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IoT, Automation, Electric Vehicles, and Location Technology are Among APAC Logistics Industry’s Key Investment Priorities

In many ways, this capacity for ongoing change is defined by movement. While social distancing and working from home means that many will feel their lives have slowed down, the infrastructure required to deliver new ways of living and working means that goods and services need to move faster than...

Siemens launches IT and contest for Vietnamese engineers and students

Siemens has officially launched a contest titled “Best Applications of SIMATIC IOT2050″ with an aim to provide an opportunity for automation engineers and students in Vietnam to demonstrate their talent, use their creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in order to come up with...

DHL Express deploys AI-powered sorting robot

The DHLBot is an AI-powered robotics arm implemented in partnership with Dorabot installed in Singapore and South Korea, DHLBots can sort over 1,000 small parcels per hour, increasing efficiency by at least 40 percent. SINGAPORE, Sept. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid increasing shipment volumes, DHL...

Schneider Electric envisions Electricity 4.0 for zero-carbon future

As Indonesia marks the 76th anniversary of its independence this year, celebrations across the country have turned into a deep reflection on the future. With technology growing at a rapid pace, the digital revolution is becoming increasingly real by the second. According to the e-Conomy SEA 2020...


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SMARTER CONTROLLER MANAGES MAINTENANCE VIRTUALLY ON ITS OWN

At the 2019 Hannover Messe trade fair, Omron Industrial Automation Europe unveiled a new AI controller with integrated Sysmac library for predictive machine maintenance. It operates within the machine using edge computing, with the raw data needed for analysis being collected in...

AUGMENTED REALITY RECORDS DEFECTS ON COMPONENTS

In industrial production, detected defects have previously been marked either on components themselves – e.g. with a grease pencil – or on screen using an appropriate drawing. “Both processes have clear disadvantages,” says Michael Voit, Head of the Perceptual User...

Making waves!

FESTO AG is indisputably one of Germany's leading drivers of innovation. At virtually every industrial fair it attends, this specialist in pneumatic and electrical automation technology makeswaves with its spectacular solutions - most recently at the world’s largest industrial showcase,...

3D printing set to take over mass production

Numerous industries such as the automotive and aerospace industries as well as the mechanical engineering and medical technology sectors have already been using additive manufacturing processes to produce spare parts or special components for years. Bosch subsidiary Bosch Rexroth and printer...

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SETS THE PACE FOR DIGITIZATION

The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) sees medium-sized mechanical engineering companies in Germany as being on the right path . As many of them have a favorable view of the technologies used to network production, they could offset the deteriorating economic situation with innovations...

COLLABORATIVE ENGINEERING NEEDS DIGITAL TWINS

The study asserts that ‘collaborative engineering’ can help companies be more innovative and efficient, whereby the use of a digital twin helps facilitate coordination and communication between all those involved. But we are not there yet: One obstacle put forward in the study...

Metal-based 3D printing records fastest growth

Metal-based 3D printing records fastest growth (Photo: Wohlers Associates, Inc.) Metal is increasingly becoming industry’s raw material of choice for efficient 3D printing processes: According to a survey conducted as part of the annual Wohlers report , global sales of...

ADVANCED ROBOTICS HELPS COMBAT SHORTAGE OF WORKERS

For its global ‘Advanced Robotics in the Factory of the Future’ survey , the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)surveyed 1,300 companies. The survey found that participants in Germany expect to see fewer jobs cuts than participants in other countries. Only 2% of the German...

Blockchain controls autonomous machines

Blockchain controls autonomous machines (Photo: Fraunhofer FIT) The Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab explores theindustrial application of the technology and proposes fields in which the blockchain can drive Industry 4.0. One real potential of the technology that the experts...

WIND TURBINE ROTORS TO ROTATE MORE RELIABLY

To control their performance efficiently, rotor blades on modern wind turbines can be individually adjusted to the specific wind conditions and the resulting load ratio. Due to the continuous readjustment of the up to 80m-long rotor blades, their bearings are permanently exposed to oscillating...

DIGITAL TWINS ENTERING MAINSTREAM USE

Market research institute Gartner surveyed  a total of 599 companies in China, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, and the US with annual revenue of over US$ 50 million and at least one active IoT project. The survey found that although just 13% of respondents are currently using a...

A BOX OF TRICKS FROM BERLIN!

The results of a study by the World Economic Forum show the economy is still faring well, but they also provide some food for thought. According to the study, up to 70 percent of machine downtime and stoppages could be prevented using intelligent predictive maintenance concepts. Not only...

LOGISTICS COMPANIES SPOILT FOR TRACK AND TRACE CHOICE

Knowledge is power. This is especially true when it comes to Logistics 4.0. New technologies enable users to monitor a wealth of information about any product or component in real time. This, in turn, enables appropriate counteraction to be taken at the first sign of any bottlenecks or problems in...

A BIG THUMBS UP FOR INNOVATION!

Skeletons are supporting structures for organisms - either inside the body, as in humans, or on the outside, as in the case of insects and crustaceans. Biologists call the former endoskeletons and the latter exoskeletons. The idea of providing humans in need of assistance with an...

REXS IS SET TO ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF GEARS

REXS (Reusable Engineering EXchange Standard) is the name of the interface with which the automobile industry supplier Schaeffler intends to create a unified standard for digital company-wide and cross-systemdata exchange in gear manufacturing . Until now, gear, roller bearing and linkage...

THE FLEET FROM THE FAR EAST

FANUC seems well prepared for the production of the future. The Japanese electronics and mechanical engineering company is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase a wide range of robot-based automation technology and demonstrate how its IoT platform FIELD can be used to integrate systems into...

Industry 4.0 needs 5G

With the 5G spectrum auction now underway and local frequency blocks soon to be allocated to industrial users, commercial availably of 5G is just around the corner. The big promises made by the technology suppliers and communications service providers are one thing; the applications that might...

PARARE IS DEVELOPING AN INNOVATIVE COOLING SYSTEM FOR E-ENGINES

The company Parare from Frickenhausen in Baden-Württemberg specializes in 3D printing of metals and plastics. At the HANNOVER MESSE, it will be unveiling its latest development: a housing for electric engines created in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology...

ROBOTIC HAND IN LONDON CONTROLLED FROM THE US

Robotic hand in London controlled from the US Roboterhand in London lässt sich aus den USA steuern (Photo: HaptX Inc.) Thanks to a development by robotics company HaptX , it is now possible to control a robotic hand from thousands of kilometers away. In collaboration with...

TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

It's becoming increasing clear that many of the exhibitors at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 would have fit right in at CEBIT, too - HEITEC AG is a perfect example of this. Under the umbrella term HEITEC 4.0, the company recently developed a portfolio of solutions that covers everything from digital...

Does 5G has the potential to replace network cables in the long run?

What is the name of your product? 5G technology: As network equipment supplier, Ericsson wants to showcase the possibilities and business cases of the new mobile broadband and network technology (cf. motto “Empowering Connectivity. Be Limitless with 5G.”)   What...

Industry 4.0 made easy!

As a leading automation specialist, Balluff GmbH offers a comprehensive portfolio of innovative sensor, identification and network technologies, along with software for holistic system solutions. Now being run by the fourth generation of the same family, the company is using HANNOVER...

SEAM makes printing faster and cheaper

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer IWU has developed Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM ) – a new additive manufacturing process based on the extrusion of plastic, intended in particular for the mass production of components. Compared to 3D printing using fused deposition...

PARARE IS DEVELOPING AN INNOVATIVE COOLING SYSTEM FOR E-ENGINES

The company Parare from Frickenhausen in Baden-Württemberg specializes in 3D printing of metals and plastics. At the HANNOVER MESSE, it will be unveiling its latest development: a housing for electric engines created in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology...

DIGITAL FAMILY PLANNING

N+P aims to help data flow consistently in companies by linking together IT systems. It sees the engineering data for a machine as a valuable basis for creating a digital 3D likeness that helps "give birth" to a digital twin. Enhanced with information from other core IT systems such as...

Five facts about 5G

The mobile radio standard 5G enables digital communication almost in real time and high data transmission rates of up to 20 Gbit/s. The 5G standard is the first of its kind in the world. What counts for the industry, however, is that 5G facilitates sophisticated communication from machine...

MONITORING 3D PRINTING IN REAL TIME SHOULD CUT COSTS

Monitoring 3D printing in real time should cut costs (Photo: Fraunhofer IKTS) As part of its AddiLine  project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS are currently developing a method for monitoring in real time the quality of...

DIGITAL TWINS HELPS RHEINENERGIE WITH MAINTENANCE

Digital twins help Rheinenergie with maintenance (Photo: IDS GmbH) Cologne-based Rheinenergie AG has commissionedIDS GmbH from Ettlingen, near Karlsruhe, with a pilot project to visualize its substation in Westhoven, in the south east of the city, in 3D. In a first step, IDS...

RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING ON AN ELECTRIC MOTOR MADE FROM POLYMER MATERIA

Electric motors with housing made from polymer materials would be significantly lighter than the models currently available. However, it is not yet possible to construct such motors, since although state-of-the-art, fiber-reinforced polymer materials are on a par with metal housing in terms of...

HARD METAL PRINTING

Now researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden have adapted the 3D printing process Fused Filament Fabrication for hard metals and are confident that this process will enable the economic production of harder tools for the first time. The additive...

Industrial 3D printing is developing in a positive direction

The British market research company Context has published an overview of the worldwide development in sales of 3D printers in 2018 . It shows that industrial printing systems, in particular, are enjoying increased demand: they have recorded a growth of around 27% and in some cases account...

VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING OPTIMIZES WAREHOUSE PLANNING

As part of an extension to its storage capacities at several locations running through to 2021 , the Schiettinger Group has set up a first compact warehouse, with the support of KBU Logistik . This warehouse is based on the simulation of a warehouse process, optimally adapted to...

New artificial resin makes it easier to print prototypes

In comparison to the Flexible Resin already available, Formlabs claims to have reduced the Shore hardness of the new material from 80 to 50A . The elastomeric material, which is used to print workpieces in the stereolithography process (SLA), is based on the characteristics of silicone in...

3D printing shows continuous growth

In 2019 worldwide spending on 3D printing technologies is set to increase year-on-year by 21.2% to a total of $13.8 billion. This is the conclusion of a current study by the market research company IDC . By 2022, the annual increase will be 19.1% according to the experts – in parallel, annual...

TROUBLESHOOTING EMBEDDED SYSTEMS BECOMES EASIER

Embedded systems are for example used in aircraft, trains or industrial robots. As they are designed to ensure machine safety, the entire hardware has to be checked regularly, costing a lot of time and money. A research team from Kaiserslautern has developed a model that can analyze the...

FIBER COMPOSITE MAKES RADIAL FAN IMPELLERS RUN TWICE AS FAST

When used in industrial fans, radial impellers are exposed to high mechanical, thermal and medial loads. They are usually made of metal. At the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology(ILK) of TU Dresden, researchers have now developed a radial fan impeller with a...

EOS presents LaserProFusion technology

The Munich-based 3D printing specialist EOS has developed a new additive manufacturing technology that accelerates the manufacturing process by a factor of 10, giving it the same level of productivity as injection molding. The process uses a plastic powder as a basis material. Unlike...

PNEUMATICS 4.0

Humans have always sensed that air is much more than what we breathe. They started channeling its force the first time they ever hoisted a sail. Over the millennia, we have learned to harness this power in a vast array of technical solutions. Many fall under the category of "pneumatics" - using...

How To Get Started With Three Innovative Business Models Enabled By Digital Twins

Fueled by advancements in cloud, AI and the Internet of Things (IoT), the physical and digital worlds are converging. IoT-enabled connected products and assets can be monitored from anywhere, generating powerful insights around usage, condition, demand and more. Today, there are billions of...

Poly opens advanced manufacturing centre

Temasek Polytechnic (TP) has officially opened a fully functional advanced manufacturing centre to train and support a future-ready workforce. The facility can manufacture six products from scratch, including a Wi-Fi smart switch, a thumb drive and a mechanical limit switch. Its aim is to create...

Sea change: global freight sails out of the digital dark ages

If suppliers in China fail to pick up freight containers to fill an order for MediaShop, Marcel Schneider gets an alert via a digital freight system, allowing the retailer to reach out and fix the problem swiftly. LONDON: If suppliers in China fail to pick up freight containers to fill an...

VW advancing North American factory digitalisation

Volkswagen is moving its assembly plants in the United States and Mexico to digital platforms. As part of a US$1bn investment in electricification and digitalisation in North America up to 2025, the company is working on technology such as cloud-based industrial software, intelligent robotics and...

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