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Energy efficient, personalized, smart - in need of extensive maintenance? Engineers in machine design are faced with increased demands. How do they meet them? What kind of solutions evolve in different industries? How is it possible to enforce innovation internally? Have a read on this and more in our blog.

 

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Hannover Messe 2017 – Come see what awaits us

By Sophie Keil on Apr 05, 2017

The Hannover Messe starts on April 24, 2017, and we are again excited to see what awaits us. There is one specific topic that stands in the foreground: The lead theme of the Hannover Fair this year is “Integrated Industry – Creating Value”.  

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Time Management – this is how engineers make the most of their time

By Sophie Keil on Mar 29, 2017

Without question, engineers have to deal with many important tasks in their daily life. Their responsibilities are always being extended with everything a top priority which increases time pressure: more and more projects need to be handled with increasing demands in less time but stable quality.  In addition, smartphones, tablets and notebooks are pinging and blinking continuously. How is it possible to use working time efficiently despite these facts?

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Digital Change & Innovative Thinking

By Sophie Keil on Dec 21, 2016

Topics as varied as Big Data, Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation, Crowdworking, Generation Y , Work 4.0 and 3D-printing have been discussed in 2016, and many of these will have significant influence on the working world over the next few years. This also applies to mechanical engineering. We would like to refer to three terms that have gained importance in 2016.  

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Listening, measuring, checking: Maintenance of flexible couplings

By Norbert Telaar on Dec 14, 2016

Especially in narrow spaces, couplings can only be inspected visually, because the coupling is hardly accessible with conventional measuring devices. Atypical operation noise or vibrations are generally the first signals that there is something wrong with the coupling.

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Catching you up on market news – Augmented & virtual reality and 3D printing: how to make the inconceivable tangible

By Sophie Keil on Dec 07, 2016

3D printing meanwhile offers outrageous possibilities also for mechanical engineering; some highlights have been presented at the formnext 2016. This technology used to be considered as expensive, limited and quite slow, but the rapid development in this field led to innovative and flexible systems for production. Other news we have been really enthusiastic about are further developed augmented or virtual reality systems which can improve processes in manufacturing industries.

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Soft Skills: Are engineers equipped for the technological transformation?

By Sophie Keil on Nov 16, 2016

Engineers are mathematicians with technical expertise. They act factual, follow findings based on calculations and rely on proven concepts. This is the stereotype. But many engineers are already acting exactly as requested by analyses of future trends in working environments: data-based, creative, planning and solution-oriented. Soft skills will no longer be a nice option – but a necessity.

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Industry 4.0: Why robots cannot replace engineers

By Sophie Keil on Nov 02, 2016

One of the most discussed topics in mechanical engineering but still it is hardly tangible for many companies and engineers. This is most likely due to the fact that the idea behind the so called forth industrial revolution is well-known, but there exist many different opinions and approaches when it comes to the implementation. We want to have a closer look at the current situation in the market.

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Maintenance: Focus on couplings

By Norbert Telaar on Oct 26, 2016

Couplings in drive lines are of particular importance because they transmit power between the input and output side, and compensate for inevitably occurring misalignments of the units. Like other machinery elements, couplings need to be serviced at regular intervals. Only if the coupling is optimally tailored to the requirements of the operating conditions and subject to regular maintenance, can it contribute to ensuring the operating reliability and efficiency of a machine or plant.  

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Couplings for the safe operation of piston engine-powered CHPs: not too soft, not too stiff

By Sophie Keil on Oct 12, 2016

The demands made on the components in combined heat and power plants (CHP) are increasing. They have to be efficient, long-lasting and, in case of an emergency, must at least fulfill the safety requirements set forth by the Medium Voltage Guideline. Thomas Marterer, Product Manager at RINGFEDER POWER TRANSMISSION, explains how operators of CHPs can find the correct coupling for their plant: The coupling should withstand high temperatures and be neither torsionally too stiff nor too soft.

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Combined heat and power units assist in securing grid stability, which particularly challenges their gensets

By Thomas Marterer on Sep 14, 2016

The amendment to the obligatory certification within the medium voltage guideline in 2013 catapulted combined heat and power units into a new league: they are now also in charge of stabilizing the dynamic German power supply network. This provides excellent opportunities for the technology, but it also means new obligations.  

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