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LAPP is one of the leading manufacturers of integrated solutions and branded products for cable and connection technology. Besides cables, however, the company's product portfolio covers everything from highly flexible lines, industrial connectors, glands, customer-specific cable assembly solutions and technical accessories right through to automation technology and robotic solutions for the smart factory of tomorrow. LAPP's core market is the mechanical and plant engineering sector, with other key fields including foodstuffs, energy and mobility. At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, LAPP is examining what the future of connection technology will look like and providing some clever and sometimes even surprising answers in its "futureLab".

Specially revamped for this year’s event, the "futureLab" offers visitors a sneak peek into the solutions currently in the pipeline at LAPP. "With the new 'futureLab', we aim to cement our position as a technology leader," says Guido Ege, Head of Technology and Development at LAPP, adding: "The four focal points of the 'futureLab' are at different stages of market maturity. Some are already available and ready for the market, while others are currently in the functional prototype phase." A key focus is predictive maintenance, which offers a promising solution for preventing costly outages. Looking into this area, the experts at LAPP are exploring how companies can monitor the condition of their data cables and showcasing an innovative solution that no longer requires any changes to be made to the cable. Instead, an electronic device constantly monitors the signals transmitted by the cable and analyses their quality. If this falls below a critical value, the device issues an early warning, allowing the cables to be replaced during scheduled maintenance works. The electronic components required can be built into devices such as switches, which should minimize additional costs. And if LAPP cables already happen to be in use, as the device is configured to their electrical properties, it can simply be retrofitted to existing plants and machinery.