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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 4/2017

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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 4/2017

Worldwide News IAS –

Worldwide News IAS – one of the most influential Automation Shows Since its establishment, covering topics of industrial automation, electrical systems, robotics and IT solutions, IAS (Industrial Automation Shanghai) has become the hotspot in Asia where automation industry leaders present and explore technology application with users, a platform to publish latest technologies and market ready solutions. After years of market success, it has become a must-attend automation event for both automation technology suppliers and industry users. The fair focuses on comprehensive solutions for industrial automation, production and process automation. In 2017, IAS will delve into the theme of “innovation, intelligence and green”, and provide exhibitors and professional attendance with an ideal platform for technical communication and business negotiation. In 2016 more than 600 exhibitors presented their innovations to more than 160 000 visitors. Taking place from 7 th to 11 th November at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, IAS is the hotspot for the industry of the future. Siemens and AES join forces to create Fluence Siemens AG and The AES Corporation announced their agreement to form a new global energy storage technology and services company under the name Fluence. The joint venture will bring together AES’ ten years of industrydefining experience deploying energy storage in seven countries with over a century of Siemens’ energy technology leadership and its global sales presence in more than 160 countries. Combining the proven AES Advancion and Siemens Siestorage energy storage platforms with expanded services, Fluence will offer customers a wider variety of options to meet the challenges of a rapidly transforming energy landscape. Siemens and AES will have joint control of the company with each holding a 50 % stake. Fluence’s global headquarters will be located in the Washington, DC area with additional offices located in Erlangen, Germany and select cities worldwide. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2017, subject to regulatory and other approvals. NEWS AND MARKETS Basler continues its road of success Basler, the leading global manufacturer of industrial cameras, presented final figures for the first six months of 2017. In the first six months of the fiscal year 2017, the group’s incoming orders amounted to Euro 100.4 million (previous year: Euro 50.2 million, +100 %) and were thus just below total incoming orders of the previous year. The group’s sales of Euro 78.5 million were 62 % above the previous year’s level (Euro 48.5 million). The earnings before taxes (EBT) for the group were positively impacted by economies of scale and amounted to Euro 18.2 million (previous year: Euro 5.3 million). “In a very dynamic market environment, Basler AG closed the first half-year of 2017 with new record values in incoming orders and sales. With these tailwinds we are very well prepared for the second half-year of 2017 and will continue to forge ahead with our growth strategy”, says Hardy Mehl, CFO. The company’s product portfolio encompasses area scan and line scan cameras in compact housing dimensions, camera modules in board level variants for embedded solutions, and 3D cameras. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 4/2017

Beckhoff Automation continues to be successful Beckhoff Automation generated global sales of 679 million Euros in 2016, an increase of 9.5 % over the previous year. This success can be credited to the company’s development of new products, broad market penetration and improved distribution network coverage. “We are very pleased with these business results. Although the growth rate was moderate compared with last year’s 22 % increase, it is very respectable relative to the much slower growth of the automation industry as a whole,” says Managing Director Hans Beckhoff. “If you combine the last two years, we averaged an outstanding 15 %.” All in all a continuation of the very positive development in Europe can be expected for 2017. Most of this growth centres on the PC-based automation technology developed by Beckhoff, which is employed in a wide range of industries and applications. Robot application receives Cannes Lion Mitsubishi Electric’s interactive robotic installation known as “Threebots” has been awarded with the coveted Silver Lion in Cannes. “Threebots” has already received several awards since its installation at the German branch in Ratingen. At the 64th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June 2017 the creative communications industry celebrated the best creative work in the world. “Threebots” won over the international jury with its interactive concept. The continuous, perfectly coordinated routine featured simultaneous animations on the monitors, technically challenging choreography and effortless motion. Not only the robots but also 90 % of the components used in the robot application are Mitsubishi Electric’s own products and solutions, e.g. the displays, servo-motors, controllers and the control technology which drives “Threebots”. Your Global Automation Partner Brain Gain! HMI Panels and Block I/Os with CODESYS 3 PLC For flexible use as a PROFINET controller, EtherNet/IP scanner or Modbus TCP master - also CANopen, MODBUS RTU and RS232/485 TX500: Modern HMI/PLC compact devices for easy programming of control and visualization functions with CODESYS 3 TBEN-L-PLC: Rugged IP67 block I/Os with CODESYS 3 PLC for intelligent control concepts without cabinet


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