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On the occasion of our 60th company anniversary on 19.09.2019 we asked ourselves the question, how products will look like in 60 years. Not only from the point of view of the technologies available and predicted today, but also from the thought of how we imagine a life for ourselves in 60 years. We have already reviewed many publications and conducted exciting internal creative workshops.
On the basis of a few exemplary products, we are currently venturing into the development of the first interesting theses:
VISION 01: URBAN FARMING
New forms of small to medium-sized agriculture are emerging in urban and peri-urban areas, which are operated partly commercially and partly privately. Urban farming becomes a new, fixed component of personal leisure time, but can also be regarded as an independent part of social life in the late or post-industrial epoch.
+ Great dependence on purchased, pre-packaged food
+ Accumulation of an extremely large amount of packaging waste
+ Waste of food due to quantity inaccuracies
+ Long transport routes cause a large part of the negative environmental impact
+ Urban farming nowadays is not yet widespread and largely immature
+ Creation of suitable infrastructures through the inclusion of modern means of communication and transport for individual food distribution
+ Constructional measures from modified living space concepts to inner-city plant rooms in interior areas, on roof landscapes and existing commercial areas
+ User-friendly methods and cultivation techniques
+ Permanent change in the consumption and nutritional behaviour of the population
+ Measures that continue to allow individually shaped behaviour, but which in total enable the success of new farming methods
VISION 02: INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION
Complex industrial products and machines can be manufactured by optimized laser techniques. Depending on the technical possibilities, conventional manufacturing processes can be replaced.
+ Local manufacturing of industrial products in industrial centers (Asia, Europe, North America)
+ High global transport volume for global marketing
+ Negative effects on the environment
+ Increase in the price of the products
+ Loss of efficiency due to inaccurate adaptation to market needs
+ Recycling economically difficult due to lack of efficient technologies
+ Globalization means today the availability of products by world-wide distribution of manufactured goods
+ Production know-how is specific and tied to the main production areas
+ Production techniques are very complex, consume a lot of energy and resources
+ Lack of flexibility leads to the extinction of industrial locations as markets change
+ Flexible manufacturing methods
+ Greater market proximity through decentralization of production facilities
+ Reduction of unnecessary processed components
+ Recycling as part of the production process and resource management
+ Optimization of the transport
VISION 03: COMMUNAL ROBOTS
The networking of robots with each other as well as the intelligent division of labour among robots are particularly in focus. Autonomous work and the complete acceptance of tedious work by robots is also an important part to focus on. Robots can also be used by multiple persons through robot sharing.
+ Robots support us in our daily work by helping with tedious tasks
+ Only a few people have such everyday helpers at their disposal
+ Each robot is often specialized and limited in the execution of one activity
+ In the future, robots will be able to support people in their everyday lives in a variety of ways
+ The robots autonomously travel to their locations and start operations independently
+ Flexible robot setups allow for various fields of application and activities
+ Convenient handling of the robot in regard to costs, maintenance and availability
VISION 04: FORESTRY
As part of our product visions 2080, we have looked at two important questions. One of them is the consideration of how information and technologies can be meaningfully networked in the area of application and how the work of forest workers can be supported and relieved. The other question is, what tools and vehicles could look like in the year 2080.
+ Use of heavy equipment such as harvesters and felling caterpillars as well as chainsaws, which in turn are guided and operated by forest workers
+ Physically strenuous work and heavy equipment
+ Dangerous work
+ Use in sensitive nature reserves
+ Remote regions
+ inaccessible terrain
+ Forests are a sensitive and endangered natural asset
+ Forests are important as climate regulators and CO2 filters as well as ecosystems and habitats for animals (air and water protection functions and conservation of biodiversity)
+ Reduction of the burden on people, the environment and working equipment
+ Easier monitoring
+ Unrestricted care
+ The goal is a minimally invasive intervention and targeted reforestation and reforestation
+ Fertilization and pest control