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.
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.
IMPROVING HEALTH AND ERGONOMICS
Up to ten tons of material: this is what production workers often lift during one single day. In this case, robots can make life easier. "The trend is that the workers focus on their expertise, while the robots do the heavy work," explains Patrick Schwarzkopf, Managing Director VDMA Robotics + Automation Association.
INVESTIGATING THE POWER OF LIGHT
Cutting a smartphone display, producing solar cells, scanning a device for quality defects - all these tasks are within the operative range of photonics technology. More than 400 companies and research institutions working in this field come together in the VDMA Photonics Forum.
HUMANS AND ROBOTS WORK HAND IN HAND
Right next to the worker, a robot rearranges components for a common rail high-pressure injection pump - without a safety fence. The inventiveness and creativity of Bosch researchers made this possible by developing a sensitive artificial skin for the robot.