DOES THE DIESEL ENGINE HAVE A FUTURE?
For almost 120 years, the diesel engine has been operating in cars, trucks, mobile and stationary machines, ships and trains. During this period of time, engineers have constantly tried to make it efficient and clean. But now the question has emerged: Is the diesel a dinosaur, about to go extinct?
GROWTH STRATEGIES, DIGITALIZATION AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY
A shift in growth opportunities, changes due to digitalization and increasing flexibility are the three trends that will shape European mechanical engineering in the future. This is the result of the second mechanical engineering study published by management consultants McKinsey & Company and VDMA.
NEW SALES RECORD IN GLOBAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
The demand for capital goods has seen little development in 2015. Still, global machine turnover has increased by 10 percent to the new record level of 2570 billion euros. The growth is palliated due to changes in exchange rates - in truth, there was a different development.
MARINE FUELS: WHAT WILL FOLLOW HEAVY OIL?
A large proportion of foreign trade in Germany is conducted by sea. When it comes to transporting goods, shipping currently relies primarily on heavy oil as fuel. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) or synthetic fuels could reduce emissions from shipping in the future. An analysis.
THE MOST CHARMING ROBOTS
They are engineers, athletes, scientists or chatterboxes. These fellows have so much more to offer than their flashy looks: Here is a personal selection of the most charming robots with human features.
JAPAN: ONE STEP AHEAD
It is 8:00 a.m. in the bay of Tokyo. The Schaeffler office in the Yokohama Business Park exudes an air of calm. Within the next hour, more than 200 engineers and sales specialists will arrive and bring to life the state-of-the-art laboratories and offices. Project manager Marco Kaiser uses the time to check his e-mails from Germany. He is seven hours ahead of his colleagues in Herzogenaurach, where the rest of his 20-strong team is based.
LIFE-CHANGING INVENTIONS: ROBOT-ASSISTED SURGERY
Removing the prostate used to be a major surgical procedure: Physicians needed open surgery to be able to localize the exocrine gland and excise it. Today, it can be a less invasive operation thanks to the invention of robot-assisted surgery. VDMAimpulse talked to Professor Axel Haferkamp about how these new systems and techniques have changed his daily life as a surgeon.
"WE NEED A STRONGER EUROPE"
Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble has done more to shape European policy in Germany over the last thirty years than almost any other politician. The Federal Minister of Finance talks about the state of the European Union (EU).
MAKING LABOR FIT FOR THE FUTURE
Labor market policy is not to be exclusively understood as social and regulatory policy, Fabian Seus, VDMA attorney and VDMA labor law expert, explains. “Additionally, labor market policy is to be understood as a part of a competitive economic and location policy.” For years now, labor market policy has been a large aspect of the VDMA portfolio, and that is why the VDMA Competence Center Labor Market was founded.
AGRICULTURE IN THE CLOUD
Users plan to control the entire process with Farming 4.0 in the future - from planning and sowing to selling at the grain exchange. VDMA members give insights into the current status of their network.
PRODUCT PIRACY - STOPPING VIRTUAL THIEVES IN THEIR TRACKS
In times of Industrie 4.0, virtual thieves are particularly dangerous. Based on digital templates, they create identical products that cannot be differentiated from the original. VDMA members present ways for manufacturers to protect themselves.
TRAINING REFUGEES WITH DEDICATION
"Roll up your sleeves and dive right in" - in the region surrounding Freiburg in southwestern Germany, people are used to doing so. Breisgau is one of the areas with the highest number of sunny days per year.
THE EU'S FIGHT FOR MODERN TRADE WITH MEXICO
These days seem to be tough for free trade fans. The trade agreement between Europe and the United States is in the center of a furious public debate. A contract already negotiated between the European Union (EU) and Canada is about to be in the spotlight again. EU representatives don't only have to fight for the best deals possible, but also against the large amount of skepticism at home. However, lawmakers in Brussels stick to the free trade agenda they so firmly believe in. Their latest target: a comprehensive trade agreement between Europe and Mexico.
BREXIT: UNDECIDED AFTER THE DECISION
Now that the decision has been made in the British EU referendum, people in Europe seem to know just as little as before. On June 23, Great Britain indeed voted to leave the European Union (EU). So far, however, no one can tell when (or even if ever) the country will formally apply for its exit out of the EU, let alone how relations with the continent will look like afterwards.