Innovative Etikettierungslösung für SAP® S/4HANA

LogiMAT 2019: Labelmanagement für SAP® S/4HANA

Die OPAL Associates GmbH präsentiert auf der LogiMAT 2019 (19. – 21. Februar 2019) in Halle 8, Stand B56 die Etikettierungslösung, die es Unternehmen erlaubt, den ganzen Labelprozess in SAP® umfassend, effizient und übersichtlich zu verwalten. Mit dem „WEB PRINT CLIENT“ können über Systemgrenzen hinweg auch externe Partner vom OPAL LABELMANAGEMENTTM profitieren, was kostspielige Umetikettierung beim Wareneingang überflüssig macht.

OPAL, Ihr AutoID-Systemintegrator, zeigt neben innovativen Softwarelösungen für die Auszeichnung, Datenerfassung mit mobilen Handhelds und der neuen Lösung für Anlageninventur auch zahlreiche Trends aus den Bereichen E-Paper, doppelseitiger Etikettendruck, Barcode, RFID, Pick-by-Voice sowie Scanning und Printing.

Labelmanagement Lösung für SAP® S/4HANA

Die Etikettierungslösung von OPAL ist eine umfassende Labellösung für SAP®. Die Lösung ist kompatibel für SAP® S/4HANA und ist bei Kunden bereits im produktiven Einsatz.

Die Produktkennzeichnung ist eine äußerst anspruchsvolle Aufgabe, die sowohl den strengen Vorschriften verschiedener Branchen als auch den technischen Anforderungen für die geschäftskritischen Kennzeichnungsprozesse entsprechen muss. Darüber hinaus haben Geschäftsmodelle, Kundenerwartungen und Anpassungen der Lieferkette einen erheblichen Einfluss auf die zu bewältigende Komplexität und die Zeit, in der neue Anforderungen umgesetzt werden müssen.

Mit dem OPAL LABELMANAGEMENTTM können die Herausforderungen in der Produktekennzeichnung durch strukturierte Prozessabläufe und Regelwerke gemeistert werden. Die Benutzeroberflächen sind intuitiv bedienbar und übersichtlich, damit die Übersicht über die verschiedenen Prozesse, Parameter und das Systemverhalten jederzeit nachvollziehbar bleibt. Daten zu Druckaufträgen werden weggeschrieben und können für Auswertungen gebraucht werden. Damit gewinnt der Prozess nicht nur an Transparenz, sondern wird auch messbar, was eine zusätzliche Optimierung begünstigen kann.

Mit dem WEB PRINT CLIENT kann das Druckmenü auch für externe Partner zur Verfügung gestellt werden, die damit Etiketten aus dem gleichen SAP-System auf ihren lokalen Druckern ausgeben können. Der Umweg über Spezifikation-Erstellung, Bemusterung und Freigabe von Etiketten durch Lieferanten und Partner kann eingespart werden.

Zusätzliche Module und Add-On’s für Produktionsprozesse mit hohen Taktfrequenzen, Erweiterung für Kunden- oder produktspezifische Daten sowie eine Anbindung an das „SAP Environment Health and Safety Tool“ runden das Produktportfolio ab.

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It’s Time to Replace SMB with Something Smarter

Original network protocols are starting to age out of usefulness. HTTP is being replaced by HTTPS, people are trying to replace DNS with DNSSEC, and TLS just got its first update in 8 years. Now it’s time to update SMB. Introducing SmarTransfer.

Eitan Bremler, Co-Founder and VP Technology of Safe-T, a leading security provider of software-defined access solutions for the hybrid cloud from Israel is discussing the question

"Why Would You Want to Replace SMB?"

He is discussing some of the drawbacks of SMB1: This is an old version of the SMB protocol with roots in the 1980s. While it’s still active on many computers, it’s generally only needed to communicate with Windows XP and Server 2003 operating systems – and if you’re going your job right, that equipment has already been uprooted from your environment. In most cases, you can disable SMB1 on throughout your network without encountering many issues.

SMB 2 and SMB 3 are a different story. They’re modern, full-featured secure file transfer protocols with strong encryption and robust failover. The major issue is that using these protocols, along with a similar protocol known as NetBios, requires administrators to open ports 339 and 445. Keeping ports open is bad practice for a secure network but closing these ports or disabling SMB causes a host of other issues.

Most notably, a vulnerability in the SMB protocol led to 2017’s mass ransomware attack known as Wannacry, which caused a total of $4 billion in damage. Frustratingly, even after the this vulnerability was widely disclosed, there are approximately 5.5 million devices that are still exposed to the internet in this manner.

Augmenting SMB with SmarTransfer

At its heart, Safe-T developed a new file access solution called SmarTranser (SMTR for short), which lets administrators close ports 339 and 445, and disable SMB from user segments, and replicate their functionality using the secure HTTPS protocol.

To the end user, nothing about their usual workflow changes. Accessing webmail, printing a document, or accessing a file on remote server will all look the same. Behind the scenes, however, an entirely different workflow will take place – one that administrators will ultimately find easier and more secure.

For example, SMTR comes with a smart access permissions console that lets administrators easily control how users use the files they can access. They can delineate who can read which files, who has read and write permissions, and who can create and delete files. With its simple UI, SMTR even lets administrators provide auditable access permissions to customers and vendors outside the network. This ensures secure and controlled access to any file types and content.

In addition, SMTR encrypts files at rest, making it difficult for unauthorized users to read or copy their contents. The product can also prevent unauthorized users from moving or deleting the file, or from uploading potentially compromised/malicious files.

SMTR is an Updated File Transfer Protocol for an Age that Requires Security

Protocols like SMB and NetBios have inescapable origins in an earlier era of information technology. They were created in an age where leaving open ports on your network was acceptable. Nowadays, leaving any open port on your network – even the ubiquitous port 80 – is an invitation to disaster.

When used in combination with other Safe-T technologies, SMTR makes it possible to do business on the internet without opening any ports to the outside world – and without significantly changing your normal workflows or impacting your end users. For more information on this technology, and how to start using it today, contact Safe-T for a free trial.

About Safe-T

Safe-T® (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Safe-T Group Ltd. (Nasdaq, TASE: SFET), is a provider of software-defined access solutions to reduce attacks on mission-critical services and sensitive corporate data. Safe-T solves the data access challenge. Its patented, multi-layer software-defined access solution masks data at the network perimeter, keeping information assets safe and limiting access only to authorized and intended entities, on premises or in the cloud. Safe-T enhances productivity, efficiency, security, and compliance by protecting enterprises from data exfiltration, leakage, malware, ransomware, and fraud. Companies and governments around the world trust Safe-T to secure their data, services, and networks from internal and external data threats. Safe-T operates in North America, APAC, Africa, Europe, and Israel.


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WIPOTEC announces Russia compliance solution to meet serialisation requirements with cryptographic protection

The Russian Federal Law No. 488-FZ, effective on January 1, 2019, regulates implementation of the serialisation code with cryptographic protection. WIPOTEC has closely followed the developments in Russia, and developed an upgrade kit for TQS solutions that offers advanced printer and camera technology to meet the needs of the Russian market. This upgrade kit is now available for all new and existing TQS systems. The upgrade kit allows a pharmaceutical manufacturer to meet the requirements of the Russian legislation, even when using particularly small and sophisticated packaging formats. WIPOTEC also offers the option of printing the data matrix code in its usual size of 12.7×12.7 mm and smaller. High-resolution cameras inspect the serialisation codes with cryptographic protection in accordance with the ISO 15415:2011 standard. In addition, there is the possibility to enlarge the code up to 25.4×25.4 mm in order to achieve a higher process reliability by maintaining the common module size.


Russian serialisation code will consist of two parts: The first part of the code is the, "identification part" and is comprised of a sequence of characters representing the unique number of the item. The second part is for control and verification and represents a sequence of characters formed as a result of a cryptographic transformation of an identification code. These cryptographic characters are intended to expose counterfeit codes during their verification. Due to the cryptographic transformation, the data set to be coded more than doubles compared to the GS1 DataMatrix used in the European Union.


The system provider is responsible for successful introduction of serialisation and clarification of any details as well as administration and evaluation of the resulting data. Until November 2018, the system was operated by the Ministry of Taxation of the Russian Federation. Since then, the new operator has been the Center for Advanced Technology Development (CRPT). CRPT provides for allocation of crypto characters and transfer of the required data, as well as installation of Issue Recorders at the respective production sites. These devices will be connected to the national cloud. The pharma producer transmits serial numbers together with the GTIN to the cloud and in return receives the corresponding cryptographic key for the code to be printed and verified. The model provides for a fee to be charged for each cryptographic key; in addition, annual maintenance costs for the Issue Recorder are under discussion.


The process of aggregation of serialised products, which includes aggregation into cartons and further into pallets, will be the same as in other countries. For this purpose SSCC codes with GS1-128 data structure will be utilized. No changes from the Russian side are to be expected here so far.


In the course of the coming year, various product groups are to be serialised for traceability purposes. The new law requires implementation of serialisation activities in a uniform national system. At present, this system provides for 12 different product groups which will require serialisation. In addition to pharmaceutical products, the system also covers shoes, clothing, tobacco, and alcohol. In the long term, the system will cover all products.

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Additively manufactured 3D spray head for forging plants wins design award in the category „Industry“

A small machine component winning a design award is probably a first in the history of the German Design Award and certainly worth noting. The component for which plant and mechanical engineering company SMS group ( has received the German Design Award 2019 in the category “Industry” is a spray head used to cool dies in forging presses. All involved in the various teams that have been working towards the common goal of adopting an entirely new approach to designing and producing a machine component were excited about the news. Not only the component as such was relevant for the judges, but also the fact that it exemplifies the various aspects of Additive Manufacturing, a technology that has been opening a whole range of new possibilities for the design and functional layout of components. Every year the German Design Council organizes the German Design Award, one of the most recognized design awards worldwide. This Award recognizes innovative products and projects, and the companies or individuals who have fabricated and designed them.

New way of thinking brings about components optimized for specific functions
Axel Roßbach: Research and Development Extrusion and Forging Presses, SMS group GmbH: “Winning the Design Award makes us extremely proud. It is recognition of many teams within SMS group whose work is characterized by a highly interdisciplinary approach. The spray head is a milestone innovation marking a new era in the design of plant and machine components, enabled by the gamechanging potential of 3D printing and functionoptimized design. The design of a machine part is today no longer limited by the constraints imposed by conventional – processoptimized – forming and machining techniques. Supported by latest software and computer technology, we can now give a component exactly the design that fulfils its designated function in the best possible way. Another important aspect is that we have used new materials. Therefore the Award honors not only a new design, but above all the new way of thinking lived within SMS group, which has materialized in a global approach to Additive Manufacturing.” According to Axel Roßbach, the new spray head is an example of how nowadays, in the digital age, different disciplines interact and what opportunities Additive Manufacturing holds in store. The new spray head solution produced by 3D printing is the result of a joint effort by the Forging Plants Department, the Additive Manufacturing Project Team and the simulation technology experts of SMS group.

Only one tenth of the weight of the conventionally produced component
Common spray heads are heavy and complicated to produce. Their heavy weight impairs the productivity of the forging press. Against this, the new spray head has been designed with a view to how it can fulfill its function in the most efficient way. It is significantly smaller, features flow optimized channels and cools the dies specifically and as required in each individual case. Die areas subjected to intensive heating are cooled at a correspondingly – precisely calculated – higher rate than areas less hot. Additionally, these spray heads can be produced virtually just in time. Axel Roßbach: “Although the spray head is only a small component, it nevertheless ideally represents the potential of Additive Manufacturing. The innovative manufacturing methods enabled by 3D printing form the basis for Industrie 4.0. The example of the 3D-printed spray head makes this clear and measurable. Made of plastics, it weighs only one tenth of what a conventional one would weigh. A 3D spray head made of metal weighs up to 70 percent less. It is less expensive, more efficient and can be easily customized and instantly produced. “

Lower costs, higher productivity
All this provides numerous advantages for drop forging operations. Drop forging presses are being constantly optimized with a view to achieving shortest cycle times and maximized service life of the dies. Spray heads for cooling and lubricating the dies perform a key function in the forging process as without them the dies would not be able to withstand the constant and extremely high stress acting on them during operation. The spray heads are introduced between the open dies awaiting the next forging stroke. The innovative SMS group solution means not only a reduction in weight and costs, but also reduced wear of the supporting arms which introduce the spray heads between the dies. Due to the significantly lower mass to be accelerated, cycle times of the – usually automated – processes can be shortened. Another key advantage for the press operator is the possibility of producing customized spray heads “on demand”, i.e. the spare heads are available in virtually no time, without incurring the high costs of keeping them physically in stock. Also the environment benefits as the production of the spray heads consumes no more material than absolutely necessary. SMS group plans to also print currentconducting elements and sensors into the spray heads. This will make it possible to actuate the valves electrically and generate condition messages of the systems. The thus gained added value and the potential for process optimization make the 3D-printed spraying system for drop forging operations a technology ready for Industrie 4.0. Robert Banse, a member of the R & D Project Team SMS group: “We are in no way restricted by any manufacturing constraints. Therefore we can adopt a creative technological approach to designing and start out from the function the component is going to perform. In other words: We develop the perfect design for the function at hand ready, knowing that it can be produced in the 3D printer.”

Filigree shape proves successful under harsh operating conditions
One of the first customers using the new spray head in practice is Bharat Forge in Ennepetal, Germany. For Bharat Forge, the spray head was specifically designed to allow switching between water and a graphitebased spraying fluid. Both the forge operator and SMS group are extremely satisfied with the performance of the spray head. Bharat Forge: “The spraying pattern is much more homogeneous now. The dies are cleaner. Consequently the overall consumption of spraying fluid has decreased. Also handling is easier than with the conventionally manufactured spray heads. Accumulations of material, as frequently occurring inside the former spray heads, have not been found thanks to the flowoptimized design of the fluid channels.“

Only one facet of the overall concept of Additive Manufacturing
Although the Design Awardwinning spray head is in the focus of attention above all due to its extraordinary design, this is only one facet of the many activities underway at SMS group in the area of Additive Manufacturing. As the “Leading Partner in the World of Metals”, the company’s plans and strategies are of much wider scope. SMS group is not going to limit its AM activities to the design and production of innovative machine components, but will also offer integrated solutions for the complete process chain of Additive Manufacturing on the market.

A main area of Additive Manufacturing is 3D printing of metal. In 3D printing, a laser melts finegrained metal powder at selected, exactly defined locations. The components rebuilt up layer upon layer: A waferthin layer of metal powder is spread out on a powder bed. Then the laser melts the powder at the programmed spots. When this has been completed, another thin layer of powder is applied, and so forth… With this technique it is possible to make components of a complexity not feasible with conventional techniques. SMS group has been very active in the field of Additive Manufacturing for many years and has recently commissioned a pilot plant for industrialscale production of AM-grade metal powder. This powder features very specific properties, which are very likely to propel a completely new growth sector. It is extremely homogeneous and forms the basis of Additive Manufacturing. The powder consists of perfectly round minute spheres measuring only 15 to 45 micrometers (one thousandth of a millimeter). It is hard to imagine how these microscopic particles are produced in a 13 meters tall and complex hightech plant. Markus Hüllen, Vice President 3D Competence Center of SMS group: “The successful commissioning of the powder atomization plant marks a milestone for SMS group because it ensures the quality we need to make highquality 3D-printed metal components. Our objective is to master – and allow our customers to master – the complete process chain of this innovative technology. This is why we deliberately chose to not build a smallscale but an industrialscale pilot plant. Only this way can we test the process under realistic conditions, i.e. at high temperatures and pressures and in long production campaigns. We also work with a cooperation partner: Additive Industries, developers and providers of selective laser melting systems for 3D metal powder printing. We plan to set up a demonstration plant at the SMS group facilities in Mönchengladbach, which will comprise all process steps of Additive Manufacturing. “

Bright prospects as a supplier of integrated AM solutions
Additively manufactured components are already used in a number of industries. These “enabler” industries include the aerospace industry, the automotive industry, medical engineering, prototype and tool making, and plant and mechanical engineering. The Demo Center at the Mönchengladbach facilities will be the first of its kind as it will allow customers to experience the complete process chain of Additive Manufacturing, i.e. from powder production in the powder atomization plant, powder handling, 3D printing, heat treatment and machining to inspection, quality checks, logistics and the automation system. SMS group has been cooperating with Additive Industries in the development of processes that keep the powder under vacuum during all process steps. This prevents the powder from contaminating in any way and ensures that the components produced will be of highest quality. Markus Hüllen: “As systems provider and the “Leading Partner in the World of Metals”, our objective is to offer our customers complete Additive Manufacturing plants on a turnkey basis. By integrating the entire process chain from powder production down to the finished products, we ensure a high and reproducible powder quality for series production. The pilot plant will allow us to optimize the processes so as to maximize productivity and minimize total costs. Our customers will receive modular, scalable solutions tailored to their individual requirements. With our worldspanning service and support network, we are always readily available for our customers to accompany them on their way into the world of Additive Manufacturing.“

“New Horizon” strategy program unlocks the potential of futureoriented technologies
Although the new spraying system for drop forging plants is only a small object, it is – in the true sense of the word – a prize example of the exciting developments the plant and mechanical engineering sector is going to see in the very near future. With its corporatewide strategy program “New Horizon”, SMS group is bundling all futureoriented activities in connection with Additive Manufacturing, digitalization, Industrie 4.0 and new hightech materials. The reason behind this strategy is the fact that all these areas are interconnected and can only be advanced in a concerted approach. The strategy has worked out well. Numerous projects, such as learning steel mills, plants for the production of highperformance materials, and environmental technology that provides both ecological and economic benefits have already been successfully implemented. The new 3D-printed spray heads certainly fits into this category.

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Domino Printing Sciences gewinnt „Operational Excellence“ bei den Manufacturer MX Awards 2018

Domino hat bei den vielbeachteten jährlichen Manufacturer MX Awards, dem größten jährlichen Award-Programm in Großbritannien, die Auszeichnung „Operational Excellence“ gewonnen.

Dies ist das zweite Mal in Folge, dass Domino bei der Veranstaltung eine Auszeichnung gewonnen hat: 2017 war es die Auszeichnung „Supply Chain Excellence“.

Die Manufacturer MX Awards werden von der Zeitschrift „The Manufacturer“ in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institute of Mechanical Engineers organisiert, um das Beste der britischen Fertigung zu feiern.

Die jährliche Veranstaltung wird allgemein als der Goldstandard für Benchmarking-Leistungen in einer Reihe von Produktionskategorien anerkannt.

Die Auszeichnung erfolgt nach einer strengen und detaillierten Überprüfung des Beitrags jedes Unternehmens durch eine Gruppe von Juroren, die wiederum jedes Werk besuchen, um Prozesse, Interviewmanagement und Mitarbeiter zu inspizieren.

„Wir freuen uns sehr über diese Auszeichnung, die die kontinuierlichen Optimierungen des Unternehmens am Betrieb würdigt. Durch Investitionen in unsere Mitarbeiter, Produkte und Prozesse verbessern wir den Service für unsere Kunden kontinuierlich weiter und liefern eine vielfältige Produktpalette aus einem effizienten und attraktiven Arbeitsumfeld.“, erläutert Carl Haycock, UK Printer Operations Director bei Domino Printing Sciences.

„Den MX Manufacturing Award zweimal hintereinander zu gewinnen, ist fantastisch für unser Unternehmen und zeigt, dass Domino stets bestrebt ist, seinen Kunden qualitativ hochwertige Produkte und seinen Mitarbeitern eine dauerhafte, engagierte Kultur zu bieten“, so Carl Haycock abschließend.


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  • Essentium High Speed Extrusion Plattform (HSE) wird auf der Formnext 2018 am Stand in Halle 3.1, Stand J50, vorgestellt
  • Die High Speed Extrusion (HSE) 3D-Druckplattform bietet beispiellose Festigkeit, Geschwindigkeit und Skalierbarkeit
  • Unabhängige Studie zeigt das Ausmaß der wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen durch die Essentium HSE-Plattform

Essentium, ein führender Anbieter von 3D-Drucktechnologie für die additive Fertigung, stellt die Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE) Plattform vor. Das zukunftsweisende 3D-Drucksystem wurde entwickelt, um die Fertigung zu verändern, indem die Herausforderungen bei Festigkeit, Geschwindigkeit und Skalierbarkeit ein für alle Mal gelöst werden. Die neue Plattform wird auf der Formnext 2018, vom 13. bis 16. November 2018 in Frankfurt, Halle 3.1, Stand J50, präsentiert.

Essentium hat eine unabhängige Umfrage unter industriellen Nutzern von 3D-Druck durchführen lassen. Dabei wurden die wichtigsten Hindernisse für die additive Fertigung in der Industrie untersucht. Auf die Frage nach den Hindernisfaktoren für die Einführung von großformatigem 3D-Druck, nannten 77 Prozent der Befragten die hohen Kosten für die 3D-Drucktechnologie und die Materialien, 34 Prozent die mangelnde Skalierbarkeit und 31 Prozent die Unzuverlässigkeit der Druckerzeugnisse als die drei wichtigsten Gründe. Die neue Essentium HSE-Plattform adressiert genau diese Faktoren. 80 Prozent der Befragten glauben, dass die Fertigungsindustrie durch eine ausgereifte 3D-Drucktechnologie Milliarden von Dollar an Produktionskosten einsparen wird. Dies zeigt das Ausmaß des kommerziellen Potenzials, das die Essentium HSE-Plattform erschließen wird.

Mit der neuen Essentium HSE-Plattform können Unternehmen nun die Leistungsfähigkeit des 3D-Drucks in größeren Formaten ohne Einbußen bei Genauigkeit und Geschwindigkeit nutzen. Darüber hinaus erwarten sie uneingeschränkte Umsetzungsmöglichkeiten, ungehinderte Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten und beispiellose Kostenvorteile.

Was macht HSE von Essentium einzigartig? Das erste wichtige Unterscheidungsmerkmal ist seine Festigkeit. So kann die Plattform insbesondere Materialien drucken, die ähnliche Eigenschaften wie Teile im Spritzgussverfahren aufweisen.

In der Vergangenheit war der 3D-Druck aufgrund der mangelnden Haftung zwischen den Bindungsstrukturen der einzelnen Schichten nur eingeschränkt in der Lage, sein volles Potenzial auszuschöpfen. Mit der FlashFuse™-Technologie von Essentium gehört dieses Problem der Vergangenheit an. FlashFuse nutzt eine Plasma-Wärmequelle, um Strom durch ein Netzwerk von Kohlenstoff-Nanoröhren zu leiten, die in die Ultrafuse-Materialien von Essentium integriert sind. Dadurch wird jede Schicht beim Aufbringen verschweißt und so eine festere Verbindung geschaffen, wodurch eine Zugfestigkeit von thermoplastischen Spritzgussteilen erreicht wird.

Der zweite entscheidende Vorteil ist die Geschwindigkeit. Traditionelle Extrusions-3D-Druckverfahren sind sehr langsam und benötigen Stunden, um eine relativ einfache Geometrie zu erzeugen – und Tage, um ein komplexes Design zu erstellen. Die HSE-Plattform hat dies Barriere in Angriff genommen und druckt Teile 10-mal schneller als herkömmliche Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)-Drucker, indem sie ein rutschfestes Extrudersystem mit hohem Drehmoment sowie Linearmotoren verwendet.

Der dritte Vorteil ist die Skalierbarkeit, insbesondere bei Großserien. Seit Jahrzehnten steht der 3D-Druck für das Versprechen, mehr als nur Prototypen zu bauen und Teile maßstabsgetreu herzustellen. Aber dieses Versprechen wurde weitgehend nicht gehalten – bis jetzt.

Die Kunden von Essentium können die HSE-Plattform in ihren Fertigungsstätten wie eine neue Spritzguss- oder CNC-Maschine einsetzen und in die Fertigung integrieren. Ein Essentium-Kunde verkürzte seine Werkzeugstandzeit um 90 Prozent und erzielte 60 Prozent Kosteneinsparungen gegenüber anderen 3D-Druckverfahren mit Extrusionsverfahren.

Die HSE 180-S Plattform ist ab sofort für den kommerziellen Einsatz verfügbar und wird 2019 ausgeliefert.

Blake Teipel, CEO von Essentium: „Die Kunden haben lange Zeit damit gekämpft, die Wirtschaftlichkeit zu erreichen, die es ihnen ermöglicht, die additive Fertigung im großen Stil einzusetzen. Die HSE-Plattform durchbricht alle Normen und ermöglicht es Unternehmen, den 3D-Druck endlich als echten Fertigungsprozess einzusetzen – ohne Abstriche bei Kosten, Geschwindigkeit, Festigkeit oder Genauigkeit. HSE von Essentium steht an der Spitze einer neuen Generation von 3D-Drucken und wird die Produktionsabläufe für die Hersteller für immer verändern.“

Volker Hammes, Geschäftsführer von BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH: „Die Partnerschaft zwischen BASF und Essentium kombiniert die Werkstofflösung mit industrieller Geschwindigkeit, Skalierbarkeit und Stabilität, die der 3D-Druck benötigt, um einige der großen technologischen Herausforderungen der additiven Fertigung von heute zu meistern.“

Bryan Robinson, Ingenieur bei Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products: „Wir wollten die HSE-Technologie von Essentium genau kennenlernen, da sie uns und unseren Kunden die Möglichkeit bietet, die Leistungsfähigkeit und das Wachstum zu steigern.  Die Nutzung der Maschine ist einfach und die Zusammenarbeit mit Essentium unkompliziert. Was beim herkömmlichen 3D-Druck einige Tage dauert, kann Essentium HSE in wenigen Minuten erledigen.

Informationen zur Befragung:
Unabhängige Umfrage, durchgeführt im Oktober 2018 von Dimension Research unter mehr als 100 Nutzern von additiven Druckverfahren in der Produktion. Auftraggeber der Studie: Essentium.

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Critical Manufacturing and ASM PT shared vision – CEO interview

ASM PT, the world’s largest equipment supplier to the electronics manufacturing industry, is investing in the Portuguese company Critical Manufacturing, a developer of state-of-the-art MES software. Both companies signed a deal to that effect in late July in Porto. We talked with Guenter Lauber, CEO of ASMPT´s SMT Solutions Segment, responsible for software activities and Industry 4.0 alignments within the ASM PT Board, and Francisco Almada Lobo, CEO of Critical Manufacturing, about their shared goals.

Mr. Lobo, with more than 14,000 employees and sales of US$2.3 billion, ASM is very well known in the SMT and semiconductor industries. What does your company do?

Francisco Almada Lobo: With almost 120 employees and offices in Portugal, Germany, China and the U.S. we develop Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for companies in the electronics, semiconductor, medical device, automotive and other complex, high-tech industries. The company was founded in 2009. My colleagues and I came from software teams at companies like Siemens, Infineon and Qimonda.What sets our software apart is the fact that its underlying architecture and technology are state-of-the-art, which means: modular, highly flexible, and scalable. A lot has happened in the software field – we offer a foundation that is modern and future-proof. Many industry leaders agree, which is why we have grown quite rapidly in the past years.

Mr. Lauber, why do you, as a mostly hardware developer, invest in an MES software developer like Critical Manufacturing?

Guenter Lauber: Our history is hardware, that is correct. But ASM is not a pure hardware supplier anymore. Our focus is the Smart Factory of our customers, globally. This requires integrated solutions and a comprehensive understanding of the processes of our customers. In recent years, we have made major progress in the development of line software and pushed industry-wide initiatives like The Hermes Standard or ADAMOS as an industrial IIOT platform. But since our mission is ‘Enabling the Digital World’, we want to further push for Smart Factories and implement Integrated Digital Factories. To achieve this goal, we must become faster and offer perfectly integrated hardware and software solutions. Software is becoming more and more important all the time.

In many current projects, hardware- and software-only suppliers dump the integration effort on the customer, which makes implementing the smart factory more expensive. As a technology leader, we decided to take a different path and offer customers seamlessly integrated solutions for a faster, more effortless and ultimately cheaper introduction of the smart factory. With its skills in modern software technologies and agile development methodologies, its expertise in production processes and its ability to integrate a wide range of machines and systems, Critical Manufacturing will help us to succeed in this endeavor.

Franciso Almada Lobo: As software experts, we also see the need for perfect interaction between all system components to realize the smart factory’s potential in terms of cost, flexibility and quality.

Does this mean that customers will have to buy all their hardware and software from ASM?

Guenter Lauber: No, it doesn’t. Good networking requires openness and connectivity. Just like they can currently combine DEK printers with other placement machines and SIPLACE placement equipment with other printers on the same line, customers will continue to be able to use the software or hardware of their choice. After all, one reason for buying Critical Manufacturing is the fact that customers can use their MES software to combine hardware from different manufacturers. We have partnerships with many MES makers and have worked with them to create open interfaces to our machines, and this is something we will continue to support. We don’t select the optimal hardware and software – the customer does.But we support them with integration and connectivity.

Francisco Almada Lobo: Our software is capable of integrating a wide range of hardware and software. This applies not only to typical electronics manufacturing and chip assembly equipment, but to systems in many other industries. Needless to say, combining ASM’s hardware and Critical Manufacturing’s software will provide customers in the electronics industry with many more functions and usability features, but this is still optional for them – something they need to be convinced of.

Back to the integration process. What will it look like organizationally?

Guenter Lauber: As you know, ASM PT has plenty of experience with successful mergers and acquisitions: the Siemens placement machine business, the DEK printing business. This year Amicra and NEXX, and now Critical Manufacturing. It is important to keep new group members strong and make them full contributors to ASM PT as a whole. This acquisition will be no different. We will keep the brand name, the management and the entire team with its existing partnerships, contracts, structures and procedures. In shared development and customer projects we will then see, step-by-step, how we can further improve these structures and procedures.

Francisco Almada Lobo: That’s what made ASM so attractive to us as an industrial investor. As a successful software company, we had many offers in recent years from other companies, financial investors, private investors, etc. But only ASM offered us a convincing integration concept that would allow us to further enhance our strengths as a software developer.

Mr. Lobo, what does Critical Manufacturing expect from this deal?

Francisco Almada Lobo: We have always been able to impress potential clients with our software expertise and the capabilities of our MES. But let’s not fool ourselves: when people buy software, they look at more than just features and functions. MES is critical for the user’s success and for many large customers we were simply too small as a potential partner. Large customers want their partners in this field to demonstrate a certain size in terms of project capacities and financial resilience. Being part of ASM PT will put an end to these questions. The deal will also be welcomed by our existing customers, because each additional client and integration makes our software better and more powerful.

Will you continue to serve customers in other industries?

Francisco Almada Lobo: Of course. We follow a very ambitious roadmap in the development of our MES software. As an independent unit under the ASM umbrella, we will not only fulfill our existing contracts, but expand our activities into other industries. Our goal is to become the leading MES supplier in our target markets, and our cooperation with ASM opens the door to new opportunities in this area.

Guenter Lauber: We also want Critical Manufacturing to stay active and even enhance its activities in industries other than electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. I am confident that we will benefit from their experience in other industries, because many of them are more advanced in the implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts. Looking beyond your own industry is interesting and can be eye-opening, and I am convinced that the experience you collect from a wide range of projects is instructive. That’s why I believe that our strategic investment in Critical Manufacturing will make us stronger and serve as the core of our future business with comprehensive software solutions.

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DASCOM Europe announces two “Partner Friendly” smart card printers

DASCOM, a recognized leader in business document print solutions, is proud announce their market entry to the smart card printer market. During GITEX exhibition in Dubai DASCOM will officially launch their new smart card printers DC-3300 and DC-7600.

The DC-3300 is a 300 x 1200 dpi direct thermal card printer and the DC-7600 is a 600 dpi color re-transfer smart card printer. Both printers have been designed for industrial grade printing environ-ments and offer users and resellers many benefits and features that separate them from many smart card printers in the market. They have also been designed to work with a wide range of common platform software while utilizing proprietary DASCOM CardEditor software for enhanced security and user customization.

The DC-3300 can print more than 220 cards per hour, provides edge-to-edge card printing, has a large card feeder capacity, and is compatible with a variety of encoders. This printer is ideally sui ted for applications where photos or portrait-like quality is important.

The DC-7600 provides the next level in re-transfer print technology and offers features including over-the-edge full card printing, rapid output, a large capacity card feeder, and supports a wide va-riety of smart card encoders.

According to Steve DiMartino, Director of Card Printer Sales & Development: “Both the DC-3300 and DC-7600 have been designed to work in the toughest, most demanding environments. The printers bring the best in print flexibility to meet the needs of users in a variety of applications. For example, the DC-7600 offers a choice of print capability ranging from single-side to double-side and over-the-edge printing. The DC-3300 is available with standard single-side edge-to-edge print-ing with the option for dual side printing. Both printers are backed by full 3-year warranties, are easy to operate, and offer easy-to-replace consumables.

The printers will be sold by a select group of regional card printer and security professionals who will offer support and an exclusive full-range of card printer supplies for the units.

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Avnet Abacus to Demonstrate Technology Expertise at electronica 2018

Avnet Abacus, one of Europe’s leading interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributors and a regional business unit of Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), will participate at this year’s electronica Trade Fair in Munich, Germany as part of a consolidated Avnet EMEA presence located in Hall C5, Stand 101. Avnet Abacus is one of four major business units that will each host a dedicated area of the stand, demonstrating the capabilities and support provided by the Avnet ecosystem.

Showcasing the diverse technology expertise and leading-edge capabilities available from the business unit’s Europe-wide engineering support operation, Avnet Abacus has selected six new and highly innovative products to be highlighted at its dedicated space. Each of these has been developed with the advice and support of technical experts at Avnet Abacus, in conjunction with its strategic franchise partners.

One key product demonstration in the Avnet Abacus space will be ParceLive – Hanhaa’s live parcel-tracking service, which allows users to determine the exact location and condition of their parcel in real time anywhere in the world. The development of this application is a perfect example of the close cooperation between Avnet Abacus and its franchise partners, helping customers to turn ideas into commercial successes by bringing their products to market quickly.

Additional demonstrations on the stand showcase solutions where Avnet Abacus delivered expert guidance in areas such as component selection, development of specific testing and/or evaluation procedures to meet standards, and improved management of a customer’s supply chain:

  • The HYPERVSN display system, which creates, displays and manages hologram-like visuals by combining innovative 3D display and holographic projection technologies.
  • A smart-sensor-based parking system from Smart City, which is being deployed in a number of advanced parking schemes located in many cities across Germany.
  • The TRUMPF TruDisk system, which enables the precise customisation of high-powered laser-cutting applications.
  • The advanced BQ Witbox Go! which delivers fast 3D printing in the home.
  • An advanced NetCom communications module, which uses ultra-reliable wireless communication for fire control applications.

“These innovative products on display at electronica are demonstrable evidence of our knowhow and our expertise in helping to bring our customers’ ideas and designs to market in a timely manner,” said Alan Jermyn, vice president European Marketing at Avnet Abacus. “We can deliver world-class prototype to production support to companies of all sizes and across a diverse range of applications and end-user markets. Working in partnership with our strategic franchise partners, we help our customers meet the challenge of understanding and adopting new, complex, and fast-evolving technologies.”

The Avnet Abacus team comprises more than 50 product specialists who can provide application guidance across many sectors of the industry, including the internet of things (IoT), robotics, industrial and consumer technologies and more. The team provides to customers a wide range of technical expertise and resources from initial design to the prototyping stage to final production and covering every step in the process. The team is also able to help customers with the product selection process, prototype adoption for volume production, or support with advanced supply chain solutions and logistics.

Avnet Abacus offers an industry-leading portfolio, which includes: passive, interconnect, electromechanical, power, energy storage, wireless and sensor products.

The Avnet EMEA stand at electronica 2018 is located in Hall C5, Stand 101.

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Domino feiert 40-jähriges Jubiläum mit Mitarbeiter-Event

Seit 40 Jahren entwickelt Domino Printing Sciences Kennzeichnungs- und Drucklösungen. Dieses Jubiläum feierte das Unternehmen am Hauptsitz in Cambridge, UK, mit einem Mitarbeiter-Event und dankte ihnen für ihren wichtigen Beitrag zum Unternehmenserfolg.

Firmengründer Graeme Minto gesellte sich als VIP-Gast zu den Mitarbeitern. Vor vierzig Jahren erforschte Minto als verantwortlicher Projektleiter den Multijet-Druck bei Cambridge Consultants Limited. Er erkannte das Potential einer einzelnen Continuous-Inkjet-Anwendung und entwickelte einen Prototyp, der erstmals 1978 auf der internationalen Verpackungsmesse interpack vorgestellt wurde.

Bei der Jubiläumsveranstaltung sagte Nigel Bond, Domino CEO: „Wir freuen uns außerordentlich, unser 40-jähriges Jubiläum mit diesem Mitarbeiter-Event zu feiern. Sie haben einen großen Beitrag zu unserem Erfolg geleistet und uns tatkräftig dabei unterstützt, diesen wichtigen Meilenstein zu erreichen.“

Mit weltweit 2.700 Mitarbeitern verfügt Domino über Produktionsstandorte in China, Deutschland, Indien, Schweden, der Schweiz, UK und den USA und verkauft seine Produkte in mehr als 120 Ländern über ein globales Netzwerk von 25 Tochtergesellschaften und mehr als 200 Distributoren.

„Menschen sind das größte Kapital eines Unternehmens“, betonte Bond.

„Wir sind überzeugt, dass wir eine so starke Mitarbeiterbindung zu verzeichnen haben, weil wir Erfolg anerkennen, Leistung belohnen, Schulungen anbieten und unsere Mitarbeiter dabei unterstützen und ermutigen, sich im Unternehmen weiterzuentwickeln und voran zu kommen. Indem wir ein motivierendes und ambitioniertes Arbeitsumfeld schaffen, unterstützen wir unsere Mitarbeiter dabei, getreu unserem Motto „Do more“, mehr für unsere Kunden zu tun. Wir sind uns der Bedeutung einer gemeinsamen Unternehmensvision und gemeinsamer Werte bewusst, wobei jeder einzelne Mitarbeiter wissen sollte, wie wichtig er für das Erreichen unserer Unternehmensziele ist“, so Bond weiter.

Aber nicht nur die Unternehmenszentrale in Bar Hill kann stolz auf viele langjährige Mitarbeiter sein – auch die deutsche Tochtergesellschaft, die Domino Deutschland GmbH mit Sitz in Mainz-Kastel, hat anlässlich ihres Sommerfestes zum 35-jährigen Bestehen seine Jubilare geehrt.

Die Domino Deutschland GmbH ist das deutsche Unternehmen der Domino Printing Sciences und wurde 1983 gegründet.

„Wir schätzen unsere Mitarbeiter sehr und konnten einige von ihnen erst kürzlich als Jubilare hervorheben – von unseren insgesamt 172 Mitarbeitern sind 51 seit mehr als 10 Jahren bei Domino Deutschland beschäftigt, 17 seit mehr als 20 Jahren und 4 Mitarbeiter weisen sogar eine Betriebszugehörigkeit von mehr als 30 Jahren auf“, erläutert Erich Jax, Geschäftsführer der Domino Deutschland GmbH.

Dominos Wachstum und Erfolg resultierten in bislang sechs Queens Awards. Zuletzt erhielt das Unternehmen im April 2017 den Queens Award für Innovationen. Dominos Produkte und Leistungen werden darüber hinaus regelmäßig in lokalen Veröffentlichungen gewürdigt und erhalten internationale Auszeichnungen.

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