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3 Contents 04 Greetings from the Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony 05 Saxon engineers as designers of innovation processes Dr.-Ing. Jens Walther, Chairman of the VDI Regional Association of Saxony 07 Guest contributions Innovation and value creation in the mining region of Saxony Prof. Dr. Bernhard Cramer, Head of the Saxon Mining Authority 08 Successful research in networked innovation chains Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Meyer, Rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg The next step in semiconductor production: silicon wafers with a diameter of 450 mm Eckhard Schöbel, AIS Automation Dresden GmbH The role of bioenergy in a sustainable energy supply Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniela Thrän, DBFZ Leipzig Experimental and digital factory at Chemnitz University of Technology Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egon Müller and Dr.-Ing. Jörg Ackermann, TU Chemnitz Saxon technology transfer in facility management Prof. Dr. Christian-Andreas Schumann, Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau Chemnitzer Messe SIT Network platform for engineers Susann Schweitzer VDI Dresdner Bezirksverein An intensive networking of science and economy Prerequisite for successful implementation of innovation in the Dresden area VDI Bezirksverein Leipzig Young engineers are the focus, resources are developed VDI Westsächsischer Bezirksverein Chemnitz The VDI members link between business, research and industry Imprint Publisher VDI Landesverband Sachsen Am Waldschlösschen Dresden Tel .: 0351 / Fax: 0351 / Editor Andrea Nickol / VDI Heinrich Moritz Jähnig Typesetting and layout moritzpress / P. Kießling Advertisement management moritzpress Industriestr Leipzig Tel. : 0341 / Date of publication: October 24, 2012 Edition: Copies Picture credits Title page: Collage using images from TU Chemnitz, Hendrik Schmidt (DPA), Wolfgang Thieme, Armin Kühne 3

4 The Free State of Saxony, Germany's engineering forge Dipl.-Ing. Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony Dear Engineers, The Free State of Saxony is a recognized and traditional engineering state. For this reason, too, the Saxon economy has developed successfully since the Peaceful Revolution. Much of what we have built up over the past 20 years is now self-sustaining. We owe the rise of a whole range of innovative industries to skills such as creativity and hard work, which we in Saxony have always had. Today Saxony is better off than ever. You, dear engineers, have played a major role in this. The Saxon economy is booming. The majority of Saxon companies are planning to increase their number of employees. Your factories are well used. We in Saxony have long been involved in all of the key key enabling technologies. The Free State is the location for internationally operating companies and a strong medium-sized company. Highly qualified specialists trained by excellent universities are available. With this development of the Saxon economy we have every reason to be optimistic. Our engineers are a guarantee that innovative products and technologies are developed in the company and thus increase their competitiveness. Engineers create added value and employment, secure and open up new export markets. In this way, they form a cornerstone of the solid development of the regional economy. Since we maintain budgetary discipline and keep our state fit for the future, the Free State of Saxony can continue to plan and invest wisely. Saxony has the highest investment quota in Germany and an investment dynamic that is impressive. It should stay that way. A major locational advantage for Saxony's economy is the publicly financed research and development where innovations arise. In the past three years, the Saxon state government has spent around 300 million euros on technology funding. We will continue to give high priority to strengthening the innovative strength of Saxon companies in the future. In relation to other federal states, Saxony has to pay less debt service, which is a basis for making Saxon colleges and universities even more excellent and thus being able to invest in the education of our young people. In order to maintain the growth path, the Saxon economy still needs well-trained specialists. The competition for qualified workers is increasingly determining the future viability of regions. Engineers are particularly important as drivers of innovation and pioneers of progress. This is why the further qualification and training of young people is such a high priority for us. I am pleased that the VDI is communicating the opportunities for engineering training in a targeted manner and motivating them to take up this exciting profession. The Saxon state government will continue to do everything in the future to ensure that the Free State lives up to its reputation as Germany's top management school for young engineers. Your Stanislaw Tillich Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony (Photo: Jürgen Jeibmann) 4

5 Saxon engineers as designers of innovation processes Dr.-Ing. Jens Walther, Chairman of the VDI Regional Association of Saxony Dear Readers, In good tradition, the VDI Association of German Engineers Regional Association of Saxony is now holding the VDI's Saxon Engineers' Day for the fourth time every two years. This year, organized by the Chemnitz district association with the support of the VDI Landesverband Sachsen and the two other district associations in Dresden and Leipzig, we are showing our capabilities in Freiberg. By consciously choosing the venue beyond the metropolises, we want to support the region and the engineers working there in their work. We take up current topics from business and science, speak out publicly as engineers and thus represent the interests of our profession. The engineering days also serve to provide technical expertise, a performance show by engineers for engineers across the boundaries of individual specialist disciplines. Because that is precisely the strength of our association, which has around around members in Germany and Saxony: a network of the most varied of engineering sectors, in which the members at the federal level in the specialist divisions and at the regional level in the working groups of the district associations, both within the subject area and across disciplines work closely together and take on impulses for your own professional activity. Dr.-Ing. Jens Walther, Chairman of the VDI Regional Association of Saxony, need the knowledge and experience of specialist colleagues, we need an innovation-friendly working environment and, last but not least, targeted support in some areas. The engineers in Saxony have a strong partner in the VDI on these issues. Innovations and added value in Saxony this topic may be strained, but nevertheless it is precisely this that guarantees progress, growth and prosperity in our state. The numerous factors that promote or prevent innovations and the resulting added value have been examined, recognized and named in many places. Nevertheless, it is always an extremely exciting and necessary topic for us engineers to find ideas for improved products and processes, to take them up, to develop them further and to lead them to economically sustainable success in close cooperation with other specialist disciplines. We engineers are at the beginning and at the center of this process, but we cannot manage a successful implementation alone. We Even if innovative ideas and inventions are sometimes of spontaneous origin, we need engineering ways of thinking and approaches, the prerequisite for which is a solid education in the engineering subjects. The restructuring of the curricula that became necessary as a result of the Bologna Process and the associated consequences for the colleges and universities as well as for the students are actively supported by the VDI State Association of Saxony. Ensuring the quality of training is a high priority for us. We will only be able to successfully continue our tradition as an engineering region if the universities graduate from the 5th grade

6 have the prerequisites to continue to guarantee high quality education for all students. A related topic is the award of the professional title of engineer. As previously regulated, this should be done by the universities because they design and accredit the training. The VDI rejects a fundamental link between the professional title of engineer and chamber membership for all engineering graduates. As a regional association, we support the activities of the district clubs in terms of promoting young talent, starting with the local VDIni clubs with our smallest technology fans, through looking after schoolchildren (competitions, study and professional orientation, support for teachers, etc.) and students (local SuJ teams) up to the award of outstanding theses. Particularly valuable are the offers of the working groups for cooperation, also and especially for students. In the second part of this booklet you can find out more about specific examples from the district associations. You will find all contact persons there, including those for our 55 working groups, which, by the way, are not only open to VDI members. In addition to promoting young talent, close cooperation with other engineering associations, the Chamber of Engineers, business associations and chambers is very important to our association's work. The partnership-based collaboration in the Saxony Engineering Forum is just one example of this. It is important to identify common goals and tasks for our profession and to articulate them together in relation to politics and society. Topics such as securing skilled workers, training and further education or technology promotion are part of it. We will continue to speak up here. Maintaining and developing added value in the region against the background of increasingly difficult conditions is both a challenge and an obligation for all engineers. The consequences of an increasingly globalized division of labor and value creation, demographic development and the problems arising from the diminishing understanding of decisions about technical developments affect us all. We engineers have a special responsibility to speak up to the government and society with expertise and apolitical pragmatism, to stimulate discussions and to conduct them objectively. We benefit from the fact that the VDI unites very different specialist disciplines under its roof and thus not only promotes an exchange within its own specialist area, but also with adjacent areas. A good example of this is the work of the AK Vehicle Technology, which works in close cooperation with the production technology, materials technology, information technology and construction technology working groups. It is our concern as an engineering association to grasp the increasingly complex tasks in business and science with a holistic approach and to contribute to sustainable solutions. This is where the Saxon VDI regional association has worked successfully so far and will continue to be committed to promoting innovation and value creation in Saxony for the benefit of the people of our state. The concrete examples from the specialist lectures at the 4th Saxon Engineering Day will confirm this. I wish all participants of the 4th Saxon Engineering Day lots of new ideas and useful discussions, and I hope that, as a reader of the new issue of Engineers in Saxony, I will bring you closer to the numerous activities of our volunteer engineers in the VDI. You are cordially invited to participate. Your Dr.-Ing. Jens Walther Chairman of the VDI Regional Association Saxony 6

7 Guest contribution Innovation and Value Creation in the Mining Region of Saxony Chief Mining Officer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Cramer, Head of the Saxon Mining Authority Due to its diverse geology, Saxony is richly blessed with mineral raw materials. The Free State has deposits of coal, ores, spades and a wide range of stones and earths. Saxony is a mining country. The mining industry in Saxony has around 4,100 direct employees. At the end of 2011, 381 mining operations were under mining supervision, 298 of which were actively extracting raw materials. With 288 companies, stone and earth extraction dominates by far. In 2011, these companies extracted around 40.4 million t of raw materials. The lignite production in Saxony from two opencast mines each in the Central German district and in the Lusatian district secured the state's energy supply in 2011 with a production of 35.5 million t of lignite. Tradition and future Ore mining has been practiced in Saxony for many centuries. The first silver discovery near Freiberg in 1168 was an essential initial step for the economic, political and cultural development of the country. Chief Mining Officer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Cramer, Head of the Saxon Mining Authority As a result, phases of intensive mining alternated with phases in which ore mining almost came to a standstill due to economic developments or wars. Phases of intensive mining were always associated with technological progress. The efficient extraction of raw materials under the difficult underground conditions demanded a high degree of innovation at that time and today, ore mining in Saxony came to a complete standstill for economic reasons with the closure of the last tin mines for the first time in centuries, although the existing geological reserves were large and the Some deposits are of good quality. With high world market prices for metal raw materials, the remaining Saxon ore deposits have increasingly become the focus of the raw materials industry in recent years. The country is currently undergoing a period of economic exploration that is likely to result in a resurgence in ore and spar mining. The decisions of the entrepreneurs for the start of the mining operation depend on the technical and economic framework conditions for the development of the deposit. To support the process of resuming ore and spar mining, the Saxon state government adopted a raw materials strategy in August 2012. In addition to greater security of supply for individual raw materials, new mining creates jobs in the region, secures added value in Saxony and promotes technological progress. Therefore, in addition to measures to secure mining areas and support the activities of mining companies, the strategy also focuses on promoting Saxon raw material research and training specialists. 7th

8 Guest contribution Successful research in networked innovation chains Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Meyer Rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg Dear Readers, The Bergakademie was founded in 1765 with the conviction to improve education in mining and metallurgy and to promote innovations in this area. Because the new combination of theory and practice, which placed value on practical testing, direct visualization and targeted instruction in mining and metallurgy, created the best conditions for scientific and technical innovations. The practical training was an important step from speculative to empirical science. For example, August Wilhelm Lampadius introduced the world's first chemical university laboratory in Freiberg as early as 1796, and a lignite research institute was set up. Today's Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering is one of the successor institutes. For the first time in the history of coal refining, semi-technical test facilities were built here, which made it possible to transfer results faster and more reliably to the industrial scale.The principle: first of all, to scientifically test what later has to work in large-scale technology, was significantly advanced throughout Germany at the Bergakademie. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Meyer, Rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg The strategic approach of the networked innovation chains encompasses the entire value chain on the one hand and individual value creation stages on the other hand, which are developed from theory through modeling, virtualization and laboratory testing to the pilot plant. Current examples of research in networked innovation chains at the TU Bergakademie are the lithium initiative (from extraction to battery storage material), the magnesium competence center (from raw material to construction material) and the German Fuel Institute DBI: bergakademie (from primary energy source to alternative chemical raw material). The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg, founded by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in 2011 at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, brings another innovation boost for joint developments in the field of metals and mineral raw materials. In order to successfully implement innovation chains, a differentiated research infrastructure is required, ranging from nanomolecular analysis to large-scale test facilities. At the TU Bergakademie, rolling mills, industry-related energy conversion and chemical plants, foundry test fields or semi-technical strip melting plants as well as a large shear device are available for close-to-technical investigations. It is the only university in Germany that has a teaching and research mine. This results in excellent and Europe-wide unique prerequisites for basic and applied research in mining. New procedures, processes and technologies as well as materials can be developed and tested here under real mine conditions. The world's largest blasting chamber for material synthesis is also located underground. The excellent position of Freiberg University as a whole as well as in the field of basic and application-oriented research in the fields of engineering and materials science is proven by the latest statistical figures from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Here the TU Bergakademie reaches at the third mid-8

9 applications per professor Top positions in a university comparison. The basis for this is formed on the one hand by the existing innovation cooperation with renowned institutions and authorities, such as the Helmholtz Centers, Fraunhofer Institutes, institutions of the Leibniz Association, the Federal Institute for Geosciences or the German Raw Materials Agency, on the other hand by cooperation with large-scale industry, which is about extends to the basic industries. Partners include, for example, Siemens AG, E.ON Energie AG, RWE Power AG, Linde AG and VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG. The TU Bergakademie Freiberg is today the scientific center of a regional and supra-regional network of geographic, material, energy and environmental technology companies, associations as well as research and development institutions, whose roots lie in the mining and metallurgical industry, the later trace metal industry and metallurgical recycling . In this sense, the Resource University TU Bergakademie has been an engine of innovation for raw materials, energy sources and materials in Saxony, throughout Germany and internationally, for almost 250 years. Yours Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Meyer Magnesium materials research at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg: Together with MgF Magnesium Flachprodukte GmbH, the Institute for Metal Forming at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg operates a worldwide unique pilot plant for the production of cast rolled strip from magnesium alloys. Magnesium is the lightest construction metal available and offers excellent lightweight construction potential. (Photo 2: Carsten Enderlein) 9

10 Guest contribution The next step in semiconductor production: silicon wafers with a diameter of 450 mm Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Schöbel, AIS Automation Dresden GmbH Chip production on 450 mm wafers has so far only been successful on a laboratory scale. A transfer to mass production would make it possible to manufacture 1.5 to twice as many chips per wafer and process step as before and thus to reduce the manufacturing costs per chip by up to 30 percent. This plays a role when chips are required in large quantities, for example as processors, memory or mobile phone chips. The first 450mm fabs are expected to be built in the United States. The results will not only benefit companies that will be producing on 450mm wafers in a few years' time, but also those who are currently manufacturing their products on 300 or 200mm wafers. According to conservative estimates, a large 450 mm factory would cost five to ten billion euros. For large-scale production, however, many questions remain unanswered. This includes, for example, the bending and break-free transport of the thin slices in the factories, but also the cultivation of such large silicon raw slices. The plans of the microelectronics companies to switch production to larger wafer diameters (450mm) require new materials, new systems and new automation solutions. In this context, AIS is preparing software-supported automation solutions for the future 450 mm factories. With this lecture, the challenges of automation solutions for the new technology of 450mm production as well as the benefits for existing semiconductor production or other industries, such as e.g. Photovoltaic or automotive supplier industry shown. Comparison of 200mm and 450mm wafers (Photo 2: AIS Automation Dresden GmbH) Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Schöbel, Managing Director Research and Development, AIS Automation Dresden GmbH, About AIS Automation Dresden GmbH AIS Automation Dresden GmbH has been offering innovative software solutions for factory and manufacturing automation, machine integration and machine control for more than 20 years. As a member of the Meyer Burger Group, a leading global technology company, AIS creates sustainable solutions for the photovoltaic, semiconductor and optoelectronic industries, as well as other selected industries, such as Automotive suppliers and battery manufacturers. More than 150 experienced and committed engineers and employees design, develop and install software solutions for production in close contact with customers. AIS accompanies the customer over the entire life cycle and is available as a competent partner from specification, implementation and installation to comprehensive customer service. With regard to factory automation, this includes the entire spectrum of IT production: FabEagle MES for production control, APS solutions for production planning and FabEagle framework for process data analysis, such as APC, SPC, FDC. 10

11 Guest contribution The role of bioenergy in a sustainable energy supply Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniela Thrän, German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ), Leipzig Currently 70% of renewable energies are based on biomass. However, the approaches to using this limited resource are diverse, sometimes contradictory and subject to change. The task of research must therefore be to analyze the sustainably available biomass potential and possible conversion technologies and to identify the role of bioenergy in a future energy supply. The following objectives need to be integrated into the analysis: Climate and resource protection, security of supply, development of rural areas Support for the systematic expansion of renewable energies The DBFZ's aim is to sustainably and efficiently use the available potentials of solid, liquid and gaseous bioenergy carriers for the current one and to use future energy supply. The focus of research is the development of technologies, taking into account the economic efficiency and the effects on the environment. In addition to practice-oriented research in in-house technical systems and laboratories, data on the development of the market are also collected and published at the DBFZ in order to provide decision-makers from politics and business with the necessary factual basis for a sustainable design of future development. The role of Prof. Dr. Ing.Daniela Thrän is head of the bioenergy systems division at the DBFZ and head of the bioenergy department at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, where bioenergy in a sustainable energy supply focuses primarily on research fields in the bioenergy systems division. A main focus here is on the investigation of biomass potentials and the possibilities of using them sustainably and efficiently. For this purpose, there are various approaches for innovative fuels, technical and conceptual, or in particular the needs-based provision of electricity and heat in an energy supply that is increasingly based on renewable energies. Systematic cascades of use also combine bioenergy with the strategic approaches of the bioeconomy. Environmental compatibility and cost efficiency must always provide the framework. Growing role of bioenergy for sustainable energy supply, (Photo: fotolia) Further information:

12 Guest contribution experimentation and digital factory (EDF) of the TU Chemnitz Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egon Müller and Dr.-Ing. Jörg Ackermann Professorship of Factory Planning and Factory Operation The experimental and digital factory (EDF) of the Professorship of Factory Planning and Factory Operation at Chemnitz University of Technology sees itself as a representation of a complete model factory. It allows the consistent mapping of typical production logistics processes in general cargo and automobile production with all essential processing and logistics components (including manufacturing and assembly systems, high-bay warehouses, roller conveyors, electric suspension and suspension conveyors, AGVs, gantry robots; Fig. 1) as well as their planning and control components. The EDF since 2011 with an integrated modular system for convertible factory systems consists of the experiment center with industry-compatible, flexibly configurable production logistic systems, controlled by innovative control and regulation technology and from the digital center with the most modern software and hardware of the digital factory. The direct interplay between planning and operation, on the one hand, and virtuality and reality, on the other, enables application-oriented development / Fig. 1: Experimental and digital factory (EDF) with versatile factory building blocks 12

13 in terms of versatility under the microscope. In cooperation with other professorships, for example, they want to test energy-saving solutions from conveyor technology. The focus is also on people: the scientists want to clarify how they behave in the factory and how they accept certain technical innovations. Dr. Jörg Ackermann (left) and Dr. Sebastian Horbach, research assistant at the Professorship of Factory Planning and Factory Operation at Chemnitz University of Technology, test the interfaces in the material flow in the experiment center of the Experimentation and Digital Factory (EDF) within real production. (Photo: Hendrik Schmidt) In addition to teaching and research at the university, the EDF is increasingly available to cooperation partners from business. Companies can solve problems here and test further developments. Adaptation of methods and tools for factory planning and operation as well as the behavioral investigation of factory and logistics processes and configurations. Research focuses include adaptability, energy efficiency and identification, control and navigation concepts. The usage concept of the EDF is, on the one hand, geared towards intensive basic as well as application-oriented research into the design of new production and logistics systems and, on the other hand, aims at practical and future-oriented training and further education for students and industry representatives. In the future, the factory planners of the TU Chemnitz will not only check the practicality of new and further developments of individual components of a factory in the EDF. ) and Frank Börner a factory layout within virtual production. (Photo: Hendrik Schmidt) 13

14 Guest contribution Saxon technology transfer in facility management Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Christian-Andreas Schumann, West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egon Müller, TU Chemnitz The efficient design and execution of FM processes requires an intelligent development, linking and processing of more and more data along the life cycle of an industrial plant. Media disruptions, a variety of formats and a lack of central access currently prevent continuous and sustainable use. A consortium of regional and supraregional partners as well as the Institute for Management and Information (WH Zwickau) and the Institute for Industrial Management and Factory Systems (TU Chemnitz) is developing innovative solutions for facility management as part of the technology transfer project FMstar. The focus of the project is a system approach, which provides for several model, method and project plans FMstar process developments. These aim at a systematic networking of the real and virtual world. In the future, decisions will be possible on the basis of significantly more available information, and FM processes will be faster, safer and more economical as a result. The result is an intuitive connection between information about objects in the virtual world and those in the real world. (AR). The practical research and development on the future technologies mentioned as well as the technology transfer in facility management processes of Saxon companies will contribute to a positive regional development. This makes new decision models possible for planning and control in FM. The conception as a mobile solution will guarantee real support of the work processes in the FM on site. The technological development focuses are the systematic use of semantic technologies, contextualization and augmented reality technology. Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Christian-Andreas Schumann Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egon Müller 14

15 Guest contribution Chemnitz trade fair SIT Network platform for engineers from the West Saxon region Susann Schweitzer The Saxon industry and technology trade fair SIT takes place in Chemnitz every two years, alternating with INTEC Leipzig. The focus of the trade fair exhibitors is on consolidating the network concept from the region and establishing or expanding new business contacts. Most medium-sized companies in the Chemnitz region are managed by engineers, including Hiersemann Prozessautomation GmbH. These companies use the fair not only as an exhibition platform, but also to present and explore the latest trends in industry and science in specialist conferences. and support the network work primarily in the automation network NIKA Sachsen. This network unites over 50 companies, institutions and self-employed engineers in Saxony and organizes highly interesting events on innovations in the automation industry every year, often together with the VDI working group GMA. Hiersemann Process Automation GmbH Tuchschererstraße 4 a, Chemnitz The managing directors of Hiersemann Process Automation GmbH, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Hiersemann and his son Dipl.- Ing. M.Sc. Martin Hiersemann, both VDI members are NIKA e. V. Sachsen Neefestraße 88, Chemnitz The managing director of the Saxony Economic Development Corporation, Peter Nothnagel, stopped at Hiersemann Prozessautomation GmbH during the guided tour of the fair and was impressed by the company's skills and innovations (Photo: Phillip Hiersemann, Typ4.net) 15

16 Clever minds wanted! The saxon state ministry for science and art (smwk) supports the transfer between science and economy with its innovation assistant program esf. In the period from 2007 to 2013, around eur 20 million from the european social fund (esf) are available for this purpose. More than 350 projects have been funded so far. Everything from a single source Career start with the help of the European Social Fund (esf) Applicant body Sächsische Aufbaubank - Förderbank - (SAB) Economics department Pirnaische Straße Dresden T: M: René Wolf graduated two years ago from the Bautzen State Study Academy with a degree in industrial engineering ( BA) successfully completed. He started his career in Saxony at ACTech GmbH in Freiberg. The company deployed the young graduate in research and development with the help of financial support from the ESF innovation assistant program. ACTech is a leading service provider for the production and development of complex, highly developed cast parts, especially for the automotive and aerospace industries as well as for mechanical and plant engineering. The company intends to expand and supplement the manufacturing area. Instead of the previous 70%, ACTech wants to process 100% of the cast components mechanically in the future and process and assemble sophisticated engine and add-on parts under the conditions of fast individual part production. René Wolf had a central task in this development project. He structured and coordinated the procedure to supplement previous procedures and the integration of new systems. With the implementation of this project, the company is expanding its competencies, expanding its range of products and services and expects to win new customers.How does the funding work? The SMWK promotes the employment of graduates from universities, technical colleges, technical schools with a technical department and vocational academies as well as the employment of young scientists from research institutions as innovation assistants and the employment of highly qualified personnel in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to work on innovative, technology-oriented ones Projects. Commercial SMEs can receive subsidies for personnel expenses for newly hired employees of up to 50% for a maximum of 36 months. The graduates should bring fresh knowledge from their training into the company, set innovation processes in motion and establish cooperation structures between companies, universities and research institutions. However, SMEs can also hire highly qualified staff if they need support from experts from research institutes to process projects. A return guarantee for the experts is not required. Where can SMEs apply for funding? You fill out the funding application and submit it directly to the Sächsische Aufbaubank - Förderbank - (SAB) before the start of the project. The project may only start after receipt of a funding commitment or upon request after separate approval for the early start of the project. B. also the conclusion of an employment contract. The SAB provides free advice on funding issues and applications. The funding guidelines as well as application forms and explanations can be found under 16 European Union

17 VDI Dresdner Bezirksverein An intensive networking of science and economy Prerequisite for the successful implementation of innovations in the Dresden / East Saxony area The VDI Dresdner Bezirksverein introduces itself On January 13, 1897, the Dresden District Association was founded as the 37th district association in the VDI and thus looks up a long tradition. Thanks to the personal commitment of the board members, to which well-known representatives of the then Technical University of Dresden and industry belonged, the number of members grew rapidly in the first few years and reached a strength of around at the beginning of World War II Dissolution decree through the VDI, which remained valid in the former GDR until 1989. It was not until 1990 that the Dresden district association in the VDI was able to resume its activities. In a short time, the former number of members was reached again. Today around 2000 members are organized in 20 specialist working groups and 2 district groups. The 20th anniversary of its re-establishment was celebrated in 2011. On this occasion, under the direction of Ms. Dipl.-Design. Susan Bremer published a commemorative publication with a historical outline and the activities of the working groups, which can be obtained from the Dresden VDI office. In lecture events, excursions, panel discussions and meetings of the working groups and district groups, the latest findings are conveyed, but critical topics are also factually presented and discussed. Over 100 events are offered annually, which in 2011 brought together over 2800 interested parties from business, science, universities and administration. In addition to the professional exchange, the personal contacts that can be made via the VDI are among the most important advantages of participating in the VDI. The variety of topics corresponds to the technical scope of the working groups, as the reader can see in the list of working groups and their contact persons (see page 19). This also results in another great advantage of the VDI: the topics are dealt with from different technical perspectives. 2. Colloquium The application of regenerative energies from a market-economic point of view in the city and the region of Dresden of the AK Stadttechnische Development (Photo: VDI) design the program. But also the newly founded, nationwide electromobility working group, the international relations working group with the participation of the BVMW and the employers' association of Saxony, and the successful conference series The use of renewable energies from a market economy perspective of the AK Stadttechnische Development together with the Local Agenda 21 Dresden aim at this interdisciplinary cooperation. 17th

18 Make the VDI Dresden District Association clear as a prerequisite for sustainable development and the improvement of living standards. Technology needs public acceptance in order to create social progress and prosperity while conserving natural resources as much as possible. The promotion of the next generation of engineers was and is a primary task of the VDI. Annual award of outstanding theses with the Gustav Zeuner Prize and VDI Sponsorship Awards (Photo: VDI) In addition to the events of the working groups, interdisciplinary topics are offered in the Dresden VDI evenings in a representative setting. In this series of events as well as in the Dresden VDI-FVT events of the vehicle and traffic technology working group, personalities from business, science and politics will have their say in a lecture on current issues of technical and economic development. In addition, members and interested parties have access to the central specialist conferences and journals of the VDI specialist societies, courses for professional qualification and seminars (the Dresden district association wants to use the competence of its working groups, district groups and personal members to help shape the development of science and technology in Saxony through a variety of activities, Participate in the formation of public opinion on technology-related issues of our time and the importance of technology A lack of understanding of technical interrelationships is becoming increasingly evident in students of all types of schools, regardless of the enthusiasm of young people for technical devices of daily use. The VDI is therefore emphatic nationwide for an independent technology lesson and understands this as a basic requirement to arouse understanding and interest in technology and to promote the development of young people into responsible citizens it is all the more important because our society already needs a broad, critical, but above all objective, dialogue on individual questions and development trends in science and technology. The VDI sees this as an important challenge for creating sustainable prosperity in our society. Support for teachers in structuring science lessons as well as in career and study counseling must not be lost sight of. The Dresden VDI Working Group Technology and School under the direction of Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiedemann is therefore actively involved in the educational railways project of the state capital Dresden and in further training offers for teachers. Close cooperation with the Philologists' Association of Saxony is a great advantage. Four years ago, the Dresden District Association pointed out the lack of teachers, which is currently widely criticized, to the ministries and suggested appropriate measures. jur. Axel Schober TechnologieZentrum Dresden Gostritzer Str Dresden 18 Advertisement

19 Our engineers are also available for technical support and evaluation of student projects in various competitions (Young Researcher, Focus Student Competition, etc.). The day of technology has a permanent place in the event program, a nationwide initiative of technical and scientific clubs and associations for schoolchildren, as well as the career start, the leading training fair in Dresden. Here, schoolchildren, teachers and parents can find out more about the engineering profession and training options. The Gustav Zeuner Prize and a VDI Sponsorship Prize are awarded annually to honor outstanding theses by graduates from Saxon universities, technical colleges and vocational academies in engineering courses. Meeting of the SuJ team leaders of Saxon colleges and universities, 2010 in Dresden (Photo: VDI) In addition to high-quality scientific content, the focus of the evaluation is primarily on practical relevance and broad applicability of the results. But the VDI SuJ teams of students and young engineers from the universities, colleges and vocational academies in Eastern Saxony also receive special support. Lectures and round tables, excursions in companies and to trade fairs or meetings with other SuJ teams are promoted here. Furthermore, with its annual VDI-SuJ-Forum at the beginning of the winter semester, the Dresden District Association offers student VDI members and freshmen at universities the opportunity to contact experts from the working groups. In addition to providing technical support, the VDI is in constant dialogue with government agencies on issues relating to economic policy, the promotion of new technologies, support for business start-ups and educational policy, primarily through the VDI regional association in Saxony. In the latter case, the meaningful implementation of the requirements of the Bologna Process in connection with the professional title of engineer is the focus of our efforts. For years, the Dresden District Association has maintained an intensive and trusting cooperation with other engineering associations and associations, the Saxony Chamber of Engineers and business associations within the Saxony Engineering Forum. Technology promotion, training, securing skilled workers and strengthening the competitiveness of Saxon companies are in the common interest and are supported by two to three annual events. But also the development of common positions towards politics and mutual support in projects are part of it. The other cooperation partners of the VDI are on the technical level with the regional networks of aerospace, biotechnology and electronics technology, the automotive industry, mechanical engineering, etc. The Dresden district association is therefore very well networked in the Dresden / East Saxony region and can do the Excellent representation of the interests of its members. The contact persons of the working groups in the VDI Dresden district association AK Rapid Innovation Prof. Dr. Detlef Kochan AK Environmental Technology Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Heidenreich AG Structural Engineering Dr. Thomas Bösche AK Conveying Technology and Material Flow Dr. Thomas Leonhardt AK Urban Development Dr. Huseyin Ibrahim, Dr. Karl Mewes AK Process Engineering / Chemistry Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Lange AK Electronics Technology VDE / VDI Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bauer AK Electromobility Prof. Dr. Manfred Hübner AK Energy Technology Prof. Dr. Manfred Schmidt AK Vehicle and Traffic Technology Dr. Manfred Bergmann AG International Relations RA Dr. Axel Schober AK Granulometry PD Dr. Michael Stintz AK Product and Process Design Dipl.- Prod.-Gest. Susan Bremer AK Production and Logistics Prof. Dr. Wilfried Krug AK SuJ Students and Young Engineers Christopher Lötzke AK Technical Building Equipment Prof. Dr. Clemens Felsmann Dialogue Working Group Technology & School Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiedemann AK Forming / Primary Forming Technology Prof. Dr. Volker Thoms AK Materials Technology Dr. Olaf Andersen AK mills and compressors Dr. Gerd Ellmer BG Pirna Dipl.-Ing. Günther Hahn BG Oberlausitz Prof. Dr. Alexander Kratzsch Prof. Dr. Rainer Hampel 19th

20 VDI Bezirksverein Leipzig Clear statement for the future: BV Leipzig goes hand in hand with VDI-GaraGe Young engineers are the focus, resources are being developed The VDI Bezirksverein Leipzig introduces itself THE VDI-GaraGe The VDI GaraGe stands for demand-oriented and customer-oriented training and further education and guarantees quality in the education of children and young people in and outside of school. As a technology center for children and adolescents founded in 2001, a modern learning location has emerged where a wide variety of users, children and adolescents, parents and teachers, education and business, and a wide variety of social groups come together. VDI GaraGe places particular emphasis on technical, scientific and informational education (MINT), on the introduction to technology topics, technology use and evaluation as well as on the development and promotion of professional interests of its users. VDIni with the perfect litter. Led by Wolfgang Rumpelt from the Leipziger Verein für Luftfahrt e.v .. (Photo: VDI) VDI GaraGe is represented in regional and national working groups and has its own network, which includes companies, educational and research facilities, associations and institutions. The engineers of the future build paper airplanes with devotion or stick their fingers in the spokes of their bicycles. With an extremely successful VDIni Club under the leadership of Falk Graupner, children and young people play an important role in BV. Thanks to his commitment, the VDInis can often be found in the Leipziger Volkszeitung and thus inspire new children and young people. Selection of technology topics in the VDI GaraGe Bionics Robotics Mechatronics Bio and environmental technology Renewable energies Nanotechnology Chemistry and physics in the car Modern materials / material testing With this in mind, the district association has decided to move to the VDI GaraGe. This is where part of the club's life takes place, but the VDI GaraGe also stands for engineering in terms of content. The VDInis meet here regularly, schoolchildren are brought into contact with technology and a wide range of educational offers is organized. The VDI GaraGe non-profit GmbH in Leipzig is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of German Engineers Düsseldorf e.v. The VDI GaraGe non-profit GmbH in Leipzig is a 100% subsidiary of the VDI Düsseldorf e. V., (Photo: VDI) 20