After five action-packed days of industrial innovation, dynamic networking and lead generation, Hannover Messe 2015 – the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology – drew to a close on Friday, 17 April.
The fair witnessed a record 70,000 visitors from outside Germany this year alone, with the Asians hogging the limelight alongside their European and American counterparts.
With “Integrated Industry – Join the Network” as its keynote theme, Hannover Messe 2015 soared to new heights placing emphasis on digitization of manufacturing as well as human-machine collaboration, innovative subcontracting solutions and intelligent energy systems – topics which turned out to be sure crowd-pullers. Infineon Technologies, for instance, unveiled novel security chips demonstrating how Microelectronics is the key enabling technology for Industry 4.0.
The pulling power of Industry 4.0 was also highly evident in the strong demand for guided tours, forums and events addressing the topic at the fair.
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.
Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe, reported that some 6,500 companies from 70 countries showcased technologies for tomorrow’s production plants and energy systems at the coveted fair. India made a real splash as this year’s Partner Country, creating a truly impressive showcase to promote its ‘Make in India’ campaign.
India’s success at the event was evident by how it positioned itself as an up-and-coming industrial nation, with more than 400 companies displaying their goods and services at the show.
Robots were a prominent figure 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 – protective barriers no longer separating robots from people – with robots taking their rightful place alongside human co-workers as versatile team players handling monotonous and physically demanding tasks.
London-based Moley Robotics demonstrated the world’s first cooking machine that learns by capturing the movements of a human in the action of preparing a meal. Tim Anderson, the 2011 BBC Masterchef champion got the machine to make crab bisque at the fair. French-based Robot Studio demonstrated its robot Ecce, built with a bone and muscle structure similar to a human.
Microsoft and industrial robot maker Kuka brought the robot revolution even closer to reality with a new collaboration that combines one of Kuka’s robot arms with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. The arm can stream operating data for automated processing and human viewing through Microsoft’s applications. The robot can also identify people as authorized or unauthorized users.
ABB unveiled the YuMi robotic arm that is designed to work alongside humans doing small parts assembly. German company FESTO also unveiled a bionic ANT and the eMotion Butterfly, a collision-free flying object.
There were also innovations related to other fields like automotives, smart grids, light weighting, electronics, assembly automation and many more. For instance, Dana Holding Corporation showcased its innovative metallic bipolar plate technology, among other fuel-cell components. Schneider Electric on the other hand, unveiled several innovations for MV distribution to make the energy value chain more efficient, flexible, and secure.
That was not all. Visitors also experienced the might of Chinese manufacturing at the five-day fair. With more than 1,000 exhibitors, China became once again the biggest exhibiting nation next only to host Germany.
With various products, technologies and solutions in sectors such as drive and control, energy and industrial automation, Chinese exhibitors showed their readiness to compete globally and presented themselves as innovative players in an industry facing tremendous changes.
The Chint Group, a leading electric device and equipment manufacturer from China’s eastern Zhejiang province, showcased its latest smart power distribution system which can be applied in communities and factories.
JIDD, a group from Hebei province in northern China, exhibited flying wheel energy storage system and devices that can recycle energy from the braking of trains. Sany Heavy Industry, a mechanical engineering manufacturer, presented its undercarriages parts of crawler machinery.
“China has left us a very good impression,” Koeckler said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
Image 1 and 3 courtesy of Deutsche Messe. Image 2: Sebastian Anthony. Image 4: www.NEWS.CN. Video courtesy of messelive.tv/youtube