The magazine of Friedhelm Loh Group
The magazine of Friedhelm Loh Group
The factory thinkers have done their bit. The smart factory is their new holy grail. It’s now the turn of the factory makers. The goals of digital transformation are clearly defined. It all comes down to more transparency, knowledge and speed in operations – but what does that actually mean for production managers and those responsible for plants and machinery? Practical experience and solutions from Rittal, Eplan and German Edge Cloud show, step by step, how it can all be done.
A power failure is a nightmare for any data centre operator. It results in unscheduled downtime with unforeseeable consequential costs that, in the worst-case scenario, can threaten a company’s very existence. Such outages can be caused by system faults, human error or natural disasters, but what can data centre operators do about it? They need IT infrastructure solutions that ensure a reliable energy supply with high availability – step forward RiMatrix NG from Rittal.
Mercedes-Benz Factory 56 started operating in September 2020. The company’s new S-Class Saloon is among the vehicles being manufactured at this showcase factory in Sindelfingen – and all on a zero carbon basis from the outset. Overall, Factory 56 consumes a quarter less energy than other assembly plants. How does it achieve this? The answer lies in the use of DC technology in two energy storage systems powered by Mercedes-Benz Energy and Rittal.
“The switch to green steel, which is just getting started, will throw up a whole host of questions for steel users,”insists Oliver Sonst. The CEO of Stahlo Stahlservice, a member of the Friedhelm Loh Group, sees green steel as one of the key strategic issues on the agenda right now.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a massive surge in demand for digital technologies. However, at the same time, companies have to slow down the pace of IT, postpone projects and drive on sight. All in all, the task facing data centre operators and IT executives is complex. They need to find solutions that satisfy technical requirements and do so cost-effectively and quickly while also ensuring their organisation is well prepared for the future. On the following pages, we take a look at some studies and listen to some IT experts from Rittal who have a good idea of what is happening in the market. There are five trends that show where things are headed and what steps can be taken right now.
Nerves of steel – that’s what equipment manufacturers need more than anything right now, because the coronavirus pandemic has thrown suppliers and logistics chains across the globe into disarray. Global supply bottlenecks are stalling production processes and preventing entire installations from being delivered on time. How does a company such as ATR Industrie-Elektronik GmbH deal with this situation, and what steps is Rittal taking to maintain full delivery reliability during this difficult period?
Training refugees is an opportunity for everyone – the refugees can learn a trade and find a new home, while companies acquire new talent and increase their diversity. In this article, staff from Afghanistan, Syria and Eritrea, and their colleagues and supervisors from the Friedhelm Loh Group, talk about how we can do this together and what makes it worthwhile.
“The order books are full, but the shortage of materials is stopping companies ramping up their production accordingly,” explains Klaus Wohlrabe, Head of Surveys at the Ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys. This is especially true of the plastics industry. Thanks to its rigorously tested procedures for substituting materials, LKH opens up new ways out of the procurement crisis. Supply chains are safeguarded as a result.
Performance and convenience are the bedrock of the automotive industry, with convenience being particularly important in the luxury sector, where power liftgates come as standard, especially on SUVs. As we reveal here, high-performance plastic components from LKH ensure the tech is built to last.
Digitalization is giving a real boost to high performance computing – a sector that needs to be environmentally friendly, too. Providing lots of computer power, using lots of energy for servers and cooling, and staying in harmony with the environment – it’s a Herculean task for companies with ambitious climate targets. Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Infosys are now reconciling these needs by transferring particularly intensive data workloads to the Lefdal Mine Datacenter in Norway, one of the largest and greenest data centres anywhere in the world.
Digital transformation is complex. Not every company has its own software specialists on hand for developing integration projects or data exchange connectors, forexample. Partnerships that work together to produce solutions to boost consistency are invaluable here – such as the Eplan Partner Network with members such as Rockwell Automation, Mitsubishi and Festo. Both the partners and their customers reap the benefits in equal measure.