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Global Automotive Bearing Market To Reach $48B By 2027

Global Automotive Bearing Market To Reach $48B by 2027

The global automotive bearings industry generated $31.60 billion in 2019, and is estimated to reach $48.41 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 6.8 percent from 2020 to 2027, according to a report by Allied Market Research.

A prime determinant of growth is the focus on overall weight reduction of vehicles and surge in production and sales of automobiles across the globe drive the global automotive bearings market. However, rise in vehicle electrification and variations in raw materials hinder the market growth. On the other hand, advent of sensor bearing units and development of additive manufacturing technologies and materials present new opportunities in the coming years.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, vehicle sales and demand for advanced technology-based bearings would boost post-lockdown, as daily operations in production plants and supply chain get on track.

Despite the supply chain disruption and shut down of operations amid COVID-19, research and development activities would gain traction as facilities begin to operate with full capacity. Furthermore, Vehicle sales and demand for advanced technology-based bearings would boost post-lockdown, as daily operations in production plants and supply chain get on track.

Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest market share with nearly two-fifths of the global automotive bearings market in 2019, and is projected to continue its leadership position in terms of revenue by 2027. Moreover, this region is expected to manifest the highest CAGR of 7.7 percent from 2020 to 2027. This is due to surge in adoption of fuel-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles, technological developments, and increase in demand for mild hybrid vehicles in the region.

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Siemens Collaborates With Morf3D To Accelerate Adoption Of Metal AM

Siemens Collaborates With Morf3D To Accelerate Adoption Of Metal AM

Morf3D is collaborating with Siemens Digital Industries Software to promote the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in advanced design, engineering, and production qualification of metal-based product innovations across a variety of industries. This collaboration equips Morf3D with Siemens’ end-to-end AM software solution from the Xcelerator portfolio and makes Morf3D a preferred Siemens AM partner with access to software in advance of the market. In exchange, Morf3D will provide technical feedback to enhance Siemens’ product development.

“The goal of this agreement is to facilitate the advancement of an end-to-end digital solution and develop new strategies for advanced engineering and design,” said Morf3D CEO Ivan Madera.

“By partnering we can leverage our unique integrated system of work to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing for development and production of new applications in a variety of industries. Siemens and Morf3D make a good team to accomplish this goal. Siemens has the end-to-end software to drive applications from design through 3D printing, and Morf3D has the expertise in AM operations to leverage that software so we can qualify and deliver those applications with optimal efficiency.”

“Additive manufacturing is a viable technology for innovation in all industries. But, to achieve truly industrialised AM production takes more than technical capability. The industry needs partnerships like our collaboration with Morf3D, where ideas, know-how, AM technology, software and most importantly, people, come together to advance the art of the possible by rolling up their sleeves and fully delivering on new and inspiring applications,” said Aaron Frankel, Vice President of the AM Program for Siemens Digital Industries Software.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the importance of additive manufacturing as a technology for rapid-response innovation. However, the financial uncertainties brought on by the pandemic have made it more difficult for companies to invest in AM operations and application development. We want to help those companies by giving them the resources and know-how they need to realise their dreams for additive manufacturing,” said Madera.

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Frost & Sullivan Reveals 9 Emerging Trends Reshaping Industries Post COVID-19

Frost & Sullivan Reveals 9 Emerging Trends Reshaping Industries Post COVID-19

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, The Reshaping of Industries Caused by COVID-19, encompasses nine key trends that will emerge from industries reshaping as a response to COVID-19. With the pandemic’s negative impact on the global economy, immediate action is critical. Technology leaders must assess the emerging opportunities resulting from COVID-19 and provide technological innovations to build company, society, and consumer resilience.

“From transformative MegaTrends to geopolitical chaos, there are several factors making it increasingly difficult to grow,” said Murali Krishnan, Visionary Innovation Group Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “In the near term, companies should focus on diversifying supply chains and leveraging new opportunities arising from changing customer demands. In the long term, it is important to internally adapt to new technologies that support workplace and operational continuity to have a smoother transformation during recovery.”

Chaitanya Habib, Visionary Innovation Group Research Analystadded: “The shift in focus on cost optimisation and on avoiding further production losses post-COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of automation and industrial robots across various industries. As a result, the global industrial robotics market is expected to grow from $44.6 billion in 2020 to $73 billion in the next five years, with increasing FDA approval and patent activity.”

The nine key trends across industries that will emerge as a result of COVID-19 are:

  1. Connected Living:The increased adoption of contactless surfaces post-pandemic will power the home automation and security markets. Systems encompassing voice activation technology will become increasingly popular among consumers.
  2. Connected Work: Reformed connected work scenarios will accentuate the need for “cloud everything.” New subscription-based models will witness a growing demand for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS).
  3. Digital Health: Digital health driven by telemedicine and robotic care will become the new standard of care delivery. Standardisation of service across the care continuum will require more service and technology providers.
  4. Geopolitical Balance: Countries should work together to keep trade flowing and ensure the supply of essential products, sending a signal of confidence to the global economy.
  5. Human Augmentation: The behavioral analytics market is expected to reach $3 billion in revenue in 2030, up from $230 million in 2019. Post-COVID-19, behavioral data will be used to enhance healthcare systems, financial services, and cybersecurity.
  6. Lights-out Operations: Autonomous “lights-out” operations will propel the demand for remote asset management solutions, and service providers will focus on data management strategies and data-driven business models.
  7. Smart Cities: Smart cities will create significant business opportunities with a market value of $2.46 trillion by 2025. Smart cities will prioritise more digitalised services and a strong data analytics infrastructure, leading to increased spending on technology.
  8. Supply Chain Optimisation: The supply chain industry is creating radical innovations with augmented reality, virtual reality, advanced robotics, real-time inventory tracking, and exploring how 3D printing could completely disrupt the supply chain in the next 10 years.
  9. Technology Advancements: Pandemic preparedness will speed up the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and accelerate AI innovation. Beyond specific disease management, post-pandemic economies also will rely on AI and machine learning (ML) tools to expedite digital transformation across key business initiatives.

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3D-Printed Medical Devices Can Remedy Supply Bottlenecks In Times Of Pandemic

3D-Printed Medical Devices Can Remedy Supply Bottlenecks In Times Of Pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, the 3D printing industry has successfully set up on-demand production facilities. Medical devices are subject to strict quality requirements and must conform to an array of legal regulations. In addition, there is a shortage of contract manufacturers able to fulfil these conditions. To mitigate the situation, TÜV SÜD has drawn up a range of checklists for production processes and is providing them to manufacturers. The company is also involved in numerous initiatives.

“When borders are closed to stop the spread of COVID-19, companies are forced to adjust their supply chains”, says Gregor Reischle, Head of Additive Manufacturing at TÜV SÜD. Additive manufacturing sites using 3D printers quickly reacted by concentrating resources and reducing the pressure on supply chains. 3D printing technology was one area of focus as an option for filling gaps in supply chains, most urgently concerning nasal swabs, ventilator components and personal protective equipment (PPE). At present, additive manufacturing is also boosting supplies of key products such as face visors, ventilator valves, filters, pressure sensors and X-ray tubes for applications ranging from general healthcare to high-precision personalised devices for even the most niche markets.

The benefits of additive manufacturing in a growing market

Even before the current pandemic, analysts had forecast that the market for additive manufacturing in the medical sector would grow to be worth at least US$ 20 billion. The market for AM in dentistry is set to reach US$ 9.7 billion by 2027 with impressive annual growth of 35 per cent.

Additive manufacturing offers the significant advantage of being able to close supply chain gaps by promptly ramping up capacities in series production when needed. The technology enables complex fully functional designs to be manufactured as a single piece, eliminating the need for subsequent assembly of individual parts. This can often result in higher-quality products. It also offers the capability of creating cost-effective prototypes while shortening development lead times. The pandemic has proved that both these methods can succeed – but also revealed the extensive array of device-specific provisions and regulatory requirements which apply to the products.

Medical devices must be high-quality, high-performance and safe. Proof of their compliance with numerous conformity and safety standards must be furnished before they can be placed on the market. The products may also be subject to further specific purpose-related requirements. Personal protective equipment must protect the wearer from particles, droplet aerosols and similar (Regulation (EU) No. 2016/425). Particularly rigorous conformity and safety standards apply to face masks and visors for use in hospitals and clinics. The necessary conformity assessment takes time, which is at a premium during a pandemic.

Checklists smooth the way for market access

Guidelines help manufacturers to implement regulatory requirements reliably and promptly. To assist them in this, TÜV SÜD has drawn up checklists for the main requirements addressing additive manufacturing, both general and specific, in key standards and regulations, and has been supplying these checklists free of charge to manufacturers in the coronavirus crisis. The lists are a boon for testing laboratories, healthcare specialists and the public. In addition, international standards organisations such as ASTM International and ISO provide free access to the relevant standards concerning the manufacture and testing of personal protective equipment and medical devices.

Additive manufacturing therefore is playing a useful role in battling the pandemic and is fostering willingness to innovate, which is impacting positively on the medical and healthcare sector in general. “There are many indications that fast, integrated supply chain networks with local production operations will become the new normal”, says Gregor Reischle. But the support provided by TÜV SÜD as an impartial third party is not confined to checklists. The technical service provider also develops specific tests for additive manufacturing operations which assure the quality and consistency of industrial additive series manufacturing. With the help of the tests, contract 3D printing companies can verify their conformity with the requirements set forth in the MDD and MDR.

Initiatives and projects for combating the pandemic

Governments and industry associations, multinational companies and start-ups are turning to platforms aimed at closing knowledge gaps in the industry. Siemens has provided its 3D printers to doctors, hospitals and manufacturers in need of development of medical devices or components. In addition, the company is networking its entire supply chain from the design and simulation phases through to production.

Singapore’s AM accelerator, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), has set up a website containing a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for medical institutions, hospitals and medical device suppliers, which can then work with 3D printing hubs to design, optimise and print parts for vital healthcare equipment.

In Singapore, TÜV SÜD participated in an inter-agency collaboration between the Health Science Authority, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and NAMIC, aimed at guiding manufacturers through testing requirements to fulfil them reliably and rapidly. Checklists for face visors and nasal swabs are available free of charge from NAMIC’s COVID-19 response platform.

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EuroBLECH Launches Digital Innovation Summit In October 2020

EuroBLECH Launches Digital Innovation Summit In October 2020

The organiser of EuroBLECH, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, has launched a new online event for the international sheet metal working community—the EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit, in order to help the industry pave and shape the way back to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Hosted online from 27 – 30 October 2020, it will provide a dedicated virtual marketplace for innovative manufacturing solutions, knowledge transfer and worldwide business contacts in a new online format. At the same time, it conveniently bridges the big wait for the physical EuroBLECH event which has been postponed to March 2021. Visitors can participate for free and register online from the beginning of October.

DISCOVER, CONNECT and LEARN: Virtual summit offers three-in-one experience

The EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit is a four-day online trading, networking and webinar event for professionals from the entire sheet metal working technology chain. Visitors can virtually meet relevant technology suppliers, watch informative product presentations, follow talks and webinars on current industry issues, and ultimately source the best technical solutions for their manufacturing processes.

DISCOVER: Virtual Presentations in the Innovation Theatre, Product Showcases and Exhibitor Directory

The Virtual Presentation Theatre, also known as the Innovation Theatre features 15-minute exhibitor presentations on their latest product innovations and technologies, followed by a live Q&A session. Virtual Product Showcases create a virtual stand experience and allow visitors to explore new products and services in more detail. The Exhibitor Directory offers an easy starting point to browse the full EuroBLECH exhibitor list by name. A simple click leads to further exhibitor information, including product showcases, product videos, contact information, and more.

CONNECT: Networking and Virtual Meetings with Suppliers

A new matchmaking system powered by the latest AI technology helps suppliers and buyers make smart networking decisions by suggesting relevant people to meet. Participants can tailor their networking activities by requesting and pre-scheduling their meetings before the event. Arranging for a meeting is very easy and intuitive, with no third-party software required.

LEARN: Daily Webinars on the latest industry and technology trends

A daily programme of webinars by industry experts provides an opportunity to gain useful insights into the latest market developments as well as technical expertise concerning new industry applications and solutions. A special series with focus on the sheet metal working industry in key geographical areas offers an in-depth analysis on the current challenges and strategies to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. All webinars feature short presentations, followed by a live Q&A session. Further details on topics and speakers will be published soon.

How the Covid-19 crisis sparks innovation in sheet metal working

The EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit comes at a crucial time when sheet metal production has to deal with the massive impact of the global pandemic and its disruption to industrial production in general. The “new normal” requires companies to adapt to new regulations and restrictions, such as social distancing rules, and to master an increasingly volatile market with sudden drops and surges in demand. All this poses a huge challenge for an industry that traditionally operates with rather long lead times and complex supply chains.

“The key for post-crisis growth is agility, and this includes the knowledge and ability to find the right balance between just-in-time, lean inventory, and resilience”, explains Evelyn Warwick. “The industry will recover, but companies who want to survive and ultimately thrive really need to use the coming months to adapt and strengthen for the future. In fact, this crisis is a big moment for innovation, as barriers that once took years to overcome will become irrelevant within a matter of weeks, opening up new opportunities for those willing to adapt and meet shifting customer needs.”

Industry experts agree that the rise of formerly disruptive forces, in particular digitalisation, robotics and automation, has been significantly accelerated by the current crisis. The survival and long-term success of manufacturers will ultimately depend on how quickly they can deploy this new technology to boost their productivity and ensure full scalability of their operations.

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Key Considerations When Choosing An Industrial Cutting System

Key Considerations When Choosing An Industrial Cutting System

Aaron Zou, regional director for Asia at Hypertherm, discusses the trends shaping the metal cutting industry, the common industrial cutting challenges, and key considerations in choosing your metal cutting systems.

Aaron Zou, Regional Director for Asia, Hypertherm

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in New Hampshire, United States, Hypertherm designs and manufactures industrial cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables.

In an interview, Aaron Zou, regional director for Asia at Hypertherm, discusses the trends shaping the metal cutting industry and the common industrial cutting challenges. He also talked about the latest plasma technologies to address those issues as well as the key considerations in choosing metal cutting systems.

WHAT ARE THE TOP TRENDS CURRENTLY SHAPING INDUSTRIAL CUTTING PRACTICES IN THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY?

Aaron Zou (AZ): The current landscape brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transformation of traditional manufacturing practices—forcing manufacturers to leverage on innovations, integrate new technologies to current processes, and to develop new solutions or services to address evolving market needs. This change will continue to be driven by automation and digitalization, where technologies related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will enable companies to build up smarter production facilities and allow the industry to establish a smart machinery eco-system. By adopting such technologies, businesses can better utilize the ‘down time’ during this pandemic to improve production efficiencies and to implement automated processes, so as to be prepared as normalcy returns and pent-up demand starts picking up.

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON INDUSTRIAL CUTTING CHALLENGES?

AZ: Most manufacturers in the metalworking industry are familiar with increasing customer demands for improvements to their parts design, in a bid to achieve higher quality standards. In fact, many have had to deploy a secondary operation, like drilling or grinding, to correct unsatisfactory hole quality after using a plasma system on a CNC machine.

Another challenge that manufacturers typically experience is related to bevel profiling—an increasingly difficult job due to advanced automation in welding processes. A common approach is for manufacturers to have their parts cut by plasma systems and later achieve the bevelled edges using secondary processes like grinding, mechanical bevel, or oxyfuel. In some cases, manufacturers were able to achieve bevelling using just their plasma CNC machines. However, this usually involves some constraints such as machine bevel set-up (which can take up to 3 hours) and bevel profile outcomes that do not meet the required design tolerance.

Furthermore, manufacturers have to deal with rising expectations and demand for better customer experience. Product quality is increasingly becoming a given, or a ‘standard’ feature, and customers’ expectations are shifting—valuing the experience delivered over the entire duration of their project life cycle more than they had previously. Businesses will need to redirect their focus from merely selling products and services to creating an exceptional overall customer experience.

HOW DO THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPED BY HYPERTHERM HELP BUSINESSES OVERCOME THE SAID CHALLENGES?

AZ: Through the expertise of our team and the feedback collected from our users, we were able to develop a range of specific applications to enhance plasma machine usage with Hypertherm’s automated solutions. SureCut technologies like True Hole and True Bevel were developed to remove the need for secondary operations like grinding to produce high quality parts, and to improve production efficiency by reducing set-up time or the need for trial-and-error.

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Why Today’s Supply Chains Are Mission-Critical

Why Today’s Supply Chains Are Mission-Critical

Starting in production, to warehousing up to the delivery process, businesses are increasingly aware of the challenges lying ahead in terms of their supply chains. Poul Lorentzen of Körber Supply Chain talks about the findings of their recent survey.

As we’ve watched retail stores struggle to keep essentials such as paper towels and toilet paper in stock during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re getting a stark reminder of just how essential well-oiled supply chains are for our economy. But while the supply chain’s importance is more pronounced these days, greater demand and surprise peak seasons have become more common in recent years. Customers require products faster, and they want a greater variety of options. In fact, according to Körber’s global survey “What Supply Chain Complexity Looks Like in 2020”, 73 percent of industry professionals agree that their senior executives see supply chains as mission critical.

Today’s supply chains are increasingly complex. Some sources of this complexity are familiar: handling more products; partnering with more suppliers; fulfilling through more channels; and meeting customer expectations. Then there are unexpected disruptions challenging supply chains across the globe and changing how we think about crisis mitigation and risk avoidance.

These complexities exist regardless of region, industry, or business size, according to Körber’s survey of more than 600 global supply chain executives held from February to May 2020. Nonetheless, businesses need to serve their customers under these circumstances—making supply chain management mission-critical to the majority of organizations moving goods. There are many moving pieces to consider, and some organizations have more resiliency than others. This includes technology, system flexibility, agile connectivity and integrations to a growing number of solutions, and transparency up to the last mile.

The metalworking industry is no exception. Starting in production, to warehousing up to the delivery process, businesses are increasingly aware of the challenges lying ahead. Körber’s survey revealed that the supply chain is getting more complex for almost everyone, but not at the same rate. Complexity presents itself differently across businesses. The most frequently cited challenges by the manufacturing industry is meeting customer expectations, according to 65 percent.

Reducing Supply Chain Disruption and Risk

So how do we keep our heads above water when complexities arise? How do we stay ahead of the ever-changing nature of supply chain? To reduce supply disruption and risk, consider the following: 

Adaptability: A flexible technology platform is key. The ability to make changes quickly can make all the difference, especially when the unexpected becomes a reality. Voice and autonomous mobile robotics (AMR), for example, can provide solutions for scaling to quickly adapt to arising needs. But, you need infrastructure built for pivoting to add these systems without disrupting operations and further complicating difficult situations. On the software side of things, cloud infrastructures provide the system scalability and managed services that offer vital resources when they’re needed most.

Efficiency: Many warehouses struggle with labour challenges, be it shortages during peak periods or unexpected occurrences like COIVID-19. As labour shortages persist, warehouse automation is on the rise. In fact, 49 percent of supply chain professionals report that they will add automation within the next five years. Supply chains need to be prepared to do more with fewer hands. Automated high bay warehouses, besides achieving a higher storage density, will also reduce the dependency on manual labour as compared to a conventional warehouse. By integrating these systems into the WMS and other critical logistics systems, automation can be a long-term solution whether you’re an SME or a large, global organization. 

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Developing Asia’s Economic Growth To Contract In 2020

Developing Asia’s Economic Growth To Contract In 2020

Economies across developing Asia will contract this year for the first time in nearly six decades but recovery will resume next year, as the region starts to emerge from the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 Update forecasts -0.7 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for developing Asia this year—marking its first negative economic growth since the early 1960s. Growth will rally to 6.8 percent in 2021, in part because growth will be measured relative to a weak 2020. This will still leave next year’s output below pre-COVID-19 projections, suggesting an “L”-shaped rather than a “V”-shaped recovery. About three-quarters of the region’s economies are expected to post negative growth in 2020.

“Most economies in the Asia and Pacific region can expect a difficult growth path for the rest of 2020,” said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada. “The economic threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic remains potent, as extended first waves or recurring outbreaks could prompt further containment measures. Consistent and coordinated steps to address the pandemic, with policy priorities focusing on protecting lives and livelihoods of people who are already most vulnerable, and ensuring the safe return to work and restart of business activities, will continue to be crucial to ensure the region’s eventual recovery is inclusive and sustainable.”

A prolonged COVID-19 pandemic remains the biggest downside risk to the region’s growth outlook this year and next year. To mitigate the risk, governments in the region have delivered wide-ranging policy responses, including policy support packages—mainly income support—amounting to $3.6 trillion, equivalent to about 15 percent of regional GDP.

Other downside risks arise from geopolitical tensions, including an escalation of the trade and technology conflict between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as financial vulnerabilities that could be exacerbated by a prolonged pandemic.

The PRC is one of the few economies in the region bucking the downturn. It is expected to grow by 1.8 percent this year and 7.7 percent in 2021, with successful public health measures providing a platform for growth. In India, where lockdowns have stalled consumer and business spending, GDP contracted by a record 23.9 percent in the first quarter of its fiscal year (FY) and is forecast to shrink nine percent in FY2020 before recovering by eight percent in FY2021.

Subregions of developing Asia are expected to post negative growth this year, except East Asia which is forecast to expand by 1.3 percent and recover strongly to 7.0 percent in 2021. Some economies heavily reliant on trade and tourism, particularly in the Pacific and South Asia, face double-digit contractions this year. Forecasts suggest that most of developing Asia will recover next year, except for some economies in the Pacific including the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, and Tonga.

The inflation forecast for developing Asia is revised downwards to 2.9 percent this year from 3.2 percent forecast in April, due to continued low oil prices and weak demand. Inflation for 2021 is expected to ease further to 2.3 percent.

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Siemens Delivers Digital Contact Tracing Application For Safer Workplaces

Siemens Delivers Digital Contact Tracing Application For Safer Workplaces

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has launched Enlighted Safe, a new workplace digital contact tracing app, which helps employees return safely to the workplace. Enlighted Safe provides greater transparency into the contact history of employees who are known to have tested positive for COVID-19. This is designed to support organisations in reducing the exposure of infection, keep healthy employees safe and productive, and eliminate the inefficient, expensive and error-prone manual contact tracing process for employers.

Built upon Enlighted’s real-time location services capability, employees are assigned Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) identification badges while in the workplace. The app continuously records location, movement and proximity of the employees relative to each other during the period they are in the building. The solution prioritises data privacy, without the need to store personal information. When an employee is known to have tested positive, authorised administrators can query the Safe app, identify other IDs the badge has come in contact with, and disclose the list of anonymised IDs as part of their contact tracing process.

“As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in some locations, ensuring a safe return to the workplace and re-building employee trust is a global challenge. Smart office technology can play an important role,” said Matthias Rebellius, COO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “With new and varied regulations coming into effect, our intelligent IoT solutions can support the safety and well-being of occupants and visitors. We help provide peace of mind and enhanced safety for employers, their workforce and visitors.”

With intelligent IoT analytics, the solution provides greater insight for authorised personnel to visualise the contact events by location visited, duration of contact and proximity data of affected employees inside the workplace. The data is used to inform potentially exposed employees, as well as drive targeted sanitisation efforts. The application’s dashboard also provides transparency on contacts in the building, assisting management in developing safer workplace strategies for physical distancing policies, enhanced sanitisation and monitoring, occupancy limits and contact tracing. Additionally, Enlighted Safe delivers data-driven insights for organisations to proactively manage risks and design safer spaces.

Commenting on the app release, Stefan Schwab, CEO of Enlighted, said: “The important role of IoT technology in buildings has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Enlighted sensory system can now provide digital contact tracing. It also lays the foundation for future-proofed buildings ready to help us understand with real-time data the changing nature of our at-work experiences and meet challenges beyond COVID-19.”

Siemens has been working with organisations around the world to support bringing employees back to their workplace with smart building solutions. This includes Comfy, an intuitive workplace app that keeps occupants informed and enables room and desk bookings; and the Siveillance Thermal Shield body temperature detection integrated with access control and a suite of services, such as enhancing indoor air quality,  designed to mitigate the risks of further virus spread.

 

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ITAP 2020: Forging Ahead With Industry 4.0 In The New Normal

ITAP 2020: Forging Ahead With Industry 4.0 In The New Normal

Helping manufacturers build a position of strength to operate in a COVID-safe world remains mission critical for this year’s Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC – A HANNOVER MESSE EVENT (ITAP) from 20 to 22 October.

The event, in its 3rd edition, comes at a time when business transformation is pivotal to survival, scalability and sustainability. The COVID-19 situation has brought tremendous disruption to all industries and economies, forcing manufacturers and businesses to rethink their business strategies, relook business operations, recalibrate their resources and reskill their workforce. There has never been a more urgent need for a deeper understanding and adoption of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) solutions to emerge stronger in a post COVID-19 world.

Going digital-first for expanded outreach and growth opportunities

Amidst global travel and border restrictions, ITAP 2020 is poised to stage a first hybrid edition yet as it goes virtual with a custom-built interactive platform and physical bolt-on activities to optimise engagement and knowledge transfer opportunities beyond physical event barriers of time, language and geography. With ‘Forging Ahead with Industry 4.0 In the New Normal’ as the driving theme, ITAP 2020 devises innovative ways in the virtual space for stakeholders to continue to explore I4.0 solutions to aid and complement business operations.

“Business survivability and transformation are the two biggest challenges our customers in the manufacturing industry are now facing. More than just about increasing productivity, it is about finding new opportunities to urgently accelerate and support their agility and responsiveness,” said Mr Aloysius Arlando, CEO SingEx Holdings Pte Ltd, who co-organises ITAP. “In these trying times, establishing a hybrid platform will allow the community to easily collaborate on feasible solutions, optimise engagement and knowledge transfer, and find new growth opportunities.”

Heeding the call for bite-sized learning

This will not be the ITAP community’s first experience with virtual engagement sessions this year. Since May, SingEx Exhibitions has held regular virtual sessions under the ITAP Connect series, comprising interactive web engagement sessions to enable the community to continue interacting despite not being able to meet in person, as well as share case studies and learnings across borders with solution providers, domain experts and one another.

The sessions will also continue in the lead up to the main engagement from 20 to 22 October, when all learning and networking engagements will then be hosted on a dedicated virtual interactive platform. Registered participants will gain access to round-the-clock content on this platform with personalised recommendations of solutions and products, targeted networking and lead generation opportunities. The platform will also provide companies with a one-stop portal to showcase their solutions and conduct demonstrations for their products and services fashioned in the spirit of ITAP’s signature Learning Journey Approach and thematic zones – Gateway to I4.0, Robotics Experimental Experience Zone, the Collaboration Lab, as well as the Digital Sandbox. These will be complemented by physical bolt-on activities at specific locations with safety measures put in place to provide first-hand access to latest innovations, as well as maximize showcasing and networking opportunities for industry stakeholders in Singapore.

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