THE VIRTUAL PRODUCT CONTROLS ACTUAL PRODUCTION
Asked about a real-life example of the use of Industrie 4.0 at shop floor level, Steffen Winkler does not need to think for long. The automation expert from Bosch Rexroth quickly picks up a cordless screwdriver for industrial use.
STATUS: IT'S COMPLICATED
In a few months, Europe might have to grant China the status of a market economy under international trade law. This might appear just a question of definition, but it has a big impact on the EU's options for protecting its industry against dumping from China.
LOW OIL PRICE FORCES ARAB COUNTRIES TO REFORM
Since 2014, oil producing countries in the Gulf region have had to adjust to low oil revenues, and the need for economic and social reforms is increasing. Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with a plan of action that is likely to be at least partly copied by neighboring countries. The reforms will bring both risks and opportunities for the mechanical engineering industry. An analysis.
IN AT THE DEEP END
Soeren de Boon (29) spent almost two years in India for GEA, setting up a new production facility in Bangalore - uncharted territory for him.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY
Industrie 4.0 will make its mark on the plastics machinery industry - Thorsten Kühmann, Managing Director Plastics and Rubber Machinery, is sure of that.
HOW THE PARIS AGREEMENT CAN SAVE THE BUSINESS CLIMATE, TOO
Last year, 195 states declared their intention to keep global warming below 2 °C at least. Now it is time to define how to implement the agreement. But how will it influence mechanical engineering companies? An analysis.
WIRELESS INDUSTRY AUTOMATION: BETTER THAN THE REST
Things would be more difficult without wireless communication since many automation applications would otherwise be more expensive with a cable network. What promise does wireless communication hold for mechanical and plant engineering? A review.
"NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE BEING INTRODUCED EVER MORE QUICKLY"
In an interview, Dr. Andreas Klein, Vice President Engineering Winergy of Siemens AG, talks about the challenges of the future and the benefit the cooperative industrial research (IGF) holds for the wind industry.
FOR MORE RELIABLE WIND TURBINE GENERATORS
The FVA-Nacelle project shows how partnerships of science and the industry in fundamental research can contribute to the success of the energy transition in Germany.
HIGHER AND HIGHER
Reaching for the sky - the most impressive buildings in the world. But how do you get to all those upper floors? VDMAimpulse presents its own selection of impressive elevators in special buildings and monuments, starting with the fastest.
VDMA CHINA: READY FOR THE NEXT BIG MOVE
China is an attractive market - the second most important customer market for European and German mechanical engineering manufacturers. VDMA taps this huge potential with representative offices in China. A portrait.
DECISION-MAKING IN EUROPE - THIS IS HOW VDMA PARTICIPATES
The European Office in Brussels and the Berlin Office stand for VDMA's involvement in European policy-making. The federation gets involved in a systematic manner.
INNOVATIVE TESTING AND MEASURING IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
The German automotive industry values close partnerships with manufacturers of measuring and testing technology. Together, they develop innovative technologies in line with precision, flexibility and speed requirements.
RISE IN MACHINERY SALES THANKS TO MEXICO
After two years of falling German machinery exports to Latin America, the region's importance increased once again in 2015. The biggest source of this growth is Mexico.