Buzzwords like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 are everywhere, but are often used imprecisely and in a way that lacks substance. As part of the “Digital Implementation” event organised by ARTS in late June, a specialist audience was able to see for themselves, with specific examples from the worlds of space and aviation and best practice demonstrations, what digitalisation can mean in concrete terms. Experts from ARTS and manaTec provided an insight into some of their current projects and were also available for questions and discussions after their presentations.
A single fibre is just a fraction of the thickness of a human hair. When combined, however, carbon fibre is an extremely light yet strong material that is now an essential part of aircraft and automotive construction, offering almost limitless possibilities, particularly when combined with other materials.
Nanosatellites are in the process of fundamentally changing communications in space. By positioning hundreds of small satellites in space, it will be possible to create a broad network of information systems around the earth to revolutionise data gathering. Even journeys to distant solar systems now seem to be more than a distant pipe dream in light of the highly promising characteristics of these miniature satellites.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry v4.0 are two terms that are frequently used in an exceptionally wide variety of contexts. The central idea behind both terms is the provision of real time information about all devices and objects (as far as possible) within any given network. Experts from the fields of science and industry all agree that this innovation has a great deal of potential; however, that potential is often hard to release in practice.
Additive manufacturing and innovative materials represent a huge potential opportunity for product manufacture in high-tech sectors such as the automotive industry, light engineering, and electronics. As a result, new construction principles are being developed; however, these can only be deployed in mass production if bonding technologies keep pace with this development. Adhesive technologies now enable engineers use previously problematic combinations of materials and structures, thereby playing an important role in building the machines of the future.