AMB 2014 Preps for Industry 4.0
June 25, 2014—The machine tool industry is confronted with a large number of developments which are influencing investment decisions by its customers. In addition to the still dominant topics of Industry 4.0 and increased efficiency, other topics must be considered, i.e. hybridization of machines, software and IT security, increasing intelligence of machine peripherals and simulation of complete machining processes. Answers to complex requirements will be provided at AMB, International Exhibition for Metal Working, which is being held in Stuttgart September 16-20. The topic of Industry 4.0 is "varied and interdisciplinary." This conclusion was drawn by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation (IPA) in the structural study entitled "Industry 4.0 for Baden-Württemberg“, which was conducted on behalf of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. Many of the statements probably apply in principle. In addition to mechanical engineering skills, for example, purely technical implementation of Industry 4.0 also calls for knowledge of electrical engineering, software and information and communication technology. Other areas such as work organization must be included for the purpose of implementation at the organizational level. In order to successfully implement Industry 4.0, it is also necessary to include company-related services such as technology development, introduction, maintenance or service, as well as technology upgrading and non-technical areas such as general and advanced training.
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