The Supervisory Board of Bilfinger SE has appointed Duncan Hall (51) member of the Executive Board with effect January 1, 2019. He will assume the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Alongside with CEO Tom Blades, Duncan Hall will help to drive the company’s build-up and build-out phases forward. At present, Duncan Hall is Executive President of MMO Northwest Europe division – responsible e.g. for Great Britain, Norway (offshore), Belgium, and the Netherlands.
“We are very pleased to see a seasoned executive like Duncan Hall join the Executive Board. He has been with Bilfinger for more than twelve years now and thus is very familiar with our regions and core industries. He will take an active part in shaping the development and profitable growth of the company.”
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr. Eckhard Cordes
Duncan Hall has been serving as an Executive President at Bilfinger since 2015, currently holding this role at the MMO Northwest Europe division. He previously led the Oil & Gas division. In prior years, he worked in the functions of Chief Executive of Bilfinger Industrial Services UK and of managing director. Duncan Hall is an electrical engineer and alumnus of the London Business School. He is married and has three children.
“The Executive Board will benefit tremendously through the addition of Duncan. He was recruited from within our own ranks and enjoys a sterling reputation within Bilfinger. His decades of experience in our business are a true asset and he is sure to make a significant contribution to the advancement of our company,” says CEO Tom Blades.
287 patents in 2018
Patent portfolio expands further
The number of patents submitted by the Endress+Hauser Group continues to rise. As reported during the annual Innovators’ Meeting held this year in France, the Group submitted 287 initial patents in 2018, a new record. Endress+Hauser owns nearly 7,800 active intellectual property rights worldwide.
“This year we once again achieved a record number of innovations, both in the number of patent filings and the number of approved patents.”
Angelika Andres, Corporate Director, Intellectual Property Rights at Endress+Hauser
While the 309 invention disclosures are a sign of the company’s ongoing innovation capability, the 537 granted patent applications also represent an all-time high.
Roughly one-third of the patent filings are related to the Industrial Internet of Things, digital communications and instrument diagnostics. Under the motto #empowerthefield, in 2018 the measurement engineering specialist began to bundle its digital activities with a focus on Heartbeat Technology, as well as the recently introduced Netilion IIoT ecosystem.
Patent department in the US
Each invention undergoes a multistage internal evaluation process before submission to the patent office, usually within four months. To handle the stream of innovations, in 2016 an internal patent department was created in the US, one of the Group’s most important markets. Four specialists at the Greenwood, Indiana location are responsible for protecting the technical innovations. This team has full responsibility for handling all patent filings from the Group companies located in the US, plus up to 80 percent of the overseas filings.
Innovation spirit in the spotlight
Under the motto ‘Innovation – what makes us human’, Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, as well as other members of the Executive Board, welcomed more than 300 guests to the annual Innovators’ Meeting, which was held in late March in Saint-Louis, France. Employees involved in patent filings presented their innovations during the company’s traditional get-together. Exceptional innovations were recognized with special awards.
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Totally-Connected world of Industry 4.0
Analog Devices (ADI) will once again have a noteworthy presence at the Hannover Messe, with demonstrations and speaking engagements focussing on the key issues of concern to visitors to this premier event for all aspects of industrial and automation technology.
ADI, on stand H23 in hall 9 of the exhibition, will show how its unique position at the intersection of analog and digital technologies, and in both the hardware and software of computing solutions, equip it to offer solutions in areas such as machine learning and machine monitoring, comprehensive connectivity – with security – and in the industrial maintenance domains with artificial intelligence.
A featured demonstration will illustrate a comprehensive approach to machine and structural health monitoring, showing how ADI’s best-in-class MEMS technologies provide precision sensing, while the company’s mastery of high-performance analog-to-digital and power conversion delivers ultra-low-power signal processing. “Deep signal chain”, and system design, insights enable customers to extract greater value from their systems, with improved user experiences. Real-time, 24-hour monitoring will be shown in both dynamic (motor) and structural (equipment mounting) contexts, comprising a methodology for complete supervision of an equipment installation.
At the heart of these topics are technologies such as complete, factory- and enterprise-wide connectivity and all that goes with it, a particular concern in 2019 being cyber security. ADI will address the issue as part of a demonstration highlighting the range of solutions that the company can offer to advance Industry 4.0. Enhanced cyber security within the factory control loop, at the edge of industrial networks will be highlighted as part of an illustration of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) techniques, boosting security alongside features such as time synchronization, pre-emption and control of TSN via OPC-UA.
Analog Devices’ staff will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions on any of the focus areas for Hannover Messe 2019 – connectivity, cyber security, machine monitoring and maintenance – or on any aspect of the company’s technology and product offering.
Extending the secure edge in industrial control
For many visitors to Hannover Messe the need to consider security is a new, and worrying, addition to their workload. Any IT system is only as secure as its weakest link. Industry 4.0 means that the network extends to every sensor and actuator; potential points of attack exist everywhere from the edge to the core. Security-by-isolation and reliance on monitoring network traffic are no longer adequate, leading to the need to establish device level security at the edge.
Recognising these concerns, and to assist visitors seeking solutions, ADI will present a paper in the conference strand of Hannover Messe, focussing on the “hot topic” of security in the industrial context. To be delivered by Erik Halthen, System Security Manager at ADI, the paper will develop the theme that enabling a new industrial revolution of real time, autonomous decisions requires increased connectivity and edge computing that fundamentally changes the required approach to cyber security.
Analog Devices at the Hannover Messe 2019: Hall 9, Stand H23