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Lean Management Compass
VDMA Business Advisory’s new “Lean Management Compass” outlines well-known basics and rarely told secrets about Lean Management. It illustrates that also small and medium-sized companies in mechanical and plant engineering are able to continuously improve by utilizing assets they got already: qualified and motivated people and their bright ideas.
Restructuring and preventive reorganisation - New opportunities for pre-insolvency proceedings from 2021
After years of debate, the political establishment has now agreed on further facilitations for company rescues. Surprisingly quickly, the speaker draft, consultation phase and draft law were carried out and thus it will be possible from 01.01.2021 to apply simplified restructuring procedures if certain conditions are met.
Investments in Industrie 4.0
With the model-based online tool "Investment Calculator 4.0" and the associated guidelines, the VDMA is setting new standards in the economic evaluation of digitisation projects.
User survey on ISO 9001:2015
Standards are often criticized and said to be far removed from business practice. This is exactly what ISO wants to change and calls upon all users of the ISO 9001:2015 standard to express their opinion and experiences regarding this standard and to submit suggestions for improvement.
Start of the Corona bridging aid
It is expected that the Corona bridging allowance can be applied for on July 8 via the funding portals. For companies that have experienced a significant downturn in their business activities in recent months, there is only a short window of time until the end of September to apply. A calculation tool for the bridging allowance is available for download.
Engineering companies still sufficiently liquid
The 2nd VDMA Flash Survey on Financing shows that the Corona crisis has not yet led to liquidity shortages for the majority of mechanical engineering companies.
Experience with Remote Audits
More and more companies are opening up to Remote Audits. The method is not new, but its application often failed due to prejudice and personal sensitivities. The central working group Quality & Management has now gathered experience and best practice on Remote Audits and summarized it in a report.
Make digital meetings and channels more efficient
The efficiency of meetings is even more important in today's digital communications. In the download you will find tips, tools and checklists for meetings and for structuring the various communication channels.
Results flash survey personnel
Short-time work, home office, sick leave and the opportunities of the crisis. Here you can read an overview of the assessments of the HR managers in our industry. In the download you will find the complete presentation of the results.
KfW Corona Aid - Improved credit conditions
The loan conditions of KfW Corona Aid were adjusted and improved at short notice.
Experience to produce in a pandemic
The VDMA has compiled advice and experience from various companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry on how they can maintain production despite the pandemic.
KfW Quick Loan promises fast liquidity support
The new KfW quick loan is intended to ensure that those companies that have only run into difficulties as a result of the Corona pandemic can obtain a loan quickly by means of a 100 percent release from liability and by waiving the usual risk assessment.
Checklist for safety during service interventions during the pandemic
This checklist is intended to help VDMA member companies to increase the safety of service field staff during urgently needed assignments. The checklist provides references to useful sources of information in this dynamic situation and forms a basis for WEB exchanges of experience between the VDMA divisions
VDMA first response – running production operations in times of pandemic
Bi-weekly web conference to enable exchange among production managers and general managers of VDMA members to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic on the shopfloor.
Corona crisis management checklist
In case your company is already affected by Corona or you expect to be affected in the future, we would like to support you in crisis management with the attached checklist.
Impact of the crisis on accreditation and certification
In the current situation on-site assessments are cancelled or replaced by remote audits where possible. For example, the DAkkS is currently no longer carrying out on-site assessments and the conformity assessment bodies are currently examining how they can maintain certification operations.
Controlling engineering departments with key performance indicators
In engineering and design departments, significantly fewer key figures are generally used to control processes than in production, for example. The VDMA Central Working Group Engineering has compiled an overview of key figures with this focus.
With method to the vision
Vision and purpose of (not only) agile companies should be developed in a participatory way. We show you how.
New Release ZUGFeRD 2.1 and Factur-X 1.0 - a common E-Invoicing hybrid Standard for Germany and France
The Forum for Electronic Invoicing Germany (FeRD) and the French National Forum for Electronic Invoicing and Marketplace & Public E-procurement (FNFE-MPE) publish their new versions ZUGFeRD 2.1 and Factur-X 1.0, which are fully compatible and technically identical.
Managing engineering – guidance for mechanical and plant engineering
For most machine and plant manufacturers, the product development process is probably the most important part of their value chain. Engineering often makes the difference to the competition, and responding individually to customer wishes is the unique selling point of many companies.
Is quality in danger in the crisis?
If, in times of crisis, expenses for ensuring the quality of products are cut across the board, there is a risk that the quality level will drop significantly and the damage to the company will be disproportionately higher than the supposed savings.
Salary study in mechanical engineering in Germany
How much does a development engineer earn in a medium-sized company? What about the IT specialists? Companies don't want to waste money, but they also want to retain good employees. The VDMA Salary Study 2019 clarifies this issue and provides indications for a company-specific salary benchmarking for the usual job profiles in mechanical engineering, based on the average figures of the participating companies from the entire mechanical engineering sector.
New Work - Kill a stupid rule - Simplifying work processes
Companies that want to become more agile, faster and more innovative are subjecting their regulations and processes to regular review. ZAK Personal has dealt with the topic of New Work and a lively corporate culture, especially with the topic of simplification as a component of agility.
Reinforcement Learning
The guideline "Self-learning production processes - introduction strategy for reinforcement learning in industrial practice" introduces the topic of machine learning and shows step by step how an introduction of industrial reinforcement learning can take place in your own company. Application examples illustrate the procedure.
Job description made easy
An easy way to job description, job evaluation/grading/career-management and skills - HR Online Manager free of charge for four weeks.
Corona aid: loans for enterprises
The German government has adopted a wide range of catalogues of measures for the economy to support companies in the crisis. Initially, the existing programmes for liquidity support will be considerably expanded to facilitate access to cheap loans for companies. The Federal Government will enable KfW to equip all programmes.
Thu. 21.01.2021  10:00 - 12:00 hrs.
Lean manufacturing is the leading concept of companies to reduce waste in processes, increase productivity and continuously improve operations. The event takes up these topics and is based on the VDMA study Compass Lean Management.
Thu. 21.01.2021  14:00 - 15:45 hrs.
Please make a note of the date already today.
Thu. 21.01.2021  14:00 - 15:30 hrs.
In this short web experience sharing session, we will focus on use cases of remote collaboration with appropriate digital tools
Thu. 21.01.2021  15:30 - 16:45 hrs.
As a part of OE-A's web-seminar series Printed Electronics Insights this web-seminar gives insight into the special topic "Consumer Electronics".
You ask, we answer - QM-Expert Chat
The current situation presents us all with new challenges and the speed of change has increased significantly. New questions arise which require a quick answer. In our expert chat we are there for you and help you find the answers.
Surcharge on wage-related costs 2020
The calculation schema for incidental personnel costs is a model calculation for determining the imputed bonus for direct and indirect wage-dependent costs. Here you will find the current version, as of March of the current year.
Estimation of cost development 2021
The VDMA's annual estimate of cost trends on the procurement markets and in the areas of personnel and other costs is now available for 2021.