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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 5/2017

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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 5/2017

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Worldwide News Balluff extends international market presence Automation specialist Balluff with headquarters in Neuhausen auf den Fildern invests further in their international market presence. Ten years after completing the first construction phase, Balluff has invested € 2.1 mil. to enlarge their plant in the Chinese city of Chengdu by around 50 %. After around nine months of con-struction time 2000 m² of production area in two stories and a 400 m² multi-purpose area including a cafeteria are the visible expression of the growing sig-nificance of the Asian market for the German company. Balluff in Chengdu cur-rently produces mechanical and inductive sensors as well as linear measurement systems for industrial automation. The new construction will serve to expand the product offering through semi-automated production and assembly of a sensor platform concept. www.balluff.com Innovation leadership in the field of sensor intelligence NEWS AND MARKETS The Sick Group has continued on its trajectory of sustainable and profitable growth. After a cautious start this year, both sales and orders received grew consistently during the course of the year. Sales increased by 7.4 % to EUR 1,361.2 million. Orders received also achieved record increases, growing by 10.1 % to EUR 1,398.9 million. The continued high demand for increased productivity in factory and logistics processes as well as in process flows was palpable all over the world. In Europe, America, and Asia, customers showed considerable interest in sensor solutions for automation in the factory environment. The forecast for the current fiscal year overall is optimistic: “The economic and political circumstances we face remain challenging. We will nonetheless strive to achieve record figures once again in 2017. We currently anticipate sales growth in the upper single-digit percentage range,” explains Dr. Robert Bauer, Chairman of the Executive Board. www.sick.com Helukabel continues course for future growth The global manufacturer and supplier of cable, wires and assembly components, is enhancing its global distribution channels by opening local subsidiaries in Central and South America. “Our aim is to be close to our customers. Additionally, the rising demand for our products in these regions of the Americas meant now is the right time to open our own subsidiaries in Mexico and Brazil, said Mark Luksch, managing director of Helukabel. With the opening of its two newest subsidiaries, Helukabel is now present in 29 countries. Photo: Juan José Chaparro Schmiel (left), head of the Brazilian subsidiary and Gerardo Montenegro Aznar (right), head of the Mexican subsidiary www.helukabel.com WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 5/2017

Expert-talk about Protection, Licensing and Security The protection, licensing, and security of software is one of the most important challenges in safeguarding digital know-how. One company is particularly successful at protecting software against counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering: Wibu-Systems. As one of the world’s three leading suppliers in the software licensing industry, it ranks among the top two vendors of hardware-based software protection and has no equal when it comes to embedded software monetization. Dirk Schaar, Editorial Director of ‘World of Industries’ has met Oliver Winzenried, CEO of Wibu- Systems at the Industrial Automation Show Beijing to speak about the digitization of machines and the importance of protecting intellectual property. In their conversation, they discussed how digitization will change machines and industrial plants. In Oliver Winzenried’s opinion, digitization is making production processes more flexible and products more customized through software-realized features that can be upsold in the field. Connectivity between remote factories is increasing and powering the automation of all industrial processes. However, as hardware is becoming commoditized and more and more IP is transferred into production data, production processes need to be shielded against cyber attacks. Wibu-Systems offers the best solutions for the protection, licensing, and security of digital assets. This includes CodeMeter, developed to support industrial machine manufacturers and device makers. CodeMeter encrypts and signs the software associated with the device, making it harder for would-be saboteurs, hackers, and crackers, to reverse engineer, pirate, or manipulate the precious bytes. Watch our video to see what else Wibu-Systems has to offer, find out more about the company’s international activities, and discover what’s behind the new Blurry Box method! http://www.wibu.com VIDEO Find out more about the passion and need of protecting digital content in our video. http://bit.ly/Wibu-Systems_Interview Time-less E4.1L: Moving energy made even easier ... Fast harnessing and time-less design. Reduce assembly and harnessing time by 80 %* The E4.1L e-chainsystem ® can be harnessed faster than any other. New separators and strain relief elements enable lightning-fast assembly and strain relief of complex, multi-level cable fillings. igus.eu/E4.1L plastics for longer life ® *measured in the igus ® harnessing factory Tel. +49 2203 9649-800 info@igus.eu The terms "igus, e-chainsystem, plastics for longer life" are legally protected trademarks in the Federal Republic of Germany and, where applicable, in some foreign countries. Visit us: SPS IPC Drives, Nürnberg – Hall 4 Booth 310 | Marintec China, Shanghai Igus-2-englisch.indd 1 26.09.2017 13:35:44 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 5/2017

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