics industry. The company employs 75,000 people. Its products are supplied to more than 30 countries, including countries in Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The annual consolidated revenue of the holding’s enterprises is over RUB 180 billion per year.

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Partners involved

The research project, which is scheduled to last n the European Union, about for four years and 200 nuclear power plants that is funded with a feed electricity into the grids total of almost 5 are currently in operation. Exmillion euros, was tending their period of operaevaluated positive- tion will require reliable techly by the European nology systems for calculating Commission and the residual life of the reactor started on June 1, components; the safety of 2017. Fraunhofer existing nuclear power plants IZFP’s application thus continues to remain a process was finan- relevant research topic. An EU cially supported project that will make a signifby the federal icant contribution to ensuring state of Saarland’s long-term safety of nuclear research funding power plant operation has program.In addi- recently been acquired by retion to Fraunhofer searchers from the Fraunhofer IZFP, the following Institute for Nondestructive partners are par- Testing IZFP in Saarbrücken. ticipating in this According to current German research project: law, the use of nuclear energy SCK•CEN Belgian for producing power will be Nuclear Research discontinued by 2022. ExtendCentre (Belgium), ing the operational lifetime of VTT Technical existing nuclear power plants Research Centre of outside of Germany – includFinland Ltd. (Fin- ing those in locations directly land), SVTI Swiss bordering Germany – has Association for been accepted in many counTechnical Inspec- tries as a strategic goal for tions (Switzerland), ensuring a sufficient supply of Coventry Univer- power in the coming decades. sity (Great Britain), Consequently, the safe opHEPENIX Technical eration of European nuclear Service Ltd. (Hun- power plants continues to gary), Hungar- be necessary and essential. ian Academy of Within the framework of a Science Centre for research program tendered Energy Research by the European Commission (Hungary), Paul and the European Atomic EnScherrer Institut ergy Community (EURATOM), (Switzerland), Tec- Fraunhofer IZFP has been natom S.A. (Spain), awarded a lucrative EU project. and Eurice GmbH Detecting material damage in a focused and timely manner (Germany). The Fraunhofer IZFP was tasked with coordinating a consortium of a total of 10 European partners collaborating on technological solutions



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for testing material damage in reactor pressure vessels. “The goal of the NOMAD* research project is to develop a nondestructive evaluation system that is to be used in periodic safety reviews of the reactor pressure vessel of nuclear power plants. Its purpose is to allow determining the location and characterizing the nature of material damage in reactor pressure vessel steels,” explained Dr. Madalina Rabung, the lead responsible for this project at Fraunhofer IZFP. The reactor pressure vessel protects our environment from radioactive radiation; inside this vessel are the fuel elements, whose radioactive radiation can result in the vessel wall embrittlement over the long term. Sudden failure of a reactor pressure vessel due to embrittlement would be disastrous for humanity and our environment. Safe reactor pressure vessels with intelligent sensing and evaluation systems So far, safety routines have been based on monitoring concepts in which small samples are already taken during the manufacture of

the reactor pressure vessels. These small samples are then intentionally exposed to increased radioactive radiation in order to detect – in anticipation of reality – potential deterioration of the material properties. “However, the material of a reactor pressure vessel is not always homogeneous; thus, such samples cannot be considered a solid reference for the entire pressure vessel,” added Dr. Rabung. Fraunhofer IZFP will increase safety significantly by looking at the reactor pressure vessel in its entirety, evaluating it regularly and noninvasively using intelligent sensors based on ultrasound and 3MA**. With regard to the extension of operational lifetime, NOMAD will provide additional parameters to supplement the current invasive tests. The nondestructive characterization of material properties in essential, nonreplaceable nuclear power plant components such as the reactor pressure vessel can thus make a significant contribution to improving the safety and the safe long-term operation of nuclear power plants.

Sick With its KTS and KTX product families, SICK is presenting new, powerful contrast sensors from a forward-lookneeds to be met individually ing, innovative and cost-effectively. The even platform. The patented TwinEye more finely granular gray- technology for scale resolution of the KTS improved contrast and KTX, the integrated color detection and mode, and the large number sensing distance of other technical innova- tolerance (+- 5 mm), the specially tions in both product families developed threeare setting a new standard in color LED with its the market for contrast sen- high-precision, sor technology – and open- color-mixed light ing up additional areas of spot, and the jitter that has been application at the same time, minimized to a such as the detection of wa- level never before fers, the management of reel seen, coupled changes, or quality control. with absolute Image: IM0070664.jpg high-speed switching frequencies, The KTS and KTX contrast open up a world sensors from SICK repre- of new possibilisent improved performance, ties when it comes to detecting better process stability, and more design freedom. contrasts and – for the first time in a sensor – colors too.

A GOOD EYE FOR CONTRASTS AND COLORS Itegrated O-Link and additional infunctions such as

recipe management ensure maximum versatility, while the innovative, multifunctional 7-segment display guarantees simple yet customized sensor setup, operation, and visualization. Familiar applications such as the detection of print marks or the control of industrial labeling processes benefit from even greater process stability and performance. The sensors detect high-gloss materials and complex contrasts, even on heavily jittering materials. The integrated color mode also enables reliable detection of even the most minor contrast dif-

ferences and color features. More applications, more flexibility The KTX product family offers compatibility without compromise: Both the hole pattern for mounting the sensors and the electrical connectivity facilitate a 1:1 migration from the SICK product families that are already proven and widespread on the market to the new technology platform. In its space-saving compact housing, the KTS meets all requirements of modern machine concepts. The KTS contrast sensors come in “CORE” and “PRIME” configurations; these offer different levels of functionality, enabling a variety of different automation

KTS and KTX contrast sensors from SICK

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SICK REMAINS ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS Record figures achieved in core business and consistent growth of innovation leadership in the field of sensor intelligence

SICK is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. The company, which was founded in 1946 by Dr. Erwin Sick and has its he SICK Group has conheadquarters in Waldkirch im tinued on its trajectory of Breisgau near sustainable and profitable Freiburg in Ger- growth. In the fiscal year many, is among the technology 2016, the sensor manufacmarket leaders. turer again achieved record With more than figures, with orders received 50 subsidiaries totaling EUR 1,398.9 miland equity invest- lion. Around the world, 8,044 ments as well as many agencies, people were employed by SICK has a pres- the Group, generating sales ence all over the of EUR 1,361.2 million. Earnworld. In the fiscal ings before interest and tax year 2016, SICK (EBIT) were EUR 147.9 million. had more than 8,000 employees In the last fiscal year, the worldwide and a SICK Group made outstandgroup revenue of ing progress. After a cautious just under EUR 1.4 start, both sales and orders billion. received grew consistently during the course of the year. Sales increased by 7.4 percent to EUR 1,361.2 million. Orders received also achieved record increases, growing by 10.1 percent to EUR 1,398.9 million. “Despite the challenging economic conditions, political uncertainties, and negative currency effects, we were able to achieve above-aver-


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age sales growth,” explained Markus Vatter, member of the Executive Board in charge of Finance, Controlling & IT at SICK AG, when the balance sheet ratios were published. “Our presence across the globe has contributed significantly to this outcome: We have achieved growth in all sales regions. Gains in sales were made primarily in the factory and logistics automation business fields.” The continued high demand for increased productivity in factory and logistics processes as well as in process flows was palpable all over the world. In Europe, America, and Asia, customers showed considerable interest in sensor solutions for automation in the factory environment. In the field of logistics automation in these regions, demand for automated systems in parcel-based services was also high. In the process automation business field, however, the difficult market environ-

ment prevailing in the steel, cement, mining, oil, and gas industries had a noticeable effect. Sales in this business field remained below expectations. Sales growth and high operating income have overwhelmingly positive effects on earnings performance Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) also performed extremely well: At EUR 147.9 million, EBIT surpassed the previous year’s figure by 14.6 percent. Sales growth, a measured approach to nonpersonnel expenses, and a significant increase in other operating income all made a considerable contribution to this result. Consequently, the EBIT margin achieved on sales increased to 10.9 percent (10.2 percent in the previous year). After deduction of tax liabilities, annual profit stands at EUR 104.0 million. That represents an increase of 14.5 percent compared to the previous year (EUR 90.8 million in the

Sick previous year). As a result, net return on sales grew to 7.6 percent (7.2 percent in the previous year). Consistent growth in research and development (R&D) activities R&D activities further intensified in the past fiscal year. EUR 143.4 million was spent in this area (as compared to EUR 129.0 million in the previous year). This equates to 10.5 percent of sales (10.2 percent in the previous year). An average of 964 employees – representing an increase of 11.6 percent compared to the previous year – have helped to translate innovative ideas into marketable products. R&D capacities were expanded in locations outside Germany in particular. In these locations, the number of employees increased on average by 13.6 percent to 134 compared to the previous year. Number of employees continues to grow worldwide Towards the end of 2016, 8,044 people were employed by the SICK Group across the globe (an 8.5 percent increase compared to the previous year). It was mainly the areas of R&D and global sales that experienced growth in their ranks. Within Germany, SICK employed 4,739 people at the end of the year (an 8.0 percent increase compared to the previous year). Outside Germany, the workforce grew by 9.1 percent compared to the end of 2015 to 3,305 members of staff.

CFO Markus Vatter

Expenditure on training and professional development increased by 11.2 percent to EUR 10.3 million (EUR 9.3 million in the previous year). In addition, all members of staff are receiving financial recognition in response to their efforts and dedication – the foundation of SICK’s business success – to helping the company achieve its growth in the fiscal year 2016. A bonus amounting to EUR 1,023 is being awarded to pay-scale employees. Non-pay-scale employees are being compensated within the scope of the variable remuneration system.

Positive outlook despite ongoing difficult framework conditions The first quarter of 2017 achieved positive outcomes for SICK. Orders received and sales grew more than expected and, by the end of March – in contrast to the trend of the past years – were significantly higher than they were in the previous year. The forecast for the current fiscal year overall is therefore optimistic: “The economic and political circumstances we face remain challenging. We will nonetheless strive to achieve record figures once again in 2017.

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We currently anticipate sales growth in the upper single-digit percentage range,” explains Dr. Robert Bauer, Chairman of the Executive Board at SICK AG. “We will expand our role as leading manufacturer in the field of sensor intelligence. This applies to our core business activities in the area of industry automation just as much as it does to our activities in the data-based field of Industry 4.0. We will focus primarily on expanding our existing product portfolio, the networking capabilities of our sensor technology in the context of Industry 4.0, and the issue of data sovereignty.” Machine - Automation & Electricity / IMT 2017




Suite of technologies delivering open, interoperable, scalable IoT solutions to digitize machine assets at arker Hannifin Corporation the component and motion and (NYSE: PH), the global leader in control system motion and control technololevel gies, today unveiled the Voice About Parker of the Machine® IoT platform, an open, interoperable and Hannifin Parker Hannifin scalable ecosystem of conis a Fortune 250 nected products and servicglobal leader es. The offering is on display in motion and control technolo- at Hannover Messe through gies. For 100 years April 28. As part of a broader the company has digital transformation underengineered the way, Parker is leveraging 100 success of its cus- years of product and applicatomers in a wide range of diversi- tion expertise to build better fied industrial digital customer experiences. and aerospace markets. Learn “From online platforms that more at www. enable users to engage with or @ parkerhannifin. our broad portfolio of products, systems and engineering talent; to global monitoring and asset integrity management services that keep critical systems productive, we are creating better outcomes for our customers,” said Bob


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Bond, Vice President - eBusiness, IoT and Services. “Our Voice of the Machine offering operates at the sweet spot of our core competency at the component and system level. Parker is creating discrete insights across our broad range of motion and control products that we can then connect to enterprise IoT solutions.” With the Voice of the Machine platform, Parker is addressing challenges that have prevented operators from fully leveraging IoT to improve safety and prevent unplanned downtime and high maintenance costs across their industrial applications. Some of these challenges include legacy devices that are not IoT-enabled, an absence of componentlevel insights, and competing communication protocols used by various suppliers. “Through the Voice of the Machine IoT platform we enable our customers to hear what their assets are saying at a component level so they can improve application performance,” said Miguel Morales, Director, Internet of Things. “Parker has 100 years of component and system expertise for motion and control tech-

nologies, a prerequisite for unlocking that last mile of safety, reliability and productivity residing within the machines that our products support.” Parker is using a center-led approach and has adopted a common set of IoT standards and best practices for use across all its operating groups and technologies. Every connected product uses the same repository of digital services with an exchange-based platform architecture, designed by software experts at Exosite. The Exosite IoT architecture makes it easy to deploy a diverse set of connected solutions leveraging that same set of digital services and to integrate Parker solutions with other partner platforms. To learn more about Voice of the Machine go to or @Parker_VOM.




MU started in 1900 with a donation of one-million dollars from steel pioneer Andrew Carnegie. With some 15,000 students they are not on the same population scale of larger institutions in the USA, but in achievements they are ranked globally overall at 23, and for top US colleges and universities they are ranked at 19. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks CMU at 5 in their category Best Graduate Engineering Schools. This is primarily due to their lead R&D in areas of Computer Science, Robotics, and general Engineering technologies. As with many universities, CMU has multiple halls with multidisciplinary labs ranging from Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering and others. Each has its level of vacuum needs ranging from the rough vacuum regime to their ultra-high vacuum requirements, and vacuum pumping equipment

from several key suppliers, including local partner Leybold, who provides vacuum pumps, instruments and vacuum c o n s u l t a t i o n . Leybold, like CMU, is a leader in its field. As a pioneer in vacuum technology celebrating 167 years, Leybold supports industry and research throughout the world with vacuum engineering consultation, vacuum pumps and systems, thin-film equipment, instrumentation and related services. CMU employs such Leybold equipment in their new Nanofabrication facility. “CMU is not known as a large research university, but instead we are recognized more for our R&D successes in disciplines such as Computer Science, Engineering and Robotics. The new nanofabrication facility will allow us to compete with much larger universities for research grants in the areas of thin film technology, nanomanufacturing and nano/micro systems said Gianluca Piazza, Faculty Director of the CMU

Being at the forefront of university research is very important for innovating next generation vacuum technology products. As a local partner with Pittsburgh based Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Leybold has been not only a supplier, but also a generous and benevolent sponsor for Nanofabrication Facility. “This years. would not be possible withAs an acout the generous support of partners such as Leybold and knowledgeother local suppliers. We ment for this are excited to continue our close cooperacollaboration with Leybold tion, the CMU in areas of process develop- community ment where we can use their named expertise in vacuum scienc- one of the es for thin film deposition as new conferwell as other R&D activities ence center throughout CMU.” Carl Brockmeyer, General Man- and recepager at Leybold USA Inc. adds, tion rooms “We at Leybold value the ‘Leybold’ and importance of thin-film and celebrated Nano / micro device re- this inaugurasearch and we thank the CMU tion with a community for the close as- presentation sociation and ongoing partner- and reception ship with Leybold and offer our held at the congratulations on their acCMU complishment in realizing the new Nanofabrication Facility, a Nanofabricapremier research laboratory in tion Facility the world. My colleagues and on May 22nd. I at Leybold are committed to nurturing a strong partnership with the CMU for many years to come. CMU has our commitment for continued collaboration and support of their Nano research”.

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COPT CENTER OFFERS THE STAGE FOR LEYBOLD’S VİDEO SHOOTING FO ITS NEWEST VACUUM PRODUCT Cooperation between Universities and industrial enterprises are much more common in other countries, such as Great Britain and the United States. In Germany, cooperation is mostly restricted to the technology level and the subsequent transfer of basic research knowledge gained at the universities to the mass production opportunities of industry. Vacuum technology of Leybold is an elementary factor in research and development – like a heartbeat it keeps processes running. Yet, the products often vanish into the plants and instruments used.

A s the COPT of the University

Center of Cologne has been in cooperation with Leybold for some time, they were the first place to turn to for a shooting a product video in a perfect laboratory surrounding. It was an exciting day for the COPT Center when in the morning Leybold’s video team entered the COPT building. Lamps and cameras were installed. And for one day Leybold turned a laboratory at the COPT Center into a studio to take a video

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presenting the “ECODRY plus”, Leybold’s newest vacuum pump, optimized for research and analytical applications. “We appreciate the close working relationship with the COPT Center. For us at Leybold it is important to show our products in a presentable and realistic high-tech environment,” says Christina Steigler, Head of Communication & Public Relations at Leybold GmbH. Dr. Stephan Kirchmeyer, the Head of Marketing at COPT Center, adds “At COPT Center we are happy to support Leybold as part

of Cologne’s Industry even perhaps in unusual ways”. The final product video can now be watched on Youtube h t t p s : / / w w w.y o u t u b e . com/watch?v=oetT9Cgux2A From the beginning and since its inauguration in 2015, Leybold and COPT Center have been successfully working together. Leybold’s equipment is part of COPT’s process platforms. In return, COPT Center has received several orders for primary research and technology from Leybold.


LEYBOLD SİMPLİFİES REPAİRS AND MAINTENANCE THROUGH AUGMENTED REALITY Tandhecontext-related real-time visualizations informa-

tion concepts are not new to the renowned pump manufacturer. Since the year 2016, Leybold has been using the advantages of Augmented Reality for the dry pumping system DRYVAC. It quickly became apparent that the data provided to customers and service technicians dealing with Leybold products offer additional benefits. These positive experiences have prompted Leybold to extend Augmented Reality to other areas. Leybold sees the greatest potential for optimization in the core areas of training and service. The technology can be used anywhere in the world where specific, interactive user support is useful in service processes. However, it also offers advantages in facilitating learning and educational training - by allowing insights into the pump interior. Augmented Reality therefore offers its customers and technicians a wide range of

possibilities to perform their service tasks - even without the specialists. Step-by-step instructions fed into the eyesight range of technicians enable a lower error rate. Moreover, the training effort for the technicians is minimized through this visual support and the insertion of interactive content with understandable instructions and checklists. For the purpose of illustration, high resolution 3D graphics are projected onto the pumps exactly where the tasks have to be carried out. The relevant photo and audio functions can easily be embedded in the respective application. If necessary, different evaluations can be generated. By using the pilot applications, the realistic presentation possibilities of AR applications on smartphones and tablets are evident. Also, the Microsoft HoloLens glasses can be used. With these Augmented Reality glasses, technicians can work and train without having to hold a device in their hands. “We see a great potential for

applications in the field of Augmented Reality, especially in industrial processes, and this digital strategy is not only a strong market trend, but also meets the challenges of our customers and technicians in the field,” said Eckart Roettger, President of Industrial Vacuum Service, elaborating on the value of AR processes. “Instead of taking the instructions from a manual, apprentices have the whole procedure on the object visulaized within the display. This will generate a great impact on the value and use of information,” explains Eckart Roettger. Leybold is working on this project with REFLEKT ONE, a software for industrial applications from the Munich-based specialist for Augmented and Virtual Reality RE’FLEKT. “Many customers know the benefits of Augmented Reality. The problem, however, is to create tailormade applications for a variety of products. The scalability of our platform makes it easy for the customer to do it themselves, “ explains RE’FLEKT CEO Wolfgang Stelzle, on the main motivation to rely on REFLEKT ONE. One of the main advantages is sustainability: once the software is fully installed, any number of AR applications can be created for training and service scenarios of all products. This results in significant advantages for the customer in terms of downtime, response times and operating costs.

An extended view into the future of industrial processes

Leybold GmbH, a German company of the Atlas Copco Group, is the first vacuum pump manufacturer to test the diverse application possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR). While executing tasks, service technicians obtain useful additional information and graphical documentation, partly in 3D. Leybold plans to extend the scalable AR apps to other product areas such as training, repair and maintenance purposes.

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“New additions to proven solutions.” SEW-EURODRIVE is extending its portfolio of tried-and-tested drive technology, applications and machine automation with innovative Lean Sm@ rt Factory system solutions.


the megatrend of digitalization – innovative system solutions based on the Lean Sm@ rt Factory principle. Perfectly implemented lean principles and methods based on Industry 4.0 create the basis for networked, modular and efficient customized production in batch sizes of just one unit if need be. The key to success? The symbiosis of people and technology along the entire value chain – from configuration and production to assembly and delivery. SEW-EURODRIVE’s “Industry 4.0” Real Smart Factory concept boosts efficiency by 30% throughout the value chain. The key element here is the loose chain of individual process modules. Mobile assistance systems from SEW-EURODRIVE take on the burden of work with no value added. - Mobile handling assistants are highly versatile – in production for automated machine loading / unloading or in the assembly / joining process to reduce the burden on employees, enabled by HRC (human-robot collaboration) functionality. - Mobile assembly as-

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sistants act as a mobile workbench and assist employees with interactive instructions in the assembly sequences. - Mobile logistics assistants navigate independently as a swarm and take care of delivery logistics. By adapting the working and transfer height, they can also be used as mobile assembly assistants. And this is where the pieces of the jigsaw are put back together – thanks to SEW-EURODRIVE’s comprehensive modular product and technology system. Ultramodern navigation, tracking and communication processes combine with the mobile assistance systems to ensure a smooth production flow at factories. - LightLAN / LED-based optical data transmission: Stationary light modules on the floor or ceiling span communication sectors. Light-based communication takes place between vehicles, which are also equipped with light modules, and the stationary units. The light modules also support communication between the vehicles. They are designed so that information about vehicles and their status (traveling, braking, turning, etc.) can also be displayed visually.

- Navigation and tracking via SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping): Thanks to safety laser scanners, the laser beams emitted by the vehicle are reflected by surrounding objects, enabling the mobile logistics assistant to determine its distance from these objects. The navigation system in the assistant uses the data obtained to create a map of its surroundings. The vehicle can then use the laser data and odometry (assessment of position and orientation using the propulsion system) to identify its location on this map. Positioning relative to the other objects is also possible, which enables free navigation in the factory without additional points of reference. - MOVITRANS® inductive energy transfer system: When it comes to covering long distances at high speed without wear and tear, system operators cannot get by without mobile systems. MOVITRANS® is the ideal power supply system – contactless, clean and silent. It operates on the principle of inductive energy transfer, whereby electrical energy is transferred from a fixed conductor to one or more mobile consumers without any contact. Time-con-

suming, cumbersome dragchain systems have become a thing of the past. In addition to the familiar linear structure, MOVITRANS® will also be used for point charging in the future for optimum integration into logistics processes. All kinds of storage media – including batteries, supercapacitors and hybrid storage units – can be used to charge mobile assistance systems. The intelligent link between man and technology achieved in conjunction with mobile assistance systems reduces the physical burden on production staff by 30%. The modular factory structure and state-of-the-art worker assistance systems make it possible to meet market and customer requirements within short timeframes. Augmented reality software solutions open up completely new options here. In today’s smart factory halls, tablets and smart glasses project assembly and maintenance information into the real visual field of staff as a 3D animation, making complex information far simpler and far easier to understand. The “see more, know more” concept provides help in the training phase and reduces potential for error, particularly where a high level of variation is involved. The SEW-EURODRIVE portfolio is rounded off by services for products, systems, plant and machinery. Condition monitoring and predictive analytics are used to collect and evaluate data digitally and predict events. SEW-EURODRIVE understands condition monitoring as regularly / continuously recording the condition of systems using sensors and measuring systems, including endoscopy, thermography and vibration measurements. The aim of

this service is to provide condition-oriented maintenance based on up-to-date system condition data. SEW-EURODRIVE goes one step further with the DriveRadar® concept – knowing today what will happen tomorrow! This concept makes it possible to accurately predict imminent damage based on existing data calculated / recorded during the operation of SEW drive systems and cutting-edge data analysis (machine learning) using a digital twin. The objective is to provide a fully comprehensive solution for data-based predictive maintenance management. Customer benefits include the ability to detect wear, prevent failures and faults during operation and minimize downtimes. The SEW showcase factory at the company’s own production and assembly plant in Graben-Neudorf clearly demonstrates that SEW-EURODRIVE is not simply talking about Industry 4.0 but bringing its own vision to life. Applying the “one piece flow” and “small factory unit” value creation principles, this is where the concepts for a range of different logistics, assembly and manufacturing operations are tested and developed on an ongoing basis under real conditions. The company is keen to pass on the experience it has gained. As well as product and system solutions, SEW offers advice on factory design and production automation, joining forces with customers to plan, configure and implement process solutions. Seminars and training courses give participants the opportunity to find out more about SEW solutions and sample applications. They also provide tips and highlight potential obstacles relating to the de-

sign of a Lean Sm@rt Factory.

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symmedia SP/1 Plug&Work Box Industrial

Data security and high performance play an equally important role in Industry 4.0 processes. symmedia, the provider of digital service solutions for mechanical and plant engineers, has expanded its hardware range with the new symmedia SP/1 Plug&Work Box Industrial, a solution that meets the industry’s high security standards, with no exceptions. Within the symmedia SP/1-application, the new box acts as a server. The ith the symmedia SP/1 box runs Linux, including a firewall. Plug&Work Box Industrial, the It has a 24-volt Industry 4.0 processes can be power supply carried out in a secure and at its disposal and can act as a cost-effective manner. For WLAN-hotspot. instance, users benefit from Therefore giving the Linux distribution, which users a variety of serves as a gateway, WLAN possibilities within router and firewall. In addithe framework of symmedia SP/1 tion, the new box is equipped monitoring and with 2GB RAM, a 24-V power thus, ensuring supply as well as two USB 3.0 efficient support ports. The symmedia SP/1 when it comes to Plug&Work Box Industrial also further development of their own has a DIN rail adapter that alservice products. lows an easy installation in a control cabinet. The server installed on the box automatically logs in to the symmedia



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SP/1 central server: once a network connection is established, the customer can start working with symmedia SP/1. Alongside its modern design and its resilient aluminum housing, the symmedia SP/1 Plug&Work Box Industrial is particularly convincing with regards to the important issue of security: it supports the high industrial security standards of symmedia SP/1. Monitoring with the symmedia Plug&Work Box Industrial The 2GB RAM and the highperformance 16GB SSD secondary storage offers users even more possibilities when

it comes to monitoring – now, even higher volumes of incoming machine data can be easily handled. Machine manufacturers have the possibility to monitor their machine fleets worldwide with the symmedia SP/1 Monitoring module and offer their customers even more efficiency during maintenance support. Likewise, information on the condition and production performance of the machines can be acquired. Data can be analyzed to develop new, needsorientated solutions. These include, for example, plant availability confirmations or productivity consultations.


PEAK VALUES IN PLANT EFFICIENCY Availability, efficiency and quality – the new symmedia SP/1 OEE App provides indicators to machine operators on their tablet, providing information on performance and productivity of their production facilities as well as the profitability of individual jobs.

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symmedia SP / 1 OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) app enables each individual machine to be measured in its availability, performance and quality - live or over a defined period of time. For instance, availability losses can be represented and analyzed by setup time or machine failures. But a target-actual comparison is made, even for the cycle time at which the material is processed. This allows operators to directly adjust it, should it come to timeouts and therefore to capacity losses. In addition, the

job view provides information per job, on how productively the machinery runs, and how profitable each individual job is. Networking over the service portal and the exchange of data even enables the machine manufacturer to learn about the data and optimize its service to the operator as well as their own technologies. “The OEE indicator is a proven measuring tool for inspecting your own production performance. It can reveal flexibility and performance reserves and uncover cost drivers”, says Peter Barkowsky, CEO of symmedia. “With the symmedia SP/1 OEE App, we have made

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Availability, efficiency, quality – these parameters are crucial to the performance of production plants. The new symmedia SP/1 OEE App prospectively provides machine operators these precise indicators on their tablet. With the mobile solution, symmedia extends its range to the area of monian important tool available for toring. Producoperators and manufacturers, tion companies with which they can obtain, at benefit from any time, an overview of the reliable data, with which it condition and effectiveness of can identify their machine fleet. With the and exploit the OEE App, complex, manual cal- productivity culations of value added to a potential of its facility are a thing of the past. machine fleet. The symmedia SP/1 Monitor- Machine manuing module is a technical re- facturers can quirement for the operation of offer their custhe symmedia SP/1 OEE app. tomers an even The new solution is available better service on all tablet/mobile platforms based on these indicators by with the iOS (from iPad 2), Anprecisely drawdroid (from 5.01) and Windows ing on weak (from 8.1) operating systems. points – resulting in a win-win situation for both operators and manufacturers. The symmedia SP/1 OEE

App is directly networked to the service portal – the operator has a summary of the current condition of their linked machinery in the machine overview.

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COMMUNICATING VIA DATA GLASSES: STAR TREK-STYLE MACHINE SERVICING Smart, networked, mobile – those are the requirements that machine and plant operators have for their service business in the age of Industry 4.0, and they are the exact requirements that symmedia, the Industry 4.0 service expert, meets with its symmedia SP/1 Glasses. The data glasses supplement the product portfolio for symmedia the data glasses to perform can remotely get an exact picSP/1 software, ith symmedia SP/1 complicated tasks in narrow ture of the plant and actively and they take the communication Glasses, symmedia offers me- spaces quickly, with extreme- help the customer rectify any between machine chanical and plant engineers ly precise instructions – a win- faults. The integrated whiteservicing and ma- another innovative tool for win situation,” says Peter Bar- board function also makes it chine operators to further developing their serkowsky, the CEO of symmedia. possible to comment directly a new, innovative vice business. At the same Viewed through the glasses on screen shots and mark level. If servicing is required, the time, the data glasses are symmedia SP/1 Glasses make them up, and they can be sent glasses transmit another building block that it much easier for service back to the machine operalive images from the Bielefeld company uses technicians and machine op- tor through the glasses. The the machine to actively help its custom- erators to communicate, and operator, in turn, can move directly to the manufacturer’s ers become smart service they significantly improve flexibly and freely around the service technician. providers. “With symmedia the quality of remote service. plant. Both hands are free at Machine opera- SP/1 Glasses, we give ma- Their use is based on the sym- all times, and all of the infortors benefit from chine manufacturers a tool media SP/1 digital service solu- mation and instructions can a completely new that adds an innovative comtion. Once the plant operator be seen at once. The symlevel of flexibilmunication channel to their has sent a service request and media instantVPN® connecity and freedom of movement service portal. It makes digital the service technician is ready tions provide optimal protecwhen it comes service accessible and also to connect to the machine, tion from outside access for to looking for very modern. Machine op- the glasses are activated. Via highly sensitive machine data. faults. Exchang- erators, in turn, can also use a live image, the employee ing information in SYMMEDIA – THE COMPANY real time with a whiteboard func- symmedia has been developing Industry 4.0 service solutions for mechanical and plant ention also allows gineers since 1997, making it one of the leading market providers in this segment. The symthe system to be media SP/1 service portal is currently being used in more than 100 countries, and it networks repaired quickly, machines with a plant value of more than 50 billion euros. With its four products Remote preventing ex- Service, Maintenance, Parts and Monitoring, symmedia offers a comprehensive range of sopensive machine lutions for communications between machine manufacturers and machine operators. In the area of consulting, the Bielefeld-based company helps users establish and develop their serdowntimes. vice and replacement-parts business. In addition, symmedia is a founding member of the Service Excellence Initiative, an association of leading software providers and consultants for mechanical engineering services. Thanks to symmedia’s own offerings and the synergies of the network, its customers can obtain all the services they need for the “internet of machines” from a single source. Well-known manufacturers and operators of production machines from a wide range of industries and with globally networked locations rely on the company’s software and solution expertise. Our references include SMS group, Klöckner DESMA, VW, Audi, Oerlikon Barmag, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Fette Compacting, Georg Fischer and manroland.



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WIN EURASIA 2018: ORGANIZED TOGETHER TO MAKE YOU WIN MORE Tthewomanufacturing important events in industry,

organized by Hannover Fairs Turkey Fuarcılık, WIN Eurasia Metalworking and WIN Eurasia Automation decided to combine their forces by 2018 pursuant to heavy request from the visitors and the exhibitors. By the motto of “Unity is strength”, it is aimed to gather all the actors and components of the manufacturing industry under WIN Eurasia - World of Industry on March 15th - 18th, 2018. Organized as 7 exhibitions in two separate phases between 2007 and 2017, WIN Eurasia are now able to bring all these shows together under one roof thanks to increasing capacity of TUYAP fairground. Beside the significant synergy getting from the high interaction of two leading trade event under one roof with more than 3000 exhibitors and 150.000 visitors, WIN Eurasia 2018 will provide good advantages for the visitors and exhibitors in terms of time and budget efficiency as well. While visitors have a chance to reach more product groups in one stop, exhibitors get the opportunity to reach to more national and international trade visitors from several sectors. Moreover, since the exhibitors of the shows are also potential customers for other WIN shows, WIN Eurasia 2018 will generate more business contacts by gathering all WIN fairs at one location. Higher efficiency, higher gain! Alexander Kühnel, General Manager of Han-

nover Fairs Turkey says the following regarding the recent developments: “We have always attached great significance to the requests of the industry. Both our exhibitors and our visitors made heavy request for the WIN Eurasia Exhibitions, which are organized in two separate phases to be merged. As a result of our evaluations, we agreed on the idea that a single event covering 7 industries that are closely related would create significant synergy. We are happy to be able to realize this project in 2018. WIN Eurasia - World of Industry 2018 will bring together all interrelated products and services in the manufacturing processes under a single roof. It will bring together its visitors with much more products, brands and exhibitors. So we believe that the new energy arising from two WIN events that combine their forces will bring about a much higher efficiency as well as a much higher gain for our exhibitors and visitors.” Experience 360° Manufacturing Industry under one roof! WIN Eurasia - World of Industry will offer 360ᵒ view of the manufacturing industry together with the 7 trade fairs under one roof. In this way, visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience all solutions for the manufacturing industry from A to Z in one location. From new generation sheet processing and welding technologies to surface treatment technologies, automation technologies to electric and electronic equipments, motion and drives technolo-

gies to intralogistics, WIN EURASIA 2018 will be bringing all the ecosystem needed for the future’s factories. The right address for Industry 4.0 Factories are at the threshold of a major transformation in today’s world where technological developments such as automation, digitalization, internet of things and augmented reality lead to major changes in the world of industry and indicate to a new peri- WIN Fairs od called Industry 4.0. Having merged their been the first event where the power by the developments in the industry motto of “Unity is are displayed for years, WIN strength” Eurasia Fairs are preparing - 6 fairs, 3000 to lead the companies in this exhibitors and transformation. Therefore 150.000 visitors under one roof WIN Eurasia - World of Indus- - 360° Focus on try, where visitors who aim Manufacturing to make investments for the Industry future for the optimization of - The right address manufacturing processes can for Industry 4.0 easily access to thousands of products is preparing to come to the forefront as the most important trade event of the year which will influence all purchasing decisions. With its new face and new opportunities, WIN Eurasia 2018 will open its gates on March 15th - 18th, 2018.

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FACTORY OF THE FUTURE Educators focus on teaching skills to help students master both physical and virtual worlds

ın the factory of the future – also known as the smart factory or Industry 4.0 – people and technology work together in an environment that seamlessly combines virtual and physical worlds, all aimed at improving efficiency and sustainability.

Manufacturers are increasingly using new technologies, including the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics and additive manufacturing, to eliminate waste and raise productivity. But educators are challenged to train the new workforce and retrain existing ones with the skills they need to work successfully in these factories of the future.

“The combination of ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ in order to get a full view of the complete value chain will allow factories to produce more rapidly, more efficiently and with greater output using fewer resources,” according to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a Switzerland-based international technology standards organization, in its “Factory of the Future” white paper. While the vision may be futuristic, it’s already paying off for the world’s most advanced manufacturers. The American Society for Quality’s “2014 Manufacturing Outlook Survey” found that 82% of organizations that had implemented smart manufacturing reported increased efficiency, 49% said they experienced fewer product defects and 45% said they had increased customer satisfaction. For all manufacturers to benefit from the factory of the future, however, requires “highly skilled technical talent,” the IEC advised – work-


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ers who can understand and manipulate virtual models of the physical environment. That represents a challenge for educators, and some of the world’s top technical training institutions are adopting new approaches to helping workers develop the skills demanded by futuristic factories. PREPARING FOR INDUSTRY 4.0 The concept of smart factories or Industry 4.0, conceived in Germany as “Industrie 4.0,” has demanded new ways of thinking about both manufacturing and education. “We face the same challenge in our curricula as the industry does with its production processes,” said Vera Hummel, professor of Logistics and Industrial Engineering at ESB Business School at Reutlingen University in Germany. “Industry 4.0 is not simply about production efficiency. It is also about how you can build up new business models based on dedicated technologies. By understanding the potential of digital transformation and of the integration of the physical factory with the real-time digital image, which bi-directionally maps the virtual and the real world, students will be prepared to become the future experts of our economy.”

82% The American Society for Quality found that 82% of organizations that implemented smart manufacturing reported increased efficiency, and 49% experienced fewer product defects For students, this entails learning three nontraditional skills. “The first challenge for students is learning to use the hybrid working system in combination with the technical assistance and cyberphysical systems,” Hummel said. “The second is the seamless digital engineering environment. In the past, students only had to work with either CAD, process engineering or robot simulations, but now they have to work with all of these digital tools, which support advanced, world-class production technologies in a seamless development process. The third challenge is learning to manage intelligent products based on highly diverse customer requirements in self-steering production systems.” Teaching those skills demands a move away from traditional classes, where subjects are separated by discipline, to give students a comprehensive understanding of the interrelationships and dependencies among mechanical, informatics and automation processes, Hummel said.

Master’s degree students therefore spend two days a week for 15 weeks working on projects in a specially constructed “ESB Learning Factory,” which combines the physical infrastructure for production with cloudbased tools for digital engineering. “They learn how to handle big data, digital processes, new business models and new cooperation models between departments,” Hummel said. “Our vision is to create a future-oriented ESB learning factory that will give the students hands-on experience with the world’s newest technologies in the context of Industry 4.0.”

WORKING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT In France, the National Engineering School of Metz (ENIM) is a member of the National Polytechnic Institute

of Lorraine (Lorraine-INP), a collegium of 11 engineering schools at the University of Lorraine. ENIM launched the Factory Futures program, an international collaborative project that employs cloudenabled product lifecycle management (PLM) technology, to prepare students worldwide for futuristic factory environments.


“The pedagogical model of engineering schools in France and abroad provides no curriculum to prepare our youth to carry out engineering projects in a global context,” said Julien Zins, PLM project director and Latin America coordinator at ENIM. “Mobility is mandatory for ENIM students, and we have more than 120 agreements with institutions across the planet.”

The Global Factory project, launched in 2012, together with the Factory Futures program, begun in September 2016, provides opportunities for the institutions’ students to conduct an engineering project with 17 of the universities’ partners, working with 100 students and professors in 10 countries. Another objective, Zins said, was to share the universities’ experience with digital 3D solutions in PLM with their partner universities.




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Dassault “A problem-based, multidisciplinary approach allows the integration of international partners with diverse skills, such as mechatronics or innovation management,” Zins said. “This year, for example, we have integrated two schools that are members of the Lorraine-INP collegium of the University of Lorraine – the Graduate Schools of Science and Technology Engineering of Nancy (ESSTIN) and the National Graduate School in Innovation Systems Engineering (ENSGSI) – to help us include those two skills.” “UNIVERSITIES HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO TEACH ENGINEERS THE ENGINEERING ASPECT OF PRODUCT CREATION; THEY ALSO HAVE TO TEACH MANUFACTURING.” MICHAEL GRIEVESPROFESSOR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND INNOVATIVE DESIGN, FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Staying up to date is critical if educators hope to deliver the skills their students need. Zins and his colleagues, for example, are closely following the actions of the French government and the “Industry of the Future,” a national initiative that involves technology companies, professional associations and academic partners and promotes the government’s program to digitally transform industry in France. “From a hardware point of view, French schools can respond easily to this chal36

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lenge, although educators will have to modernize their courses more often regarding the tools and must remain competent in the latest software,” Zins said. “It’s very important to have both professors and engineering staff certified in the relevant solutions. Luckily, in France, the AIP-PRIMECA network centralizes the training needs of higher education teachers in the 3D solutions we are using. They offer training throughout the year for teachers wishing to train in specialized areas.” TRANSFORMING TEACHING For US educators, the factory of the future could mean a growing number of manufacturing jobs for US workers. “There is pressure on US universities to educate on manufacturing, which universities really haven’t done that much of in the past,” said Michael Grieves, professor and executive director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID) at the Florida Institute of Technology. “It’s driven by the need for manufacturing jobs in the US, but also by the use of advanced technologies, which are changing the nature of manufacturing and cutting the cost of production.” If technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things and additive manufacturing help US manufacturers produce goods at costs similar to those offered by low-wage countries, Grieves said, “the transportation costs will make the difference, and they will want to manufac-

ture near the customer.” Delivering the skills that tomorrow’s manufacturers need, however, requires institutions to overcome the educational establishment’s traditional silos, Grieves said. “In the US, the top-tier universities have been turning out engineers without much understanding of manufacturing,” Grieves said. “There’s a whole range of material that we’re not teaching students and that students have to learn once they get out into industry. Universities have to recognize that it’s not enough to teach engineers the engineering aspect of product creation; they also have to teach manufacturing so that those products can go from virtual design to economical and efficient physical production.” “IT’S CRITICAL THAT WE CREATE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT REPLICATES THE MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT SO STUDENTS CAN CONNECT IT TO THE WORKPLACE.” ASHOK SHETTARVICE CHANCELLOR, KLE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Grieves names the Florida Institute of Technology, Purdue University and the Georgia Institute of Technology as leading US institutions in this area, but notes that even they need a stronger interdisciplinary approach. “Most US universities have colleges of engineering, not colleges of engineering and manufacturing,” Grieves said.

“It’s no longer a case of engineering a product and then throwing it over the wall to manufacturing. A holistic approach to engineering and manufacturing is needed to create a product. So there needs to be a major strategic shift among educators to-

ward that holistic approach in order to catch up with where industry is rapidly moving.”

“To compete at the global level, we need engineers with multidisciplinary talent, and this requires a fresh approach to engineering education,” said Ashok Shettar, vice chancellor of KLE Technological University in India. “We are teaching many of the technologies that are relevant in the factory of the future, such as big data, cloud, analytics, embedded systems, robotics and automation, but we have not been teaching them in an integrated way.

year courses include social innovation, which develops design thinking relevant to social needs, and engineering exploration, which combines many engineering disciplines to encourage broad production thinking. Subsequent courses encourage a multidisciplinary approach to product realization in the university’s 6,000-squarefoot (557.4-square-meter) learning factory.

“The factory of the future is also a collaborative space, where many processes can be happening at different physical locations and crosscultural issues can arise. It’s critical that we create a learning environment that replicates the manufacturing environment so students can contextualize their learning and connect it to the workplace.” KLE Tech’s engineering curriculum therefore emphasizes experiential learning. First-

A MEETING OF MINDS Manufacturing accounted for just 16% of India’s gross domestic product in 2014,

“Students work in interdisciplinary teams that mix mechanical engineering students with those from electrical engineering, so they gain an understanding of how teams from different disciplines work toward a common goal,” Shettar said. To teach these skills, KLE Tech’s faculty members needed to expand their own experiences beyond their specialist disciplines. “We identified gaps in our current practice and collaborated with the manufacturing industry to address those gaps and improve our ability

according to the World Bank. That same year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Make in India” initiative to attract foreign investors and transform India into a global manufacturing hub.


to teach the courses,” Shettar said. “Since we expect our students to work in interdisciplinary teams, we needed to do it ourselves first – so we went through that experience before we started teaching it.” A NEW COLLABORATION OF INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA For educators around the world, developing the skills needed for the factory of the future brings the challenge of reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the new manufacturing environment. It’s a challenge that is ushering in increased collaboration among academic disciplines and between education and industry, demonstrating a crucial commitment to new ways of thinking about teaching, as well as manufacturing. “We need to demonstrate a strong intention to collaborate,” Shettar said, “and to develop a culture of collaboration between industry and academia.”

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FLEXSTRUCTURES GMBH WINS ROBOTICS AWARD 2017 The winner of the ROBOTICS The jury’s verdict is in: fleXstructures GmbH (Kaiserlautern, Germany) is the winner of the ROBOTICS AWARD 2017 and has received its prize with all due honors. The winning firm – a notably young enterprise – impressed the jury with a smart software solution. On the occasion of HANNOVER MESSE (the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology), the highly coveted ROBOTICS AWARD for applied robotics was ceremoniously presented to fleXstructures by Daniela Behrens, State Secretary at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment and Transport, on behalf of Minister Olaf Lies as the award’s official patron. 38

AWARD 2017 – a joint prize by the organizers of HANNOVER MESSE and the Konradin-Verlag publishing house – is fleXstructures GmbH, a company founded in 2011, i.e. a year after the first ROBOTICS AWARD was given. At the official ceremony held on the Tuesday of HANNOVER MESSE, fleXstructures CEO Oliver Hermanns was delighted to receive the prize in honor of its IPS ROBOT OPTIMIZATION software solution. Second place was taken by Mayser GmbH & Co. KG (Lindenberg, Germany) with eta|opt GmbH (Kassel, Germany) coming in at third place. The expert jury is annually faced with the challenge of choosing the top innovation from an array of advanced solutions for applications in robot-assisted industrial automation or mobile robots and autonomous systems. One important prerequisite is that the solutions submitted may not yet have been presented to the public, or else they need to represent a significant enhancement over existing solutions. Furthermore, they must be market-ready or already deployed in real-world industrial trials. Other criteria applied by the jury are economic and technological potential as well as industrial and social benefit.

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The winning entry is the IPS ROBOT OPTIMIZATION software solution submitted by fleXstructures GmbH – an entry which illustrates the vast potential of advanced simulation technology for industrial use. This solution is targeted primarily at helping automotive manufacturers to gain a competitive edge by programming and commissioning their robot cells faster and more flexibly. By simulating millions of potential robot path combinations, IPS ROBOT OPTIMIZATION coordinates movement paths and sequences across multiple robots so as to maximize efficiency and avoid collisions. The simulations also optimize movement paths to ensure maximum service life for the flexible hoses and lines attached to the robots. Second place went to Mayser GmbH & Co. KG for its ultrasonic machine safety sensor system designed to safeguard personnel in collaborative human/robot environments.

The product has been tested and certified for personnel safety applications in machine environments. The ultrasonic sensors generate an elliptical ultrasonic field which can accurately gauge distances of up to 200 cm and issue warnings by detecting persons or objects at distances of up to 250 cm. The product can thus be used for cobot tool and workpiece safety, and for protecting people from sharp or rotating objects. Third place went to eta|opt GmbH for its vacuum generator for industrial robotic handling applications. The device doesn’t require any compressed air system, and instead uses a bellows vacuum pump. A piston driven by an electromechanical linear actuator compresses and releases a bellows which is connected to a hose. The other end of the hose can be connected to any standard vacuum gripper attachment. When the bellows is released, it generates a vacuum inside the hose and all the way down to the gripper.

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“ ore attendees, more solutions, more international – that aptly sums up HANNOVER MESSE 2017,” commented Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. “Over the past five days, Hannover has served as a global hub for all things related to Industrie 4.0. Every sector involved in the digitalization of industry was on hand to showcase its answers to the key question faced by industrial enterprises everywhere: How can I best get my company into shape for the digital future? HANNOVER MESSE has resoundingly underscored its value as a prime source of orientation for decision-makers from around the globe,” he added. The show’s chosen lead theme of “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” put a major spotlight on the benefits of Industrie 4.0 and the role of humans in tomorrow’s integrated factories. As this year’s featured Partner Country, Poland called added attention to the need for close cooperation throughout Europe, while impressing attending professionals with its credentials as an innovative partner to global industry. In his summation of the event, Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), said: “HANNOVER MESSE 2017 has served as an unsurpassed showcase for the mechanical engineering sector. Industry 4.0 is now well past the trial stage, and is already generating real benefits in application. The show clearly reflected the industry’s buoyant mood – a mood powered by having exactly what it takes to get the job done for the benefit of people everywhere. And when it comes to international competition, we are definitely among the frontrunners. In short, HANNOVER MESSE 2017 has been nothing short of outstanding.” Dr. Klaus Mittelbach, CEO of the German Electrical and Elec-

tronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), remarked: “Industry 4.0 is booming, and Hannover Messe has been promoting the topic from the very start. Moreover, the fair has made it amply clear that digitalization calls for a European identity. The pressing task at hand is to build the digital union at top speed.” Of the show’s 225,000 attendees (up from 217,000 in 2015 as the most recent comparable event), more than 75,000 came from abroad. “This is an unprecedented figure in the 70-year history of HANNOVER MESSE,” commented Köckler, adding: “This impressively proves that decision-makers from around the world rely on HANNOVER MESSE as their definitive source of Industrie 4.0 orientation and solutions.” The largest number of foreign visitors came from China (9,000), followed by the Netherlands (6,200), India (5,300) and Poland, whose 5,000 visitors set a new Partner Country record. The long-term impact of Partner Country participation was underscored by an impressive 3,000 visitors from the U.S. as last year’s Partner Country. “In close collaboration with our exhibitors, we succeeded in making this year’s lead theme tangible in the truest sense of the word,” remarked Köckler. “With an array of more than 500 application scenarios, the show gave real shape to the promise that digitalization holds for industry and the energy sector.” Triumph of the cobots A new generation of robots was also in the limelight: the so-called “cobots”, i.e. collaborative robots, which are about to fundamentally transform the way we work in factories. Their connectivity, artificial intelligence, innovative sensors and intuitive operation allow them to communicate directly with humans, as they learn autonomously and swap instructions with other cobots. As Köckler pointed out: “There was huge interest in the displays in the

robotics halls. Not only are cobots an exciting prospect for large companies – many SMEs were also at HANNOVER MESSE to find out about these new helpers for their manufacturing operations.” From sensors to platforms Previously sensors were viewed as the main technology item connecting up different machines, but this year’s event put platform solutions to the fore. Concretely, this refers to cloud-based network connections for the entire production operations, including data collection and analysis. “The trend towards the ‘digital twin’ concept in the production environment is opening up entirely new vistas for industry,” reported Köckler. If testing can be carried out in virtual reality – for example, to see whether a new production line is going to work out – this makes it possible to bring products onto the market faster, at lower cost. Energy systems of the future Exhibitors in the energy halls showed how the energy systems of the future might well operate. According to Köckler, “our Integrated Energy Plaza created a central hub for the energy industry. The exhibits showed how the revolution in power generation can segue into a true energy transition, including the heat and mobility markets.” The main focus was on new energy storage technologies, which included serial production-ready electrolysis stacks, making hydrogen solutions a viable alternative even today. Some totally new approaches were also in evidence in the solar technology area, with several companies displaying ultra-thin, flexible solar foils that generate electricity even in low-light conditions, opening up new options for the practical application of the technology. SMEs gearing up for digitalization With almost every passing week, another consultant study is published with dire warnings

Making the benefits of digitalization tangible – that was the declared objective of HANNOVER MESSE 2017. After five action-packed days at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, the organizers spoke of a thriving event. A large number of solution-seekers gathered in Hannover to immerse themselves in the potential of intelligent robots, adaptive machines and integrated energy systems, taking attendance to new heights.

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that SMEs are not ready for dig- devices for renewable energy ranking delegates as Jarosław At CeMAT we italization. “HANNOVER MESSE networks, operating systems Adam Gowin, Polish Minister will be making 2017 has told a different story,” for augmented reality and mini- of Science and Higher Educathis integra- said Köckler, pointing to the wind power plants for cars and tion, and Mateusz Morawiecki, tion tan- numerous component supplier trains: “The startup area of Minister of Economic Deand Finance. gible and will companies exhibiting at HAN- the fair is going from strength velopment demonstrate NOVER MESSE. “These compa- to strength. We are confident MESSE 2018 the resulting nies are now digitalizing their that many of them will decide HANNOVER potential,” processes and establishing con- to take the plunge next year features CeMAT and IAMD said Köckler. nectivity with their partners, with their own stand at HAN- Beginning in 2018, the annual Additional because they know that their NOVER MESSE,” added Köckler. Industrial Automation (IA) Partner Country Poland show will merge with the biendisplay sectors customers – from the autoat CeMAT motive industry, for example Featured as this year’s Partner nial Motion, Drive & Automainclude logis- – expect the end-to-end digital Country, Poland sent a total of tion (MDA) – both representing tics solutions tracking of each and every part 200 companies to Hannover, leading fairs staged under the for retailing every component.” Another highlighting the country’s HANNOVER MESSE umbrella. and logistics example consisted of Salzgitter strong credentials as a dynamic IA and MDA will then take services. “Ef- AG, which presented a coor- and innovative industrial loca- place jointly under the new ficient logistics dinated display at HANNOVER tion. Research and startups name of “Integrated Automaprocesses MESSE underscoring how In- are a special priority for the tion, Motion & Drives” (IAMD) are of critical dustrie 4.0 and digitalization Partner Country. This was the – reflecting the entire specimportance to have changed the way they see message conveyed by Polish trum of industrial automation, the business their business, and the solu- Prime Minister Beata Szydlo in power transmission and fluid success of tions that are already in place. her address at the HANNOVER power at HANNOVER MESSE. online retail- Growth in the startup segment MESSE Opening Ceremony, and Beginning in 2018, CeMAT, the ers or bricks- Following on the heels of these themes were also at the world’s leading intralogistics and-mortar last year’s successful launch, forefront of the exhibits during trade fair, will be staged evretailers. At the “Young Tech Enterprises” the event. Poland also succeed- ery two years in parallel with CeMAT they’ll segment of the fair enabled ed in underscoring its leading HANNOVER MESSE. “Producfind the right young businesses to introduce position in eMobility. The high tion and logistics processes logistics sys- themselves to potential inves- degree of interest in HAN- are in the process of becomtems for omni tors, customers and partners. NOVER MESSE among Polish ing intelligently integrated, or cross-chan- More than 150 startups were political circles was confirmed enabling even more efficient, nel solutions,” on hand, exhibiting storage by the presence of such high- flexible production processes. reported Köckler. CeMAT and HANNOVER MESSE will be a strong duo next year, providing a unique platform for Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Chancellor Angela Merkel officially opened the Hannover Messe international 2017 fair, with Poland as partnercountry. The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry for Development’s management at the fore with Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. decisionmakers from The fair is a venue for over 200 Polish companies, including start-ups, to present their products. industry and logistics. The next HANNOVER MESSE will run from 23 to 27 April 2018, with Mexico as its official Partner Country.



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Tattention he Polish Prime Minister drew to the fact that Poland is

a bold, young country that is undergoing change and has the ambition to rival the best. ‘Today Poland is a safe country, where changes are being made which are positive for both industry and entrepreneurship,’ she noted. After the opening of the fair, the heads of both governments visited the Polish national stand, where ten innovative Polish companies are exhibiting. Following the official opening of the national stand, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the Polish–German Business Summit. During his appearance, the Minister for Development and Finance emphasised the tight links between the economies of Poland and Germany. Discussions by the panel included the problem of what is being called the fourth industrial revolution, which is forcing radical transformation in many traditional businesses, and raised issues related to the Digital Agenda of the European Union.

‘The Hannover Messe industrial fair is a champions’ league. As partner country, Poland is a significant part of it. The companies present at the fair are exhibiting our modernity and creativity. Smart means Poland,’ said Deputy Prime Minister M. Morawiecki. SIGNING OF ECONOMIC AGREEMENTS BETWEEN POLISH FIRMS AND FOREIGN PARTNERS Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki participated in the signing of five commercial agreements between Polish companies and international partners, including an agreement on strategic economic cooperation between the Ministry for Development and Siemens AG. Representing the Ministry, the agreement was signed by Deputy Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz. Two agreements were also signed between Digital Technology Poland and Harting Electric, relating to advanced research and development in the field of software development and the design and production of electronics. A further agreement was signed between H. Cegielski-Poznań S.A. And Ursus S.A. regarding the production of a new-generation elec-

tric car engine. It is the ambition of both companies to create an electric goods vehicle with a maximum authorised mass of 3.5 tonnes. The final contract to be signed was between Transition Technologies S.A. and ABB Sp. z o.o. relating to the modern energy market, and industrial repair systems. It will see the companies begin cooperation in the adaptation, development and implementation of products by Polish engineers. After the signing ceremony, Mateusz Morawiecki met with companies exhibiting their products at Hannover Messe 2017. Among others, he visited Polish start-ups, Saule Technologies, General Electric International, Ursus, and ABB. During the visit of the Polish delegation to Hannover, bilateral meetings with government delegations from countries participating in the fair have also been planned. Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki spoke with, among others, Brigitte Zypries, German Minister for Economy and Energy and Gunther Oettinger, EU Budget Commissioner. Machine - Automation & Electricity / IMT 2017



HANNOVER MESSE 2017: THE LATEST İNNOVATIONS FROM TAIWANESE INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES The newest products oday at the Hannover Messe from Delta Electron- during a press conference hosted ics, HIWIN by TAITRA, a Taiwanese trade Technologies, promotion organization, nationHIWIN Mikroal and international journalists system, and Tatung were able to gain an overview took cen- of the highlights of the newter stage at est products from Taiwanese the Taiwan companies in the industrial and External Trade Development technology sectors. Delta ElecCouncil’s tronics, HIWIN Technologies, (TAITRA) HIWIN Mikrosystem, and Tatung international introduced their companies to press confer- the attending journalists and ence. The their latparticipating presented est innovations. companies are among the The organizer and the world lead- companies’ representaers in their demonstrated why respective tives Taiwanese products are sectors and internationally are repre- regarded sentative as groundbreaking. Folof Taiwan’s lowing a welcome addynamic dress by Frieda Hung, the economy and capacity for Director of the Taiwan Trade innovation. Center, Düsseldorf, and a special greeting from the Taiwanese Ambassador, Prof. Dr. Jhy-Wey Shieh, the speakers representing the four companies took center stage with their product presentations. On behalf of Delta Electronics, Product Manager Alejandro Dova presented Delta’s Industrial Internet of Things, a cloud management platform for controlling industrial equipment. Their reliable and sophisticated solutions allow users to connect to Delta’s DIACloud via an app or browser to access the control systems of automated equipment, such as PLC control systems,



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motors, servomechanisms, and sensors. This allows managers and clients to gather and evaluate information about their production facilities in real time. HIWIN Technologies also relies on intelligent systems. The Assistant Vice President, Maurice Chang, presented their company’s intelligent ball screws. The intelligent diagnostic systems provide an outlook for Industry 4.0, [this point is not understood by your readers] and allow users to detect thermal shifts, vibrations and other problems via an app or PC. The software can also be used to plan manufacturing and maintenance. One of HIWIN Technologies’ subsidiaries was also present, HIWIN Mikrosystem. They presented the newly developed HIWIN DiÅMOND series. The project’s General Manager, ChiTai Liu, was on site to explain the product’s advantages in the industry. The DiÅMOND series is a positioning system with nanometer precision that is employed primarily in the semiconductor and FPD industries. It has a vacuum system that reduces friction during operation and increases accuracy. Tatung’s Vice President, Frank Shiue, travelled especially to Germany to present the company’s innovative vertical hollow shaft motors. Shiue demonstrated the development of the successful VHS Motors Line, which is now certified at level IE3 (premium efficiency). Tatung has received the 2017 Taiwan Excellence Award for its new

VHS Motors product line. Following the press conference, many of the attendees took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions, test products, and conduct interviews with the companies’ representatives. Information about Taiwan Excellence / Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA and TAITRA:

The Taiwan Excellence Award was established in 1992 by the BOFT and TAITRA to encourage Taiwanese industries to upgrade and incorporate the concept of innovalue (innovation combined with value) into their products. The Award of Taiwan Excellence today is the highest accolade awarded to Taiwanese products that encapsulate innovalue. The symbol of Taiwan Excellence heralds Taiwan’s ascent to world-class quality in product innovation, design and manufacturing, representing the highest standards that Taiwanese products must meet to maintain its competitive edge in global markets. Organized by: Bureau of Foreign Trade Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), under The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade, economic cooperation, and foreign investments. Established in January 1969, the BOFT’s role and position have undergone con-


tinual adjustments to meet the needs of the shifting international economic and trade environment. The BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous projects to promote trade internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for many decades, the BOFT continues to entrust TAITRA with critical projects for the government relating to business trade and/or investments, promoting Taiwan on every international aspect. Taiwan External Trade Council Founded in 1970 to mote foreign trade,

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wan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network consisting of over 800 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and their 60 branches worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

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Fair Preview provides a foretaste of the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking sector. ******* The Germaollowing a four-year pause, ny’s President the world’s premier trade fair Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the metalworking sector will in Sep- will once again be opening its tember be doors in Hanover, from 18 to ceremonially 23 September 2017. With its opening the EMO Han- motto of Connecting systems nover 2017. for intelligent production, it “We are will be spotlighting the issues absolutely of digitisation and networkdelighted that ing for production operations. our head of state will be honouring the At the beginning of June 2017, EMO Han- more than 2,050 firms from 45 nover with countries had signed up. There his presence, are more than 1,400 exhibitors and thus unequivocally from Europe alone. The numaffirming the ber of Asian participants has high level of increased from 21 to 25 per perceived cent. “This means the current importance registration status is signifiaccorded to the nation’s cantly above the comparable industrial sec- figure for the previous event,” tor,” says Carl explains Welcker. There are Martin Welck- plenty of indications that the er, General EMO Hannover 2017 is heading Commissioner of the EMO for a record participation level. Hannover, commenting on the EMO Preview 2017.


GERMANY’S PRESIDENT FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER WILL BE OPENING THE EMO HANNOVER 2017 The opening ceremony is scheduled to last about an hour on 18 September. Besides Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil and CECIMO’s President Luigi Galdabini will also be speaking. After this, the President will be taking an exhaustive tour of the fair. “We shall be demonstrating to the President the performative and innovative capabilities of our sector, and the range of solutions we offer in the environment of digitisation,” added Carl Martin Welcker. Intelligent production in a network of possibilities The paramount topics of discussion in the international world of production technology are digitalisation and networking, as the EMO’s motto communicates. The EMO’s organisers are confident that the EMO Hannover 2017 will generate important impetus for implementing the much-discussed concept of Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things (IoT). A foretaste will be provided by the EMO Hannover 2017 Preview in Hanover on 21 June, at which 36 EMO exhibitors will three months before the actual event be unveiling their innovations to the media on an exclusive basis. “In the machine tool, we have long since implemented digitalisation,” says Carl Martin Welcker. “Digital images, for example, for simulations have likewise been possible for quite a long time now.” Under the keyword of Industry 4.0, the task now is to network the entire produc-


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tion operation, and indeed the complete added-value chain. In a consistently networked manufacturing line, flexible production is possible with optimised sequences, so that even rush orders in small batch sizes can be handled. Complete networking of the entire production line with real-time communication and control will create maximised added value for companies when it implements horizontal communication from receipt of the order all the way through to dispatch. Within the added-value chain, moreover, it’s important to network not only the component suppliers, but also the logistical partners and the customers involved, so as to achieve maximised productivity, flexibility and efficiency. “If all this succeeds, this signifies a quantum leap forwards in terms of productivity, and will catapult those who can do it to the leading edge of international competition,” is the succinct verdict of the EMO’s General Commissioner Carl Martin Welcker. As an innovation forum and trendsetter, the EMO Hannover 2017 will in addition be presenting a broad supporting programme themed around commercial and technical issues. Keywords here include Industry 4.0, the production operations of tomorrow, additive manufacturing processes, metal-cutting in the aerospace industry, the safety of machine tools, the development of the markets in the USA, Mexico, and India, start-ups for intelligent production, youth recruitment, etc.

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Dr. Wilfried Schaefer

EMO Hannover 2017 is analysing the trends observable, and coming up with some answers

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facturers of production technology: the USA with its re-industrialisation programme, and Mexico, which had evolved into one of the world’s most important automaking locations. But since the beginning of this year at the latest, industry representatives all round the globe have been wondering where it is heading, the US-American economy, and what is to become of its southern neighbour Mexico. The VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) will be investigating these questions as part of its Metalworking Growth seminar on 21 September 2017 at the EMO Hannover. After all, last year the USA was the second-biggest market for machine tools worldwide, with Mexico ranking 7th. “For addressing our highly topical seminar theme, we’re partnering with Gardner Business Media, a company possessing excellent knowledge of both these markets,” reports 52

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Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the EMO’s organiser, the VDW. Soundly based expert information, he continues, is indispensable for every corporate leader from the manufacturing sector doing business with these two countries. It’s all the more valuable when the experts concerned are able to base their assessments and appraisals on how the situation is actually viewed from within these two markets. Travis Egan, the publisher of the Modern Machine Shop trade periodical, takes an optimistic stance. He perceives a highly upbeat mood among the manufacturers in both these countries, and promises good business opportunities for every vendor able to utilise this optimistic atmosphere in his favour. The figures issued for the German machine tool industry’s first quarter, for example, prove him right: German exports to the USA have increased by 16 per cent, with exports to Mexico even up by more than one third. “Needless to say, this trend has

its roots in last year’s order bookings,” explains Dr. Schäfer. Many large-scale orders in project business with these two countries’ automotive industry had ensured high growth rates. But in Mexico at least, ordering activity slumped considerably during the year’s first quarter, whereas order intake from the USA continues buoyant. What will be addressed in the EMO’s seminar is the ongoing global economic and technological trends in the machine tool industry, with a particular focus on the USA and Mexico. Steve Kline Jr., Director of Market Intelligence at Gardner Business Media (GBM), will provide information on the investment plans of US-American companies, right through to certain technologies which have been identified as primary targets for purchasers. For almost ten years now, Steve Kline has been drawing up market studies in the capital-goods industry, and heads the Capital Spending Survey and the Gardner Business Index, to name just two bench-


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mark indicators he’s in charge of. Pete Zelinski, the Senior Editor of the Modern Machine Shop trade periodical, is devoting a lot of attention to technical developments, and goes into downright raptures: “Ever since I started working, this is the most exciting time I’ve experienced for the USA’s industrial sector. Much of the boost is coming primarily from the relatively small companies that are seeing major opportunities in the application of new technologies like additive manufacturing.” In Mexico, by contrast, what’s needed is some long-term strategies.

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That’s the verdict of Claude Mas, the publisher of the Modern Machine Shop Mexico trade periodical. He sees major sales potential here, because a Mexican middle class with ample purchasing power is in the process of emerging. “Given an annual economic growth of between four and five per cent, Mexico’s baby boomers will over the next 20 years be in the market for high-quality consumer goods, which could also be produced in the country itself,” is his firm conviction. So far, only 20 per cent of Mexican production output is being sold at home. So a higher level of domestic demand, he continues, offers major opportunities

for selling production technology. “In the times we’re living through at the moment, highly eventful and turbulent as they are, where politicians on the other side of the Atlantic are questioning the retention of free trade, it’s all the more important to analyse the real conditions obtaining on the spot time and again,” says Dr. Schäfer of the VDW. “For this, there is no forum better suited than the EMO Hannover because it’s there that many top-flight international production experts meet up for exchanging news and views and for discussing trends and challenges.”

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Fair Dialogue on digital challenges at the EMO Hannover


******** Despite fantastic digital opportunities, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Barthelmä, Executive Director and Institute Manager of the German Society for Production Technology and Development (GFE – Gesellschaft für Fertigungstechnik und Entwicklung Schmalkalden e.V.) is certain of one thing: without more openness in the machine tool industry and in the user sectors involved, the digital Industry 4.0 concept is not going to pay off for small and mid-tier enterprises (SMEs) in particular. Reason enough for the Thuringianborn tool expert to use the EMO Hannover 2017 not only for acquiring information, but also for recruiting co-campaigners for digital networking.


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Barthelmä, trend towards Industry 4.0 influencing metal-cutting applications? Frank Barthelmä: Industry 4.0 is influencing the process chain in two ways: firstly in terms of technology and engineering, and secondly in terms of the data flowing along it. When both of these interact to optimum effect, we obtain a textbook example for Industry 4.0. This applies in regard to quality and disturbance variables, but also and increasingly to predictable parameters such as tool paths and tool lifetimes, achievable surface qualities, and for maintenance intervals for machines and lines. Ideally,

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users receive all important information on the entire spectrum of process-related factors. What’s more, all data available can now be recorded and evaluated in real-time, and control loops created, so as to upgrade the efficiency of the processes and the quality of the products involved thanks to more transparent metal-cutting. Important role sors and

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How far are intelligent tools already the state of the art? Frank Barthelmä: If you remember: a bit more than ten years ago, there was an ongoing debate on whether or when a tool can be classed as intel-

ligent. Nowadays, within the context of Industry 4.0 we are talking about intelligent holistic solutions, in which, of course, tool sensors and actuators play an important role. So when you say “state of the art”, you’re absolutely correct. Not only in terms of using increasingly miniaturised and more energy-efficient sensors or actuators in the tool itself, but also with a view to their utilisation in the overall system comprising the tool, the machine and its control system, and the application concerned. But how can the multiplicity of data now being acquired be evaluated to optimum effect? Frank Barthelmä: The answer to this is still in its infancy at

Fair many of our typical customers, the small and mid-tier companies. Many potential users of intelligent solutions of this kind, especially in these SMEs, are sometimes unable to assess what data they actually need in order to render their technology/IT fit for purpose, and to generate from these new production lines when needed. This extends to new business models that may prove necessary. Universities and large corporations are already well advanced in this respect, whereas many of the small and mid-tier companies are still in the exploratory phase. For meaningful analysis, moreover, a comprehensive data history is required, in order to correlate it with new key statistics: but what do we actually know about the technical wisdoms of our predecessors? So what we need here is even more collaboration between the academic and business communities when it comes to generating new ideas, models and above all new solutions. What I would like to see here, for instance, is more joint projects involving partners from the academic community and the industrial sector representing a highly disparate range of scientific disciplines, which elucidate these questions not least with the aid of live demonstrators, for example. Doesn’t that also mean that new network alliances have to be formed across the boundaries of sectoral and scientific specialisms – meaning collaboration between software analysts who understand nothing about metal-cutting, and metal-cutting experts who usually aren’t all that familiar with big-data analytics? Frank Barthelmä: Yes, but this is only going to work if the SMEs get involved at an early stage. The networks supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, for instance, have proved well worthwhile in this context. For example, the GFE is currently a partner in the SME 4.0 Competence Centre of the Ilmenau University of Applied Science, and in a model factory is addressing problems encountered 56

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with data generation and data transfer in connection with metal-cutting – for transfer especially in SMEs. The question involved here is this: how can I utilise a control loop in the machine so as to ensure that quality, efficiency and productivity can serve as controlling target variables? How does analysing the metalcutting parameters make metal-cutting easier – in terms of new materials, for instance? Frank Barthelmä: In the case of new materials, especially, it’s becoming progressively more important to close the loop in the control circuits with the aid of analytics. There is still quite a bit of work to be done on the path to purposeful evaluation. There is room for improvement, too, in the transparency of the results. Here I would propose a pre-competition platform, accessible to manufacturers and users alike. I would like to see a data pool, so that everyone doesn’t have to keep on re-inventing the wheel. As a role model, I would cite a front-ranking tool manufacturer who at the “Schmalkalden Tool Conference” in November of last year promised to be more proactive than previously in terms of data disclosure. It should be noted that it’s worthwhile for a manufacturer if users learn which of his tools are best suited for efficiently machining new materials. Here, too, the GFE is making its own contribution with the SME 4.0 Competence Centre. Is there a light from

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Frank Barthelmä: Yes. The EU’s “Dyna-Tool – Enhanced Efficiency in Metal-Cutting Applications” project, supported by the German Engineering Federation’s Precision Tool Association and the research institute Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau e.V., is tasked with investigating how vibration-stable metal-cutting processes can be designed using sensor technology in the tools and the tool holders. For this purpose, the GFE has within the framework

of the project developed a sensorintegrated tool for hard machining, which thanks to direct integration in the machine’s control enables the process to be controlled well-nigh in real-time. The Dyna-Tool consortium has succeeded in putting more transparency into the metal-cutting process, so that it can be kept within defined limits for low vibrations, but at the same time is able to exploit its performative potentials to the full. What’s more, we are currently examining the integration of high-resolution metrological devices in the tool, including an interface with the control system, so as to use this to create a real-time control loop. Anyone interested can learn more about this and other projects at the EMO Hannover and its forum entitled “Innovative Solutions for Industry 4.0” hosted by the German Engineering Federation’sPrecisionToolAssociation. And what does the EMO Hannover 2017 mean for you in general; where is your informational focus? Frank Barthelmä: I’m primarily interested in examples of best practice, not least in order to see where we still need to take action. In addition, I want to talk to other advocates of these ideas on more transparency, so as to already encourage them to practise mutual feedback or to give a presentation at a separate forum. I shall thus be attempting at the EMO Hannover, within the context of my networking activities, to gain additional co-campaigners for more openness and transparency in the sector.

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Collaboration between experienced European component manufacturers: battery electric buses for city sightseeing. The Spanish bus specialist UNVI has agreed to work together with three component manufacturers to build battery-electric sightseeing buses because more stringent rules on particulates and noise emissions in cities is having an impact on city sightseeing providers in particular. This year will see the launch of the first electric, double-decker open-top bus.

A s a result of the creation of environmental zones in many large cities, unless there are any exemptions from the rules, these vehicles have to comply with the local emission standards. For example, London currently operates a “low emission zone” which stipulates the Euro IV emission standard as a minimum requirement for buses. However, the further tightening of the rules has already been adopted by many local authorities as the result, amongst other things, of pressure from the EU and citizens on the issue of particulates and noise pollution: for example, the Berlin Senate has decided that from 2020 it will only be purchasing emission-free buses. London has taken the same decision, whilst Paris wants all city buses to be operating emission-free five years later. The average service life of sightseeing buses is double to


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three times as long as conventional city buses. That is forcing the operators of schedule services in cities such as London or Paris and Berlin to switch very rapidly over to battery electric vehicles as buses which have already been purchased may no longer be operated on inner-city routes to “the end of their service life”. “We will therefore be launching a battery electric sightseeing bus for the BusWorld 2017”, says Eloy Perez Martinez, Managing Director of UNVI. The timely implementation has been made possible because UNVI recognises the needs of sightseeing operators and has a number of years’ experience in the construction of doubledecker, open-top vehicles.

landscape of Rome, Berlin, Paris and London. Even UNVI buses operating in St. Petersburg and Dubai. “We are bringing our decades of experience as a manufacturer of special buses to bear in the field of e-mobility”, says Eloy Perez Martinez. We have already received the first orders for this type of bus. The Spaniards have chosen experienced component manufacturers as partners: BMZ for the batteries, ZIEHL-ABEGG AUTOMOTIVE for the drive train and SAV Studio for system integration. “The three companies have already collaborated on several bus projects and are an experienced team,” stressed Eloy Perez Martinez of UNVI. This will provide for a smooth and rapid market entry.

UNVI is seen as the world’s largest manufacturer of city sightseeing buses and is known for building customised buses. In Europe, the special vehicles can be seen as part of the urban

In most cases, the batteries on electric buses which operate regular city bus services are mounted on the roof - however, this is not an option with open-top buses.

The two gearless, highly efficient and wheel-hub motors of ZIEHL-ABEGG AUTOMOTIVE do not require any additional space for the driveline in the vehicle. In combination with the battery system from BMZ-Poland, which is matched to the driving and requirements profile, a high installation flexibility is achieved under the conditions of the very limited installation space of a convertible bus. SAV Studio provides for the smooth interaction of the technology in the electric sightseeing bus. The system integrator has a number of years’ experience in combining in-wheel hub

drives from ZIEHL-ABEGG AUTOMOTIVE with battery systems from BMZ. Independently of the legal requirements, when it comes to sightseeing tours diesel-powered buses have significant disadvantages compared with electric-powered buses: the constant starting and stopping puts a great strain on the motor and transmission, is heavy on fuel consumption and when the vehicle brakes the energy is lost completely – with battery electric buses however, the braking energy is used for recharging the batteries.

Ziehl Abegg The electric, double-decker opentop bus from UNVI is 12 metres long with 2 axles. In the basic version, the vehicle has two doors; inside, there is a minimum of 74 seats. The vehicle is designed with an operating range of 120 kilometres. The basic parameters of the electric bus are therefore the same as those of a conventionally powered bus for sightseeing tours - but with huge advantages in terms of noise and particulate pollution. Since the vehicle is built as a modular system, the number of people and the daily mileage is flexibly adjustable.

Info on BMZ

Info on SAV Studio


The BMZ Group is global player in the production of lithium-ion system solutions. The Group’s headquarters are in Germany and it has production facilities in China, Poland and the United States. BMZ has more than 20 years’ experience and completes approximately 250 new projects per year.

SAV studio is based in Poland. The company has existed since 2008, has extensive experience in the field of vehicle and machine design and the creation of new trends in industrial design. The company employs experienced engineers and designers. Employees work on very specialized SIEMENS NX 10 software and Adobe Design. What is offered to customers is industrial design, engineering design - including electric harness design and programming for vehicle central computers, MES endurance analysis, dynamic analysis, production documentation, assembly and service instructions. http://www.

ZIEHL-ABEGG (Künzelsau) is one of the leading global companies in the field of ventilation and drive technology and associated control systems. The company has a global workforce of 3,550. Turnover in 2016 totalled 484 million euros. ZIEHL-ABEGG SE is not a listed company but instead is family-owned.

BMZ is a systems supplier for all kinds of products involving lithiumion applications e.g. energy storage systems, large batteries for buses, forklifts, e-boats, industrial trucks, road sweepers, aerospace applications and medical devices. The BMZ Group employs approximately 2,300 personnel worldwide. For further information go to www.

ZIEHL-ABEGG focusses its core areas of expertise in the field of in-wheel hub motors, axle drives and generators within ZIEHLABEGG AUTOMOTIVE in order to offer pioneering solutions to the commercial vehicle sector. For further information go to www.

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or users with constantly changing tool requirements and a high demands on machining flexibility, Guhring has developed a new Ratio end mill that covers five operations with one tool: RF 100 Diver can perform drilling, ramping, slotting, roughing and finishing operations. Alongside its versatility the Ratio end mill also convinces with exceptional cutting values, proven by application examples. In addition, the RF 100 Diver sets new standards especially with steep ramping: The multi-functional end mill is capable of plunging at a ramping angle of 45°.

rates. With drilling, RF 100 Diver displays the best characteristics up to 2xD and also here it is clearly superior to its competitors, they already start struggling at drilling depths below 1xD. The RF 100 Diver is ideally suited as a pre-drilling tool for reamers. For slot drilling roughing is performed undersize and then the RF 100 Diver finishes to a perfect fit. This enables the production of precision slots to all tolerances. A separate pilot tool is not necessary, as the Diver can drill and pilot drill in all diameters and on curved or oblique surfaces.

Dry machining of cast iron ap = 12 mm ae = 12 mm vc = 240 m/min vf = 800 mm/min

Wet machining of CrMo4 ap = 12 mm ae = 11.7 mm vc = 200 m/min vf = 1200 mm/min Plunging angle = 30°

Highest feed rates are possible with slotting operations – and even when plunging. The RF 100 Diver scores points with a high metal removal rates and undersize for precision slots. Despite the high feed rates, RF 100 Diver enables smooth operation and process stability.




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Thanks to their unequal helix angle, Guhring’s RF 100 high-performance end mills have convinced for years with exceptional performance and quality. However, until now plunge milling at a maximum angle of 15° was the measure of things. Where competitors as before hit their limit at an angle of 8° to 15°, RF 100 Diver achieves a plunging angle of 45°.

Thanks to this unique technical feature, the RF 100 Diver can achieve a seamless transition from slotting to drilling – and that’s in most materials as well. The steep plunging angle makes enormous material removal possible. The simultaneously excellent chip evacuation, thanks to the optimised cutting edge geometry, results in higher process reliability. In combination with the high feed rates the RF 100 Diver can be applied to achieve high metal removal

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The smooth operation is achieved by the different helix angles of 36°/38°. The unequal helix angle interrupts the occurring vibration resonance. The unequal helix angle encourages vibration-free running as well as high feed rates and simultaneously reduces the undesired draw action because of the “corkscrew effect” during the milling process. The reduced vibration allows higher cutting data for a higher metal removal rate.

Dry machining of steel 42CrMo4 ap = 12 mm ae = 11.7 mm vc = 240 m/min vf = 1800 mm/min Metal removal rate Q = 252 cm3/ min

With roughing operations in steel the RF 100 Diver achieves double the cutting speed than usually possible. With finishing operations it achieves a 100 % longer tool life. In parallel the innovative geometry reduces the power consumption in comparison to conventional milling cutters permitting the application under unstable conditions and on low-performance machines. With finishing operations high cutting parameters are also achievable in alloyed heat treatable steels.

HPC-ROUGHING Dry machining of steel 42CrMo4 ap = 24 mm ae = 3 mm vc = 280 m/min vf = 3050 mm/min Metal removal rate Q = 219 cm3/ min

Guhring’s new RF 100 Diver: RAMPING DRILLING SLOTTING ROUGHING FINISHING at maximum speed and with only one tool in various materials.


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Park New Automation Capabilities Offer, Customers More Intelligent Manufacturing Saigopal Nelaturi (Area Manager, Computation for Automation in Sysandvik Coromant is strengthtems Engineering) PARC, Janni Weber ening its capabilities in Digital (Senior Project Manufacturing by signing a Manager) Sandvik strategic research agreement Coromant, Mats with PARC, a Xerox company, Bergstrom (Man- world-renowned innovation aging Director, center. PARC will provide SandGlobal Business vik Coromant with a footprint Operations and in Silicon Valley and expert reProgram Manager sources for research & develfor Digital Design opment in the field of Digital and Manufactur- Manufacturing. ing) PARC, Magnus Ekbäck (Vice PARC will allocate resources to President and conduct research & develop Head of Business technologies within Digital Development and Manufacturing for Sandvik CorDigital Machining) omant under the terms of the Sandvik Coromant, agreement. Sandvik Coromant Tolga Kurto- will also acquire all Intellectual glu (CEO) PARC, Property (IP) and technology Markus Larsson related to PARC’s software for (Vice President of high-level process planning Global Business and automated manufacturing Operations) cost estimation for subtractive PARC, Mats Allard manufacturing. (Project Manager Virtual Machining) “This partnership is a natural Sandvik Coromant, step and in line with Sandvik Michael Waltrip Coromant’s long-term strategy (Senior Director, to develop attractive solutions Intellectual Prop- in the field of digital manufacerty Management turing and Industry 4.0,” said and Commercial- Magnus Ekbäck, Vice President ization) PARC. and Head of Business Develop-




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ment and Digital Machining for Sandvik Coromant. “With this cooperation we will significantly strengthen our capabilities within digital machining.”

innovations come to life on the global stage.” PARC has been developing technologies for government agencies and commercial clients in the field of digital manufacturing for almost a decade.

“Manufacturing is entering a dynamic new phase as the cyber and physical worlds converge, and the complex and diverse industry needs significant innovation to truly progress,”said PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu. “The missing piece for complete design automation and manufacturing of complex products has been the integrated coupling of design and manufacturing, which we have been developing at PARC for many years. We’re pleased to partner with Sandvik Coromant to see these

Its digital manufacturing suite of technologies helps designers and manufacturers understand real-world manufacturing process constraints during digital product design and identifies potential limitations of a supply chain early in the design phase, ultimately minimizing time-to-market and improving overall product quality. The strategic research agreement will be governed by a Joint Steering Committee with representatives from both PARC and Sandvik Coromant.

COROPLUS® SOLUTİONS NOW AVAİLABLE İN MASTERCAM® Iimprove n a move designed to greatly efficiency and quality

in CAM operations, CoroPlus® ToolLibrary and PrimeTurning™ method from Sandvik Coromant have been integrated in Mastercam® 2018. The CoroPlus suite of connected solutions provided by Sandvik Coromant facilitates digital machining and the transition of the manufacturing industry into Industry 4.0. Mastercam is the first CAM software to integrate solutions for both CoroPlus ToolLibrary and PrimeTurning technologies. CoroPlus ToolLibrary is a digital tool library that removes the need for users to browse catalogues and webpages to find the required tool data. It also allows users to import tool assemblies directly into their CAM system and provides access to tool catalogues containing perfect digital representations of the physical tools. The planning of machining operations using the exact dimensions and models of the tools enables accuracy in CAM programming, thus reducing the risk of collisions during machining. Additional benefits include the considerable time savings created by eliminating the need to search catalogues and other sources for references. Furthermore, assurance is provided thatdifferent tool items will always fit together. Users can find the tool simply by inputting the tool ordering code or using filter commands. The finished assemblies are then imported to Mastercam 2018 with the click of a button,

ready for programming and simulation. “Selecting the right combination of tool holder, tool body and inserts is simplified and expedited using CoroPlus ToolLibrary,” says Pernilla Lindberg, Product Manager for CoroPlusToolLibrary. “The library functionality is based on the ISO13399 tool data standard that permits users to import tool assemblies directly into their CAM package.” Another part of the new Mastercam release is an option for PrimeTurning. PrimeTurning™ software enables quick and accurate programming of PrimeTurning, a new methodology that allows machine shops to turn components in all directions with a single tool. CNC Software, developers of the Mastercam software, have partnered with Sandvik Coromant to ensure that CAM users can create programs for PrimeTurning within Mastercam.

Sandvik New Mastercam® 2018 release integrates CoroPlus® software from Sandvik Coromant

“To ensure that machine shops ********* maximise the benefit and huge Sandvik Coromant potential of PrimeTurning, cor- Part of global inrect and smart programming is dustrial engineerrequired, as well as optimised ing group Sandvik, and easy tool selection,”says Sandvik Coromant Mia Pålsson, Senior Manager is at the forefront of manufacturing Product Unit Turning Tools. tools, machining “Helping to optimise manufac- solutions and turing processes is a core focus knowledge that at Sandvik Coromant; we are drive industry not just a cutting tool manu- standards and innovations facturer, we help machining demanded by companies to be more efficient the metalworkat the planning stage. We are ing industry now therefore proud to work to- and into the next gether with CNC Software to industrial era. Educational support, support our common end us- extensive R&D ers.” investment and strong customer Meghan West, President of partnerships enCNC Software, adds: “We are sure the development of machining thrilled to partner with Sandvik technologies that Coromant to help bring these change, lead and innovations to the market. It is drive the future exciting that our users will be of manufacturing. some of the first to benefit from Sandvik Coromant owns over 3100 these industry breakthroughs. patents worldWith the widest installed base wide, employs of any CAM system, we’re ea- over 8,500 staff, ger to see the many ways Mas- and is represented tercam users will capitalise on in 150 countries. For more informathese advancements.” tion visit www. sandvik.coromant. com or join the conversation on social media. ********** Learn more at coroplus. sandvikcoromant and the CoroPlus and PrimeTurning sections on the Mastercam website.

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Twinner his year’s HERMES AWARD is German company

SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG. The HERMES AWARD is one of the world’s most prestigious industrial technology awards, and SCHUNK a global leader in innovative gripping systems. SCHUNK is both an owner-operated German family business and a global player. The award was presented during the HANNOVER MESSE Opening Ceremony on 23 April by Germany’s Minister for Education and Research, Johanna Wanka. “The company’s award-winning solution supports human-robot collaboration, making it a vital part of the smart factory tool kit. It is therefore a perfect fit for HANNOVER MESSE, which this year will once again play a key role in reflecting and driving the ongoing development of Industry 4.0,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler as the Deutsche Messe Managing 64 Machine - Automation & Electricity / IMT 2017

Board member in charge of HANNOVER MESSE. SCHUNK’s JL1 co-act gripper is an intelligent modular gripping system for humanrobot collaboration that is capable of directly interacting and communicating with its human operator. The JL1’s integrated sensor systems effectively envelop the module in its own safety “bubble” by continually tracking the proximity of humans and triggering evasive action to avoid any direct human-machine contact. They also enable the module to grip, handle and assemble objects of all geometries. The module’s jaws are able to measure gripping force and have tactile sensors, so their operation is highly adaptive and responsive. The sensor constellation also includes two cameras that enable the gripper to see its surroundings in 3D and help it to detect workpieces. These are just some of the

reasons why the JL1 impressed the HERMES AWARD jury, which was headed by Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). SCHUNK’s self-learning gripping system is ideally suited to highly flexible Industry 4.0 manufacturing environments where humans and robots work collaboratively at close quarters. “Safe and barrier-free humanrobot collaboration in Industry 4.0 manufacturing operations with small production runs, high component diversity and frequent retooling is only possible if every part of the manufacturing system is intelligent, right down to the end effector level. SCHUNK’s JL1 is a perfect example of a state-of-the-art, smart end effector, which is why the jury has chosen it as this year’s winning entry,” explained Dr. Wahlster.

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