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Sensor+Test 2016: MAZeT Presents New JENCOLOR® Color Sensor for Lighting Applications

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The fully integrated MTCS-CDCAF sensor chip solution: Guarantees defined light

MAZeT GmbH, the development and manufacturing services provider for embedded systems and optoelectronics, will be presenting its latest light regulation products at this year’s SENSOR + TEST. This international trade fair is being held from 10 to 12 May 2016 in Nuremberg; MAZeT GmbH will be located at Booth 457 in Hall 1. MAZeT will also be presenting its latest sensors at LightFair International from 24 to 28 April 2016 in San Diego, USA at Booth 2653 operated by AVNET Electronics Marketing. The highlight is the new MTCS-CDCAF color sensor: The first fully integrated sensor chip in the JENCOLOR® product line includes a true-color filter function, integrated signal amplification based on charge-to-digital conversion, and an on-chip temperature sensor. The sensor combines the functions of the JENCOLOR® MTCSiCF detector and the MCDC04 digital signal converter in a minimized form and has been perfectly adapted to the specific requirements of lighting applications. The possible areas of application are diverse. In addition to LED lights, the sensor can also be used in LED backlight systems for monitors, in all areas of architectural lighting, in vehicles and aircraft, and in medical and technical lighting and displays. MAZeT will soon be offering accessory boards to complement the MTCS-CDCAF color sensor.

LED measurement and regulation: direct, rapid, precise, and temperature-independent

The sensor measures the color coordinates of light as XYZ signals in the CIE 1931 color space directly, rapidly, precisely, and regardless of temperature or other interference factors. Unlike conventional absorption filters, the sensor operates using interference filters that allow it to function reliably at temperatures of over 100°C and maintain its sensitivity through its entire lifecycle. In addition to color temperature and chromaticity, the sensor measures brightness and other light-related parameters such as color brightness, frequency, and flicker. The MTCS-CDCAF is available in a QFN16 package and is also suitable for direct installation in lights. Compared to conventional RGB color sensors, the MTCS-CDCAF’s unique properties make it ideal for use in lighting applications; these properties include its extended temperature range, its filters based on the tri-stimulus value function (CIE 1931), and the expanded parameters of the on-chip ADC. In that sense, it is ideally suited to measuring and regulating LEDs to compensate for interference factors that would result in color deviations in the LED light. The sensor guarantees defined, consistent LED light.

About MAZeT
MAZeT GmbH is a leading European engineering and manufacturing service provider. The company was founded in 1992 and is based in Jena. MAZeT develops, manufactures and distributes customer specific devices, software and ASICs distributes own products of the trademark JENCOLOR®. The broad technology offer and application know-how in this field of industry electronics and opto-sensor technology lets MAZeT GmbH be a competent and reliable service partner for every customized client-specific solution. Their expertise and components for custom applications are used throughout the entire sector of industrial metrology, control and automation as well as medical technology.

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[#CeBIT] SugarCRM Acquires Contastic’s NLP Technology

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SugarCRM Inc., the company that enables businesses to create extraordinary customer relationships with the most innovative, flexible and affordable CRM solution on the market, announced today it has acquired the intellectual property rights and other assets of Contastic, a natural language processing (NLP) platform that is designed to automatically recommend the best content for individuals to send to their contacts.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cy Khormaee, Contastic’s CEO, has joined SugarCRM as the director of product management for predictive analytics, where he’ll help build technology into Sugar that turns customer data into actionable recommendations for Sugar users.

“SugarCRM is making strategic investments in leading technologies to make Sugar an indispensable tool that helps customer-facing individuals be more successful,” said Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM. “SugarCRM will use Contastic’s NLP technology to analyze data within the Sugar platform so users can automatically send personalized content.”

In March 2015, SugarCRM acquired the assets of Stitch, a leading developer of personal assistant technologies that enhance productivity for mobile users. Incorporating Stitch Hot House Labs technology made Sugar an even smarter, better-informed CRM system, and put information at mobile users’ fingertips no matter their location. In 2014, SugarCRM acquired business process management and workflow technology from ProcessMaker. With ProcessMaker’s key assets, SugarCRM built Advanced Workflow into Sugar 7.6, which enables users to automate complex business processes like case routing and escalation, contract approval, customer and employee onboarding, and payment workflow.

Mountain View-based Contastic applies deep NLP to mine topics of interest from conversations in email and CRM. These topics are used to recommend content that is relevant to the most salient points of conversations between users and their contacts. The company’s investors include Lightspeed Ventures and IDG-Accel.

Future releases of Sugar will be enhanced with Contastic capabilities, making the Sugar platform even more intelligent in recommending the next best actions derived from customer data.

ABOUT SUGARCRM
SugarCRM enables businesses to create extraordinary customer relationships with the most innovative, flexible and affordable customer relationship management (CRM) solution on the market. Unlike traditional CRM solutions that focus primarily on management and reporting, Sugar empowers the individual, coordinating the actions of customer-facing employees and equipping them with the right information at the right time to transform the customer experience. Based in Silicon Valley, SugarCRM is backed by Goldman Sachs, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, NEA and Walden International. More than 1.5 million individuals in over 120 countries rely on SugarCRM. To learn more visit SugarCRM or follow @SugarCRM.

Small machine tools for small workpieces

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The industrial micro manufacturing is changing! The trend is moving away from the one-dimensional mass production to an increasing variety of products coupled with falling numbers and shorter innovation cycles. Today’s ultra-precision machines are rarely operated economically under these conditions. Here, in micro manufacturing the demand rises for new, size-adjusted machine tools that operate more economical and ecological than before. These needs can be derived from a consideration of simple parameters, such as the installation space, size of the working space and need for operating power or the moving masses of machine tools. These parameters are in considerable disproportion to the volume or mass of small workpieces of only few millimeters with structures in micrometer range.

This is where a completely new concept of industrial micro production is set, which was developed in the Priority Program SPP 1476 ”small machine tools for small workpieces” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Under the coordination of Institute of Production Engineering (LaFT) of Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, 18 leading production technology institutions of various German universities investigated on new machine tools for micro production.

The idea of the SPP: We make the machines so small, light and flexible, as they can be to be rebuilt and converted for changing needs in shortest times. Therefore the machine tools are introduced and positioned to the workpiece depending on the machining task – and not vice versa as before. What is new is that their work space can interfere with the space section of the workpiece. This allows multiple machines to work simultaneously on a workpiece and, as required, placed flexible side by side, one above the other or in a row. Nevertheless, the technology works accurately and precisely.

Just like a Lego game, companies can respond to changing ideas, processing technologies and requirements at any time. If new parts are needed, they can be easily attached to the machine via multifunctional interface. So an ad hoc change between micro tool spindles, laser processing optics or EDM electrodes is possible. The control operates via a laptop or PC. It also followed by the idea of Open Production – the user community constantly develops the system further. The advantage of this completely new technology: it not only saves time, resources and space, it uses a worker more targeted and effective. The first prototypes are developed. With mass production of such a machine, costs drop down to just under a fifth of conventional production systems.

The aim of the Priority Program is the development and prototype testing of scientific methods for building new machine tools for micro production, which are adapted to characteristic technological and technical parameters of the corresponding micro workpiece. In the Priority Program the main focus is on machine tools for material removal process utilising mechanical (machining), thermal (laser), electro thermal (electrical discharge machining) and electrochemical energy. These new machines have technical, economic and ecological benefits. They enable production of complex parts with higher accuracy from a large range of materials and are also characterised by a higher inherent variability in structure and location of the installation site. Economic and ecological advantages are realised by low costs and lower consumption of resources for the development and operation of the machine. In particular, steep improvements of the mentioned properties are achieved by bringing down the critical size of the developed manufacturing equipment.

After falling below a certain size, small machine tools enable the introduction of new or known but still unused machine tool technologies and elements. As opposed to today’s evolutionary development of the machines, these technologies enable innovative leaps, i.e., revolutionary steps in the development and operation of the machines.

At the Hanover Fair desktop-size machine tools are presented, which were composed in exemplary configurations of the newly developed tool, feed and additional modules. The modules have been designed so that different machine tools can be assembled and disassembled ad hoc and task oriented from the mentioned modules.

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Deutsche Messe expands CeMAT portfolio

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CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA debuts in Indonesia in February 2017
Parallel events TransAsia Jakarta and ColdChain Indonesia

Deutsche Messe and international trade fair company ITE Group are co-organizing the premier of CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA from 28 February to 3 March 2017. CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA runs parallel to TransAsia Jakarta and ColdChain Indonesia at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition Center (ICE) in Jakarta. ICE is operated by Deutsche Messe and comprises 10 exhibition halls on 50,000 square meters, a 50,000-square-meter open-air site, a 4,000-square-meter convention hall, and a 12,000-square-meter pre-function lobby.

“With ICE, Deutsche Messe operates Southeast Asia’s biggest and most modern exhibition facility. Over the years, the region has developed into one of the world’s most important logistics hubs and offers outstanding business opportunities to logistics companies,” said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe. “CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA marks a continuation of our international expansion program and also the first time that we have staged a CeMAT event parallel to additional logistics fairs. Together with TransAsia Jakarta and ColdChain Indonesia we showcase the entire logistics value chain.”

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CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA, TransAsia and Cold Chain Indonesia are expected to attract more than 200 exhibitors on 5,000 square meters of display area. The exhibit program features industrial trucks, complete logistics systems, rack and warehousing systems, cranes and lifting equipment, access platforms, auto ID systems, robotic logistics solutions, and packaging technology as well as logistics services such as freight forwarding, terminal operation, transport infrastructure, transport vehicles, and CEP services. Visitors will come from all over Southeast Asia.

Deutsche Messe organizes CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA, TransAsia Jakarta and ColdChain Indonesia in partnership with the UK-based trade fair company ITE. “We already collaborate with ITE on CeMAT RUSSIA, which works well, and we are delighted to now extend our partnership to Indonesia,” said Gruchow.

Laurent Noel, Industry Director Transport & Logistics of ITE Group Plc: “I am very excited to bring together the international expertise of two world-leading trade show organizers – ITE in the transport logistics sector and Deutsche Messe in the materials handling and intralogistics sectors. The three fairs we are co-staging in Jakarta will provide an outstanding business platform for the entire logistics industry in Southeast Asia. And the timing couldn’t be better, considering that in 2017 the Indonesian government will be completing the first of its new infrastructure projects in Java, Sumatra and Borneo, which will provide a major boost to the local economy.”

CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA will be supported by Indonesia’s leading business and government organizations – the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and APINDO (The Employers Association of Indonesia) – as well as the European Federation of Materials Handling (FEM) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).

“The CeMAT network has just added an important location for all of Southeast Asia. For Germany this region is very exciting even though China dominates the market. CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA is a good opportunity to get a foot in the door,” said Sascha Schmel, general manager of the VDMA’s materials handling and intralogistics division.

“ASEAN proves that a single, integrated regional market positively impacts trade performance. Logistics play a crucial role in this free flow of goods and services. CeMAT SOUTHEAST ASIA, TransAsia Jakarta and ColdChain Indonesia provide a platform where Southeast Asia’s logistics industry can evaluate trends, network and conduct business,” said M. Basuki Hadimuljono, Indonesia’s Minister for Public Works and Housing.

[#HM2016] Adjusting production processes in real time

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Industry 4.0 requires comprehensive data collection in order to control highly automated process sequences in complex production environments. One example is the cultivation of living cells. But digitalizing and networking biotech production equipment is a huge challenge: relevant standards have yet to be established, and biology has a dynamic all its own. Using fully automated equipment for producing stem cells, Fraunhofer researchers have managed to adjust the process control to cell growth – delivering an adaptive system that is suitable for use in a number of sectors.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Industry 4.0

The term industry 4.0 is generally associated with the manufacturing of cars, machinery or industrial goods. But, as the partners (see box) in the StemCellFactory collaborative project show, the comprehensive networking of machines and products is also making headway in biotechnology. This is a particular challenge, because this field deals not with solid components but with living objects that – unlike screws or gears – change and multiply. Networked process control needs to take this into account and be able to adjust the process accordingly in real time.

The StemCellFactory project partners have set up a fully automated production line for culturing stem cells, which can develop into any kind of cell found in the body; experts call them induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT will be presenting the production line at the Hannover Messe Preview on January 27 and at the Hannover Messe (Hall 17, Booth C18 and Hall 2, Booth C16) from April 25 to 29. Medical expertise was provided by experts from the university clinics in Bonn and Aachen, among others. iPS cells such as these are necessary in the development of medications used in personalized medicine. They are obtained from adult body cells such as human skin or blood cells. First, a doctor takes cells from a patient. Next, these cells are reprogrammed to become iPS cells by adding certain substances. This causes the cells to revert to an embryonic state, from which they can theoretically differentiate into any cell type – even heart or nerve cells, which, owing to the risk to the patient, cannot be obtained by means of a biopsy. The pharmaceutical industry uses these cells for medical tests: since they contain the patient’s own genetic information, the cells are very useful for determining which medications will be effective.

Fully automated, modular production platform

To date, iPS cells are grown by lab specialists in a painstaking, time-consuming process. The number and quality of iPS cells that can be cultured depend entirely on how experienced the lab technician is. This is why the project aimed to develop fully automated, modular equipment that achieves both a high throughput and a consistently high quality of stem cells. The IPT experts were given the task of developing both the equipment and its control mechanisms. They faced a number of challenges, the first being how to network the various biotech devices – liquid handling robot, a microscope, an incubator, and the automatic magazine for storing cells and containers – in a way that permitted the use of process-control technology in the first place. “Despite the industry’s efforts to establish uniform interfaces for lab automation equipment, there is as yet no international standard for networking the devices used,” says IPT developer Michael Kulik. “That means plug and play is not an option, so we first had to develop a standard of our own before we could integrate everything.”

This approach achieved a very high degree of networking in order to allow the process-control technology and the lab equipment to exchange information. That in turn was the prerequisite for the equipment to adjust extremely flexibly to the biological processes at work. Cell growth is the decisive factor. As the cells grow in the cell culture vessels, they divide again and again. To ensure conditions don’t get too cramped for the cells, from time to time the pipette feeder robot has to distribute them among a larger number of fresh, empty cell culture vessels.

To this end, the microscope developed at the IPT regularly examines the growth density inside the cell culture vessels. Once a critical density is reached, the microscope sends out an instruction to rehouse the cells. “This is an example of the product, in this case the growing stem cells, determining how the overall process unfolds,” says Kulik. In other words: production has the capability to adjust itself to the present situation.

A user interface makes it easy to control each device included in the equipment. If the user needs to alter or add to the equipment’s process steps, there are pre-programmed blocks of instructions that they can simply drag into or out of the control menu. Staff can choose whether to operate the equipment in fully automated or manual mode.

The technology developed as part of the StemCellFactory project can also be applied in other situations, for instance in tissue engineering and the production of tissue models. It would also be possible to use it to manufacture gears, screws, engines, etc. in a fully automated way. The software is scalable, making it suitable for small and large production facilities alike. Since the programming is extremely flexible, the process-control technology can be transferred to any other production setup in need of adaptive control on the basis of current measurement data. During the Hannover Messe, visitors will be treated to a live demonstration of how the StemCellFactory is controlled remotely, specifically from Bonn.

The following are partners on the StemCellFactory project:

• Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

• University Clinic Bonn

• Uniklinik RWTH Aachen

• HiTec Zang GmbH

• LIFE & BRAIN GmbH

• Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine

Further information: http://www.stemcellfactory.de

[#CeBIT 2016] Medical monitor with eyes and ears

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In intensive care Units (ICU), every second counts. In emergencies, doctors and nurses need to make the right decisions quickly. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a smart „proxemic monitor“ which has optimized the processes in the most sensitive area of a hospital and clearly shows the data of the connected medical devices while avoiding false alarms. The screen can be controlled from a distance, without contact, by means of gestures and voice commands, thereby reducing the risk of transmitting pathogens.

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Everything had just been quiet in the control room of the intensive care unit. Suddenly, though, there is excitement: the alarms on several medical devices in different rooms are sounding. Monitors are flashing and beeping. A drop in blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia – the computer monitors show exactly what has to be done and where. Doctors and nurses rush to the rooms of the patients. Medical equipment there provides detailed information on the status of the critically ill patients. „It‘s not easy to keep track of everything here during hectic situations”, says Paul Chojecki, scientist from the „Vision & Imaging Technology” Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI, in Berlin.

Controlled by contact-free gestures

Together with his team as part of the joint project „control room”, the scientist has developed an intelligent monitor. It quickly shows doctors and nurses the most important information about the vital signs of their intensive care patients. The screen has interfaces to the medical equipment in the room, as well as with the information systems in the hospital, and can be controlled by contact-free gestures and voice commands. The graphics of its display adapt to the distance from which it is viewed. „From the door, the doctor sees the data in a correspondingly large size. As he gets closer, the screen displays detailed information”, Chojecki explains. A 3D camera provides the necessary data. The user interface is programmed based upon the web, so it is also suitable for mobile devices, such as tablets. The scientists are presenting a demonstration of the „proxemic monitor” at CeBIT 2016 (Hall 6, Stand B36). A practical test in cooperation with Uniklinik RWTH Aachen is planned for later this year.

The system evaluates the data of the medical devices on the basis of the smart alarm design of the project partner, the Medical Engineering Department of Aachen University Hospital. This prevents false alarms. „Intensive care doctors have told us that this is a big problem. Current devices stick stubbornly to determined limits, without including all of the relevant factors that are necessary in order to comprehensively assess the risk situation. In addition, the acoustic signals produce a very loud noise, which is not beneficial to the health of either the staff or the patient”, Chojecki says.

Less pathogens transmitted

Another advantage of the gesture control is that the doctor or health care provider does not have to touch the devices directly. „The transfer of pathogens in hospitals, particularly in intensive care units, is still a problem. The obligatory hand hygiene is sometimes forgotten, and viruses as well as bacteria are carried from room to room”, Chojecki describes. The smart screen can be programmed at the bedside, as well as used in the control room (with a different configuration). Chojecki adds: „That‘s an important distinction, since it is not legally permitted for all of the instrument functions in the patients‘ rooms to be accessed from the control room. It has to be ensured that the doctor actually examines the patient before changing the treatment”.

Three different cameras and a microphone scan the area in front of the monitor. Using the video data, the built-in software of the HHI analyzes whether there are people in the room, how far away they are from the screen, and what movements they are making. Depending on the distance, the display and functionality of the monitor changes. „Our monitor distinguishes between near, medium, and further distance. The cameras cover a maximum distance of four meters”, Chojecki explains. From the medium distance, the cursor can be controlled with arm movements, and commands or short reports can be input by voice. With pre-programmed gestures, for example, a video call can be started, in order to have discussions with other physicians within or outside of the hospital. „We have given the monitor eyes and ears so as to allow for multi-modal interaction between the user and the system. Our software records distances and movements of the user in a contactless manner, interprets them, and converts them into commands for operating systems or machines”, Chojecki explains.

Smart manufacturing and intralogistics build path to Made in China 2025

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Deutsche Messe’s industrial fairs in Shanghai register further growth

Deutsche Messe’s industrial trade fairs in Shanghai – PTC ASIA, CeMAT ASIA, ComVac ASIA, and Industrial Supply ASIA – demonstrated further growth during their combined 27–30 October 2015 run at the Shanghai International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC). The number of exhibiting companies increased roughly 15 percent to 2,200 (2014: 1,900) and, for the first time, the events filled all 17 halls at SNIEC, accounting for 155,500 square meters of display area (2014: 135,500). Collectively the events attracted more than 70,000 visitors.

Stefan Schostok, Mayor of Hannover, led a 35-person delegation from Lower Saxony that visited Deutsche Messe’s fairs at SNIEC and met with representatives from Chinese companies and politicians to discuss business and cooperation opportunities. During a speech in Shanghai, Schostok promoted Hannover as a strong location for production engineering, noting that Leibniz University’s Hannover Production Technology Center is internationally recognized and that Hannover is one of five federally funded “Industry 4.0 competence centers for SMEs” in Germany. “We are in China to promote the idea of working together to build the smart factory of the future,” said Schostok.

CeMAT ASIA 2015

“Germany’s Industry 4.0 initiative has earned much attention worldwide. China’s recent ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy is based on Industry 4.0 concepts and aims to revolutionize production in China by embracing smart manufacturing and logistics,” added Wolfgang Pech, senior vice president at Deutsche Messe. “PTC/MDA and CeMAT, two of our strongest brands, are well-established in China. This year’s events ran under the overarching theme of smart manufacturing, which ties in perfectly to China’s agenda and reinforces PTC and CeMAT’s position as Asia’s leading sales, education and networking platform for industrial technology.”

PTC ASIA is Asia’s leading event for power transmission, motion control and fluid power, while Industrial Supply ASIA focuses on industrial supply and lightweight materials. Together the two fairs featured 1,573 companies on 96,000 square meters. Exhibitors included ABB, AVENTICS, Bonfiglioli, Camozzi, Hansa-Flex, Hawe Hydraulik, Kastas, Lenze, NORD Drivesystems, Schaeffler, SEW-EURODRIVE, Siemens, SKF, Stäubli, and Timken.

“PTC ASIA features most of the world’s major power transmission players, so we emphasize our strengths in bearing technology and application knowhow. Our customers manufacture high-end gearboxes, hydraulics, compressors, and electric motors, and we meet most of them here. We demonstrated roller bearings for power transmission and introduced our Generation C deep groove ball bearing, which has remarkably low noise and friction levels,” said Yu Fuhai, Power Transmission Sector Management Director, Schaeffler Greater China.

Joerg Niermann, marketing director at NORD Drivesystems, stated, “PTC ASIA is our main display platform in China for drive and transmission solutions. This year we presented a selection of our flagship products and also introduced several new ones. We are quite satisfied with the constant stream of professionals and number of product orders.”

”PTC ASIA marked the first time since the spinoff from Bosch Rexroth that AVENTICS exhibited in China. AVENTICS is a pneumatics specialist and for us, PTC is the ideal platform in China. We received many compliments from customers and visitors about our exhibit, products and system solutions. We will exhibit again,” said Gilbert Wu, president of AVENTICS Greater China.

CeMAT ASIA, the continent’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, occupied 47,000 square meters and hosted 472 companies. Exhibitors included Continental, Dematic, Jungheinrich, HeLi, Linde Material Handling, Muratec, SSI Schäfer, Swisslog, and Vanderlande.

“China is a vibrant intralogistics market. Especially in e-commerce, we see a rapid shift to automated warehouses, and an optimized supply chain is critical for e-commerce providers,” said Philipp Schitter, KNAPP’s director of sales for the Asia-Pacific region. “KNAPP delivers specialized e-commerce solutions that improve service levels as well as speed and quality of delivery. For example, at CeMAT ASIA we demonstrated our Pick it Easy Shop workstation, which uses an integrated camera and our KiSoft Vision image recognition technology to automatically monitor and recognize manual errors. Pick it Easy reflects KNAPP’s ‘zero defect warehouse’ philosophy.”

Claus Henkel, general manager of integrated systems and automation at SSI Schäfer, said, “We see major changes in China’s automation market. Customers now recognize they have to upgrade their logistics and supply chain capabilities to stay competitive. E-commerce and manufacturing have accelerated this trend. The changes at CeMAT ASIA over the past three years are remarkable; it has transformed from a racking-supplier show to a true automation show.”

“Asia-Pacific is one of Kardex Remstar’s strongest growth regions. We offer advanced technologies, a large Asia-Pacific footprint for proximity to the customer and an expansive service network. We use CeMAT ASIA to meet existing and potential customers and demonstrate our intralogistics solutions,” explained Tobias Steffens from Kardex Germany.

ComVac ASIA, which covers compressed air and vacuum technologies, featured 153 companies on 12,500 square meters. Exhibitors included Bauer Kompressoren, Bolaite, Kaishan Group, Kangpusl Compressor, MANN+HUMMEL, and Torin Drive.

Special events parallel to the trade fairs included the SMART Manufacturing Forum organized by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and UNITY, the Third Meeting of World Materials Handling Alliance, the Factory Logistics Automation & Robotics Application Summit, and the China Forklift Conference 2015.

Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in China, Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai Ltd., organizes PTC ASIA, CeMAT ASIA, ComVac ASIA and Industrial Supply ASIA. Supporting organizations include the China Hydraulics, Pneumatics & Seals Association; the China General Machine Components Industry Association; the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing; the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society; and the China Heavy Machinery Industry Association.

The next editions of PTC ASIA, CeMAT ASIA, ComVac ASIA and Industrial Supply ASIA are scheduled for 1–4 November 2016 in Shanghai.