2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0

2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0
2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0

Another exciting HANNOVER MESSE event looms right around the corner, with this year’s theme advocating  "Integrated Industry–Connect & Collaborate." I attended the Hannover Messe 2018 Preview event in Hannover to learn more about the exciting April event. From April 23-27, 2018, HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT will run concurrently with a particular emphasis on integration of the supply chain and manufacturing.  This theme encompasses the range of Industry 4.0 technology, thinking, and creative applications, which work to achieve efficient manufacturing for businesses through digitized production, integrated energy systems and intelligent logistics solutions.


2018 HANNOVER MESSE overview from Dr. Jochen Köckler

According to Dr. Jochen Köckler, the CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, the April 2018 event is fully booked, which is a great indication for business. At the Preview, Köckler enthusiastically described how the April event will showcase innovation, international cooperation, and business. “Attendees come to see the latest innovations in manufacturing and industry 4.0,”  shared Dr. Köckler, “More than 60% of the exhibitors are international and one third of the visitors will come from abroad.”  He went on to describe how the keynote theme “Integrated Industry - Connect and Collaborate” is one that has resonated at Hannover Messe for years. “In 2011 the term industry 4.0 was introduced at Hannover Messe; this year our intention is to continue the story taking Industry 4.0 to the next level,” explained Köckler. “We have timely topics including, platforms, joint ventures, machine learning, sensors, and communication.” 

Dr. Köckler also went in depth on the topic of “Logistics 4.0 meets Industry 4.0.," the joint theme of the combined Hannover Messe 2018 and CeMAT.  This joint event was fostered because, according to Köckler, “No logistics or manufacturing can exist without energy so the Fair will also have a focus on energy efficiency and protecting the environment.”

Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO, Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover noted that Hannover Messe attendees consistently provide feedback that they attend Hannover Messe to see new innovations.


Mexico: HANNOVER MESSE 2018 partner country

After the United States in 2016, and Poland last year, HANNOVER MESSE welcomes Mexico as the 2018 partner country. At the Preview, S. E. Rogelio Granguillhome, the Mexican ambassador to Germany, addressed the Preview audience, “It’s a very special occasion to me, as Mexican ambassador, to share with you the great honor that my country will be the partner country at Hannover Messe 2018.” Granguillhome enthused, “Mexico is the first Latin American nation and the only Spanish-speaking one having received this distinction so far.” 

The ambassador went on to discuss how and why Mexico is putting an enhanced focus on Industry 4.0 “With a GDP of $1.3 trillion Mexico ranks as the second largest economy in Latin America,” claimed Granguillhome. “Just like Germany, Mexico finds itself in the middle of the industry 4.0 era in which the talent of our people and the use of cutting-edge technology will transform Mexico into an innovation, research and development  center.”

Indeed, statistics show that unemployment in Mexico last year was below 4%. Foreign trade in 2017 was over US$800 billion, which represents 70% of Mexico’s gross domestic product. Mexico is Latin America’s largest exporter and ranks 15th worldwide. Granguillhome also noted that Mexico is the world’s fourth largest automobile exporter, the world’s largest producer of flatscreen TVs, and one of the top five foreign investment recipients in the aerospace sector globally. Granguillhome exclaimed, “Mexico will not only show its industrial prowess at Hannover Messe, but also will portray its innovation prowess to the world.”

S. E. Rogelio Granguillhome Ambassador of the United Mexican States located in Berlin stated, “Topics to garner special attention at Hannover Messe 2018 with more than 160 participants from Mexico will focus on industry 4.0, Energy, research, technology, vocational training, startups, and foreign investment.”


The Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association's push for logistics

In relation to the HANNOVER MESSE focus, the Preview event also focused heavily on logistics. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Rosenbach, chairman of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association and member of the managing board at Jungheinrich AG, Hamburg, described VDMA’s latest project: “Roadmaps for Intra-Logistics and Logistics 2025." Dr Rosenbach explained that the purpose of the initiative was to gain an understanding of future trends and outcomes. “Imagine a forklift truck with sensors providing data about position, temperature, and wear on the tires.” Dr. Rosenbach postulated, “Imagine ERP systems wirelessly sending orders to the forklifts enabling these devices to work autonomously and also communicate with production machines.” He emphasized that systems are not yet 100% autonomous but this is the direction of the future.

As this future will include impactful advancements in autonomous systems, connected systems, self-learning systems, sensor technologies and data science, Dr. Rosenbach insisted that,“this will require the interface between logistics 4.0 and industry 4.0.”  He described that in order to achieve this vision industry requires further enhancements of sensor technologies, more data, high-bandwidth communications, and data communication standards support autonomous operations. 

Concluding his presentation, he invited people to attend the Industry 4.0 Forum on the first day of HANNOVER MESSE in order to learn more. The VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association has invited several industry experts to provide deeper insights into the research.    


SICK's focus on sensors

In fact, sensor enhancement was another key issue at the HANNOVER Preview event. Dr. Robert Bauer, the CEO of SICK AG, Waldkirch discussed the importance of sensors keeping up with the newest technologies.  In support of this push, SICK devotes over 10% of their sales to R&D and this percentage continues to increase.  The company’s resulting sensors are used throughout all facets of industry including factory automation, logistics, and process automation. 

Dr. Bauer discussed how the main trends of industry 4.0 are actually following general technology trends, namely the desire of having information immediately available.  He believes that the future will require sensor and actuator information, for controls and automation and bidirectional communications, to be sent directly to enterprise and cloud computing entities in order to achieve the objectives of industry 4.0.   Dr Bauer particularly emphasized the need for new methods that simplify the creation of new applications.  As part of this vision, at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 SICK will introduce an expansion of their Studio software designed to simplify applications engineering and configuration. 

Dr. Robert Bauer, CEO, SICK AG, Waldkirch discussed edge computing at the sensors is required to implement autonomous machines and ensure personal safety.


Bill’s thoughts & observations

As usual, the Hannover Fair Preview gave an informative overview about what’s going on in industry and a teaser for what promises to be another exciting and educational HANNOVER MESSE. Many of the latest trends and technologies will demonstrated at the April 23-27 event, with countless learning opportunities for attendees. Having attended the Hannover Fair for a number of years, I have always found the event to be an invaluable learning experience, and I’ll be looking forward to another electric show of innovation and discussion to advance the "Integrated Industry."

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Bill Lydon brings more than 10 years of writing and editing expertise to Automation.com, plus more than 25 years of experience designing and applying technology in the automation and controls industry. Lydon started his career as a designer of computer-based machine tool controls; in other positions, he applied programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and process control technology. In addition to working at various large companies (e.g., Sundstrand, Johnson Controls, and Wago), Lydon served a two-year stint as part of a five-person task group, where he designed controls, automation systems, and software for chiller and boiler plant optimization. He was also a product manager for a multimillion-dollar controls and automation product line and president of an industrial control software company.

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