DAY 1 - 27 June 2017

09:00 Welcome
René Branders, FIB Belgium / CECOF President
Moderator: Cathy Smith, SpeakEasy

Global challenges and policy impacts

09:10 Keynote
Consumption and industrial production in non-CO2 based economies
Prof. Dr. Ernst von Weizsäcker, Club of Rome
The Paris Climate Agreement will accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels. Conventional answers to this challenge are nuclear energy, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energies. Ultimately, only the latter option is sustainable. But there is yet another option: efficiency. Industry has still a large potential of demand side management, - which is actually also good for employing renewable energies. I suggest that a quadrupling of energy efficiency is technically doable. Appropriate pricing policies can make that very profitable.

09:50 Policy lecture
The future political framework for energy intensive production in Europe
Dr. Paul Rübig, European Parliament
European politics regularly stresses the importance of its industrial base, as backbone of the European Labour Market, Innovation and Economy. I would like to put forward the question how European politics can honour this pledge? What transformation, what opportunities will the European Union's flagship projects, the Energy Union and the Digital Single Market, bring along for energy intensive industry? On which concrete foundations should an integrated industrial strategy for Europe be based?

10:30 Refreshment break // Exhibition visit

Economic drivers

11:00 Global economic situation and forecast
Nigel Pain, OECD

11:30 Commodity markets and their relevance for global industry production – Developments on
the demand and supply side

Carsten Fritsch, Commerzbank

12:00 Lunch break // Exhibition visit

Innovation, digitization and new business models

13:30 Keynote
Disruptive developments in the "mobility" industry and their implications for production
Prof. Dr. Aldo Ofenheimer, Virtual Vehicle
Change – the automotive industry is facing one of its biggest disruptions since many years. CAD – Connected Automated Driving becomes the new paradigm of a global 90billion US$ market. Will customers’ behavior and vehicle technology change too to make this market opportunity to become true? What about the electrification of cars? The underlying mobility trends of passenger road transport especially from a policy perspective and the key drivers of CAD as well as electrification are easy to sketch. However - can we already see some evidence and what timeframe to expect? What are the implications for production?

14:10 The Internet of Things – A new paradigm for the industry
Dr.-Ing. Gunther Kegel, Pepperl + Fuchs / VDE President
The Internet of Things will have a sustainable and partly disruptive effect on nearly all areas of life. For example, it is assumed that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will lead to a fourth industrial revolution. The almost completely digital "embedded systems" of today will be connected to extensive networks by the IIoT thus generating gigantic data. These big data analyses will not only be used to make the existing business processes more efficient and of higher value, the "big data" methods will also generate quite new business models which to a certain degree will be of disruptive character.

14:40 The Industrial Internet: Creating ties throughout the value chain
Dr. Richard Soley, Industrial Internet Consortium
The Internet hasn't changed everything – the industrial world remains steadfast in its lack of adoption of Internet technologies.  Manufacturing, electric grids, even agriculture are only slowly adopting Internet technologies, though it's accelerating now with the advent of the Internet of Things. The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is accelerating that adoption by building testbeds applying IoT to the industrial world. Dr. Soley will explain the motivation of the IIC, and give a brief overview of the testbed program and how the IIC is rapidly becoming an international hub of regional efforts to successfully build Industrial Internet solutions.

15:20 Refreshment break // Exhibition visit

Panel discussion

16:00 Digitization and its long-term impact on industrial production and new business models

Amongst others with:

  • Dr. Rainer Frietsch, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
  • Dr. Gunther Kegel, Pepperl + Fuchs
  • Prof. Dr. Aldo Ofenheimer, Virtual Vehicle
  • Dr. Richard Soley, Industrial Internet Consortium

17:30 Open forum // Exhibition visit

19:00 Evening program: Get-together in Düsseldorf's old town

DAY 2 - 28 June 2017

09:00 Welcome
Moderator: Cathy Smith, SpeakEasy

Trend lectures

09:05 Trends in materials development
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Trends in materials development result from a push or pull effect. The push effect usually results from new methods and instruments for characterization and processing and is a key driver of generic materials research. At present, high-resolution physical and chemical processes promote the development of hierarchically constructed, multifunctional or smart materials. Self-organization at the nanoscale or the controlled interaction of artificial materials with biological material are overriding questions. The pull effect usually results from material requirements of rapidly developing technological systems. The described relationships are illustrated by examples from ongoing research and development.

09:45 Industrial furnaces – Status and research challenges
Prof. Dr. Herbert Pfeifer, RWTH Aachen University
The modern Industrial Furnace Technology is characterized by the design of new furnaces for high strength metals and carbon fibers for the light weight construction concepts in automotive industry. The furnaces for the annealing of modern high strength metals (steel, Al), are characterized by innovative cooling sections, with high cooling rates and a concomitant homogeneity, which are controllable for different steel or aluminium grades, variable widths and thicknesses for high productivity strips plants for products used in automotive industry. Resulting from this intensive research and development concerning the improvement of the local heat transfer knowledge for extremely high heat fluxes with gas, mist and/or water cooling is necessary. This research is driven by a competitive situation between steel and aluminum and since a few years also carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). On the other hand steels with a cheap alloying concept are used successfully in combination with the press hardening technology. The furnaces for the different applications in light weight design are very different between the materials (steel, Al, CFRP) due to different temperature ranges, principles of heat transfer and thermal operations. The environmental aspect of industrial furnaces requires the reduction of the specific CO2-emissions which can be realized with advanced technologies improving the energy efficiency of fuel heated furnaces (high temperature air preheating with recuperative and regenerative burner concepts). For the overall CO2-emission reduction of 90 % up to 2050 related to 1990 actually no proved concepts are available.

10:25 Refreshment break // Exhibition visit

Innovative applications, Part 1

11:00 Requirements on heat treatment in the automobile industry
Dr. Clemens Franz, Daimler
The speech gives general examples for current developments in the power train system for automotive applications and their requirements on heat treatment processes. Using examples from case hardening and induction hardening, current challenges will be illustrated.

11:30 Heat treatment in a time of changes
Dr. Dieter Müller, Eifeler Werkzeuge
During the last decades the quality definition of heat treatment has changed tremendously from the properties of the hardened material to the quality of the heat treatment process and nowadays to the quality of the whole process chain. The number of different heat treatment processes has increased due to the optimization of the costs and the component properties and this tendency will go on in the future. The presentation will give an overview of the development of heat treatment through the time and will forecast the trends in the near future.

12:00 Lunch break // Exhibition visit

Innovative applications, Part 2

13:30 German foundry industry – Challenges and innovative solutions
Dr. Christian Wilhelm, BDG – German Foundry Association
The future prospects of foundry technology and its opportunities and challenges will be described on the basis of examples taken from the field of engine casting. Whereas the results of research and development, i.e. products and their respective production processes, can easily be copied, it is vital that an organization is capable of adapting to new challenges if the all-important technological advantage is to last. Successful cooperation between foundry workers and their customers at an early stage of component development ensures mature products as an outcome. Modern casting technologies and sophisticated materials enable the production of innovative components, which justify the “progress through technology” slogan. Energy efficiency and the environmental performance of production processes are focal issues for each and every foundry and the supplier industry. Industry 4.0: Methods are already being applied in modern foundries even though this term is not yet widely used. Additive-generative processes have already been implemented in parts of the foundry industry. The industry is taking up this challenge.

14:00 Energy balance of the integrated route
Dr. Jens Reichel, Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe
“Energy efficiency” is of great importance at the present time. But first of all, there are too many numbers and figures in the issue of energy efficiency in steel production. Usually there are many differences between the theoretical, technical or even weighted values. For the steel industry it is important to identify areas of action and to establish the link of the policy framework on the basic of these values. There are still potentials existing particularly in the field of using waste heat to improve efficiency. But this has to be addressed together with technical developments and political conditions.

14:30 Aspects of heat treatment in aluminium industry
Dr. Alexander Wimmer, Neuman Aluminium
In the past months the brisance of light weight design decreased due to compa-rable low fuel prices, however climate change is still continuing and there is an in-creasing demand for aluminium parts for mobile applications. There is a strong ri-valry between well-known materials such as aluminium, steel and plastic, however technical progress also features new materials such as carbon fiber laminate (CFK). As a consequence, aluminium alloys and heat treatments have to be optimized to ensure technological leadership in the area of high-tech materials. In this talk different thermomechanical process routes with respect to mechanical properties, the ecological (carbon footprint) and economic impact will be analyzed.

15:00 Farewell
René Branders, FIB Belgium / CECOF President

15:15 End of event

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