VDMA Conference Emphasizes Digitization

11 July 2019

The VDMA’s fourth International Rotating Equipment Conference will focus on how digitization is changing pump, compressor and vacuum technology.

The conference will take place on September 24 and 25, 2019 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Dr. Matthias Fankhänel, former senior vice president, Centers of Technical Expertise at BASF SE, will explain in his plenary lecture how manufacturers and users of pumps, compressor and vacuum technology can jointly master the challenges posed by digitization.

Christoph Singrün, managing director of the VDMA Pumps + Systems and Compressors, Compressed Air and Vacuum Technology Association, said that in addition to the plenary lecture, there will be a greater focus on digitization throughout the conference, with sessions on Digital Transformation, Data Management, Condition Monitoring and Reliability.

Singrün added that the VDMA trade associations have created an Industry 4.0 Administration Shell - with the scientific support of the Technical University of Cologne. From this, the "digital twin", a first OPC UA Companion Specification for pumps and vacuum pumps has been created, enabling communication from pump to pump (horizontal) and pump to control (vertical) and this will be demonstrated at the conference.

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