Safety Is No Coincidence: A Historical View of Functional Safety
It’s no secret. Accidents involving chemicals and mechanical and electrical processes pose a threat to humans and the environment. And throughout the years, there have been a number of incidents – often having a degenerative impact on safety at first – that have helped shaped the industry as we know it today.
The Disruption Myth: Digital Trends in the Process Industry
The Internet of Things (IoT) is part of everyday life and artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise. But is the digital transformation of the process industry equally disruptive? Learn more out what developments you should be aware of.
AI in the Factory: Is the Process Industry Prepared?
Artificial intelligence is within our smartphones and is making its way into and more cars. It’s in the process of turning society and the economy on their heads. But what opportunities and limitations does AI present for the process industry? That’s exactly what Prof. Leon Urbas and his team are researching in the AI incubator project ‘KEEN’. Their goal is to build a relationship with AI through a better understanding of its use-cases.
Safety Systems on Chip – for the Industry of Tomorrow
At the Audi factory in Neckarsulm, Southern Germany, autonomous vehicles dart around the shop floor. They take care of transporting materials all by themselves and support employees wherever they can. This is only possible thanks to chip-based systems that ensure maximum safety. Where established safety controllers were previously too large, the miniature technology finds its place – in sensors, actuators, and medical devices, for example.
ZVEI Interview: “5G Is the Next Big Step toward Industry 4.0”
In Germany, auctions for 5G frequencies are in full swing. This is especially relevant for private users. But what about 5G in industry? We talked to Gunther Koschnick, Managing Director of the automation division at ZVEI, about this.
The Two Faces of Digitization in the Rail Industry – Part 2
Digitization in the rail industry is changing safety requirements. This calls for significant technological advancements to keep pace with the new market. Cybercrime is perhaps the foremost challenge, but there are also many other aspects to consider, such as innovation cycles and communication between devices. What must companies do to ensure they’re protected?
Rise of the Cobots: Man and Machine, Hand in Hand
Robots are stronger, more enduring, and more precise than humans. However, machines lack the ability to moderate their power and solve problems independently. For this reason, more and more collaborative robots (cobots) are being deployed to work alongside humans in Industry 4.0. Special technologies and integrated safety functions are designed to ensure this works safely.