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First meeting place in Baden-Württemberg

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Now the maker scene is meeting for the first time at Reutlingen’s Innoport innovation center. Technology maniacs, inventors and budding founders, electronics artists, IoT experts, engineers and programmers, Makers who handle 3D printers, laser cutters and milling machines or experiment with AI – in short, Makers with fascinating ideas – will present their forward-looking projects together with technology companies in Reutlingen. This marks the start of the Maker Faire Baden-Württemberg.

The organizer is Make-Magazin, which has been very successfully holding Maker Faires throughout Germany for several years. Cooperation partner is the Innoport innovation center, incubator of the 12-hectare industrial park “RTunlimited” for industrial companies and startups from the fields of digital transformation, Industry 4.0, smart production as well as AI applications.

“The desire for a Maker Faire in the south has existed for a long time, especially our readers from the south have asked again and again. The choice fell on Reutlingen because the city is centrally located in Baden-Württemberg and, in addition, the RTunlimited Industrial Park offers ideal conditions for us to develop and grow a new large-scale Maker Faire.”

– Daniel Bachfeld, Editor-in-Chief

“We want to build the new event as the second major flagship event in Germany for the community,” adds Daniel Rohlfing, Head of Events and Product Management. “The Maker Faire Hannover in the north – in attendance with around 250 exhibitors and 20,000 participants – and the Maker Faire Baden-Württemberg in the south: these are to be our central meeting points, where ideas are presented and we want to bring creative and inquisitive people together. For the premiere in Reutlingen, we are expecting many inspiring projects from around 100 exhibitors and are clearly focusing on growth thereafter. In addition, the Maker Faire Hannover will be held hybrid in the future, opening up even more to international guests after the event in Berlin is no longer held.”

It is a place for innovation, creativity and technology. This culture started as a grassroots movement, in basements and garages with people who are passionate about making things themselves, tinkering, experimenting and sharing their ideas. Today, the community meets predominantly in fablabs and makerspaces, which can increasingly be found in universities, libraries and companies. The Innoport also has a makerspace. Typical topics include Arduino, Raspberry Pi & Co, electronics, programming, 3D printing/laser cutter and robotics.

The event not only provides a platform for the growing community, but is also a place for education. Especially the young generation shall be inspired for MINT topics. This also indirectly provides career orientation.

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Advanced analog IC foundry process technologies

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Now, Siemens Digital Industries Software announced that its new mPower™ solution for power integrity analysis of analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) designs has now been certified for Tower Semiconductor’s SBC13 and SBC18 process technologies.

This software is the industry’s first IC power integrity verification solution that offers virtually unlimited scalability for analog, digital and mixed-signal ICs and provides comprehensive power, electromigration (EM) and voltage drop (IR) analysis for even the largest IC designs.

“Siemens is proud that Tower Semiconductor, an industry leader in analog technologies, has now certified mPower for the SBC13 and SBC18 processes it offers. This solution, developed collaboratively by Tower Semiconductor and Siemens, contributes to more accurate and faster EM/IR analysis for joint customers. This, in turn, results in shorter time-to-market and higher quality end devices.”

– Joseph Davis, Senior Director

With this technology, IC designers can more quickly and thoroughly verify that their analog and mixed-signal designs meet performance-based design goals – capabilities that help IC customers dramatically improve quality, increase reliability and shorten time-to-market.

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Novelties in relation to tank cleaning

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With the PlusClean tank cleaning nozzle, Alfa Laval sets a new standard for hygienic fluid handling in the food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. Users achieve 100 percent cleaning coverage, which is unique in the market. In addition, up to 80 percent water and detergent savings can be achieved compared to conventional methods.

The cleaning nozzle works in tandem with primary tank cleaning equipment such as rotating spray balls or jet cleaners. Depending on the design of the tank, the nozzle can be easily integrated flush into the wall or floor. When activated by the cleaning medium or, optionally, the air drive, it removes contaminants below the agitator blades and in other areas in a fan-shaped pattern.

Controlled and repeated rotation of the agitator shaft and blades ensures 100 percent cleaning coverage. Even the shadow areas below the agitator blades, heating or cooling coils and connections, which are inaccessible to top-mounted tank cleaning equipment, are reliably hit. When the cleaning cycle is complete, the integrated drive returns the piston to its original position, securely closing and sealing the cleaning device.

Contamination risks are minimized by thorough tank cleaning with PlusClean. Faster and safer changeovers increase the productivity of batches or continuous processes.

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On the way in the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea

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In the middle of Lower Saxony’s Wadden Sea lies Norderney – a sea that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. The East Frisian island is a climatic health resort and spa. That’s why freight forwarder Georg Fischer has recently turned to electromobility. A native of Norderney, he is the fourth generation of his family to run the island haulage company “Johann Fischer”. His fleet includes 35 MAN vehicles – among them several semitrailer tractors and, since about a quarter of a year, three MAN eTGEs. With the electrically powered transporters, he wants to set an example. Holidaymakers are very nature-conscious, he says, and Norderney is known throughout Germany.He is one of the first companies on the North Sea island to switch to electric mobility.

“If we set a good example here, that radiates out.”

– Georg Fischer

Vehicle fleet for transporting goods on the islands

Georg Fischer is a “reception forwarder” for Norderney and the other East Frisian islands. Its core business is distribution services along the North Sea coast. He operates a large warehouse in the town of Norden, where the other forwarders unload their goods, and delivers them to the ferries six days a week with his own vehicles. He also travels for grocery and drug store chains. He picks up the goods from their central warehouses and then transports them to the stores on the islands. He even transports building materials with his fleet of vehicles specially tailored to the island. 85 employees are on the road for him and active in the warehouses in Norden and on Norderney.

Delivery service to the hotel

Since larger trucks are allowed to cross the island by ferry but are not allowed to drive across the island, the freight forwarder handles the goods directly in the warehouse at Norderney harbor. From the articulated trucks, they are loaded onto smaller vehicles – including the battery-electric transporters that take drinks, food and parcels from the warehouse through the narrow alleyways to the hotels, guesthouses and stores. The suitcases of the vacation guests are also delivered directly to the vacation domicile by the electric transporters.

For Georg Fischer, the three vehicles are an ideal addition to its fleet. The range of up to 130 kilometers is absolutely sufficient for the distances on the island. Often, one battery charge is enough for two full days of work. The three vehicles are charged at wallboxes directly at the warehouse. The eTGEs are quiet and hardly disturb the tourists who are looking for peace and quiet on Norderney, says Georg Fischer. He is also convinced of the driving comfort: “You quickly get used to the electric drive. After all, an all-electric van like this has no gearshift and delivers full power to the axle.” In addition, he says, the eTGEs offer the comfort he has been used to for many years. “I am absolutely convinced of the quality of my vehicles, the workmanship, the reliability – nothing squeaks or creaks,” he says.

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