This Swedish start-up has something good in store for the environment
Start-up Clean Bio Heat is helping represent Sweden - this year's partner country - at HANNOVER MESSE. The fledgling company is showcasing the first system that recovers heat from condensed flue gas, while also massively reducing flue gas particles.
Stockholm-based Clean Bio Heat is an energy-sector start-up that has developed a truly unique technical solution - its FGR system. At the Swedish Energy Agency pavilion in Hall 12 at HANNOVER MESSE 2019, the company is demonstrating how its FGR system can be used to reduce particles in flue gas, while also recovering heat from the condensed flue gas.
To recover heat, the FGR uses the exhaust gases from biomass boilers in the 100- to 1000-kilowatt range. To ensure this process runs as efficiently as possible, Clean Bio Heat uses its patented control system for the condensation process. At the same time, the resulting high level of condensation also reduces particle emissions, with larger soot particles captured in the condensation, and smaller particles removed in a subsequent cleaning step. Overall, this system is said to cut particle emissions by up to 90 percent, while also improving energy efficiency by approximately 20 percent. The recovered heat is then fed back into the boiler or used in a secondary heating system. Thanks to the high degree of condensation, the system’s exhaust gases are both dry and cool, eliminating the risk of condensation in the chimney.
Clean Bio Heat Sverige AB (114 28 Stockholm, Sweden), Hall 12, Stand B49
Contact: Thomas Gustafsson
Tel.: +46 70 8502 232
Could astronauts be out of a job soon?
It's highly unlikely - even though the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is showcasing a new generation of autonomous space robots at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 that don’t need much human help.
While most robots in space are still passive bystanders or in any event controlled from Earth by humans, thanks to the DFKI they could soon be operating independently and over extended periods in the extreme conditions of outer space. The DFKI's Robotics Innovation Center is currently developing pioneering hardware and software concepts and putting them through their paces during 'analog missions' here on Earth. The scientists involved in these projects are now showcasing their research findings and robotic space systems at the DFKI stand in Hall 2.
Given that piloting a robot remotely from Earth is impractical, particularly due to the delay in communication with far-away celestial bodies, it is hoped that space robots in the future will work independently. Led by Prof. Frank Kirchner, the team at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Bremen is therefore developing autonomous robot technologies for use in outer space that are designed to be aware of everything going on around them thanks to numerous different sensors. Artificial intelligence methods and algorithms, such as machine learning processes, are set to enable robots to act and make decisions independently - and even learn from their behavior. After all, as the DFKI researchers suggest, this is the only way to ensure they can be deployed for lengthy planetary and orbital missions without human intervention.
But this doesn't mean astronauts will be out of a job, as they will be able to work hand-in-hand with the robots in outer space - to build infrastructure, for example. The DFKI is in Hannover to demonstrate how it is using different levels of autonomy in this context, with its robots designed to act either more or less autonomously depending on the complexity of the task at hand. If a robot gets stuck on a problem, the astronaut's job is to step in and teach it a new behavior pattern. What's more, the DFKI is looking into new procedures for analyzing and identifying intention to ensure successful human-machine collaboration. Using these procedures in conjunction with physiological data, for example, the robots should be able to identify their human colleague’s emotions and state of mind and factor this in when planning and improving their activities.
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI) (66123 Saarbrücken, Germany), Hall 2, Stand C59 (main stand)
Contact: Heike Leonhard
Tel.: +49 681 85775 5390
Grab the popcorn!
The Büsgen Institute at the University of Göttingen has been researching everyday objects and building materials based on popcorn for quite some time. At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, the institute is showcasing potential applications for this renewable raw material, including insulation panels.
Even though there is still clearly not enough being done, it is becoming increasingly clear that every move toward averting wide-sweeping global warming, as inconvenient as it may be, is a step in the right direction. Among other things, this calls for using sustainable materials in construction. Stricter energy efficiency regulations play a role here, while changes in society are seeing people turn their backs on plastic and demand near-natural substances derived from renewable raw materials as a form of insulation. The Chemistry and Process Engineering of Composites work group at the Büsgen Institute - an academic body within the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at the University of Göttingen – focuses mainly on wooden materials and the use of alternative binding agents. After developing a lightweight chipboard with a middle layer made partially of popcorn granules, the group ultimately came up with the idea of creating products comprising nothing but popcorn and binding agents. The researchers are now unveiling their popcorn insulation panels to visitors from across the globe for the first time at HANNOVER MESSE 2019.
It is particularly popcorn's low bulk density and its consequently low thermal conductivity that make it perfect for use as an innovative insulation material in construction. In combination with near-natural or mineral-oil-based binding agents, popcorn can be used to create composites with different kinds of properties for a whole host of applications. With this in mind, the Büsgen Institute is focusing its research efforts on creating sufficiently durable board-type composites based on popcorn for use as insulation panels in drywall installation.
The University of Göttingen – Büsgen-Institut AG (37077 Göttingen, Germany), Hall 2, Stand A08
Contact: Prof. Dr. Alireza Kharazipour
Tel.: +49 551 3933 488
The key to complex IoT projects
How can mechanical and plant engineers use the IoT to generate added value? And what really matters when implementing IIoT production environments? Janz Tec AG is answering these pressing questions at HANNOVER MESSE 2019.
Janz Tec AG is one of the leading solutions suppliers for the industrial IoT and custom operating concepts. It has been developing bespoke, optimized embedded computers, industrial PCs and electronic boards for over 35 years - and producing them all exclusively in Germany. Tailor-made software and service concepts are used to refine systems, offering each customer the perfect solution for their specific application. At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, Janz Tec is showcasing its IoT Ecosystem - a modular portfolio for holistic IoT solutions. It is also advising visitors on how to network their machines and systems at the VDMA pavilion in Hall 7.
The IoT Ecosystem from Janz Tec is designed to demystify the complexity of IoT projects - from device design and communication solutions to industrial security and IoT applications. The scalable ecosystem not only includes supplementary services for architecture and integration, but also long-term operational services for running, updating and monitoring the systems in use. What's more, Janz Tec advises customers on issues of design and implementation throughout the entire process.
Janz Tec AG (33100 Paderborn, Germany), Hall 7, Stand E26
Contact: Mirijam Handschack
Tel.: +49 5251 1550 126
Sealing the deal with the oil and gas industry
Seal manufacturer C. Otto Gehrckens is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase its new FKM material specially designed to meet the requirements of the oil and gas sector. The FKM compound Vi 900 is a powerful product innovation for use in the petrochemical industry.
Seal manufacturer C. Otto Gehrckens is unveiling its latest innovation - FKM compound Vi 900, a material that has proven its suitability as a reliable elastomer seal even under the harshest test conditions to the NORSOK M-710 standard and come through hardness testing with the best possible rating of 4 times "0000" without any damage. This makes Vi 900 ideal for use in production areas that place particularly high demands on seals due to the risk of explosive decompression. The manufactures of FKM compound Vi 900 aim to use HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to highlight the excellent low-temperature stability of this latest innovation. Boasting a TR-10 value of -40 °C, Vi 900 is said to be suitable even for applications at temperatures as low as -50 °C. It also meets the U.S. requirements for oil and gas plants, API 6A and 6D, in addition to the NORSOK standard. According to its developers, this high-performance material, combined with an exceptional compression set at low temperatures, is poised to set new standards for AED (anti-explosive decompression) and RGD (rapid gas decompression) sealing materials. Another advantage of the new FKM compound is its excellent resistance to a wide range of specific media and chemicals - from mineral oils, aliphatic, aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons, to acids in a variety of concentrations and weak alkalis. The material also boasts very low gas permeability, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Vi 900 can be used as a seal in valves, ball cocks, pig gates and slide valves in production areas that require maximum reliability and quality to prevent explosive decompression - particularly in petrochemistry, compressor design and compressed air conditioning.
C. Otto Gehrckens GmbH & Co. KG (25421 Pinneberg, Germany), Hall 5, Stand A13
Contact: Henning Wrage
Tel.: +49 4101 50020
Geared towards longevity!
As one of the world's leading suppliers of professional calculation software, GWJ Technology GmbH is integrating high-purity steels from Ovako into its cylindrical gear modules.
Ovako from this year’s partner country, Sweden, is part of the Japanese Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and is a manufacturer of high-purity engineering steels and other products for the roller bearing and gearing industry. Working in close collaboration with Ovako, GWJ Technology GmbH has now implemented two high-purity steels - 159X and 159Q. The company, which is also an exhibitor at HANNOVER MESSE 2019, specializes in creating standardized calculation software for mechanical engineering and bespoke calculation and configuration tools with CAD data for optimizing technical sales processes.
The special steels now implemented at GWJ are based on the case-hardening steel 18CrNiMo7-6 and, as a result of significantly reduced impurities, feature modified Wöhler curves. This means that, in static terms, both steels are comparable to 18CrNiMo7-6. However, when it comes to fatigue strength, 159Q offers a flank load capacity that is approximately 30 percent more efficient, and a tooth root load capacity that is 60 percent more efficient. These values are based on investigations carried out by Ovako in the machine tool laboratory of RWTH Aachen University and the Gear Research Centre (FZG) in Munich. The performance improvements achieved in 159X steel are somewhat more modest, making it particularly suitable for essential improvements to existing structures.
GWJ Technology GmbH (38114 Braunschweig, Germany), Hall 25, Stand A23
Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Gunther Weser
Tel.: +49 531 1293990
Our old friend's catching up with the trends
Device Insight is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to show how integrating new solutions in the fields of big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality into its flagship product CENTERSIGHT can unlock a whole host of new potential.
Device Insight GmbH specializes in Internet of Things platforms, helping companies with their Industry 4.0 and IoT digitization projects. The company is returning to HANNOVER MESSE in 2019 to demonstrate how the interplay between humans, machines and analytics can open up new potential in industry thanks to the Internet of Things. This IoT pioneer has had a close relationship with HANNOVER MESSE since it was founded 15 years ago. In fact, Device Insight unveiled its IoT platform CENTERSIGHT there back in 2004. Visitors to this year's trade fair can see a live demonstration of how the CENTERSIGHT IoT platform documents the work of a collaborative robot in real time and uses data capture and evaluation to calculate recommendations.
The potential that targeted data analysis can unlock for the users and operators of industrial robot solutions seems to be endless. Device Insight is in Hannover to show how its cloud-based solution helps users reduce the number of faulty parts produced, and how machine learning algorithms use predictive maintenance to determine the optimum service time. This is set to significantly reduce service outlay and prevent production downtimes.
Device Insight GmbH (81829 Munich, Germany), Hall 7, Stand C40
Contact: Doris Bärtle
Tel.: +49 89 45 45 448-18
Knee-deep in data
Electronics supplier and development partner Limtronik is at HANNOVER MESSE to show visitors how they can achieve added value with production data. What's more, its smart factory at the SEF Smart Electronic Factory e.V. pavilion offers the ideal basis for showcasing the applications of fellow association members.
As a Joint Development Manufacturing (JDM) partner and expert in electronics manufacturing services (EMS), Limtronik provides its customers with valuable support - from product development right through to the finished goods. At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, the company is revealing how production data can boost added value, with its smart factory acting as the perfect environment for hosting applications from fellow members of the Industry 4.0 association SEF Smart Electronic Factory e.V. (SEF). The electronic supplier's capacity data, for example, enables seamless near-real-time tracking of production orders - from the time they are placed to the delivery of goods at the plant. The resulting application scenarios cover everything from root cause analysis to protection against plagiarism.
Limtronik GmbH operates its state-of-the-art digitized factory with cloud-compatible systems that control the machines. As all of these machines are connected to a higher-level system, they exchange data among themselves autonomously. This allows Limtronik to provide a vast amount of different types of data and make it suitable for use – for conventional tracking and tracing, for example, to know where and when which material from which delivery was installed and what quality features it has. The underlying idea is to help companies pinpoint defects, optimize processes and reduce product recalls.
Limtronik GmbH (65549 Limburg, Germany), Hall 7, Stand D26
Contact: Patricia Wehler
Tel.: +49 6431 968-775
One of the world's leading suppliers of compressed air systems, ELGi Equipments Ltd. from India is out to kick-start a revolution. Its new oil-free compressed air technology is expected to turn the industrial world on its head.
Offering a wide range of innovative and technologically advanced compressed air solutions for all kinds of applications, ELGi is a leading manufacturer of air compressors based in the south Indian city of Coimbatore. The company has made a name for itself in various sectors such as the food and beverage, construction, pharmaceutical and textile industries. Its success is mainly down to its bespoke, sustainable compressed air solutions that help customers boost productivity while driving down overall operating costs. ELGi's portfolio currently boasts more than 400 products - from oil-lubricated and oil-free screw compressors, centrifugal and piston compressors right through to dryers, filters and downstream accessories - which are all made at its cutting-edge production sites in India, Italy and the United States.
The manufacturer is now at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase its recently launched oil-free (OF) screw compressors - a disruptive technology that is poised to revolutionize the industrial world as we know it. These compressors are said to constitute a quantum leap in terms of development and performance, with each of their components embodying reliability and simple maintenance.
This is down to the optimized component layout of the OF series, which is designed to make light work of maintenance while speeding up servicing. "Although they haven't penetrated the market as much as lubricated screw compressors yet, oil-free compressors are becoming increasingly important mainly because they're eco-friendly," explains Anvar Jay Varadaraj, Global Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications at ELGi. "In conventional oil-filled compressors, oil acts as a lubricant, sealant and coolant. The air expelled therefore contains traces of oil, which is ultimately unacceptable in sensitive sectors such as the foodstuff, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. As the name suggests, our oil-free compressors produce oil-free air because there's no oil in their compression chamber. We persistently strive to achieve a greater level of perfection for all our products, and we are looking forward to hearing feedback from users and partners at HANNOVER MESSE 2019."
ELGi Equipments Ltd. (641005 Coimbatore, India), Hall 26, Stand C12
Contact: Anya d'Souza
Mobile: +91 7720 043 363
Feeding off innovation!
DETAB ECOMAT from Sweden, this year's partner country, is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase cost-effective, turnkey automation solutions based on flexible feeder technology and built-in quality control systems.
Based in Jönköping, DETAB ECOMAT from the partner country for HANNOVER MESSE 2019 specializes in high-quality standard feeder solutions for various finished and semi-finished goods in the automation industry. Its product portfolio boasts end-to-end solutions based on modular system components and covers the entire supply chain - from delivery pallets and product positioning right through to alignment, processing and final packaging. DETAB ECOMAT is now in the Sweden Co-Lab pavilion to show off some impressive exhibits, including the DG Flex Feeder.
The DG Flex Feeder is a patented vibratory feeder for the silent, smooth handling of parts of any shape or design measuring between three and 200 mm. Its built-in ECOVISION 5000 quality control system sorts, positions and counts the parts - doing so with high capacity and within a specified cycle time. The system features an integrated buffer magazine, too, which ensures the continuous feeding of parts. For batches of a particularly large volume, the DETAB pallet/box emptier can be additionally built into the system to gain complete control over the flow of parts. What's more, the DG Flex Feeder can also set fixed picking positions for the components, and can be used for machining, packaging and quality checks. Last but not least, the system is simple to operate, meaning it can be rapidly modified for new parts or products.
DETAB ECOMAT AB (553 03 Jönköping, Sweden), Hall 27, Stand H30
Contact: Fredrik Björkbäck
Tel.: +46 36 342431
Mobile: +46 70 5235 171
There’s still an up-side to plastic!
How can moving parts be made better and cheaper? Thousands of developers come to HANNOVER MESSE every year wondering exactly that. And every year, igus brings its latest motion plastics to the trade fair to deliver just the right answers - exhibiting products that tell you whether they’re worth buying before they’re even put to use.
igus GmbH is a permanent fixture at HANNOVER MESSE. The company has announced no fewer than 120 new product innovations and add-ons for this year’s stand – and most of them let their users know beforehand whether or not they're worth buying. This is because the use of motion plastics from igus can be simulated, meaning the service life can be calculated beforehand. One of the many highlights the company is showcasing in Hannover is a marketplace model, which helps a variety of customers quickly find and configure or build the right automation solution for them.
Under the catchy heading "From 'rawbots' to robots", the robolink articulated arms, combined with a digital platform concept, are designed to make the transition to low-cost automation an easy one. After all, according to igus, lots of users would like to implement low-cost automation for just a few thousand euros, instead of pursuing established, fully automated solutions at a much higher price. However, this wish can only become a reality once these three questions have been answered authoritatively - "What works together?", "How good is the solution?" and "Who can help me?". Motion plastics specialists igus plans to answer all three of these questions at HANNOVER MESSE 2019, where it is exhibiting a new 4- to 5-axis plastic “rawbot” and an online marketplace model for suppliers and users.
igus GmbH (51147 Cologne, Germany), Hall 17, Stand H04
Contact: Oliver Cyrus
Tel.: +49 2203 9649-459
The fleet from the Far East!
The Japanese electronics and mechanical engineering company FANUC is poised to take HANNOVER MESSE 2019 by storm. In addition to its latest developments in integrated production, the company’s fleet of collaborative robots is set to be a particular hit with trade fair visitors.
FANUC seems well prepared for the production of the future. The Japanese electronics and mechanical engineering company is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase a wide range of robot-based automation technology and demonstrate how its IoT platform FIELD can be used to integrate systems into any manufacturing environment. That's why its exhibition centers around integrated solutions that cover the entire spectrum - from its wide-ranging product portfolio to concepts such as "service first". One of the modules that has already proven itself in practice is "Zero Downtime" (ZDT), a scalable preventive maintenance tool. FANUC now even has its own unit for smaller groups of robots, which is used to capture and evaluate operating data - a module that may also spark the interest of medium-sized companies.
Some of the more "hands-on" highlights of the FANUC stand include the company’s fleet of collaborative robots, the latest models of which are on display in a range of variants, including one with integrated image processing. FANUC has not yet released all information, so it will be interesting to see whether it’s planning to reveal any additions to its model range at the trade fair. However, the exhibits that definitely will be on show include the latest robot models, such as the R-1000iA complete with spot welding package, the new SCARA robots and a whole range of other modified models.
FANUC Deutschland GmbH (73765 Neuhausen a. d. F., Germany), Hall 17, Stand A42
Contact: Nils Tersteegen
Tel.: +49 7158 12820
A small gesture can go a long way!
Kinemic, a start-up founded as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is unveiling its first industrial wearable at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 - the "Kinemic Band". Thanks to its gesture control software, this new innovation is designed to make it even easier to operate digital devices.
Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2019 can try out the "Kinemic Band", which is already being used by several major companies, at the stands of SAP, Trebing + Himstedt, Elabo and, of course, Kinemic itself. Dr. Christoph Amma, Managing Director of Kinemic GmbH, outlines how the start-up plans to make industrial workflows simpler, quicker and more convenient with its wearable: "By developing the "Kinemic Band", we've made gesture control available to every employee and made it fit for industrial use. We have created a new kind of interaction that is very natural, personal and even fun. With the help of hands-free operation, we've also managed to achieve significant improvements for our industrial customers in terms of the efficiency and usability of their digital assistance systems."
The "Kinemic Band" uses a sensor connected via Bluetooth to transmit the wearer's movement data. The band also boasts a battery life of up to twelve hours to ensure it has no problem lasting an entire shift. The "Kinemic Band" software recognizes twelve gestures, which can be assigned to commands, keyboard inputs, macros or program actions. The gesture recognition system does not have to be activated separately. Instead, the intelligent software uses state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to recognize whether it is dealing with a deliberate gesture or a normal, everyday movement. The "Kinemic Band" also features AirMouse technology designed to track the user's wrist movements directly, which - according to Kinemic - makes it ideal for certain tasks, such as entering numbers, changing volume or adjusting controls.
The band underwent extensive testing with pilot customers during the development stage. In fact, some companies are already supporting the “Kinemic Band” with their software, including Ubimax, bitnamic, ioxp and Deutsche Bahn. Given that it fully supports mobile and hands-free workflows, and can even be worn under gloves, the band is said to accommodate a very wide range of applications - from assembly assistance systems, AR-supported maintenance, and remote maintenance to quality control, cleanroom, food production and many more.
Kinemic GmbH (76131 Karlsruhe, Germany), Hall 6, Stand C18, Baden-Württemberg Pavilion - Baden-Württemberg International (main stand)
Contact: Tomt Lenz
Mobile: +49 176 205 199 82
It's one smart assembly after another!
As one of the industry's leading component manufacturers, WITTENSTEIN is launching smart gearboxes with "cynapse". Making its debut at HANNOVER MESSE 2019, this new innovation is now available for the gearboxes in the alpha Premium Line and is set to be gradually rolled out to all WITTENSTEIN alpha ranges.
With a global workforce of around 2600 employees and annual sales of 385 million euros, WITTENSTEIN SE is known, both at home and abroad, for its innovation, precision and excellence in the field of mechatronic drive technology. Headquartered in Igersheim, the group is made up of six innovative business divisions, each with its own subsidiaries - servo gearboxes, servo drive systems, medical technology, miniature servo units, innovative gearing technology, rotary and linear actuator systems, nanotechnology, and electronic and software components for drive technology. WITTENSTEIN SE is exhibiting at this year's HANNOVER MESSE under the slogan "Get started: play IIoT smart & simple" and is putting those words into practice with the market launch of smart gearboxes featuring "cynapse" from WITTENSTEIN alpha. This exciting product premiere is firmly embedded in the digitization strategy the group has been pursuing for over a decade.
Gearboxes equipped with "cynapse" feature an integrated sensor module. This module ensures that both process data and influencing environmental parameters that impact on the gearbox during operation can be identified and measured, and output via an IO link. In other words, these "cynapse" gearboxes allow users to record parameters such as temperature, vibration, operating hours and mounting position and communicate them to the cloud level using the standardized connectivity of the IO link interface and an IO link master. This information can be used both there as well as in the machine's immediate vicinity, for example, to optimize the availability and productivity of processes and equipment in condition monitoring or predictive maintenance applications.Gearboxes with "cynapse" can therefore provide universal connectivity, allowing data to flow to both the company's own machine infrastructure and to all standard IIoT platforms.
WITTENSTEIN SE (97999 Igersheim, Germany), Hall 15, Stand F10
Contact: Sabine Maier
Tel.: +49 7931 493-10399
The first of its kind!
PIAB is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase a whole host of innovations in material handling, gripping and moving technology, and Industry 4.0 - including the new piLIFT SMART, which is set to be the first vacuum lifter to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0.
PIAB develops intelligent production automation solutions that help end customers and mechanical engineers in the e-commerce logistics, food, pharmaceutical and automotive industries and other branches of manufacturing to improve their energy efficiency and productivity, while also optimizing their working environments. PIAB also aims to establish itself as a leading global supplier of gripping and handling solutions on the basis of continuous technical development work in the field of automation and robotics and by exploring high-growth customer segments and regions. PIAB is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to showcase the fruits of its labor - piLIFT SMART, which is said to be the first ever vacuum lifter that meets the requirements of Industry 4.0.
According to its developers, the potential applications, flexibility and data management capabilities that piLIFT SMART has to offer put it in a category of its own. This claim is underpinned by a combination of some of the very best vacuum lifting technology – which boasts significantly reduced energy consumption and noise levels - with smart data functions. piLIFT SMART's state-of-the-art technology allows both the operator and the operation itself to access live performance and status information via a web-based platform. The weight of the lifted object is shown on the piLIFT SMART display, helping the operator to distinguish and identify loads, and ensure the quality of incoming and outgoing products. PIAB is confident there has never been a handling device as ergonomic, as intuitive and as easy to learn.
PIAB Vakuum GmbH (35510 Butzbach, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C05
Contact: Andrea Bodenhagen
Mobile: +49 151 1826 5502
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