THE NEW VDMA BOARD OF CHAIRMEN
What are the goals of VDMA's new Board of Chairmen? What challenges does it face? VDMAimpulse talked to VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker and Vice Presidents Karl Haeusgen and Norbert Basler about this at the General Assembly in Berlin.
RELIABLE ADHESION THANKS TO LASER LIGHT
Researchers in the BMBF's Laserpromise project are looking into a process that will allow manufacturers to pre-treat and adhere components of medical devices in a targeted way.
SMART ROUTING, CONVEYING AND DISTRIBUTING
Production machinery is becoming ever more flexible thanks to Industrie 4.0. Recent innovations focus on the horizontal flow of materials - Lower Saxony universities and industry are currently working on a solution to transfer human cognitive capabilities to production systems, thus changing intralogistics with a flexible conveying matrix. The "netkoPs" research project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Lenze supports the project by being in charge for the drive technology.
EU TRADE GOES SOUTH
Europe is negotiating a free trade agreement with the South American community of states. VDMA believes the trade deal would be a win-win situation for both sides. But the mechanical engineering sector needs to be included.
INDUSTRIE 4.0 - WORDS ARE SILVER, ACTIONS ARE GOLD
Experts have been discussing Industrie 4.0 for half a decade now. The time has come to act and to understand what it really means. An evaluation.
MACHINES FOR FUN
Far away from factory buildings, some machines don't see their calling in producing goods. Nevertheless, their mission is of great importance: entertainment. Here is a personal selection of the most fun machines. They might even provide some shopping inspiration in time for Christmas.
BRUSSEL'S ROBOT REVOLUTION
The EU plans to create a political and legal framework for the use of robots and artificial intelligence. Some proposals are certainly worth considering - others seem to be based on science fiction.
A CANADIAN ADVENTURE
It is a while ago now, but the memories remain just as fresh. Manuel Buchmann spent almost two years - from April 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009, to be precise - as a Technical Sales Advisor at MULTIVAC in Canada, supporting the packaging machinery manufacturer from Germany's Allgäu region as it split its sales organization MULTIVAC Canada from MULTIVAC USA.
BRIDGEHEAD BETWEEN GERMAN AND INDIAN INDUSTRY
Way back in the 1990s, VDMA identified the potential of the Indian market. At that time, the export of the German machinery to India was to the tune of only 400 Million Euro, not large by any standard. However, VDMA saw a big future in the market and decided to open its own office in India.
HOW TO DEAL SUCCESSFULLY WITH GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORKS
Globalization is the term on everybody's lips. Companies like KHS GmbH are leading the way for the mechanical engineering industry and are demonstrating how global production networks function.
HYBRID LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION - THE RIGHT MIX IS KEY
The automotive and aircraft industries are not the only ones active in lightweight construction, as demonstrated by a glance at the exciting diversity of lightweight activities in VDMA's Hybrid Lightweight Technologies working group.
VDMA BOARD OF CHAIRMEN
On November 10 and 11, 2016, the VDMA General Assembly in Berlin elected the new Board of Chairmen. VDMAimpulse presents the new board.
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ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING - ACHIEVING SUCCESS ONE LAYER AT A TIME
Industrial 3D printing accelerates innovation cycles and allows for the development of technical products that cannot be manufactured using conventional methods - these are the results of a survey conducted among three VDMA member companies.