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MDA Technologies 5/2015

MDA Technologies 5/2015

Tox Pressotechnik

Tox Pressotechnik inaugurates building in Brazil Shortly after the 15 th jubilee of its subsidiary of Tox Pressotechnik in Brazil, Tox Pressotechnik do Brazil Ltda.has inaugurated its new plant building. The Brazilian subsidiary was founded in 1994. The success of Tox Pressotechnik do Brasil is attributed to its employees in the headquarters as well as field employees. The focus is on the virtues and decentralised aspects of a medium company so that it can serve customers from all industrial sectors and sheet metal processing industry, quicker and in a more flexible way. Optibelt is expanding its production in Ireland Kübler is celebrating its 10 th anniversary in Italy and Poland The manufacturer of high performance drive belts, Optibelt Urethane Belting Ltd., a subsidiary of Arntz Optibelt, is buying a new building in Ireland and expanding the production area for polyurethane toothed belts by more than 3 000 sqm. At the Letterkenny site, the group is investing millions over a five year period. “The production processes for polyurethane, especially for Delta Chain Carbon, require more space relatively. The purchase of new building is of strategic importance. In order to achieve high and better efficiency in the production processes in future”, says Volker Kettelhake, Director of Optibelt Urethane Belting. The sensor manufacturer Kübler is celebrating 10 th anniversary of its branches in Italy and Poland. The Italian market is very important for the company in the automation and packaging technology sector according to information provided by them. When Kübler Italy was founded, it just had one sales engineer. However, today the company in Milan has a four member team for consulting, application support and service in North Italy. Central and South Italy are supported by partners and distributors. Customers of Kübler Italy come from other industries such as logistics, drive technology, steel and mobile automation in addition to core packaging industry. Kübler Poland mainly has customers in food and steel industry. Its office in Posen has four employees. On the occasion of the jubilee celebrations, the company declared that it wants to expand its international presence and existing subsidiaries. 19 th ISC International Sealing Conference – Call for Papers The German association for Fluid Technology in VDMA is conducting its 19 th ISC (International Sealing Conference) in collaboration with University of Stuttgart under the scientific guidance of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Werner Haas on 12 th and 13 th October 2016. The conference has a theme “Sealing technology - indispensable”. The objective of the conference is the presentation of scientific works, development results and user experiences as information transfer between all the sectors. Interested parties, who would like to be involved in the conference with a paper presentation, can request ‘Call for Papers’ in Internet as pdf version by visiting the website or can request a printed version by email ( The proposal must be submitted on or before 28 th February 2016 as short summary of the paper in English or German. Papers on the following topics are welcome: Static seals, Shaft seals, Translational seals (hydraulics/pneumatics), Fundamentals of sealing technology, Slide ring seals, Materials and surfaces, Energy conservation/friction/wear, Simulation, Standard/patents/legal regulations/testing methods and Application areas A trade exhibition will be organised along with the conference. Contact: Fachverband Fluidtechnik im VDMA, 19 th ISC, Dr. Christian Geis, Telephone: 069/6603-1318, E-Mail: MDA Technologies 5/2015 13

NEWS AND MARKETS Expert panel: Opportunities and risks of Industry 4.0 109. GESPRÄCHE The industrial production is in upheaval: The production process is decentralised and controlled through complete networking of intelligent machines, products as well as assembly and transport facilities with each other and going beyond the boundaries of the company to the customer and suppliers. In English-speaking countries this topic is known as “Industrial Internet” or “Internet of Things”. However, in Germany we talk about “Industry 4.0”. When everything is about to change, at first there is a need for debate and discussion. O+P, a German technical publication for hydraulics and pneumatics that is recognized in the industry as well as academia, invited in September 2015 for a discussion called “O+P Gespräche” on “Opportunities and challenges of Industry 4.0 for fluid technology drives and controllers”. Realising the opportunity, many important players from the industry accepted the invitation to Mainz: Argo-Hytos, Aventics, Bosch Rexroth, Festo, Hydac and Parker Hannifin as well as representatives from German Machinery and Equipment Constructors Association (VDMA) and reputed universities and institutes. The objective of networked production is clear: More flexibility in order processing, a better control of the condition of the individual components as well as the entire system and realisation of cost advantages. Even if all the technical questions are solved, networked production linked with Internet still has one aspect unresolved: Safety. The concerns are obvious: Who is owner of all the data from legal perspective, which is generated as part of this networked production: do they belong to the manufacturer of a component, the operating company or to the Internet service provider? When such an “intelligent system” is installed, what then, is the role of the other intelligent system “humans”? Will he remain part of production? Will the requirements for employees, who operate such intelligent systems, change? And will this technically complex process become easy or complicated for people to handle? The expert panel was united in its opinion that the the customer benefits decides the success or failure of technical solutions. In the domain of hydraulics and pneumatics, the implementation potential is mainly seen in the area of “Condition Monitoring”. Components should not just communicate information about their current condition independently, but they should also forecast the next maintenance interval based on the same load of a system. As a result, machine downtime should be avoided. The new concept is called “Predictive maintenance”, which is competing with known concept of “Condition Monitoring”. Peter-Michael Synek, Deputy CEO of Research Group Fluid Technology in VDMA, announced a special exhibition on “Predictive Maintenance” during Hannover Expo in April 2016. There will be guided tours and a forum. z


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