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AREND process automation
Automation is our core competence. But it is also our passion.AREND is your successful partner for development and production of electrical plants (switching-, control-, measuring- and regulation-technology) and for mechanical engineering. Permanently great reliability and high quality standards are what distinguish our company. Till plant-optimization and modernization projects, we create individual or end-to-end solutions, transparent […] and cost-effective From analysis, consulting and planning to the complete system and beyond… service, training and maintenance – all from one source. www.arend-automation.de
Empolis supports customers in making the right decisions. Currently, around 500 Empolis installations exist around the world, and nearly 700,000 professional users rely on Empolis solutions on a daily basis to serve approximately 40 million end customers.
We combine artificial intelligence technologies for CRM and service management in cutting-edge cloud solutions. They offer entirely new service quality, customer approaches and digital “As a Service” and platform business models – from signal to action.
In connection with the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers unparalleled opportunities for manufacturing companies in production, service and maintenance. Real-time analysis of machine, product and service-related data, as well as the utilization of new human-to-machine interfaces (e.g. voice interface, image recognition and augmented reality) allow for fast development and good go-to-market for innovative service products. In the very near future, personal service assistants will be available to service technicians for maintenance and repair assignments, which will guide them through repair, maintenance and diagnostic processes via voice control. AI processes information and data automatically and makes them available to service workers, as required. AI technologies and digital assistants thus represent the next logical step in the fourth industrial revolution. Looking forward, human and artificial intelligence will work side by side.
Flanders Make is a strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. Operating from our sites in Lommel and Leuven (Belgium) and from research facilities at the Flemish universities, we stimulate open innovation through excellent research, starting from basic pre-competitive research and making the bridge towards industrial research & development. Competence and technology valorisation is part of our core DNA. To realise our mission, we are structurally supported by the Flemish government as part of a triple helix model.
We bring together companies and research institutions and aim to contribute to the realisation of concrete product and production innovations in the vehicle and mechanical engineering industry and in production environments. We provide a wide range of services including joint contract research with companies and build up and use state-of-the art test infrastructure resulting in faster prototyping.
One of our goals is to guide and support companies into the Industry 4.0 era and to contribute to the technological development of the vehicles, machines and factories of the future. By doing so, we create added value for the manufacturing industry, helping companies to innovate better and faster through established project-related and structural collaboration between companies within strong ecosystems.
In addition, we attach great importance to international cooperation in the field of innovation and to participation in European research projects.www.flandersmake.be
Founded in 1984, the Haier Group is today the world’s leading brand of major household appliances and is now transforming from a traditional manufacturer to an open entrepreneurship platform. In the era of the Internet and post e-commerce, Haier will extend its ecosystem to social networks and community economies while enhancing the user value of Haier products and services and instilling integrity as a core competence throughout the Group. Haier aims to become a global leader in the era of the Internet of Things.
Haier has approx. 66000 employees, 24 production sites and 5 research centers world-wide. The company has built 8 interconnected factories to date. Based on the internet, their goal is to replace the company’s traditional mass production with the mass production of personalized products. At Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair) 2017, Haier COSMOPlat was presented first time: COSMOPlat is China’s world-leading Industrial Internet platform with intellectual property rights.www.haieramerica.com
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Rausch & Pausch GmbH (RAPA), with its headquarters in the Upper Franconian Selb, is among the world’s leading developers of hydraulic and pneumatic valve systems for vehicle construction and also increasingly for other industries. The Managing Director Roman Pausch is managing the company, which was founded in 1920, in the fourth generation and today employs more than 950 employees at three locations in Germany and in the USA. Our company motto applies to our products in the same way as it applies to our company culture: We care about important values!
Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Hesse, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services.
The wide range of products from the global market leader includes configurable enclosures, whose data is available throughout the entire production process. Intelligent Rittal cooling solutions, with up to 75 percent lower energy and carbon dioxide consumption requirements, can communicate with the production environment and enable predictive maintenance and service planning. Innovative IT solutions ranging from IT racks, modular data centres through to edge and hyperscale computing solutions also form part of the company’s portfolio.
Leading software providers EPLAN and Cideon complement the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offer automation systems for switchgear construction. Rittal delivers within 24 hours in Germany – precisely as needed, flexibly and efficiently.
Founded in Herborn in 1961 and still run by its owner, Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group operates worldwide with 18 production sites and 80 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,300 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2016. For the ninth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade “Top German Employer” in 2017.
SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 34 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, annual sales of approx. EUR 2 billion are generated. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.www.schott.com