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Process automation sector embraces the challenges of Industry 4.0

January 12, 2015 - Industrial process automation in all its many shapes and forms will be on show this April in halls 9 and 11 at HANOVER MESSE 2015. And one of the keynote themes, alongside classic process automation topics like life cycle management and field instrumentation, will be Industry 4.0 – the 4th-industrial revolution that is set to bring fundamental change to the process automation sector, as Endress+Hauser, ABB, JUMO and other big-name exhibitors will show.

Industry 4.0 describes the convergence of key trends, such as the Internet of Things, increasingly complex hardware, software and logistics systems, and advanced control technology, to create the intelligent, self-organizing factory of the future. So much for the theory. At HANNOVER MESSE 2015, Endress+Hauser will be among the exhibitors presenting solutions that turn Industry 4.0 into reality for process automation users. Their exhibits will focus on three distinct aspects of operationalizing Industry 4.0 in process automation settings: vertical integration, which puts in place key linkages all the way from the field level to business control; horizontal integration, which yields optimized value chain outputs; and end-to-end engineering, which saves valuable time and resources in all areas, from planning to process control. In this way, the products displayed and issues discussed at HANNOVER MESSE will enable visitors to discover and understand what lies at the heart of Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 also ties in closely with manufacturing execution systems. This was one of the insights to emerge from the discussions at last year’s MES Conference, which featured over 200 participants. On 16 April this year, MES experts from around the world will again gather at HANNOVER MESSE for the MES Conference on Efficient Production, where they will present successfully implemented projects from the discrete and process manufacturing industries.

Another automation-themed event that will be back at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE is the PUMPplaza showcase for pumps, pump systems and components. It will be staged at Stand G43 in Hall 15. There, visitors from all industries will find a comprehensive range of solutions for handling liquids and gases.

Process automation themes will also feature strongly at the Industrial Automation Forum, thanks to presentations by ABB, Endress+Hauser, KROHNE Messtechnik and many others. The Forum will also explore production and process automation themes with respect to robotics and automation, medical technology and energy efficiency. Held at Stand L 17 in Hall 14 within the Industrial Automation part of the show, the forum is an attractive, quality meeting hub for visitors. The program for the Industrial Automation Forum will be published on the HANNOVER MESSE website at the end of January 2015.

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