German machine tool industry under great pressure

Orders received by the Ger­man machine tool indus­try in the first quar­ter of 2020 were 25 per cent down on the same peri­od last year. Orders from with­in Ger­many fell by 22 per cent. 27 per cent few­er orders were received from abroad. “Glob­al demand for machine tools fell sharply last year due to var­i­ous…


Medical engineering requires long-term approach

First there was Brex­it, trade wars and struc­tur­al change in key indus­tries, now it’s the coro­na pan­dem­ic. Up to now the machine tool man­u­fac­tur­ers have only been mar­gin­al­ly affect­ed by the eco­nom­ic set­backs, but they are now fac­ing increas­ing threats. Med­ical engi­neer­ing read­i­ly springs to mind when it comes to mar­kets that still hold growth…


That’s is what the participating companies said

Nadine Cömert, Solid­line: “Now is the right time to charge bat­ter­ies and pre­pare for the restart of busi­ness. Use the METAV web ses­sions to find inspi­ra­tion for your com­pa­ny and process­es. You can find what you are look­ing for on Google, but the web ses­sions offer solu­tions that you may not even had been famil­iar…


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…


METAVs favourite: stand cookies!

An event­ful year is draw­ing to a close. The days are get­ting short­er, the nights cold­er and con­tem­pla­tion is com­ing. But Christ­mas time is also time for cook­ies. That’s why we went to the bak­ery and baked our favourite cook­ies: Stand cook­ies! You may have seen them on social media…  With com­bined forces from the…


New developments in the manufacture of precision tools On show at METAV 2020 – Measurement equipment and new technologies play key role in the toolmaking process chain

Tool pro­duc­tion demands max­i­mum pre­ci­sion and qual­i­ty. New tech­nolo­gies, such as addi­tive process­es or laser-assist­ed pro­duc­tion for the fine struc­tur­ing of design and func­tion­al sur­faces, are increas­ing­ly being used along­side con­ven­tion­al man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es. Exhibitors at METAV 2020 from 10 to 13 March in Düs­sel­dorf will be high­light­ing cru­cial aspects in the man­u­fac­ture of pre­ci­sion tools. …


OPC UA makes life easier for measurement technicians METAV 2020 showcasing the integration of length measurement technology in digitalised metalworking

The non-pro­pri­e­tary com­mu­ni­ca­tion stan­dard OPC UA (Open Plat­form Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Uni­fied Archi­tec­ture) is cur­rent­ly expe­ri­enc­ing rapid growth because the open plat­form facil­i­tates the inte­gra­tion of new machines and devices into pro­duc­tion. The VDMA is cur­rent­ly devel­op­ing cor­re­spond­ing domain-spe­­cif­ic infor­ma­tion mod­els (“Com­pan­ion Spec­i­fi­ca­tions”) for length mea­sure­ment tech­nol­o­gy. Trade vis­i­tors will be able to receive first-hand infor­ma­tion from…


METAV 2020 International Trade Fair for Metalworking Technologies – Running like clockwork for 40 years now

Reg­is­tra­tions can be sub­mit­ted until 31 August 2019 It was in March 1980 that METAV (then sub­ti­tled “The Mar­ket For Met­al­work­ing”) opened its doors for the first time in Düs­sel­dorf. It very quick­ly became the lead­ing trade fair for met­al­work­ing in the even years. Today it sets the pace in the largest indus­tri­al met­ro­pol­i­tan area…


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


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…