DIGITIZING EUROPE'S INDUSTRY
When Günther Oettinger became EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society in 2014, his nomination raised eyebrows all across Europe. Aged 60 at the time, Oettinger neither offered a track record in tech policy nor had he shown noteworthy interest in this sector before. From the point of view of his critics, Oettinger clearly seemed to be an awkward choice for leading the EU into a bright digital future. After 16 months in office, however, Oettinger has proved the pessimists wrong...
TTIP LIGHT – EASY AND WITHOUT ENGINEERING?
The mechanical engineering industry has always been one of the most vocal advocates for TTIP – but will the industry ultimately benefit in full from the free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US)?
THE US MARKET CASTS A BRIGHT LIGHT
America, land of unlimited opportunities. This self-perception still holds true for many Americans, but does it also apply to daily business activities?
BRUSSELS ABOLISHES WASTE
The EU Commission wants to encourage complete product recycling, with the engineering sector at the heart of this circular economy. The interests of VDMA are represented by the Department of Technical and Environmental Affairs.
THE CONNECTED WORLD OF TOMORROW
Free your mind: once a week, hundreds of Bosch researchers have a fixed appointment with their brains. Sometimes they think all on their own, sometimes with colleagues. This period [called concept time] gives them a chance to work on things they normally would not do. That is how big ideas emerge, new inventions become reality. This is how modern research and development works in Renningen, Bosch’s new center for research and advance engineering. VDMAimpulse was allowed to take a look behind the scenes.
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.
INVENTING THE INCONCEIVABLE
Fixing a sensor to a component in order to find out what happens to it during the production process is an important way of collecting information. Connectivity solutions are the specialty of research engineer Dr. Nelly Frank. Frank is a computer scientist working at Bosch’s advance engineering center in Renningen. She and her fellow colleagues are inventing future products.
ASIA: EXCEPTIONAL, FLEXIBLE, EXCITING
Machine manufacturer Arburg regularly deploys staff from Germany in Asia.
DIGITIZATION IN THE USA
Frank Maier, member of the Executive Board of Lenze SE, sees a chance to earn money more quickly through software and services in the USA than in Europe. He explains why in an interview.
PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE FOR SMART SERVICING
Simply reacting to incidents after they have happened is no longer sufficient in the age of Industrie 4.0. Machine operators increasingly advocate predictive maintenance with intelligent data analysis.
A GREEN CONSTRUCTION SITE: NO LONGER JUST A VISION
Green construction sites are not an illusion but can become reality. The necessary procedures and machines are already available. Member company applications show how to achieve a symbiosis between ecology and economy.
A FRESH BREEZE IN THE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT
Bianca Illner is not too concerned about being a female manager surrounded by mostly men. She is one of the latest newcomers to the VDMA family and heads the Management Systems department. In an interview with VDMAimpulse she talks about her future plans to make her department the place-to-turn-to, her position as a "female head of" and which fundamental things she would like to change – on a business and personal level – if she had the power to do so.
RUSSIA: FROM EXPORT MARKET TO PRODUCTION LOCATION?
Russia's economy is suffering from the falling oil price, with western sanctions inhibiting the country's economic development. The current magic catchphrase in Russia is import substitution. The state decreed build-up in Russia's own production capabilities is intended to trigger the long overdue structural transformation in the country’s economy. Can this succeed?
DID YOU KNOW?
…that the German machinery and engineering industry is capable of supreme achievements: