Industry 4.0 at the Hanover Fair

What have Lego bricks and a factory together? Unfortunately, not much, some would say engineer. While the toy parts are interchangeable and can be assembled in ever new combinations, which does not apply to machines. If you want to temporarily convert a production line, because just another variant of its merchandise is in demand, must take into account a certain effort, probably even a temporary stop of the production. The ideal contrast the kind of technology that developers with “Plug and Play” would designate: All machines – not only in the individual factory, but also – are compatible with each other and may be disassembled as desired and assembled within a short time in a different way again ,
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Sunny cooperation

The 2014 began brilliantly for Europe’s largest solar research institute. Firstly, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems received (ISE) to 1.5 million US dollars doped Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi drew so many years of research of the ISE in the field of renewable energies. For more than 30 years, the Freiburg Institute pursues today around 1,300 employees, the goal of a sustainable, economic, safe and socially just energy supply. Its business areas include Alternative Photovoltaic Technology, Renewable Power Generation, hydrogen technology, energy Efficient Buildings.

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The integrated industrial

“In industry 4.0 is about nothing less than the world language production. And this should come from Germany, “says Dietmar Goericke, Director of the Research Board of the VDMA engineering, the Association of German machine and plant manufacturers. At the Hanover Fair, the world’s most important industrial trade fair, is to see how far the industry has already come on the way in the digital networking of production. A study of corporate and strategic consultancy PWC and Strategy & shows the potential of industry 4.0 for German companies. The main findings:
40 billion EURO a year for industry 4.0 applications
The industrial companies surveyed in the study said that they want to invest on average 3.3 percent of their annual turnover in industry 4.0 solutions in the next five years. This corresponds to almost half of the planned new equipment investment. That is extrapolated that German industry is stuck by 2020 about 40 billion EUR per year in digital solutions.
80 percent of companies have digitized their value chain in 2020

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Competition over the clouds

Who has the edge? For years, Airbus and Boeing deliver an exciting contest on orders and deliveries. In January 2016, the European and the American aircraft manufacturers have released their latest figures.
With new orders Airbus is with 1036 machines well ahead of Boeing 768. However, more airplanes delivered in 2015. Boeing: 762 against 635 for Airbus. In total backlog turn leads Airbus 6787 aircraft against Boeing with 5795th Both companies one that they barely keep up with production.

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100 years ZF Friedrichshafen

German brands enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide. How can ascend even without big names the world leader, showing the automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in August, 2015. “Whether Porsche, Maserati, VW or Toyota – there is hardly a CAR in the world, which today no parts of ZF Friedrichshafen are,” says company spokesman Andreas Veil proudly. not even the link between the transmission in its CAR and the history of aeronautics is – least motorists however know that.
Looking back: On July 2, 1900 rises the first airship of Count Zeppelin in Friedrichshafen Manzell at great applause of onlookers in the air. But the technique of “flying cigar” is not mature. The first prototypes break in gusts of wind that strike engines and airships are difficult to TAX. 1908 raises prototype number four in the air. The airship travels unscathed from Lake Constance to Mainz, but is moored at the bottom gets in Echterdingen from a thunderstorm and burns, people do not come to harm.

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150 years BASF

When Friedrich Engelhorn on 6 April 1865, the corporation “Baden Aniline and Soda Factory” – this is the abbreviation BASF – founded with a capital of 1.4 million guilders, he could not imagine that the company will become the world’s largest chemical companies would, of approximately 113,000 employees at more than 390 production sites in more than 80 countries today. And probably that the company would not be at all once so old. However, this year the company is celebrating its 150th birthday. It all started in 1865 with colors more precisely: textile dyes. Because colorful clothes was once expensive and therefore reserved for the nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie. BASF “democratised” so to speak, the clothes of the people, for now were those who wanted color shirt and pants. Some years later, the production of ammonia in factories in order to turn it into fertilizer. Later plastics were added. Today, the portfolio of the Tradition Group of chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products extends to oil and gas.

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