THE ALGORITHM AGAINST ABRASION
The holy grail of mechanical engineering is merging design, mechanics and software to create predictive maintenance.
"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.
TRADE POLICY BY TWITTER
WARNING: By the time you read this text, it might already be out of date - thanks to the latest tweet from the American President. That is how trade policy works these days...
EUROPEAN DISUNION FOR POSTED WORKERS
Goods and services are supposed to flow freely within the EU Single Market. But companies that want to send workers abroad face a patchwork of bureaucratic requirements.
A BOUQUET OF DIGITALIZATION
The EU is shaping the framework for digitalization and Industrie 4.0 in Europe with a wealth of initiatives. An overview of the most important projects from Brussels.
PLASTIC IS VALUABLE
Plastic has a poor image - a fact that also affects mechanical engineering. The industry therefore strongly advocates the circular economy.
KNOTTING, ROLLING, CRUSHING: IMPRESSIVE FOOD PROCESSING MACHINERY
A crispy pretzel or a filled praline is a quick moment of indulgence. But did you know how much sophisticated technology goes into inserting the tender, melting crème into a wafer-thin chocolate case that yields with an audible crack? Or why fish is better chilled in ice made from salt water than fresh water for splintering reasons? VDMAimpulse presents five food processing machines that process even delicate ingredients in next to no time.
VDMA EMINT: PHOTOVOLTAIC EQUIPMENT AND BATTERY PRODUCTION NOW ALSO ON BOARD
Batteries are crucial to electromobility, so staying a step ahead in battery production is vital. Photovoltaics is just as important as batteries, albeit for energy production. The two fields have now been interconnected at VDMA in a very special way.
INDUSTRIE 4.0 IN AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY
The agricultural machinery industry is one of the pioneers of the digital transformation. It was digitalizing machinery and devices long before the term Industrie 4.0 even existed. VDMA members tell us how they are putting digital networks into practice today.
SMARTLY COMBINING INDUSTRIE 4.0 AND LEAN PRODUCTION
The smart factory is bringing about a winning combination of Industrie 4.0 and lean production - two approaches that pursue the same goal. VDMA members are showing how this can be realized in practice and which hurdles are still to be overcome.
RECYCLING: ENOUGH ROOM FOR EVERYONE
Recycling sits at the heart of the EU's plastics strategy. For this to be a success, however, more brand product manufacturers need to use recycled materials.