Megatrend 1: Artificial Intelligence Drives Automation
Artificial intelligence (AI) is sure to be one of the biggest trends over the next few years – and a crucial factor in international competition. Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel made this clear in her opening speech at HANNOVER MESSE. With regards to the American and Chinese markets, Merkel stated, “We want to be part of the competition and be at the forefront of it.” To make this happen, Germany will be backing many activities in artificial intelligence. EU commissioner, Günther Oettinger also promised further funding into AI during his visit to the trade fair.
The exhibition showed how companies in many industries can already optimize their processes using AI. For example, the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) presented an acoustic condition-monitoring system for axial piston pumps that is based on machine learning. Sensors record the sound of the pumps and compare the data it collects with typical levels in order to check for anomalies. In this way, possible failures are detected as early as possible and operators can see where a bearing has too much play or where the supply of lubricant is wrong. With early detection, a service technician can intervene promptly and prevent further damage being caused to the drive train or hydraulic system.