"SYSTEMS CRY FOR HELP WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG"
A little stone in an escalator, a ventilation system that has become very loud, a rattling ticket machine - a Deutsche Bahn start-up listens to technical systems and raises an alarm when the sounds they make indicate a malfunction.
"THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SET FORMULA FOR GOOD VEHICLE DESIGN"
Whether powered by electricity, hybrid engines or fuel cell technology, car engines are facing a period of transition. The impact this has on vehicle design and what it means when autonomous driving is added to the mix is explained by Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design.
"PRODUCT DESIGN CANNOT BE LEFT TO THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT"
How has the importance of industrial and product design changed? How strong is nature's influence on product design? And: what role plays design in terms of communicating technological change? Klaus Klemp, Professor of Design Theory and History of Design at HfG Offenbach, gives answers.
AUTOMOBILE DESIGN EVOKES EMOTION
Design combines functionality and aesthetics, design is emotional, particularly when it comes to cars. Motorists who think a car is ugly are unlikely to buy it and drive it. So how will the changes to the drivetrain influence automobile design? VDMAimpulse asked design experts.
TRADE POLICY REACHES A CROSSROADS
Free trade is essential for the existence of mechanical engineering. Exports account for around 77 percent of the German sales of 224 billion euros (2017). 660,000 jobs depend directly on these exports. More than one third of exports already go to countries with high import barriers.
TRADE AFTER BREXIT: A MATTER OF CAKE AND CHERRIES
The European Union and the United Kingdom have to define their future trade relationship after Brexit in March 2019. Even basic problems remain unsolved. A Brexit without a free trade agreement is not inconceivable.
"MOSCOW IS READY TO USE PROTECTIONISM"
As the largest agricultural country in the world, Russia's demand for machinery is extremely high and the state wants to meet this demand primarily through the use of domestic technology. As a result, Russia's continuing protectionist policies are hitting the international agricultural machinery industry hard.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: READY, STEADY, GO
The international innovation contest in the field of artificial intelligence within an industrial environment is rapidly gaining momentum. For mechanical and plant engineers from Germany, it is becoming increasingly important to quickly develop the potential of this technology.
UNDERSTANDING LEIBNIZ'S THOUGHTS
The great polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz noted his thoughts and ideas on countless pieces of scrap paper - an immeasurable wealth of knowledge as paperwork in the most literal sense. Using digital reconstruction, the Leibniz Puzzle project is set out to shed some light on his ideas.
WHO WAS LEIBNIZ?
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was one of the most important philosophers and universal scholars of the late 17th and early 18th century. He was a German philosopher, mathematician, diplomat, historian and political advisor of the early Enlightenment. Leibniz was born in the summer of 1646 in Leipzig. He died in November 1716 in Hanover.