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Innovation Day for Medium-Sized Businesses of the BMWi

May 13, 2019

On 9 May 2019 we were honoured to exhibit at the Innovation Day for Medium-Sized Businesses of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin. 

 

More than 300 companies, research institutions and cooperation networks from all over Germany presented new products, processes and services in a wide variety of technology areas and industries, all of which were financially supported by the BMWi as part of a research project.

Right in the middle: The company Arend. In a small pavilion on the outdoor area of the AiF's we presented our highly secure data collector Arendar and convinced the expert audience.

Innovation Day for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Moderation Innovation Day

Our girls did not allow themselves a break: With this interest there was a large crowd of specialized personnel and visitors, to whom they stood question and answer.

 

And in order to make our Arendar public throughout the exhibition grounds, Arend was one of only 32 companies allowed to pitch its own project. Dr. Tina Hardt presented in the short speaker time of 2 minutes the advantages of the highly secure data collector and provided for further rush at our booth.

Article about Spin-Off Arxum

April 23, 2019

The topic of blockchain is omnipresent - we read about it in the newspapers every day or hear various reports in the media. But what is really behind the technology and for whom does it make sense?

 

IT Zoom has written an interesting article about this and interviewed Dr. Markus Jostock as an expert. 

Read the report about our spin-off Arxum here. 

Working group meets at the Bitburger Brewery Group to discuss Data Mining

April 22, 2019

On 17.04.2019 the next meeting of the Arbeitskreis Industrie 4.0, led by our Dr. Markus Jostock, took place. Under the motto "Data Mining in Production", new strategic focuses in production were to be explained and discussed. The Bitburger Brewery, the largest private brewery in Germany, gave the working group an insight into its progress in the field of data mining.

After the welcome by Dr. Markus Jostock (Arend Process Automation) and Jan Niewodniczanski (Managing Director of Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH), Dominik Polster (Head of Industrial Performance of Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH) started with an impulse on "Data Mining and Machine Learning in the Beverage Industry". He explained how the company has been building a reliable system from existing data for the predictability of future developments for several years. He also highlighted the problem of data analysis in the area of food production: Biological processes influenced by nature should become predictable. Initial approaches have already been developed.

In a second lecture on "Data Science in Theory and Practice", Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmitz (University of Trier) explained the basics and methodological backgrounds of data analysis using statistical methods. Everyday examples from practice, such as personalized advertising or purchase forecast determinations at various mail order companies rounded off the presentation and made the application of Data Mining tangible to the participants.

 

Ralph Traphoener from Empolis Information Management GmbH presented individual software solutions in the context of "Big Data" for various industries in his lecture "From Data to Action - Data Analysis in Production and Service". Using artificial intelligence, software can be developed that, among other things, manages and analyzes data and can determine future decisions within a specific business process. The goal of these software solutions is, among other things, process optimization or the prediction of possible failures. Empolis GmbH works closely with its customers and their individual process requirements and problem areas.

Afterwards, the participants were able to take part "live" in the beer production during a production tour. Dominik Polster explained the general process of beer production as well as the explicit characteristics of the Bitburger brewery group, such as the Bitburger sealing hops or specialized filter techniques.

 

The Arbeitskreis Industrie 4.0 would like to thank Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH and all the speakers for their intensive insights and exciting presentations.

 

We are pleased about new members in the working group industry 4.0. You have interest? Inform yourselves nevertheless under https://www.ak-industrie40-trier.de/. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sebastian Becker (sbecker@wfg-trier-saarburg.de).

Winner of the German Future Prize 2017 in Föhren: Business Breakfast focuses on data security and robotics

April 17, 2019

"The highlights of the Hanover Fair, these are also the highlights we can show you". These are the words Prof. Dr. h.c. used to open the exhibition. Axel Haas, managing partner of the organizer Arend Prozessautomation, opens the Business Breakfast in Föhren. The Breakfast should discuss and explain innovative topics around digitization in a one and a half hour lecture series. Among the guests were numerous representatives from well-known companies in the region, professors from the Trier University of Applied Sciences and representatives of the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economics.

 

In addition to basic information on trends and highlights in the field of digitization and information gathering, the audience was informed about the cornerstones of modern robotics. The company had invited the winner of the German Future Prize 2017, the robotics company Franka Emika. Account Executive Michael Hiebinger presented the advantages of the company's own lightweight robot "Panda". A seven-axis system with a torque sensor in each axis allows the simulation of a human arm. "This makes the panda much more agile than conventional models. It can be used and moved much more flexibly," explains Michael Hiebinger. Common robotic models currently have 6 axes.

A particular highlight, however, is the innovative App programming system: "In addition to all these technologies in the application, we have managed to create a very user-friendly interface," explains Hiebinger. Franka Emika has succeeded in building a modular, programmable robot that allows software programming similar to a smartphone app. Therefore, modifications that become necessary in everyday production can easily be carried out by the user without the need for specialized personnel. "Anyone who has worked with the robot for three hours and has had some time to deal with it can make adjustments afterwards. Anyone can do that and that creates incredible flexibility," says Michael Hiebinger.

 

The Business Breakfast was rounded off by the trend-setting lecture by Dr. Tina Hardt, who pointed out the dangers of machine connection in the absence of a safety concept. "They all know these newspaper articles: Attacks on companies in the industrial environment are on the rise in all sectors - regardless of the size of the company. With the advent of the Internet of Things, machines were connected to the Internet carelessly and without protection," explains Dr. Tina Hardt. The careless handling of security was the reason for explaining. "While at home almost every private computer hangs behind a firewall and has an antivirus system, security has been neglected in production," argues Hardt. Their aim was to raise the guests' awareness of the dangers in production and to present an innovative solution. "This is precisely why we developed the Arendar data collector. The Arendar closes these gaps and stands out due to its distinctive security concept. Digitalization offers almost inexhaustible potential and you can arm yourself against the dangers," explains Hardt.

 

The guests were given an insight into the dangers and potentials in production and were then given the opportunity to experience the "Panda" robot live and ask questions during a breakfast buffet. 

Further training at ZeMa

April 14, 2019

Our research coordinator Dr. Tina Hardt informed herself on 11.04.2019 at the ZeMA in Saarbrücken about new trends and safety in robotics, especially with regard to the human-robot collaboration. Particularly impressive was the range of topics addressed by the demonstrators. We are looking forward to further common dates and a possible cooperation.

Lecture at the employment office Daun

March 21, 2019

On 07.03.2019 our head of R&D, Dr.-Ing. Markus Jostock, gave a lecture at the employment office in Daun. 

 

The close cooperation with the employment office led to a lively interest in digitization. Therefore Dr. Jostock agreed to give an interactive lecture about the industry 4.0.

 

What assistance system is there in the context of digitisation? What is a collaborative robot? And how do work processes change due to new technologies? 

All these questions were clarified and ended in an interactive and highly interesting open discussion with the consultants of the employment office. 

We thank all participants for the interactive discussion!

Newspaper article in the Bonner Rundschau!

February 21, 2019

Newspaper article in the Bonner Rundschau!

On 07.02.2019 our Business Breakfast took place in Rheinbach. Reason for the Bonner Rundschau to write an article about it.😇

ProSec Networks visits Arend

February 20, 2019

Many thanks to the guys of ProSec GmbH for the exciting conversation about Pentest and safe IoT! Be curious about many good news!

"He recognizes the contact with the person and then stops" - article about our robotics department

January 17, 2019

Anna Frey interviewed our robotics expert Stefan Retzlaff at the sps ipc drives 2018 and learned about the differences between collaborative robots.

Read the full article here:

Article in the special edition "TOP Employers"

December 21, 2018

In the special issue "TOP Employers" of the Trierischer Volksfreund an article about Arend as an attractive employer in the Mosel region was published on 22.12.2018.

You can read it in the picture.

Arend and SKF work together on donation project

December 12, 2018

The cold season has begun. For the homeless people in Trier, the hardest time of the year is now beginning. In the last few days the temperatures have already fallen into the minus range. According to the Sozialdienst katholischer Frauen e.V. Trier, SKF for short, and street worker Jörg van den Boom, a large number of the needy use the sleeping places at the stop of the SKF in Krahnenstraße and the Benedikt-Labre-Haus in Luxemburger Straße Trier every day.

 

The decisive impulse for Arend Prozessautomation to initiate a donation project for homeless and socially disadvantaged people. "It was close to our heart not just to donate money, but to actively initiate and organize a social project," explains Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Haas, CEO of Arend Process Automation in Wittlich. "The aim should be to organise a Christmas dinner together, including gifts, for homeless and socially disadvantaged people," Haas continues. Arend Prozessautomation was looking for a suitable partner who would be in constant contact with the homeless.

 

"When we heard about the Arend Prozessautomation project idea, we were immediately enthusiastic and agreed to the joint organisation. There was a close cooperation between both institutions", says Catrin Schulte, social pedagogue at the stop.

 

On Wednesday, 12.12.2018, the meal finally took place in the parish hall of the St. Agritius church in Trier. The homeless and socially disadvantaged people were served a Christmas menu with three courses. From the pre-soup to the duck with bread dumplings to the baked apple, no wishes remained unfulfilled. In addition, each guest received a gift bag filled with Christmas chocolate, hat, scarf, gloves and care products as well as another warm piece of clothing. Also the faithful companions of the guests should not fall into oblivion, so that each visitor could take along Tiernahrung for its four-legged friends.

 

"The action was a full success and we were allowed to look into many grateful faces. Our Christmas dinner showed that everyone can make an active contribution to charity, so that we will certainly repeat this project", explains project manager Sara Hengel, Arend Prozessautomation.

A total of 1000€ was donated within the framework of the project.

Member of the Bundestag Andreas Steier visits Arend

November 15, 2018

On 15.11.2018 the member of the Bundestag, Andreas Steier, visited us. As a reporter for artificial intelligence, he deals with our daily business on a daily basis, so that we were allowed to have very interesting conversations.

Thank you for an informative visit in Wittlich! 🤗

The AREND-Team at Phantasialand!

September 09, 2018

On Friday, 07.09.2018, our managing director invited us to a joint company outing to Phantasialand. The day started with a common breakfast in the coach. Afterwards we started: From Winja's Fear via Mystery Castle to the catapult roller coaster Taron there was something for everyone. All employees could freely follow their interests and discover the "child in themselves" ;) The excursion was finished in the context of a cosy drink and the following common return journey.

 

We say thank you for a great day!

Commentary on the KI experience in Kaiserslautern

August 21, 2018

An exciting event ended last weekend.

We gained insight into different applications of AI, discussed different views and philosophized about the future.

 

Fact is, AI is not an "apocalypse", but a change, which should facilitate personal as well as professional circumstances and will lead to optimized business decisions.

 

The human being remains the first priority.

Jobs do not simply disappear, but will change. The entrepreneurial as well as the political task therefore lies in preparing the individual skilled workers and introducing them to new technologies.

A great response to the event!

 

The photo shows State Secretary Heike Raab talking to our exhibitors.

Dr. Volker Wissing visits Arend

July 23, 2018

Dr. Volker Wissing personally convinces himself of our innovative power at Arend! 

Thank you very much for your visit in our house 😃🤝

#arend #mwvlw #summertrip #rlp #volkerwissing #digitalization

Successful After Work Event!

June 14, 2018

At the first Arend After Work News event on June 14th, 2018, the speakers informed us extensively about the Arendar, our new robotics department, the cooperation with MPDV and our competent partner TIB & Partners. The speakers then addressed the open questions of the plenary meeting and got together in a get-together.

 

After Work News Event

May 13, 2018

Herewith we cordially invite you to our first After Work News event - The focus of the first event is on Lean Production.

 

We present you holistic, practicable and sustainable solutions for your production - from automation to Industry 4.0. Inform yourself about the topics productivity increase, digitization, efficiency increase, added value and maturity analysis. Take a look at application examples and possible applications of different projects in a lean environment.

 

We start with selected lectures and close the event with an open discussion round as part of a small get-together.

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

4.30 pm to 5.30 pm: lectures; Focus: Lean Production

From about 17.30 clock: finger food / open discussion

 

in the industrial park Region Trier

Europaallee 1

54343 pine trees

 

We ask for your binding registration by email to: info@arend-automation.de until 04th June 2018.

The number of participants is limited.

Girls Day 2018 - We're there!

February 26, 2018

Automation Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Programmers - Because of a male occupation!

We show you that it can be different!

 

On 26.04.2018 the next Girls'Day takes place. Girl Future Day is Germany's largest and most diverse career orientation initiative. There are still occupations that are typical of women or men - we would like to change that.

 

That's why we cordially invite you to explore our company and play the role of automation technicians and programmers in our three largest departments.

See how diverse the jobs of our employees are and use the day to ask your questions, get to know different areas of responsibility and to make women's men more feminine.

 

Your day as an automation engineer and programmer starts at 9:00 am "Am Kleinen Rotenberg 21" in Wittlich and ends at 4:00 pm.

 

Girls from grade 7 onwards can take part in all school types.

Participation is limited to 10 girls.

 

Further general information about Girls'Day and downloadable forms can be found on the internet at www.girls-day.de.

You can find our entry on the Girls Day page as well as the link for direct registration here.

 

We are looking forward to your participation!

Cyber attacks are increasing - articles in the FAZ

February 22, 2018

Cyber ​​attacks are increasing - articles in the FAZ

February 23, 2018

Again and again, it goes through the media: companies are victims of a cyberattack. Thus, the FAZ reported this week again on the devastating consequences, if security is not the focus of companies. "Well over a third of corporate security executives have stated in a recent poll that their industrial control equipment has already been attacked by criminals."

 

"Many companies are constantly adding networked devices to their information technology without worrying about security," said Cisco security researchers. "Or worse, they do not take the time to see how many devices from the Internet of Things are doing actually connected to their networks, "experts write in their report." (FAZ, 21.02.2018, Jonas Jansen: "Company throws cyber attack back eight weeks")

 

This is exactly why Arend Process Automation established its R & D department in 2016. "We want to pave the way for companies into Industry 4.0 - but SAFE!" Says Christian Meisberger, security expert in the development of the Arendar. "Our Arendar prevents security from taking a backseat to digital features - on the contrary, offering both - and more - the highly secure data collector provides secure access to production data remotely, with security-by-design and flexible connectivity as well as a user-friendly operating concept. "

 

Digitalization holds great potential, but also many threats to cybersecurity. Therefore: Trust Arend and benefit from our highly secure data collector in your production.

 

Success is programmable - with Arend process automation.

AREND at SPS in Nuremberg

December 13, 2017

From 28.11 to 30.11.2017 SPS IPC DRIVES took place in Nuremberg.

 

The SPS IPC DRIVES plays a prominent role in the trade fair calendars and is the most important exhibition of the automation industry - for both exhibitors and visitors.

Around 1,700 exhibitors from all over the world covered the entire spectrum of industrial automation - from simple sensors to solutions for digital, smart automation.

 

One of the exhibitors was Arend.

The fair was of great interest in the Arendar. Numerous interested people romped around our stand and informed themselves about functionalities and properties. The interest was further reinforced by a presentation by Markus Jostock in the VDMA Forum of the trade fair.

 

We are pleased for the great interest in our performance and thank the exhibition team as well as all employees who were involved in the preparation of the fair.

5th congress Industry 4.0

December 10, 2017

At the 5th congress Industry 4.0 of the trade journal "Produktion" with ROI and Süddeutscher Verlag, the practitioners of the industry and the experts of the technology met. In addition to the award ceremony for innovative digitization solutions, the participants had the time to find out about various topics relating to Industry 4.0 in an exhibition with selected companies.

Among the exhibitors were Dr. Jostock and Ms. Orth, who provided information on Cyber ​​Security using the Arendar.

 

In addition, Dr. Jostock a talk on digitization with the focus Blockchain. This was so interesting to "Production" that they immediately wrote a whole article about it.

 

In addition, Ms. Orth finds herself in an interview with the "Produktion", which was broadcast in the follow-up to the congress.

 

To the article's here: http://bit.ly/2hSQamA

Go to the video here: http://bit.ly/2zFi2hG

Digikon17 in Mainz/Germany

December 01, 2017

The world of digitization - here the Arend process automation feels at home and would like to pass this impulse on to other companies from Rhineland-Palatinate. For this reason, the company decided to exhibit at the first "Digitalisierungskonferenz der Wirtschaft" of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Mainz, in which also State Secretary Daniela Schmitt as spokeswoman and representative of the Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture (MWVLW) participated.

"We consider it a great honor to accompany other companies on their way to digitization. The networking of the production machines has huge potential for increasing efficiency and building new business models, "says Ms. Orth, Marketing Manager at Arend. To accompany companies on their way to the digital factory, Arend introduced the highly secure data collector ARENDAR for connecting machines to the cloud. "With this device, we can create digitization in production - SAFE and beyond the VPN and firewall." Tina Hardt, Research Coordinator at Arend.

"SMEs on the way to Industry 4.0" - Working Group Industry 4.0

November 18, 2017

On Wednesday, 16.11.17, around 35 representatives from industry and research visited the Trier Industrial Park to launch the event "Mittelstand on the way to Industry 4.0", the Working Group on Industry 4.0, by the Zweckverband IRT and the IHK Trier 2016 was invited to participate. Among the participants were Dr. Markus Jostock, head of the working group and head of the research department at Arend, also our managing director, Prof. Dr. med. h.c. Axel Haas.

 

After exciting impulse lectures by Prof. dr. Ingo J. Timm, University of Trier & Center for Informatics Research and Technology, Peter Sand, Account Manager of MPDV Mikrolab GmbH and Sebastian Thesen, MES supervisor of thyssenkrupp Bilstein GmbH, went a few doors further to Brohl Wellpappe GmbH, which settled in the IRT in 2009. Here, the participants of Michael Brandl, the departmental head of work preparation, got an exciting insight into the introduction of MES (Manufacturing Executive Systems) in practice. Following the presentation, the participants were guided through the production by qualified personnel and were able to experience the application of MES in practice live. The event was moderated by Dr. med. Markus Jostock. At a final get-together with finger food, the visitors could exchange ideas and socialize.

 

The next event of the working group will deal with the topic food industry and take place in the spring of 2018.

Contribution in the regional business magazine "Macher"

November 15, 2017

Our strong exhibition team from the company contact fair Trier was printed in the business magazine of the daily paper 'Triererischer Volksfreund'!

Since we like to congratulate :)

 

Trierischer Volksfreund: Doers, People + Markets; Issue 11; Nov. 2017, p.20 / 21.

Arend helps: Christmas in a shoebox

November 09, 2017

Helping can be so easy! The employees of Arend find this as well and diligently fill shoe boxes with beautiful, individually arranged gifts for children in poverty! So in every package there is a colorful mix of cuddly toys, chocolate, craft items, pencils, school supplies, clothing and toys.

Successful corporate contact fair 2017

November 08, 2017

On 07. + 08.11.2017 our exhibition team exhibited at the company contact fair of the Hochschule Trier. Over 70 exhibitors presented their career and entry opportunities in the company and described the possibilities of a thesis. Various internships completed the portfolio. Also the company Arend presented their current job offers and held interesting discussions with applicants of the university. In particular, the innovative exhibition model that illustrates the craft of the company Arend, aroused the interest of students!

 

We thank our strong exhibition team and are pleased about the great interest in working in our company!

Markus Jostock on invitation in Japan

November 01, 2017

From 17.10. until 25.10.2017, our Head of Research & Development made a trip to Japan on invitation, where he held a lecture on Control Panel on October 19, 2017 in Yokohama and on October 24, 2017 in Nagoya. He experienced interesting days, beautiful impressions and an impressive culture.

Read here about his impressions in Japan:

"I am just back from a business trip to Japan, where I gave an impulse speech on two venues of the International Control Panel Conference hosted by MED Mikasa in Yokohama and Nagoya.

During my nine days in Japan I learned a lot about this country, its people and the economy. I happened to experience the national elections and a Taifoon in this very week.

Japan faces a shrinking population and thus a probably shrinking economy and can serve as an example of what Germany is probably facing in the future. One of their options is obviously export. The Japanese economy is structured in a very strict tree-like way. Japanese companies produce an impressive quality and have a level of perfection which left a deep impression on me! This perfection is rooted in the economic relationship between industrial suppliers and customers, where a small and medium enterprise (in Europe we would call it a „hidden champion“) delivers exactly the scope and quality of the exact product as a supplier to a larger company. The larger company again is supplier to the next larger one, delivering exactly the required product perfection. With such a focus on the exact product requirements within this tree of suppliers and customers, Japanese companies are quite focussed on their market structure. Particularly small companies are not (yet) exporting their product to different markets.

As Japanese companies are really focussed on quality and have high expectations when doing business with companies from abroad, the initiation of business takes accordingly longer than it might take in the western market. Nevertheless, I admire the high quality standards in Japan and I am looking forward to taking the first steps in getting a foothold in this market.

 

The Japanese focus on quality is also present when it comes to consumer products and particularly service. The business service is mind boggling. The experiences I had as a tourist in restaurants, hotels and with our host were a delight! The customer is the very centre of all actions and make it an unforgettable experience. Maybe this is rooted in the deep understanding of mutual respect in the Japanese society. After just a few days in this country, all the bowing and niceties and formalities easily came to me and were no effort at all. Each individual is treated with utmost respect. When receiving business cards, they are treated as sacred personal information which are not to be lost and valued in front of the owner. Other people’s property and also common property is treated with the same respect. I saw people sleeping on tables at McDonald’s at night, with their cellphone and wallet on the table, while sleeping. It is absolutely naturally, that these remain untouched are not stolen. Suppliers leave their deliveries in front of restaurants without guard, the public transportation system does not even know vandalism (costs). 

 

Due to these aspects the Japanese culture is to me very admirable and pleasant and I can easily imagine to spend a longer time period to discover more of their culture. The glimpse of castles, samurai, shrines and food I got so far, clearly stirred a lust for more!

My sincere thanks go to Shigeki Ishida, president of MED Mikasa, for the invitation to participate in the International Control Panel Conferences, allowing me to thave this first-time experience in Japan. Further I would like to express my deep gratitude to Kazuo Watanabe and Risa Masuda for taking such good care of us during our stay in your wonderful country!"

New member of the board at ZIRP

September 19, 2017

At the General Meeting on September 14, 2017, Prof. Dr. h.c. Haas was elected as the new member of the Board of the Rhineland-Palatinate's Future Initiative (ZIRP) e.V. The new Chairman of ZIRP is Michael Heinz, a member of the Executive Board of BASF SE. Prime Minister Malu Dreyer remains deputy chairman. The Managing Board itself already owns Volker Wissing.

 

 

Further information can be found on the ZIRP page: http://www.zirp.de/inhalt/neuer-zirp-vorstand-wahlen

Speech by "ZIRP at 8" in Föhren

August 30, 2017

What means work 4.0 for business? How do the work processes change? What new job profiles are emerging, which ones will be omitted?

 

These and more questions were discussed on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at the event "ZIRP at 8" in Föhren to the topic "Work 4.0". Prof. Dr. Simon, IT-Haus Trier, our Dr. Markus Jostock as well as Mr. Maik Grundmann from the IG Metall presented new, interesting as well as critical aspects on the topic, which should encourage every listener to think. All three speakers agreed: Nobody needs to be afraid of the development to work 4.0!

"There is no need to be afraid of industry 4.0. Digitalization makes it easier to work at many levels of a company and offers opportunities to increase efficiency, quality and delivery reliability, but it is important to keep the employees motivated and informed during this process, for example with the help of Arend", says Markus Jostock.

 

Numerous specialists met on this day and discussed the questions within the framework of the open round of talks. Managing Director Heike Arend emphasized once again the benefits of work 4.0 in her final speech and underlined that no one should be afraid of this development.

Canoeing along the Moselle

August 22, 2017

Our employees showed sporty ambition and strong team spirit during our company trip in August 2017!

Here are some impressions of the ride 🚣

Would you like to experience the team spirit of Arend? Then apply!

Plan your visit - Arend exhibits

August 15, 2017

Arend is on the road again and is exhibiting at various trade fairs. We do not want to deprive you of the coming dates.

 

Schedule appointments now and meet the experts in the field of industry 4.0 on site!

Lecture at the "Zirp um 8" in Föhren

July 20, 2017

Digitization is a fundamental change in the working world. Cloud technologies enable flexible work, at the same time value-added processes and administrative processes are digitized. This development raises questions: What is "work 4.0" for business? How do the work processes and content change? What new professional images are emerging, which ones will be omitted? How do qualification and competence requirements change?

We would like to invite you to participate in the event "ZIRP at 8 - Work 4.0", also on behalf of our cooperation partners Zweckverband Industriepark Region Trier and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Trier,

 

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 8 o'clock,

At the Zweckverband Industriepark Trier region,

The hotel is located in the center of Föhren

 

with experts from politics, business and science, to discuss the potential and challenges of work 4.0. As a driving force, you will welcome Dr. Thomas Simon, IT-Haus GmbH & Co. KG and media and IT network Trier-Luxemburg, our Dr. Markus Jostock from Arend Prozessautomation GmbH and Head of Arbeitskreis Industrie 4.0, and Maik Grundmann, IG Metall.

 

Please send your confirmation by e-mail to angelika.praus@zirp.de by 22 August 2017.

We are looking forward to your coming!

Congratulations to our graduates!

July 27, 2017

We are proud of our student, Mr. Haag, and congratulate him on his successful colloquium and the brave project work.

Keep it up!

Arend at the SnT Partnership Day in Luxembourg

June 05, 2017

With over 300 participants from regional industry and research institutions, the "Partnership Day" event in Luxembourg was one of the biggest events in the history of the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (in short: SnT) at the University of Luxembourg. With it - the company AREND.

Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, launched the event with a few comments on the need to encourage more IT-minded people in Luxembourg and to facilitate access to digital resources for all generations. Bettel was confident about this, as Luxembourg always surpasses herself.

After a keynote session and a guided tour of the University of Luxembourg, it went on to the different sessions offered for the event.

A variety of people flocked to the event "Start-up Success Stories". Four SnT spin-offs - Motion-S, Black Swan, DataThings, and LuxAI - alternated their journey from research into the economy, their current challenges, and past milestones.

The CEO of IDetect, Olivier Merlin, opened the session "Research on FinTech" with a hot topic: identification of patterns and anomalies within data to uncover money laundering. In doing so, the role of FinTech research was abstracted during the panel discussion. Lionel Brand predicts a bright future for collaborative FinTech projects at SnT.

In the "Shaping Industry 4.0" area, Franck-Alexandre Sallebant-Bessone from CEBI shared how a new open software solution for all appliance factories can significantly increase production flexibility. In the data areas, Dr. Anne-Marie Solvi gave a solid proof that machine learning can help to assess the business processes in engineering science. In fact, the technology of Paul Wurth successfully identified a considerable waste of energy at a local school that left their lights on in the library on weekends.

All in all, the event was a complete success and showed the relevant topics in the area of digitization, illustrated trends and dangers, and led to interesting specialist discussions.
 

Company run in Wittlich 2017

June 18, 2017

This year, Arend Prozessautomation again took part in the company run in Wittlich and brought three teams to the start. The strong results testify to the motivation and solidarity of the team.

We would like to thank our sporting colleagues, who have represented Arend during the run!

Digital Summit 2017

June 18, 2017

On 12 and 13 June, the 11th summit of the Federal Government, in which Arend Prozessautomation participated, took place in Ludwigshafen to design a future-oriented framework for digital change. The discussion focused on the relevant topics of the fourth industrial revolution. What are the potentials of digitalization? Which recommendations and goals are derived from the Industry 4.0 platform? What are the chances and risks of Blockchain?

The discussion focused on the relevant topics of the fourth industrial revolution. What are the potentials of digitalization? Which recommendations and goals are derived from the Industry 4.0 platform? What are the chances and risks of Blockchain?

 "It was a very interesting event, which has strengthened us further in our work in the digital space," commented the head of information technology, Dr. Markus Jostock.

Source: © BMWi/Maurice Weiss 

Arend as a sponsor in dispute between Lindner and Schäfer-Gümbel

June 19, 2017

On Monday, 19.06.2017, a discussion between the two politicians Christian Lindner, FDP, and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, SPD, took place in the House of FAZ in Frankfurt under the title "Germany before the election". Arend joined the event as a sponsor and followed the discussion. An exciting exchange took place, in particular, in the area of digitization, the automobile sector and the prospects for the future. 

 

 

In the picture:
Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel from the SPD, Christian Lindner from the FDP, Heike Göbel from the FAZ, Thomas Kremer, Chairman of the Rhein-Main Economic Club, Prof. Dr. Axel Haas

Company contact fair in Birkenfeld

June 26, 2017

On June 8, 2017, the 7th Company Contact Fair of the Trier University took place in Birkenfeld. Arend once again took the opportunity to acquire qualified specialists and to support further Bachelor and Master theses.

Thanks to our strong trade fair team, numerous interesting discussions were held, so that we are already looking forward to the qualified applications of the students.

 Please also read the official press release of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, where our marketing manager, Mrs. Sara Orth, is represented with a statement.

 

Pressemitteilung 33/2017 der Hochschule Trier               

7. Company Contact Trade Fair of Trier at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld on June 8, 2017

 

Professional transition management from the university to the economy is the core task of an application-oriented university. An intensive exchange between companies, teachers and students is made possible by means of the company contact trade fair. The goal is to counteract career obstacles on the one hand and skills shortage on the other hand thus to strengthen the long-term economic strength in the large region and beyond.

The Trier University of Applied Sciences is therefore a very attractive partner for the future employers of qualified university graduates, according to Frau Orth, marketing manager of the exhibitor Arend Prozessautomation GmbH:

"For us, as a growing medium-sized company in the Trier region, the company contact trade fair of the Trier University of Applied Sciences offers an ideal platform to further increase the awareness of our company among the students. Furthermore, the trade fairs have proved to be an ideal recruitment tool. In addition to three degree theses and a traineeship, which we supervised as o follow up of the trade fairs, we were able to hire two applicants permanently. This year, we again held some highly promising conversations with students at the fair stand, and I am optimistic that long-term co-operation can also arise from this. Therefore, we are already looking forward to presenting ourselves in Trier on 7th November. "

On June 8, 29 regional, national and international exhibitors from various sectors presented themselves to the students. "A win-win situation for companies looking for the adequate employee and for the nearly 8000 students in search of the right job", commented the initiator Dipl. Ing. (FH) Dietmar Bier on the holistic recruitment concept of the company contact trade fairs of the University of Trier. That’s what the company trade fair is about: To find today the employee of tomorrow!

Source: Trier University of Applied Sciences.

Companies in the digital revolution – Arend gives a speech at the ZIRP event

April 11, 2017

Industry 4.0 is on everyone’s lips - the fourth industrial revolution is entering the majority of companies. But what exactly is the added value and what is the impact of this entrance into production?

Prime minister Malu Dreyer (province Rhineland-Palatinate) opened the Zirp-event on the 4th of April 2017 using the motto “Rhineland-Palatinate connected – Companies in the digital revolution”, which enabled the audience the active confrontation with the impact of digitalization on economy, work and administration. More than 250 people attended this event at Mainz University, including the company Arend Prozessautomation.

Mrs. Dreyer explained the high relevance of the industry 4.0 for the economy already in her greetings:” The digitalization is a tool to enable economic business, production and service in our country and around the world. It will have a far-reaching impact on education and work. It will change our daily lives massively. With the country's digital strategy, we want to make this development cross-departmental. In doing so we are looking for a direct exchange with the citizens through the platform: ‘Rheinland-Pfalz Digital’.”

Particular relevance was given to the significance of Industry 4.0 in the classical automation of production. Dr. Markus Jostock, known as the head of information technology at Arend as well as of the working committee Industry 4.0 of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Trier (IHK), shared his expertise in Industry 4.0 and highlighted the various aspects of the questioning in the framework of a subject-specific panel. Together with the managing director of the SmartFactory in Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke as well as Christian Weyer, managing director of Crispy Mountain GmbH, he actively discussed the entry of digitalization into automation. Here, Dr. Jostock mentioned for example the job security in Germany using the digitalization:”The chances are to keep manufacturing jobs in Germany. Due to the demographic change, we are forced to adjust to increasingly rare supply of professional staff. Here, only advanced automation and digitalization can help. In the area of work for which only a small qualification is necessary, Germany can’t compete with other countries for cost reasons and will have to automate due to cost-pressures."

In the panel, Dr. Jostock was able to carry the listeners with the help of his profound specialist knowledge. By setting up a consulting instance at Arend, he was already able to pass on his knowledge to other companies.

„Arend Prozessautomation supports medium-sized companies in the implementation of industry 4.0 by a wide range of technological competence in consulting and with effective project processing in the realization of digitalization projects. Our experts keep themselves informed about all relevant technologies in the environment of industry 4.0 at congresses, symposia and industrial fairs and contribute to the these events as well. The topics include production IT, collaborative robots, vision systems, autonomous transportation vehicles and technology developments. We offer workshops for interested companies, in which the degree of digitalization is determined together with the company management […]“, said Dr. Jostock, „For the implementation Arend assumes the project management – following the principle “Everything from a single source”. For adjacent technology fields we have appropriate partners, which we take on board and involve in the processing, to offer the client a comprehensive solution.”

Arend at Hannovermesse (trade fair)!

April 19, 2017

Visit Mr. Haas during his speech at the "Hannovermesse" on 24 April 2017! "Hannovermesse"  is the world’s leading industrial show!

When: 15 p.m. to 16 p.m.

Where: Hall 2, stand C02 at trade fair

Interview with Prof. Dr. h.c. Haas on Crowdinvesting

April 10, 2017

Why have you decided on a Crowdfounding? Which advantages do you see for yourselves in this financing form?

We see Crowdinvesting as an exciting possibility to increase the publicity of the company on the regional as well as national level and to raise capital for further growth. People can be a part of the success story of Arend and can strengthen the backbone of the economy – the German small and medium-sized companies (SME). We find that it is a nice idea which leads to a win-win situation.

 

How much effort was involved in the implementation of Crowdinvesting?

Crowdinvesting requires a lot of work and preparation. You have to derive appropriate communication measures, record a video that illustrates what the company is all about, draw up a business-plan including plan numbers for the next 3 years and become clear about the aim of the project. But all the effort will be worthwhile. You are almost forced to deal with your figures and the related company goals, work a lot together in the team and create a bond between the project and employees. This leads to a completely different awareness for the strategic orientation of the company and to a strong solidarity for Arend.

 

Who set the interest rate for the subordinated loan?

An independent rating was used to determine the creditworthiness as well as the probability of failure of our company. This result led to a classification in the investment classes of Unternehmerich and the fixing of interest rates.

 

In the framework of your Crowdinvestment, around 130.000 Euro have been collected. Where do the investors come from? Are there also customers, Employees or people from the region involved?

During the financing phase, we registered that investors from all over Germany were interested in our project and thereupon they invested. Before the campaign was launched, we informed clients, partner, regional contacts and employees as part of our preparatory communications measures about the upcoming funding. This has had a very positive impact on the start of the financing.

 

From your point of view: Why is it attractive for investors to invest in medium-sized companies?

German medium-sized companies have already gained certain experience in the market and established themselves in this way, so that the risk of the project failure is smaller than with startups. In addition, medium-sized companies create important jobs in the German market and strengthen the backbone of the economy. The return on investment, which can be achieved with medium-sized crowdinvestment projects, also promotes the attractiveness of the investment - especially in times of the low-interest phase. The transparency that is created by the company in the form of business plan and similar promotes a kind of bond to the investor and communicates plausibility. These projects are particularly interesting because everyone can participate - no matter whether secretary or banker, small or large investor. There are enough reasons to invest in the German middle class.

 

Thank you for the interview!

The interview can be seen at: http://www.crowdfunding.de/best-practice-arend/

Interview with Dr. Jostock about industry 4.0

April 11, 2017

Dr.Jostock, first of all thank you for the interview. How does Arend accompanies companies at the digitalization?

“Arend Prozessautomation supports medium-sized companies in the implementation of industry 4.0 by a wide range of technological competence in consulting and with effective project processing in the realization of digitalization projects.

Our experts keep themselves informed about all relevant technologies in the environment of industry 4.0 at congresses, symposia and industrial fairs and contribute to the these events as well. The topics include production IT, collaborative robots, vision systems, autonomous transportation vehicles and technology developments.

We offer workshops for interested companies, in which the degree of digitalization is determined together with the company management. After the assimilation of the current status, a target position, which means the desirable ideal state, is determined together with the entrepreneur. Afterwards, the individual measures are coordinated with the responsible persons. Based on the current starting situation, several phases are defined up to the final goal and implemented in the relevant target areas (e.g. quality, processing times, punctuality, expenses, etc.).

For the implementation Arend assumes the project management – following the principle “Everything from a single source”. For adjacent technology fields we have appropriate partners, which we take on board and involve in the processing, to offer the client a comprehensive solution.”

 

Why and where does a company need this accompaniment?

“Companies are well-versed in their respective industries. They follow the topic “industry 4.0” in the media, but they are not sure which kind of welfare promise is suitable in their case and whether the investment would be profitable. Here, a first consultation is often helpful to provide clarity. As in the realization of an industry 4.0-project often several business areas are affected, we take over the management of interfaces. It is important for the entrepreneur to get a solution and the effects get noticeable quickly. We accompany companies during implementation until provable effects are obtained.”

 

How much support do small and medium-sized companies need in digitalization?

“Arend Prozessautomation is primarily in contact with companies from the B2B sector which produce larger quantities. Here the digitalization projects are often found in the area of efficiency, cost and quality but more rarely in the question, how (e.g.) a client can virtually preconfigure his product on the computer (keyword customizing).

The support requirement can be very different. For companies that are already concerned actively with concrete ideas, mostly just implementation support is required, since this is difficult to achieve apart from the daily business.

Other companies see fields of activity such as price pressure, quality problems or increasing customer requirements, and we advise them accordingly on the possibilities of digitalization to achieve the greatest cost-benefit-effect. Here we can help with reconnaissance about the marketability of certain technologies and the recommendation of systems and providers.”

 

What are the most important questions of companies for the implementation of industry 4.0?

“A central question is for most companies: the question of weighing up costs and benefits, the so-called ROI – return of investment. We try to quantify this in our consulting approaches. In many cases this is quite possible since e.g. the number of hours spent on the administration of paper can be well defined.

It is also important for many companies to obtain an initial estimate budget of an intended project.”

 

Is there a lack of awareness in the companies concerning the necessity of switching to I 4.0?

The challenges of industry 4.0 are on the one hand the understanding for the opening possibilities, and on the other hand in the necessary budgets to implement initial projects. If the business opportunities are not recognized, then a sufficiently large budget is rarely available for implementation.

The chances are to keep manufacturing jobs in Germany. Due to the demographic change, we are forced to adjust to increasingly rare supply of professional staff. Here, only advanced automation and digitalization can help. In the area of work for which only a small qualification is necessary, Germany can’t compete with other countries for cost reasons and will have to automate due to cost-pressures.”

 

Is it sufficient to optimize processes by digitalization processes or does it require a new or adapted business model in order to remain competitive under industry 4.0?

“Especially the B2B area is dominated by high demands of quality and furthermore very high unit numbers are delivered for a product, e.g. in the automotive sector. Here digitalization is not concerned with customer-specific configurations, but with the aim of increasing efficiency and quality through horizontal and / or vertical integration. This is done within the existing business model or new aspects arise – e.g. through digital additional use of existing products.

The central question of each entrepreneur should be: “Which benefits or added values can I offer to my customers through digitalization the company?””

 

In which areas does Arend see special potential for the further development of industry 4.0 in the company?

“Thanks to the increasingly available infrastructure – such as the Narrowband IoT network of Deutsche Telekom – especially mechanical and plant builders are able to offer their customers new services, in particular in the field of maintenance. Security is usually delegated to the IT department and manufactured through a perimeter backup.                                

The topic of cybersecurity is one of the most important and at the same time the most repressed topics. Companies that rely on solutions with integrated - not retrofitted - security concepts will have large market opportunities in the future.

Due to the increasing development of plant ownership to plant use and the associated service models, the issue of service billing and payment will play an increasingly important role. Here, particularly new FinTech's will affect industrial services.

Virtualization will also play an important role. By simulating machines and plants during the planning phase, as well as later in operation, a wide range of business models can be implemented, from system optimization to plant management training.”

 

In which direction would Arend himself develop in the future?

“Arend Prozessautomation will intensify and expand the development of its own IoT service and product line. Based on 30 years of automation expertise, Arend opens up the possibility for machine and equipment manufacturers to offer their own services in the field of maintenance and optimization.

With our ongoing research projects and an intensive personnel and competence set-up, we are focusing on the topic of cybersecurity and deal with, for example, the subject of BlockChain.

For a more efficient handling of our classic automation projects, we are building on virtualization and simulation. Through an internal project for the horizontal integration and the development of a modular machine simulation, we are able to develop automation applications in a shorter time and with considerably higher test coverage. Through the existing simulation of a machine or plant we can offer our customers, in addition to the above-mentioned efficiency improvements, also services in the field of operator training and system optimization.

Arend also invests its consulting and implementation activities together with medium-sized consulting agencies to offer SME competent solutions from the analysis to the implementation and the introduction of the effects."