LAEvent 2018
Digital engineering solutions


The speakers at the LAEvent (photo: LAE)
The speakers at the LAEvent (photo: LAE)

LAE Engineering GmbH, which focuses on customer-specific solutions, wanted to bring transparency to the topic of "digital engineering solutions" – and had invited customers, business friends and partners to the 3rd LAEvent in the company's new premises in Wiesloch, Germany: Eight speakers gave lectures and discussed the state-of-the-art of digital solutions in various areas with the 50 or so listeners. They came from industry, energy and building management, trade, the public sector and health and brought with them sound expert knowledge.

After six hours packed with specialist presentations, practical examples and technology demonstrations, the participants were able to take along an important conclusion in addition to a wealth of information and technology updates: "Digital solutions increase flexibility, provide important operating data and offer a much higher level of convenience, especially in areas that extend to the end consumer – especially building automation. And the second good news is: Yes, they do exist – every industry with its own unique challenges now has a whole range of practicable solutions that are very promising. Nevertheless, they are still far from fulfilling all the wishes for efficient, flexible and interdisciplinary data and solutions. Here lies still a high development potential, digital engineering makes more transparency, efficiency and compatibility possible, which could be used more profoundly in the operational sequences of the automation. "To be open to everything new and to often venture to look beyond the horizon – these are good prerequisites for good solutions," says Klaus Philipp, Head of Industry at LAE.

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Philipp used a practical example to explain solutions for complex challenges posed to LAE by the modernisation of one of Cytec Engineered Materials' production facilities. The focus here is clearly on providing all the necessary production and operating data from the processes: In other words, all those who improve value creation, demonstrate and utilise production advantages, and increase production reliability. "Thanks to model-based engineering, we at Cytec were able to do just that," Sandy Bouska, project engineer at Cytec, added to the comprehensive report. 

Werner Rensch, managing director of LAE Engineering GmbH, summarised at the end of the event: "With this meeting we wanted to give the participants the opportunity to inform themselves and exchange information about the status quo and new developments – and to do so deliberately across disciplinary boundaries. From many conversations between the lectures, I was able to take home with me the fact that we succeeded in this quite well. I am looking forward to further LAEvents."

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