IoTOS beim Digital-Gipfel auf dem Podium: Maria Christina Bienek über neue I4.0-Geschäftsmodelle

Wie beeinflusst die künstliche Intelligenz das Leben und Wirtschaften in Deutschland? Dies war die zentrale Frage auf dem diesjährigen Digital-Gipfel der Bundesregierung, der am 3. und 4. Dezember auf dem Messegelände in Nürnberg stattfand. Die „Plattform Industrie 4.0“ des BMWi und BMBF beleuchtete in diesem Kontext vor Ort in ihrem Fachforum das Thema „Wie sehen neue Geschäftsmodelle in der Praxis aus?“. Maria Christina Bienek, Business Development bei IoTOS, sprach auf dem Podium neben Experten von TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen und ADAMOS unter anderem darüber, wie neue Geschäftsmodelle in der digitalisierten Industrie zustande kommen.

Der Digital-Gipfel und sein ganzjähriger Prozess bilden die zentrale Plattform für die Zusammenarbeit von Politik, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft bei der Ge­staltung des digitalen Wandels. Er ist in zehn Plattformen organisiert, die wichtige Handlungsfelder im Zuge der Digitalisierung aufgreifen und konkrete Projekte erar­beiten. Hochkarätige Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus Politik, Wissenschaft, Wirt­schaft und Gesellschaft berichteten auf der Veranstaltung in den Podien über He­raus­forderungen, Lösungs­ansätze und Ergebnisse. Den thematischen Schwer­punkt bildete dabei die Künstliche Intelligenz (KI).

Auch IoTOS erhielt als Taktgeber in diesem Bereich eine Stimme: Im Forum der „Plattform Industrie 4.0“ sprach Business Development Managerin Maria Christina Bienek über Geschäftsmodelle in der Industrie 4.0. Dr. Julia Duwe, Head of R&D Production Platforms der TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG, und Dr. Marco Link, Geschäftsführer der ADAMOS GmbH, definierten gemeinsam mit Maria Christina Bienek, wohin die Entwicklung in Deutschland geht.

Mit Datenschätzen neue Geschäftsmodelle entwickeln

IoTOS ist ein Anbieter von Supply Chain-übergreifenden IIoT-Lösungen und ein Enabler für den Mittelstand, wenn es um die wirtschaftliche Umsetzung von Digitali­sie­rungsprojekten geht. Das Unternehmen berät, konzipiert und entwickelt IIoT-Lösungen, die es vor allem mittelständischen Unternehmen ermöglichen, durch ihre Datenschätze neue Geschäftsmodelle zu kreieren und sich in die entstehenden IoT- bzw. IIoT-Plattformen der Großindustrie einzubringen. Ziel ist dabei, die Wettbe­werbs­fähigkeit der KMUs im I 4.0/IoT-Zeitalter zu stärken. Die Herausforderung ist es, diese Supply Chain-übergreifenden Informationen so aufzubereiten und auszuwerten, dass sie zur Optimierung der bestehenden Wertschöpfungskette sowie zum Aufbau neuer Geschäftsmodelle verwertbar sind.

Auf dem Digital-Gipfel erläuterte Maria Christina Bienek: „Unsere Praxiserfahrung zeigt, dass es eine Menge an Produktionsdaten gibt, die zu smarten Daten um­gewandelt werden müssen, um diese beispielsweise der Künstlichen Intelligenz zuzuführen. Genau dafür ist IoTOS zuständig, dass eine Supply-Chain-übergreifen­de Wertschöpfung geschaffen werden kann. Das Ziel sind smarte Lösungen für den Mittelstand, die Transparenz über die komplette Wertschöpfungskette erzeugen und digitalisierte Geschäfts­modelle implementieren.“

IIoT-Plattformen brauchen anwendbare Applikationen

IoTOS ist mit seinem Erfahrungsschatz und den Applikationen, die auf die Ver­netzung bzw. Integration über die gesamte Lieferkette hinweg abzielen, ein ge­fragter Partner, z.B. von Anbietern führender IoT- und IIoT-Plattformen. „Der Mittel­stand benötigt branchenspezifische IIoT-Plattformen zur Um­setzung der Industrie 4.0-Anforderungen. Diese Plattformen leben wiederum von anwendbaren Applika­tionen, die der Mittelstand kostengünstig und einfach nutzen kann. Denn die mittel­ständischen Unternehmen sind offen für Veränderungs­prozesse, sofern diese wirt­schaftlich sind“, erklärt Maria Christina Bienek. Sie ergänzt: „Wir sehen große Ver­änderungspotenziale für den deutschen Mittelstand durch die Möglichkeiten der Plattformtechnologien. Es wird Unternehmen geben, die diese Chance gewinn­bringend für sich nutzen können und andere, die dem Wandel nicht folgen werden.“

In Kooperationen arbeitet IoTOS daran, die Informations­flüsse innerhalb der Liefer­kette von den Zulieferern zu den First-Thiers oder OEMs zu gewährleisten. Dabei liegt das Augenmerk darauf, dass der Mittestand die Datenhoheit behält. In Kombi­nation mit dem IoTOS Track & Trace-Service ergeben sich sehr gute Vorausset­zungen für viele neue Geschäftsmodelle auf Basis von Produktionsdaten. Unter solchen Gegebenheiten sieht IoTOS auch eine große Be­reitschaft zur Veränderung bei KMU.

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Uranium Energy Corp Extends Credit Facility to January 31, 2022 and Completes Royalty Sales to Uranium Royalty Corp

– Maturity of existing $20 million Sprott credit facility is extended to January 31, 2022, further strengthens the Company’s working capital position and financial flexibility.
– No principal repayments until maturity.
– Completion of royalty sales creates a new significant ownership stake in Uranium Royalty Corp.

Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE American: UEC, the “Company” or “UEC” – http://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298723) is pleased to announce that the Company and its lenders, which include Sprott Resource Lending Partnership, have agreed to extend the Company’s current $20,000,000 senior secured credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) to January 31, 2022 without any principal repayments required until maturity (collectively, the “Credit Facility Extension”).

Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “The Company’s cash position of approximately $24.5 million, the Credit Facility Extension and the royalty sales together evidence UEC’s strong balance sheet heading into 2019.  The Credit Facility Extension allows us to maximize working capital to advance our portfolio of low-cost and production-ready ISR projects in Texas and Wyoming in this critical time for the U.S. uranium industry.   Additionally, the agreement with Uranium Royalty Corp. increases our ownership in this exciting venture to over one-third, adding a long-term asset to our uranium portfolio and balance sheet.”

The interest rate for the Credit Facility remains unchanged at 8%.  In connection with the Credit Facility Extension, the Company has issued a total of 1,180,328 common shares of the Company to the lenders as an extension fee.  As with the Company’s prior Credit Facility, should any principal be outstanding on each of November 30, 2019, 2020 and 2021, an annual fee will continue to be due in cash or stock, at the option of the Company, at the rate of 7%, 6.5% and 6%, respectively, on each such date.

Royalties sale completed

The Company recently closed a royalty purchase agreement with Uranium Royalty Corp. (“URC”). The Company, together with one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, sold a one percent (1%) net smelter return royalty (collectively, the "Royalties") for uranium on UEC’s hard-rock conventional projects, Slick Rock (Colorado), Workman Creek (Arizona) and Anderson (Arizona).  As consideration for the sale of the Royalties, UEC received 12,000,000 common shares of URC representing, along with UEC’s prior interest, over a 34% holding in URC as of this date. URC is a private company with a unique and sole focus on uranium royalty and streaming assets. It is also a large and strategic shareholder in Yellow Cake PLC (AIM: YCA), a holder of physical uranium.

About Uranium Energy Corp

Uranium Energy Corp is a U.S.-based uranium mining and exploration company with additional titanium and vanadium assets.  The Company’s fully-licensed Hobson Processing Facility is central to all of its uranium projects in South Texas, including the Palangana ISR mine, the permitted Goliad ISR project and the development-stage Burke Hollow ISR project.  In Wyoming, UEC controls the permitted Reno Creek ISR uranium project. Additionally, the Company controls a pipeline of advanced-stage uranium projects in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Paraguay. The Company also controls a large high-grade titanium project in Paraguay and significant vanadium resources in combination with its Slick Rock uranium project in Colorado. The Company’s operations are managed by professionals with a recognized profile for excellence in their industry, a profile based on many decades of hands-on experience in the key facets of uranium exploration, development and mining.

The securities referred to in this news release have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

Contact Uranium Energy Corp Investor Relations at:
Toll Free: (866) 748-1030
Fax: (361) 888-5041
E-mail: info@uraniumenergy.com
Stock Exchange Information:
NYSE American: UEC
WKN: AØJDRR
ISN: US916896103

In Europe:
Swiss Resource Capital AG
Jochen Staiger
info@resource-capital.ch
www.resource-capital.ch

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Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, the information presented in this news release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company are or may constitute “forward-looking statements” as such term is used in applicable United States and Canadian laws and including, without limitation, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, for which the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements.  These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.  Any other statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans, “estimates” or “intends”, or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and should be viewed as forward-looking statements.  Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Such risks and other factors include, among others, the actual results of exploration activities, variations in the underlying assumptions associated with the estimation or realization of mineral resources, the availability of capital to fund programs and the resulting dilution caused by the raising of capital through the sale of shares, accidents, labor disputes and other risks of the mining industry including, without limitation, those associated with the environment, delays in obtaining governmental approvals, permits or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, title disputes or claims limitations on insurance coverage.  Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved.  Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  Many of these factors are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict.  Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially and that could impact the Company and the statements contained in this news release can be found in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this news release and in any document referred to in this news release.  This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

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Fossil and Biofuel Research Safeguards Sales Markets

Biodiesel and bioethanol are by far the most important alternative sustainable fuels in Germany and the European Union, not only today, but also in the years ahead. In Germany alone, they contributed about 7.7 million t CO2 equivalent towards greenhouse gas reduction in 2017. These biofuels are also by far the most important alternative fuels for attaining national energy and climate protection targets in transport on a global scale. Their ever-increasing importance is reflected in the statutory framework conditions for increasing admixture levels in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, as well as Malaysia and Indonesia. As a basic precondition for market access, this biofuel or different fuel mixtures must fulfil requirements relating to engine systems and emission laws at the same time.

In light of this, comprehensive biofuel system research is essential as a market-associated measure so that anticipated potentially negative interactions of the fuels – not only with each other, but also with engine components – can be evaluated and eliminated.  Approvals for different fuel mixtures determine the international or worldwide market development. While the relevant industry groups are implementing or have to implement the required statutory requirements under emissions law in the European Union, elsewhere political pressure is mounting to anchor technological concepts and biofuels in the market. Their market success is also established in the fact that this can be integrated comparatively easily in existing distribution systems and does not therefore lead to any additional investment costs or subsidies from tax revenues, in contrast to hydrogen technology or e-mobility.

In light of this, sustainable biofuels – optimised with greenhouse gases in mind – not only need to be developed further by systematic accompanying research, but also beyond this as a globally significant admixture component, while also examining synergy effects wherever possible. In view of the highly ambitious target time framework, climate protection measures cannot afford to dispense with existing and viable future options, especially in the transport sector that is continuing to grow globally. Against this background, scientists are presenting select research topics and results in the parallel forum “Biodiesel” of the 16th International Conference”, moderated by Dr Jürgen Krahl, Chairman of the UFOP Expert Commission “Biofuels and Renewable Resources”.

Dr Thomas Garbe, Volkswagen AG, explains in his presentation the significance of biodiesel as part of the solution for future mixed fuels. The focus here is on oxymethylene ether (OME), a renewable fuel that could play an increasing role in the renewable fuel mix long-term.Martin Kortschak from the Technology Transfer Center for Automotive Technology of Coburg University of Applied Sciences (TAC) discusses the influence of biofuels on emissions in conjunction with the so-called RDE test (Real Driving Emission) as an effective tool for fuel development.Dr Lukas Möltner, MCI Management Center Innsbruck, explains the consequences resulting from the ageing of biodiesel on oxidation mechanisms and engine usability and in the required countermeasures.The significance that the ageing process can have on various petrol and diesel fuels for black in-hybrid routes is outlined by Anja Singer from the TAC Coburg in her presentation.

In view of the international importance of biodiesel and bioethanol, it must be stressed that these research results are not only important for the German and European market, but are also of global interest because the engine requirements due to vehicle changes are also set to become stricter in key production and application countries in North and South America as well as in Asia. The Conference is therefore oriented towards all international research and industry groups interested in marketing as well as research and development in the field of biofuel production and application. The Conference offers an ideal platform for bringing science and industry together in this context.

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SplitCore – the latest milestone in ARTES´ vaccine development offer

ARTES Biotechnology announces the acquisition of the unique SplitCore technology developed by scientists at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Backbone of this platform is a flexible integration and presentation of foreign antigens on the surface of capsid virus like particles (cVLP), which can be produced in bacteria and yeast.

With its yeast based METAVAX® platform for antigen presentation on envelope virus like particles (eVLP´s), ARTES is already well established and a preferred partner for human and animal vaccine development projects. The inclusion of the SplitCore technology in ARTES’ vaccine development portfolio enables the company to offer customers an even broader spectrum of service solutions for the development of their specific vaccines.

“With the two potent and versatile platforms, SplitCore and METAVAX®, we can now offer the full range of nanoparticle based vaccine development, covering both capsid VLP’s and envelope VLP´s. Antigens, ranging from peptide epitopes to complex proteins, are compatible with these technologies and can be manufactured in all major recombinant production platforms including E. coli, yeast and CHO cells”, Volker Jenzelewski, Director Technology of ARTES, said. “SplitCore will substantially complement our capability to address technical and economical challenges our pharmaceutical customers may face. Together with our METAVAX® platform, which already result in several vaccine candidates manufactured, we are now even stronger positioned to support the development of innovative vaccines.”

SplitCore bases on the technology to split the core or capsid protein of Hepatitis B virus into two parts. These splitted core antigens form efficiently nanoparticles known as capsid virus like particles (cVLP). On the surface of those particles, differently structured proteins can be added with a high degree of freedom and will then be presented highly exposed and hence effective to the immune system.

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M2 Cobalt commences drilling at Bombo

M2 Cobalt Corp. (the “Company”) (TSXV: MC.V) (OTCQB: MCCBF) (Frankfurt: AOK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07gK0kl_Mrs is pleased to announce that it has successfully mobilized a second drill rig and has commenced drilling at its Bombo and Bombo NW targets at Bujagali. This follows completion of a successful induced polarization (“IP”) program which helped to finalize initial drill collars. It is currently anticipated that the drill program at Bombo will comprise at least 1,000 metres of diamond core drilling.

The IP program at Bombo and Bombo NW highlighted several chargeability highs which coincide with the rock and soil Ni – Co – Cu geochemical anomalies, magnetics and in some cases density or ground gravity anomalies. The initial drill program is designed to test a number of targets across a broad area in what is now believed to be the Bombo Complex (a series of ultramafic bodies).  

Simon Clarke, CEO said, “we have always been excited about the potential of Bombo, especially given the historic work done there. Our geochemical and geophysical programs have shown widespread surface and near surface mineralization of highly anomalous nickel, copper and cobalt. We are delighted to be able to launch an initial drill program to test this ultramafic style of mineralization further as we look to build on the highly successful work done to-date on these targets.

There is growing demand for nickel sulphides as a critical ingredient in cathode formulation for lithium-ion batteries. The potential of Bombo in this regard, as well as for copper and cobalt, adds another dimension to this discovery.”

About M2Cobalt

M2 Cobalt Corp. is focused on discovering and developing world-class cobalt assets (and related minerals) to help address the growing deficit in the supply of cobalt. The Company has a large, highly prospective land package in the Republic of Uganda, East Africa bordering historic production and on the same mineral trends as some of the major mines in the neighbouring DRC where over 60% of world cobalt supply originates. Uganda is a stable country with a growing economy looking to re-energize its historic mining industry. The Company has a highly experienced management team and board of directors, which has been involved in funding and advancing resource projects globally. Further information on the Company and its projects can be found at www.m2cobalt.com

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Dean Besserer, P.Geol., the Technical Advisor of the Company and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

For further information, contact Simon Clarke at sclarke@m2cobalt.com or Andy Edelmeier at andy@m2cobalt.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release may contain certain “Forward-Looking Statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used in this news release, the words “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “target, “plan”, “forecast”, “may”, “schedule” and other similar words or expressions identify forward-looking statements or information. These forward-looking statements or information may relate to exploration work to be undertaken in Uganda, the reliability of third party information, and certain other factors or information. Such statements represent the Company’s current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social risks, contingencies and uncertainties. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affections such statements and information other than as required by applicable laws, rules and regulations.

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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 (www.sms-group.com) 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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Packaging Materials Market worth over $1.3 trillion by 2024 | Top Key Players are International Paper, Sealed Air Corporation, Ball Corporation and Amcor

Developments in the Asia Pacific food & beverage sector will be a major reason behind the growth of packaging materials market growth. The Asia Pacific region includes a large number of emerging economies such as China, India, South Korea, etc. These countries have been witnessing increased consumption of food & beverage products which will in turn drive packaging materials market demand. In 2016, the Asia Pacific food & beverage industry registered a turnover of exceeding USD 3 trillion and is likely to witness a high growth rate. The three most important food segments that are driving the Asia Pacific food market are grain mill products, meat products, and oils and fats. These developments will boost demand for flexible & rigid plastics, glass, metal, and paper packaging materials demand throughout the forecast span.

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Consumption of beverages in Asia Pacific has also been on the rise in the last two decades. The region is the largest beverage market in the world accounting for more than 40% of the worldwide consumption. Among all beverage products, alcoholic drinks were an important segment in the region with beer being the major product. Beer consumption in Asia Pacific is the highest in the world while China is the largest market among all countries in the world. Annual consumption has been on the rise in some Asia Pacific countries such as Vietnam, India, and South Korea. The consumption of non-alcoholic beverages such as sugar sweetened drinks, health drinks, and fruit juices are also on the rise in Asia Pacific owing to increasing income levels and changing consumption trends. These factors will drive demand for beverage packaging materials such as rigid plastic, metal, and glass and will augment the packaging materials market growth through the forecast period.

Flexible plastics is the largest materials segment in the packaging materials market in terms of volume. This segment is likely to be valued over USD 190 billion by 2024. The segments growth will be augmented by extensive usage in packaging food items and household products. The availability of a broad range of flexible plastic materials with distinct characteristics has turned this segment into one of the most important materials in the industry. The ability of flexible plastics to be manufactured in a range of shapes and sizes, lower weight, inert nature, superior performance characteristics, low cost, and easy printability makes it the most versatile packing material.

Bags, pouches & wraps is the largest product segment in the packaging materials market as they are used for packaging a wide variety of items including food, detergents, beverages, etc. This segment will cover over one-third of the overall packing industry in terms of value. Characteristics such as lower comparative costs, ease of storage and handling, along with the availability of many specialty products like retort packaging, shrink films, etc. will augment bags, pouches & wraps packing materials market growth in forecast timeframe.

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Among the end-users in the packaging materials market, beverage segment is likely to grow by a CAGR above 4% to reach a market value exceeding USD 300 billion by 2024. Rising popularity of health drinks, plant-based waters, sugar sweetened beverages and alcoholic drinks will be the key factor behind this segment’s industry development. Increasing consumption of packaged drinking water in across the globe also augment this end-user industry’s development throughout the forecast timeframe.

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The global packaging materials market has several key global players along with a large number of smaller regional manufacturers. Some major manufacturers of packing materials include Ball Corporation, Amcor, Crown, Mondi, Bemis, Owens-Illinois, Sealed Air, and many more. Major companies in the packing industry rely on production capacity expansions and acquisitions to strengthen their industry positions. For example, Amcor’s expansion of the production capacity of PET bottles in its Texas plant in 2017 was intended to cater to the needs of North American customers and is likely to help the company to increase its business in the region. With further enhancement in material characteristics by the technological beneficiaries, overall packaging materials market is forecast exceed a massive valuation of USD 1.3 trillion by 2024.

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Battery Metals Report 2019: New and relevant information for download

The electrorevolution is gaining momentum. Without lithium-ion batteries and vanadium redox batteries, however, nothing moves. The necessary metals lithium, cobalt and vanadium are either scarce or difficult to recover. The Battery Metals Report 2019 provides current information on demand, price development and investment opportunities for the most important battery metals lithium, cobalt and vanadium.

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Currently the new Battery Metals Report 2019 is available for free download: https://www.resource-capital.ch/en/reports/view/battery-metals-report-2019.html. It contains comprehensive information on the properties, use and promotion of the most important battery metals and also outlines future prospects: Lithium and cobalt are indispensable for the production of lithium-ion batteries, without which no pure electric vehicle can move. Vanadium in turn finds its way into decentralised storage facilities, which can store excess energy from regenerative energy generators such as wind farms or photovoltaic plants and thus make a part of the base load capable.

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Infotecs is a founding member of Innovation Cluster 5G Berlin e.V.

Infotecs, the international vendor of cyber security and threat intelligence solutions, became a founding member of the Innovation Cluster 5G Berlin e.V. and is actively contributing to the digitalization in the German capital and testing various 5G technologies.

"The introduction of the 5G technology promotes the emergence of completely new business areas, which form the basis for such services as the autonomous driving or implementing the M2M communication with a very short latency period in production. Protecting these services from cyber-attacks is a new challenge for us as security software developers", says Josef Waclaw, CEO of Infotecs GmbH. "We’re happy to work together with the Innovation Cluster 5G and shape this thrilling future topic, as well as bring up our ideas in the IT security."

Innovation Cluster 5G BERLIN founding partners from business and research areas

Partners from business and research areas have created Innovation Cluster 5G BERLIN e.V. in September. The goal of the association is to promote innovations in 5G key technologies for urban use cases. The 5G BERLIN Initiative promotes the digitalization in the German capital and increases the international vibrancy of the city. A test environment has been built to carry out common research projects, test various 5G technologies and develop new applications. In addition, an information network is being created as a basis for new partnerships and support for knowledge transfer. Thus, the Innovation Cluster 5G BERLIN is a regional and transregional networking platform for startups, medium businesses, research institutes, universities, large companies, and public authorities.

5G test field for urban use cases

A 5G test field is established in Berlin and used for testing 5G key technologies for urban use cases under the real-life conditions. The infrastructure includes 5G macro cells combined with smaller data transfer cells for local, broadband, and highly responsive communication connections. For example, to ensure very high data rates, streetlights are provided with the 5G equipment (millimeter wave technology) and arranged in a network. The 5G test field components are deployed by the partners and then improved in the complete system. The 5G test field includes all the relevant technological components of a 5G network and will contribute to the innovation development in Berlin.

Strong partnerships

The following companies are listed among the founding members: Atesio, EANTC, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, GasLINE, Highstreet Technologies, HyperMesh, Infotecs, MicroNova. Today, companies from such segments as passenger transportation, chip manufacturing, network supply and operation, as well as innovative startups and major associations have already expressed their interest in participating in the Innovation Cluster 5G BERLIN.

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ProMinent at BrauBeviale 2018

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Solutions for digital fluid management

The membrane electrolysis process improved by ProMinent produces the highly effective disinfectant Dulcolyt 400 on site cost effectively. The special thing about this: DULCO®Lyse produces less than 0.01 ppm of chlorate for one dose of 1 ppm FAC (Free Available Chlorine). This is a significantly lower chlorate content compared to conventional procedures.

Further benefit: Minimal chloride levels. Conventional technologies produce more than 20 times as much chloride. Machine parts and equipment are not attacked by the minimal chloride concentration and corrosion is reliably avoided.

Products with Extended Connectivity

Whether solenoid- or motor pumps – the portfolio of the manufacturer from Heidelberg has undergone numerous innovations and continued developments. For example, new motor driven diaphragm pumps Sigma X as well as solenoid driven diaphragm metering pumps gamma/ XL come with a range of features that are designed to allow digital fluid management. As part of a linked solution, these pumps allows you to monitor, analyse, and optimise metering processes with ease.

Chemical-free disinfection in hygienic design

New UV systems Dulcodes LP F & B disinfect the product water in the beverage and food industry without chemicals. The DVGW-certified system meets the hygienic requirements for cleaning when installed (CIP or Cleaning in Place). Electropolished surfaces with a surface roughness of less than RA= 0.8 microns prevent adhesion of the flow-through media.

Flexible and compact

Breakdown of chloramines without chemicals

The UV system Dulcodes MP uses short-wave UV radiation to minimise the undesirable by-products of swimming pool water (chloramines). The system is suitable for a flow of up to 569 m3/h. Compared to its predecessor, it has more functions, works almost maintenance-free and is significantly more compact. The UV system can be easily integrated into existing pipework and, due to its analogue and digital interfaces, it can be easily integrated into higher-level control technology.

Flexible and space-saving

Other new products include the new, compact dosing system DULCODOS® universal mini and the compact, high-performance ozone system OZONFILT® OZVb. Depending on the application, the dosing system is equipped with the optimum pump. The OZVb plant ensures reliable ozone production with ozone concentrations of up to 20 g / Nm3.

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