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InPrint 2017: Tichawa Vision Presents VTCIS and VDCIS with all new Features

100% quality control for print products with high-precision CIS sensors

InPrint 2017: Tichawa Vision Presents VTCIS and VDCIS with all new Features

The VTCIS detects missing nozzles automatically in the print image at a resolution of 1200 dpi

Friedberg, 17th Oktober 2017. On the 14th till 16th November in Munich, Tichawa Vision GmbH will be introducing not one, but two new innovations during their first showing at the trade fair InPrint. At their booth #254 in Hall A6, the specialist for high-precision CIS sensors will be presenting the VTCIS as well as the internationally acclaimed VDCIS. The industrial scanner streamlined for digital, inkjet and security printing has been equipped with new functions, which automatically recognize missing nozzles at a resolution of 1200 dpi. With its increased operating distance and depth of field, the VDCIS opens up completely new fields of application such as Direct-to-shape Printing and the inspection of strongly profiled surfaces in near 3D quality.

The trade fair InPrint is the ideal venue for Tichawa Vision for introducing their new CIS technologies, which were developed especially for the printing industry. „The demands of industrial printing on paper, metal, plastic and other surfaces are growing while the standards for quality are also continually increasing. Our products are a response to market demands. We develop CIS sensors which come with a 100% quality control guarantee for manufacturers and refiners“, explains Dr. Nikolaus Tichawa, CEO of Tichawa Vision GmbH.

Automatic recognition of missing nozzles at a resolution of 1200 dpi

The VTCIS is capable of automatically detecting missing nozzles in the print image at a resolution of 1.200 dpi. Tichawa has also equipped the VTCIS with the all new feature „Regions of Interest“. The CIS only scans particular section rather than processing the complete image, simplifying data processing and significantly reducing data volume. The integrated liquid cooling guarantees color stability throughout the whole printing process, thereby eliminating color deviations.

The VTCIS is currently market-leading among camera systems for quality control in terms of compactness and scanning speed. Thanks to the remarkable line rate of up to 250 kHz and a scanning speed of up to 20 m/s, the VTCIS is perfectly suited for all very fast running print processes. The optional sensor is available with a reading width of 260 to 1560 Millimeters.

VDCIS impresses with outstanding qualities

The VDCIS, which was awarded Gold during this year“s Vision Systems Innovators Awards, is specially designed for the surface inspection of high profiled surfaces as well as products made of glass, wood, metal, plastics and ceramics. A great improvement is the increase of the operating distance between the sensor screen and the test object from a range of 10 Millimeters to a range of 60 to 80 Millimeters. At the same time, the depth of field has been increased from about 1 Millimeter to 15 Millimeters, enabling the CIS sensor to look deeper. It can, for example, determine whether any pills are missing in the packaging or inspect labels on cans, bottles, cylindrical shapes and other curved surfaces.

Due to its slim and very compact build, companies can easily install the VDCIS into their machinery at minimal expense. The sensor can be equipped with an optional scanning width of 300 to 1.800 Millimeters. The VDCIS is available with adjustable resolution (250 to 1.000 dpi) as well as with the lighting combinations RGB and monochrome (black/white). These groundbreaking features make the VDCIS product line deployable to completely new fields of application, such as Direct-to-Shape Printing or the inspection of strongly profiled surfaces in near 3D quality.

Visit Tichawa Vision at InPrint 2017 in Hall A6, Booth 254.

About Tichawa Vision
Since the foundation in 1991, Tichawa Vision GmbH has specialised in the development, production and distribution of camera technologies for industrial image processing for the purpose of optical surface inspection and product control. Tichawa is the worldwide leader in the field of Contact Image Sensors (CIS), which -consisting of a reading line, an integrated lens and an optimized light source -generate reliable analytical results with an aspect ration of 1:1 for applications as well as glass processing, silk screen printing, wafer inspection, sorting of postal items or automation technology.

epr is an owner-managed agency for press and public relations based in Augsburg. With creative solutions, epr supports local, national and international companies and institutions in building a brand and image. Founded in Augsburg in 2007, the agency offers many years of experience in consulting and implementation of PR and marketing concepts as well as in the area of press and public relations. For further information:

epr – elsaesser public relations
Cornelie Elsässer
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
Phone: +498214508790
Fax: +4982145087920


SOLVARO components keep Panduit products looking their best

Sheet metal processing meets design

SOLVARO components keep Panduit products looking their best

SOLVARO supplies Panduit with server cabinet door elements

Component supplier SOLVARO produces door elements for server cabinets for Panduit, a manufacturer of data centre solutions. By using a combination of production technologies for processing sheet metal – and in particular at the perforation stage – it is possible to play around with perforated and non-perforated sections as well as cut-outs for handles. This gives the cabinets a striking exterior – a factor that is becoming increasingly important within the industry – and allows them to boast impressively high air permeability to ensure that the electronics are kept cool.

Cleverly combining technologies to create design elements
If you think server cabinets are only found languishing in dark cellars, think again – the latest models are more than presentable, as manufacturers are increasingly trying to stand out not only with product performance, but also with pleasing aesthetics. Implementing eye-catching design elements requires component suppliers to take an inventive approach to the production technologies at their disposal. And Kirchheim-based SOLVARO GmbH certainly rises to the challenge when it provides server cabinet manufacturer Panduit with cabinet door elements. The air-permeable surface with a narrow-waisted hole pattern adds an attractive touch. The door elements feature round 4.20-4.80 perforation in staggered rows, creating an open area of 69.4% and allowing for sufficient air circulation as well as a clear view of the electronics behind the closed door.

Using lasers and other equipment to complement the all-across press
At SOLVARO, a punch press and lasers are used to complement the all-across press in creating the narrow-waisted hole pattern. In addition, a special tool set-up and punch cut, the use of levelling machines and a specially developed stiffening method all along the hole pattern guarantee optimum flatness of the plates. As is the case within other industries, processing parts is an effective way for component suppliers to really impress manufacturers of server cabinets. That explains why SOLVARO also uses additional individual punches on the punch press for 1.0 mm sheet steel for Panduit, enabling functional elements including cut-outs, handles and mounts to be added. With laser-finished contours, the server cabinet door elements are also easy to process further.

SOLVARO – Manufacturer of individual industrial plate components
SOLVARO’s expert team from engineering, development and production listens to its customers. The result of this collaboration, coupled with a wide range of production technologies, is individual and innovative components. These may be used in agricultural and construction machinery, buses and server cabinets, for example.

Katalin Fehér
Turmstraße 3
73230 Kirchheim unter Teck
Phone: 0049(0)7021 8048-0

SOLVARO Presse Service, c/o Beaufort 8
Nicole Landeck
Kriegsbergstraße 34
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: 0049 (0)711 25773 20


FABTECH: Tube bending and cutting in one step

Fully automatic solution from transfluid for efficient exhaust manifold production

FABTECH: Tube bending and cutting in one step

Chaotic production – efficient and fast. (Source: transfluid)

Streamline operations are particularly required in such cases, in which a product cannot be installed until several components are available. This was the reason why in a recent project, transfluid developed a system solution for the efficient production of a complete exhaust manifold made of 4 or 6 different stainless steel tubes.
For this purpose, a 6-meter long tube is first loaded onto the tube-bending machine. Each individual tube is fitted with up to 4 bends. After the bending process, the tube is cut, chip-free, on the bending machine directly using a blade cutting process and is then inserted by robot into the corresponding forming machine. It forms an asymmetric geometry, which fits each individual bend progression. After processing, the components are then fed directly into a welding cell. It welds the tubes to flanges. This way, one complete module is always available as a unit.

Chaotic production for improved operations
As in this case, complete tube sets are in part used during tube processing. It gets more complicated and demanding when dealing with a wider range of tube sizes and geometries. The experts at transfluid have developed special automation systems, that allow a chaotic production to be implemented as an especially efficient solution.
„This kind of production comes very close to a „one piece flow“, thus significantly reducing the time period from tube production to installation.“ explains Stefanie Flaeper, CEO at transfluid. „It is in any event the most effective solution. And it is also the solution that can significantly streamline operations despite an increase in complexity. We have already implemented this successfully for several customers.“

More flexible to better results
Often, a higher degree of complexity is needed for hydraulic systems during production. „Here, our customers frequently want to produce a complete piping kit, which consists of up to 8 nominal widths as a unit, for example“, explains Stefanie Flaeper. In these cases, the machine setup is somewhat more complex. However, it offers several distinct benefits as compared to conventional tube production, during which in part a significant number of tubes have to be produced one after another, which are then combined to a single tube set. Here, machine set-up is not required, production is time optimized and there is almost no need for warehousing and commissioning areas.

For production of this kind, transfluid integrates chipless cutting systems, forming machines or cutting ring pre-assembly systems and bending machines into the thus optimized process. These systems can be linked with one another, thus allowing monitoring from the outside, creating processes as early as during machine set-up and can thus be utilized in Industry 4.0-capable processes. This way, the transfluid automation systems allow an exceptionally efficient chaotic production, after which a completely produced component is available after each work cycle.
These and other solutions for tubes will also be the topic of discussion during the in-depth debates to be held on the occasion of the FABTECH trade show at the transfluid booth Bl1069.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11

Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: +49 (0) 271 7700160

Medicine Wellness Health

Nuclear imaging targets the origins of back pain

World Spine Day 2017

(Vienna, October 16, 2017) Low back pain is an increasing and extremely widespread condition that becomes chronic in many patients, causing severe physical and emotional distress. Moreover, back pain is one of the leading causes of activity limitation and work absence all over the world and thus, has an enormous economic burden. Up to 80% of patients with back pain suffer from unspecific pain without identifiable cause. „But for those patients who are suspected to have a pain generator responsible for their complaints imaging techniques such as SPECT/CT can open up the path to efficient treatment,“ says Prof. Dr. Willm Uwe Kampen, expert from the Bone and Joint Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) on the occasion of the World Spine Day 2017.
Lately, molecular imaging using SPECT/CT (Single photon emission computed tomography / computed tomography) has become increasingly valuable in identifying pain generating lesions in patients suffering from back pain. This novel technique detects the raised metabolism that accompanies abnormal bone changes that cause back pain, and accurately localizes these to the anatomic sites that may be approached for treatment. „Identifying these physiological processes is essential since they precede anatomical changes by weeks, sometimes even months, and very often mark the actual targets for efficient treatment,“ says EANM expert Prof. Dr. Willm Uwe Kampen. This goal is achieved by tracers – weakly radioactively labelled substances the patient is injected with – and highly sensitive cameras which register the increased radioactive radiation emitted by the critical spots. The strength of hybrid SPECT/CT imaging lies in delivering such functional information on bone metabolism combined with the information from computed tomography (CT) which uses X-rays to assess the exact position and structure of the affected bones and joints. Thus, the combination of both methods (SPECT/CT) in a single examination has become state of the art in order to obtain a complete diagnostic picture whenever specific anatomical and physiological causes for back pain have to be assumed. „SPECT/CT offers the best of both worlds, as this novel hybrid imaging method combines the strengths of traditional CT with the proven benefits of nuclear medicine imaging, helping to establish a more accurate diagnosis in certain cases of severe back pain and opening up pathways for therapies with long-lasting effects. One of the fields where SPECT/CT has proven particularly helpful is the assessment of persisting or recurring back pain after spinal fusion surgery,“, says Prof. Kampen.
„This kind of treatment, which has become quite common in patients who suffer from constant back pain, sometimes causes follow-up complications. Persisting pain in these patients has multifarious reasons: Among them are postoperative infections, the improper placement of implants, broken screws, the loosening of hardware or the failure of bone fusion. Moreover, the rigid fixation of vertebrae can lead to increased stress on the adjacent spine segments. This might cause degeneration of the vertebrae above or below the fixed spine region or of facet and sacroiliac joints. While other imaging techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provide precise and highly useful anatomical information this is often not sufficient since areas that are only anatomically suspicious are not necessarily the real origins of the back pain. In all these cases additional information on possible alterations in bone metabolic activity is crucial to establish what really induces the symptoms. SPECT/CT can provide all this information in a convenient single examination. Several studies show that SPECT/CT can track down pain causing conditions that are less easily – or not at all – captured by X-ray- and magnetic resonance images. „Ultimately, by improving the surgeon“s understanding of what is causing the patient“s symptoms, SPECT/CT has a profound role in selecting the right patient for the right treatment at the right time,“ according to Prof. Kampen.

Tracking down the culprits
The same advantages apply, of course, when it comes to examinations that are not connected to post-operative problems. CT and MRI provide reliable information on anatomical abnormalities such as disc herniation, degeneration of the vertebrae or potentially pathological changes of the bone marrow. But again, in an ageing European population it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify the culprit lesion on a background of multiple incidental degenerative findings. By localizing increased metabolic activities SPECT/CT helps filtering out the relevant pain generators. SPECT/CT has also proven valuable in patients with chronic low back pain who had undergone manual therapy without experiencing pain relief. SPECT/CT could identify facet joints that were metabolically active due to initial degeneration but without morphological changes seen in conventional radiography or even in CT. Subsequently, these patients received targeted treatment with facet joint injections which brought considerable alleviation, thus confirming the diagnostic value of SPECT/CT and the importance of functional in addition to anatomical imaging in order to select the right treatment. Thus, SPECT/CT opens up promising research paths that allow to assess and increase the efficiency of manual therapy.
„The relevance of SPECT/CT for identifying and staging cancer that has spread to bone has long been acknowledged. But recently it has become clear that SPECT/CT is an extremely useful problem-solving tool that can benefit a significant portion of patients with low back pain. In an increasingly cost-aware healthcare environment, being able to predict with SPECT/CT who will benefit from a particular treatment is an important prerequisite for an efficient treatment that in many cases can turn a life long burden into a curable condition,“ concludes Prof. Kampen.

Presseagentur für Medizinthemen

impressum health & science communication
Frank von Spee
Hohe Brücke 1
20459 Hamburg
Phone: 040 31786410

Science Research Technology

perma STAR VARIO Gen. 2.0

One lubrication system for all types of applications

perma STAR VARIO Gen. 2.0

perma STAR VARIO installed on an electric motor

Euerdorf, Germany – Lubrication plays an important role in maintenance programs. Equipment breakdowns caused by insufficient or incorrect lubrication can have fatal and costly consequences. In some cases they can even stop the entire production. Correct lubrication is therefore a basic requirement for trouble-free operation. The new perma STAR VARIO ensures optimum lubrication regardless of changing temperatures, high counter pressure, or contamination at the lubrication point.

The electromechanical lubrication system was invented 15 years ago and has proven itself in all kinds of industries. The new version offers many improvements: LCD-display with push button control, all around LED lights and a new design.

The LCD-display with push button control is self-explanatory and makes programming extremely simple. The all around LED signal offers visual control of the operating status even from a distance. The system assembles and installs in just minutes. With a pressure build-up of up to 6 bar it works reliably over a wide temperature range from -10 °C to +60 °C.

Fast, easy set up

perma STAR VARIO consists of a transparent LC unit filled with oil or grease, a powerful battery set, and a reusable drive unit. Just insert the battery, screw drive unit and LC unit together, push the button to enter the desired discharge period (1 – 12 months) and LC size (60, 120, 250 cm³) and the system is ready to go.

One lubrication system for all types of applications

perma STAR VARIO is suitable for indoor or outdoor applications with high or low ambient temperatures. The high pressure build-up to 6 bar makes it possible to install perma STAR VARIO at remote locations, away from dangerous areas, with extension tubes up to a length of 5 meters. Not only does this save time when the lubrication system is exchanged, but it also tremendously reduces the risk of workplace accidents. With its three different sizes and many possible settings, perma STAR VARIO is a preferred system for electric motors with very specific relubrication amounts. The all around LED signal light lets you monitor the operational status from a distance. The new design protects the drive unit from water and makes the system better suited for applications in moist and wet surroundings.

Environmentally friendly lubrication

perma STAR VARIO can be individually programmed to exactly meet the lubrication requirements of different applications. The system continuously discharges small lubricant amounts at specified intervals. This lowers lubricant consumption and prevents over-lubrication and lubricant spills. The reusable drive unit reduces maintenance costs and saves valuable resources. We are taking service a step further.

Our extensive perma accessory range includes connecting parts for just about all applications like electric motors, conveyor systems, pumps, fans and blowers. To make your start into perma automatic lubrication easier, we have developed special mounting sets. Our perma SELECT software helps you find the ideal lubrication system and the most suitable lubricant for your application. You can download it free of charge. Our team of lubrication experts will be glad to answer any questions, assist you with challenging applications, or visit you on site.

Technical data

Drive – reusable: Electromechanical
Power supply: TAR VARIO battery set 4.5 V
Discharge period: 1, 2, 3, … 12 months
Lubricant volume: 60 cm³, 120 cm³ or 250 cm³
Operating temperature: -10 °C to +60 °C
Pressure build-up: 6 bar
Protection class: IP 65
Lubricants: Oil / grease up to NLGI 2
Certifications: UL

perma-tec has been providing innovative and creative lubrication solutions for more than 50 years. Our single- and multi-point lubrication systems can be found in almost all types of industries and applications around the world.

perma-tec´s leadership in single-point lubrication is based on many patents and certifications. All perma products are developed, tested and manufactured in the company´s German headquarters and live up to the „Made in Germany“ quality.

With many years of experience and a network of subsidiaries and competent partners around the world we can offer our customers lubrication solutions that meet highest technical requirements.

perma-tec GmbH & Co. KG
Doris Bauer
Hammelburger Straße 21
97717 Euerdorf
Phone: +49 9704 609-3663

Science Research Technology

BHS-Sonthofen: Mixers from Bavaria on the roof of the world

Mixing hydro dram concrete: Twin-shaft batch mixers deployed 3,700 m above sea level

BHS-Sonthofen: Mixers from Bavaria on the roof of the world

The six BHS-Sonthofen mixers are located in the building holding the batcher that feeds aggregates

Six twin-shaft batch mixers of type DKX 6.0 delivered by BHS-Sonthofen are producing the concrete needed to build the main embankment of the Dagu hydro dam undergoing construction near the Tibetan city of Zangmu. The construction site is located 3,700 m above sea level, making this the most elevated site ever for employing mixers from BHS. BHS-Sonthofen specially modified the mixers to meet the challenges they are facing at this extreme altitude.

The first two mixers of type DKX 6.0 started producing the first batches of concrete on 12 July 2017. Two months later, Sinohydro No. 9 Engineering Company commissioned four more units. The mixers will produce approximately three million tons of roller compacted concrete (RCC) over the course of the dam“s construction, which is scheduled for completion in 2019. The complete facility, which comprises six mixers, is dimensioned to produce 160,000 m³ of hardened concrete per month.

The mixers are equipped with a coarse-grain mixing unit for processing grain sizes up to 160 mm, as is typical in hydro dam construction. This mixer type has proven its worth in numerous installations across the globe.

About 6 m³ of hardened concrete are discharged per batch at a rate of up to 48 cycles per hour, resulting in a total yield of up to 288 m³ of hardened concrete in one hour. The cycle times are short due to the intensive mixing of the concrete and the extra-large rotary valves at the underside of the mixing trough, which significantly speed up the discharge process.

Given the vast amount of concrete that needs to be processed, BHS-Sonthofen reinforced the mixing troughs with a tougher version of its 28-mm „Optilong“ wear tiles. The service life of these tiles is nearly twice as long as the diamond-shaped tiles commonly used in construction projects. The variable hardness of the individual tile rows ensures uniform abrasion across all wear zones.

BHS-Sonthofen even accounted for the remote location of the construction site: In order to prepare the machines for a potentially unstable grid, the company used special motor couplings. The hydrodynamic turbo couplings reduce mechanical as well as electrical load peaks. Thanks to this property, they have proven ideal for use in locations with critical grid fluctuations.

Also, since high-altitude air does not extract as much heat from the electric motors, BHS-Sonthofen equipped the mixers with special motors that feature type „H“ insulation.

The sheer remoteness of the construction site posed yet another challenge. The construction site in Tibet is nearly 4,000 km from Tianjin near Beijing, which is where BHS-Sonthofen“s Chinese subsidiary is situated. It took 20 days to transport the mixers across this distance.

The project:

Once completed, the Dagu dam will be 126 m tall with a dam crest measuring 385 m. The power plant will generate 640 MW of hydro energy.

The dam is part of a major project undertaken by the Chinese government to provide the eastern parts of the Tibetan Autonomous Region with electricity, all the way to remote villages. Multiple hydro dams are damming up the Yarlung Tsangpo, the Earth“s highest river. It crosses Tibet from west to east and continues through India, where it is called Brahmaputra.

About BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

BHS-Sonthofen GmbH is an owner-operated group of companies in the field of machinery and plant engineering based in Sonthofen, Germany. The company offers technical solutions for mechanical process technology, concentrating primarily on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration. BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence, with more than 350 employees and several subsidiaries.

The Mixing Technology division produces batch and continuous mixers and offers the full range of process technology services for mixing applications. The twin-shaft batch mixer, which is considered a global benchmark in the concrete industry, is a key product.

Building companies use the mixers first and foremost to produce transport, precast, high-performance and hydro dam concrete or concrete paving blocks. BHS mixers are also highly suited for mixing dry mortar, cement and sand-lime products or for processing clay-and-rock mixtures.

They are widely used for processing mineral mixes, landfill substances, fly ash, dusts or other bulk materials, or for the conditioning of sludges and the production of suspensions. The latter is often done in the context of backfilling mines or depositing mineral waste.

For further information, please visit:

BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Roland Schmid
An der Eisenschmelze 47
D-87527 Sonthofen, Germany
Phone: +49 8321 6099-231

VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44

Politics Law Society

European succession law – Implications for heirs and testator

European succession law – Implications for heirs and testator

European succession law - Implications for heirs and testator

Many German citizens prefer to spend their twilight years in warmer climates. Instead of holidaying in Majorca, the island becomes the centre of their lives. However, this has implications for inheritance.

A lot of Germans have once again decided to spend their summer holidays abroad. Those who not only wish to spend their vacation in sunnier climates but also want to relocate there should consider the implications this will have for inheritance.

The EU Succession Regulation has been in effect since the summer of 2015, according to which the succession law of the country in which the testator was last habitually resident apples. His or her citizenship is no longer the decisive factor. That being said, the various national succession laws can in some cases deviate significantly from one another. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that this can have serious repercussions not only for one“s finca in Majorca or cottage in Tuscany but also the rest of the testator“s assets, including real estate, securities, etc., that he or she has in Germany.

The purpose of the EU Succession Regulation is to simplify cross-border inheritance issues by providing that it is only the succession law of the country in which the testator was last habitually resident that applies, thus making it unnecessary to consider the national provisions of various countries. There are, however, also a few pitfalls that need to be observed in addition to these simplifications; the EU member states have different succession laws that can impact intestate succession, claims to a compulsory portion, gifts, usufruct entitlements as well as other aspects. For this reason, even wills that have been drawn up in Germany ought to be potentially re-examined with a view to their effectiveness.

Those who wish to relocate to a foreign EU member state should therefore familiarize themselves with local succession laws and in many cases also prepare a will to ensure that their estate is distributed in accordance with their wishes. At the same time, it should be noted that e.g. the popular form of will in Germany known as the „Berliner Testament“ (Berlin will) or spousal will is not recognized in each EU member state and may be ineffective. Notwithstanding this, it is possible to provide in a will that German succession law should be applicable.

On the other hand, the EU Succession Regulation also provides room for manoeuvre that one can make shrewd use of as the case may be. When it comes to issues pertaining to inheritances, wills or contracts of inheritance, lawyers who are versed in the field of succession law can offer advice.

GRP Rainer LLP is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24


Virtual commissioning in the „digital factory“ shortens the commissioning phase and speeds up the ramp-up

Commissioning times for automation systems are cut by up to 75 percent.

Virtual commissioning in the "digital factory" shortens the commissioning phase and speeds up the ramp-up

The simulation allows processes to be optimized long before the real equipment is commissioned.

Trier, Germany, October 9, 2017 „Virtual commissioning“ provides the possibility of testing and verifying the perfect functioning of automation systems and optimizing controls and process steps before the „real“ commissioning takes place in the metal industry. Various successfully accomplished projects at voestalpine Stahl GmbH/Austria, have demonstrated that commissioning times can be markedly reduced by simulating the equipment and functions beforehand – in a „digital factory“.

In modernization or rebuilding projects, every single day counts. Once a plant has been taken out of operation for a rebuilding measure, everything possible is done to bring it back on stream as fast and smoothly as possible. One is frequently presented with the situation that the time left for commissioning the electrical equipment is only very short due to unforeseeable delays occurring during the installation of the mechanical equipment. Against this backdrop, the success of a revamping project largely depends on how quickly and reliably the hardware and control software can be tested and optimized.

The „digital factory“

In numerous projects, Küttner Automation – the company within the Küttner group specialized in automation systems – has made it possible to reduce commissioning times and accelerate ramp-ups by applying the approach of „virtual commissioning“.

The process is based on the creation of a testing environment in which all mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical components of the control systems are connected into a „digital factory“. This simulation scenario allows processes to be optimized and faults in the functional sequence to be identified and corrected beforehand, i.e. prior to the installation on site. The result: all automation sequences have been tested and approved before the new plant goes live.

The control equipment is commissioned in a virtual environment at a very early stage of the project – in parallel with the manufacture and assembly of the machinery. This means no testing and fine-tuning of the control software under time pressure as is very often the case when these activities take place during the „real“ commissioning. Therefore the commissioning activities on site can concentrate on the signal and field level. Moreover, the virtual approach often results in a shorter ramp-up phase, as there will be fewer failures and plant standstills.

Friedhelm Bösche, Head of Software Development at Küttner Automation in Trier, always offers virtual commissioning as an option for modernization projects. „Simulating the preliminary commissioning involves some effort in the beginning. But this pays off later on in the form of major time savings. We know from a great number of projects that the time needed to commission the real systems can be cut by up to 75 percent when the software has been pre-tested in a virtual commissioning scenario.“

A recent example

Küttner Group recently modernized the automation of the iron ore blending unit at the sinter plant of voestalpine Stahl, Linz (Austria). Küttner Automation supplied the process automation that previously underwent the virtual commissioning.

During this phase the Austrian steelmaker gained full confidence about the reliability of the process technology. Plant operators of voestalpine Stahl were involved in the virtual testing at an early stage as a precondition of a very short commissioning phase later on. As a result the very tight time frame of only twenty hours for the on-site commissioning was aligned.

About Küttner Automation

Küttner group is a German medium-sized engineering company based in the heart of the Ruhr region.
Küttner has longstanding experience as a supplier of industrial plant and equipment. The company“s main activities are in the fields of conveying systems, recovery and recycling technology, industrial furnace engineering and heat recovery solutions with references all over the world. The range of services offered includes project planning and design, equipment supply as well as installation and commissioning of complete plants including the associated control and data processing systems.

The independent subsidiary Küttner Automation, based in Trier, Germany, designs comprehensive and reliable control systems for complex industrial processes and tasks. Küttner Automation accompanies its customers during all stages of a project – from the design concept, the selection of the most suitable control technology through to user training, either remotely from its facilities in Trier or at the customers“ sites anywhere in the world.

Küttner Automation
Friedhelm Bösche
Otto-Brenner-Straße 3
54294 Trier / Germany
Phone: +49.651.8251-143
Fax: +49.651.8251-100

Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen / Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44

Electric Electronics

KDPOF Provides Optical Connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules

Presentation of Automotive Gigabit Ethernet POF at IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day

KDPOF Provides Optical Connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules

KDPOF provides optical connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules

KDPOF – leading supplier for automotive gigabit connectivity over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – now provide their optical connectivity technology for Integrated Smart Antenna (ISA) Modules. An ISA consists of several antennas for signal reception, an Antenna Hub, and an Ethernet connection to the consumers of the antenna signals such as a radio device. If each of the several antennas in a car is routed to its respective ECU with its own cable, soon the complexity will be unacceptable. The Antenna Hub routes all signals from each antenna to an Ethernet network connected to all receptors of the signals. Gigabit Ethernet over POF (GEPOF) is ideally suited for the Ethernet connection due to its natural EMC-free property. „If the roof is not metallic, or has openings, in conventional systems an immense amount of energy is radiated by the coaxial cable that is coupled back into the ISA. This seriously degrades the ISA performance,“ explained Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. „Replacing the coaxial cable with POF completely solves this issue.“ KDPOF will present their GEPOF technology at IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day on October 31 to November 2, 2017 in San Jose, California, United States.

EMC for Gigabit Connectivity

The EMC problem-free link also allows simple re-positioning of the antenna module. Another advantage of optical connectivity for Smart Antenna Modules is the easy integration with current 100 Mbps designs thanks to the host bus of the GEPOF transceiver being „Ethernet compliant“ (SGMII/RGMII). Furthermore, the data link will aggregate various packets such as LTE-A, Wifi, V2x, etc. Last but certainly not least, with the current 100 Mbps BroadReach or 150 Mbps MOST not being sufficient, a 1 Gbps Ethernet link is needed. Going one Gigabit and beyond, GEPOF is futureproof.

KDPOF just announced the sampling of the first automotive grade Gigabit Ethernet POF transceiver KD1053. The KD1053 complies with the new IEEE standard amendment Std 802.3bv™ for Gigabit Ethernet over POF. It fully meets the requirements of carmakers by providing high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time.


Fabless semiconductor supplier KDPOF provides innovative gigabit and long-reach communications over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF). Making gigabit communication over POF a reality, KDPOF technology supplies 1 Gbps POF links for automotive, industrial, and home networks. Founded in 2010 in Madrid, Spain, KDPOF offer their technology as either ASSP or IP (Intellectual Property) to be integrated in SoCs (System-on-Chips). The adaptive and efficient system works with a wide range of optoelectronics and low-cost large core optical fibers, thus delivering carmakers low risks, costs and short time-to-market.

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Trainer / Consultant Automotive (LRQA Business Improvement Services Germany)

A Career with Lloyd´s Register Group

Trainer / Consultant Automotive (LRQA Business Improvement Services Germany)

Job Overview

Does it energise you to share your knowledge about audits and management systems? Are you looking for an organisation which dares to invest in your personal development? Do you want to be part of an internationally renowned organisation? Then Lloyd“s Register is a good choice for you!

Job Responsibilities

As a Trainer / Consultant at Lloyd“s Register Belgium, a big part of your job will be training our clients in the field of deploying, maintaining, and improving management system audits. You will work with both executive and management personnel and you will be delivering trainings at our offices in Belgium but also in house at our clients. Next to the training part, extending and deepening the cooperation with our client is also a part of your role. This means that you also will be involved in consultancy related project management jobs based on your specific expertise. Here you will deliver added value to the client by guiding projects aimed on making their management systems work better for them for example. Because you will be really close to the customer you also will able to create demand of your own future training assignments under the Lloyd“s Register brand!

Job Requirements

Bachelor degree

At least 5 years working experience in the area of management systems within the automotive sector: (TS16949 / IATF standards)

Proven commercial skills

Having solid knowledge of process management, statistic techniques (MSA, SPC) and the application of APQP, PPAP & FMEA within the Automotive industry (core tools).

Having basic knowledge of Lean, 6, leadership, supply chain management, etc.

Excellent understanding of internal and/or external auditing within the automotive sector

Analytical insight and proactive attitude

Good presentation, communicative and social skills (experience as a trainer / coach)

Solid knowledge of German and English language, both verbally as in writing

Development of concepts and or solutions related to specific client requirements

Coaching capabilities

What does Lloyd“s Register offer?

We offer a challenging and divers portfolio. You will visit organisations from small and medium size to large renowned ones. This diversity of assignments makes it a pleasure to hit the road every week again. Lloyd“s Register is the organisation to develop yourself, extend your knowledge and specialise further. Of course we will support you with obtaining mandatory qualifications you need to fulfil your job!

About Lloyd“s Register

The Lloyd“s Register Group (LR) is an independent risk management organisation that helps to improve our clients“ quality, safety, environmental and business performance throughout the world. This is mirrored in our mission statement „working together for a safer world“. LR is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation and a maritime classification society, wholly owned by the Lloyd“s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering for the benefit of the community at large. Our expertise and activities cover Marine, Energy (Oil, Gas, Chemicals and Power), Management Systems and other asset-intensive industries. This role is specific for LR Management Systems.


Are you interested in this job? If you want to apply or if you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you can contact Jurgen van Dueren den Hollander, by phone +31 6 52560806 or email

Lloyd´s Register Deutschland GmbH ( ) wurde 1985 gegründet und ist eine der international führenden Gesellschaften für die Auditierung von Managementsystemen und Risikomanagement. LRQA bietet Schulungen und Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen mit Schwerpunkten in folgenden Bereichen: Qualität, Umweltschutz, Arbeitssicherheit, Energiemanagement, Auditierung von Lieferketten. Mit mehr als 45 Akkreditierungen und Niederlassungen in 40 Ländern kann LRQA Auditierungen in 120 Ländern durchführen. Weltweit betreuen 2.500 Auditoren mehr als 45.000 Kunden. LRQA gehört zur Lloyd´s Register Gruppe. Lloyd“s Register wurde 1760 als erste Gesellschaft zur Schiffsklassifizierung gegründet und bietet heute Dienstleistungen im Bereich Risikomanagement. Die Lloyd´s Register Gruppe ist ein gemeinnütziges Unternehmen gemäß englischem Charity-Recht, d.h. die Gewinne werden für eine gemeinnützige Stiftung verwendet bzw. wieder direkt ins Unternehmen investiert. Hierdurch ist LRQA wirtschaftlich unabhängig. Weiter Information erhalten Sie durch oder 0221- 96757700. Den LRQA-Newsletter erhalten Sie unter: Weitere Infos unter:

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