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Abstract

Recent technological developments are assessed to define key technologies with significance for the future of Europe. The innovative effects of the information technologies involved are highlighted, and their significance with respect to current political decisions is emphasised, in a number of cases. One key technology is microelectronics, which will have extensive effects on many industrial sectors. Lasers, new materials and biotechnology are also keys to new processes and products in many areas. Advances in miniaturisation and precision allow the development of complex control systems and the use of CIM. Interlinkage of technological processes under automatisation often demands the simultaneous use of several different key technologies. Commercial rivalry stimulates demands to reach new standards of quality as quickly as possible. In Europe, the skilled craftsmen and engineering professions are an advantage for future development as well as a stabilising factor, although flexibility in production and work patterns will also be essential.

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Authors: REVERMANN H, VDI/VDE Technologiezentrum Informationstechnik GmbH, Budapester Str. 40, D-1000 Berlin 30 (DE);SONNTAG P, VDI/VDE Technologiezentrum Informationstechnik GmbH, Budapester Str. 40, D-1000 Berlin 30 (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11380 EN (1989) 153 pp.
Availability: Available from Avebury, Gower Publishing Company Limited, Gower House, Croft Road, Aldershot, Hants. GU11 3HR (GB)
ISBN: ISBN 0566-05692-5
Record Number: 198910952 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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