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W RLDWIDE NEWS Igus e-skin receives Fraunhofer clean technology award Igus has developed the e-skin for the energy supply sector in clean production areas. It provides systems with data, media and energy without generating airborne particles through friction above the strict limit, which could contaminate the room. The improved corrugated hose for cleanroom applications received the 2nd prize in the Fraunhofer clean technology award, which was presented on 6 February 2018. Here, outstanding ideas in the field of clean technology are rewarded; not only ideas that are completely new, but also those that increase the economic efficiency of production processes. NEWS AND MARKETS Baumüller strengthens its presence in Scandinavia In February 2018, Baumüller started its new branch in Copenhagen for all customers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland. With the new establishment, the drive manufacturer offers competent contact partners directly on site. The Baumüller Group headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany offers solutions for drive and automation systems as well as a broad service portfolio. The company also offers services throughout the entire life cycle of machines and systems: from maintenance and repair, to installation and assembly, to retrofitting. Baumüller wants to serve the Scandinavian region directly with the new branch. Many high-tech providers and globally leading companies are involved in mechanical engineering and e-mobility there and in the future will benefit from Baumüller’s products, systems and services even more. In May, Baumüller will also be represented at Elmia Automation in Jönkoping, Sweden with its own trade fair stand. From May 15-18, all prospective customers will have the opportunity to meet Baumüller’s team and get an overview of it’s product range. Desch DPC becomes Technamic From 1 st January 2018, DESCH DPC, a former joint venture between the Arntz Optibelt Group and DESCH Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, will become a fully-fledged, exclusive member of the Arntz Optibelt Group, with a new name Tecnamic. “In the new name, we connect the concepts ‘technology’ and ‘dynamic’ and in doing so characterize very well the self-image of our company,” says the managing director of Tecnamic, Martin Hammerschmidt. The DESCH corporate group has more than 100 years of experience in drive technology. In 2010, DESCH DPC GmbH & Co. KG was established and has been connected to the Arntz Optibelt Group since 2016 through a joint venture. The product range includes innovative coupling technology, customer-specific belt drive solutions and high-quality drive elements. Its customer-oriented service encompasses technical consultation and design of drive solutions, a flexible logistics concept as well as an international distribution network. “The products and services of Tecnamic fit perfectly into the business strategy of the Arntz Optibelt Group. Together, we offer our customers comprehensive solutions in the drive sector,” says Reinhold Mühlbeyer, Board Chairman of the Arntz Optibelt Group. 6 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 3/2018

Schneider Electric is powering the digital economy Schneider Electric, one of the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, was hosting more than 5,000 customers, partners and influencers at its latest Innovation Summit, April 5-6 at Paris. During the two-day event, the company showcased its latest developments to EcoStruxure, its IoT-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform. This innovation is designed to help companies for a successful digital transformation inter alia in automation. “The world is changing at an unprecedented rate driven by a booming digital economy. Technologies such as the Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and big data analytics are making companies more efficient and innovative, boosting their competitive advantage,” said Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric (picture). Boosting Cross-Border E-Commerce in China Damco, a global provider of freight forwarding and supply chain management service, today revealed ambitious plans to streamline cross-border e-commerce for its clients. Its immediate aim is to tackle the lack of a proven returns solution in China. However, cross-border returns are often expensive. Damco’s latest initiative aims to address this point by offering its customers a robust, fully-digital returns solution supported by government and location authorities. Damon Gu, Global Head of E-commerce at Damco said: “In global e-commerce, speed and visibility are essential. Our goal is to connect and simplify our clients’ supply chains. That means offering the fastest route to government approval, speeding up the process and reducing costs. WEG opens new factory in Portugal The Brazilian motor manufacturer, WEG is expanding its European operations and has recently commenced manufacturing at its second factory in Portugal. This new facility is dedicated to the production of low voltage electric motors. With an investment of € 15 Million, Santo Tirso is now the largest WEG manufacturing plant in Europe. The new factory in Portugal has a footprint of around about 4 5000 m 2 and also has the capability for future expansion up to 100,000 sq. meters. It incorporates production facilities including machining, rotor manufacturing, stator winding, assembly processes and dedicated testing areas. The second plant in Portugal has been designed to be state-of-the-art and efficient facility. The first factory located in Maia is only 20 minutes away from the new facility at Santo Tirso. WEG currently employs over 600 people in its two factories in Portugal. The first Portuguese plant will now be focused on the manufacture of medium and high voltage motors, with an emphasis on explosion protected solutions. It will expand its current portfolio of manufactured products, whilst strengthening the in-house service capabilities and automation solutions. Knapp commissioned to automate South Korea’s largest distribution center The South Korean retailer A-Sung Daiso is building the largest automated distribution center in South Korea for the efficient supply of the country’s southern regions. Knapp is providing the technology, a highly efficient and flexible OSR Shuttle system solution and storage for 70,000 totes. A-Sung Daiso is the number one retailer of household articles in South Korea and has commissioned Knapp with the automation of its new distribution center in Busan, South Korea. The largest distribution center in the entire country will span 73,600 m², with A-Sung Daiso investing a total of 120 million euros. Besides an automated pallet storage system for 52,000 pallets and 18,000 pallet storage locations in a manual area, Knapp is also providing a high-performance OSR Shuttle solution for single item picking. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 3/2018 7


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