Increase of VAT rate to 20%

The Russian VAT rate is very likely to rise from 18% to 20% starting from 2019. The respective draft law was introduced by the Russian government on June 15, 2018.

There will be no change to the reduced VAT rate of 10% on a number of foodstuffs, goods for children, medicines, books and periodicals, explain the Ecovis experts.

The following compensatory measures are being introduced parallel with the rise of VAT rate:

  • reduction of threshold for accelerated VAT refund to exporters. Currently only companies which have paid not less than 7 bln roubles in taxes for the last three years may enjoy accelerated VAT refund; this figure will be decreased to 2 bln. roubles.
  • reduction of 3-month period for carrying out desk audit for the VAT refund
  • abolition of tax on movable property


Sergey Vyssotsky, Director Ecovis Conseco, ECOVIS Conseco, Moscow, Russia

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LumaSense Introduces the New m924 Utility Module for Winding Hot Spot Transformer Monitoring Applications

LumaSense Technologies, Inc. introduces the m924

Utility Module, designed for real-time Transformer Winding Hot Spot and temperature monitoring between -30 and 200 °C. The module is specifically designed and optimized for Transformer System Monitoring providers and Transformer Manufacturers wanting to use LUXTRON Fluoroptic®  DipTip and Quality fiber optic temperature probes, cables, and Tank Wall Plates in their equipment.

The LUXTRON m924 Utility Module is a single printed circuit board (PCB) offering four channels that can be included in a transformer monitoring system. The m924 Utility Module offers RS232 with ASCII and RS485 with Modbus digital output for integration with standard PC or SCADA systems. In addition, the m924 Utility Module is guaranteed to be backward compatible with the LUXTRON DipTip and Quality probes and LUXTRON accessories.

The LUXTRON m924 Utility Module is designed to directly monitor Winding Hot Spots. Unlike conventional winding temperature indicators (WTIs) that infer the hot-spot temperature, this module measures the winding hot spot accurately and in real-time without modeling. With instant results, controllers and pumps can act immediately, preventing transformer asset damage.

Leveraging LumaSense’s patented Fluoroptic® technology and designed to replace the LumaSense m600 Series Utility Modules, the m924 Utility Module provides better performance with improved manufacturing and modern architecture. When combined with the LUXTRON probes, the system provides precise and repeatable in-situ temperature measurements and control of processes involving RF, EMI, magnetic fields and high voltages, while the small form makes the module easy to integrate into existing equipment.

LumaSense is introducing the officially released LUXTRON m924 Utility Module into the market during the CIGRE Conference & Technical Exhibition in Paris, from August 26-31.
CIGRE, the Council on Large Electric Systems, is an international non-profit association consisting of over 3500 energy experts for promoting collaboration with colleagues from all around the world by sharing knowledge and joining forces to improve electric power systems of today and tomorrow.
Visit the LumaSense booth #256 on the second floor at Palais de Congrès, Porte Maillot, Paris.

With over 40 years of Fiber Optic Temperature monitoring experience with our LUXTRON brand, LumaSense customers are known to experience low failure rates and better yields using our highly accurate solutions. Unlike competitors who are unable to meet the high- performance and reliability standards, our solutions are designed with a proven reliability history and custom probe capabilities.


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ecsec supports trustworthy digitalisation under hand and seal

The Federal Office for Information Security has published new versions of the Technical Guidelines for "Replacement Scanning" (RESISCAN) and the "Preservation of Evidence of Cryptographically Signed Documents" (TR-ESOR), developed with the support of ecsec, which provide the basis for efficient and secure digitalisation of business and public administration.

Secure digital administration processes thanks to RESISCAN, E-File, TR-ESOR & Co.

As part of the digitalisation strategy of the new German Federal Government, the electronic transaction processing in public administration (E-File) plays an important role. The Federal Government’s E-Government Act has already provided regulations for the "Electronic record-keeping" (§ 6 EGovG) and the "Conversion and destruction of the original paper document" (§ 7 EGovG) since 2013, whereby the systems and processes used must be protected using state-of-the-art security measures. The required and recommended measures are described in the relevant Technical Guidelines of the Federal Office for Information Security, such as BSI TR-03125 (TR-ESOR, "Preservation of Evidence of Cryptographically Signed Document ") and BSI TR-03138 (TR-RESISCAN, "Replacement Scanning"). With the support of ecsec both guidelines were recently updated and adapted, among other things, to the legal framework of the pan-European eIDAS-Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) No 2016/679.

eIDAS-Regulation creates opportunities for secure and efficient digitalisation

Both the substituting scanning according to version 1.2 of BSI TR-03138 (RESISCAN) and the preservation of evidence of cryptographically signed documents in accordance with version 1.2.1 of BSI TR-03125 (TR-ESOR) result in organisational relief. Electronic seals that are assigned to legal persons can now, for example, be used in scanning processes to protect the integrity and evidence of scanned documents. These new options for the implementation of TR-RESISCAN have already been applied by first users in the federal administration, such as the Federal Railway Estate Authority – a federal authority within the scope of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Thus, the annually scanned 250,000 documents with 1.2 million pages no longer have to be archived in paper form, but can now be electronically stored and processed in an E-File.

"The Technical Guidelines of the Federal Office for Information Security provide the basis for the secure electronic handling of economical and administrative business processes," adds Dr. Detlef Hühnlein, CEO of ecsec GmbH. "We are very pleased that the opportunities for trustworthy digitalisation offered by the eIDAS-Regulation are increasingly being recognised and used by authorities."

Current version of guidelines available at and

The current version 1.2 of the BSI TR-03138 “Replacement Scanning” (RESISCAN) is available at and comprises in addition to the main document with the modular requirements catalogue, a test specification (Annex P), the result of a generic risk analysis (Annex A), answers to frequently asked questions (Annex F), non-binding legal advice on the use of TR-RESISCAN (Annex R) and an exemplary process instruction (Annex V).

The current version 1.2.1 of BSI TR-03125 “Preservation of Evidence of Cryptographically Signed Documents” (TR-ESOR) is available at providing recommendations for a reference architecture including its processes, modules and interfaces as a concept of a Middleware, requirements for data, document and exchange formats for archive data objects and evidence data, as well as additional requirements for federal authorities and compliance rules for various levels of compliance

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Co-operation with external partners crowned with success

In February 2018, ECOVIS Colombia was established from a company founded in 2000 providing services in the fields of auditing, taxation and consulting, with clients in different sectors of the economy such as industry, health, education, non-profit organizations, free trade zones and food. Ecovis has entered into successful co-operation with GIA (Gestion Integral de Abastecimiento), a business partner specialized in different projects designed to install systems of integrated supply management.


Our company has developed a method that focuses on looking at ways to make savings within a company.

In 2015, one of our clients, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the provision of accommodation services, gym facilities, social events, restaurants and sports events, among other things, hired us to evaluate some indicators determining the possible existence of opportunities for a positive impact on their cash flow.


As a result of the evaluation, weaknesses were detected in the processes of acquisition of goods and services and in the decentralisation of purchases performed without the existence of policies defining the criteria for the acquisition of goods and services. Together with GIA Integral Supply Management, we devised a plan to achieve early success with measures impacting cash flow, and a parallel plan to integrate the methodology into the client’s organizational culture and build the supply management platform that would allow flow with transparency under policies defined by senior management. The negotiation model achieved savings within the region of 11% of the total of purchases made. This percentage was used as the basis for determination of the cost of the consultancy service provided. CurrentlyCurrently, our client is reaping the benefit of savings achieved by applying our methodology and by making improvements to its technological platform.


Rodrigo Moreno Navarrete, Chief Executive Officer, ECOVIS Colombia SAS, Bogotá, Colombia


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23rd International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2018

The holiday season is coming up and it is now time to make preparations for the months ahead. We hope you have already blocked the time slot from September 26 to 28 in your agenda. At the time battery recycling specialists from all around the world will be getting together for this year’s International Congress Battery Recycling ICBR 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Don’t miss this opportunity to exchange news, views and ideas with experts from all areas of the battery recycling sector. Again, this year we have put together an interesting and highly diverse program for our visitors. We are particularly looking forward to our keynote speakers, who will open the congress on September 26. This year we will be welcoming

• Prof. Kerstin Kuchta (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany),
• Didier Marginèdes (Blue Solutions, France),
• Gudula Schwan (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany)

Prof. Kerstin Kuchta will be giving us a summary of the battery market and the circular economy. Before the conference we had an opportunity to talk to Prof. Kerstin Kuchta. She gave us a number of interesting insights, which you can read about in the following interview:

Professor Kuchta, the EU circular economy package was adopted just a few weeks ago. Which impulses do you expect it will provide in the field of battery recycling?
The EU circular economy package has triggered a great deal of debate throughout Europe. The main criticism levelled at the package in Germany is that it is not ambitious or specific enough to bring about the intended transformation of the economy. Impulses have undoubtedly been provided towards the fundamental acknowledgement that even complex products do not become waste after the use phase, but are resources that need to be either made available for reuse or recycled for use in the production sector. As a result, product design and the provision and accessibility of secondary raw materials are also becoming more important for batteries.

Changes in the transportation sector, in energy supply and the trend towards a generally more mobile lifestyle are placing growing emphasis on the production and further development of batteries and thus to the supply of raw materials.

In the view of the EU, the task of the circular economy is to supply industry with raw materials. Which role can battery recycling play in achieving this aim?
Raw materials for making batteries such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese are scarce or critical raw materials and demand for them cannot be met by mines in Europe. Primary extraction largely takes place in a few regions worldwide and in politically unstable situations. The recycling of batteries helps to reduce supply risks. At the same time, recycling minimises
energy intensity in the production chain. The recycling of metals requires up to 80 per cent less energy compared to primary production, thus protecting both the environment and the climate.

Some time ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in favour of Europe setting up its own battery cell production capacities with the aim of reducing dependency on imports from Asia. Is that a good idea?
Battery and storage systems support key technologies, strengthening Europe as a production location through sufficient, efficient and innovative availability. The recycling and reuse of batteries and the materials from which they are made as a means of supplying raw materials will impact production technologies and promote the establishing of innovative manufacturing within Europe.

To which extent could battery recyclers benefit from battery manufacturing in Europe?
The creation of a largely closed added value in circular systems not only promotes the mutual appreciation of all stakeholders, but also innovations in the system as a whole. That includes recycling, reuse, processing and, not least, product design. Geographical proximity generally promotes mutual understanding, greater interest and the development of business models. Legal or economic accompanying measures introduced to promote the reuse of materials and the exclusion of hazardous materials, for example, can be implemented in Europe.

Your keynote speech at the ICBR 2018 is titled "Batteries and a Circular Economy". Which points will your speech mainly focus on?
Unlike plastics, organic wastes or construction waste, batteries have a comparatively low mass flow. However, in terms of the quality and value of their components, their complexity and their growing importance, they constitute a significant material flow in a circular economy. The focal points of my speech, i.e. the opportunities and limitations of the circular economy, product design and quality as well as reuse, recycling and cascade utilisation are presented and discussed for both battery materials and their systems.

Do not miss this opportunity to exchange news, views and ideas with experts from all areas of the battery recycling sector. We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s industry meeting! For all the details on the program and how to register, go to:

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Kardex Remstar: How Merck stores temperature-sensitive material under controlled conditions

Merck KGaA is one of the world’s leading pharma and chemical companies. Its biggest research and development center is located in Darmstadt. The company needed an efficient concept for its new research building to allow it to store the pharmaceutical substances used in the course of its research in a climate-controlled environment. The solution from Kardex Remstar ensures that sensitive substances can always be safely stored and retrieved.

The main elements of the special solution developed by Kardex Remstar are three Vertical Lift Modules from the Shuttle XP series, which have been adapted with a climate-control function for use in chilled conditions. The challenge was to integrate three storage zones, each with a differently controlled climate for the sensitive substances, including a chilled zone and a deep-frozen zone.  Due to the very high safety standards at Merck, measures had to be taken to guarantee that the controlled storage conditions could be permanently maintained. Kardex Remstar made sure of this by integrating a redundant system featuring its own refrigeration units and sensor technology, which takes over in the event of a fault.

A range of additional measures provide maximum protection. The air within the unit is dehumidified by a drying system to prevent the presence of humidity and frost. The Shuttle XP units are housed in insulated cells so that the laboratory staff can access the chilled products at room temperature from their workstations without affecting the climate-controlled environment. Additional laser pointers and position indicators ensure that items are picked with maximum precision. The space-saving concept is also extremely ergonomic.

The advantages at a glance:

  • Secure storage in both chilled and deep-frozen conditions
  • Maintenance of controlled storage conditions assured by a redundant system
  • Simple and precise access to items from areas at room temperature
  • The smaller footprint occupies 66% less space
  • Ergonomic operation

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Rheinmetall awarded €20 million contract for Fieldguard systems

The Düsseldorf-based high-tech group Rheinmetall with its Swiss subsidiary Rheinmetall Air Defence have booked an order to supply Fieldguard 3 measurement systems to two international customers. Fieldguard is an active fire control system which measures the flightpath of projectiles in order to assure maximum precision during target engagement.

One customer country is expanding its existing capacity by three systems, while another nation – a first-time customer – is initially ordering a single system. In this constellation Rheinmetall is acting as subcontractor to Avibras of Brazil, the prime contractor.

Encompassing a total of four systems, the contract is worth a total of €20 million. Delivery will be complete by the end of 2019.

The programme Rheinmetall is supporting here is the ASTROS 2020 multiple rocket launcher, made by its Brazilian partner Avibras. The Fieldguard 3 measurement system can cover distances of up to 100 kilometres.

Rheinmetall’s open and professional working relationship with Avibras offers an excellent example of international cooperation in the defence technology realm. The two organizations see additional growth potential in various customer countries, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. The contract underscores once again Rheinmetall’s outstanding expertise in the field of air defence and related sensor technology.

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ProMinent at ACHEMA 2018: Controller AEGIS II

ProMinent is presenting its new controller Aegis II for cooling and boiler water treatment between 11 and 15 June 2018 on Stand J94 in hall 8 at ACHEMA in Frankfurt, Germany. The device regulates the bleeding and the metering of corrosion inhibitors and biocides.

It reliably prevents corrosion, deposits and biological growth in evaporator cooling water circuits, and thus maintains the cleanliness of pipework and heat exchangers.

With the new controller, all the measurement parameters required can be entered and the functions needed for trouble-free operation can be controlled. The controller Aegis II continuously measures and controls the electrolytic conductivity for blowdown control and determines whether enough corrosion inhibitor has been metered. Simultaneously it also measures and controls the pH and the concentration of the biocides (e.g. chlorine).

The device guarantees an efficient cooling circuit: The automatic bleeding, and the precise addition of biocides and corrosion inhibitors ensure a constantly high level of efficiency in the cooling circuit heat exchanger.

The new Aegis II Cooling Tower Controller works with conventional Prominent pH, ORP and amperometric sensors for chlorine, bromine, PAA as well as with conventional analog and digital sensors and actuators. The built-in web server over LAN or optional WiFi can be used to configure the controller or doing remote maintenance.

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AERZEN Service network. Perfectly connected throughout Germany

Perfect machine availability also has to do with short distances. Therefore AERZEN is continuously expanding its service network. The  new service centres in Mönchengladbach, Essen and Trier recently started their work in order to be on site quickly and provide competent help.

AERZEN invests specifically in a dense service network, with bases strategically distributed over the country, in order to be able to help the customers in the best possible way with fast reaction times and short distances. Furthermore, the costs of service calls are reduced due to considerably lower travel costs. More than 35 highly qualified and certified specialists are available in Germany alone. These service technicians are specially trained on AERZEN standard air blower packages. AERZEN Service from the headquarters in Aerzen is still responsible for all other machines.

OEM-competence with security certificate.

AERZEN technicians have also completed the valid safety training courses and are certified accordingly. In Germany, all AERZEN service technicians hold, for example, the SCC certification (Security Certificate Contractors), which is required by customers in the chemical and petrochemical industries. Some of our process gas specialists are also trained for employments on offshore platforms. The AERZEN assembly service helps with regular inspections and maintenance, maintenance measures, repairs as well as with advice in case of technical problems. Our teams know what is important: they are quickly on site and provide you with expert help.

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Motor Spindle Safety System MS³

The most common accidents involving the use of machine tools include spindle crashes. Common causes include programming errors, incorrectly defined tools, disregarded interference contours, or unintentional high-speed operation. The forces involved are so enormous that components of the motor spindle, ceramic spindle bearings, shafts, encoders, clamping system and the entire machine geometry can be affected or even completely destroyed. A case study from RWTH Aachen shows that repair costs after a crash in the amount of five-digit euro amounts are not uncommon. Collision avoidance systems for machine tools minimize damage and reduce downtime and repair costs in the event of a collision. Nevertheless, only very few machine tools have a spindle collision protection at all. This is usually based on compression elements that act like a car bumper and are completely destroyed in the event of a crash.

Although the spindle components remain intact, downtime still occurs. The motor spindle protection system MS³ from JAKOB Antriebstechnik GmbH detects collisions by means of several sensors and reports them electronically to the machine control. This can bring the feed axes of the machine tool to a halt with measures such as braking and reversing the drives. But beyond that, the motor spindle protection system can immediately interrupt the power flow at the interface between the spindle box and the motor spindle by means of 3D deflection in the event of a collision-induced overload, even before the electronic emergency stop, mechanically and energy-autonomously.

This effective combination of mechanical protection system and active electronic sensor monitoring makes the system superior to purely electronic collision avoidance systems and effectively protects the shock-sensitive components of the motor spindle from the high force peaks of the collision. The resulting kinetic energy of the crash intercepts a built-in shock absorber. The difference is made by a double flange system with built-in permanent magnets. They can guarantee the required high holding forces and rigidity. During the disengaging process, compression springs guide the motor spindle and then return it to its original position. The downtime is limited to the exchange of tools, additional external service is no longer needed. The system is energy self-sufficient, maintenance-free and adaptable to all common motor spindle geometries.

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