Turning vibration measurement beginners into experts
Polytec GmbH, the specialist in high-resolution optical vibration measurement technology is unveiling a brand new product at HANNOVER MESSE 2018. PolyWave picks up where current measurement and analysis software leaves off.
Developing high-quality products often generates a huge volume of test data - and carefully evaluating that data can play a big part in ensuring their success on the market. Polytech GmbH, the expert in high-resolution optical vibration measurement technology, has now extended its portfolio with the addition of PolyWave software. It is unveiling the new solution for the first time at HANNOVER MESSE 2018. Tailored to meet the specific requirements of the company’s customers, PolyWave offers evaluation modules for experimental and operational modal analysis test data, order analysis data and a module for comparing and validating FEM simulation data. The automatic report generator then helps users compile reports and presentations. That means results can be presented quickly, easily and clearly.
However, the stand-out feature of the new addition is that PolyWave focuses on what really matters. Once integrated into a test procedure, which is a straightforward process, PolyWave checks data sets even while loading and then offers precisely the right evaluation tool for the actual analysis. Thanks to this support, not to mention clear user guidance and task-based presetting for all key parameters, even beginners can work like experts. On the other hand, PolyWave gives the real experts all the freedom they need for detailed analyses. As a result, the system can also be used for handling measurement data from laser Doppler vibrometers, which generate large volumes of data due to their high spatial and frequency resolution. Even several thousand transfer functions can be analyzed with ease. Ultimately, PolyWave picks up where the tools of Polytec measurement and analysis software very deliberately leave off and thus completes the circle for computer-aided engineering.
Polytec GmbH (76337 Waldbronn, Germany), Hall 11, Stand E32
Contact: Susann Rehbein
Tel.: +49 7243 604-3652
An alloy that never forgets!
Visitors to the regional research stand for Saarland at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 can watch engineers demonstrate an innovative vacuum suction gripper that doesn't use compressed air or electric motors. As a result, not only is it exceptionally quiet, light and adaptable, but also economical to produce and use.
Whether you want to move things around, stack them, sort them or even just hold them still so they can be screwed into place, painted or installed, vacuum grippers are often the tool of choice. Industrial production lines around the world use these ingenious aids whenever the parts to be handled have a relatively smooth and even surface - and even that isn't essential these days. However, conventional vacuum grippers are noisy - and then some. That’s because most use compressed air, a noisy process that requires heavy machinery and expensive technology, all of which also stifles flexibility. On top of all that, the process eats up a whole lot of energy. A group of researchers headed by Professor Stefan Seelecke from the Center for Mechatronic and Automation Technology (ZeMA) of Saarland University is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to show there is another way.
The team's innovative suction gripper holds and moves objects at least as securely as its noisy cousins - but without compressed air, which makes it quiet, energy efficient and suitable for cleanroom use. All it takes is a few short current pulses to generate and break a powerful vacuum with lightning speed. To do that, bundles of wire no thicker than a hair are used, which exhibit shape memory and can tense and relax in relation to impulses. Professor Seelecke explains the basis of the process, which lies in the shape memory of the nickel titanium alloy: "Shape memory means that the material remembers its original shape and returns to it after it has been deformed. When a current is passed through the wire, it heats up and its crystal structure changes, making it shorter. When the current is removed, the wire cools and it becomes longer again." Thanks to this special property, the new suction grippers are not dependent on electric motors or compressed air, which makes them quiet, lightweight, adaptable and cheap to manufacture and operate.
Universität des Saarlandes WuT GmbH (66123 Saarbrücken, Germany), Hall 2, Stand B46
Contact: Prof. Dr. Stefan Seelecke
Tel.: +49 681 302-71341
Stop! Don't throw it out!
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD are at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to exhibit an autonomous 3D scanner designed to support customized manufacturing processes.
We’ve all been there - you have a treasured possession, something you really want to hold on to, but you need a spare part for it that’s no longer available. As a result, your treasure is never really the same again or - worse still - has to be consigned to the scrap heap. According to the champions of Industry 4.0, all that is in the process of changing, as production shifts to a batch size of one and customized manufacturing. But despite all the talk about "highly customized mass production", this vision still seems little more than an elusive image conjured by enthusiastic marketing teams. However, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD believe one of their developments now brings us a big step closer to seeing the vision of batch size one become a reality. At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, IGD researchers are revealing how an innovative 3D scanning system can give cherished old items a second - or even third - lease of life.
"The special thing about our system is that it scans components autonomously and in real time," says Pedro Santos, department head at Fraunhofer IGD. For the owners of vintage cars with a broken part, this means gluing together the defective component and placing it on a turntable beneath a robot arm fitted with the scanner. Everything else happens automatically. The robot arm moves the scanner around the component so that it can register the complete geometry with the minimum number of passes. Depending on the size and complexity of the component, this takes anything from a few seconds to a few minutes. While the scan is still running, intelligent algorithms create a three-dimensional image of the object in the background. Then a material simulation of the 3D image checks whether a 3D print would satisfy the relevant stability requirements. In a final step, the component is produced by a 3D printer and is then ready to be fitted into the cherished object that no longer has a ready supply of spare parts. All well and good, but what do you do when there isn’t a template available such as a glued-together original part? The IGD will be answering that question at HANNOVER MESSE 2019.
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD (64283 Darmstadt, Germany), Hall 6, Stand A30
Contact: André Stork
Tel.: +49 6151 155-469
Cobots are where it all starts
With individualized products and shorter product lifecycles bang on trend, PIAB Vakuum GmbH is responding by unveiling its compact and versatile KCS vacuum gripping system at HANNOVER MESSE 2018.
Digitized production processes don’t just enhance the strategic options of companies, they also spark new trends such as individualized products in small runs and shorter product life cycles. That's why the people who develop intelligent production automation solutions would be well advised to get to grips with these rapidly changing requirements. PIAB Vakuum GmbH was one of the first companies to identify this development early on. It is pursuing the ambitious aim of becoming a leading global supplier of gripping and handling solutions through continuous technical development work in the field of automation and robotics and through high-growth customer segments and regions.
By unveiling the new compact KCS vacuum gripping solution at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, PIAB is getting much closer to achieving its vision. The system behind the solution can pick up objects in a whole range of shapes and materials and with all sorts of surfaces. This great flexibility enables companies to deploy the cobot (collaborative robot) in various areas of production and make optimum use of its capacity. Cobots are an especially popular entry-level option for SMEs that want to automate manual processes involving small batch sizes and a wide range of variants. However, such solutions must pay for themselves quickly, and that is an area where the lightweight robotics of the cobot perform particularly well. Low in weight but strong in suction performance and highly versatile, the KCS vacuum gripping solution offers both practical and commercial benefits.
PIAB Vakuum GmbH (35510 Butzbach, Germany), Hall 17, Stand D32
Contact: Andrea Bodenhagen
Tel.: +49 6033 7096-0
Mobile: +49 151 1826 5502
The gateway to Industry 4.0
The automation experts at Pilz are tackling the fourth industrial revolution head on - and are wowing innovation fans in Hannover with a brand new modular safety gate system.
The factory of the future can be as digital as it wants to be – but it will still need gates. All the same, they won't just be any gates, no - they’'ll be state-of-the-art safety gate systems. More than ever, these systems will take on crucial functions that ensure production processes run smoothly and with as few interruptions as possible. Pilz, an innovative international company that specializes in automation technology and is totally dedicated to safety, is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil its new modular safety gate system live on a working model.
Besides its impressive gate systems, Pilz has also had its sights very firmly set on Industry 4.0 for quite some time. As a result, visitors can look forward to an impressive demonstration of just how quickly the Pilz smart factory can adapt to new market scenarios. For example, the new manual workplace allows users to start manufacturing an additional product without having to interrupt the existing process. What’s more, since robots are soon to start working right alongside staff at manual workplaces, Pilz is also demonstrating how dynamic sensors can be used to put in place bespoke safety systems for areas and spaces in front of hazard zones. Three products from the Pilz sensor range are responsible for this tailor-made safety – the PSENscan safety laser scanner, the PSENmat pressure-sensitive safety mat and the SafetyEYE safe camera system.
Pilz GmbH & Co. KG (73760 Ostfildern, Germany), Hall 9, Stand D17
Contact: Martin Kurth
Tel.: +49 711 3409-158
Five-minute external access to in-house applications
Now it's easier than ever to access in-house applications from anywhere in the world, thanks to SimplexGate, an innovative new access management product from REDDOXX GmbH.
With over 3,000 applications up and running, REDDOXX is one of the leading software developers in e-mail management, e-mail security and archiving. This specialist supplier’s product lines cater to companies of all shapes and sizes - ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to large corporations - and can be tailored to their individual needs. Besides taking into account the legal aspects, the focus of developments is on optimizing workflows and streamlining IT infrastructures. The end-to-end solutions from REDDOXX are easy to integrate into existing networks and neatly avoid any time-consuming configuration. REDDOXX has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to launch SimplexGate, its innovative new access management product.
SimplexGate makes it easier than ever to access in-house applications from anywhere in the world, whether it's e-mails, CRM or a merchandise management system. The relevant access authorizations and a 2-step authentication system ensure the necessary security but are nonetheless completely straightforward to us. Similarly, setup requires neither in-depth IT security know-how nor a special infrastructure. It takes just five minutes or so for employees to securely access the applications they need from a variety of different devices.
REDDOXX GmbH (73230 Kirchheim, Germany), Hall 7, Stand E12
Contact: Christian Schröder
Tel.: +49 7021 92846-30
Mobile: +49 151 149 244 70
Switch to a smarter future
The smart switches that Crownstone is showcasing at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 combine high-precision indoor positioning and wireless communication using smartphones or wearables. Building automation can be completed in just one day - and for a fraction of the usual cost.
One of the most heralded visions of the future is undoubtedly the smart home - so much so that the autonomous fridge has become almost old hat. As advances in this area show no signs of abating, HANNOVER MESSE 2018 is playing host to the latest promising new solutions in the Young Tech Enterprises zone for industrial startups, spinoffs and young entrepreneurs. One such rising star is Crownstone, a Dutch electronics manufacturing startup specializing in the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) and managed by engineers from Delft University of Technology. Its smart electronic switches combine indoor positioning and building automation in cutting-edge systems aimed mainly at real estate developers and managers to help them cut energy and running costs, boost real estate values and increase occupants’ sense of wellbeing.
The smart switches are easy to install in any socket or outlet and then auto-connect to smartphones and wearables. They can turn appliances and lights on and off, dim lighting, monitor energy use, identify appliances, perform high-precision indoor positioning and detect physical presence. The systems make it possible to analyze the use of office space, optimize climate planning and cleaning routines, cut energy costs, and much more besides.
Crownstone B.V. (3013 AK Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Hall 17, Stand B61
Contact: Berend Olde Rikkert
Tel.: +31 103073955
Mobile: +31 6 24361478
Robots help save the environment
MIRobotics is sharing the stand of the Swiss National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil a new eel-like swimming robot for environmental monitoring.
The consumption of resources fueled by the growing urbanization of previously rural regions is creating new challenges in environmental protection. Recovering raw materials through recycling, optimizing environmental infrastructures such as water treatment, and improved documentation of negative processes all now play an increasingly important role. Against this backdrop, (semi)autonomous marine and land transportation are emerging as indispensable tools. Environmental monitoring systems can be used for data capture, remote sensing and mapping for expanding areas of pollution so as to counteract negative effects.
MIRobotics is at the stand of the Swiss NCCR in Hannover to present SUMIR (its Surface and Underwater Monitoring and Inspection Robot), an unusual, eel-like swimming robot. The company’s main objective is to develop a modular inspection and monitoring robot that is as user-friendly as possible and can contribute toward Recycling 2.0 and a healthier environment. Its latest technological innovation, the autonomous SUMIR robot, has been inspired by nature and notably features low susceptibility to faults and a long service life. In the longer term, MIRobotics will be developing and providing various sensor and actuation modules aimed at making its robots even more flexible and adaptable to the inspection situation at hand.
National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics EPFL STI NCCR Robotics (1015 Lausanne, Switzerland), Hall 2, Stand C39
Contact: Dr. Jan Kerschgens
Tel.: +41 216 932 667
Digital humans can come in all shapes and sizes
fleXstructures GmbH has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to premiere its IPS IMMA intelligent digital manikin, a software tool specially designed to help streamline the development of ergonomic structures.
Wikipedia defines ergonomics as "the application of psychological and physiological principles to the (engineering and) design of products, processes and systems" - in other words, optimizing machinery to suit the operator's anatomy and motor and sensory skills. Taking human factors into account in this way is an indispensable part of 21st-century design processes, leading to better products and shorter, more cost-effective development cycles. To more efficiently optimize machine ergonomics, including automobiles, fleXstructures GmbH has developed the IPS IMMA software tool, which the company is premiering at HANNOVER MESSE 2018.
The IPS IMMA biomechanical model contains 82 bone segments with a total of 162 degrees of freedom to realistically represent the movements of the human body. All kinds of anthropometric differences can be incorporated into one and the same structure and directly validated and visualized in a single analysis diagram, thus requiring no additional effort than for simulating a single manikin. By ensuring the IMMA manikin avoids extreme joint angles and any collisions with objects or other parts of its own body and maintains a stable position, cumbersome situations can be eliminated early on when compiling assembly instructions. What’s more, the assembly movements are also directly modified to accommodate any changes to the environment.
fleXstructures GmbH (67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany), Hall 6, Stand A30
Contact: Oliver Hermanns
Tel.: +49 631 68039367
Taking measurement technology to the next level
SIKO GmbH is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil its new wire-actuated encoder. Exceptionally robust and boasting a measuring range of up to 2.5 meters, it’s the ideal choice for mobile construction and agricultural machinery.
For 55 years, SIKO GmbH has been the perfect partner for precisely measuring a wide range of parameters - from distances, angles and gradients to speeds and velocities. Building on this core expertise, the company has turned its attention to developing and manufacturing pioneering measuring devices and positioning systems for Industry 4.0 automation processes. It has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil its impressive new SGH25 wire-actuated encoder.
This new device boasts a measuring range of up to 2.5 meters and an exceptionally long service life. Key features include its newly developed plastic, which not only ensures a robust structure but also extends the fluid temperature range from 85 to 105 degrees Celsius. The SGH25’s wide variety of interfaces meet the most stringent of requirements, even in safety-critical applications. This makes the wire-based position sensor ideal for applications in mobile machines such as excavators, dumper trucks and agricultural machinery. As with all the models in the SGH series, the SGH25 can also be integrated directly into a hydraulic cylinder to determine its position and transmit data directly to the machine control system via integrated communication protocols.
SIKO GmbH (79256 Buchenbach, Germany), Hall 9, Stand F82
Contact: Horst Wandres
Tel.: +49 7661 394-0
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