In PLM move, Siemens to acquire Camstar

Siemens aims to strengthen its PLM activities (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens plans to acquire Camstar in a bid for leadership in products that help companies digitize all areas of their business. The Germany-based diversified engineering group said its Siemens PLM software division will broaden its portfolio of product development and production automation products through the acquisition of Camstar. The US-based company is a specialist in […]

German R&D platform for smart data innovation launched

The new platform hopes to turn big data into smart data (Photo: KIT)

A German research institute has launched a “Smart Data Innovation Lab” to develop tools to handle large amounts of data. The venture, led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), is supported by industrial companies Bayer, Bosch, EnBW, IBM, SAP, Siemens and Software AG. “We will jointly develop new algorithms and instruments to manage large […]

Study: Industry 4.0 mobile apps not meeting requirements

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Mobile computing is becoming ever more important in manufacturing, but many so-called “Industry 4.0″ apps aren’t meeting the needs of their users. That’s one of the conclusions from a study conducted by management consultants Bestgroup and Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. The study polled both users and developers and found that their priorities differed. Users […]

Salesforce expands offering, provides more integration with Microsoft

This year's Dreamforce gathering has 140,000 registered participants (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com opened its annual mega-convention here with a series of announcements that underscored the business software group’s¬†determination to continue to grow its business sharply. The company announced at its Dreamforce event here how it plans to offer tighter integration with Microsoft productivity software. Salesforce and Microsoft signed a strategic cooperation pact in […]

Inrix, PTV cooperate on smart-city mobility

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PTV and Inrix plan to work together to provide modeling software to address mobility issues in smart cities. PTV, a Germany-based logistics software group, and Inrix, a provider of real-time traffic information, said the cooperation will combine PTV’s analytics tools with the traffic data gathered by Inrix. In addition, the two companies will jointly market […]

Report: Software anarchy endangers Industry 4.0

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Failing IT governance is jeopardizing “Industry 4.0,” according to a new report from German IT management consultants Steria Mummert. The study cites uncontrolled growth of software in the area of manufacturing as production facilities are networked. As a result, the consultants say there isn’t enough IT governance to assure the compatibility of corporate data across […]

Cisco: cyber-security threats require high-level attention

Cisco's mid-year report looks at the state of cyber security in the 1st half of 2014 (Photo: Cisco)

As companies look to defend themselves against high-profile digital threats, cyber criminals are exploiting other, less obvious weaknesses in companies’ IT landscape, according to a new report published by Cisco. A focus on well-publicized, high-profile vulnerabilities rather than on “high-impact, common and stealthy threats” increases the risk that cyber criminals will be successful using these […]

Tesla, Panasonic build US battery plant

The Tesla Model S electric sports sedan outsells traditional premium competitors in some markets (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla and Panasonic, seeking to lower costs for a core component of electric vehicles, will jointly build a large-scale battery plant in the US, the two companies said in a press statement. Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities, while Panasonic will manufacture¬†cylindrical lithium-ion cells. The Japanese electronics group will also […]

TRW opens tech center in Anting, China

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TRW is opening a technical center in China that will be its largest worldwide. The US automotive supplier group said the 66,000 square meter facility, which is located in Anting, near Shanghai, will have more than 20 scientific testing labs. Focus areas include braking, steering and suspension, occupant safety and safety electronics. The facility will […]

In BMW plant, gesture control is on trial

A worker can register a fault by swiping across a component (Photo: BMW)

BMW, in a test of so-called “Industry 4.0″ car manufacturing, is using camera-based gesture detection in a pilot project at its plant in Landshut, Germany. The premium car maker is trying out the technology for quality control of bumpers before they are mounted. The test¬†is designed to reduce the time and effort it takes to […]