THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: FIVE OPTIONS, NO ALTERNATIVE
Brexit, upcoming elections, an uncertain future: The EU is in a deep crisis, but is a union of states that needs to be maintained - just not necessarily the way it is now. While Jean-Claude Juncker presents his visions of a re-invented EU, VDMA also has suggestions for reform in Europe. An analysis.
INDUSTRIE 4.0 BEGINS IN THE BARN
Would you like to know why dairy farmers are the hidden champions of digitalization? This question is in good hands at VDMA Agricultural Machinery. After all, the association believes that Industrie 4.0 begins in the barn.
THE ASSEMBLY LINE GETS INTELLIGENT
For more than 100 years, production in the automobile industry has followed the pace of the assembly line. But Audi is convinced that the assembly line has had its day.
MACHINE LEARNING: A JOURNEY TO THE YEAR 2030
How will mechanical engineering evolve in the years to come? Experts are clear about one thing: Self-learning systems are essential when it comes to securing competitiveness and the advancement of Industrie 4.0. The VDMA "Machine Learning 2030" report explores what the future may hold if the development of artificial intelligence is advanced or slowed down.
POLAND IS RELYING ON ITS "COMING OUT" AT THE HANNOVER MESSE
Poland will get a lot of attention during this year's "Hannover Messe". It has big boots to fill. After all, the USA was the partner country of the industry trade fair in 2016. Poland, however, has stepped up to the challenge and would like to show its new strength in Hanover.
EU REGULATION - NEW APPROACH FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Digitalization and new technologies are changing the world more rapidly than ever. This is not only a challenge for companies, but also for lawmakers. In Brussels, the EU is looking for ways to create dynamic regulation for Industrie 4.0.
ARE YOU AWARE...
...of all the things that can be measured? We have got some remarkable examples for you.
BREATHING EASY IN HEATHROW
London Heathrow is the largest airport in Europe. More than 72 million passengers use its five terminals every year and they all need fresh air. Air filters from Mann+Hummel play a decisive role in this area. We looked at the work of two service technicians during a filter replacement.
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY - ELECTRONIC HEALING POWER
Some people criticize high-tech medicine, while others praise it. The fact remains that when equipment and people interact, it can save many lives. In many cases, this requires electronic components without which many medical devices would not work.
USING ROBOTS FOR TRANSPORTING CAR PARTS
Car bodies move fully automatically through the hall to the next station, where they are fitted with door seals. Audi is working on driverless transport systems for modular assembly, and BMW also uses transport robots to make work easier.
TECHNICAL BUILDING EQUIPMENT - INCREASED EFFICIENCY AND TRANSPARENCY THANKS TO DIGITAL SOLUTIONS
All phases in the life cycle of a building are digitalized - from planning and construction, to usage and operation. Buildings of the future need to be smart - and VDMA members vividly demonstrate that this is no longer merely a vision of the future.
INVALUABLE COMPARISONS AND BENCHMARKS
Companies need to continuously put all elements of their management through their paces. VDMA develops important key performance indicators and processes for this purpose.
PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE IS BECOMING EVER MORE IMPORTANT
At the second VDMA "Predictive Maintenance" conference in Frankfurt am Main in February, 130 participants cast a glance into the future of maintenance in the context of Industrie 4.0.
Find out about new publications and upcoming events in the machinery construction and engineering industry.