ISRA announces stock split and higher dividend – Further acquisitions targeted

ISRA VISION AG (ISIN: DE 0005488100), one of the world’s top companies for industrial image processing (machine vision) and a global leader in surface inspection of web materials and 3D machine vision applications, has announced that the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board will be proposing a stock split at the Annual General Meeting on March 28, 2018. Following an capital increase from company funds, each shareholder will receive four more ISRA shares at no charge. For every share held before the split, shareholders will thus own five shares after the split. The share price will be divided by five accordingly. Shareholders’ voting rights or the company’s market capitalization or equity will not be affected.

Furthermore, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board will continue the sustainable dividend policy of past years and will be proposing a dividend of EUR 0.59 per current share at the Annual General Meeting for the 2016 / 2017 financial year. ISRA is therefore increasing its dividend for the eighth time in a row to allow its shareholders to successively participate directly in the company’s operational development.

The integration of Polymetric GmbH, which was acquired in January 2018, is progressing rapidly. In addition to this technologically motivated takeover, as announced in December 2017, the company is continuing its strategy of further growth through acquisitions in addition to organic business expansion. Several acquisition projects are in progress and some are at an advanced stage. The company is assuming one further deal in the current financial year.

After a good start into the new 2017 / 2018 financial year, ISRA is still gearing its strategic and operational planning towards structural expansion in all areas of the company in preparation for the next big step in revenues beyond EUR 200 million. Management is planning low double-digit revenue growth for the 2017 / 2018 financial year, as in the previous year, with margins at least remaining stable. The company will publish a detailed forecast at the end of February 2018.

 

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OpenSky Corporation, Appoints Anish Srivastava as the new CEO and President to lead its Cybersecurity Business in North America

TÜV Rheinland announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Anish Srivastava as Chief Executive Officer and President of OpenSky Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland, effective February 2, 2018. Anish Srivastava will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors for OpenSky Corporation.

“We are delighted to welcome a leader with such a comprehensive cross-industry expertise to OpenSky. Anish brings to our team a deep understanding of the Cybersecurity industry and the digital transformation needs of our customers. He will guide the team at OpenSky through the next stages of business growth and expansion in North America,” said Frank Luzsicza, Executive Vice President ICT & Business Solutions at TÜV Rheinland.

Anish Srivastava has more than 20 years of experience leading, innovating and scaling Cybersecurity businesses globally. Throughout his career, he advised a number of global clients in addressing complex, large-scale transformation challenges around information and IT security. Prior to joining OpenSky, Anish held several leadership and executive positions at IBM. Most recently he was the Managing Partner and Practice Leader of the North America IBM Security Services Business Unit, and held a similar role in Asia Pacific. Before joining IBM, he was with Tata Consultancy Services, leading the Information Risk Management consulting and services business for the North America region, driving sales and delivery targets for the company. Anish holds a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of Pune.

“I cannot imagine a more important and exciting time to join OpenSky,” said Anish Srivastava. “With the diverse and highly engaged clients, best-in-class services portfolio backed by strong values and rich heritage of its parent company – TÜV Rheinland and an extremely talented group of people, OpenSky is well-positioned to capture an even greater market opportunity. As a passionate Cybersecurity practitioner at heart, this is the perfect opportunity to combine my industry experience with my belief in providing a secure and safe digital future. I look forward to leading OpenSky through its next exciting chapter of growth.”

About OpenSky Corporation
OpenSky Corporation offers one of the most advanced and integrated portfolios of security solutions and services for connected devices, platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) with the mission to enable a secure and safe digital future. With headquarters in Littleton, MA, OpenSky is a 100% subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland, operating some of the world’s broadest smart device and IoT testing labs, defining industry standards for functional safety and security and is a leading provider of inspection and assurance services that combine safety, quality and security certifications.

OpenSky provides expertise to help corporations protect information assets, minimize risk and accelerate the adoption of enabling technologies with its holistic approach and framework that addresses Cybersecurity, Privacy, Cloud Infrastructure and Functional Safety requirements to build trusted, connected platforms. The portfolio of services supported by industry participation in defining such standards and research, enables clients to effectively stay at the forefront of adopting new technologies for managing safety and cyber risks. It provides advisory, consulting, systems integration and managed security services organized across three core disciplines for connected platforms:
• Advanced Cyber Defenses;
• Mastering Risk and Compliance and
• Secure Cloud Adoption.

OpenSky was founded in 2007, and was acquired by TÜV Rheinland Group in 2014 to expand and drive synergies within both companies to address the growing cyber security concerns across functional safety, inspection and assurance services (certification) as the world embraces digitization.

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Industrielle Anomalieerkennung 2.0 erfolgreich bei deutschem Netzbetreiber installiert

Das deutsche Technologieunternehmen Rhebo hat im Dezember 2017 erfolgreich die neueste Version seiner industriellen Anomalieerkennung Rhebo Industrial Protector bei einem großen deutschen Netzbetreiber ausgerollt. Die aktuelle Lösung zur Überwachung der Fernwirktechnik Kritischer Infrastrukturen ergänzt die etablierten Funktionen der automatischen Anomalieerkennung um Aspekte der Datenintegration sowie Vereinfachung des Anomalie-Handlings. Betreiber Kritischer Infrastrukturen (Kritis) der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft werden mit den neuen Funktionen des Rhebo Industrial Protector 2.0 noch weitreichender beim effektiven Management von Anomalien in ihrer Fernwirktechnik unterstützt und so die Sicherheit und Stabilität ihrer Prozesse gestärkt.

Betreiber Kritischer Infrastrukturen profitieren mit Rhebo Industrial Protector 2.0 u.a. von:

  • schnellerer Handlungsfähigkeit durch intelligente Risikoeinschätzung von Anomalien;
  • mehr Klarheit zum aktuellen Netzwerkzustand durch erweiterte Filterfunktionen;
  • erhöhter Cybersicherheit und Compliance, Kontrolle und Prozessstabilität durch vollständige digitale Transparenz
  • Kosteneinsparung und schlanke Prozesse durch automatisierte Datenintegration in Backendsysteme wie SIEM und Leitstände.

Rhebo Industrial Protector 2.0 wurde konkret um folgende Funktionen erweitert:

  • Geräte- und vorfallzentriertes Network Mapping: Rhebo Industrial Protector 2.0 kombiniert den etablierten Ansatz des vorfallbasierten (event centric) Monitorings mit einer umfassenden komponentenbasierten (asset centric) Inventarisierung sowie der Visualisierung der Kommunikationsstrukturen (workflow centric) innerhalb der Fernwirklinien. In Verbindung mit der bewährten Deep-Packet-Inspection-Technologie werden so alle Elemente im Netzwerk sichtbar. Betreiber erhalten lückenlose Klarheit und Kontrolle über die Qualität ihrer Fernwirklinien und stärken die Compliance ihrer Systeme.
  • Dynamischer Risk Score: Die Risikoeinschätzung bewertet jede auftretende Anomalie individuell sowohl nach Auswirkung der im Datenpaket enthaltenen Befehle, als auch nach Relevanz der betroffenen Komponenten im Netzwerk. Der Risk Score erlaubt damit Betreibern eine sofortige Einschätzung der Relevanz für die Produktions- sowie Versorgungsprozesse und fördert Echtzeitreaktion und Sicherheit.
  • Intelligentes Anomalietracking: Wiederholt auftretende Anomalien oder Anomalien mit vergleichbaren Verhaltensmustern werden als Recurrences identifiziert, miteinander in Beziehung gesetzt und gemeldet. Betreiber können damit gezielt abschätzen, ob z. B. ein Netzwerkfehler systematisch ist, ein verdächtiger Zugriff wiederholt wird oder eine vergangene Gegenmaßnahme erfolgreich war.
  • Volle Datenintegration: Die detaillierten Anomaliedaten können inklusive PCAP an jegliches im Netzwerk integrierte Backendsystem übertragen werden. Unterstützt werden sowohl Standardschnittstellen wie REST-API, als auch alle in Kritis gängigen Formate wie IEC 104, Syslog, IPFIX, SNMP u.a. Damit wird sowohl die Big-Data-Strategie des Betreibers als auch die Prozessoptimierung und gesetzliche Meldepflicht gezielt unterstützt.
  • Quick-View Filter-Funktionen: Betreiber können Anomaliemeldungen nach Geräten, Protokolltypen, Funktionen und einzelnen Datenpaketwerten oder Befehlen sortieren. Die frei konfigurierbaren Filter gewährleisten Betreibern eine schnelle Übersicht und Klarheit zu allen Vorfällen in ihrer Fernwirktechnik. Weiterhin setzen sie einzelne Anomalien in Kontext und lassen so Rückschlüsse auf deren Quellen zu. Zusammen mit dem Risk Score wird so eine schnelle Handlungsfähigkeit und hohe Maßnahmeneffizienz sichergestellt.
  • Individuelle Big-Data-Automatisierung: Den Filterkategorien können zusätzlich individuell definierbare Übertragungsregeln an andere Backendsysteme zugewiesen werden. Mit diesen Policy Filtern können z. B. sicherheitsrelevante Anomaliemeldungen entsprechend kategorisiert und über die API automatisch an eine Firewall übermittelt werden, während prozessrelevante Anomalien an die Leitwarte gesendet werden. Die Automatisierung der Datenweiterleitung unterstützt so die Arbeitsteilung im Unternehmen und die Einrichtung eines kompetenzorientierten Ticketsystems.

Mit Rhebo Industrial Protector 2.0 können Betreiber Kritischer Infrastrukturen effektiv ihre Strategie für die Gewährleistung von Versorgungssicherheit, Cybersicherheit und Prozessstabilität umsetzen. Rhebo unterstützt damit als einziger deutscher Hersteller einer industriellen Anomalieerkennung umfassend die Defense-in-Depth-Strategie von Betreibern Kritischer Infrastrukturen und Unternehmen der Industrie 4.0.

Weitere Informationen zu Rhebo Industrial Protector 2.0 sind unter https://rhebo.com/de/loesungen/kritische-infrastrukturen/ erhältlich. Eine Demoversion von Rhebo Industrial Protector 2.0 kann unter https://rhebo.com/… angefordert werden.

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18 New USB 3.1 (gen.1) Single-board and Industrial Cameras

The Imaging Source, international manufacturer of machine vision cameras and software for industrial imaging, has just announced the immediate availability of a new series of single-board and industrial cameras. The18 new USB3 Vision compliant camera models feature the latest Sony Pregius and STARVIS CMOS sensors with USB 3.1 (gen. 1) reversible Type-C port connection.

The "37 series" color and monochrome cameras from The Imaging Source offer high frame rates in addition to high dynamic range and brilliant color rendition.

Developed specifically to meet the demands of modern imaging systems, Sony’s IMX287 global shutter sensor achieves speeds of max. 539 fps at 0.4 MP, max. 600 fps at VGA, and the IMX273 max. 236 fps at 1.5 MP, max. 600 fps at VGA (lower resolutions allow the frame rates to be increased accordingly). All characteristics which make these cameras ideal for high-speed machine vision tasks such as production automation, quality assurance and inspection.

The board-level cameras‘ small form factor (30 x 30 x 12 mm) and USB 3 Vision compliance allow for easy integration in applications adhering to the standard. Their excellent price to performance ratio makes the cameras suitable for demanding embedded machine vision tasks. The housed versions offer a compact, robust design (36 x 36 x 25 mm) with C/CS or S-mount.

The Imaging Source provides free software tools and SDKs for Windows and Linux platforms: IC Imaging Control SDK; the end-user software IC Capture for image acquisition; IC 3D for 3D stereo depth estimation; IC Measure for on-screen measurement; and IC Barcode, an SDK for 1- and 2D barcode detection.

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TECHSPEC® Low Scatter Off-Axis Parabolic Mirrors exhibit less than 50Å RMS surface roughness

Edmund Optics® (EO), the premier provider of optical components, introduces TECHSPEC® Low Scatter Off-Axis Parabolic (OAP) Mirrors. Providing a surface figure of λ/8 RMS and a surface roughness of less than 50Å RMS, these precision mirrors are designed for low scatter in the visible spectrum. They are excellent when used for focusing, collimation, beam expansion, and optical testing systems such as MTF test benches. The EO OAP family has expanded from five models to more than 40 models, providing additional options and flexibility. Examples of these additional options include two new coatings, Protected Gold and UV Enhanced Aluminum, and a new size, ¼”, within the product family. The product family will continue ot expand in the upcoming months.

Designed to decrease scatter in the UV and VIS regions

TECHSPEC® Low Scatter Off-Axis Parabolic Mirrors precisely direct and focus incident collimated light at a specific angle, resulting in minimal scatter loss. Designed using a proprietary process that decreases scatter in the UV and visible region, each TECHSPEC® Low Scatter Off-Axis Parabolic Mirror undergoes a visual inspection with a HeNe laser to ensure low scatter. These aluminum 6061-T6 substrate mirrors are characterized with improved surface roughness (<50Å RMS) and surface figure (λ/8) when compared to standard off-axis parabolic mirrors. TECHSPEC® Low Scatter Off-Axis Parabolic Mirrors are in-stock and ready for immediate delivery.

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Hope for the best but expect the worst

Automotive sector: HELP!! My supplier is facing insolvency and can halt my production line.

There are two important features in the modern automotive sector: first, there is a long list of suppliers, and second, just-in-time production. In many cases, the situation becomes more precarious where suppliers work with production elements, especially tools, provided by a supplier who is further down the production line. This equipment is very specialised, costly and difficult to replicate quickly.

What happens, therefore, when the supplier using loaned tools becomes insolvent and has problems managing production? The result is disruption of the whole production line, immense liabilities and no quick solution.

Waiting for the verdict of a judge may take too long in many jurisdictions. So, what can be done to prevent this situation or at least minimise its impact?

A. Steps to be taken before entering into a contractual relationship
a. With the help of your Ecovis-advisor, prepare a good contract containing at least the following points:
1. absolute title to the tools which will always be marked as your property (preferably with permanent engravings)
2. comprehensive inspection rights and information obligation
3. unconditional right to retire the tools if so decided by you
4. maintenance and conservation to be provided by the supplier
b. transfer protocol (with photographs showing the condition of the tools and engraved marking)

B. Steps to take during the relationship
a. Establish a structured and well organised monitoring programme in order to ensure that you will be able to react quickly if you encounter problems, reviewing not only the tools but also the general situation of the supplier, thus allowing you to identify symptoms of economic difficulty.
b. Introduce an emergency programme to plan for any eventuality should problems with the supplier arise.

C. Steps to be taken once there a problem has occured

So the monitoring program has worked and you have the information that there might be a problem with one of your suppliers. What should you do?

These are the principles to be followed:
a. Be quick and bold
Do not allow the supplier to convince you not to act, or to wait. In these cases, the last to act will bear the worst consequences of the insolvency.

Do not wait for a formal declaration of bankruptcy!

b. Shock and awe
Once you have decided that you must get back the loaned tools, do not take any half-measures.

Important advice by Ecovis experts: if you are the first to arrive, there will be less time for the supplier to organise resistance. Do not take one loaned tool today and come back next week for more. Be prepared to go to your supplier’s premises with five or ten lorries and twenty of your employees to recover the tools quickly.

Take a new look at your emergency plan: if you have to negotiate with the management of the supplier or its employees, know exactly what you can leave behind and where you can compromise. Do not let a third party decide for you. Sometimes it is better to leave behind a more expensive tool which produces spare parts than a smaller tool which may interrupt the production of your final client in 48 hours.

c. Assume costs
Be prepared to spend some money, and be pragmatic.

Bear in mind the expenses of all types that might arise if you are not able to recover the loaned tools. It may be unfair that you have all the contractual rights on your side and you still have to pay an extra amount. However, think in practical terms.

Author:
Christian Koch, lawyer, ECOVIS Legal Spain, christian.koch@ecovis.es

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Discover FactorySmart® Rubber & Tire Scanning at Deutsche Messe in Hanover

LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning and inspection solutions, is pleased to announce its participation in Tire Technology Expo in Hanover, Germany, from February 20-22, 2018. Tire Tech is one of the world’s premiere R&T technology showcases, with exhibits of equipment and solutions covering the complete spectrum of the tire manufacturing process.

At this year’s show, LMI will officially launch its new high-speed, high-sensitivity Gocator line profilers designed specifically for R&T applications. The show will also be a great opportunity for industry professionals to immerse themselves in LMI’s innovative FactorySmart® approach to inline automation, inspection and optimization.

FactorySmart® goes beyond the simple data acquisition of standard sensors to provide customers with a flexible, distributed and scalable solution to the real-world challenges of tire manufacturing today. Gocator delivers this capability through a complete, built-in 3D inspection platform that runs seamlessly within the factory environment to dramatically improve rubber & tire production.

“LMI has been developing solutions for the rubber & tire industry for many years now, and we’ve built that knowledge and experience into our new line profiler design. Show attendees will find our Gocator 2430 and 2440 deliver the speed and sensitivity required to meet the challenges of low-contrast rubber & tire scanning. We welcome everyone to our booth to see these next-generation sensors in action,” said Christian Benderoth, Regional Development Manager for LMI Europe.

Visitors to the LMI booth will be able to interact with LIVE product demos of the all new Gocator 2430 and 2440 line profile sensors in various tire scanning applications.
Show Details:

DATE: February 20-22, 2018
LOCATION: Deutsche Messe, Hanover, Germany
LMI BOOTH: Hall 21, #9008

For more information or to book a personalized meeting with an LMI representative, please contact our Regional Marketing Specialist, Vanessa Marschhausen vmarschhausen@lmi3d.com.

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Neuer LANCOM Advanced VPN Client für macOS „High Sierra“

LANCOM Systems, führender deutscher Hersteller von Netzwerklösungen für Geschäftskunden und den öffentlichen Sektor, stellt ab sofort ein Update für seinen Software-VPN-Client für MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro & Co. bereit. Die Version 3.0 des LANCOM Advanced VPN Client für macOS unterstützt das Betriebssystem macOS High Sierra (10.13) und ermöglicht über hochsicheres IPSec-VPN den vollwertigen Fernzugriff auf ein Firmennetz über jede Internet-Verbindung.

Der LANCOM Advanced VPN Client für macOS ist Teil des Apple-kompatiblen Lösungsportfolios von LANCOM: VPN-Router und VPN-Gateways sowie Access Points auf Basis von IEEE 802.11ac/n. Der LANCOM Advanced VPN Client ist universell einsetzbar und ermöglicht eine Anbindung zu allen IPSec-konformen Routern oder VPN-Gateways.

Neben der Unterstützung für macOS High Siera bringt die neuste Version des Clients IKEv2 und IKEv2 Redirect. Damit ist es möglich, den VPN-Tunnel-Endpunkt des Clients automatisch auf ein anderes Gateway umzuleiten. Dies sorgt für eine effiziente Lastenverteilung in Umgebungen, in denen mehrere Gateways eingesetzt werden. Außerdem kann der Client FIPS-konform (Federal Information Processing Standard) installiert und betrieben werden.

Weitere Neuerungen sind die Modernisierung der grafischen Oberfläche des Clients sowie ein intelligenter Tunneling-Mechanismus: Dieser schaltet automatisch auf ein alternatives Verbindungsprotokoll um, wenn die Verbindung über Standard-IPSec nicht möglich ist. Damit hat der Anwender auch bei beschränktem Zugang ins Internet – zum Beispiel bei Hotspots mit restriktiven Sicherheitseinstellungen oder in LTE-/UMTS-Netzen – die Möglichkeit, sich via VPN mit dem Firmennetzwerk zu verbinden. Die Kommunikation kann über Modem, (Wireless) LAN, LTE/UMTS beziehungsweise iPhone Tethering (USB, Bluetooth) erfolgen.

Der LANCOM Advanced VPN Client für macOS bietet Highend-Sicherheits-Features für eine professionelle VPN-Anbindung auch in größeren und heterogenen Netzen: eine portbasierte Stateful Inspection Firewall mit eigenen Firewall-Regeln für bekannte und unbekannte Netze, Authentifizierung mit X.509-Zertifikaten und ein nach FIPS 140-2 zertifiziertes Kryptografiemodul.

Der LANCOM Advanced VPN Client für macOS ist in Deutsch und Englisch ab sofort für 99,00 Euro zzgl. MwSt. im Fachhandel erhältlich. Alle Kunden, die nach dem 08.09.2017 eine Lizenz für den LANCOM Advanced VPN Client aktiviert haben oder eine noch nicht aktivierte Lizenz besitzen, erhalten das Upgrade auf die neuste Version kostenlos. Eine Upgrade-Version von älteren Versionen ist für 59,00 Euro (netto) erhältlich. Auf der LANCOM Website steht eine kostenlose 30-Tage-Testversion zum Download zur Verfügung.

Die Version 2.02 des LANCOM VPN Client für macOS für ältere OS X-Versionen ist weiterhin zum Download verfügbar.

Apple, Mac, macOS, Macintosh, MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, iPhone, AirPort, sind eingetragene Marken von Apple Inc.

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Olin Brass awards contract to QuinLogic for an innovative Quality Assurance System

Olin Brass, a leading manufacturer and converter of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated components in North America, has appointed the company QuinLogic to implement a state-of-the-art QES quality management system for two processing lines at their East Alton facility. The project goal is to implement an improved mapping, flagging and slitting solution, with focus on yield optimization

The new quality management system will leverage the use of Olin Brass’ surface inspection data while at the same time creating a unified data landscape for the company. The integration of all quality relevant product and process data on one screen will also enable Olin Brass to automate the coil release process.

The project includes the conversion of time-to-position based data and material tracking as a prerequisite for the qualification of vision inspected coils.

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