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HANNOVER MESSE 2018 Report: Industrial technology providers collaborating to bring digital factory to life

HANNOVER MESSE 2018 Report: Industrial technology providers collaborating to bring digital factory to life

September 25, 2018HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018, the first staging of the HANNOVER MESSE brand outside of Germany, presented Industry 4.0 solutions over six days during its co-location with IMTS 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago from September 10-15.  HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 covered more than 114,200 square feet of exhibit space and featured 510 exhibitors who showcased their innovations to a record breaking 129,415 registered visitors attending both shows. The event’s exhibition and conference space grew 443 percent from the first trade show launched alongside IMTS 2012. HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 increased exhibition space 26 percent compared to the co-located shows at IMTS 2016. More than 80 percent of this year’s exhibitors have offices outside of the U.S.

“Technology providers of all sizes from around the world came to HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 to demonstrate the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions for the connected factory of the future,” said Larry Turner, president & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE USA. “By leveraging the HANNOVER MESSE brand outside of Germany this year, we accurately underscored that manufacturing in North America will remain highly competitive. Not only did the event showcase the progression of Industry 4.0 in the U.S. it also highlighted that the world’s industrial technology providers are actively collaborating to bring the digital factory to life,” added Turner.

HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 featured four main trade shows: Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives USA (IAMD USA) for industrial automation, power transmission and fluid technology; ComVac USA for compressed air and vacuum technology; Industrial Supply USA for industrial subcontracting and supply-chain solutions; and Surface Technology USA for surface treatment and finishing technologies.

With its position in IAMD USA 2018, Beckhoff showcased its latest smart factory hardware, software, EtherCAT and TSN (Time-Sensitive Networking) solutions. Beckhoff introduced several products to the North American market during the show this year, including its EK1000 EtherCAT TSN Coupler that combines the advantages of the EtherCAT ecosystem with TSN networks to boost communication in industrial environments. The company also unveiled two Industrial PCs that deliver maximum processing power for complex automation applications.

During IAMD USA, Festo, a manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation, introduced its electric actuators, ELGC and EGSC, which are ideal for applications where compact dimensions are essential. These electric axes can be combined into handling applications that fit into assembly, testing, inspection, small parts handling and desk top systems and feature a common system approach and platform architecture, as well as space saving adapter-free connectors. Festo also exhibited its VTEM Motion Terminal, a modular Industry 4.0 device – a single unit capable of replacing 50 different components through the download of various combinations of cloud-based apps.

Exhibiting in the Industrial Supply trade show, Thoni Alutec, the aluminum foundry in Europe with locations in Poland, Mexico and India, showcased its complete casting solutions utilized in a variety of engineering applications. Thoni Alutec manages a green production philosophy and serves many industrial markets, including aerospace, renewable and fossil energy, power generation, robotics & process machines, medical and automotive to name a few.

New to the show this year, the Digital Factory space exported from HANNOVER MESSE in Germany showcased how digitalized production technologies are transforming business models and changing market structures. Concepts like Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) represent a paradigm shift in business and society, generated by a growing number of increasingly connected and automated devices, machines and products.

SAP’s showcase in the Digital Factory demonstrated The Network of Digital Twins in action and turned the spotlight on SAP technologies.

Also, in the Digital Factory space, Dell launched an IIoT solution developed in collaboration with Intel and Tridium specifically built to increase plant floor efficiencies for low-volume, high-mix discrete manufacturers. This IIoT solution leverages the scalability of Dell’s technology components, Intel’s IoT technology for manufacturing and the energy industry and Tridium’s enterprise software.

Visitors to the joint booth of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer USA and partners during this year’s HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 could experience how a vibrant mix of new technology in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality as a service, cybersecurity and data sovereignty, sensor and actuator systems, digital engineering, human-machine interaction, 5G, smart materials and smart maintenance are reshaping the future. Fraunhofer successfully offered insight into the latest research results in the fields of production, digitalization, automation and networking, resulting in competitive advantage for businesses in this year’s Digital Factory.

In addition to a variety of demonstrations, Fraunhofer offered many in-depth lectures, talks and expert sessions by renowned German and U.S. scientific leaders during the event. “HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 has proven that the economic impact of digitalization is staggering. Industry 4.0 will give significant rise to productivity in all economically important industries,” added Professor Fritz Klocke, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. “But from the new opportunities that accompany digitalization, expectations grow. As well as being cost-efficient and sustainable, connected production and work processes must be secure, flexible and intuitive.”

The Solutions Theater on the floor of HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 offered all visitors more than 60 educational sessions over five days delivered by top industry experts, educators and key influencers. Sessions covered topics from Industry 4.0 meets IIoT to case studies of Industry 4.0 in practice to an Intelligent Manufacturing Solutions Forum plus a live pitch showcase sponsored by GE Ventures and Sente for start-up companies focused on digital factory technologies.

Two HANNOVER MESSE USA conferences, GAMS (Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit) and the Integrated Industries Conference covered new trends and best practices in robotics and AI, maintenance and IIoT, Cybersecurity, Motion, Drive & Automation, Surface Technology, IoT and Industry 4.0.

The next HANNOVER MESSE USA will be co-located with IMTS 2020 and will take place from September 14-19, 2020 at McCormick Place in Chicago.


HANNOVER MESSE, the industrial technology show launched 70 years ago in Hannover, and HANNOVER MESSE USA are at the forefront of showcasing innovations in the factory of the future: cobots, industrial energy systems, IIoT, Industry 4.0 and related applications such as predictive maintenance, more efficient use of raw materials, faster time to market and other trends in industrial manufacturing. HANNOVER MESSE USA 2020 will be produced alongside IMTS 2020 from September 14-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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