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.
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.
THE VIRTUAL PRODUCT CONTROLS ACTUAL PRODUCTION
Asked about a real-life example of the use of Industrie 4.0 at shop floor level, Steffen Winkler does not need to think for long. The automation expert from Bosch Rexroth quickly picks up a cordless screwdriver for industrial use.
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?