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Rutronik holds its first

Automotive Congress

The first Rutronik Automotive Congress was

held in Pforzheim on June 5 and 6. It opened with a

guide tour of the Rutronik Logistics Center, which

included a presentation of innovative logistics con-

cepts. The event addressed the numerous strate-

gic challenges faced by the automotive segment.

Speakers at the event included representatives

from Hella, Infineon, Rohm, and ST.

The congress was primarily targeted at deci-

sion-makers in companies that develop or manu-

facture vehicle electronics. A Specialist Congress

began on June 6 with welcoming words from Peter

Gresch, Managing Director of PGUB Management

Consultants. The keynote was presented by Markus

Krieg, Managing Director Marketing at Rutronik and

Uwe Rahn, Director of the Automotive Business

Unit. In a total of nine presentations, experts from

OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers provided insights into

decisive trends and strategic developments in this

industry segment. The congress subsequently

closed with a panel discussion on the most volatile

topics in the automobile industry, such as self-driv-

ing vehicles, connectivity, and electrification.

Successful Industry 4.0 journey

Industrial organizations and suppliers need to keep up

with technologies that are specific to Industry 4.0 and

embrace the opportunities in relation to their own busi-

ness models. Workforce and equipment also need to be

adapted to the new paradigm, the study showed.

“Important priorities for policy-makers and the public

sector, on the other hand, include supporting the devel-

opment of the nation’s technological infrastructure (e.g.,

in the area of telecommunications, information, commu-

nication) with the requirements of Industry 4.0 in mind,

preparing the necessary investment and incentive envi-

ronment, and, most critically, creating long-term educa-

tion policies to meet the demand for a skilled workforce”,

researchers concluded. The report also draws attention

to the service sector as well, where value chains that

develop within the framework of Industry 4.0 are expect-

ed to trigger a considerable transformation. “Finance, lo-

gistics, and software and system integration, which are

production solution partners, are also important areas.

Turkey is a young country with an internalized technolo-

gy and a growing workforce, on the threshold of an op-

portunity to achieve a huge transformation that will

change its role in the global economy”, the report by TU-

SIAD and BCG summarizes.

Smart Industry concepts in theAutomo-

tive, White goods and Textile sector

According to the study, in the Turkish automotive sector

there are many opportunities for implementing Smart In-

dustry applications in different fields, such as: the devel-

opment of automated and more flexible assembly lines;

the development of horizontal data and systems integra-

tion can create a shared workspace where manufactures

will better cooperate with suppliers; the development of

smart warehouses and internal logistics solutions can im-

prove the competitiveness of manufacturers.

In the White goods sector companies may focus in:

the development and integration of sensors placed in

parts, lines and equipment enable Machine-to-Machine

(M2M) and Machine-to-Human (M2H) communication for

better communication between systems; more vertical

integration of intra-company systems can lead to more

efficient production; labor productivity in the field of

manufacturing can improve through the application of

autonomous transport vehicles and delivery robots.

The Textile sector also allows the development of dif-

ferent Industry 4.0 concepts, including: a greater use of

advanced simulation tools for prototype preparation and

vertical integration of data between units that develop

products through R&D will increase the level of coopera-

tion and will help to develop premium products more

quickly; more horizontal integration through ERP solu-

tions with suppliers and customers allow for better com-

petition in the premium value chain; as well as more flex-

ible production through communication (M2M).

Chemicals and Agrofood

Similar to the aforementioned sectors, the Chemicals,

Agrofood and Machinery industries in Turkey also create

various opportunities for the introduction of Smart Industry

technologies, concepts and projects. In the Chemicals

sector researchers outlined the following potential areas

for smart technological development: end-to-end data in-

tegration in accounting, production and inventory systems

can enable small-volume production that can happen fast-

er; an advanced-level analysis of large data sets collected

from production lines aiming to conduct R&D can lead to

better innovation for new products as well as better pro-

duction systems and processes; and also smart ware-

houses and intra-company logistics solutions which can

lead to better end-to-end production planning.

The Agrofood industry is another large field with a po-

tential for Industry 4.0 implementations. An advanced

analysis of large data sets collected from production, lo-

gistics and sales systems can help companies in the

sector to better predict market demand. A horizontal in-

tegration with suppliers supported by RFID and sensors

can lead to customized nutrition programs, which will

decrease the costs of nutrition. Also, a vertical integra-

tion of production, sales and logistics can open the way

for big data saved in the cloud protected by well-devel-

oped security protocols. Logical analysis of such data

can improve capacity, real-time performance tracking

and reporting, the industry report stated.


According to TUSIAD and the Boston Consulting

Group, advanced simulations used in the production of

prototypes and test systems will decrease product de-

velopment and mold design. R&D, design and produc-

tion units working more integrated, in a virtual environ-

ment can decrease product development and reduce

outage due to quality control.

“Automation of production lines utilizing CNC and mold

casting can shorten the time of configuration and deliv-

ery and increase utilization of capacity. It can improve

health and safety for workers involved in hazardous

tasks. Integrated big data analysis in CRM systems can

improve pre- and after-sales services. Embedded sen-

sors can open the way for remote troubleshooting as an

after-sales service thereby reducing warranty costs”, the

market analysis showed.

Other fields that hold nearly endless opportunities in

this regard are simulation and augmented reality which

can be used to improve factory and warehouse design

as well as smart inventory management. Orders pre-

pared with the use of laser-guided autonomous vehicles

and optical collection systems can improve delivery time

and improve workforce efficiency as well as ergonom-

ics, the paper concluded.

Sources: Boston Consultng Group,

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, TUBITAK, TUSIAD

Source: Dreamstime

German trailer maker opened a

modern facility in Turkey

The German trailer manufacturer Schmitz Car-

gobull officially commissioned a modern manufac-

turing facility for reefer semi-trailers and curtainsider

semi-trailers in Turkey. The factory is located in the

northwestern province of Adapazari and has a

planned production capacity of over 3000 trailers per

year. The opening of the new manufacturing center

coincides with the company’s 125th anniversary since

it started operating on a global scale. The German

company’s devotion to invest in Turkey is another

confirmation that the country is a vital market for

European investors, the President of ISPAT Arda Er-

mut said in his official address at the ceremony.

“With 5700 employees and 2 billion euro turn-

over, we are the number one trailer manufacturer in

Europe. We adopt a global vision. That’s why we

have facilities in Spain, Lithuania, Russia, and China,

in addition to Germany. I take the utmost pride to

announce that Turkey has been added to this list,“

Schmitz Cargobull CEO Andreas Schmitz added.

International Corrosion Prevention

conference in Bulgaria

Corrosion and its huge economic and environ-

mental impact on all facets of the world’s infra-

structure topic will be in the focus of the “Corro-

sion Prevention Balkans“ international conference

with parallel exhibition area on 28-29 June in Plo-

vdiv, Bulgaria. Leading experts from Austria, Bul-

garia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, the

Czech Republic and the UK will share their experi-

ence and knowledge.

The conference main topics will include: The

necessity for actions and prevention of corrosion;

New technologies for cathodic protection. Systems

and methods for corrosion protection; Presenta-

tion of realized projects around the world; Ad-

vanced criteria and methods for control and verifi-

cation of cathodic protection systems; Leading in-

ternational design criteria for cathodic protection

systems; Current international standards and regu-

lations for cathodic protection; Certification of per-

sonnel that builds, designs, controls, and maintains

cathodic protection systems.

Source: Schmitz Cargobull