When machines think – artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence simulates human thought processes. It can detect and process images, recognise language, make decisions, and translate into different languages. But can it also work without humans?
Industry Working Group Research & Technology meets on 16 September
The upcoming event will focus on the topic of virtual start-up and maintenance. Manufacturers will share their experiences from the glass industry, and VDMA will provide tips on contract law.
Why use blockchain and track & trace in the glass industry?
Automation and digitalisation are making their mark on glass as a product and on how it is made. They therefore require digital forms of tracking and methods to manage and exploit the glut of data being produced.
Track & Trace and Blockchain in the Glass Industry
Where does the glass come from? And where does it go? With increasing digitalisation, it is becoming more and more important to be able to track production and logistics routes, ideally throughout the entire life cycle.
Current ifo economic data
Cautious optimism pushes up export expectations in the manufacturing sector
Economic values of the glass machinery industry in the 2nd quarter of 2021
In comparison with the first quarter of 2021, order intake for the 2nd quarter of 2021 is down again. Sales are also slipping back into the moderate range.
Glass machinery - order intake good in the first half of 2021
The general meeting of the Glass Technology Forum on 1 July 2021 confirmed the positive trend in mechanical engineering. Things are looking up. The largest export market is Europe, followed by the USA and China.
China Glass 2021: Almost like always!
China Glass opened its doors in Shanghai from 06 - 09 May 2021. After the exhibition was cancelled in 2020 due to the Corona epidemic, this time it took place "almost normally".
IAK "Research and Technology": product traceability
The next meeting of the Industry Working Group Research and Technology of the VDMA Forum Glass Technology on June 16, 2021 will be dedicated to the topic of product traceability.
glasspex India 2021: New date in 2022
The 7th edition of glasspex India, Glass Production Technologies & Processes, was scheduled to take place September 23-25, 2021, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.

Additive & Digital - The technical working group "Research & Technology" takes place as an online event
While processes such as laser sintering in the field of metallic materials or fused deposition modeling have been used for years in the field of plastics, the production of glass components is still difficult.
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Company portrait

German Glass Machinery and Plant Industry
The 60 small and medium-sized companies of the German glass machinery and plant industry which are members of VDMA achieve an annual turnover of 850 Mio Euros (2012). Two thirds of this can be attributed to exports. The industry employs about 5,000 people. At VDMA, 150 companies are dealing with the topic of glass in one way or the other.
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