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Rehm successfully participates in CEIA conference in China

Rehm Thermal Systems‘ many years of SMT manufacturing expertise was recently communicated at the China Electronic Intelligent Automation (CEIA) Forum.

Rehm successfully participates in CEIA conference in China

Rehm Thermal Systems has expanded strongly in eastern and northern China over the past decade. The proportion of electronic component manufacturers is particularly high there, and Rehm is operating successfully. The company’s many years of SMT manufacturing expertise was recently communicated by Wang Yu, Sales Director of Rehm Eastern and Northern China, at the China Electronic Intelligent Automation (CEIA) Forum in Qingdao.

More than 200 PCB manufacturing, consumer electronics, medical electronics and aerospace experts attended the event. Wang Yu’s technical lecture dealt with the use of void-free soldering technology with Rehm soldering systems. The ultimate goal is to reduce the void rate to a minimum during the production process and further improve end product quality. Lower void rates can be achieved with soldering processes only where the molten solder is subjected to a vacuum, thus facilitating the escape of any residues remaining in the soldering joint. Rehm Thermal Systems offers this process with the VisionXP+Vac for convection soldering and the CondensoX series for condensation soldering.

The regular exchange of knowledge and experience with industry colleagues is becoming ever more important in China too. Rehm participates in numerous trade fairs and events with experts and accompanies specialist seminars with lectures on the topic of soldering.

Specialised in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industry, Rehm is a technological and innovative leader in the state-of-the-art, cost-effective manufacturing of electronic assemblies. As a globally active manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customised systems, we have a presence in all key growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, are able to implement innovative production solutions that set new standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Frank Heiler
Leinenstrasse 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344-6-96060
E-Mail: f.heiler@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

English Press Releases

Perforated parts – a special case for the treatment of surfaces

Choosing the right standards enables clear results when testing perforated parts for corrosion

Perforated parts - a special case for the treatment of surfaces

The correct coating provides protection for perforated parts, such as this ventilation grille.

To ensure the quality of coated, perforated parts, SOLVARO GmbH carries out more extensive corrosion testing. With the clear results from these tests, a better choice can be made from the wide-ranging standards available for the entire coating process, so that the requirements can be more precisely met.

A safe path through the standards jungle
The existing standards and tests for coatings only have a limited relevance for the manufacturers and end users of perforated parts such as engine bonnets or ventilation grilles for agricultural and construction vehicles. There are particular challenges with perforated metal. SOLVARO GmbH has taken a proactive approach to the subject of surface treatment, as developers of perforated metal parts are now confronted with over 2800 separate standards. Even the most comprehensive customer standards often still lag behind today“s dynamic developments. The team around Martin Schneider, the head of application engineering at SOLVARO, asked the questions: „Who needs which standard?“, „What meets whose requirements?“ and „Which test results are relevant for whom?“, however there are specific challenges in the coating itself before a suitable, useful quality test can be chosen for perforated parts. The coating system must be ideally adapted to the customer“s requirements.

Coating holes and edges is a tricky matter
A hexagonally perforated SOLVARO part can have up to 184,000 holes per square metre. The areas between the holes are then only 0.5 mm wide. If cathodic dip coating and powder coating are used as corrosion protection, then the surface of these parts is not comparable with that of solid metal parts. One of the challenges when coating is to ensure that the total thickness of the coating layer is not too high. Deposits in holes can partially or even fully block them. Otherwise, one of the part“s vital functions, of letting air through, may be impaired. Another problem arises from the edge effect, where insufficient coating adheres to the edges of holes. The thickness of the cathodic dip coating and powder coating is thus reduced towards the edges and, in extreme cases, both layers can be too thin at the edge. This means there is no longer sufficient rust protection.
If these coating hurdles have been overcome, then the quality assurance process must be adapted for the special features of the parts.

Quality assurance – Surface rust as a measurement criterion
For a fully perforated part without an edge or a frame, the results from a salt-spray test to DIN EN ISO 9227 cannot be evaluated with all of the common standards in the DIN EN ISO 4628 series. Some of the standards are not meaningful for perforated sheet metal. This is especially true if subsurface corrosion is measured at a scribed line, as this cannot be done with perforated parts. During the tests which SOLVARO did at the Institute of Surface Engineering (IFO) in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, the perforated parts were thoroughly tested. The corrosion of perforated parts was measured to DIN EN ISO 4628.1-10 over a duration of 500, 650, 800 and 1000 hours. The most useful standard for perforated metal is DIN EN ISO 4628.3, which refers to the degree of corrosion over the surface. Depending upon the requirement, the results are available for the entire series of tests. They have been documented in an interactive table and can be called up in an instant when advising customers. „We can now, quickly and reliably establish whether the category of corrosion protection required by the designer for our parts is actually possible, even in the perforated area of the component,“explained Martin Schneider.
SOLVARO

SOLVARO – Manufacturer of individual industrial plate components
SOLVARO’s expert team from engineering, development and production listens to its customers. The result of this collaboration, coupled with a wide range of production technologies, is individual and innovative components. These may be used in agricultural and construction machinery, buses and server cabinets, for example.

Contact
SOLVARO GmbH
Nicole Landeck
Turmstraße 3
73230 Kirchheim unter Teck
Phone: +49 7021 8048-102
Fax: +49 7021 8048-199
E-Mail: nicole.landeck@solvaro.com
Url: http://www.solvaro.com

Politics Law Society

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on D&O insurance

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on D&O insurance

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte - Report on D&O insurance

In cases where damage or injury has occurred, it is increasingly common for the issue of D&O liability to take centre stage. For this reason, many companies have taken out a D&O insurance policy for their managers.

Besides a great deal of responsibility, a company“s governing bodies also bear a high risk of personal liability. Mere negligence can be sufficient to give rise to both internal as well as external liability on the part of boards of directors, supervisory boards or managing directors. To reduce their managers“ risk of personal liability, a lot of companies therefore decide to take out a D&O (directors and officers) insurance policy for their governing bodies and executive employees. According to a report by the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte, D&O insurance should always be tailored to the individual risks faced by managers to ensure that the coverage actually kicks in.

A common point of contention here is when the governing bodies cede their right of indemnity vis-à-vis the D&O insurer directly to the company. What has often happened in these cases is that the insurance company has not wanted to stand good. They argue that the companies do not intend to make a serious claim on their governing bodies but instead are only after the insured sum.

On this issue, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany“s Federal Supreme Court, has bolstered the rights of policyholders substantially with two ground-breaking judgments (Az.: IV ZR 304/13 and IV ZR 51/14). In doing so, the BGH established that the seriousness with which a claim is brought is not a prerequisite for coverage kicking in if an insured eventuality occurs. Instead, the decisive factor was said to be the manger making the claim in written form. Moreover, the Court held that it is acceptable for the governing bodies to assign their right of indemnity to the company that makes a claim against them. Accordingly, ceding the right of indemnity to the aggrieved company did not constitute conduct amounting to a violation of contract. The aggrieved company can thus directly assert its claims against the D&O insurer.

When taking out a D&O insurance policy, one should therefore always make sure that the managers“ individual liability risks are optimally covered. A key issue here is ensuring coverage of the risk of both internal and external liability on the part of governing bodies. Other essential factors include, e.g. the extent of the insured sum as well as the issues of retroactive coverage and cover for follow-up liability.

Lawyers who are experienced in the field of company law can offer advice when taking out D&O insurance and enforce claims against the insurer.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/company-law/do-insurance.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Computer Information Telecommunications

Fit for the software-defined data centre: Erik Sterck GmbH offers DevOps starter workshop for companies

Can maximum value creation through digitalisation be achieved with the existing IT environment?

Fit for the software-defined data centre: Erik Sterck GmbH offers DevOps starter workshop for companies

Erik Sterck, managing partner of Erik Sterck GmbH

Leonberg, 17.07.2018 – The digitalisation and automation of processes are key aspects of the IT strategy for many companies today. With a new workshop offering for customers and interested parties, the system supplier Erik Sterck GmbH ( https://www.eriksterck.de/) is showing how the in-house concept can be optimally aligned with the goal of a software-defined data centre (SDDC). The data centre specialist“s DevOps business area conducts a substantiated analysis of the existing IT processes and strategies in the course of the starter workshop.

„Many of our customers are currently asking themselves how they can improve their processes and thereby further increase the degree of automation in IT,“ explains Erik Sterck, managing partner of Erik Sterck GmbH. „A wide variety of requirements, scenarios and use cases are discussed in this context. The need for improvement and optimisation is very different and highly individual. However, the objective of simplifying processes and making IT production more flexible is always the common denominator.“

The starter workshop is therefore intended on the one hand for interested parties asking the fundamental questions of how to take the increasing demands of digitalisation processes into account. It is however also aimed at the target group of those who have already examined the topic and now want to tackle the concrete implementation.

„Many customers have already taken a look at new digitalisation technologies and platforms,“ is how Sascha Zimmer, head of the DevOps business area at Erik Sterck GmbH, describes the situation. „We add value by showing how the pieces of the puzzle can be put together. Creating blueprints and developing ready-made, comprehensive solutions for customers that can then be implemented in the existing environment with reasonable effort is the goal.“

Possible expectations of company management in regards to IT are also discussed in addition to analysing the IT processes and strategies. A GAP analysis is then prepared and ultimately leads to the result of the workshop offering: preparing and presenting a basis for decision-making with proposed solutions for individual digitalisation is the goal.

Interested parties can obtain all further details regarding the starter workshop directly from Erik Sterck GmbH.

Erik Sterck GmbH based in Leonberg is an IT system supplier founded in 2014 by Erik Sterck and Oliver Batz. The two founders look back on more than four decades of professional and industry experience in various management and sales positions with renowned manufacturers and system suppliers such as EMC and NetApp. Erik Sterck GmbH as an experienced and personally managed system supplier enjoys an outstanding reputation. It offers highly professional, individual and cooperative consultancy in Germany, both for the entire data centre environment and for cloud computing services. Customers benefit from unique competitive advantages that set the system supplier apart from its competitors: analysis, consultancy, planning and the implementation of IT projects for customers are absolutely independent of manufacturers. This enables the system supplier to pursue an uncompromisingly goal-oriented, fair and objective approach with a maximum customer focus. Cooperation with world-leading manufacturers does not tie Erik Sterck GmbH to a limited product portfolio. A wide variety of different possibilities is therefore available in order to validate the optimum, specific customer solution based on technical and business management aspects.

For further information about Erik Sterck GmbH, please visit www.eriksterck.de

Company-Contact
Erik Sterck GmbH
Erik Sterck
Böblinger Straße 29
71229 Leonberg
Phone: +49 7152 901300
E-Mail: info@eriksterck.de
Url: http://www.eriksterck.de

Press
FX Kommunikation / Felix Hansel PR-Beratung
Felix Hansel
Stuhlbergerstr. 3
80999 München
Phone: 089-6230-3490
E-Mail: hansel@fx-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.fx-kommunikation.de

Politics Law Society

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience with right of authorized dealer to claim compensation

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience with right of authorized dealer to claim compensation

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte - Experience with right of authorized dealer to claim compensation

Like commercial agents, authorized dealers may also be entitled to claim compensation after the relevant agreement has been terminated. For this to happen, certain conditions need to be fulfilled.

Unlike commercial agents, authorized dealers operate under their own name and for their own account. The latter markets another company“s products under its own name, whereas a commercial agent enters into agreements and transactions on behalf of the company. In return, the commercial agent receives commission and is normally entitled to claim compensation once the commercial agency agreement has been terminated. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that authorized dealers can also be entitled to this right to claim compensation under certain circumstances.

The reasoning behind the commercial agent“s right to claim compensation is that he has established business contacts which the company will continue to benefit from even after the agreement has been terminated and without having to continue paying commission. While the authorized dealer conducts business under their own name and bears the associated entrepreneurial risk, he might nonetheless be entitled to claim appropriate compensation from his contractual partner pursuant to sec. 89 b) of the Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB), i.e. the German Commercial Code.

One of the conditions for the analogous application of sec. 89 b) HGB entails the authorized dealer having committed to transfer their client base to the contractual partner, with the result that the latter can continue to benefit from the client data even after the agreement has been terminated. The authorized dealer should also be involved in the company“s marketing in a similar fashion to a commercial agent. He needs to be involved to the extent that he has extensive obligations to perform commercially-relevant tasks that are otherwise assigned to a commercial agent (BGH, VII ZR 315/13).

According to the provisions of sec. 89 b) HGB, the authorized dealer“s right to claim compensation cannot be excluded in advance. This applies both to authorized dealers operating in Germany as well as, following another ruling of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany“s Federal Supreme Court, those operating within the EU or the EEA (ruling from February 25, 2016, Az.: VII ZR 102/15).

Authorized dealers may therefore be entitled to claim compensation, but certain conditions need to be fulfilled for this to happen. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of commercial law can serve as expert advisors in the event of legal disputes and when drafting agreements.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/commercial-law/authorized-dealer-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Computer Information Telecommunications

New Photo Editing Software for Windows 10, 7 and 8

Brand new photo editing software for Windows 10, 7 and 8 – easy to handle for beginners and advanced users. Includes many new features and photo effects.

New Photo Editing Software for Windows 10, 7 and 8

Screenshot of the Photo Editing Software

Fotoworks XL is a new easy-to-use photo editing software for Windows PC
The complete photo editing package is free to download and easy to install. Anyone who takes photos digitally whether for business or pleasure will need photo editing software. Most people unless they’re graphic designers want an easy photo editing software that doesn’t take forever to learn. Fotoworks XL photo editing software for Windows 10 provides that solution, without compromising on features. Any Photo can be brought to life with this easy to use photo editing software.
Landscapes, still life, portraits, or any other subject can be instantly turned into works of art. Grass can be made into a lush green meadow, and a dull grey sky can be transformed into a sky that’s blue.

Professional Quality Photo Editing Software Anyone Can Understand
Many photo editing software programs are complicated, requiring hours of study before being able to use.
Fotoworks XL is simple to use, yet has many powerful features only seen in professional quality photo editing software. A complete beginner would have no problems using Fotoworks XL as it’s easy photo editing software. The tools are simple to understand with no need to keep going back and reading instructions. Clearly marked buttons laid out in a logical fashion make it a pleasure to use. Many professional photo editing software programs can be hard to get used to. When purchasing photo editing software, it makes sense to decide for the exact purpose and to consider which photo editing software functions you need exactly. With this new photo software, it is easy for beginners, but also professionals to beautify your great photos. Are you concerned with the quickest way to hide red-eye in a snapshot and then print your pictures? With professional photo software a complete retouching is easy to accomplish.

Photo Correction and Enhancement with the Photo Editing Software for Windows 10
Innovative photo editing software for Windows 10 for the perfect enhancement of photos and images.
A good photo editing software for Windows 10 enables you to turn a badly taken photo and transform it. Fotoworks XL allows you to do just that. Poor lighting or over exposure can easily be corrected using sharpening or blurring tools. Red eyes are also easily fixed with this Fotoworks XL photo editing software. Using professional photo software makes intuitive image enhancement extremely easy! On top of that, there are a lot of great photo editing effects included in the tool, such as insert clipart, fun effects, insert photo text, and photo blur. Simply explain the image processing: The term image processing refers to the perfecting of photographs or photos. Typically PC-based photo editing is used to eliminate the flaws in a photo that can often occur when taking photos. Of real importance is the clear menu of the photo editing software.

Good Photo Editing Software for Windows 7
Top photo editing software for Windows 7 suitable for all kind of users. Even for totally beginners this is an easy to handle tool.
Fotoworks XL photo editing software for Windows 7 has exactly the same features and is just as quick and easy to install. This software will also work on Windows 8. The recommended photo software has the function photos for the actual purpose to change; this can be, for example, the correction of the size, color, brightness, format, photo montage or photo collage. There is a gigantic amount of such applications to edit easy and fast your photos.

Easy to Use Photo Editing Software Free Download
This new photo editing software free download is extremely easy to use for everybody.
Fotoworks XL easy to use photo editing software free download lets users get started right away. Installation is easy, and once the registration key is entered, they’re good to go. Photo editing refers to the computer-aided editing of images or photos. In many cases, computer assisted photo editing is used to remove any photo errors that occur while taking pictures, even to the best photographer.

Photo editing software – Artistic effects
Stunning effects can be created with Fotoworks XL powerful artistic tools. Users don’t have to possess the skills of Monet or Degas to create a beautiful impressionist painting. The texture effects tool can turn a plain background into a whole range of different textures creating a 3d effect. There really is no limit to what you can do with this powerful photo editing software for Windows 10. Lighting can turn a flat 2d image into a spectacular 4d version. The light reflection effects tool is a powerful feature that can make images pop out of the page.
Creating a line drawing from a photo couldn’t be easier. Users have the power at their fingertips to turn any image into a cleverly drawn sketch. Pastel crayons can create soft, delicate edges to a drawing. Any mistakes with paint or pencil can be quickly removed with the eraser tool. Morphing images into different shapes is a fun and creative thing to do. Turning normal everyday objects into the extraordinary is a breeze with Fotoworks XL photo editing software.

Photo editing software to masking images
So many different effects can be created with masking, from cutting out shapes to making borders. Add different color backgrounds, or experiment with a variety of textures. Enhance areas of color making them more vivid and sharper. Change colors completely, making skies green, or grass yellow. The only limit is imagination with this powerful software. Removing parts of a photo for example, a figure is rarely seen in easy to use photo editing software. You’re more likely to see this function in high end professional programs.
This feature enables users to change the composition. Cutting and replacing parts of a photo can create beautiful and very personal images.

Photo editing software – Blurring and sharpening
Blurring and sharpening are really useful tools in the photo editing software. They allow users to make part of an image out of focus, allowing a particular object to stand out. Objects can be defined even further by using the color splash tool. Making an image black and white, and then adding color to a particular area will make it pop out. This is great for enhancing still life or pet photos when you want to make the central feature stand out. Further definition can be added by using the sharpening tool.

Photo editing software for adding text
A good photo editing software will have creative text tools. Turning favorite family photos into a calendar, or creating handmade greetings cards is a breeze with Fotoworks XL. Photos can even be made into comic book images by using the speech bubble tool. This simple tool can allow users to create viral images for social media, or even funny birthday cards. An added watermark function gives peace of mind. Uploading images online always poses the threat they may be stolen. Adding a watermark reduces that threat as they’re hard to remove without ruining the photo.

Page: https://photo-editing-software.org/
Source: https://photo-editing-software.org/new-photo-editing-software-for-windows-10-7-and-8/

The company is a specialized company for photo editing software since 2001 has been offering in the core business the development and distribution of software products. The company is the manufacturer of photo editing software.

Contact
IN MEDIAKG TI EN
A. Ilg
Gruentenstrasse 12
87527 Sonthofen
Phone: 0 8321 7209941
E-Mail: info@mediakg-ti.de
Url: https://photo-editing-software.org/

English Press Releases

Successful premiere of Rehm at Nepcon in Thailand

Successful premiere of Rehm at Nepcon in Thailand

Rehm was represented at the Nepcon Trade Fair in Thailand this year for the first time. The specialist for thermal system solutions showcased selected product highlights to the trade fair visitors and informed them about the numerous technical advantages offered by these solutions for efficient and value-adding production.

Thailand, the second largest economy in Southeast Asia, is a strongly emerging industrial country and has experienced rapid growth in the electronics industry in recent years. The changes in the industrial structure have greatly increased the importance of the automotive industry. The great market potential is attracting attention: With the rapid development of the electronics industry, many foreign companies active in electronics manufacturing have turned their focus to Thailand and built many factories there. The trade fair has created favourable conditions for Rehm to make important contacts and further expand its market share.

One of Rehm“s main focuses was the demonstration of the VisionX reflow soldering system. It guarantees both flexibility and high capacity and can therefore perfectly meet the constantly growing customer requirements. Thanks to the highly efficient residue management system, gases and fine particles produced during the soldering process can be removed safely and reliably. This keeps the process chamber clean and dry, greatly facilitating maintenance and significantly improving efficiency. To achieve this, Rehm relies on efficient and environmentally friendly raw materials as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and production processes. The company aims to conserve resources, reduce energy consumption and ensure sustainable development through continuous innovation.

Rehm will continue to explore the great potential of the Thai market in future. As a system provider, it also attaches importance to excellent on-site service besides a comprehensive product range.

The on-site service can be reached at:

Rehm Thermal Systems Thailand Office
57/3 Moo 6. T. Klong-Si
12120 A. Klongluang Pathumthani
Tel.: +662 102 4846
Fax: +669 6884 1321

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industry, Rehm is a technological and innovative leader in the state-of-the-art, cost-effective manufacturing of electronic assemblies. As a globally active manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation and vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customised systems, we have a presence in all key growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, are able to implement innovative production solutions that set new standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Frank Heiler
Leinenstrasse 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344-6-96060
E-Mail: f.heiler@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

Politics Law Society

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Abuse of a dominant market position – Antitrust assessment

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Abuse of a dominant market position – Antitrust assessment

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte - Abuse of a dominant market position - Antitrust assessment

Businesses are not allowed to abuse their dominant market position, as this constitutes a violation of antitrust law. The key issue that requires assessment is when this kind of abuse has occurred.

Abuse of a dominant market position constitutes a violation of antitrust law. According to the Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen (GWB), Germany“s Act Against Restraints of Competition, a business is considered to occupy a dominant market position if it has no competitors or is not exposed to any substantial competition, or has a paramount market position in relation to its competitors. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that one circumstance pursuant to which a dominant market position or superior market power can said to have been abused is when a business takes advantage of its contractual partner“s dependence or at least prompts the latter to grant it benefits for which there is no objective justification.

When it comes to assessing when this type of antitrust violation has occurred, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany“s Federal Supreme Court, further strengthened the so-called „Anzapfverbot“, i.e. the extraction ban, in its ruling of January 23, 2018 (Az.: KVR 37/17). According to this, a violation can be said to have occurred from as early as when the company prompts its contractual partner to grant it benefits that have no objective justification and not only once an agreement has been concluded to this end. In the case in question, a supermarket chain had demanded more favourable terms such as „Hochzeitsrabatte“ (wedding discounts) or „Partnerschaftsvergütung“ (partnership compensation) from suppliers during the course of a takeover. These demands are impermissible according to the BGH“s ruling, because they were neither met with any consideration nor did they have any objective justification.

Following this decision, businesses with a dominant market position or superior market power should refrain from exploiting their position and making arbitrary or retrospective demands if there are no objective reasons underlying these demands.

The BGH“s ruling has thus bolstered the position of suppliers, yet it has also restricted the freedom to negotiate of businesses in a dominant market position. While this does not mean that driving a hard bargain for better conditions is forbidden, certain limits do need to be respected if one is to avoid violations of antitrust law.

Lawyers who are experienced in the fields of antitrust law and competition law can advise businesses as well as enforce or fend off claims in the event of violations of antitrust or competition law.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/antitrust-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Medicine Wellness Health

healthbank 2.0 launched

healthbank has developed a new version of its health data platform – new functions make healthbank even better, safer and easier to use – new partners are integrated

healthbank 2.0 launched

healthbank Homepage

The health data platform healthbank continues to grow rapidly. The next milestone in this development is the launch of the new healthbank v2.0 healthcare platform. In a completely new architectural approach, security was raised to the highest level through end-to-end encryption and the range of functions for users was further expanded. The health platform is now optimally designed to integrate further partners and applications from the health sector quickly, efficiently and highly securely.

„With the introduction of healthbank 2.0 we ensure that our users‘ health data is kept absolutely safe and that users have full control over their health data,“ explains Schegg, CEO of healthbank. „In recent months we have developed a new version of our health data platform, which offers many new functions and is safer, better and easier to use for users.
healthbank 2.0 is based on a completely new security architecture with end-to-end encryption, adds Schegg. „This means that the health data is encrypted on the user’s personal device (PC, laptop or mobile phone) before it is transferred to healthbank’s cloud systems. This is a completely new way of safely storing health data and will bring about more trust and protection in the population.“
Upcoming projects
With the new software architecture and the implemented security mechanisms,
healthbank is now ready to connect further partners and applications with a healthbank account, says Schegg. The following projects are also in the pipeline:
-The two award-winning apps „CatchMyPain“ and „PainCompanion“ will soon be integrated into the healthbank. Users suffering from severe or chronic pain can benefit from the long-term pain documentation in the future and continue to share their experiences and thoughts. All generated pain data is securely stored in the healthbank account.
-healthbank works closely with the Swiss app developer „Rehaptix“. Rehaptix monitors the rehabilitation of patients with motor disabilities due to a neurological injury such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. All data generated in the app is securely stored in the healthbank and can also be passed on to other people.
-healthbank plans to integrate fitness trackers into the healthbank in the near future. With this service users can connect their fitness tracker with the healthbank. And if a user changes the tracker, this will no longer be a problem in the future – the data and the connection to the healthbank will remain intact.

„With the new version of healthbank, our users can securely share their data with recipients of their choice in the future – and, if they are interested, they can participate in research projects worldwide or make their health data available to research institutions,“ explains Schegg.

About healthbank
healthbank is the world’s first citizen-owned, neutral and independent health data transaction platform that enables people to share their data in a secure and privacy compliant way with other partners. healthbank connects data sources of all kinds from the entire health sector and rewards participants to share their health data for research purposes. Based in Switzerland, healthbank stands for Swiss neutrality, trust and data protection and enables participating citizens, researchers and organisations with large amounts of data to network with each other. Thus, the value of health and medical data can be optimally tapped on this independent, global health platform. healthbank promotes innovations in health care, from prevention to cure, at a more reasonable price and of better quality, for the benefit of individuals and society.
www.healthbank.coop

Press contact healthbank
healthbank innovation AG
Karsten Stampa CFO/COO
Blegistrasse 17a, CH-6340 Baar
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biolitec®: Risk patients benefit from laser channel technology for BPH

Laser channel technology with biolitec® lasers successfully applied to treat in high-risk patients in Japan – Gentle, safe, fast, few side effects – Excellent hemostasis with fast, residue-free ablation

biolitec®: Risk patients benefit from laser channel technology for BPH

Prostate treatment with biolitec® fiber TWISTER (Source: biolitec biomedical technology GmbH)

Jena, July 11th, 2018 – The minimally invasive laser treatment LIFE (Laser Induced Flow Enhancement) by medical laser pioneer biolitec biomedical technology GmbH with its channel technology is particularly well suited for the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia in high-risk patients. This is due to the optimal wavelength of the biolitec® laser (980 nm and 1470 nm) and to the special properties of the TWISTER and XCAVATOR® laser fibers, also specially developed by biolitec®. These are currently one of the gentlest, safest and fastest laser treatments with the fewest side effects and are therefore particularly suitable for high-risk patients. The channel technology offers the possibility of removing the tissue of the urinary tract of the prostate from the inside in a targeted manner without leaving any residue.

The biolitec® laser was one of the first lasers on the market with a wavelength of 980 nm and 1470 nm. This wavelength offers the highest absorption in water and hemoglobin and consequently enables excellent hemostasis. Less bleeding during the procedure improves visibility in the surgical area.
The TWISTER and XCAVATOR® laser fibers stand out due to their enlarged contact area and a special coating on the fiber tip, which enables faster ablation and more precise fiber guidance. The biolitec® fibers also work in contact mode. This significantly reduces the coagulation zone (smaller than 1 mm) and the bladder and surrounding tissue are protected, incontinence and sexual dysfunction are usually avoided.

The LIFE method has proven itself among other things in the treatment of high-risk patients. Urologists at Harasanshin Hospital Fukuoka in Japan have helped to develop this special channel technique and have operated on 26 patients who either suffer from diabetes and/or need to take anticoagulants. In addition, all patients had large prostates (on average over 100 to 200 g).

Doctors at Harasanshin Hospital Fukuoka were able to operate much faster than with conventional procedures – one hour on average – and to reach a large cavity without having to remove the tissue completely. The side effects, such as swelling, dysuria or retention, which are particularly common in large glands, did not occur. In addition, the treating physicians were enthusiastic about the good manageability and quality of the biolitec® laser system.

Further information on biolitec® lasers and special fibers as well as the possibilities of participating in workshops for doctors can be found on the website www.biolitec.com. Interested patients can find out more about doctors who use the LIFE method at www.info-prostate.com.

About biolitec
biolitec® is one of the world“s leading medical technology companies in the field of laser applications and the only provider which possesses all the relevant core competences in the field of photodynamic therapy (PDT) – photosensitizers, lasers and fibre optic cables. Besides laser-supported treatment of cancers with the drug Foscan®, biolitec® researches and markets above all minimally invasive, gentle laser procedures.
ELVeS® Radial® (Endo Laser Vein System) is the world“s most-used laser system to treat venous insufficiency. The LEONARDO® diode laser from biolitec® is the first universally applicable medical laser which has a combination of two wavelengths, 980nm and 1470nm, and which can be used across disciplines. The innovative contact fibre XCAVATOR® in conjunction with the LEONARDO® DUAL 200 Watt laser allows in urology a gentle treatment of e.g. benign prostate enlargement (BPH). The light-weight LEONARDO® Mini laser weighing only 900 g was developed especially for mobile application on site. Gentle laser applications in the fields of proctology, ENT, gynecology, thorax surgery and pneumology are also part of biolitec®“s field of business. More information available at www.biolitec.com

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Joern Gleisner
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Phone: +49 (0) 3641 / 51953-36
Fax: +49 (0) 6172 / 27159-69
E-Mail: joern.gleisner@biolitec.com
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