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Namur Namur Board Appoints new General Manager

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

The board of the Namur, the association of Germany’s automation users in the process industry has appointed Heinrich Engelhard as the new general manager of the organisation. Despite a negative business climate in late 2012, the industry remains cautiously optimistic…

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Automation users from all branches of the process industry met at Bad Neuenahr, Germany.
Automation users from all branches of the process industry met at Bad Neuenahr, Germany.
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Intelligent field devices, energy efficiency and asset management are the major trends in plant automation. Process control and measurement, but also actuating equipment becomes increasingly important. Plant actuators are becoming increasingly complex: “We already have field devices with more than 1000 parameter – they are actually quite common,” explained Sven Seintsch of BIS Prozesstechnik at the 75th Namur General Assembly.

This meeting of the automation users (November 8th to 9th 2012, Bad Neuenahr, Germany) put the focus on actuating equipment. “Automation and process engineering have to become increasingly connected,” Joerg Kiesbauer of Samson summed up the general mood - intelligent control elements could become the key technology.

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Using the possibilities of analysis and diagnosis tools becomes decisive: “That a diagnosis is reliable does not mean that it is explicit,” Kiesbauer adds. An actual value may be clear, the diagnosis of the cause is something different – using the plant intelligence in an intelligent way is decisive for success.

Not only automation technology but also the Namur itself is subject of changes. The Chinese branch Namur China is growing continuously: “Its part of the Chinese culture to adapt and copy good ideas,” Namur board member Dr. Wilhelm Otten jokes. More than 90 percent of its members now stem from China.

Already during the previous day, the Namur appointed Heinrich Engelhard as the new general manager of the organisation from 2013 on. Engelhard succeeds long-time general manager Dr. Wolfgang Morr, who takes over new duties and responsibilities at Bayer Technology Services. Consideration to establish the Namur's office to another company seem to be no object any more.

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