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The X Factor In Smart Automation

The X Factor In Smart Automation

An encouraging article in the FAZ Stephan Finsterbusch published an article entitled "The X-Factor" in the FAZ on April 23, 2014, on the Hannover Messe. The article is encouraging when looking at Germany as an industrial location. It shows where our industry - the big names as well as the hidden champions - not only has the future in its sights....

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“The Platform Must Be Really Open”

“The Platform Must Be Really Open”

Open source in manufacturing with FLECS Interview with FLECS Technologies Managing Director Samuel Greising  FLECS Technologies, manufacturer of the Linux-based automation platform FLECS, (- one of the platforms on Smart Automation -) was founded in 2021 and is based in Kempten, Germany. The founders and managing directors are Alexander...

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Encouraging Start For Smart Automation With Great Potential

Encouraging Start For Smart Automation With Great Potential

This start was not to be expected: the day after the online launch with nine providers of open automation platforms, three further registrations were received. Now there are already 12 providers of currently 13 platforms represented on the new Smart Automation page. With a direct comparison of important features in tables on an overview page. Now...

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EPLAN In Hanover With Preview Of eVIEW AR

EPLAN In Hanover With Preview Of eVIEW AR

The use of augmented reality (AR) has long been known in the field of mechanical engineering. Now EPLAN also offers this option for components installed in enclosures, including access to electrical engineering documentation - for tablet and smartphone. As a preview on Hanover Fair. The real enclosure is overlaid with its digital twin. In future,...

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prostep ivip Symposium: Good Communication Remains In Demand

prostep ivip Symposium: Good Communication Remains In Demand

Now in its 31st year, the prostep ivip Symposium has lost none of its appeal. With 665 participants in Munich on April 10 and 11, there were again slightly more than last year in Stuttgart. However, the large growth figures from before the pandemic were not reached. The motto: "Digital Engineering - Ready For Seemless Collaboration". Meetings and...

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Smart Automation Platforms At A Click

Smart Automation Platforms At A Click

Smart Automation is online. Nine providers of 10 open, Linux-based app platforms in industrial automation are available here for the first time with brief information at the click of a mouse. They are also directly compared with each other in key aspects on a detailed page. And from now on, the providers can also highlight the special features of...

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Rittal, Eplan, Cideon, GEC: Joint Booth With Open Platform

Rittal, Eplan, Cideon, GEC: Joint Booth With Open Platform

Two years ago, the companies of the Friedhelm Loh Group presented the ONCITE Digital Production System (DPS) platform from German Edge Cloud (GEC) for the first time in Hanover. Now, for the third time at their joint booth at the Hanover Fair, the companies are demonstrating the role that combined hardware and software development can play in...

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Smart Automation Platforms: More Than Just Automating Production

Smart Automation Platforms: More Than Just Automating Production

We conducted a survey of open platform providers for the Smart Automation page on this news portal, which is currently under construction. 9 of them took part, giving us an insight into this marketplace. The new platforms are opening doors to the Industrial Internet of Things that go beyond the mere automation of production. While the terminology...

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The history of sendlercircle – Part 3: Industry 4.0, IoT, Digitalization

The history of sendlercircle – Part 3: Industry 4.0, IoT, Digitalization

This article concludes my short history of 28 years of sendler\circle. The end of the circle also marks the beginning of a new development in the industry, which is focusing on apps and cloud technology. also in this application area.In 2011, the German government's Research Union made the term Industry 4.0 public. One year later, it published...

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The History Of sendler\circle – Part 2: Major Topic PLM

The History Of sendler\circle – Part 2: Major Topic PLM

Seven years after CADcircle was founded, IT use in the manufacturing industry had changed so radically that the circle had to realign itself. The focus was no longer on generating CAD models, but on managing product data to optimize company processes. Even if the focus at the turn of the millennium was still very much on M-CAD data. Once CAD on...

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Automation Becomes Smart Automation

Automation Becomes Smart Automation

Announcement of a new "Smart Automation" section on this portal It is the field of manufacturing automation or industrial automation that will give industry and the industrial location in this country a new face in the coming years. From pre-programmed controllers, monolithic production systems and proprietary devices, the big step is towards...

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New CONTACT Elements Module Shopfloor Planner

New CONTACT Elements Module Shopfloor Planner

CONTACT Software is expanding its open Elements platform for digital Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) to include a module for resource planning on the shopfloor. CONTACT Elements for IoT offers freely combinable no-code applications for asset management and the digitalization of manufacturing. A module for workforce scheduling has now...

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The sendlercircle – History Of A Rather Unique Network

The sendlercircle – History Of A Rather Unique Network

From 1995 to 2023, the providers of engineering software, i.e. CAD/CAM, PDM/PLM, simulation etcetera, had a network in Germany that was unique in the world. Although the members - in the early years exclusively from the CEO-level - were the most important competitors in this special IT market, they built up a relationship of trust with each other...

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World Economic Forum Davos 2024: Europe Is Missing From The AI Revolution

World Economic Forum Davos 2024: Europe Is Missing From The AI Revolution

The FAZ reported from Davos on January 17: "On the key panels discussing the future of artificial intelligence (AI), there are hardly any Germans or even Europeans represented." This is despite the fact that everyone is aware of what Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, was quoted as saying in Davos by the FAZ: "Generative AI is developing ten times...

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