C.: Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF

Researchers supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation have set up a free and accessible integrated database of legal cases involving international economic law. Their work represents an important milestone for research and practice.

Industry 4.0 is transforming industries. Will it also help to reduce emissions? IASS

A new report launched today by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) looks into the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0, to accelerate the transition towards sustainable energy. The report, produced in collaboration with the German Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the Indonesian think tank Sustainability & Resilience.Co (su-re.co), also provides key recommendations for future policies.

The efficient integration of components, plants and assistance systems inside the smart factory requires an intelligent network management. DFKI/SmartFactoryKL

The rapid digitalization of production and automation is crucial to the successful implementation of the visionary concepts of Industrie 4.0. Among other things, this entails a secure and efficient communication infrastructure that automatically adapts to the requirements of each application; an infrastructure that enables the efficient networking of the production machines, products, and innovative data services; and, one that easily and safely supports the introduction of new industrial applications. Also, the increasing use of wireless technologies and the steady progress in the convergence of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) present special challenges.

Eye-catcher at this year's LASER World of PHOTONICS was a model of the Ariane 5 rocket which will put the MERLIN satellite into space. A loan from the DLR e.V., Cologne. Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Klaus D.Wolf

From June 26 to 29, the laser community met again at the LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT was there with more than 50 exhibits from the various fields of applied laser technology and beam-source development: This year the spectrum ranged from diode and fiber lasers to new measurement technology all the way to complete machines for additive processes or even laser systems for space.

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