HANNOVER MESSE 2020, 20 - 24 April
HANNOVER MESSE-Trendspots - Issue 1

A glimpse of what exhibitors are bringing to Hannover!

At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, all eyes will be on Industry 4.0 (advanced manufacturing). Over five action-packed days, some 5,000 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest technologies for the factories and energy systems. The Trendspots offer a little taster of what you can expect to find at the fair. The first edition is being published today, but more are set to follow, right up till the start of the fair.

29 Mar. 2016

Seen it yet? The key to Industry 4.0!
As a leading supplier of innovative machine vision technologies, MVTec Software GmbH is at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 to show how industrial image processing is becoming a key technology for efficient and reliable Industry 4.0 and smart factory processes.

It's hard to imagine how the fourth industrial revolution could ever take place without the important advances that have been made in industrial image processing (IIP). As "the eye of production", IIP ensures that interaction between man and machine runs smoothly and that processes in Industry 4.0 and smart factory scenarios are efficient. What’s more, when it comes to flexibly adapting production processes and producing small batch sizes efficiently, simple solutions for creating machine vision applications are becoming increasingly important.

Thanks to interactive demos and applications in automated production environments, MVTec is demonstrating how the new versions of its standard software products HALCON and MERLIC support IIP.As a comprehensive standard software package for machine vision with integrated development environment (IDE), HALCON is used around the world for industrial and medical image processing and analysis. HALCON 12.0.2, the version on show in Hannover, offers new and improved features such as much more robust barcode identification.

MERLIC, the second standard software package from MVTec, is image processing software that can be used to compile all-in-one solutions quickly, without having to write a single line of code. Thanks to an image-centered user interface and intuitive operating concepts such as “easyTouch”, MERLIC supports an efficient and thus time- and cost-saving workflow. Besides being more robust and faster, the new version on show at the fair has a completely new feature in the MERLIC Engine. This enables users to create applications with the intuitive MERLIC backend and then load, parameterize and execute them directly in their C++ or C# framework.



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Lucky number four!
Schaeffler Technologies, part of one of the world’s biggest family companies is exhibiting "Machine tool 4.0" and "Drivetrain 4.0" at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 - two innovations for production and maintenance in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.

With some 84,000 employees at 170 sites in 50 countries, the Herzogenaurach-based Schaeffler Group is one of the world’s biggest family-run companies. But it is more than just big - its systems and precision components for engines, transmissions, and chassis and its rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications help it play a big part in the mobility of tomorrow. At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Schaeffler is exhibiting "Machine tool 4.0" and "Drivetrain 4.0", two new products for production and maintenance applications in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.

The "Machine tool 4.0" concept, one of four finalists nominated for the German Industry Innovation Award (Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft), is a joint development from Schaeffler and DMG MORI, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-forming machine tools. This fully networked machine, based on sensorized Schaeffler components and a cloud-based software package and evaluation unit, represents a clear step towards digitalized production - particularly if experience from this project is also transferred to other machinery and plants. In Hannover, Schaeffler is also exhibiting clear steps towards "predictive maintenance" as part of the special event of the same name. "Machine tool 4.0" is being joined at the event by "Drivetrain 4.0" and its additional data-based solutions, which will be demonstrated live to highlight the added value of cloud-based services.


Schaeffler Technologies at HANNOVER MESSE

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The oil experts give it some gas!
The fact that gas engines need oil is neither a paradox nor an insignificant detail - finding the right composition for a gas engine oil is a huge challenge. ADDINOL Lube Oil GmbH has taken on this challenge with great success and is exhibiting the results at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 - ADDINOL Eco Gas 4000 XD, a gas engine oil that meets the very highest demands.

When developing ADDINOL Eco Gas 4000 XD, the experts at ADDINOL had to meet various manufacturers' highly complex requirements for lubricants and take into account the very wide variety of application scenarios. This is where their extensive experience really counted, since ADDINOL Lube Oil GmbH, which counts research and development as one of its core activities, has been working closely with leading OEMs for a great many years. Engine technology is developing at breakneck speed, with designers using new materials and even altering the design of pistons and combustion chambers to achieve ever better performance and meet increasingly stringent emissions standards. However, this technical progress usually results in high pressure loads and rising temperatures in engines.

ADDINOL Eco Gas 4000 XD has been designed specifically to meet the tougher demands that are placed on the gas engine oils used in conjunction with clean fuel gases. The new oil exhibits maximum thermal and alkaline stability and is formulated to keep engines extraordinarily clean, effectively reduce deposits and provide optimum wear protection. Preliminary key data from the lab is being backed up by current field tests at MTU Onsite Energy and MWM. Furthermore, field tests have already been completed at MAN and Tedom - and both manufacturers have already given the product the green light.



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A charming arm
Bionic Robotics GmbH from Darmstadt in Germany is showcasing a lightweight robot at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 that emulates an exceptionally successful role model in terms of movement and size - the human arm!

Bionic Robotics GmbH, an innovation-driven spin-off from TU Darmstadt founded in 2010, focuses primarily on developing and manufacturing super-light robotic arms. The lightweight robot called BioRob that the company is exhibiting at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 is very similar to an exceptionally successful role model in the way it moves and its size - the human arm. It is similarly versatile, its four-to-five joints make it extremely flexible, and with its drives located in the base the robotic arm itself weighs very little. This makes BioRob the perfect industrial automation robot for performing transportation, pick & place, palletizing and alternating handling tasks involving small or medium-sized batches.

Thanks to its prize-winning, patented and bionic-inspired drive concept, which gives the robot arm a very light and flexible structure, people can safely venture within its reach. BioRob also meets the new ISO/TS 15066:2016 standards for collaborative robots, which makes it the only robot on the market without complex sensor and control technology that is suitable for human-machine interaction. Even at high speeds, thanks to its lightweight construction, the forces involved in any accidental contact with human co-workers would be so low that there is no risk of injury. This makes expensive protective enclosures, guards or other barriers a thing of the past.



Process optimization in action!
The Research Center for Non Destructive Testing GmbH (RECENDT) is showcasing an entirely new infrastructure for the long-term operation and maintenance of spectroscopic measuring equipment for process analytics at HANNOVER MESSE 2016.

The engineers at RECENDT from the Austrian city of Linz are confidently promising a "groundbreaking event" courtesy of the nation-wide collaboration "Industrial Methods for Process Analytical Chemistry - From Measurement Technologies to Information Systems", or imPACts for short. This joint project is being run by the Austrian research network PAC - Process Analytical Chemistry and is co-funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the federal states of Upper and Lower Austria.

Developed by the research collaborative and other partners including the Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH), the entirely new infrastructure for the long-term operation and maintenance of spectroscopic measuring equipment used in process analytics (dubbed "ChemSaaS –- Chemometrics as a Service") is on show at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. The team has chosen various case studies to demonstrate how ChemSaaS can be used to optimize the operation and maintenance of process spectrometers as part of Industry 4.0. For instance, the ChemSaaS measuring system created by the PAC research network enables efficient process analytics for optimizing processes in the food industry.

Besides ChemSaaS, the Austrians are premiering an industrial OCT measuring system that is bound to prove a further trade fair highlight in Hannover. OCT stands for optical coherence tomography, a procedure used to geometrically measure microscopic laser holes in high resolution. RECENDT has joined forces with partner company Plansee to present live demonstrations of this customized industrial analysis system at HANNOVER MESSE 2016.



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Mixing not moving
Berlin startup FDX Fluid Dynamix is celebrating the premiere of its unique OsciJet nozzle at HANNOVER MESSE 2016, which can produce a spatially oscillating jet without using any moving parts.

To ensure gases and liquids are well combined, mixing components nearly always need to have moving parts, which almost inevitably makes machinery more likely to need repairs and maintenance. But all that looks set to change as Berlin startup FDX Fluid Dynamix celebrates the premiere of its unique OsciJet nozzle at HANNOVER MESSE 2016, which for the first time can produce a spatially oscillating jet without using any moving parts - and it's thanks to a special fluid oscillator.

The OsciJet nozzle, which is based on the company’s own in-house technology platform, enables FDX to create an oscillating jet of liquid without moving parts, even under the trickiest conditions - and without compromising on the overall system's durability, reliability and maintenance intervals. With its fast, efficient and precisely adjustable frequency spectrum, which ranges from a few oscillations per second to almost ultrasonic levels, the OsciJet nozzle can generate the required frequency range for almost any process. From fuel-air mixtures in engines to the water jets used in dishwashers, the wear-free OsciJet nozzle achieves a mixture quality that is up to 15-times superior, thus not only optimizing operation, but saving procurement and maintenance costs at the same time.


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Co-worker Cobot!
U.S. specialist Rethink Robotics is teaming up with its German partner HAHN Robotics to showcase their collaborative robot Sawyer, a new concept for the changing work environment of Industry 4.0.

The trend toward growing diversification means companies have to find a way of manufacturing increasingly customized products cost-efficiently, even in small series. That in turn means they have to be even more flexible if they are to keep pace as the speed of change in Industry 4.0 production processes continues to increase. While SMEs used to have a clear advantage in this regard because they were smaller and therefore more flexible, the cost-intensive restructuring processes being pursued by larger companies are now threatening to change all that. This is why a development like the collaborative robot Sawyer couldn’t come at a better time. Sawyer, which U.S. high-tech expert Rethink Robotics and its German partners HAHN Robotics are exhibiting at HANNOVER MESSE 2016, will in future help SMEs in particular to set up their own high-performance automation.

Sawyer the "cobot" (collaborative robot) embodies an entirely new production concept. The idea is not to replace humans, but rather to work productively in harmony with them. From the very start, a major focal point in design work was to ensure man and machine could work together side-by-side both safely and harmoniously - and without the need for any protective devices. This meant equipping Sawyer with a degree of intelligence and intuition that sets new standards in robotics. The end result is technology that can create a win-win situation by freeing up employees to turn their attention to more complex tasks and thus boost value creation in the entire company for the long term.



Generous interfacing in a nutshell
At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG is exhibiting a new addition to the BL compact series for its BL ident RFID system - a robust IP67 module for connecting EtherCAT master systems.

Turck is launching its new BL compact RFID module with integrated EtherCAT interface at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. Now, the company's tried-and-tested BL ident RFID system can be connected directly to EtherCAT master systems using the robust IP67-I/O module, so that large volumes of data from the control system can be read out and processed directly from the BL ident system. This is done using acyclic services to ensure the data is always available in the control system when needed and that time-sensitive and decision-relevant data can be processed in real time.

To achieve this, Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG provides standard-compliant components, which are processed in the control system and thus ensure the RFID system can be easily integrated into users' system landscapes. The BL compact module’s 16 Kbyte per channel provide plenty of scope for adequate storage, so that even large volumes of data can be processed. To enable the system to react quickly to applications, read and write commands can be stored directly in the module so as to reduce reaction time and boost processing speed. What’s more, the new system - like all BL ident modules - supports the parallel operation of read/write heads for HF and UHF, thus offering users a great deal of flexibility and allowing them to define the basic RFID technology through the application.



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Prevention is better than cure!
Ultrasound specialist SONOTEC is in Hannover to unveil its innovative new SONAPHONE ultrasonic measuring device as part of the special Predictive Maintenance 4.0 exhibition.

Being able to predict the optimum time to perform maintenance as accurately as possible is becoming increasingly important in the value creation chain. This helps significantly reduce the downtime imposed by previously unpredictable failures and optimize maintenance strategies based on actual wear. Such is the importance of predictive maintenance (PM) to Industry 4.0 that it has been allocated a dedicated exhibition zone at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. And this is where ultrasound specialist SONOTEC is premiering its innovative SONAPHONE and showing how companies can save energy and boost the efficiency of their entire production process with ultrasonic measuring devices.

"Our new SONAPHONE heralds a groundbreaking development in predictive maintenance. The aim was to develop the first user-friendly ultrasonic measuring device to combine innovative measuring and sensor technology with smart software for predictive maintenance," explains Hans-Joachim Münch, SONOTEC's managing director. It is 25 years since the ultrasound specialist from Halle first started developing and supplying ultrasonic test equipment for identifying holes in compressed air and gas systems, monitoring storage facilities, detecting partial discharges and inspecting valves and steam traps. The company’s mobile ultrasonic measuring devices, which can be found in the standard toolkit of many maintenance professionals, play a key role in improving system safety and availability.


Smart powder invention

Researchers from TU Wien are at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 to exhibit a new injection molding technology for aluminum alloys that can be used to manufacture aluminum parts with powder metallurgy - just like the conventional sintering of steel and titanium.

These days, complicated metal parts are generally manufactured using a sintering process that adds plastic to a metal powder before pressing the mixture at high temperatures in a mold to form a solid metal workpiece. The exception until now was aluminum, which could not be processed this way. But researchers at the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics at TU Wien decided to change all that and have successfully developed a powder metallurgy procedure for aluminum, too. The innovative process they are showcasing at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 can be used to manufacture complex-shaped components in a material-saving way that is relevant for all sectors - from the automotive industry to aerospace engineering - thanks to its weight-reducing advantages.

The new powder metallurgy process is set to enable the manufacture of complicated shapes that would otherwise be impossible, or at best very difficult to achieve. The relatively low cost of the powdered raw material means that even fairly large parts don’t cost the earth. In fact, under mass production conditions, the new process saves over 50 percent of material and weight compared to conventional alternatives. Christian Gierl-Mayer, one of the team's chemists, emphasizes the numerous potential industrial applications for the new aluminum sintering process: "Sintering processes with other metals have proved themselves in many areas, and Austria boasts some of the leading companies in this field." The low density of aluminum makes it an attractive option for many applications - basically, wherever weight has to be reduced, such as in automotive and aerospace engineering, in machine tools and even watches. Aluminum sintering could open up a whole host of new possibilities in these and many other fields.



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Identification measures
The Schreiner Group is exhibiting its intelligent labeling solutions at the VDMA working group’s Protect-Ing pavilion during HANNOVER MESSE 2016.

Original or fake? Is it a luxurious brand item, a genuine document or a shoddy replica? Technological solutions for digital product identification are as important for intelligent Industry 4.0 factories as the products that control manufacturing and technical anti-forgery protection in mechanical engineering. That is why they are also among the innovations that Schreiner ProTech is showcasing in partnership with the Schreiner ProSecure, Schreiner LogiData and Schreiner Services competence centers at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. Just one example is the company’s groundbreaking functional labels for the networked factory of the future.

With these integrated RFID labels, the Schreiner Group is paving the way for intelligent component labeling - which is very much a growing need. Besides optimizing logistics processes, RFID labels like these can also be used to log component life cycle stages and even automate the set-up of manufacturing machines and identify components entirely automatically. The integrated authentication process is simply carried out via a smartphone app. And should users wish to consult any supporting documentation, such as installation or maintenance guides, this can also be done very conveniently using the NFC interface or by scanning a 2D code.



What refined company!
ttz Bremerhaven is showcasing its BioRaf network in Hannover, which brings together companies and institutes that either process and refine biomass or develop innovative related processes and products as part of the bio-economy.

Technologie-Transfer-Zentrum (ttz) Bremerhaven is a service provider of applied research and development in the areas of food, environment and health. The international team of experts in its Environment Department works together with companies, research partners and associations to focus on implementing new ideas and preparing them for market. At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, ttz is showcasing its BioRaf network, a platform for future-focused applied developments in small and medium-sized businesses. BioRaf brings together companies that process and refine biomass with institutes involved in developing innovative related processes and products as part of the bio-economy.

The BioRaf network’s mission is to develop new products, processes, end-to-end concepts and business fields for the benefit of the companies concerned. It also aims to use the synergy effects within the network in order to harness new potential in the field of bio-refinery - considering that industrial biomass-based bio-refineries form the cornerstone for creating an innovative and forward-looking industry. Furthermore, the idea is to create regional value creation chains and structures that will generate new employment opportunities, secure existing jobs and help the companies to gain a foothold in this new market and flourish.


Detailed drive design
WITTENSTEIN AG's appearance at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 under the banner "mechatronic drive technology - fast forward" underlines its status as a technological pioneer in mechatronic drive engineering with hardware and software innovations such as the completely revamped cymex 5 design package.

WITTENSTEIN AG hits HANNOVER MESSE 2016 on a remarkable high in the wake of winning the 2015 Hermes Awards. The company is showcasing a number of highlights under the banner "mechatronic drive technology - fast forward". These include the first fully scalable, modular iTAS drive kit for driverless transport systems (DTS) and a new series of high-performance 6.8 kW motors for drives used in confined spaces. Headlining the bill is the completely revamped cymex 5 design software from WITTENSTEIN alpha GmbH - a multi-functional solution for designing safe, customized, cost- and energy-efficient power trains.

With its intuitive and customizable user interface, cymex 5 can simultaneously process any number of design alternatives. As part of the process, it is able to choose from approx. 14,000 motor variants supplied by more than 50 manufacturers, over 8,000 different gearheads from WITTENSTEIN alpha and more than 200 combinations of WITTENSTEIN linear systems. The smart design software ensures maximum safety in line with the loads and motions encountered, and automatically issues a notice, warning or error message if any of the individual components is subject to overload. What's more, cymex 5 is capable of identifying downsizing potential, for instance where the chosen motor-gearhead unit could be replaced by a smaller alternative without compromising the system’s performance. Conversely, if the chosen devices aren't powerful enough for the job, the software will advise users to modify the design accordingly.



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The great cost deflater
Energiewerkstatt Gesellschaft für rationelle Energie mbH & Co. KG is enjoying its home advantage at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 to showcase a new high-efficiency heat compressor (HWV) that cuts the cost of producing compressed air by as much as 60 percent.

Compressed air has become an intrinsic part of industrial manufacturing, but it is also one of the most expensive energy carriers of our time. In fact, only about ten percent of the energy consumed can be converted into compressed air - plenty of incentive for Lower Saxony’s "Energy Workshop" efficiency experts to tackle this challenge. And with some considerable success, as visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2016 can see for themselves. The Energy Workshop is showcasing the HERON high-efficiency heat compressor (HWV) - a compact compressed-air producing machine that uses the principle of co-generation to provide an innovative and ecological solution for reducing the costs of compressed air production by up to 60 percent.

A gas-driven combustion engine lies behind this economic and eco-friendly means of producing compressed air. It's the use of the heat that’s given off during the process of compressing air that makes the system so highly efficient. The new HWV is best suited for any scenario where both compressed air and heat need to be generated cost-effectively in multi-shift operation. For instance in electroplating, where heat is required for the electrolyte bath and compressed air for processing the metal. Or for processing plastics, where heat is needed for warming the injection molds and the high amounts of compressed air required can account for up to 10 per cent of the company's electricity costs. In the food industry, too, washing and rinsing valves and vessels (e.g. bottles and milking machinery) requires heat alongside compressed air for the handling and manipulation equipment.


Oh for the eyes of an owl
InfraTec GmbH from Dresden is exhibiting its Nyxus Bird thermal imager at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 - a multi-functional surveillance device that is specially designed for mobile applications.

The world is once again witnessing swathes of people being forced by circumstances beyond their control to cross seas, mountains and borders in desperate search of refuge. On the receiving end, state institutions and aid organizations at home and abroad have to perform monitoring, reconnaissance and life-saving missions that are often very demanding. At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, InfraTec is exhibiting just the technology to at least simplify the authorities’ tasks. Its Nyxus Bird thermal imager is a multi-functional surveillance device that is versatile enough to cover every requirement.

The 640×480 IR pixel geometric resolution of this night-vision thermal imaging system with uncooled infrared detector delivers outstanding image quality. Moreover, its thermal resolution of less than 0.08 K ensures even the minutest differences in temperature are clearly visible on the accurately detailed thermal images. A touch of a button is all it takes to switch between the high-resolution thermal image and crystal-clear direct view. Both modes use a high-precision laser rangefinder, and more distant targets can be measured and localized with the aid of the device's integrated GPS and digital magnetic compass. The comfortable viewfinder and ergonomic, waterproof housing make it perfect for use on long missions, even under adverse environmental conditions.



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Four winners and a ... dandelion?
Besides a natural rubber engine mount (made from dandelion roots!), ContiTech is exhibiting an ultralight floor covering for the aerospace sector and robust, high-performance rubber crawler tracks at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. And to top it all, there's a high-performance belt for the lift drive in rack feeders.

An engine mount based on natural rubber made from dandelion roots, an ultralight floor covering for the aerospace sector and robust, high-performance rubber crawler tracks are three of the sustainable solutions and future-focused technologies that ContiTech is exhibiting for industrial and off-highway applications at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. Last but not least, the rubber and plastics specialist’s fourth highlight - a high-performance belt for the lift drive of rack feeders - once again proves the great heights materials expertise can scale.

Together with sales partner Synchrotech, ContiTech has developed a new technology for the lifting function in rack feeders based on the block-and-pulley principle. The "flashed belt drive" combines two classic mechanical concepts in a unique way. At the heart of this patented system for high-bay warehouses lies another Synchrodrive timing belt from ContiTech with exceptionally low wear or need for maintenance. What's more, it doesn’t even need lubrication. The belt can be used to move pallets weighing up to five metric tons, achieves larger accelerations and can lift up to 30 meters and more. Thanks to this innovative Synchrodrive belt, ContiTech is breaking new ground in performance levels.


Continental at HANNOVER MESSE

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Pocket power packs - made to measure

Clevises form the safe and reliable load-transmitting elements between two moving components. Alongside its extensive standard collection, mbo Osswald GmbH & Co KG is also showcasing customizable special clevises at HANNOVER MESSE 2016.

mbo Osswald GmbH & Co KG from the heart of Germany is known for stocking an extremely broad range of standard clevises and clevis joints. The company views HANNOVER MESSE 2016 as the perfect forum for demonstrating its skills in manufacturing special clevises, too. Even though its extensive standard collection in accordance with ISO 8140 / DIN 71752 already covers a wide range of applications, there are still plenty of cases where standard clevises cannot fully meet the desired requirements and must therefore be individually adapted to the installation environment.

In cases like these, it is necessary to match the individual components optimally to each other to increase efficiency and service life. The linking elements deserve special attention since complete mechanical load transmission is dependent on these "pocket power-packs". Clevis specialist mbo Osswald is very well equipped for such tasks. Aside from its in-house clevis production, it can call on virtually 50 years of development know-how and a comprehensive service package. As production is in-house, distances traveled are short, and the processes are very well optimized and matched to each other. Specially developed, highly efficient production concepts for the standard collection enable special parts to be manufactured cost-effectively, reliably and in line with the highest quality standards. Whether small-, medium- or large-scale production, the component profits in particular from the ingenious process structure, which provides for cost-effective production and thus a low final price.

mbo Oßwald at HANNOVER MESSE

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Lightweight focus
3M is exhibiting a wide range of new labeling and adhesive products in Hannover, such as its construction adhesive with traffic signal function - but the highlight is surely 3M's light construction applications.

3M - which stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing - is a globally active multi-technology company based in the USA, the HANNOVER MESSE 2016 partner country. Besides manufacturing and sales, it has always been vigorously involved in the research and development of future-proof solutions. This year at the world's most important industrial trade fair, 3M is showcasing a wide range of new labeling and adhesive products, such as a construction adhesive that works like a traffic signal by showing when it's hardened. However, the highlight surely has to be 3M's various applications covering all aspects of light construction.

The growing number of material mixes used in automotive engineering generates a greater need for alternative intelligent joining technologies. One repercussion is that gluing is increasingly replacing traditional techniques such as welding or screwing. Manufacturers and suppliers are already using 3M's light construction and adhesive solutions to save 50 kilograms in weight in the construction of medium-size vehicles. On average, around 15 liters of adhesive are currently used to manufacture a single automobile. Further potential for reducing vehicles' weight is to be found in using hollow glass microspheres for automobile interiors - up to 30 percent more weight could be saved depending on the component.



Does your machine order its own spare parts yet?
At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, symmedia GmbH is showcasing its symmedia SP/1 Parts intelligent spare parts store that networks production machinery directly with the manufacturer.

As production downtime inevitably costs machine operators time and therefore money, the best solution would surely be to keep the right spare parts to hand for whenever and wherever they’re needed. But surely it would cost a fortune to store a full inventory? Machinery manufacturers keen to optimize increasingly important and above all high-margin service business can explore a new option called symmedia SP/1 Parts at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. It’s been designed by service expert symmedia, which focuses on getting machines online and developing digital service solutions for mechanical and plant engineering.

Parts, the intelligent spare parts store, is the latest addition to symmedia's SP/1 software package that already offers well-established remote service, monitoring and maintenance functions. Parts networks operators' production machinery directly with the manufacturer and automatically sets up an intelligent shopping cart with order suggestions based on the machine’s datasheets - so genuine spare parts can be ordered from the manufacturer with a single click. This not only saves time, but also helps plan machinery maintenance and ensures maximum long-term availability for production. This Industry 4.0 solution enables machine manufacturers to network their products on a global scale and to optimize the service they provide across all sectors. As manufacturers extend their increasingly important high-margin service business and seek to retain their preferred supplier status for spare parts, even after the guarantee has expired, machine operators will benefit from the optimized identification and ordering service provided by Parts. This intelligent spare parts store is already being used successfully by injection molding machinery engineer ENGEL Austria.



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Touching the future of recording
With its innovative operation and visualization concept, the LOGOSCREEN 600 being premiered at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 by family-run company JUMO from Hesse heralds a new generation of monitors.

JUMO GmbH & Co. KG is a third-generation family-run business that has built up an international reputation over the decades as a high-tech supplier of innovative products in the field of instrumentation, control and automation. Its current product portfolio ranges from the sensors used in temperature, pressure and analysis measuring technology through to the control, automation and recording of measurements. JUMO is unveiling an innovation from the last of these segments at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 - its new LOGOSCREEN 600.

The LOGOSCREEN 600 rolls JUMO's decades of experience in paperless recorders into this innovative operation and visualization concept. From now on, it will usually take just three taps or less of the appropriate symbols to call up the desired process data. Different versions of the device are available for the paperless recording of process data - from the basic input-less model (which gathers process measurements via Ethernet or RS485 interfaces) through to the top-end device with three or six universal analog inputs, two analog outputs, twelve digital inputs and twelve individually switchable digital inputs/outputs. At just 119 millimeters deep, including connector plug, the LOGOSCREEN 600 can even be installed in shallow switch cabinets.


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Honey, I shrunk the factory!
The Fraunhofer IWU is showcasing its "Press Plant 4.0" at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 - a novel miniature model factory that offers trade visitors a virtual tour using augmented reality.

True to its motto "Forschung für die Zukunft" (Research for the Future), the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) focuses on application-oriented research and development in the field of production technology for the automotive and mechanical engineering industries. More than 650 highly qualified engineers and scientists work in its state-of-the-art laboratories for machine tools, forming and joining technology, mechatronics, precision technology and virtual reality in Chemnitz, Dresden, Augsburg and soon also Zittau (Oberlausitz). This makes the IWU one of Germany's leading contractual research and development institutions in its specialized fields of work. At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, a team of researchers and developers from the IWU will be showcasing their "Press Plant 4.0" project for the very first time under the tantalizing motto "Visualize Industry 4.0".

In a particularly effective approach to this theme, the IWU is using augmented reality to offer visitors a virtual tour through a miniature model of a future press plant based on Industry 4.0. They will be guided through the individual production stages in an interactive and easy-to-follow tour that uses the production of sample components to demonstrate the intelligent networking of processes, machines, plant and humans. It will also be made very clear how networking helps save time, energy and material, speeds up reaction times and makes factories more versatile in responding to market changes.



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