Spotlight on “Industry 4.0”, robots and intelligent energy systems

Hannover Messe soars to new heights with integrated industry

With “Integrated Industry – Join the Network” as its keynote theme, Hannover Messe struck an inspirational note on industrial, business and political levels. The show placed major emphasis on the digitization of manufacturing as well as on human-machine collaboration, innovative subcontracting solutions and intelligent energy systems – topics that pulled in the crowds. More than 220 000 trade visitors – 70 000 of whom came from outside Germany – used Hannover Messe to catch up on the latest technologies and make key investment decisions.

Integrated Industry – Join the Network

Under the motto of “Integrated Industry – Join the Network”, Hannover Messe gave tangible shape to the vision of the “intelligent factory”. In the factory of the future, information will be seamlessly exchanged between machines and products, ensuring optimal results and peak efficiency. Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the board of Deutsche Messe AG states: “Hannover Messe has demonstrated that ‘Industry 4.0’ is far more than an inspirational buzzword – it is a reality. For the first time, the smart-factory solutions advertised here can be bought for direct implementation at customers’ plants.” Robots also figured prominently at the fair, drawing keen visitor interest with their captivating demonstrations of speed, precision and power. Hannover Messe 2015 also revealed a new trend in this field, with protective barriers no longer separating robots from people, but robots taking their place alongside human co-workers as versatile team players handling monotonous and physically demanding tasks.

But integration is not confined to mere production operations, as energy systems also rapidly become intelligent. “The challenge of combining all these forms of energy generation into a single intelligent power grid, and distributing this power adequately to consumers, has been impressively addressed by the many exhibitors showcasing their pioneering solutions for the energy sector at Hannover Messe,” Dr. Köckler noted.

The next Hannover Messe will open its gates to visitors from 25 to 29 April 2016.

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