Instandhaltung im Zeichen der Digitalisierung: Predictive Maintenance ist eines der Kernthemen von Industrie 4.0, so eine Studie von Roland Berger, VDMA und der Deutschen Messe. Erfolgsentscheidend seien weniger die Hardware und die Analyseverfahren, als vielmehr Offenheit für neues Service-Denken.
Seit 2016 versuchen Wissenschaftler in dem BMBF-Projekt „Power-to-X“ mit Energie aus erneuerbarer Stromerzeugung eine Grundlage für Mobilität oder Chemieproduktion zu bilden. Nun liegt eine erste Roadmap vor, die die verfügbaren Technologien einordnen und im Hinblick auf Nachhaltigkeit bewerten soll. Ihrem Charakter als „lebendes Dokument“ entsprechend, spart sie auch Kontroversen nicht aus.
Die Deutsche Phosphor-Plattform DPP und die Dechema haben eine Kooperationsvereinbarung unterzeichnet, die eine langfristige Zusammenarbeit der beiden gemeinnützigen Einrichtungen auf dem Gebiet des Nährstoffmanagements beinhaltet.
Chemistry is facing the biggest challenge in its history: To meet the needs of a growing population in a world of scarce resources and growing environmental problems chemistry has to reinvent itself to become a key solution provider for a sustainable future. The emerging concept of Sustainable Chemistry offers a new system thinking based approach to transform the more than 150-year-old chemical industry.
A number of exhibitors in "pharmaceutical and packaging Halls" 1 and 3 at Achema have taken aim at small lot sizes and reliable containment and offer efficient solutions which support the trend towards personalized medicine. Some companies are also positioning themselves as Industry 4.0 pioneers.
Most are still pilot applications, but they work surprisingly well. Enough to show that Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have enormous potential. Gamers were the pioneers. Marketing professionals were the ground breakers in the world of industry. Plant technicians and service technicians have now become the user group. But when will more suitable glasses be available?
Chemical companies continue to build new plants. Between 2005 and 2015, global investment in the chemical industry increased by nearly a factor of three and currently stands at more than $ 200 billion. But this rapidly growing market also has growing challenges. This Achema trend reports sheds some light on current mega-projects and the impact this development has on engineering companies.
Because of low crude oil prices, times are hard for bio-based chemicals as they can rarely compete with their fossil counterparts pricewise and cannot even play a trump card in the matter of climate change. Nevertheless, industry and academia are developing bio-based processes fervently and with the prerequisite that the products must not be more expensive than conventional ones.
The trend to increased specialization and higher-potency active ingredients creates the need for hermetically sealed process flows. Government regulations are also becoming stricter. To an increasing extent, the production process will have to be designed as a containment system. Containment (at least in the pharmaceutical industry) is nothing new. It is actually a long-term trend. Nevertheless, expertise in this field is not evenly distributed.
The new and exciting world of IoT and digitization also has its downsides. For instance, inadequate network security allows unauthorized access to confidential and personal information by third parties. A trend report published by Achema takes a closer look at the opportunities and risks of cyberspace.