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Energy efficiency in production – practice, trends at METAV 2008 Print E-mail
Written by Girish   
Monday, 18 February 2008
Frankfurt am Main: The economical use of energy and raw materials is constantly gaining in importance. While, on the one hand, energy and raw material prices continue to rise, at the same time the pressure to cut costs becomes even greater. For this reason, this year’s METAV practice+trends event on 1 April 2008 will be undertaking a first-ever comprehensive investigation of the topic as it effects the machine tool branch and its customers.

The global debate on climate and environmental protection has now reached the world of industry. Dramatic rises in energy prices are pressuring the processing industries to explore new avenues with regard to the energy efficiency of machines and plant, and wide sections of the public are increasingly demanding energy-efficient products and greater environmental awareness. In addition, there is growing political pressure on companies to fly the environmental protection flag. Cutting costs by means of efficiency when buying and using energy has become more crucial than ever before. In the discussion on energy consumption, on sustainable energy supplies and on the reduction of greenhouse gases, the systematic use of new technologies is of increasingly central significance. “Climate change, the growing need to make economical use of scarce resources and, as much as anything else, the rampant rise in energy prices together present a major challenge for industrial production,” according to Carl Martin Welcker, Chairman of the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW).

After all, the production industry is one of the major energy consumers and, given the right technologies, it could make a decisive contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions. Under the influence of energy saving projects spearheaded by the EU Commission and the German government, the past two years have seen an even greater emphasis being placed on energy-efficient products. The various studies conducted under the eco-design directive have given rise to concerted action on the part of the branches affected. The objective of the eco-design directive laid down by the EU is to implement product design which is, to the greatest degree possible, sparing of resources and, especially, energy-efficient. At present there are 20 product groups in preparation, with others to follow.

Developments to date indicate that the future will see more and more energy efficiency criteria developed within the machine construction sector too. In Welcker’s words: “European policy aims to implement measures that will ensure energy savings. The machine tool industry already now meets up to these standards with its products, since sustainability has always been a key guiding concept for its production.“

The VDW together with “Produktion”, the economic journal for the German industry, have already recognised this trend. Academic experts and user and supplier companies will present the latest research findings in the field at the METAV practice+trends event. Users of manufacturing technology will present their demands; the suppliers will present solutions they have already realised and future manufacturing technology concepts relating to these demands.

The individual topics include the following:
 
- The political framework of the EU Eco-Design Directive
-  The latest research on energy efficiency in mechanical engineering, presented by
 Prof. Reimund Neugebauer of the         Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and      Forming
 Technology, Chemnitz
- Energy-efficient components, machine tools, controller systems and drives
- The potential efficiency and savings of electrical energy – a study by the electrical energy association
 
Date for your diary:
Energy efficiency in production
practice+trends at METAV 2008
When: 1 April 2008 from 10:00 hrs till 16:00 hrs
Where: Congress Center Düsseldorf
 

More information and registration at: www.produktion.de
 
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