productronica 2013 - November 12 - 15, Messe Munchen trade-fair center

Electronics Technical ArticlesSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 3/2013

Reliability and sustainability are central themes of special shows at productronica

The market is calling for products that are increasingly reliable and sustainable. This is a major challenge, and one that also affects the sectors for electronics and electronics manufacturing.

Several special shows will examine these aspects and add depth to the wide range of exhibits at productronica: Automotive Electronics, Blue Competence in Electronics Production, the Cleanroom Event Stage, the Cleaning &Contamination Testing Center, and Coilware Manufacturing.

Automotive Electronics special show
Automobile manufacturers use electronics to distinguishing their products, whether for driving performance, engine control, the interior, or safety technology. In contrast to consumer electronics, automotive electronics and its products must meet extremely high standards when it comes to long service life, thermal stability, vibration and shock resistance, robustness and reliability.

VDMA Productronics is working with the Fraunhofer Institute for Institute for Reliability and Microintegration to organize a special show on Automotive Electronics in Hall B2 (Stand 227) that will cover the following main topics: reliability, sensor technology, power electronics, interiors and LEDs.

Blue Competence in Electronics Production
Only sustainable, innovative production technologies can ensure recyclable, еnvironmentally compatible and energy-efficient products that conserve resources - that is the message behind machine manufacturing with "Blue Competence".

 That also applies to electronics production. VDMA Productronics will have a special "Blue Competence" stand in Hall B2 (Stand 331), where it will present examples of what manufacturers of electronics machinery have to offer when it comes to sustainability: Far-reaching standards such as REACH, RoHS and WEEE have already gone into effect and are now being successfully implemented.

Automation and measuring technology are making "zero defects" possible, which saves energy and materials. In addition, LEDs, photovoltaics and Lithium-ion batteries are examples of sustainability in the products themselves.

Industry 4.0: Efficient production management in manufacturing
International, innovative, and without competition: productronica is the only trade fair of its kind that depicts the entire value chain in electronics production - from technologies and components to software and services.

When it opens its gates, the trade fair for innovative electronics production will pay special attention to a future project known as Industry 4.0. The panel of prominent speakers at the CEO Roundtable will also deal with this topic on the first day of the fair. Finally, the Innovation Forum in Hall B2 will focus on this highlight topic on the third day of the fair.

Whether optimized process control, automation or the intelligent planning of resources - the use of software solutions, sensors and embedded systems in electronics manufacturing is diverse.

 To move the entire production process forward and make it more transparent, future projects such as Industry 4.0 and production-related systems such as MES (Manufacturing Execution System) or ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) are key factors for the industry.

They also improve the transparency of all functions and processes that are critical to the production process.

The trade fair productronica is a driving force behind innovations for the electronics-manufacturing industry, and it puts its leading role to the test time and again. Self-organizing production (SOPRO), the project that preceded Industry 4.0, was introduced at productronica in 2009: Machines and workpieces communicated with one another via chips and learned from one another to organize the logistics chain inside and outside the factory and to allocate their work themselves.

Under the scientific supervision of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) and within the scope of the SOPRO project, a consortium of Fraunhofer institutes and the Technical University of Berlin conducted research on the future development of the eGrain process and its networking.

Collaboration with the industry was coordinated by the Productronics and Micro Technology Associations and the Working Group for Modular Microsystems in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).

"Autonomously networked automation makes it possible to optimize the capacity utilization of a factory’s machinery, completely coordinate the process chain and process cycle, minimize manufacturing errors and material consumption and, as a result, cut costs," explains Dr. Eric Maiser, Managing Director of VDMA Productronics, adding, "Line integration to the point of the turnkey factory is already creating competitive advantages for the machine-manufacturing sector. In addition to individual machines, manufacturers can offer entire technology packages. Machine manufacturers have had some good experiences in this area, particularly in new markets. Industry 4.0 is the logical continuation of this strategy."

The third day of the fair (Thursday, November 14) is devoted entirely to the highlight topic of "Efficient Production Management and Industry 4.0". Trade visitors can gather information and hold discussions in the Innovations Forum in Hall B2 (Stand 345). The VDMA and publisher Konradin Verlag are organizing the event.

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