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EDITORIAL Complex Homework Global Excellence for Parcel Dear readers, Bjarne Stroustrup, the inventor of the programming language C++, once said: “I always wanted my computer to be as easy to operate as my phone; finally my dream has come true. Now I can’t figure out how to use my phone anymore either.” Complexity is also one of the driving issues at production companies right now. Driven by the globalization of markets, not only is the complexity of products increasing, but also the complexity of the global value added chain. These developments have been made possible by unceasing advancements in technology and a huge drop in the price of the IT components we use to enhance our manufacturing products. At the same time, software has become an essential component in the industry. Will companies be able to set themselves up so they are in a position to manage this complexity? Surely we humans will still have control over the technology we create several years down the road! Companies, however, have to do their homework when it comes to “lean processes”. The many interdependencies that arise in a networked factory make this a difficult task. This makes it even more important to strengthen the tried and tested pillars of added value, value-stream orientation, and disruption and error reduction, as well as efficient leadership and further enhance them with intelligent automation solutions. The challenge: orchestrating the interplay of people, technology, and IT in the working process intelligently enough to ensure optimal added value. These complex challenges will be addressed at the two trade fairs PTC and CeMAT, which run November 6-9, 2018 in Shanghai. We’ve researched a multitude of new developments and highlights for you again this time. It pays to take a peek at this edition! Dirk Schaar Editorial director TRANSNORM Sorting Modules A scalable and adaptable modular sorting solution, increasing parcel automation whilst optimising space. Shanghai 6.-9.11.2018 German Pavilion www.transnorm.com