Functional Safety & Energy Efficiency Conference

published on: 05.11.2013

5 November 2013

The Functional Safety & Energy Efficiency Conference, held in Shanghai on the 5th to 7th of November, provided attendees with a comprehensive and professional understanding of functional safety and industrial energy efficiency and related market access conditions for China.

It also served as a successful platform for electro manufacturers to reach potential clients.  

Functional safety is an internationally popular topic in the industrial automation area. The concept is applicable across all industry sectors and is fundamental to the enabling of complex technology used for safety-related systems. Care must be taken to balance this with the availability and safety of industrial control system.  China’s authorities pay close attention to work safety and relevant technical solutions.
The EU has proposed an integrated energy and climate change policy proposal, including ambitious new targets for 2020. China’s State Council issued its ‘Comprehensive Working Program on Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction during the 12th FYP’ which emphasized industrial energy efficiency as a key area for improving energy efficiency as well as green buildings and transportation. The industrial products are also part of China’s compulsory energy efficiency standards and energy labeling systems such as for motors, power transformers and AC contactors as a requirement for market access.

The conference was held in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and organized by Hannover Messe with the support of ZVEI – German Electrical and Electronics Industry Association, EuropElectro – European Electrical and Electronics Industry and ITEI - Instrumentation Technology and Economy Institute.

The following subjects are presented and explained in details at the conference.

Functional Safety
• Why safety?
• Basic principles und methods for functional safety
• The legal situation in Europe
• Machine directives, standards and ‘CE marking’
• The legal situation in China
• Principles and product categories for machine safety risk reduction
• Small machines, medium-sized machines, large plant

Industrial Energy Efficiency
• System-oriented optimization of compressed air systems
• High-efficiency pumps saving energy, CO2 and money
• Large savings in drive technology and systems
• Improved efficiency of engines
• Energy management systems in the industry
• Energy-efficient refrigeration wins
• Innovative technology and processes in building
• China standardization and mandatory guidelines


This conference was held in conjunction with the IAS – Industrial Automation Show - which is one of the core professional shows of the China International Industry Fair (CIIF). As a professional industrial automation-themed exhibition, IAS has become the number one event of its kind in Asia.


For the past six years, Hannover Messe has set up a dedicated forum for meeting and discussing energy efficiency in industrial processes. This is the first time that it has taken place in the growth market of China and extended to embrace the subject of Functional Safety. This was also the first time that industry associations representing the manufacturers, ZVEI and EuropElectro, were invited to co-organize this conference.


During the two and half-day conference, more than 20 speakers from relevant authorities, organization and manufacturers delivered speeches. Mr. Gunther Koschnick, the head of ZVEI’s Electrical Motor Department, opened the conference.


The current situation of the application of functional safety in China was introduced by Ms. Zouqing Meng from ITEI which is the secretariat of the Chinese mirror technical committee of IEC/TC65 - Industrial-process Measurement, Control and Automation. You defined ITEI above.
Dr. Meng Liu from CNIS – China National Institute of Standardization (which is the key authority responsible for the establishment of China’s compulsory energy efficiency standards) - introduced Dr. Linkun Wang from ITEI who delivered a presentation on the evaluation of industrial automation energy efficiency and the current status of the standardization work in China. 
Other manufacturers such as ABB, Beckhoff, Bihl+Wiedemann, CAN in Automation (CiA), Kuebler, Lenze, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Rittal, Schemrsal, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Tsino-Synatron, Trace Software, and Wago delivered speeches to introduce their industrial solutions in the fields of functional safety and energy efficiency.



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