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Automation Technologies 2/2015

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Automation Technologies 2/2015

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News and Markets EMVA Young Professional Award The EMVA Young Professional Award honors the outstanding and innovative work of a student or a young professional in the field of machine vision or image processing. The criteria of the works to be presented for the award are, among others: outstanding innovative work in the field of vision technology with industrial relevance, work has to be made within the last 12 months by a student or a young researcher during their education at a European university or research institute or in collaboration with a European university or research institute. To apply a short abstract of two pages in English describing the work and a short bio of the author of the work has to be submitted to the EMVA Secretariat, Ms. Natalia Soto, Deadline for submission of papers is April 17 th , 2015. The winner of the award will be announced during the 13th EMVA Business Conference 2015 taking place June 11-13 in Athens, Greece. Lapp Group: positive outlook for 2015 During the 2013/14 business year, Lapp Group further consolidated its market position and gained new market shares. Still, the company did not succeed in achieving its targets. Andreas Lapp, Chairman of the Board of Stuttgart-based Lapp Holding AG, said: “We’re better than the benchmark, but we should have made more gains. We’ve invested a lot over the last few years, but this hasn’t had as much of an impact on our performance as we had expected and hoped.” Revenue fell by 1.2 % last year, from € 830 m to € 820 m, while income before taxes rose from € 35.5 m to € 37.1 m. The number of employees increased to around 3,200 staff. The group has got off a good start in the current business year. Without taking into account the risks and opportunities related to the development of exchange rates and the price of copper, the company expects to see a slight growth in revenue this year. The Asian and American markets are expected to make a significant contribution to revenue growth. IST AG acquires Jobst Technologies The Swiss sensor manufacturer, Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, acquires Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, based Jobst Technologies GmbH and strengthens its position in the market for bio and chemical sensors. Jobst Technologies holds a long history of landmark developments in the field of bio analytical microsystems such as biosensor arrays for medical applications and biotechnology. “We have successfully been working on expanding our own portfolio for the biotechnical, industrial, pharmaceutical and medical industry and now find that the timing is right for a further expansion of our product portfolio”, says IST AG CEO Dr. Mirko Lehmann. “With the acquisition, we hope to strengthen our position in the market of physical, chemical and biological sensors.” AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 2/2015

POWERLINK motion control center in China Servo specialist Maxsine Electric has opened the doors to its Powerlink promotion center in Wuhan, China. The center’s team, led by manager Chen Yi, will develop Powerlink-enabled motion control technology for robotics, machine tool, multi-axis synchronization and positioning applications. It will also provide customers in central China with training and technical support for Powerlink master and slave implementations. Maxsine has provided over 800,000 servo drive products for solutions in the machine tool, textile, packaging and semiconductor industries. To further strengthen its ability to offer total solutions and advanced drive performance, the company developed the widely used Powerlink-enabled EP3E servo drive, as well as a master with a Powerlink interface, providing its customers with a complete control solution. MSC Software acquires Simufact MSC Software announced the acquisition of Simufact Engineering. Simufact is an industry leader in simulation of metal forming and joining processes. Based on best-in-class nonlinear simulation software technology, Simufact.forming and Simufact welding are metal forming and welding process simulation tools used by aerospace, automotive, and machinery industries, their parts and materials suppliers, as well as major OEMs to realize significant savings from reducing shop-floor tryouts of their manufacturing processes. “Too often, our customers tell me that poorly-understood manufacturing processes result in products that don’t function as designed and simulated,” said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC Software. “By connecting Simufact’s manufacturing process oriented tools to design simulation, we can better assist our customers with their drive for ‘first time right’.” Your Global Automation Partner Second to None! Highest Switching Distances and Factor 1 New technology allows for maximum switching distances of all inductive sensors worldwide - Factor 1 included For the first time Factor 1 sensors available in ultra compact designs, as Ø 4 mm smooth barrels and M5 types Reliable operation with full flush mounting, weld field immune and ranges up to 10 mm


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