Major topics in mechanical engineering

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Climate-neutral production - Effective CO2 management in the company
Sustainability and resource-saving management remain a long-term challenge for companies. Customers, investors, employees and other stakeholders are increasingly aware of the importance of a credible contribution in the form of effective CO2 management by companies.
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Companies need digital sovereignty
Companies must be able to decide over their data and business models independently. Therefore an adequate IT security is necessary; an open european data infratructure is sought after.
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Artificial intelligence - the future of mechanical engineering
Artificial intelligence will change business models and lead to significant progress in production - without minimizing the role of humans. Mechanical engineering relies above all on "machine learning".
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Logistics becomes autonomous and takes off
Vehicles that drive through a hall as if by magic and transport goods safely? In modern factories and storage systems, such Automated guided vehicles have long been part of everyday life. Intralogistics is becoming increasingly autonomous. And where conditions on the ground are not ideal, drones take over.
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Conserving resources - the solution is circular economy
The more people live on earth, the greater the foreseeable need for resources, the mountains of waste and the emission of greenhouse gases will become. In the future, it will no longer be enough to make raw material extraction and material processing more efficient. Circular economy must become the basis of economic activity. Mechanical and plant engineering is indispensable for this.
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Made ING Germany - Innovations in engineering education
Almost 200,000 engineers are employed in mechanical and plant engineering - a new record. In order to ensure competitiveness, the digital age change must also be reflected in engineering education. Curricula and teaching methods must be further developed. A joint basic engineering science course could improve networking in teaching.
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Climate measures for today and tomorrow: Achieving climate targets 2030
The Paris climate targets need a courageous, all encompassing political solution for Germany and Europe: a concept based on free-market principles, restructuring the energz pricing system. The goal is to achieve a low-carbon economy within the EU. The European emissions trading system was created as a market-oriented measure for this purpose. A meaningful supplementary CO2 pricing is currently under discussion.
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Germany needs a school subject Technology
A recent VDMA investigation shows that The vast majority of young people can finish school without ever coming into contact with a proven technical education. Germany as a nation of technology cannot really afford this.
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5G makes networked production possible in the first place
The new 5G mobile radio networks have the potential to take production in Germany a big step forward. The medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering companies in Germany and Europe will benefit noticeably from this, as 5G is an important building block for the future viability of the manufacturing industry in Germany.
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OPC UA: a common language for all machines
In the digital production world, machines from different manufacturers must be able to communicate with each other. This requires uniform standards, in the development of which the VDMA is significantly involved: the OPC UA Companion Specifications.
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Drive in change - the best solutions emerge in competition
The change in mobility can no longer be halted. The variety of requirements in the respective markets also requires a variety of available technologies. Hybridization and electrification are gaining momentum, as is the development of decarbonized synthetic fuels known as eFuels. Tomorrow's mobility is based on mechanical engineering - and requires open technology.
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Figure of the week
31% of the turnover generated in the German mechanical engineering industry in 2019 were generated in Baden-Württemberg - Bavaria (21%) and North Rhine-Westphalia (19%) followed in second and third place in the state ranking
Making Europe strong again
A united and strong Europe is now more important than ever - for citizens and companies alike. The German Council Presidency can help to set the course for an open trade policy and sustainable economic development.
The fight against trade walls is becoming increasingly important
Free market access is essential for the survival of an export-strong industry such as mechanical engineering. Increasing protectionism around the globe threatens this success.
Corona has the politics firmly in hand
It is already clear that the economic and social consequences of the corona pandemic will be more far-reaching than those of the 2008/2009 financial crisis, and the German government has taken up the challenge.

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