Trends in mechanical engineering

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Mechanical engineering goes digital

Smart data, self-learning machines, artificial intelligence and other trends in mechanical engineering continue to lead to the smart factory and Industry 4.0. The fully automated control and networking of machines are among the core tasks in many companies. Mechanical engineering has often been a pioneer in the use of advanced technologies before. For example, this industry adopted the Internet of Things (IoT) long before many others had even heard of it. Currently, mechanical engineering is focusing on cloud solutions, as-a-service business models and blockchain. Bross supports companies in mechanical engineering in the development of new business models, operational excellence and the design of the global footprint are current topics. Clients include leading companies in plant & mechanical engineering in Germany and abroad.

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Cloud, Blockchain und weitere Trends im Maschinenbau

Cloud & Platform

One of the trends in mechanical engineering is the cloud platform. This enables the IoT in the industrial environment, the so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The problem is that currently many “things” are not designed to connect properly. This requires interoperability standards and common architectures to connect these smart devices and machines. Creating a standards system is proving difficult, but industry groups have begun to work toward this goal. Standards are helping to improve data transfer between industrial machines and devices.


What the industry has not yet adopted is blockchain, which is currently being used in industries such as banking. This is one of the trends in engineering that shows untapped potential. This technology can securely and reliably track products and components throughout their lifecycle while sharing this data across their network. Blockchain will enable engineering companies to offer more transparency in transactions within the cloud platform.