In order to ensure occupational safety, collaborations between man and machine require robots to gain improved tactile skills. That is the goal of a project initiated by TU Ilmenau.
Staff are flooding out of innovative young companies in Germany. Around three quarters of them want to increase the size of their team this year, but many positions remain empty in three out of five startup businesses.
Industry 4.0 approaches are not being used enough in the manufacture of particularly large goods. Relevant solutions are also available for the production of ships or wind farms.
Europe’s most advanced sorting system for lightweight packaging has begun work in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It separates garbage according to 14 different material types and is largely automated.
Prototypes made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic not only save weight, but also provide batteries with considerably more protection against heat and cold. The batteries can also be replaced more quickly.