SECURITY: A MOVING TARGET
Finding the gap in the defense is the goal of the offense. The quarterback and his players run, pass and move down the field to finally enter the end zone of the opposing team: Touchdown! Hackers use a strategy similar to that of a football team in attacking the opposing side. And in the end, they, too, often win.
A PART OF THE GAME
Today's windows have burglar-proof glass, while front doors have special locking mechanisms. The goal is to make life as hard as possible for burglars. Machine manufacturers also seek to prevent unauthorized access to their products by virtual intruders, with security by design.
HOW TO PROTECT NETWORKED PRODUCTION
What if cyber attacks affected digital manufacturing in the worst imaginable way? Instead of pondering this question over and over, German industry and academia joined forces to work on ways to prevent networked production from cyber attacks and spying. On the initiative of VDMA, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports a national reference project entitled IUNO which focuses on information technology (IT) security in so-called Industrie 4.0 with funding totaling 20 million euros. The total volume of the project amounts to 33 million euros.
READY TO PUSH THE START BUTTON
People can change the ways of the world with their ideas and dedication. But more often than not, it is machines which make these changes happen.
BEASTS AT WORK
Our planet is full of life. Scientists’ estimates for the number of different species on earth range from more than 10 million to as many as 100 million. Many of these are wild animals, while others share their habitats with humans in one way or another. Some even lend their strength to the world of mechanical engineering. Here are the ten most dangerous working beasts with powertrains:
EUROPEAN ECONOMY: LACK OF MOVEMENT
The slowdown of the Chinese manufacturing sector and the recession in Russia and Brazil have had a dampening effect on the European economy, although all the signs point to a modest rise in GDP of 1.8 percent for the eurozone in 2016. In mechanical engineering, VDMA researchers predict price-adjusted growth in turnover of 1 percent. But the situation in Europe remains fragile.
TEACHING UNDERWATER ROBOTS TO SWIM LIKE A SHOAL OF FISH
The engineers Eugen Solowjow and Axel Hackbarth are working on enabling autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to behave like shoals of fish while working on the same task. The scientists from the Institute of Mechanics and Ocean Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology are putting great efforts to discover the secrets of autonomous underwater vehicles organized as an intelligent, interlinked unit. They are supervised by Professor Edwin Kreuzer. The idea is to teach underwater vehicles to analyze seabed conditions for offshore wind farm installations and to detect toxic agents.
Pampa was a sensation – for Uruguay's energy sector, for UTE, Nordex and for Maria Pineiro. Even today, she still hears its echo every morning when she wakes up.
CYBER SECURITY FOR THE EU: ONE APPROACH FOR ALL
If cyber security was only a matter of technology, European companies would have nothing to worry about, believes Oliver Winzenried. “To the best of our knowledge, Europe is well prepared compared to the rest of the world − at a technology level, at least,” says the German entrepreneur. As founder and CEO of Wibu-Systems, a supplier of security software from Karlsruhe specializing in serving clients from the mechanical engineering industry, Winzenried’s judgment matters. Knowing that companies need to protect themselves against cyber attacks is the core of his business.
FIT FOR THE FUTURE
Running a business is like a race. If you know the road ahead you can take the next curve faster than your competitors. Driving forward new trends is like taking a shortcut. But if you fail to predict a new trend, you crash. Recognizing trends and interpreting them collectively is a way to stay ahead. This is the idea behind VDMA’s new Competence Center Future Business.
ROBOTICS AND MACHINE VISION: AN UNBEATABLE TEAM
Eight application examples by VDMA member companies illustrate the contribution robotics paired with machine vision can make to efficient production in various industrial sectors.
THE EU'S CONFLICT ON CONFLICT MINERALS
The Democratic Republic of Congo is arguably one of the most dreadful places on earth. For decades now, the eastern part of the central African country has been rocked by fighting between various rebel groups. This civil war is partly financed by the trade of minerals like tantalum, tungsten and gold – widely known as conflict minerals.
FACTORIES IN INDUSTRIE 4.0 DEMAND PRECISION TOOLS
Things are in the flux in metal processing, the operational area of precision tools. Innovative practical applications demonstrate the impact Industrie 4.0 is currently having on the development of tools and clamping devices.
FLEXIBLE AND CREATIVE IN DIFFICULT TIMES
During a press trip in October 2015, the editors of VDMAimpulse saw how Taiwanese machine tool manufacturers are mastering the challenges they face.