KAMPF is founder member of „MindSphere World“

(Bild MindSpere World) Die Gründungsmitglieder

Worldwide user organization founded for open IoT platform MindSphere

  • “MindSphere World” launched with 19 founder members
  • Community drives forward global reach of the MindSphere ecosystem
  • German industrial companies found user organization as innovation leaders in industrial cloud solutions

The inaugural meeting took place on 23rd January in Berlin. Dr.-Ing. Donatus Weber, Head of Innovation and Industry 4.0 at KAMPF, will be responsible for the Technology committee of the expanded advisory service of the new association.

Working hand in hand with 18 partner companies, Siemens AG is founding “MindSphere World”, a worldwide user organization for the cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere. Its aim is to expand the global reach of the ecosystem based on MindSphere. The organization is also designed to afford support to its individual members in developing and improving IoT solutions on the MindSphere platform and in tapping new markets in the digital economy. This will include suggestions about the requirements placed on the IoT operating system MindSphere by the industry and recommendations on setting out uniform rules for data utilization. Another role of the organization will be to promote science, research, and teaching in the MindSphere environment

“The foundation of MindSphere World represents another major step forward in promoting the ecosystem surrounding MindSphere as an open IoT platform. The broad-based expertise and the offering of all the MindSphere World partners will open up totally new digitalization potential for users everywhere,” said Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG Klaus Helmrich.

Jan Mrosik, Chair of the Management Board of MindSphere World and CEO of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, added: “By bringing together a worldwide community comprising industrial and IT companies of all sizes from all sectors of industry as well as startups, we aim to establish and drive forward an eco-system based on MindSphere. With this end in mind, the Association members are joining to form MindSphere World – initially in Germany and then extending out into the international arena.”

The members of the organization meet in committees to deal with issues such as the requirements placed on MindSphere by industry, data governance concepts and the Assocation’s PR work. “MindSphere’s open structure offers a wide range of benefits for us as users, in particular due to the manufacturer-independent link-up of machines and plants and also when it comes to the development of apps. Within the framework of MindSphere World, we can now also talk to other users about ways in which disruptive technologies are changing the face of the economy in general, and about the resulting business potential which could be utilized for IoT-based solutions,” said Bruno Geiger, Member of the Management Board of MindSphere World and COO/CTO of Eisenmann.

“Because the development of standards plays a decisive role when it comes to establishing a worldwide ecosystem, the members of MindSphere World will be working together to come up with recommendations for standards in relation to MindSphere-based apps. We’ll also be drawing up suggested solutions for enabling interoperability between different MindSphere-based solutions,” said Andreas Oroszi, Member of the Board of Management of MindSphere World and Senior Vice President Digital Business at Festo.

“As users, we’re all facing similar challenges: These include data governance, in other words managing the accessibility, usability and processing of data, as well as app architecture, and the homogeneous use of MindSphere components. From now on, we’ll be able to play a role in shaping these developments and putting forward the specific expectations we place in MindSphere,” said Michael Haag, Member of the Advisory Board of MindSphere World and Senior Vice President R&D at Kuka.

The founder members of “MindSphere World” alongside Siemens AG include:

·        ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG

·        Chiron Group SE

·        Eisenmann SE

·        Festo AG & Co. KG

·        Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH

·        Grob-Werke GmbH & Co. KG

·        Heitec AG

·        Index-Werke GmbH & Co. KG.

·        J. Schmalz GmbH

·        Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG

·        Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG

·        Kuka Aktiengesellschaft

·        FFG Europe & Americas (MAG IAS GmbH)

·        Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG

·        Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

·        Sick AG

·        Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG

·        Michael Weinig AG

The inaugural meeting of MindSphere World took place in the recently opened innovative development and work environment “MindSphere OpenSpace”, a part of the new branch of Factory Berlin. Over an office space of more than 13,000 square meters, Factory Berlin – an initiative supported by the German Government, Siemens and other companies – brings established technology companies together with developers and startups. The key focus of the new startup campus is the Internet of Things. On the threshold of the age of digitalization, the “MindSphere OpenSpace” creates ideal conditions for the MindSphere World members and other users such as startups to drive forward the development of apps and digital services and to tap whole new markets.

IHK Cologne elected the „Trainer of the Year 2017“.

(IHK Cologne / Ulrich Kaifer) Award ceremony IHK Cologne “Trainer of the Year 2017”.

We are very proud!

Good training depends crucially on the lifeblood of motivated trainers. In order to honor their commitment, the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce regularly announces the “Trainer of the Year” competition.

This year on November 11th, the IHK had invited five finalists and their companions to Cologne to award the winner of the “Trainer of the Year 2017”. Josef Stinner was one of the five nominees who was eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner.

A jury of experts selected the five nominees and finally the winner from a field of approximately 50 applicants. In addition to the main competition, in which this jury decided, there was also online voting this year. Interested parties were able to take part in the public vote for the audience award on the website of the IHK Cologne. The IHK Cologne presented video portraits of all five finalists as a decision-making aid.

These short films, supplemented by a brief profile of the instructors, were presented to the audience before the award ceremony.

Josef Stinner and winner Linda Drexler of Hotel Hyatt Regency were head-to-head in the online voting for the audience award, said Christopher Meier, Managing Director of Training and Further Education at the IHK Cologne. The jury then awarded Michael Jonas from Atlas Copco Energas GmbH as “Trainer of the Year 2017”.

The award ceremony of the IHK brings the performance of all trainers into the public eye. Companies sometimes invest a lot of time and money in their training programs. In addition to other factors, the quality of these depends very much on the personal commitment of the trainers. In recent years, a lot has changed in the training sector. Digitization and new production processes lead to the creation of new training profiles, trainees taking on completely different tasks in the companies and the use of new media for knowledge transfer. Trainers are more challenged than ever before. Even though Josef Stinner did not come in first place…”We are proud of his nomination and are pleased about the recognition of the IHK and the audience and of course about the apprentices who took part in the video portrait. They described their trainer as a trusting partner, role model and specialist who is fully committed to his trainees, who motivates them and makes learning processes alive with modern training methods, such as learning in practice and in teams. A confirmation and a great praise for the performance of Josef Stinner and the entire training team – and for an education in which learning, and teaching is not only prescribed but already implemented in this rapidly changing world.

Pictures (IHK Cologne / Ulrich Kaifer) Award ceremony IHK Cologne “Trainer of the Year 2017”.

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