Industry 4.0: Upshot From PRORA 2015

PRORA 2015: The Helmut Fischer Foundation's poster prize went to two young scientists for their work on modern energy-storage media. On 12 & 13 November 2015, the expert symposium on process-oriented X-ray analysis (PRORA) took place for the eighth time; PRORA is a long-established meeting point for knowledge exchange between research institutions and industry.

The 8th edition of PRORA (Prozessnahe Röntgenanalytik – Process-Oriented X-ray Analysis), which took place on 12 & 13 November 2015, was a great success. In his keynote speech, degreed engineer Carsten Pinnow made clear the importance of the role played by sensor technology and software development in the context of the Industry 4.0 initiative and elucidated the subsequent demands they place on data security. The talk also emphasized the close links between theoretical research and the industrial application of the results thereof; this was also explored in a lecture by Dr. Simone Dill (Helmut-Fischer GmbH, Institut für Elektronik und Messtechnik), who spoke on the use of an iterative fundamental parameter method for analyzing samples with unknown matrix. Corresponding measurement instruments were on display in the exhibition.

At this year's PRORA, the Helmut Fischer Poster Prize went to Dr. Claudia Zech and Dr. Mathias Müller (Physikalische Technische Bundesanstalt – National Metrology Institute) for their experiments using X-ray analysis on lithium-sulfur batteries. Their research makes significant contributions to the development of modern energy-storage media.