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The VDW, based in Frankfurt am Main, speaks for the German machine tool industry. In 2016, it celebrated its 125th anniversary. Together with the Sector Association Machine Tools and Manufacturing Systems within the VDMA, the VDW comprises about 290 predominantly mid-tier companies. They account for approximately 90 per cent of the sector’s total turnover, which most recently exceeded 17 billion euros.
Supported by the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), the first “mav Innovation Forum Düsseldorf” will take place on 12 March 2020 as part of METAV 2020. The Forum, to be held in the Düsseldorf Congress Center, is based on the Böblingen event, which has enjoyed great success over many years. It is aimed not only at machine manufacturers and tool specialists but also at automation experts and users in the field of additive manufacturing.
This year’s EMO Hannover took place from 16 to 21 September 2019 under the banner of “Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production!”. Forward-looking topics such as the digital networking of machine tools, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the umati universal machine interface were presented at the world’s leading metalworking trade fair. The increasing importance of the digital transformation in the machine tool sector was demonstrated by numerous exhibi-tors who linked their machine tools by means of innovative software solutions.
The METAV organiser VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) staged its International Press Forum in Aachen on 12 and 13 December. The 21st METAV, the International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies, will open its doors from 10 to 13 March 2020 in Düsseldorf.
17 German machine tool manufacturers came to Mexico to establish and cultivate close contacts. The VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschi-nenhersteller – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) organised two technology symposia in Querétaro and Monterrey in the first week of December. There was great interest on the Mexican side. Around 300 high-calibre customers took part in the events, which proved a resounding success.
The VDW, together with its project partners, has developed the standardized umati (universal machine tool interface) interface for simple, secure data exchange between machines and IT systems. It is particularly important in the implementation of industry 4.0 in the factory. At the EMO Hannover 2019 trade visitors could experience live for the first time how umati machine data can be made usable. In this video you can hear voices about the implementation and future of umati.
Orders received by the German metal forming technology sector in the third quarter of 2019 were 15 per cent down on the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 26 per cent. 8 per cent fewer orders were received from abroad. Orders received fell by 10 per cent in the first nine months of 2019. Domestic orders were down 17 per cent in this period, with foreign orders 6 per cent lower.
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, together with Lower Saxony’s First Minister Stephan Weil, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom Adel Al-Saleh, Cecimo President Dr. Roland Feichtl and EMO General Commissioner Carl Martin Welcker, is opening the EMO Hannover 2019, the world’s leading trade fair. For six days, Hanover will once again become a Mecca for the international production technology industry. The theme of the event is “Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production!” and more than 2,200 exhibitors from 48 countries are set to present their innovations for industrial production.
70 companies from ten countries have connected 110 machines and 28 value-added services at EMO Hannover 2019 via the umati standard interface. “umati is opening up a new chapter in production,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenhersteller – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), at the umati press conference on 16 September 2019 in Hanover. “The interface enables machine tool manufacturers to fulfill another Industry 4.0 promise: the simple, fast and secure exchange of data,” continues Prokop. Creating a connection and providing a uniform language for machines, systems and software are essential prerequisites for reaping the benefits of digitalisation in production. The fact that individual companies no longer have to concern themselves with the correct functioning of the network interconnection represents a tremendous step forward.
Start-ups are in great demand at EMO Hannover 2019. The world’s leading trade fair for metalworking has further increased its commitment to young companies by spotlighting the sector as a lighthouse project. Eight companies have already registered for the joint “Junge innovative Unternehmen” (Young Innovative Companies) stand (A30, Hall 9), which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and enables German start-ups to gain trade fair experience at minimum effort or cost. A further 37 young entrepreneurs will be presenting their innovations in the Young Tech Enterprises and VDMA Startup Machine areas (also on Stand A30 in Hall 9). The list of nominees for the BMWi Digital Innovations competition for start-ups has now been issued, and there is now great excitement surrounding the awards ceremony.
EMO Hannover 2019 to devote separate forum to future technologies. The term “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) covers a whole range of new technologies that open up innovative production possibilities. This will provide the basis for new areas of business. The importance of IIoT should not be underestimated and it will be accorded the attention it deserves at EMO Hannover 2019 in the Forum New Technologies – Future Opportunities. Over the five days, leading industrial experts and scientists will be giving talks in Hall 9 on future technologies which have the potential to develop into important pillars of metalworking. Participation is free of charge, the talks will be given in English.
Since the EU Reach chemicals regulation (EC 1907/2006) came into force, a whole series of environmentally harmful biocides has disappeared from cooling lubricants. This is good news, but it is now gradually becoming apparent that, while containing fewer biocides, the new emulsions are seemingly less compatible with hard plastics and elastomers. Seals and other components made of these materials are less resistant to the new coolants than to previous formulations.
Start-ups are sought after. Many established companies are looking to make contact and cooperate with them and/or invest in them. Thomas Staufenbiel, one of the three founders of Gestalt Robotics GmbH in Berlin, is just such a sought-after businessman. At EMO Hannover, the company is presenting its tailor-made automation and artificial intelligence (AI) software on the start-up stand of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Hall 9.
umati – universal machine tool interface goes live at EMO Hannover 2019 from 16 to 21 September with an exciting presentation. “Around 50 machine tool manufacturers from all over the world will be joining forces to show how umati makes machine data usable,” says Dr. Alexander Broos, umati project manager and Head of Research and Technology at the EMO organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Associationon). Trade show visitors will experience live the benefits the standardised interface offers.
More than 80 journalists from over 30 countries and from all media genres will be guests at the EMO Hannover 2019 Preview on July 3/4. There they will meet 38 exhibitors from nine countries, mainly from the machine tool, tool and component building industry.
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21 per cent down on the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 10 per cent whereas those from abroad were down by 27 per cent.
Germany and German products enjoy an excellent reputation in Vietnam. This was confirmed by Marko Walde, Executive Director of the German-Vietnamese Chamber of Foreign Trade and cooperation partner for the second VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) Symposium in the Mekong Delta. Vietnam’s economic development is continuing to pick up speed.
umati, universal machine tool interface, has chalked up further major successes on its way to becoming an internationally recognised standard interface for machine tool communication with higher-level IT systems. “Our newly founded OPC UA Joint Working Group (JWG) started work in mid-February, and we have also succeeded in encouraging two other well-known control manufacturers to come on board: B&R Automation from Austria and Mitsubishi Electric from Japan,” said Dr. Alexander Broos, Head of Research and Development at VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). umati is also supported by the control producers Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Fanuc, Heidenhain and Siemens. “We now have all the major manufacturers of CNC controls for machine tools on board with umati,” said a pleased Götz Görisch, umati project manager at VDW.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, order bookings at the German machine tool industry fell by 13 per cent compared to the preceding year’s equivalent period. Domestic orders slumped by 28 per cent. Orders from abroad were down by four per cent. For 2018, the overall rise was one per cent. Domestic orders were up by five per cent, while export orders finished at the preceding year’s level.
The Swiss VPT (Vereinigung für angewandte Produktionstechnik) and the German VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken) will work together in the future to standardize the exchange of information with production machines.
The USA, an El Dorado for the machine tool industry? In the first three quarters of the year, the industry's order intake in the USA rose by 27 percent to EUR 3.4 billion, according to the US Machine Tool Association. In September alone, orders shot up by 50 percent. After China, the USA is the second-largest machine tool market in the world with a share of 11 percent and a volume of around 8 billion euros.
EMO Hannover, the world's leading trade fair for metalworking, with more than 2,200 exhibitors and their innovative solutions, products and services, is a unique event for the production technology of tomorrow.
umati (universal machine tool interface) moves one step ahead towards becoming a generally accepted standard. VDW, the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association and the OPC Foundation establish a so-called Joint Working Group.
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the third quarter of 2018 were 2 per cent down on the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 1 per cent whereas those from abroad were down by 2 per cent. Orders increased by 7 per cent in the first nine months of the year. Domestic orders grew by 20 per cent, while foreign orders rose by 1 per cent.
VDW Chairman Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop unveiled the new umati brand at AMB Stuttgart. This should give greater visibility to the industry initiative Connectivity for Industry 4.0 which was launched exactly one year ago during EMO Hannover 2017. The initiative is also presenting the first applications for the future standard interface. “These applications show that the connectivity initiative is now on a stable footing,” says Prokop. And that’s why it was high time we gave the child a name.”
In the second quarter of 2018, order bookings at German manufacturers of forming technology maintained the preceding year’s level. Domestic orders were up by 22 per cent, while exports fell by ten per cent. In the first half of the current year, order bookings rose by eleven per cent. Domestic orders were up by 24 per cent, exports by five per cent.
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