Tool and metrological technology indispensable for Industry 4.0
Markus Heseding, Executive Director of The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association’s (VDMA) Metrological and Testing Technology and High-Precision Tools (picture source VDMA)
– Industry 4.0 is progressively emerging as the crucial factorin the race for leading-edge technology and market shares in the future. And time is running out for the German machinery and plant manufacturers. On one side of the world is the USA, with its exceptional software competence and not least its digital entrepreneurship when it comes to new business models. On the other side of the globe is China, which withits “Made in China2025” and “Internet Plus”programmes is channelling substantial resources into digital transformation. So despite thegood starting position that German companies have created for themselves, they would be well advised not to rest on their laurels.
The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association’s (VDMA) Metrological and Testing Technology and High-Precision Tools will accordingly be spotlighting ideas and products from the Industry 4.0 environment. At the VDMA’s stand (Hall 4 / D44), member companies and partners from the research community will from 19 to 21 September be contributing 30 brief presentations, focusing primarily on high-precision tools, metrological and testing technology, research, and tool data interchange.
“At the VDMA forum, we shall be aiming to show what solutions our sectors are offering in order to translate the concept of Industry 4.0 into shop-floor reality,” explains Markus Heseding, Executive Director of the two associations. “We already have a good track record with a forum of this kind, and are looking forward to a high attendance.”
Specifically, the “Innovative Solutions for Industry 4.0” event will be informing its participants on issues like intelligent clamping systems and how production processes can be simulated by networking tools and software,tool life-cycles monitored, and costs reduced. The presentations there will elucidate how the self-monitoring machine tool support the quality assurance processes involved, or what an automated measuring cell can achieve in a production process featuring Industry 4.0. Contributions from the companies concerned offer insights into highly sophisticated metrological technology and high-precision tools for challenging tasks. The presentations will cover the advantages of standardised tool data for simulations, tool management and presetting, as well as the research work being performed at the universities.
The following companies and universities will be presented at the VDMA’s event: Cimsource, Diatest, Emuge, Etalon, Fagor Automation, Fraisa, Gühring, Haimer-Microset, Hainbuch, Iscar, Kelch, Mahr, Mimatic, OberndorferPräzisions-Werk, OSG, Römheld, Sandvik, TekonPrüftechnik, pro-micron, Vargus, FraunhoferInstitute for Production Technology in Aachen, GFE-Schmalkalden, Bremen University, TU Dortmund, Bayreuth University.
From 18 to 23 September 2017, international manufacturers of production technology will be spotlighting “Connecting systems for intelligent production” at the EMO Hannover 2017. The world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking industry will be showcasing the entire bandwidth of today’s most sophisticated metalworking technology, which is the heart of every industrial production process. The fair will be presenting the latest machines, plus efficient technical solutions, product-supportive services, sustainability in the production process, and much, much more. The principal focus of the EMO Hannover is on metal-cutting and forming machine tools, production systems, high-precision tools, automated material flows, computer technology, industrial electronics and accessories. The trade visitors to the EMO come from all major sectors of industry, such as machinery and plant manufacturers, the automotive industry and its component suppliers, the aerospace sector, precision mechanics and optics, shipbuilding, medical technology, tool and die manufacture, steel and lightweight construction. The EMO Hannover is the world’s most important international meeting point for production technology specialists from all over the planet. In 2013, the fair attracted more than 2,130 exhibitors, and around 143,000 trade visitors from more than 100 different countries. EMO is a registered trademark of the European Committee for Cooperation of the Machine Tool Industry CECIMO.
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