| MONITOR | 1/2018 Markus Schyboll CEO 02 Dear Readers, editorial Bender GmbH & Co. KG. Londorfer Straße 65 35305 Gruenberg /Germany Fon: +49 6401 807 - 0 Fax: +49 6401 807 - 259 E-Mail: Editorial staff: Marita Schwarz-Bierbach, Anne Katrin Römer Graphic & layout: Natascha Schäfer, Copy-editing/text: Michaela Heck M.A., Textwerk Photos: Bender archive, S!Designment archive, Bender Indien, Bender Inc. Vertrieb Mexiko, Bender UK, Bender Kanada, Volkswagen AG, illustration-Statoil, Ebee Smart Technologies GmbH, Ujlaki, Marienkrankenhaus Hamburg, FOTOGRAFIE Aloys Kiefer, Bertram Solcher, Jost Fink Film & Fotografie, Stefan Winkelmann, Team NUST, Pakistan, SISACOL Sistemas de Automação e Controlo, Lda., Cadolto Fertiggebäude GmbH & Co. KG, AdobeStock: bht2000, chesky, 2011 Patrick Poendl, Oleg-F, stlee000,jpfoto66 iStock: ewg3D, Chesky_W Fotolia: pressmaster, opolja, , Minerva Studio, Sergey Nivens Print: Druckhaus Bechstein, Wetzlar E D I TOR I A L SUBSCRIPTION IMPRINT Would you like to receive a print version of the MONITOR twice a year and free of charge ? Please use the link or scan the code. . Digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and the IoT (Internet of Things) are core themes at practically every trade fair for electrical and facility management, auto- mation and mechanical engineering. This was also evident at the SPS Drives fair in Nuremberg with its focus on “digitalisation”. Digitalisation requires forward-looking technologies, intelligently connected systems and user-friendly product designs. We will be pleased to present our ideas on this topic to you at light + building in Frankfurt, the world's leading trade fair for lighting and facility management, and at the Hannover Messe. The much-discussed question of whether digitalisation is a revolution or an evolution is of secondary importance to us. Whatever the answer, change is currently evident in all new projects. Every new production line and every automated warehouse needs to be planned and implemented with comprehensive sensor technology and direct interfaces to ERP sys- tems, with digital twins now becoming standard. Yet these developments are still in their infancy and use only a fraction of the potential offered by the new wealth of data. Implementation of all the applications possible will offer at least as much dynamism as digitalisation itself. But no matter how you digitalise your company, each sensor and data centre can only be as good as their power supplies. Reliable production and capacity planning and predictive maintenance require from the outset power supplies that are continuously monitored and readily available. The question of whether to opt for an earthed, resistance-earthed or unearthed system (IT) is therefore becoming increasingly important for the success of your company. We wish you every success in making the right choice. Best regards,