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.
DOES THE DIESEL ENGINE HAVE A FUTURE?
For almost 120 years, the diesel engine has been operating in cars, trucks, mobile and stationary machines, ships and trains. During this period of time, engineers have constantly tried to make it efficient and clean. But now the question has emerged: Is the diesel a dinosaur, about to go extinct?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.