Dr Karl Weber, Senior Technology Expert, Beckhoff Automation has been appointed as official representative of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) to the Government Engagement Program on Standards (GEPS) of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Talking about the developing IT industry, Weber explained, “The dialogue with the IT world is of great importance for us. IT and industry are increasingly merging. At the same time, both industries are developing at different rates. While IT is producing new variants at a rapid pace, in industry it is the technologies that have been tried and tested over many years that are the basis for further developing the reliable automation of machines and systems. It is important to me not to see IT developments as trends or hype, but to make established standards usable for automation in a sustainable and controlled manner.” His goal is to advance IT integration in automation in a meaningful way with regard to standards.
Weber’s membership in the GEPS of the IEEE brings decisive advantages for both the BMWi and Beckhoff. "We are now involved in developments in IEEE standards at an early stage and receive the necessary background information. We can take this into account both in Germany's technological orientation and in our Beckhoff products and solutions. As a member of GEPS, we naturally also have a certain amount of influence and can contribute our own ideas and the requirements of our industrial customers to IT standardisation,” continues Weber.
For Beckhoff, the appointment of his colleague Weber as official representative of the BMWi to the top-level IEEE committee is a great honour and recognition. “With our colleague Dr Karl Weber, GEPS gains a very experienced automation expert who is both committed to consistent standardisation as a sustainable basis for industrial communication and has a comprehensive understanding of the concerns of government, the IT industry and automation and brings them together in a focused way,” says Hans Beckhoff, Managing Owner, Beckhoff Automation and IEEE Senior Member. He continues, “The work in the IEEE is very important for us as a company. We now play a central role in worldwide IEEE standardisation projects and can contribute automation technology concerns. Only if we consistently exchange ideas with other companies from the IT and electrical industries can we drive technological innovations based on common standards, thus creating added value and consistency for users, i.e. also our customers, all over the world”.