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www.world-of-industries.com<br />

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10 years of innovation<br />

Dear readers,<br />

ten years ago, the idea for this magazine came into the world. We had the<br />

idea to publish a journal that follows the industry all around the globe.<br />

Today, we can proudly announce, that this dream became reality. We<br />

were (and still are) successful. <strong>WORLD</strong> <strong>OF</strong> <strong>INDUSTRIES</strong> offers you all the<br />

latest from the different worlds of motion and drives, industrial<br />

automation as well as intralogistics and supply chain management.<br />

Thanks to our collaboration with the Deutsche Messe AG, we are always<br />

right at the heartbeat of the industry. We report live from the fairgrounds<br />

all around the world and offer you comprehensive insights into the<br />

different markets and innovations all around the globe.<br />

In this special issue of <strong>WORLD</strong> <strong>OF</strong> <strong>INDUSTRIES</strong>, we celebrate our 10 year<br />

anniversary by looking back and retelling the history of this magazine but<br />

also by recollecting different highlights of our publishing history. Thus,<br />

you will find an extensive interview with the masterminds behind<br />

<strong>WORLD</strong> <strong>OF</strong> <strong>INDUSTRIES</strong>, Dr. Michael Werner, the publishing director<br />

behind this magazine, and Christian Kluge, Director International<br />

Relations of Deutsche Messe AG, on pages 6-7. Additionally, we put<br />

together our favorite job reports and the most spectacular success stories<br />

from the last ten years (pages 8-9). But in the end, it is not enough to<br />

solely reminisce. Of course, we dare to look into the future, too. Therefore,<br />

we will ask business leaders in this issue as well as in the upcoming ones<br />

what their expectations for the next ten years look like (page 35).<br />

And now, please raise your glasses and let us drink a toast to <strong>WORLD</strong> <strong>OF</strong><br />

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2009-<strong>2019</strong>: 10 years World of Industries<br />

How an idea came to life ...<br />

It was a turbulent time for the global economy,<br />

triggered by the property bubble in the USA. At this<br />

exact time, a German publisher and Deutsche Messe<br />

AG dared to launch an international cross-media<br />

project on the market. The objective was to report on<br />

the latest exciting technological achievements. We<br />

spoke to Christian Kluge, Deutsche Messe, and Dr.<br />

Michael Werner, the Publishing Manager, about the<br />

beginnings and developments of World of Industries.<br />

Always on the lookout for exciting technologies: Our editorial<br />

teams are attending trade fairs around the world<br />

Ideas are often developed at the strangest times, including the<br />

idea to develop an international, cross-media project – <strong>WORLD</strong><br />

<strong>OF</strong> <strong>INDUSTRIES</strong> – ten years ago.<br />

Werner: It must have been 2011 when I met Christian for the first<br />

time at a trade fair stand. At the time, we had already been working<br />

on special publications in China for two years. Back then, it<br />

was mostly printed editions that we sent by post to readers in<br />

companies. The idea that we developed at that trade fair stand was<br />

incredibly simple: The publisher produces editorial content all<br />

about international trade fairs conducted by Deutsche Messe AG,<br />

and Deutsche Messe in turn supports international sales with its<br />

international subsidiaries.<br />

Kluge: A crucial question was posed by Michael: How would we<br />

get our publications to the right readers in China at the PTC and<br />

CeMAT Asia trade fairs? It was my idea to send all visitors an electronic<br />

copy of the publication. In addition to the printed publications,<br />

this gave us the opportunity to considerably increase our<br />

reach by including channels in the USA, Turkey, Russia, India, etc<br />

– so that’s how everything started.<br />

How does a German publisher suddenly start operating at an<br />

international level?<br />


Werner: We looked at it from a customer’s point of view. If the innovations<br />

of a German company are being presented at a trade fair<br />

in China, the USA, Turkey, Russia, India or anywhere else in the<br />

world, we as a publisher must be in a position to be able to report<br />

on it. Over the last ten years, the focus has increasingly shifted from<br />

printed publications towards the Internet and social media.<br />

At the start, you wanted to spread the idea of “Made in<br />

Germany” around the world. Nowadays “World of Industries” is a<br />

lot more?<br />

Werner: Definitely! We started off with exported English publications.<br />

Nowadays we are increasingly communicating with com-<br />

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pany subsidiaries around the world and are cooperating directly<br />

with these locations.<br />

Kluge: I personally do not know of a comparable format that offers<br />

exhibitors, the publisher and us as a trade fair organizer such a<br />

global platform all year round.<br />

At the time Deutsche Messe was already internationally active<br />

and very successful. Why did it also need such a communication<br />

tool?<br />

Kluge: Firstly, exhibitors and visitors operate on a global scale and<br />

secondly, World of Industries already informs its readers before<br />

and during the trade fair about the next events and their topics,<br />

markets, and participants. I believe the combination of thematic<br />

content and markets is excellent.<br />

Communication across borders can often entail hidden<br />

challenges. Was that the case? And if so, how did you overcome<br />

them?<br />

Kluge: Deutsche Messe has the opportunity to collaborate with<br />

many excellent partners. Our colleagues in China, the USA, Turkey,<br />

etc. do the same job on the ground. The greatest challenge<br />

was to clearly illustrate the priorities and opportunities this project<br />

had to offer. We have had to be very hands on with this project.<br />

Nowadays World of Industries is more than a project, it is a<br />

complete platform. How can the readers benefit from this and<br />

what can they expect to read?<br />

Werner: From an editorial perspective, we always want to strike a<br />

balance between specialist information and reporting on trade<br />

fairs. Communication usually starts about four weeks before the<br />

trade fair via the websites for the publisher and trade fair, via<br />

newsletters from both partners and of course by means of activities<br />

on the social networks, which have become increasingly important<br />

in recent years. The trade fair book is available digitally as<br />

an e-paper but a printed version is also available at the exhibition<br />

site – provided in English around the world and in Mandarin in<br />

China.<br />

Which of these particular channels should individuals interested<br />

in technology take a look at?<br />

Werner: The website www.world-of-industries.com is the starting<br />

point for all publishing activities. Although social media is becoming<br />

increasingly important. From our perspective, LinkedIn in<br />

particular is developing very quickly. As a reader, it is of course<br />

best to subscribe to one of the newsletters from the trade fair or<br />

publisher. That will ensure you definitely do not miss a thing.<br />

Readers will especially benefit from the live posts and numerous<br />

videos posted by the team at trade fairs around the world.<br />

Werner: Definitely. From an editorial perspective we operate in<br />

three different stages. Before the trade fair – at the trade fair – after<br />

the trade fair. The live feed from the exhibition site is particularly<br />

important to us. Although that does not have the same level of<br />

success at every location, as it is dependent on the infrastructure.<br />

We are relying on moving images, our editors capture exciting<br />

topics on site in video interviews, which are then published on the<br />

website as well as in the e-paper and in the next printed edition.<br />

Kluge: In brief, moving images are more authentic, work better,<br />

and provided a clearer overview of the relevant message. Rough<br />

edges and corners are even an advantage when it comes to social<br />

media and their performance.<br />

Over the last ten years, World of Industries has grown into a<br />

strong brand that covers topics from automation, motion &<br />

drives, and intralogistics. Are these topics that will be suitable for<br />

future trade fair concepts?<br />

Kluge: Good question, our trade fairs always represent the markets.<br />

It is quite possible that topics will disappear and new ones<br />

will be added. That applies to us and the editorial staff alike. But<br />

that is exactly what makes it exciting.<br />

What are your future plans, what can the reader expect?<br />

Werner: We are going to develop with the market. From an editorial<br />

perspective, World of Industries is currently one of our most<br />

interesting projects and the one where we learn the most along<br />

the way. That keeps us on our toes and ensures we increase our<br />

skills, which turn helps to strengthen our core business in German-speaking<br />

Europe. In this regard, I hope we face many new<br />

challenges over the coming years.<br />

Kluge: If you just take a look at the main topics at the Hanover<br />

trade fair, such as artificial intelligence or platform economics and<br />

the opportunities and innovations that they have to offer. Add a<br />

touch of international cooperation and we can expect to see some<br />

exciting projects. One example is the “Industrial Transformation<br />

Asia Pacific” event. This is a new format for us and a new platform<br />

for exhibitors. This in turn will provide World of Industries with<br />

some exciting topics.<br />

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06 Juni 2018<br />




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16 I 25 Jahre mechatronische<br />

Antriebslösungen für die Hydraulik<br />

World of Industries<br />

is the best<br />

of four “worlds”:<br />

fluid power,drive<br />

technology, industrial<br />

automation and<br />

intralogistics<br />

08 I LOUNGE<br />

„Hydraulik bietet unzählige<br />

Möglichkeiten technischer<br />

Innovation“<br />

22 I GETRIEBE<br />

Bequem parametrieren<br />

und warten per App<br />

86 I S<strong>OF</strong>TWARE<br />

So effizient lassen sich<br />

Stirnräder auslegen<br />


Diese Neuheiten sollten<br />

Sie nicht verpassen<br />


„Wir sind gut aufgestellt“<br />

04 APRIL <strong>2019</strong><br />

Making the supply chain<br />

future oriented<br />

www.antriebstechnik.de<br />

Organ des Forschungsvereinigung Antriebtechnik e.V.<br />

Mit System: All-in-One-Lösung<br />

30 zur industriellen Markierung<br />

in cooperation with<br />

„Wir bringen digitale<br />

Kurze Taktzeiten im<br />

Special<br />

22 Intelligenz in Kabellösungen“ 32 Automatisierungsverband<br />

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4<br />

– Trends in<br />

46 Robotik und Automation<br />


Roboterpalettierung ermöglicht 100<br />

Prozent mehr Output<br />


Recht Logistik verdankt Logcoop<br />

Großauftrag in der Display-Logistik<br />


Beendet die Blockchain<br />

die Zettelwirtschaft?<br />

The latest, exciting topics are<br />

available on the website at<br />

www.world-of-industries.com<br />

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10 years of World of Industries –<br />

8 great projects<br />

This year, we celebrate 10 years of World of Industries. Since 2009, we follow the<br />

latest trends in engineering, automation and logistics. During this decade we<br />

were able to present you some of the most spectacular projects and solutions<br />

from all around the world. These are our favorite articles from tens years of<br />

reporting from the industry. Please click or enter the links into your browser to<br />

read the job reports.<br />

It was only meant to stay there for five<br />

years. Now it has already been there<br />

more than 15 years. I travelled to London,<br />

England to learn more about the<br />

condition of the Schaeffler bearings<br />

installed in it. Even at corporate headquarters<br />

in Germany I was able to gain<br />

interesting insights into the history of<br />

the Ferris wheel which was once the<br />

largest in the world.<br />

Long-Ma, the dragon-scaled winged<br />

horse of Chinese mythology, had to<br />

come to life during the official<br />

ceremony in the Beijing<br />

Olympic Stadium in<br />

October 2014. France<br />

and China planned<br />

to celebrate the<br />

50th anniversary<br />

of their diplomatic<br />

relations.<br />

With only 12<br />

months lead time<br />

Dintec, a wellknown<br />

system<br />

integrator for electric<br />

drives and hybrid<br />

applications, accepted<br />

the challenge to power the<br />

dragon-horse.<br />

http://bit.ly/WINDintec<br />

http://bit.ly/WINSchaeffler<br />


When ICR, the Italian perfume manufacturer from Milan set out to bring<br />

its intralogistics up to the state of the art, it was also a decision with<br />

ramifications for the future. ICR found a partner for the job of jointly<br />

developing a suitable concept with intralogistics specialist Jungheinrich.<br />

In this manner a special system solution was developed<br />

featuring industrial trucks equipped with RFID technology and<br />

oriented towards the strategic market goals of ICR.<br />

http://bit.ly/WINJungheinrich<br />

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At the port of Callao in Peru,<br />

Beumer installed pipe conveyors<br />

with a length of around three<br />

kilometers for transporting<br />

copper, lead and zinc concentrates<br />

for completion<br />

in 2014.<br />

http://bit.ly/WINBeumer<br />

Dassault Aviation has performed test flights with a<br />

Falcon 7X using a Flir Systems thermal imaging camera<br />

that can differentiate between laminar flows and<br />

turbulent flows, allowing developing technologies for<br />

cleaner and quieter next-generation aircraft.<br />

http://bit.ly/WINFlir<br />

The annual Robo Cup is played to<br />

determine the best football-playing<br />

robots. Several US universities<br />

developed the Darwin-OP robot in<br />

co-operation with South Korean<br />

robotic specialist Robotis and won<br />

both, the RoboCup 2012 and 2013.<br />

http://bit.ly/WINMaxon<br />

Europe‘s largest<br />

plant for<br />

protective gas<br />

hardening<br />

is located<br />

in Bochum-<br />

Riemke. Machine<br />

parts<br />

up to 5.2 m in<br />

diameter and<br />

5.0 m height<br />

are engulfed in<br />

one furnace. Gears<br />

can even be treated<br />

vertically therein and thereby<br />

remain highly customized and dimensionally<br />

stable. Reason enough to send for an<br />

American gear manufacturer to send their<br />

21 -ton gear on the long journey from the<br />

USA to Germany.<br />

http://bit.ly/WINReese<br />

Four<br />

rotary<br />

impellers,<br />

mounted<br />

one above<br />

the other on<br />

the left and<br />

right, propel the<br />

snow as far as 40 m.<br />

Up to 8,500 t of this white<br />

“cargo” can be moved efficiently<br />

each and every hour. In the Alps,<br />

four railway snow blowers, manufactured<br />

by the Swiss company<br />

Zaugg AG Eggiwil, keep the lines<br />

operated by the Rhaetian Railway<br />

clear all year round.<br />

http://bit.ly/WINRexroth<br />

<strong>WORLD</strong> <strong>OF</strong> <strong>INDUSTRIES</strong> 1/<strong>2019</strong> 9


Weidmüller wins German Design Award <strong>2019</strong><br />

The electrical engineering company Weidmüller received the German Design Award<br />

<strong>2019</strong> for its innovative range of terminal blocks “Klippon Connect” in the Excellent<br />

Product Design Industry category. The terminal block convinced the international<br />

jury, primarily because it is easy and convenient to use. The clear and straightforward<br />

product structure of the terminal block won over the 46 design specialists from<br />

11 countries during the evaluation. The German Design Award presented by the<br />

German Design Council recognises pioneering products and projects within the<br />

German and international design landscape. This year, the German Design Award<br />

received more than 5,400 entries from 63 countries in the area of product and communication<br />

design. Image caption: Andreas Rutz (l.) and Arnd Schepmann (r.) were delighted<br />

to receive the award in the Excellent Product Design Industry category.<br />

www.weidmueller.com<br />

Asmet automates with TGW<br />

Asmet Sp. z.o.o Sp.k., one of Poland’s leading wholesalers<br />

and manufacturers of special fasteners, has<br />

awarded TGW with logistics consultation and the<br />

erection of a new automated logistics center at<br />

Moszna-Parcela, near Warsaw. With the installation of<br />

the new automated distribution center,<br />

the Polish hidden champion<br />

particularly intends to increase<br />

the level of customer service<br />

and storage capacity for<br />

further global growth.<br />

The order includes the<br />

construction of a new<br />

automated DC based on a<br />

shuttle system, the<br />

integration of multi-functional<br />

workstations for order<br />

picking and packing as well as<br />

the creation of spacious zones for<br />

in- and outbound and an empty tote buffer. The core<br />

of the new logistics solution is a partially equipped,<br />

3-aisle shuttle system with a total of 60,000 storage<br />

locations for totes.<br />

www.tgw-group.com<br />

R+W: Construction of<br />

new headquarters<br />

started<br />

R+W, the specialist for industrial<br />

and precision couplings, is<br />

building a new headquarters in<br />

Wörth am Main in Lower<br />

Franconia, Germany. Work<br />

started at the new Weidenhecken<br />

industrial park in February, where<br />

the new headquarters will be constructed<br />

on a roughly 7,000 m 2 plot. Around<br />

2,500 m 2 will be used for the production facilities<br />

and another approx. 1,000 m 2 will be for office space. “This development<br />

will enable us to significantly increase our capacities in a short amount of<br />

time,” explains the Managing Director, Steffen Herter. This work is necessary<br />

because of the increasing demand in the booming machine manufacturing<br />

market. More than EUR 8 million is being invested in the development that<br />

comprises office and production facilities, production equipment, the expansion<br />

of the German and international teams, as well as product developments. The<br />

move to the new facilities is planned for the end of the summer later this year.<br />

The location was selected in close collaboration with the parent company<br />

Poppe+Potthoff based in Werther, Westfalen, Germany.<br />

www.rw-couplings.com<br />


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Jungheinrich: Strategic investment in<br />

lithium-ion technology<br />

Wittenstein SE: Dr. Bertram Hoffmann takes<br />

over as Chairman of the Board and CEO<br />

Change at the helm of the South-West German<br />

mechatronics corporation: Dr. Bertram<br />

Hoffmann (55) will soon be taking over as new<br />

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Wittenstein<br />

SE. A Doctor of Engineering, he is<br />

currently a member of the Executive Board of<br />

Bosch Rexroth AG. Hoffmann will succeed<br />

Wittenstein SE Board Spokesman Dr. Bernd<br />

Schimpf, who will be leaving the company on<br />

March 31, <strong>2019</strong>, at the start of the new fiscal year<br />

<strong>2019</strong>/20. Hoffmann studied Engineering at Karlsruhe<br />

University of Applied Sciences. In 2012, Hoffmann moved to Bosch<br />

Rexroth AG and became Member of the Executive Board responsible for<br />

the Business Unit Renewable Energies. In 2015, he accepted additional<br />

responsibility as Member of the Executive Board for the Business Unit<br />

Mobile Applications and was also made Executive Vice President of the<br />

Business Unit Mobile Applications, responsible for engineering.<br />

www.wittenstein.de/en-en<br />

Jungheinrich AG and Triathlon Holding GmbH have come<br />

together to found JT Energy Systems GmbH, a joint venture<br />

focused on the production and recycling of lithium-ion<br />

battery systems. The company will be based in Glauchau,<br />

Saxony. The founding is subject to approval of the project<br />

by the relevant competition authorities. Jungheinrich holds<br />

a 70 per cent share in the joint venture with Triathlon<br />

taking the remaining 30 per cent. The company is due to<br />

begin operations in August <strong>2019</strong>. JT Energy<br />

Systems intends to create around 100<br />

new jobs at the plant in the next few<br />

years. The aim of the joint venture<br />

between Jungheinrich and<br />

Triathlon is for the two<br />

companies to expand their<br />

production capacities to<br />

cover the ever-increasing<br />

demand for lithium-ion<br />

battery systems and to<br />

further develop their<br />

technological leadership in<br />

this field. JT Energy will<br />

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Technology and tax cuts<br />

can bail Germany out,<br />

in case of an economic downturn<br />


Last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of <strong>2019</strong><br />

has not been a very positive one for Germany, but<br />

nevertheless, <strong>2019</strong> still looks to be a positive year as<br />

Industry 4.0 and similar advanced technologies<br />

start to penetrate deeper into German<br />

manufacturing set-up. Going forward, these<br />

technologies will become the new growth drivers of<br />

German manufacturing industry.<br />

T<br />

raditionally seen as the powerhouse of Europe, Germany’s<br />

economy is starting to cause concern with uncertainties over<br />

global trade and the manufacturing industry. In January <strong>2019</strong>, the<br />

European Commission revised the growth forecasts for the country<br />

and is now expected to grow by 1.1 % this year, from a previous forecast<br />

of 1.8 %. Germany is Euro zone’s largest economy, this means<br />

that any deceleration will likely be bad news for the rest of the<br />

Europe as well. The Commission also lowered its prospects for the<br />

Euro area as a whole. The region is now set to grow by 1.3 % this year,<br />

from a previous forecast of 1.9 %. The slowdown was caused mainly<br />

by factors, like global trade tensions and weakening exports growth<br />

due to slowdown in emerging economies including China. Recent<br />

data from the German statistical office shows that the country posted<br />

a growth of 1.5 % in 2018, as compared to 2.2 % in the previous<br />

year. German industrial production also declined by 0.4 % monthon-month<br />

in December — following a fall of 1.3 % in November,<br />

making this the fourth consecutive month of decline. This has been<br />

the weakest growth rate in five years. Also, factory orders data<br />

showed a 1.6 % decline in December.<br />

While we have to brace ourselves for another weak quarter in the<br />

first quarter of <strong>2019</strong>, there could be some positive momentum in<br />

the spring. With serious trade negotiations between the U.S. and<br />

China under way, and UK’s Brexit on-going negotiations, chances<br />

Author: Sushen Doshi, International Correspondent for World of Industries<br />

are that progress on these issues will be the game changer that<br />

could turn the sentiment around. This would bring around a<br />

humble return in growth momentum in Germany and the euro<br />

zone. In case of an economic downturn, the German government is<br />

working on bringing in tax cuts and increasing government<br />

spending. Though many experts have discouraged general tax cuts<br />

for Germany in recent years, due to high state debts, the finance<br />

ministry believes that such measures would be justified as a means<br />

against a possible recession. Speaking to a German newspaper, the<br />

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said, “The good times in which the<br />

state kept taking in more taxes than expected are coming to an end,”.<br />

From rags to riches<br />

After German re-unification, the economic performance of western<br />

Germany was initially strong. In fact, GDP grew at a solid rate of 5 %<br />

until 1991. However, it deteriorated by 1992 and remained dismal<br />

for the remainder of the 1990s. During this time, the unemployment<br />

rate nearly doubled, as GDP growth averaged a meager 1.5 % per<br />

year. In 1994, the Germans feared that the unification of the two<br />

Germanys had failed. By 1999 and 2000 Germany was tagged as<br />

“the sick man of Europe” and in 2003 the German economy was in<br />

deep recession. Since 2004, Germany has emerged from its economic<br />

sluggishness with an exceptional performance. In recent<br />

years, people commonly interpret the rebirth of the German economy<br />

as a new Wirtschaftswunder, an economic miracle which has<br />

brought back the prestige and diplomatic assertiveness that can<br />

determine the fate of the rest of Europe.<br />

Over the past few years, other European countries like Sweden<br />

and France have also had comparable growth rates. But the German<br />

exception lies in having permanently transformed its economic<br />

model in line with the global challenges. The transformation has<br />

also allowed the achievement of the traditional shared goals of the<br />

German society – full employment and low income inequality –<br />

which have always characterized the social market economy. German<br />

governments, both state and federal, have also accompanied<br />

the economy’s internationalization process which was initiated by<br />

large companies and major financial institutions. The common<br />

political analysis behind this is that a population of around<br />

80 million, which produces more than 5 % of global GDP, can<br />

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maintain its standard of living only by tying its growth to that of<br />

countries and bringing 6 billion people out of relative poverty. For<br />

this reason, the entire German production system had to and was<br />

able to strengthen its export orientation, while facing the major<br />

geopolitical changes that have directly involved the country: the<br />

German reunification, the European monetary unification, Eastern<br />

Europe opening to international trade. The reality is that, the<br />

process of transformation of German economy was born long<br />

before becoming a political project. It was born under the impulse<br />

of a group of industrial and financial players who were subject to<br />

intense pressure of global competition. Only later, an intensive set<br />

of government-led economic reform programs accompanied the<br />

transformation of production, allowing the entire economy to<br />

benefit from their acquired competitive success.<br />

Export scenario for Germany<br />

In 2017 alone, Germany shipped nearly $ 1.5 trillion worth of goods<br />

around the globe. In dollar terms it reflects a gain of more than<br />

7.5 % from the previous year. In the first nine months of 2018,<br />

Germany exported goods worth $ 1.2 trillion. This 9-month metric<br />

puts German exports on track for an annualized $ 1.5 trillion<br />

estimated for all of 2018. From a continental perspective, around<br />

two thirds of German exports by value were delivered to other<br />

European countries, approximately 18 % were sold to Asian<br />

countries and 10 % to North America. With Germany’s population<br />

of nearly 80 million people, its total $ 1.5 trillion in 2017 exports<br />

translates to roughly $ 18,000 for every resident in the country. The<br />

top industry sectors driving the exports were as follows:<br />

n Automobiles and components: $ 250 billion<br />

n Machinery including computers: $ 245 billion<br />

n Electrical machinery, equipment: $ 150 billion<br />

n Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $72 billion<br />

n Aircraft and aviation products: $ 40 billion<br />

Germany’s focus on advanced manufacturing<br />

technologies<br />

For the next 5-10 years, advanced manufacturing technologies are<br />

set to provide the best export potential for industry sectors such as<br />

machine tools, industrial machinery, robotics, information and<br />

communication technology, process control instrumentation and<br />

electronics equipment, additive manufacturing and advanced<br />

materials. On the domestic front as well, till 2<strong>02</strong>5, more than 80 % of<br />

German manufacturers plan to invest more than $ 100 billion every<br />

year into smart manufacturing technologies.<br />

Germany is the fifth largest robot market in the world with about<br />

20,000 industrial robots being used in industries such as automotive,<br />

electrical and electronics, metal working, chemical, plastics,<br />

and the food industry. Overall the robotics and automation sector<br />

in Germany saw a successful period with sales figures reaching<br />

nearly € 15 billion in 2017, posting a growth of 13 %. All three sectors<br />

of German robotics and automation were on a strong growth<br />

course. The machine vision sector experienced a growth of around<br />

17 % taking its annual turnover to € 2.6 billion. The German robotics<br />

sector also experienced a dynamic period of growth with sales<br />

rising by 17 % to € 4.2 billion. The largest sub-sector of German<br />

robotics and automation, the integrated assembly solutions saw a<br />

sales growth of 9 %, reaching a new record of € 7.6 billion. After the<br />

enormous investments of the electronics and automotive industries<br />

in 2016-17, order intake in the first half of 2018 was no longer as<br />

dynamic as the previous years, due to a normal cyclical effect. In<br />

addition, political developments with protectionist tendencies in<br />

North America and Asia had a dampening effect on the willingness<br />

to invest. This has given the robotics and automation companies a<br />

breathing space and to reduce the order backlog. A high order backlog<br />

and the extended delivery times for systems are reasons for a<br />

partial shift in sales to <strong>2019</strong>. The transformation of the powertrain in<br />

particular requires new technological competencies and manufacturing<br />

solutions. New components such as the battery or the hybrid<br />

drive require new automation solutions with diverse measuring<br />

and testing tasks. With Asia’s electronics sector undergoing heavy<br />

automation, the demand for German products will be on the rise in<br />

the coming years. Further growth opportunities are also seen in the<br />

metal, plastic, medical technology and the food and packaging industry.<br />

A growth rate of at least 5 % is expected again in <strong>2019</strong>,<br />

provided that the political and economic situation does not hinder<br />

investments in automation.<br />

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Smart logistics equipment and<br />

machinery to drive growth in logistics<br />

sector in the coming decades<br />


With conventional growth slowing down in China,<br />

all industry sectors are adjusting to this ‘new<br />

normal’, to ensure their readiness for the coming<br />

decades enterprises even in logistics sector are<br />

swiftly moving towards latest technologies like<br />

logistics 4.0 and smart logistics equipment. At the<br />

LET event in Guangzhou, one can witness the<br />

direction in which logistics sector in China headed.<br />

D<br />

ecades of double digit growth has made China not just a manufacturing<br />

powerhouse, but also one of the biggest logistics<br />

market in the world. The logistics industry has played an extremely<br />

essential role in China’s rise to top. However, in comparison to<br />

developed industrial nations China’s logistics industry faces high<br />

operational costs and relatively low efficiency. The ratio of China’s<br />

logistics cost to GDP is roughly around 14 %, as compared to USA’s<br />

nearly 8 %. Taking automobile sector for example, the logistics cost<br />

ratio in China is somewhere around 8-9 %, whereas in Europe and<br />

America is around 3 % and 5 % in Japan. According to World Bank’s<br />

international Logistics Performance Index, which covers six key<br />

aspects: customs, infrastructure, international shipments, logistics<br />

competence, tracking &tracing, and timeliness, China is ranked<br />

26th in world. Showcasing big gaps over its competitors like<br />

Germany, Japan etc. Realizing this fact, China’s government has<br />

already taken strategic measures to reduce logistics costs and<br />

improve logistics efficiency to spur the real economy.<br />

Author: Sushen Doshi, International Correspondent for World of Industries<br />

But, over the last two years, the growth rate of China’s logistics services<br />

revenues has been facing pressure from a slowdown in the<br />

country’s GDP. According to data from China National Bureau of<br />

Statistics, the transportation and warehousing revenues have been<br />

growing much less than the average growth rate of the country. In<br />

terms of profitability as well, a continuous rise in warehousing costs<br />

and labor costs have been deteriorating the profitability for the<br />

entire sector. In the long-term, with an aging population, labor<br />

shortages will arise and due to rising urbanization the shortage of<br />

warehousing space will be inevitable, thus leading to rise and rise of<br />

operational costs.<br />

Currently, industry’s structure is also a lot more traditional in<br />

nature, which gives immense scope for modernization and<br />

incorporation of latest technologies. Now, China looks towards<br />

high-end manufacturing industry and the domestic consumption<br />

boom to drive up the demand for logistics services. From 2018,<br />

public sector as well as private companies are looking to prioritize<br />

on upgradation of logistics facilities and equipment to enhance the<br />

efficiency of the industry. Under such circumstances, smart logistics<br />

is gaining ground and becoming a key area to focus on for the whole<br />

industry to improve. Smart logistics has significant potential, for<br />

example, with modern warehousing concepts, companies can save<br />

nearly 50 % on land costs and labor costs. By fully monitoring the<br />

whole process of material transfer and storage, the efficiency and<br />

accuracy can be improved. Furthermore, with data collected by<br />

smart logistics systems, enterprises can more provide value-added<br />

services and derive new business models for customers.<br />

Future market opportunities<br />

China’s ambitious belt and road initiative is one of the driving engines<br />

for future development. It contributes largely to exports, and<br />

is expected to continue boosting logistics demand in the future. At<br />

present, most provinces and cities en route the ‘belt and road’ are<br />

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accelerating the development of logistics industry, especially the<br />

mid-western area represented by Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Lanzhou, and<br />

Urumqi, in a vision to build themselves as logistics hubs. After the<br />

establishment of transportation logistics hubs, certain export processing<br />

enterprises targeting Europe and other regions may choose<br />

to produce, process, disassemble and package locally; it would also<br />

form clusters of populations in the mid-western area, accelerating<br />

its process of development.<br />

China’s intelligent logistics market reached Yuan 200 billion in<br />

2016, experts predict it will exceed 1 trillion Yuan by 2<strong>02</strong>5. Some<br />

emerging technologies including drone, robotics and automation,<br />

and data analytics are in high demand in logistics industry, as well<br />

as wearable devices, 3D printers, driverless trucks and artificial intelligence<br />

are being used in storage, transportation, delivery and<br />

other end parts of logistics. As China’s manufacturing sector undergoes<br />

transformation, factories will also focus on reforming their logistics<br />

operations, thus leading to an enormous demand for intelligent<br />

factory logistics systems. In China’s smart logistics segment,<br />

vendors are generally classified into three types; hardware suppliers,<br />

software suppliers and comprehensive suppliers. Amongst<br />

them, the comprehensive suppliers are the ones with a better competitive<br />

advantage thanks to their integrated services. Most of the<br />

foreign companies operating in this space are comprehensive suppliers,<br />

and enjoy a competitive edge in terms of technologies and<br />

project experience with strengths in high-end logistics hardware<br />

and software. Whereas domestic companies, with advantages in<br />

price and local reach have a competitive edge in mid-range and<br />

low-end projects. Domestic manufacturers mainly serve as equipment<br />

suppliers or system sub-contractors with each of them operating<br />

on a small scale. With the improvement in R&D as well as<br />

availability of intelligent logistics equipment, the systems provided<br />

by domestic manufacturers are able to meet the needs of most general-purpose<br />

applications, significantly impacting the market share<br />

of foreign manufacturers who are engaged in complete intelligent<br />

logistics equipment production. Moving forward, domestic manufacturers<br />

need to further increase their input in R&D to improve the<br />

level of hardware, lean production and software performance.<br />

Rising demand in the future for intelligent equipment in pricesensitive<br />

industries will provide more space for the development of<br />

domestic manufacturers which offer competitive prices. Based on<br />

integration experience and knowledge gained over time, domestic<br />

manufacturers will have the opportunity to expand their scales and<br />

become stronger in some application fields.<br />

Logistics equipment and technology exhibition<br />

While in the midst of multi-level transition of China’s economy as<br />

well as manufacturing and logistics industry sectors, events such as<br />

LET (Logistics equipment and technology exhibition), become the<br />

guiding light for large and small enterprises. LET, is a CeMAT Asia<br />

event, and is the biggest smart logistic equipment and technology<br />

trade fair in South China. Since the first edition in 2010, LET has<br />

grown to become a successful brand in itself over the last nine years.<br />

With the exhibition expanding its floor space display area, increasing<br />

number of visitors and exhibitor companies, and improving level<br />

of its exhibits, LET is becoming one of the strongest events in the<br />

South China region. Now in its 10th edition, the logistic equipment<br />

and technology show aims to cater the market with latest trends in<br />

technology, innovation and services in the sector. With a floor space<br />

of 20,000 square meters and around 32,000 visitors in 3 days, the LET<br />

show was a big success in 2018. The 10th edition of the LET show will<br />

be hosted at the China Import & Export Complex in Guangzhou<br />

from 29th - 31st May. <strong>2019</strong>.In <strong>2019</strong>, the LET event will be stronger, as<br />

it will be hosted by Hannover Milano Best Exhibitions (Guangzhou)<br />

Co.,Ltd, a joint venture between Guangzhou Best Exhibition Co.,<br />

Ltd. and Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai Ltd. The show will combine<br />

the strengths of both the partners, and become one of the most<br />

influential shows for the Chinese logistics market.<br />

Like previous years, the show promises to provide a high-quality<br />

trade fair platform for exhibitors to display, communicate and find<br />

partners for co-operation in Chinese logistics market. In 2018, nearly<br />

300 top logistics equipment and technology companies from all<br />

over the world participated and brought their advanced exhibits<br />

like, intelligent forklift trucks, smart logistics systems, logistics robots,<br />

AGV, green material handling technology, lithium battery fast<br />

charging technology, laser slam unmanned guiding technology,<br />

smart factory solutions, etc. Furthermore, nearly 100 industry experts<br />

and scholars shall be present onsite to discuss on current<br />

trends of intelligent logistics, automation, information technology,<br />

advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0. Visitors<br />

can interact with exhibitor companies and work together to develop<br />

tailor made solutions for the South China market.<br />

Over the last few years, China’s e-commerce industry has seen<br />

explosive growth, and so has the demand for logistics products and<br />

services like AGV, robots, logistics IT, sorting and delivery systems<br />

etc. At LET too, visitors have expressed their interests in these areas.<br />

The product category at LET includes mechanical handling equipment<br />

like cranes, elevators, cable cars, lifting equipment and platforms,<br />

hoisting platforms, bulk goods and monorail conveyors, trolleys,<br />

industrial trucks, forklifts, robotic handling systems, driverless<br />

transport systems, storage and retrieval equipment for shelves and<br />

racks, components of drive technology, hydraulics and pneumatics.<br />

The display area also has products for warehousing and shelving systems,<br />

industrial doors and gates, pallets, bins and containers, cleaning<br />

systems for warehouses and storage facilities etc. Exhibitors will<br />

also showcase various packaging and order picking systems, weighing<br />

and metering devices, labelling and identification systems etc. In<br />

terms of logistics software, visitors can see software for material flow<br />

and movement, various types of sensors and auto-identification systems,<br />

branch specific software for transportation logistics etc.<br />

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Hannover Messe <strong>2019</strong>: taking you to the<br />

forefront of the fourth industrial revolution<br />

Over the last few years, Industry 4.0 has been the buzz word for the entire<br />

industrialized world, and Hannover Messe has been it’s the global hotspot. It has<br />

been revolutionizing the industrial sector just like the steam engine, mass<br />

production and automation did. And the best part is, we are just getting started.<br />


The foundation for this modern industrial revolution is the<br />

continuous exchange of data between production, logistics and all<br />

operations, making our factories more intelligent, efficient and<br />

sustainable. Few years ago, when the talk of fourth industrial revolution<br />

began, the mood around was ecstatic. This led to a rapid but haphazard<br />

development of products and solutions. Without completely<br />

understanding the opportunities and challenges that Industry 4.0<br />

brings, companies were working on random solutions and missing<br />

out on the bigger picture. This is where Hannover Messe comes in.<br />

Events like Hannover Messe, provide a broader view of the risks<br />

involved and the solutions needed to be developed. Regular visitors at<br />

Hannover Messe can surely feel the difference in standard and quality<br />

of Industry 4.0 products and technologies from six years ago and today.<br />

The level of sophistication and ability to find solutions on more and<br />

more complex problems of the industry has also increased. In the<br />

beginning, companies were focusing on the low hanging fruits and<br />

benefits of Industry 4.0, now with more and more organizations<br />

joining hands and sharing knowledge, the industry has started to<br />

unravel the real potential of Industry 4.0 technologies. Today, along<br />

with large corporations even smaller companies are investing their<br />

capital, human and technological resources to move closer to the<br />

vision of total digitalization.<br />

Just like every year, this year too, industry experts, professionals,<br />

manufacturers and end-users from all over the world shall gather on<br />

the fair grounds of Hannover Messe from 1 st - 5 th April, <strong>2019</strong>. This five<br />

day mega-event will see more than 220,000 visitors and 6500 exhibitor<br />

companies. With it’s lead theme as ‘Integrated Industry - Industrial Intelligence’,<br />

this year the focus will be on integrating artificial intelli-<br />

gence and industry 4.0 technologies. Along with digitalization, another<br />

important technology that has been picking up speed is artificial<br />

intelligence. In a smart factory, where machines, interfaces, and<br />

components communicate with one another, large amounts of data is<br />

accumulated. This data when analyzed, can optimize processes, find<br />

new solutions and make predictions. At Hannover Messe, visitors can<br />

understand what artificial intelligence and machine learning can<br />

make possible in industrial applications – both now and in the future.<br />

Meet your new colleague, ‘the Cobot’<br />

One of the biggest attractions at Hannover Messe has been the rise of<br />

Cobots or collaborative robots. Unlike traditional industrial robots, that<br />

perform their work in physically isolated units, cobots react to people<br />

and not just follow pre-programmed commands. Equipped with sensors,<br />

they observe the movements and positions of humans and assist<br />

workers directly without exposing the humans to any risk of injury.<br />

They are flexible, easy to program and easy to move, weighing just ten<br />

kilograms. With “direct guidance,” method, the robot only moves upon<br />

receiving direct input from a human, such as by touching the robot<br />

arm. This ensures the employee has complete control over the cobot at<br />

all times. With the rise of this technology, it has now become possible<br />

even for SME’s to invest in robotics and boost their competitiveness, as<br />

Cobots are cheaper than actual robots. With Germany being one of the<br />

leaders in robotics, it isn’t surprising that here Cobots are in demand as<br />

well. At Hannover Messe <strong>2019</strong>, visitors can meet and interact with the<br />

leading developers of cobots to understand their advantages and limitations,<br />

in order to make an informed decision.<br />

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Predictive maintenance: repair before breakdowns<br />

In Germany, the topic of predictive maintenance has become increasingly<br />

important in recent years, and is inseparable from the themes of<br />

Industry 4.0. Today, machine manufacturers are working to equip their<br />

machines and industrial systems with sensors that enable remote<br />

monitoring, that can measure vibration, temperature or humidity, for<br />

example. Specialized maintenance software collects this sensor data,<br />

evaluates it and recognizes in advance when a component might be in<br />

danger of failing. Defective components that could soon lead to a system<br />

shutdown are identified and can be replaced before damage actually<br />

occurs. The key advantages of predictive maintenance are cost effectiveness,<br />

controlled breakdowns, reduced maintenance and energy<br />

costs. Right from the inception stage of this technology, Hannover<br />

Messe has been backing it up. At Hannover Messe <strong>2019</strong> as well, you can<br />

discover the innovations first hand that are headed towards the market.<br />

Digital twin: a clone for your machine<br />

Another technology that has been trending in Europe and America is<br />

the digital twins, i.e. digital representations of physical machines. Right<br />

from the initial design phase through to production even after the sale<br />

of the product, the virtual twin stays connected with physical product<br />

with sensors that send status data on a constant basis. The incoming<br />

data is gathered and compared against the original design and specifications.<br />

If a discrepancy is detected, then engineers can work on potential<br />

solutions directly on the digital twin - after which the real machine<br />

can then be updated to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. In<br />

the future, all stakeholders will be networked: suppliers, producers and<br />

customers. At Hanover Messe <strong>2019</strong>, visitors can look towards building a<br />

strong network between machine builders, electrical engineers and IT<br />

service providers who can work together on the twin technology.<br />

Hannover Messe <strong>2019</strong>: Trade Fair line up<br />

As the world’s largest and most influential industrial trade fair, Hannover<br />

Messe covers the most fundamental industry sectors. With 6<br />

international leading trade fairs at the same time under one roof, it<br />

offers an extensive collection of products and technologies. The trade<br />

show line up at Hannover Messe includes - Integrated Automation<br />

Motion and Drives (IAMD), Digital Factory, Integrated Energy, Industrial<br />

Supply, Research Technology and ComVac. The IAMD show<br />

is Hannover Messe’s flagship brand and one of the world’s leading<br />

show that attracts more than 2000 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors<br />

from around the globe. As the global hotspot for Industry 4.0. that<br />

covers everything to do with industrial automation, industrial IT,<br />

power transmission, and fluid power technology – from mechanical<br />

engineering and robotics to process automation. Product category at<br />

IAMD includes mechanical power transmission systems and equipment<br />

like belt and chain drives, couplings and clutch units, various<br />

types of braking systems and accessories for brakes, entire gears<br />

units, geared motors and bearings. Electrical equipment that<br />

includes, electric switch gears, contactors and relays, electric motors,<br />

frequency drives, cables and cabling accessories, electronic and<br />

opto-electronic components. The robotics display includes industrial<br />

as well as mobile robots including cobots, driverless transport systems,<br />

programming and engineering services for robotics. IAMD<br />

also has on display products and systems from the fluid power technology<br />

like hydraulic pumps, hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders,<br />

gear pumps, hydraulic variable speed drive units, control valves,<br />

pipes, hoses and connectors, filters for hydraulic and oil lubrication<br />

systems, pneumatic actuator drives, hydraulic and pneumatic sealing<br />

devices, products and systems for condition monitoring and<br />

predictive maintenance. In industrial automation segment, IAMD<br />

focuses on control systems like HMI, PLC, Scada, embedded systems<br />

and industrial PCs, sensors and actuators, communication network<br />

and field bus systems, measuring and test equipment.<br />

The Digital Factory is a trade show dedicated for industrial IT solutions<br />

and integrated processes. Here visitors can find a full array<br />

of solutions for tomorrow’s smart factories – for example, additive<br />

manufacturing systems for non-metals, artificial intelligence and<br />

machine learning systems, advanced simulation systems, image<br />

processing software, industrial cloud services for condition monitoring<br />

and predictive maintenance, data management software,<br />

and the required IT hardware, operating systems for industrial IT,<br />

virtual reality systems for industrial applications, software solutions<br />

for PLM, ERP, MES, raw materials and production planning etc.<br />

Integrated Energy: With increasing industrialization, the global<br />

energy consumption is bound increase. Also, the energy generation is<br />

set to increase especially in the renewable energy sector. Even today,<br />

we can experience the imbalance between energy production, storage<br />

and consumption. More than anything else, today the energy sector<br />

requires efficient utilization of the energy resources, but also sensibly<br />

connecting the energy production and storage system to form an<br />

integrated energy system. Smart grids ensure the efficient coordination<br />

of production, storage, grid management and consumption so<br />

that suppliers can maintain a smooth system. Hannover Messe <strong>2019</strong>,<br />

features the Energy show, a trade show for integrated energy systems<br />

and e-mobility. This show has on display latest technologies in energy<br />

generation and distribution systems, heat management for office and<br />

production buildings, virtual power plants, load management and<br />

energy intelligence software, energy data management and optimization<br />

systems, electrical energy conversion and storage systems like<br />

transformers, accumulators, chargers, UPS, hydrogen and fuel cells<br />

etc. The e-mobility sector is also featured prominently at Hannover<br />

Messe with spotlight on electric transport vehicles for goods and passengers,<br />

infrastructure solutions for e-mobility like charging stations,<br />

cables and replaceable battery systems etc.<br />

Photographs: Deutsche Messe AG<br />

www.hannovermesse.de<br />

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Hannover Messe:<br />

Home of industrial pioneers<br />

Christian H. Kienzle , CEO, Argo-Hytos<br />

Kirsten Billhardt, Marketing Strategist - Internet of<br />

Things, Dell<br />

THE SLOGAN <strong>OF</strong> HANNOVER MESSE IS A<br />








www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_2<br />

www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_1<br />

Richard Huss, CEO, Festo USA<br />

Dr Jochen Köckler, CEO, DMAG<br />


TRADE SHOW. ALL <strong>OF</strong> OUR EXHIBITORS ARE<br />



<strong>WORLD</strong>.”<br />


<strong>OF</strong> INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS, FESTO <strong>OF</strong> COURSE<br />




www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_7<br />

www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_8<br />

Chris Dennen, Marketing Manager, Igus<br />

Christina Chatfield, Vice President of Digital<br />

Strategy, Harting<br />

HOME <strong>OF</strong> INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS, THAT<br />



THE INVENTOR <strong>OF</strong> THE RECTANGULAR<br />



www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_3<br />


THEME, BECAUSE WE BRING A LOT <strong>OF</strong> OUR<br />



www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_4<br />

Michael Koch, CEO, Michael Koch GmbH<br />


Industry experts, professionals, manufacturers<br />

and end-users from all over the world shall gather<br />

on the fair grounds of Hannover Messe from 1 st<br />

- 5 th April, <strong>2019</strong>. World of Industries was present<br />

at the Hannover Messe USA and visited<br />

well-known companies. They were asked: “One of<br />

the themes of the Hannover Messe <strong>2019</strong> is “Home<br />

of Industrial Pioneers”. Does your company also<br />

see itself as a pioneer – and if so, in what sense?”<br />




www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_5<br />

Hala Zeine, President Digital Supply Chain and<br />

Manufacturing, SAP<br />





www.world-of-industries.com/hm_usa_6<br />

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Images: Dr. Michael Werner, Deutsche Messe AG

Energy-efficient high hressure hydraulics<br />

High-pressure hydraulic pumps from the PZH series produced by<br />

Nachi are designed to ensure the economic operation of bending<br />

presses and injection molding machines. Hydraulic presses and<br />

injection molding machines usually use a lot of energy. These<br />

axial piston pumps can be used to design the drives more<br />

efficiently. They generate up to 350 bar of pressure at a volume<br />

flow rate of up to 72 cm³/revolution. Eleven pistons<br />

ensure an even and low pulsating flow of<br />

hydraulic oil and also guarantee that<br />

the pump operates quietly. Their<br />

sturdy, cast casings, generously<br />

dimensioned roller bearings, and<br />

the spherically hardened swash<br />

plate mean that the pumps can<br />

even be used in harsh ambient<br />

conditions for long periods. The<br />

pump shafts are equipped with feather<br />

keys so that they can be driven with suitable<br />

electric motors and can transfer the required torques. Pressure,<br />

performance, and volume controllers are specially designed by<br />

the manufacturer for the pumps of the individually optimized<br />

hydraulic systems.<br />

EtherCAT with CiA4<strong>02</strong> drive profile<br />

JVL has launched the CiA4<strong>02</strong> drive profile<br />

and synchronization for EtherCAT. The<br />

EtherCAT module with this drive profile<br />

for JVL servo and step motors<br />

supports CSP and CSV, as well as<br />

older operating modes. The JVL<br />

EtherCAT module is equipped<br />

with two Ethernet connections<br />

and an integrated switch with<br />

which a line, star, tree, and ring topology can be implemented<br />

without additional hardware. Opto-insulated<br />

I/Os are integrated in the module thus enabling other<br />

sensors, etc. to be controlled without any external I/O<br />

modules. This keeps the number of devices in the<br />

network to a minimum and reduces cable costs. All of the<br />

indexes in the JVL MAC motor are also accessible via the<br />

EtherCAT connection thus providing complete control of<br />

the motor configuration and movements. JVL motors<br />

equipped with EtherCAT are plug and play compatible<br />

and can be used with PLCs from Beckhoff as well as other<br />

manufacturers of EtherCAT masters such as Omron,<br />

Lenze, or Trio.<br />

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www.jvl.dk<br />


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Gear units for<br />

Sugarloaf Mountain<br />

Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It is thus<br />

not surprising that every tourist wants to enjoy the view of the beautiful vista made up of the<br />

sea, city, and Christ the Redeemer statue. To ensure that operations continue to run smoothly in<br />

future, modern Flender gear units were installed in the cableway that runs to the<br />

peak of the mountain as part of a retrofit project. The individuals responsible for the<br />

prestigious project decided to choose a premium supplier from Germany.<br />

Author: Andreas Lüdiger is Vice<br />

President Service Sales at Flender<br />

GmbH in Bocholt, Germany<br />


Thousands of tourists want to “scale” the world famous Sugarloaf<br />

Mountain in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. A column-free<br />

cableway takes tourists up the 395 m tall granite rock that protrudes<br />

out of the sea. Tourists start at sea level taking the first cableway to<br />

Morro da Urca from where they can catch a second cableway, often<br />

referred to as “O Bondinho”, to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. At the<br />

summit you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the open sea,<br />

the city of Rio de Janeiro nestled between the cliffs, the famous<br />

beach at Copacabana, and the world famous, 38 m tall statue of<br />

Christ the Redeemer located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain<br />

about five kilometers away.<br />

The first cableway was placed into operation in 1912/13 and was<br />

renewed in 1972 to accommodate the rising number of visitors. A<br />

good forty years later, it was time to complete a comprehensive<br />

technical modernization to be able to guarantee the continuous<br />

fault-free operation for the around 1.5 million tourists from all<br />

around the world that visit Sugarloaf Mountain each year. “As the<br />

world’s leading manufacturer of gear transmissions, Flender was<br />

selected by the operating company to supply the new gear units for<br />

this prestigious retrofit project,” reports Andreas Lüdiger, Vice President<br />

Service Sales at Flender GmbH based in Voerde, Germany.<br />

Gear units for immediate installation<br />

A deciding factor was that the gear specialist was able to guarantee<br />

a plug & play solution. This meant that the new gear units were calculated<br />

based on the standard Flender gear unit system and then<br />

adapted to the existing connecting dimensions. In line with gear<br />

technology, that has continuously been improved over the decades,<br />

high-quality gear units with an even higher service factor than<br />

those previously used on Sugarloaf Mountain have now been<br />

installed. “For the operator, this basically means that they have<br />

invested in sustainability, which on the one hand is based on the<br />

“Made in Germany” quality seal and on the other relies on a significantly<br />

higher level of operational safety,” explains the Vice President<br />

Service Sales.<br />

With more than one million variants, Flender’s range of helical<br />

and bevel-helical gear units is the most comprehensive range of<br />

gear units in the world. “Our customers also realize that we by far<br />

offer the most comprehensive range of industrial gear units worldwide,”<br />

emphasizes Andreas Lüdiger. The associated flexibility this<br />

can offer in conjunction with decades of specialist knowledge, and<br />

the large production capacity are often the deciding factors when<br />

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<strong>02</strong> Andreas Lüdiger (left) with<br />

Diego Scofano – Technical Director of<br />

the Sugarloaf Mountain cableway<br />

01 The Sugarloaf Mountain gear units were delivered<br />

ready-to-install so that no modifications had to be made to<br />

the existing structure<br />

03 With more than one million<br />

variants of the helical gear unit system<br />

from Flender, it is the world’s largest<br />

range of industrial gear units<br />

awarding contracts, such as the Sugarloaf Mountain project. The<br />

nominal transmission ratio of the gear units ranges from i=1.25 to a<br />

value of 450. The nominal torque ratio ranges from TKN=3 100 Nm<br />

to 1,400,000 Nm available in 28 sizes.<br />

Suitable solution for every retrofit<br />

“With our extensive range of gear units, everyone will find a suitable<br />

solution for their retrofit project,” guarantees Andreas Lüdiger. Two<br />

Flender bevel-helical manual gear units with a similar structure are<br />

being used at the intermediate station on both of the cableways on<br />

Sugarloaf Mountain. Two input shafts, that are offset at a right angle,<br />

are driven by two three-phase asynchronous motors. Activation<br />

will ensure that the transport performance can be adjusted accordingly<br />

if the number of passengers increases. The power at the output<br />

shaft can thus be increased to a maximum value of 250 kW. The<br />

bevel-helical gear unit weighs approx. 3.7 t and, just like the second<br />

gear unit, was able to be transported through the gate of the technical<br />

building. Andreas Lüdiger explains: “It is particularly important<br />

on retrofit projects that the optimum structural requirements are<br />

taken into consideration. As a premium gear unit manufacturer, we<br />

are able to build complete gear unit solutions that are as compact as<br />

possible and comprise high-quality geared parts and special sealing<br />

elements.”<br />

A „near-series”, ready-to-fit total solution of this kind was also<br />

delivered for this Brazilian prestige project. The axis heights and<br />

mounting dimensions on the base are designed in such a way that<br />

no minor alterations or adjustments were required on site. The new<br />

gear unit was installed within a few days thus ensuring that the<br />

tourists on Sugarloaf Mountain will continue to be transported<br />

safely in future. The motors have an initial speed of 1500 rpm, that is<br />

throttled to the speed (73.57) of the drive wheel on the cableways by<br />

the Flender gear units.<br />

Standard gear unit with cableway modifications<br />

Particular specifications must be met when equipping cableways.<br />

In addition to the engineering specifications and calculations based<br />

on cableway standards, the thermal application limits also play an<br />

important role. In this respect, Flender products cover a temperature<br />

range of -30°C to +40°C and the company also supplies additional<br />

heating units and various cooling system, if required. “The<br />

deciding factor is that the gear unit solutions are operationally safe,<br />

have a long service life, and are sustainable,” explains the Flender<br />

Service Sales manager. This means that standard gear units with<br />

cableway modifications are compact, have been optimized with<br />

regard to their noise levels and weight, and will operate for decades<br />

without any faults.<br />

Other advantages that the operators of the Sugarloaf Mountain<br />

cableway also greatly appreciate include the option to procure<br />

spare parts from the standard range of products, as well as the fast<br />

and professional reaction to service requests. The close proximity of<br />

the Brazilian Flender partner in Rio de Janeiro, just a few kilometers<br />

from Sugarloaf Mountain offers the operator of the prestigious<br />

cableway on Sugarloaf Mountain an additional level of security.<br />

“This enables us to strengthen our image as a premium supplier<br />

meeting the highest level of quality and service requirements,”<br />

explains industry expert Lüdiger.<br />

Gear units for a sustainable retrofit<br />

With just six months between the contract being awarded and<br />

delivery of both of the ready-to-install cableway gear units, the gear<br />

unit manufacturer demonstrated its ability to react quickly. At the<br />

same time, the customer also benefits from the intrinsic values<br />

developed during the retrofit project. These include the increased<br />

level of service – a direct result of the improved technology. In comparison<br />

to the original gear units from 1972, which were designed<br />

as tooth flanks and self-hardened as standard, the ones in use today<br />

are case-hardened and smoothed thus making them considerably<br />

more torque-resistant.<br />

Gearing technology as such has also become more powerful,<br />

which in turn affects the efficiency. The roller bearings have become<br />

significantly more powerful and have a longer service life compared<br />

to those of a similar caliber. “Over the decades, many of the gearing<br />

technology parameters have been gradually optimized, so that<br />

basically all retrofit projects benefit greatly,” summarizes Flender<br />

Service Sales Manager, Andreas Lüdiger. His conclusion: “When<br />

working with a premium gear unit manufacturer as a partner, modernizations<br />

such as the ones that were part of the prestigious Sugarloaf<br />

Mountain cableway project can be implemented quickly,<br />

con veniently, and sustainably.”<br />

www.flender.com<br />

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01 03<br />

<strong>02</strong>a<br />

<strong>02</strong>b<br />

Cable carriers with chemical-resistant<br />

plastic deal with high acid exposure<br />


On the pre-treatment line of a hot dip galvanizing<br />

plant, working conditions are harsh, as the work-pieces<br />

have to be cleaned in diluted hydrochloric acid. As a<br />

result, the concentration of hydrogen chloride in the<br />

air around the pre-treatment line is around 2 percent.<br />

This means that the indoor crane and the components<br />

on it are subjected to exceptional acid exposure. Plastic<br />

energy chain systems from the motion plastics<br />

specialist igus along with plastic troughs made of a<br />

chemical-resistant material have been dealing with<br />

these aggressive conditions easily for years now.<br />

Since 1986, Meissner Krane GmbH has been offering customized<br />

solutions and services for crane systems and hoisting technology.<br />

One of the areas of supply for the company is the equipment used in<br />

hot dip galvanizing plants. In 2015, Meissner Krane equipped the<br />

first process crane in the pre-treatment line of a hot dip galvanizing<br />

plant of Wiegel Group, one of the largest and most important hot<br />

dip galvanizers in Europe.<br />

Bathing in acid<br />

Hot dip galvanizing is the most effective corrosion protection<br />

method that is used on an industrial scale to protect steel from<br />

corrosion. By immersing the work-pieces in metallic molten<br />

zinc, a zinc coating is applied. Iron-zinc alloys of different<br />

composition are formed on the steel surface. On the outside, the<br />

surface is closed by a coating of pure zinc. However, for a<br />

permanent and complete iron-zinc reaction, the work-pieces<br />

must be pre-treated. By immersing in a series of pre-treatment<br />

baths, the work-pieces are cleaned before the actual hot dip<br />

galvanizing, to remove production residues such as oils and<br />

other characteristic impurities such as rust and scale. This is<br />

followed by two rinses in order to minimise the carryover of acid<br />

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01 The chains move in plastic troughs made of the chemically resistant<br />

material igumid EG+, as a result of which the system easily copes with<br />

the difficult conditions<br />

<strong>02</strong> In the pre-treatment lines of the galvanizing plants of the Wiegel<br />

group, energy chain systems from igus supply the process cranes with<br />

energy and data<br />

03 Before the actual galvanizing, the work-pieces must be pre-treated<br />

to rid the work-pieces of grease, rust and scale. In the enclosed pretreatment<br />

line there is an HCL condensate of about two percent in the air<br />

and salt residues with the galvanizing material as far as possible.<br />

In the penultimate step, the work-pieces are immersed in a flux<br />

bath, which is intended for the very fine cleaning of the steel<br />

surface. Thereafter, the parts are dried before being immersed in<br />

the molten zinc. The operating temperature of a galvanizing bath<br />

is between 440 - 460°C, where the steel surface enters into a solid<br />

bond with the zinc achieving excellent quality. Thereafter, workpieces<br />

are air-cooled.<br />

Harsh environment around the pre-treatment line<br />

Due to the open process baths, which are completely enclosed by<br />

the surrounding environment, an HCl condensate of about 2 %<br />

prevails in the air in the area of the pre-treatment line, which corresponds<br />

to a technical environment of 20 g/l hydrochloric acid.<br />

This means that it is important to use chemically-resistant components<br />

inside the pre-treatment line. In the past, a cable festoon was<br />

“The use of an acid-resistant energy chain<br />

was the right decision.“<br />

used at all Wiegel locations for the energy supply of the process<br />

cranes. Cables and hoses are suspended and moved with small trolleys.<br />

A disadvantage of this technology, is that at the end of the travel,<br />

a cable station takes up a lot of space and the rollers of the cable<br />

trolleys also quickly wear out, because the C-profiles in which they<br />

are guided become corroded and sharp-edged due to the acid<br />

exposure.<br />

Peter Zorn, Project Manager at Wiegel Verwaltung GmbH & Co<br />

KG, explains the development at that time: “Two things were very<br />

important to us: A tightly sealed area for material preparation,<br />

which was previously not the case with a festoon system, as well as<br />

high wear resistance. At that time Meissner Krane proposed to try<br />

out something different, and our answer was: ‘Yes, gladly!’ What<br />

ultimately convinced me of the igus energy chain systems were the<br />

pictures from composting plants or cement plants, where the chain<br />

could hardly be recognised due to the pollution, but the system was<br />

still running.”<br />

By the end of 2014, igus had presented the products to Meissner<br />

Krane, and the company was immediately ready to test this<br />

approach. In 2015, the first energy chain from igus was used in<br />

the Wiegel’s Lauchhammer plant. A year later, the next<br />

application followed at the location in Feuchtwangen, where<br />

igus supplied both the E4/4 series energy chain and the new<br />

plastic trough made of the chemical-resistant igumid EG+<br />

material. This ensures a high resistance to chemicals, so that the<br />

use of the guide trough is ideal for use in hot dip galvanizing or,<br />

for example, fertilizer production.<br />

Lightweight and chemically resistant: guidelite<br />

plus from igus<br />

The material igumid EG+ is characterised by a very low water<br />

absorption. This offers an increased resistance to aggressive<br />

chemicals. The material can be used in a temperature range of<br />

0 - 100 °C with its clearly optimised gliding properties for the guide<br />

trough and also for most series of e-chains. Since both the e-chain<br />

and the trough in the complete system consist of the chemically<br />

resistant material, they prove to be very good gliding partners. The<br />

complete system, consisting of chain and trough called ‘guidelite<br />

plus EG’, is now used in 4 Wiegel plants. “We are currently<br />

modernising about 2 Wiegel plants per year, using energy chain<br />

systems from igus,” explains Ronny Horn, Project Manager at<br />

Meissner Krane GmbH. “Another big advantage of the energy chain<br />

is that we have more options to safely guide the cables and hoses -<br />

even with larger cross-sections. Or to be able to add and change<br />

them later.”<br />

Wiegel, Meissner and igus: a successful tripartite<br />

co-operation<br />

The first systems have been in use at Wiegel for several years<br />

now. The relatively moderate crane speed of 40 m/min does not<br />

pose a big challenge to the igus energy chain system. The<br />

company has already successfully implemented applications<br />

with speeds of approx 10 m/s. Much more crucial here is the<br />

durability in the aggressive environment. Peter Zorn explains:<br />

“Of course we had to be bold to a certain extent and rely on the<br />

new solution from igus. Prior to this, we tested the chain made of<br />

the chemically resistant material by using it on the crane for just<br />

six to eight weeks to see if the material could cope with the<br />

environment. Now we expect a service life of at least 10 years, so<br />

that the higher initial cost pays off compared to a festooning<br />

system.”<br />

So far it has become clear that the energy chains from igus are<br />

doing reliably well at Wiegel. “The experience gained since 2015<br />

shows that the use of an acid-resistant energy chain in the area of<br />

the pre-treatment line for energy and signal transmission was<br />

the right decision,” concludes Ronny Horn from Meissner Krane.<br />

“In all factories, the systems have been running trouble-free<br />

since their commissioning.” And Peter Zorn from Wiegel adds:<br />

“The plastic trough was very important to us. Neither 304 nor 316<br />

stainless steel would have withstood these environmental<br />

conditions. Equally important to us was the fact that the wall<br />

around the pre-treatment line can now be completely closed and<br />

we also have much less maintenance with the new system.”<br />

These requirements have so far been fully met. Energy chain<br />

systems from igus will also be installed at the next Wiegel plants<br />

that will be retrofitting Meissner cranes.<br />

Photographs: igus GmbH<br />

www.igus.com<br />

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Drive technology compliant<br />

with food and pharmaceutical<br />

packaging industry standards<br />

Just within 5 years, the company Swiss Can Machinery has established<br />

itself as one of the leading manufacturer of fully automated packaging<br />

systems for powders and dry products. Complying with the stringent<br />

hygiene requirements of the food industry, the Swiss based company uses<br />

products with washdown-optimised drive technology from Nord<br />

Drivesystems.<br />

Founded in 2013, the company Swiss Can Machinery has since<br />

then been providing excellent products for packaging of coffee,<br />

powdered milk, snacks, toffees and pharmaceuticals. In a span of<br />

just 5 years, the company has made its mark in pouch filling, cans<br />

and glass jars with powders and dry products. Swiss can machinery<br />

has been designing its machines keeping in mind the specific<br />

requirements of food and pharmaceutical industry, which has<br />

made its products, right from individual machines up to entire<br />

filling plants world class. Its tailor-made packaging solutions are<br />

now gaining attention even from international buyers.<br />

Packaging sensitive products with innovative<br />

technology<br />

One of the mainstays is the baby food industry. The company’s<br />

international customer base includes many milk powder producers.<br />

“Powdered milk is a difficult product to fill” explains Michael<br />

Grabher, Managing Director of Swiss Can Machinery. “It can have<br />

very difficult filling characteristics, depending on the recipe, fat<br />

content, drying method, granulation and fineness. Even the<br />

characteristics of the same product vary from batch to batch and<br />

production conditions”. The company makes sure that its machines<br />

automatically adapt to the continuously changing filling conditions<br />

and package the powdered milk cleanly, precisely and efficiently. In<br />

this segment, the latest development is the SCM Line V-matic 127-3<br />

2018, a fully automatic can filling and sealing plant for powdered<br />

milk and baby food. The plant automatically performs all of the<br />

work stages from the empty to the full can. A special protective gas<br />

technology ensures that a residual oxygen value of less than 0.5 % is<br />

achieved in the can. This ensures a maximum shelf life for the<br />

packaged product.<br />

A swiss – german partnership<br />

A few yers ago, Michael Grabher and Marc, both brothers who<br />

manage the company were in the market looking for a new supplier<br />

of motor/gear unit combinations which meet their stringent<br />

hygiene requirements. Meeting with a company as experienced<br />

and reliable as Nord Drivesystems in this regard was the right<br />

decision by the Swiss brothers. Looking at Nord’s product portfolio<br />

and engineering expertise, this young company began its<br />

co-operation with Nord in 2016. Nord Drivesystems, is one of the<br />

global leaders in the industry and supplies completely matched<br />

drive systems consisting of gear units, motors and frequency<br />

inverters. The optimum solution is assembled individually on the<br />

basis of a comprehensive modular product range. This results in a<br />


<strong>02</strong> Smooth motors with washdown-optimised cast aluminium housing<br />

03 Everything from a single source:<br />

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS supplies optimally<br />

matched drive systems consisting of the motor, the gear unit,<br />

motor and the drive electronics<br />

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01 The laser marking station of QR codes<br />

and other specific product information,<br />

powered by Nord smooth motors<br />

solution which is fully tailored to the particular needs of the<br />

customer. For industries and applications with high standards of<br />

hygiene, the German drive specialist also supplies robust and<br />

durable drive technology in a washdown design.<br />

“With its modular system and extensive range of products, Nord<br />

convinced us from the very start. Essential advantages are the wide<br />

range, scalability and flexibility of the products” explains Marc<br />

Grabher. “With Nord we had the possibility of combining motors,<br />

gear units and electronics so that we could achieve a uniform,<br />

hygienic solution”. Swiss Can Machinery, deploys Nord drive units<br />

in two areas: one for transporting cans and other for feeding and<br />

mixing the products at the filling station.<br />

Smooth surfaces for easy cleaning<br />

For Swiss Can Machinery, hygiene of its plant is absolutely essential<br />

design parameter. Because of this, the conveyor belts are equipped<br />

with Nord IE4 geared motors with smooth surfaces, including<br />

motor-mounted Nord Base SK 180E frequency inverters to reliably<br />

transport the cans. Nord’s smooth motors (0.75 kW) are specially<br />

designed for easy cleaning. They consist of wash-down optimised<br />

aluminium housing and wherever possible, they have flowing<br />

transitions between surfaces. Thus, cleaning liquids and foam can<br />

be washed off easily. This protects the motors and shortens the<br />

cleaning times. They are also fan-less, so they do not contribute to<br />

the spreading of germs. Thanks to protection class<br />

IP66 they are optimally protected against the entry<br />

of dirt (dust-proof) as well as for strong water jets<br />

from all directions. Use of energy-saving 3-phase<br />

motors with efficiency class IE4 also enables high<br />

efficiency with low operating costs.<br />

“The conveyor belt is used in the high hygiene<br />

room. This is why the washdown design of the drives<br />

is so important”, explains Marcel Tobler, Automation<br />

Manager at Swiss Can Machinery. “Another<br />

advantage is communication via<br />

Profinet. Here, the motors are connected<br />

in series. This also reduces the amount<br />

of cables. Due to the modular construction<br />

of the conveyor belts we can use the<br />

same motor everywhere, which makes purchasing much easier.” The<br />

required continuous speed control of the conveyor belts is provided<br />

by the Nordac Base. The decentralised frequency inverter offers reliable<br />

technology with a robust design. Installation directly on the<br />

motor increases flexibility, simplifies maintenance and repair processes<br />

for end-users. Nord’s smooth motors are also used in the<br />

screw conveyor which feeds powdered milk into the mixer. A robust<br />

worm geared motor (0.25 kW) with cover drives the agitator. The<br />

compact drive units provide a high power density, excellent reliability<br />

and ensure trouble-free operation.<br />

World-wide support and assistance<br />

Swiss Can Machinery customers mainly come from Europe and<br />

Asia, but the company has also supplied to clients in New Zealand.<br />

Expressing satisfaction with Nord’s products, Marc Grabher says,<br />

“The modular range optimally meets our stringent requirements<br />

for hygiene and performance and allows us the flexibility which<br />

we need for our machines. We were also impressed by the flexible,<br />

support and on-site customer assistance throughout the world.<br />

Wherever we need spare parts, we can depend on rapid support<br />

from Nord.” This is possible mainly due to its closely meshed sales<br />

and service network of the drive experts with subsidiaries in 36<br />

countries as well as sales partners in 61 countries.<br />

Photographs: Lead Photo Swiss Can Machinery AG, Nord Drivesystems<br />

Group<br />

04 Michael Grabher, Managing Director<br />

and Proprietor of Swiss Can Machinery<br />

www.nord.com<br />

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Photos: lead fotolia, others<br />

Mayr power transmission<br />

Focussing on robotics and automation<br />

One of the most innovative German companies in the field of power transmission has its eyes firmly<br />

fixed on the sustained trend for automation and the high demands placed on robotic solutions. For<br />

this reason, the company has expanded its performance spectrum of clutches, couplings and brakes.<br />

Using new designs, new possibilities for brake monitoring are opened up – in particular also for<br />

applications in the fields of robotics and automation.<br />


The degree of automation is increasing, humans and robots are cooperating<br />

more closely – in all the important industrial branches<br />

robots are on the advance. Machines and systems are increasing in<br />

performance density as well as operating speed and this also means<br />

higher demands on individual components. For this reason, Mayr<br />

power transmission, the specialist for safety brakes, torque limiters<br />

and shaft couplings from Mauerstetten in the Allgäu region of Germany,<br />

offers small, high-performance safety brakes, for example with<br />

the Roba-servostop construction series. These brakes are tailored to<br />

robotic requirements through their slim design and low weight.<br />

In addition, the company has a fluid-free linear brake in its portfolio<br />

with its Roba-linearstop in electromagnetic design, which has<br />

been designed to secure gravity-loaded vertical axes. These brakes<br />

are used in applications in which compressors or units for compressed<br />

air or oil hydraulics are not available or are unwanted, such<br />

as in medical technology or the food or pharmaceutical industry,<br />

where high hygiene standards are required. The Roba-brake-checker<br />

module now opens up new possibilities for brake monitoring also<br />

in these application fields. With a new module design and thanks to<br />

even more accurate evaluation, it is now possible to also supply and<br />

monitor small brake sizes from a braking torque of 0.7 Nm. This<br />

makes the Roba-linearstop not just the only electromagnetic rod<br />

brake on the market, but it also means it can be monitored even in<br />

small construction sizes with the aid of the module.<br />

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01 <strong>02</strong><br />

03 04<br />

01 The Roba-brake-checker module is able to monitor and<br />

supply safety brakes without the use of sensors<br />

<strong>02</strong> The electromagnetic design of the linear brake construction<br />

series Roba-linearstop is the only electromagnetic rod brake on the<br />

market<br />

03 The new construction series of EAS-HT High-torque element<br />

clutches convinces through its improved performance density<br />

04 In the field of backlash-free, high-performance servo couplings,<br />

Mayr power transmission is permanently extending its standard<br />

modular system<br />

Sensorless brake monitoring – reliable even in<br />

adverse ambient conditions<br />

The intelligent Roba-brake-checker module works without the use<br />

of sensors. Instead, it detects the movements of the armature disk<br />

by analysing voltage and current, and knows what condition the<br />

brake is in at all times. In addition to switching condition,<br />

temperature and wear, it also monitors the tension path or tensile<br />

force reserve, i.e. whether the magnet is still able to attract the<br />

armature disk. With this module, Mayr power transmission is the<br />

only company to have an intelligent solution for the sensorless<br />

monitoring of electromagnetic brakes in its standard portfolio.<br />

The Roba-brake-checker can be integrated easily and quickly<br />

into machines and systems and even existing installations can be<br />

retrofitted without any difficulties. The module represents a costeffective<br />

solution, especially for small quantities. The fact that<br />

brakes in standard design are used for monitoring with the Robabrake-checker<br />

not only offers advantages in terms of costs and<br />

delivery time, but also for example with regard to corrosion protection<br />

as the brakes can be painted over easily, quickly and safely.<br />

Couplings for many kinds of applications<br />

In addition to safety brakes and the associated control and monitoring<br />

modules, Mayr power transmission has for decades developed<br />

and manufactured its tried and tested torque limiters and<br />

shaft couplings, and represents reliable complete solutions from a<br />

single source. To uphold this claim, the company has also substantially<br />

expanded the performance spectrum of its torque limiters.<br />

The new construction series of EAS-HT High-torque element<br />

clutches, for example, not only convinces through its improved performance<br />

density, but also stands for a substantially wider selection<br />

of possible bores. In addition, the company has launched a new<br />

construction series of EAS-Compact overload clutches, into which<br />

it has incorporated its years of experience and know-how obtained<br />

from numerous test series. The clutches thus cater for consistently<br />

increasing demands on speed and dynamics. Furthermore, the<br />

EAS-HSE Highspeed element clutches for high-speed applications<br />

have been extended by two small construction sizes. In the field of<br />

shaft couplings, Mayr power transmission has amongst other things<br />

enlarged the speed range of the large Roba-DS disk pack couplings,<br />

and is therefore able to offer reliable connections for measuring<br />

flanges for ranges larger than 100,000 Nm. And in the field of backlash-free,<br />

high-performance servo couplings, the company is permanently<br />

extending its standard modular system.<br />

High professional competence: Mayr power transmission is a<br />

leading manufacturer of safety brakes, torque limiters and shaft<br />

couplings. These products are primarily designed for application in<br />

electrically driven machines and systems. They can be found, for<br />

example, in filling plants, in machine tools, in packaging and printing<br />

machines as well as in elevators, in wind power plants and in<br />

stage technology.<br />

www.mayr.com<br />

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01<br />

Powerful and solid: safety over<br />

IO-Link in a machining center<br />

A manufacturer of high-precision machining centers and even more of their customers<br />

have already learned to appreciate the advantages of the bi-directional communication<br />

interface IO-Link. In their new MCC series the company has used Safety over IO-Link to<br />

integrate safety into the overall concept of IO-Link. This makes the processes simpler,<br />

more efficient, cost-effective and of course safer.<br />

Author: Wolfgang Zosel, freelance<br />

editor, Reutlingen, Germany<br />


With its blue, gray and black painted cladding and ca.<br />

8 x 3 m, 3.5 m high MCC 630 simply radiates elegance and<br />

power. You get the feeling of solid performance, precision<br />

and reliability behind the compact dimensions. Not visible is the<br />

fact that this is a new model of series production machine with a<br />

complete set of possible uses. Nor is it obvious that behind the<br />

facade of this machining center is a modern control and safety<br />

concept from Balluff based on the digital IO-Link standard. With<br />

Safety over IO-Link from Balluff the system has the world’s first<br />

simple to install and easy to retrofit IO-Link safety system on-board.<br />

The advantage: Both Balluff safety components as well as safety<br />

devices from other manufacturers can be easily connected to the<br />

newly developed Balluff safe I/O module using M12 standard cable.<br />

Even standard components such as binary sensors can be bundled<br />

via the new safety I/O module. This also eliminates the need for a<br />

separate hub. Now the prerequisites for fully transparent<br />

configuration and diagnostics solutions, flexible and safe machine<br />

operation, as well as innovative Industry 4.0 concepts are provided.<br />

Flexible, fully digitized 5-axis machining centers<br />

Burkhardt+Weber (BW) has since 2012 been part of Indústrias Romi<br />

S.A., the largest machine tool builder in Brazil. With around 250<br />

employees BW is today an international manufacturer of machining<br />

centers for complex steel, cast and titanium parts of the highest<br />

quality. Notable among their customers in addition to those in the<br />

machine tool sector are many in the aerospace and diesel motor<br />

industry. Whether stand-alone or as part of an interlinked production<br />

system, the series MCC 630 and MCC 800 flexible, fully digitized<br />

5-axis machining centers process workpieces efficiently and<br />

ready-to-install with just a few setups. In general it is the large<br />

motor or transmission parts that demand a number of various<br />

milling, drilling, turning and measurement cycles.<br />

Beneficial partnership<br />

Balluff has been a technology provider and consultant to<br />

Burkhardt+Weber for over 20 years. “The cooperation over all the<br />

years has been outstanding, and we consider Balluff a reliable, creative<br />

and innovative partner,” says Benjamin Rother, Manager of<br />

Electronic Design. He remembers when six years ago Nico Schmid,<br />

Sales Engineer at Balluff, first presented the intelligent IO-Link<br />

interface. “At that time we wanted to wait and see how this new<br />

standard would develop. But since 2014 we have been consistently<br />

and committedly using IO-Link in our machining centers,” adds<br />

Benjamin Rother. Until then BW still used the traditional fieldbusbased<br />

wiring systems as the standard. Systematically separated<br />

from the standard signals, the safety-relevant signals were gathered<br />

in the field via ProfiNet. Cumbersome, complicated wiring was the<br />

order of the day, as were a variety of different cable types, sensors,<br />

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01 Machining centre MCC 630 series from Burkhardt+Weber in interlinked configuration<br />

<strong>02</strong> Machining table and spindles of the fully digitized 5-axis machining centers process workpieces efficiently<br />

03 Balluff IO-Link safety hub (yellow) together with IO-Link master and sensor hubs provide essential services<br />

<strong>02</strong> 03<br />

actuators as well as tedious setup procedures. Beyond the actual<br />

switching signal there was only little usable and processable<br />

information available from the process or sensor level.<br />

When conceiving the new MCC series, the engineers at<br />

Burkhardt+Weber pursued a clear objective: in addition to characteristic<br />

BW features such as force, precision and availability, performance<br />

features were required which should benefit the manufacturer<br />

and operator equally: reducing the complexity in cabling,<br />

plug-in cables instead of discrete wiring, shortening the installation<br />

and commissioning phase, more transparency and information<br />

about what is happening in-place, and support through simple to<br />

use configuration, diagnostic and service concepts. Requirements<br />

that could be meet with amazing ease using the bi-directional communication<br />

interface IO-Link.<br />

IO-Link with conviction<br />

The new MCC machining centers are impressive power packs based<br />

on torsionally stiff cast components. With two independently operated<br />

plate changers, clamping a new workpiece is possible while<br />

the other one is being processed by a tilting spindle behind a safe<br />

chip protection door along five axes. The connected magazine<br />

holds more than 100 tools and can be easily expanded up to 320<br />

slots. The tools are automatically fed and are equipped with Balluff<br />

industrial RFID systems. Processing capacity up to 1.5 tons (or<br />

2.5 tons for the MCC 800), axis drives with 17.5 kN feed and motor<br />

spindles with speeds up to 12,000 rpm tell you that safety for man<br />

and machine is a central topic here. Each machining center comes<br />

with multiple interlocks, light curtains, and all drives, suspended<br />

loads such as the opened chip protection door as well as the<br />

obligatory E-Stop buttons are monitored.<br />

There was just no competition for “Safety over IO-Link! In interlinked<br />

production and assembly operations efficiency is especially<br />

important if high-performance systems are to have an optimal<br />

price-performance ratio. IO-Link offers us as the systems builder<br />

and even more so our customers a plethora of advantages,” says<br />

Benjamin Rother. Safety over IO-Link from Balluff is the logical<br />

extension of the IO-Link philosophy and uses the advantages of IO-<br />

Link and Profisafe for safety-relevant signals as well. Like IO-Link,<br />

Safety over IO-Link also features simple system construction, timeand<br />

cost-saving wiring, minimal control cabinet space requirements<br />

and lean system concepts. Safety always ends up on stop, as<br />

Safety over IO-Link applications can be adapted quickly and simply<br />

to changing requirements.<br />

Perfectly equipped<br />

Every machining center in the MCC series comes with a broad<br />

spectrum of Balluff products and systems: ten IO-Link sensor hubs<br />

with eight in- and outputs each collect the signals from the<br />

distributed sensors and actuators, including numerous inductive<br />

and optical sensors from Balluff. The sensor hubs are configured as<br />

needed for the requirement, i.e. 16 signals can be freely assigned,<br />

all of which can be connected as is typical for IO-Link using<br />

standardized 3-conductor cable with M12 connectors. The sensor<br />

hubs channel to six installed ProfiNet IO-Link masters. Three<br />

Balluff safety hubs serve as safety gates. In addition to the industrial<br />

RFID systems, optional inductive couples from Balluff can be used:<br />

these transmit power and signals without contact over an air gap of<br />

up to five mm. They are generally used where fixed wiring of<br />

sensors and actuators gets in the way, for example on rotary index<br />

tables and tool changers. As with the MCC series: as tools are<br />

placed in the machine, the controller does not release the gantry<br />

axes of the loading system until the clamping devices has reported<br />

perfect seating of the part to be processed via the opposite coupler<br />

modules.<br />

Best combination: automation and safety technology<br />

The safety-relevant data are handled both safety and simply, as<br />

Safety over IO-Link uses elements of Profisafe. The IO-Link master<br />

itself remains a non-safety standard device and is considered a<br />

“black channel”: the transported data are tunneled through the<br />

master to the control level safely and untouched and only there are<br />

they unpacked. The final programming is done using drag-anddrop<br />

from the programming interface of the controller.<br />

Automation and safety technology in one results in more economical<br />

and more productive system concepts. “The entire pallet of<br />

virtues that IO-Link brings with it, the simple integration of safety in<br />

the same system, provided the impetus for relying on the integrated<br />

Balluff Safety over IO-Link concept in the new MCC series. We give<br />

our customers high-performance machining centers at an outstanding<br />

price-performance ratio that sets new standards when it<br />

comes to configuration, flexibility and service and which are Industry<br />

4.0 ready in every respect,” summarizes Benjamin Rother.<br />

Photos: 01 Burckhardt + Weber, <strong>02</strong>-03 Balluff<br />

www.balluff.com<br />

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01<br />

<strong>02</strong><br />

03<br />

04<br />

01 The main task of the further processing<br />

systems from AB Graphic is to cut the incoming<br />

webs and to rewind them onto individual rolls<br />

<strong>02</strong> FleyeVision systems can also be adapted for<br />

the inspection of films and it can be equipped with<br />

UV lighting<br />

03 Among other things, the gaps between lines<br />

or dots as well as between web or label edges<br />

can be measured with fleyeVision gapControl<br />

04 The assistance given in the development of the<br />

fleyeVision systems by Stemmer Imaging and the<br />

sales contact there, Georg Schelle (l.), is considered<br />

very positive by Ralf Wirtz (r.)<br />

Label inspection at the highest level<br />


Systems with an extremely high performance are<br />

required in order to inspect labels or other printed<br />

web goods and detect faults with 100 % reliability at<br />

speeds of up to 350 metres per minute. AB Graphic<br />

produces such machines and in doing so uses image<br />

processing from Stemmer Imaging.<br />

Five label webs run in parallel on the Omega SRI, a further processing<br />

machine for labels that Ralf Wirtz is currently preparing<br />

for delivery to a customer and on which he is performing the last<br />

tests. “The main task of our machine is to cut the incoming strands<br />

and to rewind them onto individual rolls, because the further processing<br />

companies generally require single-web labels”, says the<br />

sales manager of AB Graphic International GmbH.<br />

The machine that Wirtz is just finalising is designed for tape<br />

widths of 430 mm, but AB Graphic covers widths from 210 to<br />

1 200 mm as standard. The dimensioning of the label rolls is just one<br />

of many possible options, however: “Depending on customers<br />

requirements we can extend the basic functionality of rewinding<br />

the label rolls with the addition of various optional functions”, says<br />

Wirtz. A frequently used variant here is the integration of printers,<br />

which add sequential batch numbers or individual details to<br />

pre-printed labels, for example. AB Graphic also offers its customers<br />

Author: Peter Stiefenhöfer, PS Marcom Services, for Stemmer Imaging, Germany<br />

options for the inspection of labels by adding image processing<br />

modules from the fleyeVision family to the systems.<br />

Image processing – a very special field<br />

These image processing modules are the speciality of the German<br />

branch of AB Graphic: within the British group they are also developed<br />

and manufactured at the Baesweiler location near Aachen<br />

under the designation fleyeVision. “An estimated 80 percent of the<br />

label machines manufactured by us here are equipped at the customer’s<br />

request with one or even two image processing modules.<br />

For machines produced in Great Britain that are ordered with a<br />

vision system, we prepare the image processing modules here and<br />

send them to our British colleagues for installation and for the<br />

finalisation of the machines.”<br />

In order to secure the quality of every single label, various features<br />

of the labels are checked with the fleyeVision modules in the processing<br />

chain. For instance, they detect missing labels, splice points,<br />

matrix residues, label damage, ink residues and dirt spots amongst<br />

other things. Such faults must be identified 100 % if possible, because<br />

in certain cases the label manufacturer may face extremely<br />

high demands for compensation if, for example, faulty labels have<br />

been affixed to end products and are therefore returned to the manufacturer.<br />

It can also be very expensive if production processes, for<br />

example in bottling plants, come to a standstill due to faulty labels.<br />

In the case of pharmaceutical products the consequences may be<br />

even graver, with danger to patients being conceivable.<br />

In order to rule out this kind of risk, AB Graphic offers its customers<br />

a large number of modular extension options for the fleyeVision<br />

system, which allow the inexpensive, tailor-made configuration of<br />

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inspection systems in accordance with the customer’s requirements.<br />

“Regardless of whether the customer wishes to ensure the<br />

quality of graphics, texts, barcodes or colours, or to check the correctness<br />

of variable data: with fleyeVision we have the right solution<br />

for every task – and that means for every material, every language<br />

and every typeset font”, Ralf Wirtz stresses.<br />

Reliable detection without sensors<br />

Since 2004 AB Graphic has placed its trust in Stemmer Imaging as the<br />

supplier of the majority of the image processing hardware used in the<br />

systems manufactured in Baesweiler. “We have been procuring the<br />

majority of our cameras, image capture cards/frame grabbers, lenses,<br />

lighting and cables for our systems from this partner for many years<br />

and we’ve had nothing but good experiences”, Wirtz reports. “Over<br />

the years our requirements have continuously developed and Stemmer<br />

Imaging has always recommended suitable components to us.”<br />

He describes the cooperation that has now led to over 1000 implemented<br />

image processing systems as trusting, reliable and strong.<br />

The sensorless detection was developed in close cooperation<br />

between the image processing experts at AB Graphic and the<br />

Development Department at Stemmer Imaging on the basis of the<br />

Visual Applets FPGA development tool from Silicon Software. The<br />

solution thereby created processes the images from the line scan<br />

cameras that are employed in all systems from AB Graphic that<br />

feature image processing functionality. “The requirements for<br />

speed, resolution and thus data throughput are very high in label<br />

inspection. With line scan cameras we can cover all variants, which<br />

we offer our customers as options”, stresses Wirtz.<br />

The selection thereby ranges from line scan cameras with a 1k<br />

resolution through 2k variants up to models with an 8k resolution in<br />

monochrome or colour. Depending on the width of the tape to be<br />

inspected, speeds of up to 350 m per minute and the detection of<br />

faults down to a size of 0.<strong>02</strong> mm² are thus possible. The smallest<br />

detectable distance between two lines or the smallest resolvable<br />

line width is decisive for the reliable recognition of barcodes. The<br />

limit that can currently still be reliably recognised, for example with<br />

a web width of 210 mm with 8k line scan cameras, is 0.08 mm.<br />

The image processing system is completed by suitable line lighting,<br />

which can also be implemented as UV lighting for the inspection<br />

of films, as well as the matching lenses and cables, which Ralf Wirtz<br />

and his image processing colleagues also procure through Stemmer<br />

Imaging. The operating software, which enables the fast automatic<br />

or, if necessary, manual setup of new labels and displays the results<br />

of the image processing, was developed by AB Graphic itself.<br />

Mirror system and two-camera solutions<br />

The fleyeVision image processing systems are integrated into compact<br />

housings in the systems. Due to the tight installation space, the<br />

AB Graphic developers have cleverly extended the optical axis by<br />

means of a mirror system in order to achieve the required working<br />

distance for the cameras. One further special feature is important to<br />

Ralf Wirtz: “Two camera systems can optionally be used in the<br />

fleyeVision systems in order either to check the front and rear sides of<br />

label tapes or to increase the resolution with large tape widths. Even<br />

with such variants, the incoming data from both cameras is captured<br />

and processed by a single Silicon Software frame grabber. This illustrates<br />

the performance of our solution, which was only possible<br />

through the use of high-quality image processing components, the<br />

ideal configuration and the joint development by Silicon Software<br />

and Stemmer Imaging according to AB Graphic’s specifications.”<br />

Photos: 01 + <strong>02</strong> + 03 AB Graphic, 04 Stemmer Imaging<br />

www.stemmer-imaging.com<br />

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of safety<br />


The finished, high quality organic products of Davert<br />

GmbH like rice, legumes and cereal products like sugar,<br />

dried fruit, nuts, oilseeds and sprouting seeds must be<br />

protected from dust and pests during storage and then<br />

transported without damage to drug and health food<br />

stores. The system supplier provided the Beumer<br />

stretch hood A for this task. It covers the mixed pallets<br />

of bags, cartons and buckets with a highly elastic<br />

stretch film, protecting them against external<br />

influences, keeping the merchandise secured during<br />

transport, even through sudden braking.<br />

Davert GmbH is a trading and manufacturing company for<br />

high-quality organic products. The company with its 150 employees<br />

is based in Ascheberg, in the southern Münster region,<br />

right next to the eponymous nature reserve Davert. “With our<br />

guarantee of origin, we are committed to fair trade and long-term<br />

business relationships world-wide,” says Erwin Tenbrink, Technical<br />

Director at Davert. The company acts as a consultant for its<br />

partners when it comes to product selection and cultivation and<br />

coordinates infrastructure projects. For its customers, Davert follows<br />

a multi-channel strategy: the merchandise is sold via their<br />

own online shop and in in selected drugstores and health food<br />

retailers.<br />

Cleanliness has the highest priority<br />

“We are ensuring the highest degree of cleanliness to meet our strict<br />

quality standards,” explains Tenbrink. Before being shipped out, the<br />

legumes, rice etc. have undergone special quality controls. The employees<br />

examine the incoming raw products and set up the required<br />

cleaning steps. “One of the preventive measure is the pressure treatment<br />

that we use to prevent any pest infestation from the start,”<br />

reports Tenbrink. “The sudden pressure release kills off any pests<br />

like bugs, moths or mites and their larvae and eggs, without compromising<br />

the quality of the product in any way.”<br />

In compliance with the quality assurance process, employees<br />

pack the merchandise in a variety of ways, depending on the product:<br />

rice, flour, linseed and grains are packed into bags, larger<br />

storage quantities into big bags. Packaged legumes, nuts, dried<br />

fruit and muesli is filled into boxes, honey into buckets. Depending<br />

on the store order, the team stacks the various unit loads onto<br />

mixed pallets. “Up to this point in the process, we assign the highest<br />

priority to cleanliness,” explains Tenbrink: “And now it is just as<br />

important to keep this level of cleanliness and protect the products<br />

from dust and pests during storage in our high-rack warehouse.”<br />

The units also have to be loaded safely onto the back of the trucks<br />

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01 The machine is easy and safe to operate.<br />

No platform is required<br />

<strong>02</strong> The merchandise remains clearly visible through the<br />

smooth film surface. It protects against atmospheric influences<br />

and humidity, and ensures an aesthetic appearance on<br />

the shop floors<br />

03 The pallets are packaged in short cycle times. The machine<br />

covers the products with a highly elastic stretch hood<br />

01<br />

<strong>02</strong> 03<br />


and reach the distributor without any damage. This is where the<br />

packaging comes into play.<br />

Reliable and powerful packaging system<br />

The managers were looking for a solution that could meet all these<br />

requirements, ensuring fast and reliable operation, high levels of<br />

availability, easy maintenance, and a small footprint. They found<br />

Beumer Group. The single-source provider for filling, palletizing<br />

and packaging technology delivered the Beumer stretch hood A<br />

high-capacity packaging system. “The machine is very easy and safe<br />

to operate,” describes Volker Feldmeyer, sales engineer at Beumer<br />

Group and responsible for the project at Davert. “In order to make<br />

work easier for the maintenance personnel, which also means<br />

higher levels of availability, the machine does not require any<br />

platform.” Maintenance work, such as changing the blades or the<br />

sealing bars, is handled at floor level. The operator simply opens a<br />

drawer, providing free access. Additional benefits include the<br />

compact design and the resulting low height and small footprint.<br />

A film transport system, which is particularly gentle on the material,<br />

introduces the previously cut and sealed film hood into the system.<br />

On its way to the crimping and stretching unit, the sealing<br />

seam on the film hood cools down so that it can be crimped without<br />

losing time. Energy-consuming cooling units and delayed cooling<br />

times become obsolete. This means that the pallets can be packed<br />

in a shorter cycle time. Economical engines and a lower demand in<br />

compressed air optimize the energy balance. In order to save resources<br />

and produce minimum waste, the company opted for this<br />

type of film wrapping. The palletized goods are also clearly visible<br />

through the smooth surface of the transparent, highly flexible film.<br />

The wrapping protects the merchandise against atmospheric influences<br />

and humidity, and ensures an aesthetic appearance on the<br />

shop floors. “The elastic film also increases the safety during transport<br />

considerably,” describes Feldmeyer. At Davert, the Beumer<br />

stretch hood A packages the pallets for high-bay storage systems:<br />

the pallet base remains unwrapped, so that the forks of the fork-lift<br />

truck won’t damage the film. This prevents any remaining film from<br />

interfering during the contour check before the pallet is stored in<br />

the high-rack system.<br />

Easily operated<br />

The system supplier has introduced the Beumer Group Human Machine<br />

Interface (HMI). This newly-developed operator panel with<br />

an optimized user interface and graphical navigation for operating<br />

the system offers an even more ergonomic workflow to the user.<br />

“The soft-touch panel uses pictograms to guide the user through<br />

the menu of the Siemens Simatic S7 machine control,” explains<br />

Feldmeyer. “The panel also gives the operator access to all required<br />

training programs and content.”<br />

“We implemented this project in close cooperation with Beumer<br />

Group,” Erwin Tenbrink is happy to report. He is entirely convinced<br />

of the great technical cooperation. One important aspect for him is<br />

reliable customer support, as even this high-quality machine needs<br />

maintenance and service. “If necessary, we send our service personnel<br />

to the plant to check the system and perform any required<br />

adjustments,” Feldmeyer promises. “This way we can ensure highlevels<br />

of availability at any time.”<br />

Photographs: Beumer Group<br />

www.beumergroup.com<br />

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Global industry:<br />

past and future<br />

In this series, we will ask industry<br />

leaders what their thoughts are<br />

regarding the past ten years of the<br />

global industry and what their<br />

prognosis for the upcoming years<br />

looks like. We start the series with<br />

Jürgen Prochno, CEO of the<br />

German branch of The<br />

Lee Company,<br />

manufacturer of<br />

miniature fluid<br />

control products.<br />

Mr. Prochno, how do you evaluate the development of the global<br />

industry markets in the past ten years?<br />

The international markets have continued to grow together in recent years and<br />

progressed to merge technologically . The low-wage countries of the past are partly<br />

developing into the business partners in charge.<br />

Unfortunately, this leads to damaging reactions of major market participants, such as<br />

the US, who are now trying to foreclose their market more and more to strengthen the<br />

domestic economy and / or protect it from external influences. Given the prevailing<br />

global network of economic processes, I consider this to be the wrong way.<br />

After recovering from the financial crisis, markets are now unnecessarily<br />

discouraged from further merging and have to deal with issues such as punitive<br />

tariffs and countermeasures. Here, a few lose sight of the right measures and<br />

thus complicate the lives of many.<br />

What is your forecast for the next ten years?<br />

In which direction will the industry and your business move?<br />

At the moment, it is extremely difficult to make a serious prognosis for the<br />

next 10 or even just 5 years. There are just too many political, technological<br />

and environmental challenges and options. One of these challenges may<br />

come with the Brexit in a few weeks and no one can estimate the consequences<br />

for Europe and the world. You can try to prepare yourself for some scenarios, others<br />

you have to let them come to you to find a solution in a timely manner.<br />

As a global company, LEE will continue to strive to develop other markets in addition<br />

to its core aerospace industry. Even electrification opens up new applications for us.<br />

Certainly some classic hydraulic functions will be eliminated and replaced by purely<br />

electric ones. But if the hype of electrification has reduced to a reasonable level, it will<br />

strike a balance with the established markets.<br />

www.theleeco.com<br />

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