Strange times: traditionally Hardware-oriented companies are currently looking towards Software. For some, this may be a mistake, but in the area of industrial automation, a fitting software solution might just smoothly top off the portfolio.
A rather good indicator for a booming electronics industry is the need for casings, housings, seals and many other things made of plastic and rubber. It is no surprise that China has a huge demand for these kinds of materials, but Central Europe is profiting from the situation.
Even in factory and process automation, systems have to become smaller in order to meet the demands of today’s field infrastructure. A recently announced co-operation among two Swiss/German companies is supposed to provide an impulse for miniaturized field devices.
One of the most annoying tasks for electronic design engineers is securing standard conformity. The sizes of descriptions for IEC, DIN and EN usually range between the telephone directory for Greater Londonand the Encyclopedia Britannica. However, most of the more boring steps can be automatized.
“The mood at Hannover Messe is always a good indicator of industry sentiment, so we can now confidently speak of an upswing,” commented Deutsche Messe Managing Board Chairman Wolfram von Fritsch at the end of the trade show on Friday, April 23rd. Even though the first part of the show was “indeed severely impacted by the air travel bans caused by the volcano eruption, the last two days made up for part of this”, he admitted.