Anyone who wants to curb climate change will not be able to avoid hydrogen. The first element of the periodic table is a key factor in decarbonizing transport and industry—provided that the gas has been extracted without CO2 emissions. The value chain from the wind turbine to the hydrogen filling station is long, and it is replete with technical challenges.
For a long time, hazardous areas remained untouched by digitalization because any mobile devices used must meet the strict requirements of explosion protection due to the risks in such areas. With intrinsically safe smart devices, the Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom instruments is bringing digital transformation to hazardous areas.
The Fischer family founded Conextivity® Group to meet the connectivity challenge posed by the emergence of new cross-functional and scalable ecosystems, from locally interconnected devices and sensors to cloud-managed IoT platforms. The group's R&D department, which has doubled in size over the last five years, is strengthening its teams with new expertise, especially in signal integrity engineering, embedded electronics, the cloud and the IoT. The family-owned technology group is accelerating the development of its two business activities, Fischer Connectors® and Wearin’®, towards the same entrepreneurial vision. The former is broadening its scope of activity to include electronics and building a production site in Portugal. Wearin' is expanding its IoT solution and signing technology partnerships to improve the safety and efficiency of the connected human; in May, it was at the heart of a European civil protection exercise to test technologies available to first responders in the event of large-scale disasters. With double-digit annual growth, Conextivity® Group is aiming for a billion Swiss francs in revenue within 10 years.
2021/22 was a very challenging financial year marked by Corona, supply chain issues and short-time work. Notwithstanding these difficulties, EMCO could close the financial year from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 with a 24-percent increase in sales, thus recovering the sales level of 2019. We were able to keep our staff in Hallein and are currently looking for new employees to complete our teams in different departments, including Service, Internal Sales, IT etc. From the autumn of 2022, we will also expand our trainee teams, especially those in the area of industrial vocations. Apart from that, we will offer three additional apprenticeships (engineering or mechatronics) for Ukrainian refugees.
Taking into account that we are looking back on 75 years of history, we have good reason to be proud of our achievements. However, managing director Dr. Stefan Hansch believes that the foundation for further innovations is built upon Emco's wealth of experience. 'Our sites offer comprehensive know-how in the area of turning, milling and training machines. We have succeeded in bundling this knowledge and putting it into practice in the form of turnkey solutions for our customers.'.
Every year, HMS Networks analyzes the industrial network market to estimate the distribution of new connected nodes in factory automation. This year’s study shows that the industrial network market is expected to grow by 8% in 2022. Industrial Ethernet still shows the highest growth and now accounts for 66% of all new installed nodes (65% last year). Fieldbuses are at 27% (28) while wireless remains at 7% market share. PROFINET and EtherNet/IP share first place in the network rankings with 17% market share, but EtherCAT closes in fast, now at 11%.
E-Commerce is booming and so is warehouse automation. Flexible warehouse systems are also in demand in large grocery chain warehouses, and require environmentally friendly, sustainable and intelligent drive concepts. Drive specialist NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is highly familiar with the industry’s requirements and offers a variety of dynamic drive solutions which are suited for various applications and requirements in warehouse logistics.
commModule APL, a new hardware module from Softing Industrial Automation, is designed to support device manufacturers in implementing Ethernet-APL field devices for the process industry quickly and reliably.
Rachid M'Saoubi’s role within Seco Tools as Senior Research & Development (R&D) Expert might sound complex, but for him it’s about building bridges between the academic world and the needs of Seco Tools and their customers to help them stay competitive and thrive.