Balluff is member of the ARENA2036 innovation platform
Cooperation for the future of the automobile
Sensor and automation specialist Balluff joins the partner constellation „ARENA2036“ of research facilities and companies of the Stuttgart region. The mission of this partnership is to advance a sustainable and future-oriented automotive development.
The name of the initiative clearly reflects the goal: anticipating the year 2036, the 150th anniversary of the automobile, this means of transportation should be as innovative and sustainable as it was at the time of its invention. To support this goal Balluff became a member last November of the ARENA2036 research initiative (Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles). The project initiators envision a future-oriented automobile created using highly modern production processes. The key is a vehicle which is light and with functional integration – redefining the borders of lightweight design based on multifunctionality and new materials. A new kind of research environment – the largest research platform for mobility in Germany – bundles the expertise of researchers and leading commercial enterprises in the Stuttgart region. At this research campus they are working intensively on solutions for the mobility of tomorrow. Balluff with its expertise in the area of sensor technology and automation provides key assistance to the work at the research campus. "Generating, transporting and processing data is our domain," says Balluff Managing Director Florian Hermle. "These skills are especially helpful in further developing production processes and simulating prototypes. In this way we are making an important contribution to advancing the research work.".
The success of intelligent, digitalized and automated production depends greatly on how data is handled. Only by possessing detailed information about the entire process are you able to map and digitally control it. Sensors are reliable data sources, making them indispensable in production. As an expert in this field Balluff is a welcome new member of the initiative. Hermle explains the company's motivation: "As pacesetters for Industry 4.0 our solutions help our customers to continually improve their plants and production processes. This continual progress is not possible without the corresponding research work. This is why we are becoming involved in ARENA2036 with our knowledge and employees." The Neuhausen-based company will participate in research projects within the program and send employees to the research campus. The sensor and automation specialist would also like to carry out early testing here of new developments.
Look into the state of research in February
From February 22-23, 2018 ARENA2036 will offer a special event at which the current state of research as well as the research results from previous years will be presented. The emphasis will be on the connections between the individual research topics and the vision of the initiative.
Founded in 1921 in Neuhausen a.d.F., Balluff employs 3,600 people worldwide and represents innovative technology, quality and cross-industry experience in industrial automation. As a leading sensor and automation specialist, the family-owned company in its fourth generation offers a comprehensive portfolio of innovative sensor, identification and network technologies and software for integrated system solutions.
In 2016, Balluff Group reported revenues of around EUR 378 million. In addition to the main headquarters in Neuhausen a. d. F., Balluff has sales, production and development locations around the world and can boast 37 wholly owned subsidiaries and other representatives in 68 countries. This guarantees customers rapid worldwide availability of products and high consulting and service quality on site.