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AI Act to Regulate AI Usage
In May, EU member states passed the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act), a comprehensive regulation to govern the use and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within Europe. The AI Act aims to minimize potential risks associated with AI technologies.
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Start-ups Embrace Artificial Intelligence
Approximately three-quarters of German tech start-ups are now utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI), with 76% of these companies regularly integrating AI into their processes. This marks a 50% increase compared to the previous year, according to a survey of 172 German tech start-ups conducted on behalf of the digital association Bitkom.
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Germany's Largest Bio-LNG Plant Goes Operational
At the Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland, Shell Deutschland has launched a new plant for the production of bio-LNG, which is the largest of its kind in Germany. The facility has the capacity to produce about 100,000 tons of this low-CO2 fuel annually.
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Premiere of a New Position Controller for Industrial Applications
At ACHEMA 2024, EBRO ARMATUREN unveiled their latest position controller for the process industry, equipped with advanced features to enable precise control across various application areas. The electropneumatic position controller EP3 optimizes industrial processes through its intelligence and reliability and is specially designed for everyday use, offering numerous benefits to users.
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VDMA Highlights the Potential of Low-Code and AI in Industry
A recent white paper by VDMA focuses on low-code development, incorporating the latest advancements in artificial intelligence. It includes practical examples from member companies demonstrating how low-code approaches can be effectively used in machinery and plant engineering.
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Siemens & BASF: Partnership for More Sustainability
Siemens has introduced its new circuit breaker, the SIRIUS 3RV2, developed in collaboration with BASF and produced entirely without fossil fuels.
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NAMUR Releases Working Group Position on Ethernet-APL Device Requirements
NAMUR has published a new working group position titled “Requirements for the Next Generation of Ethernet-APL Devices and Components”. The publication involved all working groups and fields of the interest group that deal with Ethernet-APL, including the NAMUR APL Task Force. The NAMUR position paper is available for free download.
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Why a Football Stadium Can't Do Without Industrial Valves
The UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany is in full swing. Twenty-four nations are competing across ten different venues for the coveted trophy. However, behind the glamour of the competition lie complex technical systems.
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How gigacastings influence our key industries
The demand for giga presses is constantly growing: companies in the fields of plastic injection molding and light metal die casting are developing ever larger and more complex machines in order to meet the increasing requirements of various industries. This development influences the entire value-added chain.
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Cyber Insurance: Bitkom Provides Free Guide
Ransomware that encrypts vital data and halts production processes, digital theft of business data, or deepfake attacks aimed at obtaining money transfers – cyberattacks pose a serious threat to nearly every business.
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Construction of new plant for temperature and pressure sensors progresses
Sensor manufacturer JUMO is continuing to build its new plant in the Fulda-West technology park. The construction is the largest investment project in the company's history, with 50 million euros having been invested here. During a tour of the site, JUMO Managing Director Dr. Steffen Hoßfeld spoke with Fulda's Mayor Dr. Heiko Wingenfeld. JUMO plans to move into the new site in October.
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The aluminium industry’s key role in improving sustainability
The trend towards lighter weight and e-mobility as well as the expansion of renewable energy are important drivers of the demand for aluminium. According to Dennis Rheinsberg of IKB Deutsche Industriebank, further expansion of recycling capacities is necessary in order to meet aluminium requirements, improve the energy footprint and reduce carbon emissions.
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Blow-off and cooling air dampers for major project
Swedish valve manufacturer SOMAS produces the triple-eccentric control dampers that are installed on the Siemens gas turbine in the new LEAG power plant. The valves are used here as blow-off and cooling air dampers.
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Data is hardly used by German companies
Whether in the training of AI models, the intelligent use of renewable energies or research into personalized medicines - data is becoming increasingly important for business and society.
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Reallabor H2-Wyhlen: Construction Begins for Second Electrolyzer
With a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony, construction has begun for the second electrolyzer as part of the state-funded project "Reallabor H2-Wyhlen." Naturenergie Hochrein AG and EnBW aim to expand hydrogen production there by five megawatts.
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Rennsteig: Network Operators Cooperate for H2 Access for the Glass Industry
Seven gas network operators from southern Thuringia and northern Bavaria have joined forces to connect energy-intensive companies along the Rennsteig to the national hydrogen network. The glass industry in particular could benefit from this initiative in the long term.
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Two new valves with DVGW approval
The GEMÜ Group has two new valves for gas applications in its product range, which have now received DVGW approval.
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Seal certified as safe for drinking water in three countries
The C-4240 seal by Austrian manufacturer Klinger has now also been approved for use with drinking water in France. The product recently received the ACS certification.
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Sealing manufacturer appoints new sales manager
The sales and application technology divisions of international sealing supplier Teadit are now under new management. The position has been filled by Florian Werner.
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Enapter Supplies Electrolyzer for KIT Project
The electrolyzer manufacturer Enapter has received an order from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for a 500 kW AEM electrolyzer. This will be used in the largest European research project for renewable energy. The company also received another order from Canada for a Hydrogen Hub.
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ACHEMA 2024: Process industry drives transformation of the economy
During the opening of ACHEMA on June 10, 2024, Federal Minister of Economics Dr. Robert Habeck and leading figures from the financial sector, the chemical industry and the supplier industry discussed the strategic realignment of the process industry under the current global conditions.
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Artificial intelligence is being driven forward primarily in Berlin
The innovation survey published today by the Technology Foundation Berlin shows that the proportion of companies using artificial intelligence in Berlin is around twice as high as the national average.
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“NRW – Wirtschaft im Wandel”: Competition is aimed at innovative companies from North Rhine-Westphalia
For the sixth time, “Germany - Land der Ideen”, together with the Rheinische Post and the General-Anzeiger Bonn under the patronage of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia, is calling for the “NRW – Wirtschaft im Wandel” competition. The competition is aimed at companies in NRW that are setting a particularly good example in matters such as digitalization and globalization.
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New valve for handling reagents
The valve manufacturer müller coax has added a new valve to its catalog. The reason for this is a custom-made product for a client.
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SAMSON sells next part of the company premises
On April 29, 2024, the sales contract for the second part of the SAMSON company premises in Frankfurt/Main was signed. The provider of products and systems for controlling a wide range of media announced the sale on its website. The US real estate company Tishman Speyer has acquired the site.
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