The manufacturing of products made of fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) often still involves a number of manual work steps: the position and orientation of the semi-finished fiber-reinforced materials must be aligned precisely by hand to ensure that the product has the required levels of stability and flexibility after lamination and curing. Ultimately, this is the only way of enabling the user to fully exploit the advantages of the FRP material. To support the manual deposition process, known as preforming, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen, Germany, has developed intuitive software for commercially available augmented reality glasses: The system specifies the correct deposition of the semi-finished materials as a virtual representation on the mold and can thus significantly improve the quality and performance of FRP production processes.
Despite the currently tense economic situation, the platform for the automation industry once again drew numerous exhibitors and trade visitors to Nuremberg at the end of 2019. Attendees were particularly impressed by the high level of innovation and the sheer number of practical solutions presented by exhibitors.
Due to the increasing global spread of Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and based on the recommendations of the German Federal Government and the Bavarian State Government, Messe München feels compelled to postpone automatica 2020. This measure has been taken in consultation with the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association as conceptual sponsor and in responsibility for the health of exhibitors and visitors. automatica 2020 will instead take place from December 8 to 11, 2020.
The last decade has seen an amazing advancement in embedded system development techniques, tools and technologies. Today, we now have microcontrollers with clock speeds above 1 GHz with more than 4 megabytes for flash storage. This dramatic increase in capabilities for microcontrollers and their affordable costs is going to usher in a completely new design paradigm in the decade to come.
The Bundesnetzagentur has been laying the foundation for campus networks, i.e. a company’s own network on factory premises. Fraunhofer FOKUS and partners from industry and science work on technical implementation of such private networks.
After four action-packed days (23 – 26 October, 2019), the industrial mega-show themed with “Driven to be SMART” + “Smart Logistics”, organized by Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai and the Chinese partners rounded off on 26 October at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
On 6-8 October 2020, the international event organiser Easyfairs will launch a Dutch edition of its successful Welding Week in conjunction with NIL (Dutch Institute for Welding Technology) at Evenementenhal Gorinchem. The event will replace NIL Verbindingsweek with the new branding “Welding Week powered by NIL”.
The leading manufacturing industry exhibition WIN EURASIA is preparing to host thousands of exhibitors and visitors from all around the world. WIN EURASIA brings together six international industrial exhibitions under one roof and will be held at TÜYAP Istanbul Fair and Exhibition Center on March 12-15, 2020.
In future Composites Europe and the trade association Composites Germany will cooperate even more closely and organise the International Composites Conference (ICC) jointly from 2019. The conference structure will be significantly revised and the former separation between trade fair and lecture events will end.
EMO Hannover – the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking industry – is a key showcase for innovations and an essential driver of global production technology. This year‘s fair takes place 16 – 21 September 2019 and puts special focus on the recruiting of young talents.