Vigilance – The best protection against hacking — METAV 2020 offering expert knowledge on data security – Cybersecurity Congress highlighting challenges facing the office and production environments

Frank­furt am Main, 27 Novem­ber 2019 — Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion has its price. The net­work­ing of peo­ple, machines and com­pa­nies not only increas­es pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty, but also rais­es the risk of a cyber attack. The VDMA Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty Con­gress at METAV 2020 on 11 March 2020 offers poten­tial ways of resolv­ing this dilem­ma. Heinz-Uwe Gern­hard is head of…


Fast and environment-friendly coating

The new process for extreme high-speed laser depo­si­tion weld­ing (Ehla) is a gen­uine suc­cess sto­ry: inten­sive devel­op­ment in Aachen from 2012, con­sis­tent imple­men­ta­tion and test­ing of the sys­tem tech­nol­o­gy in the Nether­lands fol­lowed by indus­tri­al imple­men­ta­tion in Chi­na. And on 21 Sep­tem­ber 2018, the process devel­oped by the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute for Laser Tech­nol­o­gy ILT in…


Mobilising maintenance through digitalisation

The Smart Fac­to­ry and the relat­ed dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion offer wide-rang­ing poten­tial for long-term and pre­dic­tive main­te­nance. But what are the ben­e­fits for com­pa­nies? And what are the pre­req­ui­sites for ensur­ing that the data nec­es­sary for plan­ning, pro­cess­ing and doc­u­ment­ing main­te­nance mea­sures is exchanged reli­ably? What is cer­tain is that main­te­nance staff are by def­i­n­i­tion pro­duc­tion ser­vice…


umati – Launch of a global brand

For over a year now, the VDW has been work­ing with eight mem­ber com­pa­nies and five con­trol man­u­fac­tur­ers to cre­ate an open inter­face for con­nect­ing machine tools to high­­er-lev­­el IT sys­tems. The project orig­i­nal­ly oper­at­ed under the some­what unwieldy title “Con­nec­tiv­i­ty for Indus­try 4.0”. VDW even­tu­al­ly launched the umati brand for the project at AMB


IMTS 2018 shows high procurement levels in North America

The IMTS (Inter­na­tion­al Machine Tool Show), the largest and most impor­tant met­al­work­ing event in North Amer­i­ca, took place in mid-Sep­tem­ber in Chica­go. The US machine tool asso­ci­a­tion AMT, the organ­is­er of the event, cap­tured the suc­cess with head­lines such as “Boom­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing econ­o­my” and “Vis­i­tors have cap­i­tal and are ready to invest!” A broad range…


Euroblech 2018 draws to successful conclusion

Eurob­lech 2018, the 25th Inter­na­tion­al Sheet Met­al Work­ing Tech­nol­o­gy Exhi­bi­tion, came to an end after four days on 26 Octo­ber. A total of 56,300 vis­i­tors from all over the world trav­elled to Hanover to pick up infor­ma­tion on and invest in inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies for sheet met­al pro­cess­ing from 1,507 exhibitors from 40…


umati for everyone – How do I benefit and how can I get involved?

umati will only be accept­ed as a stan­dard if as many com­pa­nies as pos­si­ble use it. The umati pre­sen­ta­tion at the AMB (includ­ing press con­fer­ence and stand) was com­ple­ment­ed by a well attend­ed infor­ma­tion event for VDW mem­bers. The aim was to pro­vide infor­ma­tion first-hand. Dr. Alexan­der Broos from the VDW explained the back­ground to…


AMB impresses on every count

1,553 exhibitors, more than 91,000 vis­i­tors and of course Messe Stuttgart itself can look back on a suc­cess­ful AMB 2018. All the glob­al mar­ket lead­ers pre­sent­ed their pro­duc­tion inno­va­tions on more than 120,000 gross square metres of exhi­bi­tion space spread across ten halls – and the AMB proved once again just how much Stuttgart has…


JIMTOF 2018 breaks new records

The 29th Japan­ese Inter­na­tion­al Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) was held from 1 to 6 Novem­ber 2018 in Tokyo and broke a num­ber of records. The main top­ic of this year’s event was “CONNECT by Tech­nol­o­gy of the Future”. Accord­ing­ly, the Inter­net of Things (IoT) and con­nec­tiv­i­ty played cen­tral roles. As usu­al, the VDW was on…


VDW organising first US symposia

The VDW is hold­ing its first two tech­nol­o­gy sym­posia in the USA at the begin­ning of Decem­ber 2018: in Detroit, Michi­gan, on Decem­ber 4 and in Char­lotte, North Car­oli­na on Decem­ber 6. Both regions are home to large num­bers of machine tool users. This makes them of great inter­est to VDW mem­bers. The theme is “Inno­va­tions…