Logistics? These folks have it all in hand!ProGlove is a startup specializing in industrial wearables, and it’s using the global reach of HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase its latest hands-free scanners. These intelligent barcode scanners are already proving their worth in numerous industrial companies.
The intelligent barcode scanners from this Munich startup are set to boost efficiency practically anywhere where staff - up till now – have had to use conventional scanner guns. Thanks to smart ProGlove technology, users should be able to save up to four seconds on every scan. That makes a big difference in industrial environments, where workers have to repeatedly reach (or search) for scanners to acknowledge jobs, document steps or dispatch packages, and scan several thousand codes a day. As its name suggests, ProGlove is worn on a glove or cuff and can be actuated with the greatest of ease. According to the developers, ProGlove’s wearables are the smallest and lightest scanners in the world and can help reduce the amount of weight an employee has to lift during each shift by up to 1.5 metric tons. What’s more, up to 33 percent of common errors can be avoided, thanks to functions such as worker feedback.
ProGlove is part of a showcase being staged at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 by Capgemini that is training the spotlight on the improvements smart gloves can help deliver in the logistics chain of a production facility. ProGlove is exhibiting two solutions - the MARK One S intelligent wearable scanner for standard-range applications and its younger brother, the MARK 2, for mid-range applications. Reportedly, more than 300 customers are currently using industrial wearables from ProGlove, including big names such as KUKA, Bosch, Festo and thyssenkrupp. Andreas König, CEO of ProGlove, offers his own view on what the future holds for industrial wearables: "Public debate is currently centered on artificial intelligence and robotics, and we feel too much attention is being focused on machines, deep learning and sensors. Unfortunately, in many cases people are being forgotten. However, we don't think it’s realistic to expect that fully automated factories will be up and running in the foreseeable future. That's why we are using our technology to reinforce the role played by people. In fact, we are certain that industrial wearables are going to be the next ‘big thing’, and we think Germany and Central Europe should - and will - take on a leading role in developing that technology."
Workaround GmbH (ProGlove) (81671 Munich, Germany), Hall 6, Stand B30 (main stand)
Contact: Axel Schmidt
Mobile: +49 173 461 01 06
OK, so you can write - now learn how to read!
Bluhm Systeme is focusing on its strengths at HANNOVER MESSE 2019: "Integrated Industry - next steps". The company's "Bluhmware" software aims to take machine learning to a whole new level with fully autonomous production processes.
Bluhm Systeme is a full-service provider for cross-industry production and logistics labeling solutions. Its products put information such as expiration dates, lot and batch IDs, and logistics information directly or indirectly onto products and packaging via labels. Besides label printers and dispensers and specialist labeling systems, the company’s range also includes inkjet printers, laser labeling solutions and thermal transfer direct printers. What's more, it also manufactures labels for all applications. This extensive portfolio is rounded off with accessories such as inks, software and ink ribbons, not to mention various financing options, product training, a large service network and a 24-hour hotline.
Through its exhibits at HANNOVER MESSE 2019, Bluhm aims to show that, as an expert in labeling technology, it can provide more than just the essential printing and labeling machines and accessories. It also offers software applications that play a key part in implementing autonomous processes for the all-important tasks of collecting and analyzing data. The main advantage is that labeling technology is usually to be found at the really critical points in production, which means "Bluhmware" software is ideally placed to capture, collate and subsequently evaluate relevant production KPIs. The software uses signal exchanges with conveyor technology to determine data such as production time, production speed, plant output and downtimes. Based on this information, the software then calculates the optimum plant speeds and ideal production sequences. All in all, it helps machines to learn - in the true spirit of "integrated industry".
Bluhm Systeme GmbH (53619 Rheinbreitbach, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C40
Contact: Stefan Leske
Tel.: +49 2224 7708-660
Taking sensitivity to a whole new level!
It's a ground-breaking measurement solution that certainly doesn’t break the ground - but it does break records. Physicists from Saarland University are at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to show how very weak magnetic signals can be measured.
Whether it's the non-contact measurement of heart activity and brainwaves or detecting ore deposits and archaeological remains buried deep underground, the solution that physicists from Saarland University are bringing to Hannover should help. The scientists have developed magnetic field sensors that are breaking sensitivity records and opening up a whole range of potential new applications. Professor Uwe Hartmann and his research team have developed a system that allows them to detect weak magnetic signals over large distances in normal environments - that is, without needing a vacuum, low temperatures or shielding. Even when there are numerous sources of interference, their system can detect signal strengths far below a billionth of a tesla - about a million times smaller than the Earth’s magnetic field. This means it can be used to detect biomagnetic signals in the human body and geophysical phenomena alike.
The research team is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 in search of partners who can help develop the new measuring methods further. Experimental physicist Professor Hartmann has a nifty example to illustrate how impressive the team’s achievement is: "You could say the precision of our technique is like being able to locate a grain of sand in a mountain range. We can detect over relatively large distances magnetic fields that are approximately a million times weaker than the Earth’s magnetic field - just a few picotesla, that is a millionth of a millionth of a tesla." To date, sensors working under normal ambient conditions have been able to detect magnetic fields that are about a thousand times smaller than the Earth’s magnetic field.
Hartmann and his team have been involved in several projects that have focused on filtering out interference signals from measurement data. For instance, the researchers developed a smart sensor cable in which the magnetometers are connected to one another in a network. A number of these systems are currently being trialed as components in airport traffic management systems, for instance. Although the highly sensitive magnetic field sensors on show in Hannover are still, in essence, basic research, there are a wide range of potential applications. They could, for example, be used for diagnostic purposes in cardiology or neurology, where they could complement existing techniques such as ECG (electrocardiography) or EEG (electroencephalography). Another potential use is in geophysical sensing when searching for crude oil, mineral deposits or archaeological remains.
Universität des Saarlandes WuT GmbH (66123 Saarbrücken, Germany), Hall 2, Stand B46
Contact: Prof. Dr. Uwe Hartmann
Tel.: +49 681 302-3799
Not just any new smartphone...
The ideal communications solution for staff who are always on the move in production – Ascom is joining the Smart Electronic Factory (SEF) at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase the new Myco 3 professional smartphone.
Based in Switzerland, Ascom is a global solutions provider that focuses on numerous areas, including mobile workflow solutions. The company's vision is to close the gaps in digital information to ensure everyone can make the best decisions possible - anytime and anywhere. At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, the company is participating in the Smart Electronic Factory (SEF), an information and demonstration forum for Industry 4.0., where it is exhibiting its new professional smartphone - the Myco 3 - as part of an IoT showcase.
At the heart of this showcase is a manual assembly workstation (Bosch Rexroth ActiveAssist) that is integrated into a digital production control and operator guidance system. If faults or failures occur in the system, the relevant members of the service team are notified via a message sent to their Ascom Myco 3, which has been specially designed for industrial use. But the Myco 3 is also promised to be the ideal communications tool for production staff who are constantly on the move. For example, it makes sure there are always sufficient materials available at the production site to support the manufacture of numerous variants. How? It ensures digital material requests are immediately and reliably passed on to the right warehouse staff. Guido Gloy, Solution Market Manager for Ascom in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, explains: "As a specialist in closing the digital data gaps with mobile workers, Ascom puts the vital finishing touch to solutions for digital production management. The unique mobile solutions from Ascom eliminate the breakdowns and delays that can happen when information and notifications are being passed between people, machines and central databases."
Ascom Deutschland GmbH (60388 Frankfurt, Germany), Hall 7, Stand D26
Contact: Oliver Laube
Tel.: +49 69 580057-400
Passwords are so 1980s!
TWINSOFT GmbH & Co. KG is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to show off its mobile, intelligent and versatile "BioShare" biometrics suite. According to its creators, this product is the ultimate solution to the ever-present password problem.
TWINSOFT is a software company that pursues a pretty impressive principle: If a person is excited about something, he accomplishes more of everything - even the impossible. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2019 can decide for themselves whether the company has indeed succeeded in accomplishing the impossible. TWINSOFT is at the fair to exhibit its mobile, intelligent and versatile biometrics suite, known as "BioShare", and explain how it is set to make biometrics the ultimate solution.
"BioShare" is designed as a cost-effective solution for managing biometric features such as palm veins, faces, voices and fingerprints as a digital identity. Not only that, it is said to offer a tamper-proof, user-friendly and highly advanced means of identifying people in real time. It is a system TWINSOFT believes will finally put an end to the use of complex passwords that have to be repeatedly changed and cause not just potential security loopholes, but a great deal of exasperation, too. "BioShare" also promises to meet any challenge without requiring users to turn their whole infrastructure upside down, as it can be easily integrated into existing systems using state-of-the-art interface technologies. Moreover, as a mobile solution, you could say it's quite handy.
TWINSOFT GmbH & Co. KG (40878 Ratingen, Germany), Hall 6, Stand B04
Contact: Katrin Raddatz
Tel.: +49 2102 30040
(CroCo)dial up the current for loss-free energy transport!
The new HTS CrossConductor promises to be a versatile superconducting cable for loss-free energy transport that is simple to manufacture on an industrial footing. Scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are at the leading "Integrated Energy" trade fair, part of HANNOVER MESSE 2019, to explain all.
The potential applications for the new superconducting cable developed by KIT range from connecting wind parks and DC power supply on ships to high-current cabling in future electric aircraft. The new HTS CrossConductor - HTS CroCo, for short - is based on rare-earth barium copper-oxide (REBCO), a high-temperature superconductor that was discovered in 1987. Unlike other superconductors, which typically only start working at temperatures close to minus 269 degrees Celsius, REBCO can be used at temperatures starting from minus 196 degrees Celsius. However, long lengths of the superconductor can only be manufactured in the form of thin tapes.
During HANNOVER MESSE 2019, the physicists from KIT are presenting a method they have developed as a simple means of manufacturing high-current cables from these REBCO tapes. The star exhibit - the HTS CroCo - is made up of REBCO tapes in two different widths with a cross-shaped cross section. HTS CroCos can transmit very high DC currents but are still more compact and lightweight than conventional copper or aluminum cables. When cooled with liquid hydrogen, they can even transport chemical and electrical energy in parallel. However, according to the scientists at KIT, the biggest advantage is loss-free energy transport, which means the superconductor can be used in the development of environmentally friendly and energy-saving solutions.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (76131 Karlsruhe, Germany), Hall 27, Stand L51
Contact: Martin Heidelberger
Tel.: +49 721 608-21169
WEASEL - Sally - SLAM! All for autonomous efficiency!
Our headline might sound like a storyline for a cartoon, but it encapsulates the AGV technology the SSI Schäfer Group is bringing to HANNOVER MESSE 2019. On show at its stand is a wide range of manual, semi- and fully automated production logistics solutions, with a special focus on automated guided vehicles (AGVs).
SSI Schäfer is one of the world's leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics solutions. Spread across every continent, the SSI Schäfer Group develops innovative concepts and solutions within various industries, thus shaping the future of intralogistics. The company designs, develops and manufactures systems for warehouses, industrial plants, workshops and offices. Its portfolio includes manual and automated solutions for warehousing, conveying, picking and sorting, plus technologies for waste management and recycling. In addition, SSI Schäfer has now become one of the biggest providers of regularly updated software for in-house material flows. As a globally operating general contractor, SSI Schäfer implements complex logistics systems, taking projects from system planning and consulting right through to turnkey systems and customized service and maintenance packages.
At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, SSI Schäfer is once again exhibiting its comprehensive range of manual, semi- and fully automated solutions for production logistics to a wide international audience. A showcase at the SSI Schäfer stand offers a live demonstration of how manual warehouse components can be combined with automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to create semi-automated storage solutions. Take, for example, the "WEASEL" - this solution takes EF and MF containers from live-storage shelving and transports them via an optical path to a designated transfer point - all without the need for complex sensors. What's more, SSI Schäfer has also recently expanded its AGV range through a collaboration with Austrian AGV specialist DS AUTOMOTION. The compact “Sally” AGV from DS AUTOMOTION is designed for loads up to around 100 kg and is also being demonstrated live on a special area. "Sally" completes a range of transport tasks with great flexibility and navigates autonomously using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology.
SSI Schäfer Fritz Schäfer GmbH (57290 Neunkirchen, Germany), Hall 14, Stand H30
Contact: Melanie-Marie Kämpf
Tel. +49 2735 70-252
Mobile: +49 151 121 13 25
Pulling together in the name of research and science!
Kiel University (CAU) is exhibiting no fewer than 17 inter- and transdisciplinary research projects and staging almost 40 presentations to provide an insight into the latest research.
CAU aims to find important answers to the most challenging questions of our time through its latest research projects on topics such as battery optimization, autonomous ship navigation and radar-based pollutant measurement procedures. The university is also looking to highlight the social relevance of this research in two panel discussions. On Monday April 1, the Minister of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs in Schleswig-Holstein, Karin Prien, is speaking about "Artificial intelligence in research" and on Wednesday April 3, Minister for Economic Affairs, Traffic, Employment, Technology and Tourism in Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Bernd Buchholz, is leading a discussion on "Leap innovation and the digital economy".
The official highlight of the university's involvement in the fair is to be the Schleswig-Holstein Day on Wednesday, which culminates in a parliamentary evening. The week closes on Friday April 5 with the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt (Kiel Research Workshop), a joint organization of the CAU and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). Hands-on activities and experiments will be presented on the topics of "Nanotechnology in everyday life" and "Plastic in rivers and oceans".
The main theme the university is bringing to this year’s fair is "Kiel University Interfaces". "This is also the title of the proposal, with which we are currently applying to become a University of Excellence. Our focus here is on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary interaction and cooperation between disciplinary cultures, subjects and institutions. In Hannover, we want to show how we are already bringing this idea to life in Schleswig-Holstein," CAU President Lutz Kipp explains. Accordingly, the CAU's partners this year are the state Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs and the state Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism, the Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH) as well as the Fraunhofer Institutes from Itzehoe and Lübeck.
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (24118 Kiel, Germany), Hall 2, Stand C07
Contact: Dr. Boris Pawlowski
Tel.: +49 431 880-2104
A gateway to a new benchmark, with PROFINET!
The electronics and sensors specialists from Pepperl+Fuchs are once again bringing a wide range of exhibits to HANNOVER MESSE 2019. Among other things, the company aims to set new standards in handling, ease-of-use and security for the process industry - with its new PROFINET gateway.
Pepperl+Fuchs specializes in electronic components and sensors for factory and process automation, including components for chemical plants and offshore platforms, as well as parts for the automotive industry and mechanical and plant engineering. With a portfolio like that, it's not surprising the company is a regular at HANNOVER MESSE - and it is back in 2019 with an enormous selection of exhibits that are set to wow international visitors. Included among them is the new PROFINET gateway, which is poised to set new standards in terms of handling, user friendliness and security.
The new Zone 2, Class I/Div. 2 certified remote I/O PROFINET gateway from Pepperl+Fuchs has been designed to open the door for Industry 4.0 applications in the process industry. Connected to the master system via two signal line pairs, it can handle huge volumes of data and is ready-made for applications that aggregate and analyze big data. In doing so, the Ethernet-based gateway reaches data transfer rates of up to 100 Mbit/s via PROFINET. The PROFINET gateway supports HART and/or HART IP to transmit process variables and additional status information from field devices. At the same time, HART IP can be used to effectively manage assets. What's more, with its two Ethernet interfaces and integrated MRP (media redundancy protocol) switch, the new PROFINET gateway is ideally suited for setting up high-availability ring networks. When necessary, the redundancy manager initiates automatic network reconfiguration, safeguarding communication with segments that are unaffected by the failure.
Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH (68307 Mannheim, Germany), Hall 9, Stand D76
Contact: Christian Uhl
Tel.: +49 6294 4224-0
Step right up and let’s check your flow!
Bürkert Fluid Control Systems is inviting visitors at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to test out the added functions of its FLOWave flowmeter with their own liquids then discuss the results with the fluid experts.
Bürkert Fluid Control Systems is one of the world's leading international manufacturers of process control and measuring systems for fluids and gases and its products are put to use in a huge range of sectors and applications. One of those sectors is the food and beverage industry, where strict quality and hygiene regulations apply in production, meaning plants have to be cleaned regularly when changing over batches or products. All the same, production processes still need to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Fortunately, a helping hand is available in the form of the FLOWave flowmeter from Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, which has had even more functions added to it. For example, this solution can be used to detect media changeovers with astonishing speed and precision, meaning production steps can be clearly separated from each other and waste reduced – with no negative impact on hygiene.
Not only can visitors to this year's HANNOVER MESSE find out exactly how the Bürkert FLOWave flowmeter works, they can also conduct tests for themselves with liquids such as water, milk and lemonade. Using Bürkert Communicator software, or by looking at the device itself, they can see how a portion of cream, for example, affects the density factor. The exhibitor is also inviting visitors to talk to the Bürkert experts at the stand about the fluid-related challenges they face in the food sector and even do some hands-on experimentation with their own media.
Bürkert Werke GmbH & Co. KG (74653 Ingelfingen, Germany), Hall 9, Stand G16
Contact: Lisa Ehrlich
Tel.: +49 7940 1091320
Are they thinking outside the box?!
Yes - and more so than ever! Rittal aims to keep on opening up new opportunities for value creation. That's why one of the highlights at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 is the unveiling of the next generation of compact and small enclosures.
Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group and, as such, is a global system provider for enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure, software and services. System solutions from Rittal can be found in over 90 percent of all industries worldwide, for example in mechanical and plant engineering, the food industry, and the IT and telecommunications sector.
At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, Rittal is focusing on one the trade fair’s key themes - the intelligent integration of value-added processes as the key to the digital transformation of industry. For instance, Rittal is introducing visitors to new opportunities for value creation with its demand-based system expansions, digital process chains and suitable infrastructure. One of the highlights is the unveiling of the next generation of compact and small enclosures.
"We have recognized the demands of a digitized industry and developed a new generation of compact and small enclosures. These now join the Blue e+ series and the VX25 large enclosure system, meaning all our core products have now been newly upgraded for Industry 4.0," says Uwe Scharf, Managing Director of the IT and Industry Business Units and for Marketing. The launch of the new small and compact enclosure series is set to take a standard product, that has been on the market for over 50 years, into the future. The AE from Rittal is seen as the original and the very first series enclosure. Some 35 million of them have been produced, making it by far the most popular compact enclosure system in the world. Rittal has now looked carefully at the new demands placed on products as a result of digitization and developed them into a system solution. Indeed, plant engineers can now benefit from a range of new functions that both simplify and speed up value-added processes, while also making them more flexible and reliable.
Rittal GmbH & Co. KG (35745 Herborn, Germany), Hall 11, Stand E06
Contact: Christian Abels
Tel.: +49 2772 505-1328
Two heads are better than one
HEITEC AG is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to demonstrate how the process of commissioning new machines can be made much quicker and more efficient with the help of HeiVM and a corresponding digital twin.
It's becoming increasing clear that many of the exhibitors at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 would have fit right in at CEBIT, too - HEITEC AG is a perfect example of this. Under the umbrella term HEITEC 4.0, the company recently developed a portfolio of solutions that covers everything from digital plant and process planning, and virtual commissioning to monitoring for plant and production processes. This portfolio uses adaptive machines and systems to help establish an intelligent factory.
Thanks to object orientation, functional modeling and access to established HEITEC component libraries, the HeiVM digital framework is set to make it more cost-effective - even in specialist mechanical engineering - to carry out commissioning on the virtual model first, eliminate any errors that arise, and only then commission the actual system on site - and in a much shorter time. Not only does this approach significantly enhance the quality of the software, it also considerably reduces the throughput times for development and commissioning. However, HeiVM is not just ideal for new developments - the digital twin can now also be used efficiently in retrofit projects. What's more, when data from actual production is incorporated via HeiTPM (total productive manufacturing), the digital machine can also be used for training purposes or to effectively optimize the use of existing systems. This kind of modular digital technology is set to increasingly determine machine and plant planning in the future - and HEITEC intends to be at the very forefront of this, pursuing a new development paradigm.
HEITEC AG (91052 Erlangen, Germany), Hall 5, Stand D10
Contact: Martina Greisinger
Tel.: +49 9131 8770
It’s all or nothing with data protection!
When it comes to data security in industry, VARONIS believes any security strategy should cover both company data stored locally as well as in the cloud. VARONIS is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to address the concerns of decision-makers and offer comprehensive solutions.
How do companies reliably protect their intellectual property and know-how when faced with increasing attacks, which are often supported by foreign governments? And how do they effectively deal with insider threats within the law and in line with works council requirements? These are just two of the many questions about data security in industry that VARONIS Systems plans to answer at the Consulting4IT and Serviceware partner stands at HANNOVER MESSE 2019. The specialist in data protection, threat identification and prevention, and compliance is also exhibiting solutions designed to help users adhere to compliance requirements and to protect them against production stoppages caused by ransomware, for instance.
"Attacks are using increasingly sophisticated technology, cyber-criminals are becoming ever more professional and there are also state-supported hackers who have their sights set on intellectual property more than ever before," says Thomas Ehrlich, Country Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at VARONIS. "At the same time, we have to recognize that perimeter protection just isn’t enough anymore when seeking to safeguard these valuable assets. This is where VARONIS comes in, putting data at the very center of the security strategy. By enforcing restrictive access rights and implementing intelligent user and entity behavior analytics, we're able to better identify suspicious, abnormal behavior and stop it accordingly." VARONIS unveiled the new version 7.0 of its data security platform for guarding against insider threats and cyber-attacks at the beginning of the year. The platform features enhanced threat identification and prevention functions, such as improved threat intelligence, new dashboards for better transparency and recommendations integrated into the user interface that customers can easily follow in the event of critical incidents.
Consulting4IT GmbH (76337 Waldbronn, Germany), Hall 6, Stand B17
Contact: Thomas Ehrlich
Tel.: +49 89 38037990
They're real sticklers!
The measuring and sensor specialist ALTHEN is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 not only to showcase tried-and-tested products and the GL7000 data logger complete with new functions, but also to unveil its brand-new pressure sensor - the FP5000.
ALTHEN specializes in the electrical measurement of physical parameters. Its wide-ranging product portfolio covers everything from pressure, force, torque, strain, displacement, rotation angle, gradient, acceleration, vibration, rotation rate and temperature, and also features amplifiers, data loggers and electronics for automation technology. The high demands placed on the technical properties of all products can also be seen in the calibration laboratory, which is fully equipped for the specific parameters. What's more, customer-oriented solutions are a major priority for ALTHEN, which is why it focusses on user consulting, sales and service for transducers and sensors as well as complete measuring systems and system integrations. Industry-compatible accuracy paired with demand-based measuring solutions - that's what ALTHEN is bringing to HANNOVER MESSE 2019. Besides showcasing its tried-and-tested products, it is also unveiling the brand-new FP5000 pressure sensor.
This new innovation is a media-isolated, piezoresistive silicon pressure sensor with output options of 0-5 volts, 0-10 volts or 4-20 milliamps. It is designed to feature high sensitivity and low temperature effects and non-linearity, while also boasting excellent thermal stability, accuracy and reliability. At the same time, it offers a wide range of options for various pressure and operating temperature ranges. Structural adjustments can also be made according to specific customer requirements. Moreover, the stainless steel housing is designed to ensure a long service life for use in corrosive media. This makes the FP5000 suitable for use, for instance, in test rigs in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries, in R&D test laboratories, for monitoring hydraulic and pneumatic systems, for regulating tool pressure, pump and compressor control, and measuring fill levels.
ALTHEN GmbH Mess- und Sensortechnik (65779 Kelkheim, Germany), Hall 11, Stand E46
Contact: Christine Halfen
Tel.: +49 6195 7006-0
The INNOBOOT network is making waves at HANNOVER MESSE 2019, inviting landlubbers to completely rethink houseboats.
As a regional network of innovative mid-size companies, INNOBOOT set itself the goal of developing and marketing cutting-edge houseboats, paying particular attention to their suitability for shallow waters. The INNOBOOT network – co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Cross Innovation Initiative in Saxony-Anhalt - currently consists of five mid-size companies, all with different skill sets. Magdeburger Haus & Boot Manufaktur GbR is responsible for boat and houseboat construction, while Bernburg-based Funda BodeTramp takes care of boat rentals and events. Also based in Bernburg, Holz individuell GmbH is in charge of interior design and wooden furniture, while Magdeburg-based faktor m covers design and engineering and the Magdeburg Institute for Technology and Innovation GmbH takes care of marketing and software.
Always on the lookout for new companies to work with, the network is in Hannover to get potential partners excited about shaping the houseboats of the future. The outlook is very promising. After all, a current vacation trend that looks set to stay are active, independent and environmentally friendly holidays, where people can get close to nature as they sail down inland waterways on a houseboat. The challenge is that the industry needs to adapt to changing interests in society and the higher standards expected by customers as a result - demanding customers want new and appealing products. That's why the partners of the INNOBOOT network aim to jointly develop approaches, principles and concepts so they can offer houseboats in the future that meet the requirements of prospective customers. Besides developing solutions suitable for shallow waters, the main focus here is on meeting customer requirements in terms of aesthetics, safety, functionality and the quality of technology and equipment.
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg - Transfer- und Gründerzentrum (39106 Magdeburg, Germany), Hall 2, Stand A38 Research results from Saxony-Anhalt (main stand)
Contact: Lennart Kämpf
Tel.: +49 391 580 23
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