Superconductors – the future is contactless
As always, the FESTO team is at HANNOVER MESSE with a wide range of innovations on show. One key area of focus for the Swabian company is superconductor technology, with future applications including contactless weighing and measuring.
Ultra-pure, germ-free processes are crucial to the increasingly sophisticated production methods used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, food processing and the electronics sector. One solution to preventing contamination during production is to prevent the apparatus and workroom from coming into contact. This may seem an almost impossible challenge at first, but the special characteristics of superconductor technology are set to make it a reality. Among its other highlights at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, FESTO is presenting a superconductor-based concept for contactless weighing and measuring.
Superconductors are materials that acquire very special properties when cooled below a certain temperature - they can "freeze" the field of a permanent magnet at a defined distance. As a result, objects can be held in position and moved free of contact, with the levitation gap remaining constant even when obstacles are found in its path. Thanks to their restoring forces, superconductive magnetic bearing components autonomously return to their stored positions, even if one of them is temporarily removed - and do so without any need for external control technology. FESTO has been working hard to harness the characteristics of superconductors and is now exhibiting the SupraSensor system, a contactless balance ideal for use on sterile workbenches in biological or chemical analytics. What’s more, the concept also allows many other physical properties to be measured via the force-based system, including density, viscosity and temperature.
FESTO AG & Co. KG (73734 Esslingen, Germany), Hall 15, Stand D11
Contact: Annette Ostertag
Tel.: +49 711 347-53830
Chemnitz University of Technology is at HANNOVER MESSE with the latest market-ready development of an abrasive water suspension jet technology designed for machining virtually any material quickly and with the highest precision.
The Ancient Greeks already understood some 2,000 years ago that constant dripping will wear away stone. Now scientists at Chemnitz University of Technology have shown that an abrasive water jet can cut through not just stone but also super-hard technical ceramics and steel several meters thick - with unprecedented precision and speed. The university is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to demonstrate the potential this technology offers.
The concept of abrasive water suspension jet technology, in which the abrasive substance is added directly in the high pressure range, is in itself well established. It has been used for high-performance cutting in applications including oil exploration, nuclear power plant decommissioning and explosive ordnance disposal for some 30 years now. However, in mechanical engineering, only the less effective injection method has so far been used.
To improve the technology for this sector, the Chemnitz researchers have developed an innovative NC machining center with high positioning accuracy that also significantly improves cutting quality. "Developing both the suspension jet cutting technology and the machinery has boosted efficiency and jet stability, resulting in machining opportunities that have never been possible before, such as cutting through technical ceramics," explains Dr. Martin Dix, head of the Cutting Technologies research group at the Professorship for Machine Tools and Forming Technology.
Initiated in 2016, Project EroJET ("Using suspension jet technology for high-precision erosion-machining of difficult materials") has shown that virtually all substances can be cut three times faster than with the conventional injection jet process - and with the highest precision. Thanks to the huge potential that this optimized suspension jet technology offers, project manager Markus Dittrich is now preparing a spin-off company to be launched this year with the support of the SAXEED start-up network.
Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute for Management and Factory Systems (09125 Chemnitz, Germany), Hall 4, Stand F24
Contact: Markus Dittrich
Tel.: +49 371 531-32631
It's the little things that count...!
Already the supplier of the smallest medium-voltage circuit breakers on the market, Tavrida has now beaten its own record. The VCB15_MDD, which also delivers improved performance, is on show for the first time at HANNOVER MESSE.
Tavrida Electric is a global company with its roots in Estonia, specialized in developing and manufacturing medium-voltage switchgear products for indoor and outdoor applications. More than 25 years ago, Tavrida was the first ever company to launch a vacuum circuit breaker with a magnetic drive. Now, with over 500,000 vacuum circuit breakers and 70,000 reclosers produced and installed in more than 80 different countries, Tavrida has become one of the world’s top three suppliers of medium-voltage vacuum switchgear.
Thanks to its ongoing, extensive research into magnetic actuators, vacuum breakers and the required insulation design, Tavrida has already developed the VCB15_LD as the most compact, lightweight and reliable circuit breaker on the market. Just in time for HANNOVER MESSE 2018, the company has now created an even more compact device - and it also delivers improved performance. The new VCB15_MDD, on show for the first time in Hannover, is some 20 percent smaller than the previous model, with ratings of 1250 A, 31.5 kA and 17.5 kV.
Tavrida Electric GmbH (88069 Tettnang, Germany), Hall 13, Stand D39
Contact: Johannes Okon
Tel.: +49 7542 94678 55
Mobile: +49 160 901 264 60
How to start digitalization
Fully in line with the trends and latest developments that drive HANNOVER MESSE, Konica Minolta is showcasing a huge range of products, services and solutions to help manufacturing companies bring digital concepts into their production processes.
On the back of last year's success in Hannover, the Japanese technology company Konica Minolta is pulling out all the stops and doubling the size of its exhibition space this year. And no wonder - since the company has a huge range of digital manufacturing and Industry 4.0 innovations up its sleeve for HANNOVER MESSE 2018. The variety really is enormous, ranging from solutions for digitizing production processes using IIoT platforms in collaboration with Siemens and AXOOM, smart glasses for optimizing assembly processes, and automated document digitization with Robotics BPO, right through to increasing quality control accuracy via digital color data management.
Further highlights on show include intelligent video technologies for machine and process monitoring, video-guided package tracking for increased efficiency in delivery processes, camera-based solutions for safer gas monitoring, and a centralized system for international companies producing work manuals in multiple languages. "For Konica Minolta, digital manufacturing is a core topic, because we are able to combine our distinct expertise and technologies from our different business units to enhance our solutions in this field. With the digitization of production processes, our customers are already facing very unique challenges based on their individual business needs. Konica Minolta puts these needs center stage and is constantly working on new solutions to help them bring the digital era into their production facilities," explains Steve Rommel, Head of Digital Manufacturing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH.
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Chiyoda-ku 100-7015, Japan), Hall 8, Stand C07
Contact: Melanie Olbrich
Tel.: +49 511 7404 5337
Industry 4.0 in action!
On show at HANNOVER MESSE, the Smart Pneumatics Monitor from Aventics puts the theoretical advantages of Industry 4.0 into practice with predictive maintenance.
By now, most people should be able to list the theoretical benefits of Industry 4.0 in their sleep - but many of these advantages have not been put into practice yet, despite all the exciting potential. For instance, many users of pneumatic systems would love to be able to access real-time information on the state of wear and energy efficiency at a glance, in order to act on potential leaks or machine downtimes as quickly as possible. At last, someone is now responding to these wishes. On show at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, the Smart Pneumatics Monitor (SPM) from Aventics monitors operating conditions, analyzes data, and provides this processed information to users to support status-oriented maintenance.
"As actuators of many other components, pneumatic valves have a great influence on system availability, machine safety, energy efficiency, and even raw material consumption," explains Dieter Michalkowski, responsible for the Smart Pneumatics Monitor at Aventics. "There are excellent economic reasons to ensure that these valves are operating optimally and that users are taking full dvantage of their wide range of functions." This is why Aventics uses "smart" valves that alert users in good time when individual components reach critical limits and action needs to be taken. By enabling predictive maintenance, the Aventics SPM thus helps to make a reality of the many theoretical Industry 4.0 advantages.
Aventics GmbH (30880 Laatzen, Germany), Hall 23, Stand A19/6
Contact: Christiane Bischoff
Tel.: +49 511 2136 870
Close contact with robots?
The AIRSKIN soft safety skin showcased by Blue Danube Robotics GmbH at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 works as a collision sensor for safe interaction with robots and grippers.
Thanks to their wide range of applications and tantalizing potential, the need for practical, flexible cobot solutions continues to soar. However, they are never a straightforward option because of the minefield of regulations and standards that apply to humans and machines working side-by-side. Blue Danube Robotics GmbH, a TU Wien spin-off based in Vienna, Austria, which focuses on developing safety technology for industrial robotics, adopts a pragmatic approach to this issue.
At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, it is showcasing the AIRSKIN collision sensor that it has designed to be simply and easily mounted directly onto robots and linked to their controls. This does away with the need for conventional protective barriers entirely! The company is using a mock-up palletizing system to demonstrate how a standard industrial suction gripper can be equipped with the skin to render it totally safe.
TÜV Austria helped the company to gain AIRSKIN its ISO 13849 category 3, PLe certification. "The soft pads are located in a safety layer that covers the robot in the form of a second skin, which also guards the points that could potentially trap or crush. Should a robot and human worker or object collide, the sensor reacts and performs an emergency stop in an instant. What's more, the soft pads dampen forces that could result until the machine is brought to a final halt. These properties make AIRSKIN ideal for use in applications that need to comply with ISO/TS 15066," says Dr. Walter Wohlkinger, Managing Director of Blue Danube Robotics.
Blue Danube Robotics GmbH (1010 Vienna, Austria), Hall 17, Stand D10
Contact: Julia DiFranco
Tel.: +43 189 0869 714
A simmering hot new development
TU Wien, Austria's largest natural sciences and technical university, is bringing a whole stack of interesting and innovative exhibits to HANNOVER MESSE 2018, including a high-performance heat reservoir with groundbreaking properties.
Besides commercial developers, it’s mainly public and privately funded institutes that drive progress with their basic research, developments and inventions. They are also known to spawn spin-offs that shake up the scene as innovative new market players. TU Wien is a very good example of this. Not only do its 4,800 members of staff and 30,000 students make it Austria's largest natural sciences and technological university, but it is also by far the country’s biggest recipient of EU research funding. The high volume of collaborative projects with private companies and funding agencies accounts for almost 40 percent of its state funding. But besides the necessary expertise, TU Wien also offers a bank of ready-to-use new technologies.
One of its key exhibits at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 is a market-ready high-performance heat reservoir. This groundbreaking invention is the first handy and cost-effective system for short-, medium- and long-term storage of heat at temperatures between 200 and 300 degrees Celsius. Its outstanding properties and benefits speak for themselves – high energy density of 2 megajoules per kilogram, highly dynamic heat output (reaching the maximum temperature of over 300 degrees Celsius in ten seconds), short charging time in a matter of minutes, unique and cost-effective combination of materials, easy-to-operate, high cycle stability, suitable as a long-term reservoir for up to several months. To top it all, this is the first highly dynamic storage system to use waste heat between 150 and 400 degrees Celsius. In terms of potential applications, apart from the obvious industrial scenarios, it could also be used to efficiently pre-heat vehicles so as to avoid cold starts, for example.
TU Wien (1040 Vienna, Austria), Hall 5, Stand D18
Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Peter Heimerl
Tel.: +43 1 58801 406110
Mobile: +43 664 605883320
The torque motor is simply revolutionary!
At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, the German Federal Environmental Foundation is showcasing energy-saving, high-power torque motors from OSWALD Elektromotoren GmbH - the winner of the German Environment Award 2017 for developing this innovative drive.
A conventional electric motor transforms electrical energy into mechanical power by means of electrically charged inductors creating magnetic fields, whose opposing attraction and repulsion are converted into movement. These motors are generally geared down to create higher torque. At least that's how things worked in the past. At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, the Osnabrück Center for Environmental Communications run by the German Federal Environmental Foundation is showcasing the innovative, energy-saving, high-power electric industrial motor developed by OSWALD Elektromotoren GmbH. It not only won the German Environmental Award 2017 for developing this non-geared torque motor, but the groundbreaking technology behind it has catapulted the company to the status of global market leader in this field.
The idea of using torque motors as the main drives in direct drive engineering could revolutionize the future construction and use of electric motors, particularly with regard to main drives. Their infinite adaptability and high efficiency mean that these powerful drives are both suitable for a wide range of uses and also exceptionally kind to the environment and climate. They consume up to 50 percent less energy than other mechanical or hydraulic drive solutions. What's more, the new torque motors are quieter, lighter and more compact - and dispensing entirely with gear oil reduces the already low running costs even further. Besides industrial applications, the motors will also start to take over powering ships. In many cases, they provide the first ever option of purely electric, emissions-free drive at very low noise levels. Compared to conventional diesel engines, this motor technology promises energy savings of up to 90 percent for shipping operations.
Zentrum für Umweltkommunikation der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt gGmbH (49090 Osnabrück, Germany), Hall 2, Stand C40
Contact: Ulf Jacob
Tel.: +49 541 9633 960
One step closer to holodecks!
The Austrian startup Holo-Light seeks to accelerate processes by fusing actual and virtual reality. At HANNOVER MESSE, the company is demonstrating the Holo-View app and its first foray into developing hardware, the innovative Holo-Stylus.
The image of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, skillfully moving a floating virtual 3D blueprint back and forth with his index finger is actually much closer to reality than you might think. Holo-Light GmbH from the Austrian Tyrol is one of the avant-garde companies working on turning these kinds of extremely useful and thus highly desirable scenarios into reality.
It uses state-of-the-art mixed and augmented reality technology to develop efficient solutions for Industry 4.0. Besides supplying software products for quality control, maintenance and 3D data visualization, the fledgling tech-enterprise also specializes in conducting customized case studies and projects for training, maintenance and Building Information Modeling, for example. The highlights of its showcase at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 include the Holo-View app and its new Holo-Stylus. The Holo-View app comes remarkably close to the Iron Man scenario outlined at the start, transforming CAD models into 3D holograms from which data can be dragged and dropped into all kinds of data goggles.
Holo-View makes it possible to process and present 3D models in virtual space, which can be worked on directly and checked as a team thanks to multi-user accessibility. The Holo-Stylus, designed to make working with mixed reality far easier, is the company’s first venture in developing its own hardware. The stylus in question works as an intuitive input device. Its extreme accuracy enables very precise interaction with holograms and detailed 3D drawing, but also greatly facilitates many other processes that call for fine nuances in hand movements. The Holo-Stylus can be used with all the usual head-mounted displays and, if everything goes according to plan, is destined to become the standard input device across the board for AR, VR and MR applications.
Holo-Light GmbH (6363 Westendorf, Austria), Hall 6, Stand J18
Contact: Iris Feuchter
Tel.: +43 664 88234628
The rise and rise of robots
EASY-ROB Software GmbH is at HANNOVER MESSE to unveil the EASY-ROB Robotics Simulation Kernel, which offers an open architecture for developing robot applications.
Although robots are once again on everyone’s lips with the digitization of production processes, the first were built as early as the 18th century, if not before. By contrast, 1996 - the year EASY-ROB Software GmbH was founded - seems positively recent. Yet the promise of the "easy way to robotics" offered by the EASY-ROB simulation system is now backed up by over 20 years of experience. The system is a program package specially designed for easy and cost-effective use on Windows PCs. Besides being extremely user-friendly, it is also a comprehensive simulation solution. EASY-ROB saves time and money at all stages, from the automation idea all the way through to startup. The development of automation scenarios is closely aligned to customer needs and covers all major types of robots.
However, as already suggested, the fourth industrial revolution has breathed new life into the robotics sector and this has once again boosted demand for planning and simulation software in production facilities. EASY-ROB is thus at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to premiere its Robotics Simulation Kernel, which now offers users over 1,000 types of robots for kinematic calculations, including a trajectory planner for various PTP, SLEW, LIN and CIRC movements. As with the EASY-ROB DLL version, the EASY-ROB Robotics Simulation Kernel is designed to be integrated into technology-based software applications from OEM partners. While this provides API functions and services for robot functionality, the host application takes charge of the 3D visualization, the management of all the geometries and the handles of all the kinematics. The EASY-ROB Robotics Simulation Kernel supplies a handle for each set of kinematics loaded. Existing robots, devices and tools can be loaded, interlinked and controlled via the API.
EASY-ROB Software GmbH (65719 Hofheim, Germany), Hall 17, Stand E42 (10)
Contact: Patryk Lischka
Tel.: +49 6192 921 70 79
Putting integration into practice
HONICO eBusiness specializes in complex e-commerce solutions and integration of SAP and non-SAP systems. The company is now in Hannover to showcase its flexible HONICO IntegrationMan platform.
Integration is a major issue of our age - and not just in social and political terms. The market for supporting software systems for trade and industry is also proving to be lively - and sometimes far livelier than users would like. But here, too, there are mediators that are focusing on the matter and are bringing some order to the eclectic range of software systems. Leading integration company HONICO eBusiness GmbH, for example, specializes in complex e-commerce solutions and in linking these to SAP and non-SAP systems. Its flexible HONICO IntegrationMan platform on show at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 offers off-the-shelf process solutions for around 80 percent of all integration scenarios.
HONICO IntegrationMan ensures even the most complex integration projects run much more efficiently than with comparable solutions. Besides ERP systems and online stores, the platform also supports efficient and flexible integration of PIM, CRM and payment systems. Large numbers of companies use this in spare part sales to map live processes from ERP systems in their online stores, for example. Customers of HONICO eBusiness include ALD Vacuum Technologies, Infineon, Murrelektronik, Framo Morat and Wafios. As well as comprehensive support with system integration, HONICO eBusiness also provides process consulting for integration projects.
HONICO eBusiness GmbH (20457 Hamburg, Germany), Hall 7, Stand E26
Contact: Emil Hadner
Tel.: +49 403 2808 682
The pioneers of the industrial revolution 4.0
SmartFactory KL is an initiative that tests and develops innovative technologies in realistic production scenarios. The aim is then to integrate them into automation processes and thus pave the way for more flexible and efficient production concepts. The initiative is once again in Hannover to show its latest findings.
Founded back in 2005 as a non-profit association, SmartFactory KL shows just how many years digitization has been permeating industry. The technology-focused initiative has always seen its mission as being to build a network of players from industry and research to carry out joint research and development projects - from developing and outlining the vision through to industrial implementation. The almost 13 years since it was founded have seen a great many technological advances, not least thanks to the activities of SmartFactory KL. As in previous years, the initiative is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to demonstrate the latest developments in Industry 4.0 and reach out to large numbers of visitors.
The latest key innovations on show include the following developments and solutions: Vertical integration - how can existing production facilities be digitally upgraded? SmartFactory KL is showcasing various vertical integration methods, including a variety of different edge device solutions from its partners. These can be used to collect status data from production machinery and assess the state of equipment by using smart data evaluation.
Connected cloud - SmartFactory KL is explaining how different elements can be networked, ranging from various manufacturer clouds via a service provider cloud to a higher-level system cloud.
5G mobile technology - how can high data rates be protected and transmitted with the lowest possible latency in an industrial environment? SmartFactory KL is demonstrating optical quality control using 5G.
Enhanced infrastructure - how do you combine flexible production with an equally flexible infrastructure? SmartFactory KL is showing how to meet the need for infrastructure simplicity and connectivity while also factoring in all of the supply media.
AI and AR - using artificial intelligence in production can help employees bring together data from a variety of sources and filter the relevant information. SmartFactory KL is also demonstrating how augmented reality can be combined with smart data glasses, for example, to help employees in their day-to-day work.
Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V (67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany), Hall 8, Stand D18
Contact: Dr. Haike Frank
Tel.: +49 6312 0575 3406
Exclusive accessories included
Universal Robots has chosen HANNOVER MESSE to exhibit its online UR+ ecosystem. The system’s mobile plug-and-produce solutions help ensure companies meet modern-day challenges such as the growing variety of models and increasingly flexible batch sizes.
Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer and market leader in collaborative robotics, is drawing on practical examples to show how companies can use versatile, easily integrated components to meet modern-day challenges head on. "Visitors to our stand will see for themselves that 'plug and produce' is already a reality, thanks to our online UR+ ecosystem," says Helmut Schmid, Managing Director of Universal Robots Germany GmbH and General Manager Western Europe. "It offers access to a constantly growing number of grippers, sensors, software and other accessories, which can all be implemented via plug and play. This reduces installation time and costs for automation solutions and thus makes them a realistic option, including for small and medium-sized companies."
Brand new in the UR+ range, and thus making their debut in Hannover, are a plug-and-produce camera from Sensopart and an electric gripper from Dahl, specially designed for collaborative applications. Like all UR+ components, they are both easy to integrate. Software from Octopuz is a further highlight for visitors, offering them the option to program their own applications offline. The apps can then be transferred to a UR robot for a live demonstration. The trade fair presentation is rounded off by a palletizing application, of particular interest for the logistics and packaging sectors, which are increasingly discovering the benefits of collaborative robotics.
Universal Robots (Germany) GmbH (81379 Munich, Germany), Hall 17, Stand B32
Contact: Helmut Schmid
Mobile: +49 160 9349 1227
New chapter in autonomous driving
When the Baden-Württemberg Autonomous Driving Test Ground opens on May 3, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology will be in the lineup, too. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE have the opportunity to get a sneak preview.
The FZI Research Center for Information Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research and technology transfer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT. Its mission includes providing companies and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology and preparing young people for higher education, a business career or self-employment. Led by professors from various faculties, the research groups at the FZI work on an interdisciplinary basis to develop concepts and software, hardware and system solutions for their clients and turn their solutions into prototypes. The FZI is also part of the consortium that will be officially opening the Baden-Württemberg Autonomous Driving Test Ground on May 3, 2018. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2018 have the opportunity to find out more about the various application scenarios beforehand.
At the test ground, research institutions and companies will be able to test future-focused technologies and services associated with networked and automated driving in everyday road traffic. The test ground covers self-driving cars, public transportation, commercial vehicles for areas such as road cleaning, and delivery services. The setup phase includes preparation of all kinds of road surfaces and installation of sensors to record the traffic and influencing factors in real time.
FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology KIT (76131 Karlsruhe, Germany), Hall 2, Stand B01
Contact: Frieda-Sophie Lammert
Tel.: +49 721 9654-928
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