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30
Nov
2017

Vision is awarded Lower Saxony’s Business Award 2017

The digitalisation project “SmartFactory” by Vision Lasertechnik GmbH Barsinghausen has been awarded Lower Saxony’s Business Award 2017.

During a festive ceremony in Hanover on 28 November 2017, the commercial manager and authorised representative Philipp Becker, who is also project manager of the “connected production” working group, accepted the prize from the minister of economic affairs, Mr Althusmann.

Vision was able to assert itself in the face of 40 applicants from all over Lower Saxony. The jury, which consisted of members of different organisations, associations and ministries, were convinced by Vision’s accomplishments.

Dr Bernd Meyer (IHK Lower Saxony) praised Vision in his laudation and emphasised that the company “progressed incredibly fast” and “had realised in time where future chances lay“.
He emphasised: “they were quick, they electrified the employees, they electrified the customers – They did everything right”.

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Vision is awarded Lower Saxony’s Business Award 2017

The digitalisation project “SmartFactory” by Vision Lasertechnik GmbH Barsinghausen has been awarded Lower Saxony’s Business Award 2017. During a festive ceremony in Hanover on 28 November 2017, the commercial manager and authorised representative Philipp Becker, who is also project manager of the “connected production” working group, accepted the prize from the minister of economic affairs, […]

16
Mar
2017

guest editorial: Prof. Dr. Krüger – What does digitalisation and industry 4.0 mean for small and medium-sized enterprises?

Summary
The digital wake-up call is ringing out ever louder across the globe, yet for many small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), it has come to represent a call of terror. Industry 4.0 hype has reduced
SMEs to a state of shock. The necessary investments are lacking, as they are believed to be so far away from cyber systems, sensor technology, big data and the cloud.
This article firstly explains why many medium-sized companies currently know little about where to begin with new technological developments. It then goes on to discuss how every single mediumsized
company needs to consistently digitalise their infrastructure and business procedures within their respective clusters of sizes and sectors. In doing so, they can improve how effectively and
efficiently their business runs, as well as making sure they stay connected, as suppliers, for example.

 
From continuity to disruption
From purchasing to logistics, manufacturing to sales, and even customer relations management; the steps of value-added processes have been steadily digitalised over the past years. After this stage of
technology developing at a relatively steady pace, chances (and risks) are now emerging from unprecedented leaps in the way technology is progressing: affordable sensor technology, the
Internet of Things, creating and storing almost unlimited amounts of data – all of these developments open up possibilities to use autonomous, decentralised intelligence in manufacturing
(industry 4.0), as well as to create newer and smarter products and to share and use data in realtime.

Here’s what this means in more detail:
Smart factory: “liberated” materials and machines will know and be aware of their identity, as well as the meaning and purpose of their existence – from the order being placed through to logistics,
manufacturing all the way to being used by the customer. Machines and component parts can act independently, aiming for the overall optimum turnaround times, machine performance, quality and
individuality of products.
Smart connected products: even products themselves can gain sensor-based intelligence, helping to create new ways of functioning and therefore improving customer benefits. Digital devices and apps
can be used in numerous fields, including communications and entertainment, mechanics and road traffic and even healthcare.
Big data: almost unlimited amounts of data can be acquired in manufacturing processes or from customers using smart products. Theoretically, this opens up new avenues for optimising procedures
and services.

 
Objections and risk assessment from the point of view of medium-sized companies 
Medium-sized companies often have the following objections about this visionary wonderland:
First objection: the principles self-regulatory, efficient production, including the “batch size one” option in smart factories, are important to part of the medium-sized industrial sector with the
appropriate structures and processes. A large majority of the medium-sized sector is represented by craft businesses and small companies, as such craftsmanship belongs to the essence of their business
and contributes to their own special features which lead to their success. A key ingredient in the winning formula to achieve customer loyalty has always been individualisation in manufacturing for a
large part of the so-called “hidden champions” with the status of global market leader in the medium-sized sector. The vision of “batch size 1” is already part of their business model.
Second objection: The expense involved in connecting capital or consumer goods in such a way that data regarding the product’s use and physical state can be acquired still doesn’t mean that customers
are also ready to pay for this additional benefit.

 

The possibility of deducing pointers to help design new services from user data, as well as that of developing new app-based functionalities, is seen as a chance for the high-tech industry, but not as a possibility for grassroots medium-sized companies.
Third objection: Processing and using large amounts of data, as well as storing it in the cloud is seen as a problem in two respects: for one, datasets must be sorted and analysed with correctly
formulated questions and strategic objectives. Resources are often lacking in medium-sized companies. Daily affairs take precedence. For another, there is considerable anxiety about data being
stolen and misused in the medium-sized sector.
These three examples set out above detailing objections to an industrial world 4.0 must be taken seriously. Provided that conventional business models are profitable, a digital transition in product
development, manufacturing and provision of services comes with considerable risks: expenses are difficult to calculate, and these must be juxtaposed with usage that is even more difficult to predict.
There’s a dangerous time lag between existing (and successful) business models and digital options for the future. I say dangerous, as medium sized-companies may be understandably cautious today,
but this may mean they could miss out on being connected to future technologies in the world of tomorrow. In doing so, they may no longer be compatible with the industry as suppliers, as this
industry is in involved in the digitalisation of its processes and products.
Medium-sized companies have to shake off their state of shock and make digitalisation, as well as options for a philosophy of industry 4.0, top of their strategical agenda. With internal strengths and
external support, they have to find future avenues to suit their business.

 

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krüger:
teacher and researcher in the management section with the focus on staff and organisation
as well as entrepreneurship and company succession at the Fachhochschule des
Mittelstandes (FHM) technical college in Bielefeld and Hannover. Current key issues are
digitalisation and Industry 4.0.

guest editorial: Prof. Dr. Krüger – What does digitalisation and industry 4.0 mean for small and medium-sized enterprises?

Summary The digital wake-up call is ringing out ever louder across the globe, yet for many small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), it has come to represent a call of terror. Industry 4.0 hype has reduced SMEs to a state of shock. The necessary investments are lacking, as they are believed to be so far away from cyber […]

26
Jan
2017

WebSpecial: Wie der Laser zum Kunden kommt

 

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Hinter den Kulissen: Ein Laser geht auf die lange Reise nach Chicago
Die Lieferung eines Laserschweißgerätes von A nach B: kosteneffizient, unversehrt und pünktlich beim Empfänger- das ist die theoretische Definition eines Transportes. In der Praxis ist man vielfach erstaunt, wie viele Arbeitsabläufe und Personen notwendig sind, damit der reibungslose Transport einer Sendung vom Absender bis zum Empfänger realisiert wird.
Mit einem Exportanteil von über 75 Prozent ist die Logistik für Vision Lasertechnik ein strategischer Erfolgsfaktor, mit dem sich das Unternehmen auf dem hartumkämpften Weltmarkt erfolgreich etablierte und die Position kontinuierlich ausbaut. „Dafür brauchen wir einen starken und verlässlichen Logistikpartner an unserer Seite“ erläutert Herr Philipp Becker, Kaufmännischer Leiter von Vision Lasertechnik. „Ein persönlicher Kontakt zu den Mitarbeitern des externen Logistikunternehmens ist genauso wichtig, wie eine detaillierte Sendungsverfolgung, zeitdefinierte Laufzeiten und kompetente Zustellung im Empfangsland.“ DHL Global Forwarding als einer der weltweit führenden Anbieter von Luft- und Seefracht übernimmt seit vielen Jahren die Luftfrachttransporte von der deutschen Zentrale in Barsinghausen nach Nordamerika und Asien.
Aktuell wurde ein Laserschweißsystem der Modellreihe LWI V MobileFlexx auf die Reise nach Chicago gebracht. Damit das hoch sensible, elektronische Produkt unbeschadet beim Käufer in den USA ankommt, wurde der Laser in einem speziellen Karton verpackt, mit einer Folie fest umhüllt und auf eine Holzpalette gezurrt.
Für den Lufttransport benötigt der Laser nicht nur das Frachtflugticket, sondern weitere zahlreiche Begleitdokumente für die Zollbehörden: Eine Handelsrechnung, eine Ausfuhrerklärung, eine Packliste und einen Speditionsauftrag, alles erstellt vom Exporteur.
Die Transportorganisation kann losgehen: der LKW-Fahrer erhält klare Instruktionen für das Handling und den Transport der sehr sensiblen Fracht zum DHL-Lager am Flughafen Hannover.

 

 

Die 600 kg schwere Fracht hat eine Höhe von 1,65 Meter und passt somit nicht in eine Passagiermaschine. Deshalb bucht DHL bei der Lufthansa einen Stellplatz im Hauptdeck einer MD11, einem Großraum-Frachtflugzeug, auch McDonnell Douglas 11 genannt. Mit der Flugnummer LH 8222 wird der Laser vom Frankfurter Flughafen direkt nach Chicago transportiert. DHL erstellt einen Luftfrachtbrief und einen Sendungsaufkleber: mit diesen Flugdaten kann der komplette Transport des Lasers von allen Transportbeteiligten per EDV verfolgt werden.
Der Laser ist fast bereit für den Weitertransport. Jetzt fehlt nur noch die Luftfrachtsicherheitskontrolle: seit dem 11. September 2001 hat das Thema Sicherheit in der zivilen Luftfahrt höchste Priorität. Deshalb darf kein Packstück ins Flugzeug geladen werden, bevor es nicht in den sogenannten „Sicheren Status“ versetzt wurde und dies passiert, in dem der Inhalt des Packstückes in einem Röntgengerät überprüft wird. Luftfrachtmäßig präpariert und sicher transportiert die Lufthansa das Collo im Air-Trucking-Service nach Frankfurt und lädt es im Lufthansa Terminal in der Cargo City Nord ab.
Dort treffen aus ganz Deutschland Sendungen ein, die gemeinsam den Flug nach Chicago antreten. Nur durch ein ausgeklügeltes Konzept des Konsolidierens vieler Luftfrachtsendungen und der Laufzeitenvarianten erzielen die Luftfrachtakteure kosteneffiziente Luftfrachtraten.

 

 

Sechs Stunden vor dem Abflug werden die Paletten und Luftfrachtcontainer mitsamt des Lasers auf Position gefahren. Pünktlich trifft die MD11 auf dem Rollfeld ein. Die Mitarbeiter der Fraport bringen die fertigen Ladeeinheiten auf das Rollfeld und übergeben sie an den Load Master der Lufthansa, der exakt geplant hat, welche Frachteinheit wo im Flieger verladen wird. Der Container mit dem Laser gelangt zum gebuchten Ladeplatz auf dem Hauptdeck und wird dort für den Flug gesichert.

 

 

„Abschließend entscheidet der Pilot, ob alle Fracht auch tatsächlich mit kommt.“ Erklärt Jabran Zulfiqar, Operation-Verantwortlicher von DHL in Hannover. „Wenn das Wetter schlechter wird, kann es passieren, dass Frachten wieder entladen werden müssen, um ausreichend Kerosin mitzunehmen.“
Erfreulicherweise ist das Wetter perfekt, der Laser bleibt im Flugzeug und kann endlich die Reise über den Ozean antreten. Wie geplant, landet die LH 8222 auf der zugewiesenen Parkposition im Flughafen Chicago O’Hare. Die Luke des Frachters wird geöffnet: schon werden die Luftfrachtpaletten auf den wartenden Trolley geladen und zum Zollager transportiert. Hier startet der sofortige Entladungsprozess: Luftfrachtpaletten und -container werden geöffnet, jede Sendung wird einem Lagerort zugewiesen. Dort wartet auch der Laser auf seine Einreise in die USA, die durch eine ordnungsgemäße Zollabwicklung genehmigt wird.
Um keine Zeit zu verlieren, haben die deutschen DHL Mitarbeiter bereits nach dem Start des Fliegers in Frankfurt, den US-Kollegen die Sendung avisiert. Damit ist gewährleistet, dass die Verzollung und auch die Auslieferung schnellstmöglich vorbereitet werden kann. Der Zollvorgang geht online. Innerhalb kürzester Zeit ist der Laser verzollt und kann per LKW beim Kunden ausgeliefert werden.
„Die Luftfracht bietet die kürzeste Beförderungszeit. Vision Lasertechnik erwartet, dass die Sendung unbeschadet und zeitlich exakt disponiert beim Kunden eintrifft. Wir machen alles möglich, dass wir unser Versprechen einhalten.“ Erläutert der DHL-Kundenbetreuer Jürgen Lamm. Der US-Kunde hat zwischenzeitlich den bestellten Laser erhalten: unversehrt, kosteneffizient und pünktlich. Theorie wurde Praxis.

WebSpecial: Wie der Laser zum Kunden kommt

  Hinter den Kulissen: Ein Laser geht auf die lange Reise nach Chicago Die Lieferung eines Laserschweißgerätes von A nach B: kosteneffizient, unversehrt und pünktlich beim Empfänger- das ist die theoretische Definition eines Transportes. In der Praxis ist man vielfach erstaunt, wie viele Arbeitsabläufe und Personen notwendig sind, damit der reibungslose Transport einer Sendung vom […]

23
Dec
2016

Merry Christmas – Christmas Holidays

We wish you a merry christmas and we would like to thank you for the cooperation in 2016.

Vision is closed from december 24th to january 1st.

We will be back on january 2nd.

 

Merry Christmas – Christmas Holidays

We wish you a merry christmas and we would like to thank you for the cooperation in 2016. Vision is closed from december 24th to january 1st. We will be back on january 2nd.  

05
Dec
2016

Save the Date march 2nd – march 3rd 2017 in Barsinghausen

We would like to invite you to the upcoming Vision Experience Days
march 2nd  – march 3rd  2017.

For the first time we are going to present our own exhibition showing our
services and products.

This is a great chance to meet the Vision team, other distributors and partners
and to use and try all Vision systems.

For more information and registration please visit the event-website:
www.vision-experience-days.de

Save the Date march 2nd – march 3rd 2017 in Barsinghausen

We would like to invite you to the upcoming Vision Experience Days march 2nd  – march 3rd  2017. For the first time we are going to present our own exhibition showing our services and products. This is a great chance to meet the Vision team, other distributors and partners and to use and try all […]

26
Nov
2016

NANDE presents the Vision MobileFlexx II on Emaf Exhibition in Portugal

In cooperation with our portuguese Distributor NANDE Vision is proud to present the MobileFlexx II FSS on Emaf exhibition in Leça da Palmeira, Portugal.  The exhibition opens from 23.11.2016 up to 26.11.2016.

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NANDE presents the Vision MobileFlexx II on Emaf Exhibition in Portugal

In cooperation with our portuguese Distributor NANDE Vision is proud to present the MobileFlexx II FSS on Emaf exhibition in Leça da Palmeira, Portugal.  The exhibition opens from 23.11.2016 up to 26.11.2016.    

13
Apr
2016

The new Vision-fibrelaser MobileFlexx FSS

One for everything – the new Mobile Flexx FSS
with optional 150W, 300W oder 450W

The MobileFlexx FSS is the most universal laser welding device from the Vision company.

Thanks to the new, extremely efficient FSS beam sources, with 450 W laser capacity, you are independent of rotary
current or water cooling. That means that the device is ready to use on any environment.

Reliable: Due to the use of the latest fibre technology, the laser has neither parts subject to regular wear
and tear nor service intervals.
There are no costs for flashbulbs or abraded lenses
(one exception is the protective glass for the objective).
We also offer an optional warranty extension of up
to 60 months.
Cost efficient: The high efficiency of the new beam sources brings not only high flexibility and availability,
but these also consume only a fraction of the energy of the ND:YAG lasers that have been in use up until
now.
The ergonomic design makes operating and working
an experience.

 

The new Vision-fibrelaser MobileFlexx FSS

One for everything – the new Mobile Flexx FSS with optional 150W, 300W oder 450W The MobileFlexx FSS is the most universal laser welding device from the Vision company. Thanks to the new, extremely efficient FSS beam sources, with 450 W laser capacity, you are independent of rotary current or water cooling. That means that […]

22
Dec
2015

Vision wishes Merry Christmas

Thank you!
Thanks for the great cooperation in 2015. We wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a happy new year. We are looking forward to a successful liaison in the upcoming year.

 

Our german offices are closed for Christmas holidays from December 24 to January 3.
We will be back on January 4.

 

 

Vision wishes Merry Christmas

Thank you! Thanks for the great cooperation in 2015. We wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a happy new year. We are looking forward to a successful liaison in the upcoming year.   Our german offices are closed for Christmas holidays from December 24 to January 3. We will be back on January […]

11
Dec
2015

Integration of older machine tools into the new smart factory

As part of the “smart factory ready” developments taking a unified Industry 4.0 approach the laser technology vision presents new possibilities for how previously non-networked machines and plants can become part of the smart network.

For the first time a new technology is being presented now with which it is possible to transfer CAM data to machines without an Ethernet connection using the unified network, without the previous use of USB data carriers and associated problems such as incorrect revision statuses or the wrong datasets.

The new “smartBox” vision offers a bidirectional and smart connection between the machine and the SmartFactory network thus allowing for the controlled data exchange of production data, order time recording and transferring sensor data.

The open interfaces can be connected as standard to different SAP versions and modified to other systems too as per customer requirements.

Production orders from ERP or MES can also be administered clearly, managed according to priorities, machine assignments or employee specifications and monitored in real-time using the unified administration surface.

Integration of older machine tools into the new smart factory

As part of the “smart factory ready” developments taking a unified Industry 4.0 approach the laser technology vision presents new possibilities for how previously non-networked machines and plants can become part of the smart network. For the first time a new technology is being presented now with which it is possible to transfer CAM data […]

17
Sep
2015

Industry 4.0 – the smart factory with Vision

Experience the fourth industrial revolution with Vision Lasertechnik and revolutionise your work with state-of-the-art technology “Made in Germany”.

start today with the soloutions from tomorrow and visit our information page”Industry 4.0″

Industry 4.0 – the smart factory with Vision

Experience the fourth industrial revolution with Vision Lasertechnik and revolutionise your work with state-of-the-art technology “Made in Germany”. start today with the soloutions from tomorrow and visit our information page”Industry 4.0″

17
Sep
2015

Laser marking with sMark – the cost-effective entry level solution

With the new sMark, we present the perfect laser marker in the bottom price segment – the perfect entry into the field of laser marking and for the manual laser marking or small workpieces and tools.

Thanks to the Microsoft Windows based software beginners are quickly able to apply perfect inscriptions and markings to workpieces.

Learn more:

– product site sMark
– overview and info site about Laser marking techniques

Laser marking with sMark – the cost-effective entry level solution

With the new sMark, we present the perfect laser marker in the bottom price segment – the perfect entry into the field of laser marking and for the manual laser marking or small workpieces and tools. Thanks to the Microsoft Windows based software beginners are quickly able to apply perfect inscriptions and markings to workpieces. […]

12
Feb
2015

FSS – The new Fibrelaser-Technology

This unique technology makes it possible to supply pulsed fibre lasers with high pulse outputs at a competitive prices compared to flash-lamp pumping systems.

get more information about this new technology

FSS – The new Fibrelaser-Technology

This unique technology makes it possible to supply pulsed fibre lasers with high pulse outputs at a competitive prices compared to flash-lamp pumping systems. get more information about this new technology

17
Oct
2014

Vision Laser on Euromold exhibition

We would like to invite you to the annual Euromold exhibtion in frankfurt from 1.11. to 2.11.2014

Vision Laser on Euromold exhibition

We would like to invite you to the annual Euromold exhibtion in frankfurt from 1.11. to 2.11.2014