Category: Industry

Fraunhofer IESE has developed software that will help companies make the transition to Industry 4.0. At the heart of this is the principle of digital twins. They could provide more flexibility.

Illustration of the digital twin

On the left you can see a real industrial robot. The right-hand side symbolizes the digital twin.

Photo: iStock / Fraunhofer IESE

Digitization poses major challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. It is not for nothing that it is referred (more…)

Companies want to network their processes digitally and optimize production in line with materials. This requires many measurements and analyzes. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a material data room that collects all data and images the material twin digitally.

The photo shows the digital representation of a material.

The Dataroom integrates material information of all kinds into digital ones Networks – important for production in the context of Industry 4.0.

Photo: Fraunhofer IWM

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Whether in politics, the media or science – Industry 4.0 is a term that is being shouted out almost inflationary on all digital and analogue platforms, when it comes to technical innovations in modern industry. Or even when problems in obsolete industries are discussed. But what is Industry 4.0 about, who are the actors and what is the current status?

Industry 4.0

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Data is the oil of the 21st century. The industry is gradually starting to tap into new potential. In the manufacturing sector, data provides new insights into the processes and conditions of machines and can bring significant economic benefits. In a study, the connection and automation specialist Weidmüller, in cooperation with the VDI publishing company, now for the first time examines the state of development of Industrial Analytics in Germany.

Visual Industrial Analytics features displayed on a tablet

Join the study here. (more…)

The General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) poses a new challenge to developers of products that enrich the IoT. Many smart devices rely on the transmission of sensitive data in order to interact intelligently – vulnerabilities are the result. However, new security measures are creating new opportunities.

Data protection IoT

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Security without security standards – A supposedly insoluble task is on the horizon General Data Protection Regulation (more…)

The Human-Robot-Collaboration (MRK) is a mega topic at this year’s Hannover Messe. All well-known robot manufacturers are at the show and show their latest inventions. Kuka has mass-produced the first MRK-capable robot. And Festo shows a self-learning workplace.

Teamwork of man and machine in the factory of the future

At this year’s Hannover Messe, Festo will be presenting a self-learning workplace that works for people and so on Making work easier.

Photo: Festo

Teamwork of man and machine in the factory of the future

The MRK-capable LBR iiwa from Kuka works (more…)

2018 is set to be the year when industry finally gets serious about starting into a networked future. A recent study concludes that demand for the “industrial internet of things” is high. However, there are still hurdles in the implementation – with suppliers and users.

The automotive supplier Continental launches a tire platform for remote monitoring: sensors in the tires constantly report the condition of the tires. The Internet of Things is currently developing faster and faster and is one of the central themes of the Hannover Messe.

The automotive supplier Continental launches a tire platform for remote monitoring: sensors in the tires continuously report the condition of the tires. The Internet of Things is currently developing (more…)

There is no question that artificial intelligence (AI) can dramatically change the way industrial processes run. According to a recent study by the consultancy agency McKinsey, the use of artificial intelligence in Germany will make gross domestic product 160 billion euros higher by 2030 than without AI. This is one of the reasons why the KI is the superstar at the upcoming Hannover Messe.

Artificial intelligence can do much more than pour wheat beer. Artificial intelligence is one of the main topics of the Hannover Messe.

Artificial intelligence can do much more than pour wheat beer. Artificial intelligence (more…)

Just in time for the Hannover Messe, politicians realize that Germany can only compete in digital competition if the digital infrastructure is right. And so the federal government wants to make Germany the digital world champion. The companies want much more speed – so that developments such as digital twins can also make pace.

Digital twins and 5G make it the digital world champion

Digital twins – here from low-voltage motors from Siemens – allow to show wear and aging in a model. This already makes it possible to intervene (more…)

It’s a surreal idea that robots will one day take over the work of humans. But in a Chinese distribution center, the deserted factory is just getting a bit more realistic.

Robot at Shentong Express Distribution Center in Hangzhou

Robot at Shentong Express Distribution Center in Hangzhou

Photo: Shentong Express

Chinese shipping giant Shentong Express is dismissing just half of the workforce to hire a whole army of small orange robots. Hundreds of robots, reminiscent of vacuum cleaner robots, whiz back and (more…)