The 2017 Hannover Messe, held from April 24-28, attracted over 225,000 visitors, 75,000 of which from outside Germany, retaining its title of the largest industrial trade show in the world. The theme of this year’s show was “Integrated Industry – Creating Value.” and focused on the benefits of Industrie 4.0 and the role of humans in tomorrow’s integrated factory.
Poland was this year’s partner country, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Polish Prime Minister Beata Maria Szydło taking part in festivities, visiting several exhibitors and sessions.
The 6,500 exhibitors demonstrated their potential, covering products from intelligent robots, and adaptive machines, to integrated energy systems, and cloud-based data collection and analysis.
The “Young Tech Enterprises” segment of the fair allowed more than 150 startups to introduce themselves to potential investors, customers and partners. They exhibited storage devices for renewable energy networks, operating systems for augmented reality and mini-wind power plants for cars and trains.
Multi-national giant, Siemens, showcased its solution in numerous presentations and expert talks live at the fair. At its “Thought Leaders Forum”, also streamed live, visitors could learn how digitalization fundamentally changes lives, the industry, and manufacturing processes.
Additional innovative solutions included a pair of sunglasses double up as solar panels, presented by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). German company, Festo, offered a number of nature-inspired robots and robotic components, including the Octopus Grippe that has numerous suction cups and a soft silicone structure that can be controlled pneumatically, helping human colleagues with safe assistance in challenging tasks.
Beckhoff Automation presented a whole host of options for utilizing PC-based control to create real added value in Industry 4.0 and IoT applications. These include basic technologies and components for PC-based control systems, ranging from PLCs and robotics to measuring technology.
The next HANNOVER MESSE will run from 23 to 27 April 2018, with Mexico as its official Partner Country.