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Digital Factory showcases networked manufacturing at HANNOVER MESSE

November 12, 2014 - The overarching integration of industrial processes is entering the next round: Exhibitors at the Digital Factory trade fair (to be staged under the umbrella of HANNOVER MESSE 2015 next April) will demonstrate what industry needs for this next evolutionary phase, how product development and manufacturing processes will be coordinated in the future, and what the integration of information technology and automation can look like in action. The lead theme of the world’s most important trade fair for industrial technology is “Integrated Industry – Join the Network!”, and it is in this spirit that the hot topic of Industry 4.0 will be addressed.

“Since its premiere in 2003, Digital Factory has successfully established itself as the world’s leading trade fair for integrated processes and IT manufacturing solutions, covering everything from product development on up to actual manufacturing. It thus provides very fertile soil for the technology needed for Industry 4.0,” said Oliver Frese, Deutsche Messe’s Senior Vice President in charge of HANNOVER MESSE.

Digital Factory provides a comprehensive look at the IT solutions needed by manufacturing firms for each and every step, e.g. CAx for conceptualization and design, MES and ERP for production planning and control, simulations and forecasts using virtual reality and 3D models of products and factories, as well as management of product and manufacturing data throughout the product lifecycle using PDM and PLM. All the major suppliers are represented, including Dassault Systèmes, Microsoft, PTC, SAP and Siemens PLM Software, as well as many smaller businesses. Young start-ups such as Bi Excellence are also exhibiting at Digital Factory. Bi Excellence is a company that provides business intelligence frameworks, dashboard systems and SAP export solutions. Many start-ups take form where the real and virtual worlds meet. They are more flexible, respond faster to trends and thus develop more individualized products – a huge advantage in this era of industrial transformation, and a significant asset for Digital Factory.

Today’s manufacturing firms are looking to achieve full digitization of their entire value chains, the only way to move towards products networked via the Internet, and even to fully networked self-controlling manufacturing facilities. Digital Factory at HANNOVER MESSE shows the next steps along this path, which can already be taken today.

Additive Manufacturing Plaza – with exclusive partner Arburg
The new Additive Manufacturing Plaza gives additive manufacturing a dedicated showcase at Digital Factory. The Plaza will put the spotlight on digital prototypes as a prerequisite for automated production. The heart of this special display is being staged in exclusive collaboration with Arburg. A group pavilion and individual stands by key players are part of the display. The focus will be on industry-capable machines as well as standard industrial materials of representative hardness and other parameters. Among the leading suppliers to appear alongside Arburg are alphacam, ExOne, Kisters and voxeljet. Arburg is the only manufacturer to cover the entire spectrum of industrial production of high-quality plastic components, from additive manufacturing of one-off units all the way to injection molding for mass production.

“At this special display, we are not only presenting our Freefomer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming technology, but also promising ways of using Industry 4.0 technology to deploy additive manufacturing and injection molding throughout the entire process chain,” explained Heinz Gaub, CTO, Arburg. “Along with the manufacture of functional components and small batches, we are presenting cutting-edge additive manufacturing using the Freeformer for user-specific customization of mass-produced components made of plastic. Full integration throughout the value chain makes it possible to flexibly respond to customers’ individual wishes.”

MES Conference, CAE Forum and Technology Cinema 3D
The focus of the MES Conference, now in its seventh edition, is on valuable real-world expertise and new solutions for automated manufacturing. The CAE Forum has been the meeting place for simulation experts from shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing, wind power and aeronautics since 2013. Complex 3D manipulation is explored under the slogan SIMPLIFY 3D at Technology Cinema 3D, covering visualization, virtual reality and process integration. To make all the right connections on the way to integrated industry – Join the Network in Hall 7!

HANNOVER MESSE – Get new technology first!
The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology is staged annually in Hannover, Germany. The next HANNOVER MESSE will run from 13 to 17 April 2015 and feature India as its official Partner Country. HANNOVER MESSE 2015 will comprise ten flagship fairs: Industrial Automation • Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) • Energy • Wind • MobiliTec • Digital Factory • ComVac • Industrial Supply • Surface Technology • Research & Technology. The upcoming event will place a strong emphasis on Industrial Automation and IT, Power Transmission and control, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Industrial Subcontracting, Production Engineering and Services and Research & Development.

Deutsche Messe AG
With revenue of 312 million euros (2013), Deutsche Messe AG ranks among the world’s ten largest trade fair companies and operates the world’s largest exhibition center. In 2013, Deutsche Messe planned and staged 119 trade fairs and congresses around the world – events which hosted a total of 41,000 exhibitors and some four million visitors. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading trade fairs as CeBIT (IT and telecommunications), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA (biotechnology), CeMAT (intralogistics), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention and rescue), and LIGNA (wood processing and forestry). With over 1,000 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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