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Focal Topics

are identified anew for every ACHEMA and feature topics that are currently trending in industry.

The Digital Lab

In the lab data from every stage of research and production converge. Modularly designed and fully connected, the digital lab is a data mine for process design and quality control.

Data from all lines of research and production come together in the labaratory. Modular, automated and fully connected, the digital labaratory is a data mine for process development and quality assurance.

Why the focal topic Digital Lab?

Laboratories in industry and research are increasingly becoming habitats for IoT-equipment. Robots that relieve staff from mundane and repetitive tasks such as serial pipetting are state-of-the-art. Yet, smart digital workflows in a fully connected lab are still a long way off most of the time. To achieve them requires at minimum a powerful IT environment and fully integrated equipment; it can also go as far as changing the layout of the lab space. Research labs and quality assurance labs may follow different approaches. Thus a modular setup is as desirable for the lab as it is for production plants. Both lab types are generating a huge amount of data whose analysis calls for a big data approach.

Product and Process Security

The interfaces between the real and the virtual world demand special attention in times of industry 4.0 and Internet of Things.

In the age of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, special attention must be paid to the interfaces between the real and virtual worlds. Cyber security is becoming an increasing challenge for networked production.

Why the focal topic Product and Process Security?

Internet of Things (IoT)-devices are increasingly becoming part of operation and production. With every valve that has an IT interface and with every “intelligent” pump sending data into the cloud, IT- and cybersecurity is rising to the top of the list of things to be concerned about. While safety systems are well established and the number of accidents with personal injury is decreasing steadily, cyberattacks are becoming all the more prevalent. Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things call for an intensified approach to secure the interaction between the physical and the virtual worlds. Identifying, assessing and addressing the vulnerabilities of your business is the first step towards secure products and processes. The whole value chain needs to be covered, too, starting from procurement of raw materials and reaching as far as the recycling of products at the end of their life.

Modular and Connected Production

A fully connected value chains makes faster product cycles possible as well as small batches of specialized products.

Smaller batch sizes, faster cycles, connected and modular hardware - digitalization is driving industrial production forward.

Why the focal topic Modular and Connected Production?

Manufacturing processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry need to be flexible, fast and cost-efficient. This is best achieved with modular process skids, which can be pre-fabricated and tested in the workshop and then assembled on-site. Skids come with their own programmable logic controller or can be integrated into an overarching process control system. The automation industry is working on an open standard interface; such a module type package (MTP) will allow for true interoperability. Modular plants are the key to meeting the customers’ needs for small batches of varying products. They allow for an effortless adjustment of the plant design to ever- changing requirements and are also the way to change from batch to continuous production.

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