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prostep ivip Newsletter 04/2020

Foreword: Armin Hoffacker, prostep ivip association board
prostep ivip Symposium 2020: Postponed to September 2-3, 2020
“AI Marketplace” - the platform for industrial AI-solutions
What can we do for you? Deadline postponed to 10th of May
PLM-Professional, Fraunhofer Certification Program
Relaunch ECAD-Wiki
Dates

Dear prostep ivip members

On behalf of the entire management board I hope this finds you in good health and the flow of negative news over the last days and weeks has not taken away your breath. The economic outlook is anything but rosy. Some days ago the IMF predicted a recession worse than after the financial crisis with a contraction in the global economy of 3% in 2020. The economic output in the euro-zone, for which the IMF still forecasted a growth of 1,3 percent in January, might even shrink by 7,5 percent.

The Corona crisis not only threatens our health, but also our prosperity. However, it might also represent an opportunity to make changes happen. According to the German IT industry association Bitkom the crisis could promote the digitization of economy and society in Germany. Virtual collaboration has become socially acceptable, in political debates, at a doctor’s visit, in school classes and in companies, whose employees have been working from home and have stayed in contact with the customer over digital communication channels.

The working groups of the prostep ivip association have also successfully virtualized their work and I do not see any restrictions in their activities. The assemblies of the member groups and the general meeting of the association could be carried out online without any problems. At this point, I would like to sincerely thank all those, who have made virtual collaboration organizationally and technically possible.

Following a successful 2019 we started the current year with a lot of energy and new initiatives. Of course we would have liked to report on those personally at the prostep ivip symposium in May, but we unfortunately had to cancel - or better postpone - the event, due to the current ban on large gatherings and travel restrictions. If the situation permits, we will hold the symposium in September in a slightly reduced version and with all necessary protective measures, in order to maintain this unique forum for meeting the global PLM and digitization community even in 2020.

Our motivating force is to utilize the increase in digitization triggered by the Corona virus for the virtualization of product development. Subjects like Systems Engineering, model-based work, Digital Manufacturing or Artificial Intelligence, which we have dealt with intensively for many years, have not suddenly been stifled through the virus. On the contrary: for the re-start after the lock-down they are more important than ever. If we succeed in digitizing the business processes from development to manufacturing and into the operation more consistently, we will be able to react with agility to what the Americans call the „new normality“ and will emerge digitally strengthened from this crisis.

Despite the complex set of challenges in all areas I am optimistic that we will master this crisis with joint forces. Because the good news from the more recent past were quickly forgotten under the barrage of bad news: at the end of last year Germany was named the most innovative nation by the renowned economic news agency Bloomberg, even beating out the longstanding leader Korea. It is on this innovative power that we should focus now.

Yours sincerely,
Armin Hoffacker

Contact

Armin Hoffacker
prostep ivip e.V
E-Mail: ah@prostep.org

prostep ivip Symposium 2020: Postponed to September 2-3, 2020

In consideration of the recommendations and evaluations by the Robert-Koch-Institute and the Federal Ministry of Health the prostep ivip board of management decided to postpone the prostep ivip Symposium to September 2-3, 2020. The ICS in Stuttgart remains the event venue. The sharing of information, ideas and knowledge within our community of international experts and executives is at the heart of our Symposium. Due to the current worldwide situation associated with the Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) an unrestricted gathering of all participants, speakers and exhibitors in May will unfortunately not be possible.

We very much hope that the situation will stabilize until September and that we will be able to come together with many national and international friends and partners. Of course, we will keep you informed about the developments.

We are also gladly available to you for any further questions or concerns.

Stay safe!

With best regards,
the prostep ivip team

Contact

Fabienne Kreusch
prostep ivip Association
Telephone: +49 6151 9287 446
E-Mail: fabienne.kreusch@prostep.org

“AI Marketplace” - the platform for industrial AI-solutions

Together with 20 consortium partners from research, IT and the manufacturing industry prostep ivip has been working since the beginning of this year on developing the “AI Marketplace”. The vision is to build an innovation ecosystem around this platform, bringing together AI solution providers, industry users, and AI experts and providing solutions for AI usage in industrial challenges.

In addition, functionalities of the AI-Marketplace will be gradually expanded: during the first stage an intelligent ‘matchmaking’ between solution providers and users will be provided. Further upgrading will include a secure data room and secure transaction mechanisms for product development data, an App Store for ready-to-use AI solutions, and finally a system of „AI building blocks“, enabling the creation of directly usable AI solutions for individual use cases without expert knowledge by combining ready-to-use, standardized building blocks.

The project is receiving € 11 million in funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy over 3 years. Further information is available at
www.ki-marktplatz.com Did we catch your interest? We welcome you to get involved, e.g. with your use cases or requirements, or any questions you might have - please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Contact

Rachel Bauer
prostep ivip Verein
Telephone: +49 6151 9287 307
E-Mail: rachel.bauer@prostep.org

What can we do for you? Deadline postponed to 10th of May

At the moment we are all facing difficult times in many different ways. In the wake of this situation we at prostep ivip want to do our best to support you as our members within the realms of our possibilities.
Your company is now increasingly offering webinars? There is a new publication from your company? Take advantage of our networks to promote these services!

We invite you, dear members, to provide us with information, which we can distribute through our channels.
How it works:
Please contact us by sending an email to
fabienne.kreusch@prostep.org and let us know what you want to point out or suggest to our community: a webinar, a publication, a special feature of your company that could also be of interest to others. Maybe you have some tips on how you plan to keep the company afloat over the next few weeks? Or maybe an encouraging photo you could share? Please, send it to us! Of course, we reserve the right to select what will be published, but in general we offer you the following media to talk about yourself:

Our Newsletter: once a month we provide you with information about the association. Both, in German and English for our national and international subscribers, even non-members.

Our Social Media Channels: we like to use LinkedIn but also XING to publish up-to-date news and information.

Our Member Magazine: the ProductData Journal appears twice a year - in a printed and electronic version. The upcoming spring edition is awaiting your proposals! Here you can pick up suggestions on how you could be present in the ProductData Journal.
Editorial and advertising deadline is postponed to the 10th of May.

Dear members, especially in difficult times we at prostep ivip want to be there for you and offer some value added for you and your company. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to supporting you – and to receiving your ideas and proposals!

Contact

Fabienne Kreusch
prostep ivip Verein
Telephone: +49 6151 9287 446
E-Mail: fabienne.kreusch@prostep.org

Relaunch ECAD-Wiki

Everything is new in May, says a German proverb. We completely redesigned our ECAD Wiki. It presents itself in a fresh new layout and clearer structure. We are now able to provide more targeted information on prostep ivip standards, specifications and standardization activities in the field of wiring harness development and electrical systems design. You will find all specifications and recommendations published by the joint Project Group VES-WF as well as additional background information, implementation guidelines and examples. Furthermore, the ECAD Wiki provides complete online versions of the specifications for the VEC (Vehicle Electric Container) and KBL (Harness Description List).

The Wiki can still be reached under ecad-wiki.prostep.org. Take a look at the new pages. We are looking forward to your feedback.

Contact

Dr. Max Ungerer
PROSTEP AG
Telephone: +49 6151 9287 361
E-Mail: Max.Ungerer@PROSTEP.com

Termine

05.05.2020             Workshop prostep ivip SSB (online)
06.05.2020             Workshop prostep ivip SmartSE (online)
07.05.2020             Workshop prostep ivip SmartSE (online)
10.05.2020             Deadline for Articles and Advertisement for ProductData Journal
11.05.2020             Workshop prostep ivip MBV (online)
02/03.09.2020       prostep ivip Symposium, ICS Stuttgart

  
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Vereinsregister: Amtsgericht Darmstadt, Nr. VR2438
Vorstand: Armin Hoffacker (Vorsitz), Prof. Dr. Rainer Stark,
Dr. Henrik Weimer, Philipp Wibbing
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