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Automation Technologies 4/2016

The intelligent

The intelligent production of tomorrow Phoenix Contact – your partner for Industrie 4.0 „With our experience in machine building and automation, we are ideally placed to turn the digitalization of our world into the intelligent production of tomorrow.“ Roland Bent, Executive Board Marketing and Development For additional information call +49 52 35 3-00 or visit COM21-16.000.L1 © PHOENIX CONTACT 2016

EDITORIAL It’s real, it’s future of tomorrow Germany and the USA are world leaders in Industry 4.0 (USA: AMP 2.0). That was the outcome of a representative survey conducted by Bitkom Research for the Bitkom 2016 digital association. Germany plays a leading role in many traditional sectors of industry such as mechanical and plant engineering and the automotive industry and is especially strong in optimizing production technology and processes. On the other hand, leading IT companies like Google in the USA are driving the trend towards digitization at a tremendous pace, pointing the way forward for developing new business models. As digitization becomes pervasive and the Internet is used as a communication platform, products are changing – as are the boundaries that define their infrastructure. New possibilities are also opening up along the entire value-added chain. But how do we respond to these specific requirements? For a report read our article “RAMI 4.0 and IIRA reference architecture models”, written by National Instruments. We also report on other equally fascinating topics in this issue, including integrated systems, inline inspection in Quality Assurance and optical sensors. We’ll show you components that are extensively prepared for Industry 4.0, thus providing a future-proof solution for a wide range of applications already today. I would particularly like to recommend our country special on North America and our report on one of the most extensive international Industrial Technology Shows, to be held in McCormick Place, Chicago, September 12 - 17. Focusing on the markets of tomorrow, countless innovations in industrial manufacturing and process technology, robotics, and Motion, Drive & Automation will be presented. Hannover Fairs USA, Inc., the US subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG, is staging the shows in cooperation with the AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology. With this issue of AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES we are keeping you abreast of the latest news in technology, reporting on companies following the latest trends in their development. Yours sincerely Nicole Steinicke Editor, AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES Thomas Labendsch Project Director, Hanover Fairs International Editor-in-chief: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Dirk Schaar, Email: Editorial board: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Nicole Steinicke Assistant editor: Svenja Stenner Design/Layout: Sonja Schirmer, Doris Buchenau, Anette Fröder, Mario Wüst Epaper designer: Katja Rüdell, Mathias Göbel Managing editor: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer Publishing house: Vereinigte Fachverlage GmbH Lise-Meitner-Str. 2, 55129 Mainz, Germany Commercial Register No.: HRB 2270, District Court of Mainz VAT-ID: DE149063659 Managing director: Dr. Olaf Theisen Publishing director: Dr. Michael Werner, Email: Correspondent India: Sushen Haresh Doshi M.Sc. Advertising sales director: Beatrice Thomas-Meyer E-Mail: Advertising sales manager: Oliver Jennen, Email: Sales representatives Austria Heinz-Joachim Greiner Email: Brazil Carlos Frederico Graf Schaffgotsch Email: China, India Oliver Jennen, Email: France Marc Jouanny Email: Great Britain, Ireland Roberto Tondina Email: Italy, Switzerland Hermann Jordi, Email: Sweden, Finland, Norway Malte Mezger Email: USA, Canada Aryan Zandieh, Email: Advertising disposition: Helge Rohmund; Email: In cooperation with: Hannover Fairs International GmbH Messegelände, 30521 Hannover, Germany Additional Partner: ZVEI – Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e. V. Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung Internet: 4th year (2016) AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 4/2016