THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: FIVE OPTIONS, NO ALTERNATIVE
Brexit, upcoming elections, an uncertain future: The EU is in a deep crisis, but is a union of states that needs to be maintained - just not necessarily the way it is now. While Jean-Claude Juncker presents his visions of a re-invented EU, VDMA also has suggestions for reform in Europe. An analysis.
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...