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Franchising – your chance to be independant

Franchising offers a lot of opportunities

Franchising has come a long way the past decade. There was a time when franchises had a bad reputation, but this has changed. A lot of people prefer going to franchises these day, because they know what to expect from a certain company. They already know their service, their product and the quality.

When people think about franchising they usually think about restaurants or clothing brands, but there are more possibilities.

Global Management Consultants AG, for example, offers their franchise system. Rieta de Soet, CEO of Global Management Consultants AG, says it is a popular system which is based on a great business concept. Furthermore Fabian de Soet comments, franchising opens up a lot of opportunities. It is an easy way to start into self-deployment, because you work with an already successful system, which minimizes the risk. There are a lot of benefits coming from franchising, says Rieta de Soet, who helped a lot of entrepreneurs starting out.

Business Center offer completeley equipped offices and conference rooms, that can be rented for a few days, weeks or even months and years. Business Center are perfect for franchising, because there is a great demand in renting shortterm-offices, rather than committing to one permanent office. It can easily be started all over the world.


GMC AG mit Hauptsitz in Zug/Schweiz, ist mit zahlreichen Business Centern international in Amerika, Australien, Asien und Europa vertreten. In seinen Business Centern stehen Betriebswirte, Steuerberater, Marketing- und Unternehmensberater den Kunden zur Verfügung, die seit über 20 Jahren in den Bereichen Business Center, Firmengründung und Managementberatung tätig sind.

GMC Global Management Consultants AG
Rieta Vanessa
Gubelstrasse 12
6300 Zug
Phone: 0041 41 560 77 00

Business Economy Finances

Up to Three Billion Square Meters per Year: Asahi Kasei Invests 238 Million Euros in Manufacturing Infrastructure for Lithium-Ion Battery Separators

Up to Three Billion Square Meters per Year: Asahi Kasei Invests 238 Million Euros in Manufacturing Infrastructure for Lithium-Ion Battery Separators

Asahi Kasei Hipore_Wet-Process Lithium-Ion Battery Separator (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, March 21, 2019 – The world market leader in lithium-ion battery (LIB) separators responds to the booming global demand in the battery market: In order to meet the growing needs of the customers, the Japanese technology group Asahi Kasei enhances its manufacturing infrastructure by an additional 450 million sqm to 1.55 billion sqm/year. Expansion to three billion sqm/year is planned for 2025.

As a result of the rising demand for electric vehicles, the LIB market is rapidly growing. However, this growth is not only driven by the automotive sector but also by the increased use of energy storage systems (ESS), due to greater adoption of renewable power sources.

With its products Hipore™ and Celgard™, Asahi Kasei offers both wet and dry process separators and is expanding this business by an additional 450 million sqm/year:

Product: Hipore™ LIB separator (wet process), increase of additional 300 million sqm/year

Celgard™ LIB separator (dry process), increase of additional 150 million sqm/year

Location: Moriyama (Shiga), Japan; Charlotte (North Carolina), USA

Investment: About 238 million euros (30 billion yen)

Start-up: Mid 2021 (scheduled)

In January 2018, the company has announced that it would increase its total capacity to 1.1 billion sqm/year by 2020. With the completion of the now communicated measures, Asahi Kasei will expand the production volume to 1.55 billion sqm/year by mid 2021, of which one billion sqm/year will be obtained by the wet process and 550 million sqm/year by the dry process.

Due to the expected strong rise in global demand in the coming years, Asahi Kasei plans to extend its total capacity – including wet and dry processes – to three billion sqm/year by 2025.

About Lithium-Ion Battery Separators
Lithium-ion battery separators consist of a thin microporous film of polyolefin placed between the cathode and anode of lithium-ion batteries. It prevents contact between the electrodes which would cause a short circuit, while allowing lithium ions to pass between the electrodes.

About Celgard
Celgard is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polypore International, LP., an Asahi Kasei Group compa-ny, specialized in highly-engineered microporous membranes used in electric drive vehicles, en-ergy storage systems and emergency backup power systems, portable consumer electronic de-vices, cars, trucks, buses, and forklifts. As a global high-technology company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Polypore is highly regarded in the market with manufacturing facilities or sales offices in nine countries serving six continents. For more information, visit

Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified technology company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139

financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12

Automotive Traffic

SmartTOP enables convertible top control via remote for all Peugeot CC models

The retrofitted SmartTOP convertible top control by the manufacturer, Mods4cars, allows the opening and closing of the top while driving with One-Touch for all Peugeot CC models.

SmartTOP enables convertible top control via remote for all Peugeot CC models

SmartTOP convertible top control for all Peugeot CC models

Las Vegas, Nevada – March 21, 2019

SmartTOP additional convertible top control offers Peugeot 207 CC, 307 CC and 308 CC owners more comfort and functionality of their vehicles. The retrofitted module by Mods4cars makes it possible to open and close the convertibles top from a distance using the original vehicle key. Programming or modification of the vehicle key is not required for this function.

Thanks to the SmartTOP module, the convertible top can also be opened and closed while driving at a speed of up to 40 km/h. With the One-Touch function the need to stop the vehicle and the cumbersome holding down of the top button is eliminated. After a short press of the top button, movement of the top is automatically executed.

These two main functions ensure that the convertible is used open more often. Various other additional features also help simplify general use. „Our additional convertible top controls offer a comfort that, once experienced, you would not want to do without,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow.

With it the vehicles windows can be opened and closed from outside via the original remote control. The All-Windows button within the interior, makes it possible to close all windows with One-Touch. In addition, operation of the windows is possible for up to 60 seconds after switching off the ignition. The top movement in progress is not interrupted by starting or stopping the engine. If necessary, the SmartTOP can be completely deactivated.

The convertible modules are individually programmable. Thanks to a setup menu, functions can be carried out via the cars display. With a standard USB port on the SmartTOP convertible module, connecting and configuring the device with the home PC is also made possible. In this way software updates can also be run, which are provided by Mods4cars free of charge.

A plug-and-play adapter, included in delivery, ensures quick and easy installation. The connection between the vehicle electronics and the SmartTOP module is thus made simply by plugging together. Adapters in original equipment quality guarantee a 100% accurate fit. No cables need to be cut.

SmartTOP modules for Peugeot 207 CC, 307 CC and 308 CC are available from 229,00 Euro + tax.

SmartTOP convertible modules are also available for the following vehicle brands: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

A product video can be viewed here:

For more information:


About Mods4cars:

Mods4cars was founded in 2002 from the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Mods4cars LLC
Sven Tornow
E. Flamingo Rd #3100 1350
89119 Las Vegas (NV) – USA
Phone: +1-310-9109055

Business Economy Finances

Fasteners for automotive and construction Taiwanese companies in Europe on the rise

Stuttgart, March 20th 2019
The big markets in Asia, America, Europe and the Arabic countries are still booming. The construction industry is growing continuously, and the automotive industry reports regular records in sales.

Looking at concrete numbers, the strengths and competitiveness of Taiwanese fastener companies are easily proven. The largest markets and producers are from China (19%), USA (18%), Japan (10%), Germany (8%) and Taiwan (5%). The island is already the third largest exporter of binding and fastening products worldwide. Tu-Chin Tsai, Chairman of TAIWAN INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE (TIFI) confirmed: „With 1,650 factories employing 35,000 industry personnel, Taiwan’s fastener industry exported more than 1.65 million tons of fasteners in 2018, to over 150 countries around the world“.

At the Fastener Fair in Stuttgart, the three Taiwanese market representatives BOLTUN CORPORATION, ANCHOR FASTENERS INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD as well as SUPER NUT INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD presented their extensive product portfolio and introduced themselves as an inexpensive and innovative alternative especially for the construction and automotive sector. Germany is regarded as the most lucrative and most important sales market after the USA. The main goal: take market shares from the German top dog.

Diversified product portfolio
Founded 1988 in Taiwan, BOLTUN CORPORATION today employs approximately 3,800 people all around the world and has recently generated a turnover of approximately 600 million US Dollar. The company develops and produces tools and considers itself as the leading producer of fastening elements in the automotive sector. Jason Chen, Sales Director of BOLTON CORPORATION explains: „Boltun offers a wide range of products such as fastening elements for automobiles and wind turbines, metal components and stamped parts. Also included are i.a. high-tensile bolts made of 10.9- and 12.9-steel which are VW-approved.“

Family business with a long-standing tradition
SUPER NUT INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD gained an international reputation in development and production of rivets and special connectors for the automotive sector. The family business relies on its range of blind rivet nuts, clinch parts as well as its run and sleeve nuts. „Over 30 years of experience in manufacturing further enables the development of solutions according to specific customer requirements such as extremely thin walls with severe internally threaded parts“ so says Emily Chou, Sales Manager of the company.

ETA-approvals for fastening elements in the construction area
ANCHOR FASTENERS INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. Focuses on high quality binding elements for the construction, automotive and electronic industries, as well as medical technology. Especially in the construction sector, the company offers sophisticated heavy-duty anchors with a European technical rating (approval) and CE-certifications. „We want to introduce our ETA-certificated heavy-duty anchors as well as bolt anchors, concrete screws and internal threaded anchors (drop-in anchor) developed for building construction and civil engineering to a wide particularly European expert audience“ according to Executive Vice General Manager Johnson Chang. Apart from steel anchors, the enterprise also constructs fasteners made from metals such as aluminium or brass. Additionally, ANCHOR FASTENERS INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD owns the highest production capacity for rivet nuts in Taiwan.

Largest fair for fasteners in Taiwan
While Taiwanese companies target Europe by presenting themselves professionally, Europeans can introduce themselves to the Asian market on one of the biggest fastener fairs, the FASTENER TAIWAN located in a northern part of the isle called Kaohsiung. All highlights and opportunities of the FASTENER TAIWAN 2020 were illustrated by Jessica Cheng, Project Manager of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). Interested companies will find initial information and contact persons following the link

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About the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) was founded in 1970 to promote Taiwanese enterprises expanding their global reach. Over the past 40 years it has played a key role in the development of the Taiwan economy. TAITRA is jointly sponsored by the government and industry associations and is widely viewed by the international business community as the business gateway to Taiwan. For more information, please visit or

Storymaker Agentur für Public Relations GmbH
Gina Hardebeck
Derendinger Str. 50
72072 Tübingen
Phone: +49-(0)7071-938720

Medicine Wellness Health

Fighting cancer: New PET-imaging method improves diagnosis and treatment of widespread carcinomas

A new nuclear medicine imaging method facilitates a more precise diagnosis of widespread carcinomas such as breast, colon, pancreas or lung cancer.

(Vienna, March 19, 2019) In fighting cancer an early and accurate diagnosis is crucial. A new nuclear medicine imaging method within the field of Positron emission tomography (PET) facilitates a more precise diagnosis of widespread carcinomas such as breast, colon, pancreas or lung cancer. Moreover, the novel imaging technique can combine the detection of the tumor with its treatment according to the patient“s individual needs. „By targeting a particular enzyme found on the membrane of cancer-associated fibroblasts we may achieve a better outcome than with the methods used so far,“ says Professor Uwe Haberkorn, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

The leading part within the newly developed PET imaging concept is played by the so-called fibroblast activation protein (FAP). This enzyme is found abundantly on the membrane of Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). These cells are present in more than 90 percent of epithelial carcinomas, including for example pancreatic, colon and breast cancer. High occurence of FAP indicates a poor prognosis. However, although CAFs are involved in the growth and spreading of the tumor they are no cancer cells themselves. Since they are genetically more stable than cancer cells they are less likely to develop therapy resistance. „All these characteristics make FAP a promising target for nuclear medical diagnostic as well as therapeutic approaches,“ says EANM expert Prof. Uwe Haberkorn who developed the new imaging method together with his team in Heidelberg.

Outperforming the standard methods
PET imaging always requires that the patient be injected with a small amount of a radioactively labeled substance, a so-called tracer, by which biological processes such as the metabolism of tumor cells can be targeted and made visible through the imaging system. So far, the most commonly used tracer has been 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), a radioactively-marked sugar, taken up by cells with high-energy consumptions such as cancer or the brain. However, as Prof. Haberkorn points out, the results achieved with FDG with regard to tumor uptake and image contrast are not always satisfactory.
Against this backdrop his team developed a novel tracer based on an FAP-specific enzyme inhibitor (FAPI), a small molecule that binds to the FAP by blocking its chemical reaction. The FAPI-tracer which is labeled with the radionuclide gallium-68 shows high uptake by the tumors but fast clearance by the healthy parts of the body. This results in high-contrast images due to very low binding to the surrounding healthy tissue in tumor patients, thus clearly outperforming FDG in important regions of metastatic disease such as the liver and the brain. The positive outcome has been repeatedly demonstrated by a number of preclinical and clinical studies.

Intertwining diagnosis and therapy
„Radiolabeled FAPIs allow for fast imaging with very high contrast in all tumors that contain a high amount of connective tissue cells,“ says Prof. Haberkorn. But there is even more to it: „FAPIs, as opposed to FDG, can also be employed for treatment purposes. This is due to chemical properties allowing labeling not only with gallium-68, but also with radionuclides such as rhenium-188 (188Re), lead-212 (212Pb) or yttrium-90 (90Y) that can be used to destroy the tumor. That means, a theranostic approach – a tight intertwining of diagnosis and therapy taylored to the individual patient“s needs – seems feasible.“ FAPI-imaging is not even restriced to cancer since it can be applied to all processes that involve the remodelling of tissue. This makes it very likely that the technique will soon be used for diagnosing and treating non-cancerous conditions too, such as cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases as well as fibroses of the lung, the liver and the kidney. So far, the new tracer has been successfully applied to several hundreds of patients in a number of hospitals in Germany, and is currently being used for preclinical studies in the US and Japan. „FAPI-imaging has opened up a promising avenue for the detection and treatment of many malignant tumors and offers additional potential with respect to several other diseases,“ says Prof. Haberkorn.

Presseagentur für Medizinthemen

impressum health & science communication
Frank von Spee
Hohe Brücke 1
20459 Hamburg
Phone: 040 31786410

English Press Releases

#HM19: Bending and forming for hydraulics

High-tech engineering company transfluid presents solutions for effective tubing and connection systems

#HM19: Bending and forming for hydraulics

The compact transfluid mobile bending machines. (Source: transfluid)

The highly dynamic stress on hydraulics tubing and connections needs technology that delivers clean, robust and long-term tight results. The engineering company transfluid has been developing tube bending machines for the past 30 years to produce these results and the solutions for these demanding specifications are more and more advanced. They go from simple bending machines that bend directly on the equipment to CNC-controlled bending machines. Cutting ring pre-assembly machines are available for connections in hydraulics and also forming machines, to add DKOL and other soft sealing connections and hose fittings directly on the tube, as well as forming a single-piece tube fitting on the tube, with no chips.

Strong mobile performance for on-site applications
Simple and effective techniques, little space required (sometimes just one m2) and great flexibility in the applications: transfluid has developed the latest generation of its classic mobile bending machine t bend MB 642 for bending directly on site. With this machine it is possible to bend tube up to 6m long on-site and the floor space needed by the machine does not change. This is because the rotating head can turn and reduces the working space needed to a minimum. With the compression bending technique the MB 642 can bend tubes with a diameter between 6-42mm and the operation is simple. The bending radius can be relatively tight in this case, between 2-2.5x the diameter of the tube and 3x with tube with very thin-walled tubes.
Extra equipment is available: internal and external deburring devices, saws and assembly devices for all the most common connection systems (flange and with cutting ring for thread cutting), as well as metal circular saws.

Tight bending radius when using mandrels
For the manufacturing of tube geometries for individual pieces or small series with rotary draw bending, transfluid has developed its compact bending machines with mandrel. They are very flexible and can achieve a very tight bending radius even with tubes with thin walls when bending with a mandrel. This means that the t bend DB 2076K machine can work with tubes with a diameter of 20-76mm. If needed, it is possible to transfer data to the machine with a USB connection. The control system can store whole bending programs and the machine comes with an 8-angle pre-selection as standard. In this case too there is optional equipment, such as saws, burring devices, cutting ring for threads and flanges, to manufacture complete tubing systems for the individual needs.

Interfaces for small runs and a variety of geometries
As well as tubing and connections for hydraulic applications, there is more and more often the need to process CAD data from different programs or to manufacture complex tubing systems. transfluid makes this possible with CNC machines that perform strongly, are simple to use and completely automated. The tools can be exchanged quickly, making their use extremely flexible. Because of the price/performance ratios, they are ideal for small production runs and for applications with high geometry diversity. These bending machines work independent of the user and to the specifications of the individual project. This is possible thanks to the interfaces available to connect them with CAD and measuring machines.

Digitally connected to the technical department and measuring systems
transfluid created its own software t project to improve the processes and the safety of the production. The two versions provide controlled tube manufacturing and connect the machines to CAD and measuring systems, BDE (Manufacturing Execution System) or ERP systems. They make the use of CNC-bending machines or also bending robots more flexible. For instance, it is possible to test bending sequences in advance, make sure that there are no collisions and execute them. Various additional modules contain the information for whole sequences, to have better control over the process and to manage the forming process data. The software also helps at the cutting stage, reducing any waste to the minimum.

Separate assembly machines for safe connections
In addition to its range of machines for bending techniques, transfluid also offers separate assembly machines for cutting ring or flange connections. They operate in an axial or rolling manner to deliver safe connections. For instance, the combination desk unit HA 642 makes it possible to have the die ring pre-assembly and the flanging of tubes with a 6-42mm diameter. The experts in tube manufacturing machines will present their variety of solutions for tubes at the Hannover Trade Fair 2019 in Hall 21, Stand H38.


transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11

Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: +49 (0) 271 7700160

Computer Information Telecommunications

New customer Nuadda achieves time savings of 25 percent with Plunet

New customer Nuadda achieves time savings of 25 percent with Plunet

The team at Nuadda (Source: Nuadda)

The Spanish translation agency Nuadda uses Plunet BusinessManager to efficiently coordinate and control their translation management processes.

Nuadda provides translations from and into Spanish, as well as the regional languages Basque, Catalan and Galician. The Madrid-based company was founded in 2011 and focuses on translation in the fields of technology, engineering and healthcare. For Nuadda, being aware of cultural differences is a crucial part of the translation process.

Plunet is an internationally active company that develops the leading business and translation management software, Plunet BusinessManager. The services provided on the web-based platform include project planning, automation, and the management of complex processes, as well as the integration of individual workflows. Target customers are translation agencies, language departments, governmental organizations, and NGOs.

More efficiency required

Nuadda was initially satisfied with the translation management solution that they were using before Plunet. However, as the number of orders increased, so did the need for more efficiency. After an extensive comparison of the solutions on the market, Nuadda chose Plunet.

Arancha Caballero, founder and CEO of Nuadda, describes the decision-making process as follows: „I talked to our customers. They confirmed that we would be able to significantly reduce the amount of time required to organize data if we used Plunet. And the Plunet staff convinced me about everything else.“

Time savings of 25 percent

After a quick and smooth implementation phase, Nuadda started slowly: „With the huge variety of templates in Plunet, we can now automate even more processes than the ones that we have already been using in our everyday work. So far, we have been very careful. The team needs to feel comfortable with the new ways of working.“ Arancha Caballero prepared her team early for the new processes. Her staff can gradually stop using old methods and develop a new, suitable workflow.

Nuadda have already recognized many benefits of working with Plunet. Project managers no longer have to take care of repetitive tasks such as data maintenance, invoicing and logins. Furthermore, they can quickly access customer information in the system. As a result, Nuadda has been able to achieve time savings of 25 percent. This time can now be spent on other projects.

More languages in the future

Nuadda is now planning to increase the number of languages that are translated into Spanish:
„We mainly translate English, German and French texts into Spanish. But over the last years, we have seen an increasing demand for translations from other languages. With Plunet, we can easily filter languages and specific properties, and we will be using these options intensively in the future.“

With offices in Würzburg, Berlin and New York, Plunet GmbH develops and markets the business and translation management software Plunet BusinessManager, the leading management solution for the translation and localization industry. With Plunet BusinessManager you can manage your entire workflow in a single solution, from client requests to quote, order, job and invoice management to reporting. Extensions for interpretation and quality management as well as integrations with CAT and financial accounting tools will further improve efficiency and automation in your work. Within a configurable system, various functions and extensions of Plunet BusinessManager can be adapted to individual needs.

Plunet GmbH
Awazeh Khoshnam
Dresdner Straße 15
10999 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 322971340

Computer Information Telecommunications

Nobuyoshi Shimada becomes new managing director of the SCHEMA Group

As of May 2019, Nobuyoshi Shimada will become a managing director of the SCHEMA Group, alongside Marcus Kesseler

Nobuyoshi Shimada becomes new managing director of the SCHEMA Group

He will take over from the current managing director, Stefan Freisler, who will be moving to the advisory board of the SCHEMA Group. Nobuyoshi Shimada has been the commercial director of the SCHEMA Group since 2004, and he has also been the managing director of SCHEMA Systems since 2013. The rest of the management team, Dr Florian Irmert, Johannes Görz and Sebastian Göttel, will continue their work in their current positions.

Marcus Kesseler will now also be responsible for sales and marketing as well as development. The comprehensive partner activities will be integrated into the sales department. As well as remaining commercial director, Nobuyoshi Shimada will also be responsible for all of the services provided by the SCHEMA Group. Dividing up responsibilities in this way will enable the SCHEMA Group to grow into a leading solutions provider for content lifecycle management with comprehensive software solutions that allow SCHEMA customers to maximise quality and productivity thanks to specifically tailored services. Stefan Freisler will join representatives of the group“s new partner, IK Investment, on the advisory board and will use his market expertise to support this development.

„IK Investment is a strong partner and with their help the future looks bright for SCHEMA. I am looking forward to all the developments that the future holds and to having Nobuyoshi Shimada working alongside me as a second managing director. We have already been working together for several years and I have complete faith that he will be able to overcome any challenges he faces.“
– Marcus Kesseler, Managing Director of the SCHEMA Group

„A close relationship with our customers and solutions specifically tailored to their individual needs is and will remain the key to our success. In the future I will continue to work hard to make SCHEMA“s philosophy a reality. I would like to thank Stefan Freisler for almost 25 years of excellent work and the entire SCHEMA group for their confidence in me.“
– Nobuyoshi Shimada, Commercial Director and Managing Director of SCHEMA Systems GmbH

What is SCHEMA?

The SCHEMA Group was established in Nuremberg in 1995 and is a medium-sized software manufacturer with more than 130 employees. The SCHEMA Group produces component content management and content delivery solutions for authoring departments creating product-related content. SCHEMA software supports businesses in describing complex products and in publishing and distributing these descriptions via various media.

The SCHEMA ST4 component content management system is one of the most frequently used systems for the modularised creation of documentation, package inserts and marketing documentation. The system covers all areas of creation, versioning, variant control, translation, management and publication of product-related content – from authoring assistance during input to the finished layout for the printed catalogue.

The SCHEMA Content Delivery Server provides businesses with a standard solution to automatically share targeted and context-specific intelligent information created in component content management systems with end users. This means the right information automatically reaches mobile devices.

SCHEMA software solutions are implemented by more than 500 clients in sectors including mechanical and plant engineering, automotive, IT, electronics, medical technology and the pharmaceutical industry. Clients such as ABB, Agilent, Andritz, Bentley, Bombardier, Bosch, Bundesanzeiger Federal Gazette, Carl Zeiss, Caterpillar, Daimler, Datev, Doppelmayr, General Electric, KSB, MAN, Miele, Austrian Federal Railways, Philips, Porsche, Roche, Schaeffler Group, SEW Eurodrive, Siemens, SMA, Toyota, TüV, Voith, Weleda, Wincor Nixdorf and many more depend on systems from SCHEMA.

SCHEMA. Complex documents made simple.

SCHEMA Consulting GmbH
Claudine Baumhauer
Hugo-Junkers-Strasse 15-17
90411 Nürnberg
Phone: +49 911-586861-29
Fax: +49 911-586861-70

Medicine Wellness Health

Atrial fibrillation can be detected correctly by commercially available smartwatches using Preventicus application

clinical trial WATCH AF stating best in class measurement results with more than 96% accuracy.

Atrial fibrillation can be detected correctly by commercially available smartwatches using Preventicus application

Preventicus Smartwatch for stroke prevention

Jena, 15th March 2018. Using smartwatches in measuring important health data has been intensively discussed lately. Not only because of personal health data, but also discussing functional limitations and false positives results. The aim is clear – a smartwatch should not only stay a lifetime tool but contain medical grade applications, certified by a notified body. In relation, scientists from the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) at the University Medical Center Greifswald and scientists from the University Hospital Basel published the WATCH AF results, which conclude that smartwatches could be used to comfortably and regularly survey the heart rhythm of patients at increased risk, when using specific algorithms. Atrial fibrillation could be discovered earlier, subsequently leading to prompter diagnosis and therapy initiation for stroke prevention.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia with increasing incidence. Unfortunately, AF often is undetected and thus left untreated, as it often occurs as a seizure and does not necessarily cause any discomfort. Undetected and untreated AF increases the stroke risk five times. Approximately a third of ischemic strokes come along with atrial fibrillation. Hence, systematic screening for AF in risk populations, also utilizing smartphone camera or smartwatch PPG, is recommended by the European Heart Rhythm Association.

The prospective controlled WATCH AF trial investigated 672 participants with and without atrial fibrillation to proof, how accurate AF can be detected with a smartwatch utilizing the Preventicus application. For this purpose, the PPG sensor based heart rhythm recordings of the smartwatches were analyzed by the automatic algorithm of Preventicus for the presence of atrial fibrillation. The results were compared with cardiologists final diagnosis based on a mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) device in a blinded way. It showed that the smartwatch can detect atrial fibrillation at least as well and accurately as the mobile ECG. „It was particularly important that not too many false-positive findings were raised by the app. „says Prof. Marcus Dörr, one of the Investigators. „Because this would result in unnecessary investigations and high costs.“ The study also showed that repeated one-minute recordings are sufficient to reliably detect cardiac arrhythmias. In conclusion the results of the WATCH AF trial suggest that detection of AF using a commercially available smartwatch is in principle feasible, with very high diagnostic accuracy, when using the Preventicus application.

Currently, patients with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation receive a long-term ECG (Holte- ECG) that records the heart rhythm mostly for 24h, in dedicated situations up to 72h. If nothing is discovered during this period, one can theoretically stop following the guidelines to monitor the heart rhythm. If the risk is very high and Holter-ECG remains negative, small implantable event recorders behind the sternum can be used in selected cases. A smartwatch is comparatively cheap and theoretically can be purchased by anyone. It may therefore close the gap between the long-term ECG and an implanted device in the future.

Preventicus offers full service integrated care programs for screening, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases, such as Atrial Fibrillation. Unique features of Preventicus are superior biosignal analytic algorithms – certified as a CE class IIa medical product, with high clinical evidence – enabling risk screening by smartphone or wearables. That enables users to carry out previously complex home-based check ups via their smartphones and maintain their own health through tailor-made preventive measures.

Preventicus GmbH
Thomas Hübner
Goethestr. 3a
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 (0) 36 41 / 55 98 45-0

Preventicus GmbH
Sylvie Mosig
Goethestr. 3a
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 (0) 36 41 / 55 98 45-0

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Accurate monitoring of strip edge contours in real time

Laser-assisted online inspection of the strip edges reveals minor contour deviations.

Accurate monitoring of strip edge contours in real time

Each strip edge is scanned by two laser triangulation sensors.

The new ConScan® system by hpl-Neugnadenfelder Maschinenfabrik visualises the edge contour shape of narrow strips, thus allowing the operator to intervene immediately in the production process in case of minor deviations from the specified contour.

When machining the edges of narrow strips as for example after a slitting process, the shape of the strip edges is an essential part for many applications. On the one hand, no cutting burrs should arise; on the other hand, special applications require the strict observance of specified radii and the position of their vertices.

Experienced operators recognise by the flow of chips generated during the machining process if the edge contour corresponds to the specifications. This, however, includes a very high subjective influence. The machined edge contour can be assessed more objectively if a sample is cut at the end of the coil which is then examined, for example, under a transmitted light microscope. This method is very accurate but has the disadvantage of examining the edge shape only after a complete coil has been machined.

Since the requirements regarding the exact shape of the strip contours has been continually increased, hpl-Neugnadenfelder had been asked by many of its customers to find a solution for a precise online measurement of strip edge contours. This has resulted in the development of ConScan®, a laser-based system for the visualisation of strip edge contours.

It displays in real time the contour of all strip edges graphically on a screen. The system visualises typical defects, as for example burrs, edge chippings as well as radii and edges that are out of alignment. Tests show that even the smallest deviations such as minor edge chippings can be displayed clearly in full detail.

This allows the operator to adjust the chip removal during the running production: the quantity of produced high-quality strips increases, production downtimes are avoided.

The system displays deviations from the specified edge contour of approximately one-hundredth of a millimetre. In a further development stage, the deviations are to be measured and the measured values directly incorporated into the control of the knife positions.

ConScan® is equipped with two laser sensors on each strip side. They project lines on the target edge which are detected by cameras mounted at a tilted angle. Their resolution is a few µm. Based on the course of the projected lines, the strip edge is calculated by the software and displayed on a screen.

hpl-Neugnadenfelder has developed ConScan® for strips having, for example, just been cut in a slitting line and featuring strip widths ranging from 2 to 200 mm and strip thicknesses from 0.3 to 4 mm. Because of being only about 300 mm long in direction of the strip, the system can also be retrofitted into existing edge trimming lines.

About hpl

hpl-Neugnadenfelder Maschinenfabrik GmbH is a German engineering company focused on the development and manufacturing of logistics, machining and processing systems for strips made of steel, stainless steel, coated metals and special metals.

The product range consists of:
-Strip processing lines
-Rolling mills technology
-Strip edge trimming lines
-Coil packaging lines
-Cut-to-length and longitudinal slitting lines
-Special machine /custom machine manufacturing

Due to decades of experience and a deep understanding of the strip value chain, hpl-Neugnadenfelder Maschinenfabrik is able to solve any customer challenge. The focus is on developing versatile systems platforms which can be customised to the relevant technical and spatial requirements of clients.

50 employees design and manufacture the lines at the company headquarter in the northwest of Germany. Together with its sales agencies in the leading industrial nations, hpl is present all over the world.

The company founded in 1979 is part of the Neuenhauser Group of companies, a family-owned engineering company with more than 2.800 employees, based in Neuenhaus/Germany.

hpl-Neugnadenfelder Maschinenfabrik GmbH
Daniel Moss
Spangenbergstraße 20
49824 Ringe/Neugnadenfeld / Germany
Phone: +49.5944.93 01-117
Fax: +49.5944.93 01-144

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Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44