Pioneering drive technology
NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to showcase a whole range of smart solutions including its NORDAC LINK series of decentralized field distributors.
Getriebebau NORD GmbH & Co. KG, also known as NORD DRIVESYSTEMS, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of drive technology for both mechanical and electronic solutions. Its product portfolio currently encompasses geared motors, motors, industrial gear units, frequency inverters and motor starters for decentralized drive control. In the spotlight at the company stand in Hannover are innovative drive solutions for the digital factory of the future, including smart drives with a cloud connection for predictive maintenance, the efficient LogiDrive solution for reducing the number of variants in the intralogistics industry and the PROFIsafe interface module designed to further enhance safety in production.
Another highlight is NORDAC LINK - a range of field distributors for modern networked intralogistics systems. Available as a frequency inverter or motor starter, the easy-to-use drive control is quick to start up, simple to maintain and enables flexible installation close to the motor. What’s more, its compatibility with conventional bus systems and its PLC functionality are designed to ensure the freely configurable field distributor can be easily integrated into all state-of-the-art systems.
Getriebebau NORD GmbH & Co. KG (22941 Bargteheide, Germany), Hall 15, Stand H31
Contact: Ulrike Bade
Tel.: +49 4532 289-2474
Whenever speed is of the essence!
At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, Weidmüller is taking its user-friendly configurator (WMC) for selecting, configuring and ordering terminal strips one step further - introducing the innovative Fast Delivery Service.
The advent of Industry 4.0 has turned enclosure construction into a fine art of meticulous project management - juggling orders at the drop of a hat, meeting tight deadlines and accommodating last-minute alterations. To handle the massively increased complexity of orders and still deliver accurately and on time, suppliers not only have to adjust to the changed requirements but also be in a position to quickly and profitably deliver even single units. This challenge inspired Weidmüller, one of the top suppliers in the field of industrial connectivity, to create its Fast Delivery Service for pre-configured terminal strips.
Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2018 can explore the benefits of the new service offered by Weidmüller. It frees customers from the high fixed costs of reserved production capacities, constant provision of storage space and purchasing individual components. The new Fast Delivery Service in the Weidmüller Configurator (WMC) commits to delivering one-off, ready-to-install terminal strips within five working days. After performing the same intuitive configuration process as usual, using an ECAD system and the WMC, within minutes the customer receives an automated offer, including all part numbers. As soon as the order is placed, Weidmüller starts assembling it based on the data provided by the WMC. The ready-to-install terminal strip is dispatched within four days at most and will generally arrive the next day within Germany. The customer's wishes can be met in full this way, even one-off requirements.
Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG (32758 Detmold, Germany), Hall 11, Stand B58
Contact: Horst Kalla
Tel.: +49 5231 14-291190
Du pain, du vin, du ...hydrogen?
"Business France", the agency for international business development, is once again staging a French pavilion at HANNOVER MESSE. This year, as part of the Hydrogen Fuel Cells section, it is bringing together experts to showcase the nation’s savoir-faire in this crucial field.
Hydrogen isn't just number one in the periodic table - if there were a ranking of the elements that play a major role at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, the highly reactive gas would certainly be right at the top. Many believe that hydrogen is the key to solving a good number of the problems facing the energy sector. Its fans also include more than a few French men and women, which was reason enough for Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, to organize another French pavilion, this time for the Hydrogen Fuel Cells section of the fair. As part of its involvement in the leading forum for new hydrogen storage technologies in Hall 27, Business France has joined forces with a number of partners, including Cluster Tenerrdis, the French hydrogen association AFHYPAC, the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and the cluster Pôle Véhicule du Futur (Vehicle of the Future).
Together, the partners aim to show that France has the skills needed to develop a world-standard hydrogen sector. Along with Germany, Scandinavia and the UK, France is one of the European countries leading the way in harnessing this innovative and sustainable solution for the good of the planet. France is tackling key research and innovation issues related to hydrogen power and fuel cells, but not just through its National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). There is also a growing number of young, innovative companies that are working hard on the relevant science and technology and have already produced several world-firsts.
Business France (75014 Paris Cedex 14, France), Hall 27, Stand D75
Contact: Claude Ménard
Tel.: +33 1 40 73 30 97
If you want something doing, do it yourself!
Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel is living up to its social responsibility and staging a series of presentations at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to reveal new and improved approaches to tackling the energy revolution.
If the long-espoused energy revolution is ever to grow beyond political declarations and become a real success, it will take more effort from the relevant institutions. Efficient storage solutions need to be developed for renewable energy sources, along with innovative infrastructures and technologies for delivering and utilizing them. Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel (CAU) believes it has a duty to play its part in the energy revolution. Right now, scientists in a range of disciplines there are working on essential research issues and they are presenting their approaches, findings and results to the public and industry at HANNOVER MESSE 2018.
The various approaches are being showcased in a total of 35 presentations divided into the categories of Energy Solutions, Tech Solutions, Students Solutions and Health & Social Solutions - all of which are being held on the CAU stage at Stand C07 in Hall 2. Visitors can also find out more by talking to CAU experts at the stand about the issues addressed, which include flexible organic optoelectronics and the use of silicon as an innovative material for future rechargeable batteries.
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (24118 Kiel, Germany), Hall 2, Stand C07
Contact: Dr. Boris Pawlowski
Tel.: +49 431 880 3004
Made-to-measure artisan service
Fachwerkstatt Drücker GmbH is joining the OWL Pavilion to showcase its wealth of experience in providing precise 3D measuring services.
There's virtually no limit to what you can measure in 3D - as long as it's not flat. Planners and designers benefit immensely nowadays from the boost to efficiency and lower costs that such 3D measurements offer. The technology used to achieve this records detailed dimensions that can be turned into precise planning data for further processing. What's more, in many cases this also makes the planning process far more reliable. Questions can be answered so much more quickly and accurately - such as how to integrate a new machine into an existing line, or how ceiling heights vary throughout a historical building. The artisans at Fachwerkstatt Drücker GmbH, an interdisciplinary craft workshop in the German town of Rietberg, have accumulated extensive expertise in 3D measurements over the years, which they’re showcasing for the first time at HANNOVER MESSE 2018.
There's no shortage of industrial uses for 3D measurements, either. For instance, buildings' structures and fixtures can be recorded to produce a complete model that can be used to compile or compare inventory plans, perform evaluations for facility management or plan construction measures. Even complex buildings and structures can be recorded by varying the scanning position - without having to interrupt operations. The possibilities opened up by combining individual data sets to produce a complete model are virtually limitless - from planning extensions and optimizing processes to performing virtual collision assessments, to name just a few.
Fachwerkstatt Drücker GmbH (33397 Rietberg, Germany), Hall 16, Stand A04
Contact: Birgit Kostner
Tel.: +49 5244 10 509
Groundbreaking measurement technology
JUMO is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil plastoSENS T - a brand new process for manufacturing temperature probes. Breaking with tradition, sensors are no longer potted in a metal tube, but coated with plastic during an injection molding process.
JUMO GmbH & Co. KG is a leading manufacturer of industrial sensor and automation technology. Its innovative product range encompasses the entire measuring chain from sensors right through to automated measurement solutions for temperature, pressure, liquid analysis, flow, fill levels and humidity. JUMO has now chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to showcase plastoSENS T - a completely new process for manufacturing temperature probes.
While the traditional potting technique involves placing a sensor into a metal tube and filling the tube with a solid or gelatinous compound, this new injection molding process coats them in plastic. The patented system offers a wide range of benefits compared to conventional temperature sensors. The greatest advantage is complete design freedom, which enables plastoSENS products to be modified to suit the relevant installation scenario. For example, temperature sensors can be fully integrated into plastic pipework. What’s more, the sensors are light in weight and simple to replicate. JUMO is also currently developing a probe with an insulation resistance of 5 kV for use in transformers, a vibration-resistant push-in probe for oil, and a waterproof/steam-proof probe for sterilization applications.
JUMO GmbH & Co. KG (D-36039 Fulda), Hall 11, Stand C28
Contact: Sabine Rommel
Tel.: +49 661 6003-651
You'll be sure to take a shine to it!
KORAS GmbH has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil its Aqua-Pol Micro - an even smaller system variant for electro-polishing jewelry pieces in industrial production processes.
Having started out in dental technology, Thorsten Koras went on to found KORAS GmbH, specializing in recycling systems for precious metals, refining plants, incinerators, laboratory technology and treatment systems for exhaust gases and wastewater. One particular focal point is electro-polishing - described by KORAS as the gentlest and cleanest industrial production method for giving jewelry smooth, ultra-pure surfaces that can then be easily further processed. The tried-and-tested compact KORAS Aqua-Pol system generates precise, rapid and cost-effective results and only takes up a small amount of space. But KORAS is proving that it's possible to go even smaller - the Aqua-Pol Micro on show in Hannover has been specially designed for small parts without using a hanger or loop and, in contrast to its slightly larger stablemate, processes the parts as bulk goods.
Its ingenious design featuring internal running rotors makes the Aqua-Pol Micro highly compact. What's more, the electro-polishing process takes just 30 to 45 minutes for 250 to 300 ml of bulk goods, depending on the size and condition of the pieces. The electrolyte is crucial for this rapid process and, with this in mind, KORAS GmbH has developed a process liquid that is designed to outperform conventional electrolytes in terms of quality. Purity, mixing ratio, efficiency and, most importantly, maximum service life - the electrolyte from KORAS is claimed to offer measurable benefits, particularly when used with the two Aqua-Pol devices.
KORAS GmbH (D-75331 Engelsbrand), Hall 4, Stand E24
Contact: Thorsten Koras
Tel.: +49 7082 792 83-00
A breath of fresh air?
One-off designs are everyday stuff for the engineers and technicians at Forschungszentrum Jülich, who team up with researchers to develop, build and operate unique devices. The AirLIF on show at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 is the first of these devices to go public this way.
The Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA-1) at Forschungszentrum (FZ) Jülich has spent more than 40 years developing highly complex, unique instruments and systems for other research institutions. The key to its great success lay, and still lies, in gathering every stage of the process – from planning, simulation and feasibility studies to development, production and assembly - under one roof. This provides its customers and partners with a high level of planning reliability and end-to-end support from the initial idea right through to the end product. The team at ZEA can use state-of-the-art special machines and tools to process an exceptionally wide range of materials. Cutting-edge measuring and testing procedures ensure every product boasts optimum properties and performance. The ZEA-1 has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to exhibit one of its unique masterpieces for the very first time, after so many of its inventions have proved instrumental in scientific findings.
The AirLIF measuring device has already seen a lot of the world before landing in Hannover. It is being used on board the HALO research aircraft to collect and examine air samples on repeated missions in the name of climate research. While this might sound very straightforward, a sophisticated, innovative system is required to ensure the air does not come into contact with the walls of the device prior to analysis - otherwise the findings would be worthless. The AirLIF was developed by the ZEA-1 in partnership with climate research scientists at Jülich, Mainz and Oberpfaffenhofen. Their next task is likely to be refining this new system for applications in the private sector and then marketing it.
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (D-52428 Jülich), Halle 2, Stand B30
Contact: Tobias Schlösser
Tel.: +49 2461 61- 614771
For the real installation experts!
Besides protecting electrical connections and electronic components from vibrations and moisture, the new Religel Clear from HellermannTyton also cures completely transparent.
As Industry 4.0 networking has continued to grow, so too has the need to give electrical connections and electronic components added protection, particularly in exposed installation scenarios. This is where gel technology from HellermannTyton has really come into its own. Its RELICON range meets the highest electrical installation standards and takes care of mechanical protection, isolation and sealing all in one simple step. The company has now chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to showcase the range’s latest addition, Religel Clear, which - as the name suggests - stays crystal clear after curing.
The new product fully satisfies calls from engineers and installation technicians for a two-component silicone gel that doesn’t need any safety labeling and can be applied flexibly in any given quantity - with the added benefit of curing to a transparent finish. The A and B components can still be mixed quickly and easily by hand with the usual 1:1 ratio, and the product's excellent flowing properties and rapid curing in just 20 minutes at 23°C ensure it is extremely user-friendly. Once cured, it can resist temperatures between -60 and +200°C and boasts a dielectric strength of over 24 kV per mm. Electronic components and connections that are encased in Religel Clear are safely protected from moisture and vibrations and, when used in a suitable protective housing, the silicone gel also complies with the IP68 protection standard. But the real eye-catcher is the gel’s transparency, which enables optimum visual inspection. If necessary, the soft elastic material can be removed without leaving a trace and is easily disposed of with household waste. Last but not least, Religel Clear is available in a variety of volumes and, if stored properly, has an unlimited shelf life.
HellermannTyton GmbH (D-25436 Tornesch), Hall 13, Stand C73
Contact: James Hill
Tel.: +49 4122 701-5974
Muting - making a break with the past
Leuze electronic, one of the world's leading innovators in optical sensor technology, has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil a brand new process that promises to make muting easier, safer and more cost-effective.
Whether it's intralogistics, automotive manufacturing or the packaging industry, optical safety sensors on conveyor lines are often necessary to safeguard material locks against unauthorized access. Previously, muting processes with corresponding sensors were used to clearly identify when transported goods were approaching a protective field and ensure they were transferred at the right moment. Leuze electronic is at this year's HANNOVER MESSE to unveil its latest Smart Process Gating (SPG) method, which cleverly eliminates the need for signal-emitting sensors.
Conveyor systems that use MLC safety light curtains are more compact, involve lower acquisition costs and wiring outlay, reduce the risk of sensor manipulation and increase overall system availability. Leuze electronic also points out there is no danger of misaligned or damaged sensors and no need to pay for maintenance and servicing. Using the innovative SPG method, the first muting signal comes from the process control (PLC), with the second signal emitted by the protective field itself. Smart Process Gating therefore calls for in-depth process knowledge to ensure the necessary PLC signals are sent exactly within the expected time frame.
Leuze electronic GmbH + Co. KG (D-73277 Owen), Hall 9, Stand F68
Contact: Martina Schili
Tel.: +49 7021 573-116
MES and MIP go hand in hand
MPDV Mikrolab GmbH is once again playing a prominent role at this year's HANNOVER MESSE. With new functions added to its MES HYDRA and the freshly launched Manufacturing Integration Platform (MIP), MPDV has a host of highlights on show to interest manufacturing companies, system integrators and production consultants.
The motto of HANNOVER MESSE 2018, "Integrated Industry - Connect & Collaborate", pinpoints the dedication of the world's leading industrial trade fair to advancing the most talked-about topic in recent years as an internationally renowned forum for the latest networked, self-organizing factory solutions. The Manufacturing Execution System (MES) experts at MPDV Mikrolab GmbH have also played their part over the years, forming an almost integral part of HANNOVER MESSE. With its MES HYDRA and recently launched platform solution (MIP), the company is continuing to drive forward the networking and collaboration of different areas within a business.
Among the MES applications on show this year, the focus is on functions for production lines and manual workstations for high-variant series manufacturing, including graphic process modeling. MPDV is also exhibiting innovative developments in mobile data capture, optimized planning methods and a wide range of new functions designed to increase the efficiency of everyday production and thus help pave the way toward the smart factory of the future.
With its cutting-edge Manufacturing Integration Platform, MPDV has broadened its sights from focusing exclusively on manufacturers with extensive IT resources to include system integrators and machinery manufacturers. The MIP equips companies with an ecosystem that offers the benefits of both standard functions and customized applications for systematic data analysis and production control. All in all, this represents a ground-breaking advance into the next generation of manufacturing IT.
MPDV Mikrolab GmbH (D-74821 Mosbach), Hall 7, Stand A12
Contact: Nadja Neubig
Tel.: +49 6261 92090
Heavy machinery for light metals
Light Metals Technologies Ranshofen is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to exhibit the latest addition to its industry-focused casting portfolio - a fully automated cold-chamber die-casting machine.
Light Metals Technologies Ranshofen (LKR), a subsidiary of Austria's largest research and technology organization AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology), is co-exhibiting at this year's HANNOVER MESSE with Upper Austrian Research, this federal state's leading research institute. Among LKR’s exhibits at the joint stand is its latest breakthrough - the K–DAK 1100–112 cold-chamber die-casting machine that is set to add the finishing touch to the center’s industrial casting portfolio.
The fully automated casting cell falls perfectly in line with LKR's current research focus on developing and optimizing alloys and processes relating to aluminum and magnesium. One key objective is to extend mold service life by using molds that have been produced using additive manufacturing techniques in combination with a more effective cooling system and optimized spraying process. As part of their research, the cold-chamber die-casting machine will produce die-cast aluminum parts with a casting weight of up to 20 kg on a semi-industrial scale. Boasting a locking force of up to 12,000 kN and a form height of up to 1,200 mm, the machine can produce structural die-cast parts in corresponding sizes. What’s more, there are plans to expand the casting cell throughout 2018 to include a magnesium metering system and smelting system.
LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen GmbH
(AUT-5282 Braunau am Inn/Ranshofen, Austria), Hall 2, Stand A44
Contact: Mag. Michael Hlava
Tel.: + 43 50550-4014
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