HUMAN AND ROBOTS - GETTING CLOSER
Welding overhead without assistance is feasible for a little while, but for a whole day? Lifting and mounting a heavy console once is manageable, but all day long? Since mankind and thus the employees are ageing, solutions need to be found to make working and everyday life easier, less destructive and more comfortable. Collaboration between human and robots provides an answer to this question.
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY: FASCINATING AND GROWING
A short impulse to regulate the beating of the heart - pacemakers are life-saving medical devices that have been improved considerably since their invention. The first pacemaker was implanted in 1958 and was integrated into a shoe polish can. Through medical engineering, pacemakers have become tiny, more efficient and durable. Being part of this industry, VDMA Medical Technology supports inventions in the field of medical engineering.
IMPLANTS: PERMANENT OR DEGRADABLE
Implants to fix cranial injuries faster, biodegradable screws to join bone and fragments together: medical technology research opens up new opportunities for medical treatment.
MADE FOR WALKING
Approximately 1000 people per year are rendered paraplegic, which means that the patient can no longer move his body below the injured part of the spinal cord. Exoskeletons offer help and enable paraplegic people to walk again.
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.
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.
BRAZIL: A DANCE ON THE VOLCANO
From a beacon of hope to a troubled country: Brazil, the fifth-largest country on Earth, experienced this unpleasant downturn in a remarkably short amount of time.
EFFICIENT VALUE CREATION THROUGH PARTS CLEANING
Cleanliness is crucial factor that influences the functionality of machines and components. Application examples by member companies highlight the options and technologies currently available in the field of parts cleaning.
THE BREXIT MYSTERY
Brexit, the portmanteau combining the words "Britain" and "exit", stands for the political aim of many British people to leave the European Union (EU). A referendum in June - in favor of or against the EU - will define the future: An analysis from Brussels.
MOMENTS OF TRUTH FOR OETTINGER'S PLAN
The EU Commission has presented its plan to digitize the European industry. This is generally good news for mechanical engineering companies - but the road towards a single market for Industrie 4.0 is still long and rocky.
INDUSTRIE 4.0: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AS THE DRIVER
As both a provider and a user of Industrie 4.0 technologies, mechanical and plant engineering in Germany plays a crucial role. Five practical examples demonstrate the solutions member companies are already implementing.
RACING, CHASING AND FLYING IN HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
MI6 agent James Bond fights against the most evil characters a person can think of. He often uses extra ordinary vehicles to out speed and outgun them and to take out the villains. Here are the five most impressive items of locomotion used by 007:
One of Mann+Hummel's principles is supplying products of the same standard to their customers all over the world. International, experienced experts such as Luiz Ferrari help to ensure that this is precisely what happens, despite various conditions, and that "Operational Excellence" is "alive" and implemented day after day in every plant in the world. A portrait.
Find out about new publications and upcoming events - e.g. the VDMA General Assembly 2016 in Berlin - in the machinery construction and engineering industry.