The Big 8

Major Factors Driving Innovation for Power Conversion and Industrial Automation Applications

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As worldwide population expands, we are manufacturing more product and supplying more energy to satisfy this growth. The demand on systems is stunning. The answer isn’t always to just build more – robots, energy plants, alternative energy systems, etc. – but, perhaps of greater importance for the world is how we make and distribute energy and systems more efficiently and sustainably, without sacrificing performance or longevity. That’s the ultimate goal.

Justin Kolbe

Within the power and industrial automation sectors, performance expectations, manufacturing requirements and corporate goals intersect, revealing several primary innovation drivers. These are not new objectives; they are enduring ambitions but have become somewhat more challenging to meet as a growing global population consumes increasing amounts of energy and demands greater function, all while manufacturers aim to deliver on expectations efficiently, cost-effectively and sustainably.

A leading industry voice and expert in electronic materials for industrial systems and power conversion technologies, Henkel’s Justin Kolbe breaks down these top eight factors. What characterizes each in today’s market and how are they being addressed?

About the Author

Justin Kolbe currently serves as Henkel’s Director of Market Strategy for Power and Industrial Automation within the company’s Adhesive Technology business unit, where he is focused on setting broad strategic guidance and market insights. In 1996, Kolbe joined The Bergquist Company (acquired by Henkel in 2014) as a Process Engineer and has since worked in various capacities including process development, applications engineering, R&D and marketing. A chemical engineer by training, he has extensive experience in thermal management solutions and electronic materials development and processing. With an impressive professional track record and a long history of providing reliable solutions for customers in multiple markets including power conversion, automotive, industrial automation and power electronics, Kolbe is passionate about ensuring Henkel materials not only deliver on performance, but also on cost and sustainability objectives. Based in Henkel’s Chanhassen, MN facility, Kolbe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

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