With so much to do, we've gotten cracking!
Leading sensor and automation specialist Balluff is bringing a host of innovations to HANNOVER MESSE 2018, including solutions that use IO-Link and the Internet of Things.
The product portfolio of Balluff GmbH, a leading sensor and automation specialist with more than 3,600 employees, ranges from innovative sensor, identification and network technologies to software for end-to-end system solutions. Besides the head office in Germany, the company also has production and development sites, branches and representatives throughout the world. This ensures rapid and global availability of its products, perfect service and high-quality advice directly on site. Balluff has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil a whole raft of innovations.
The company is expanding its Smart Vision Solutions line with 16 compact industrial cameras (BVS CA), which are ideal for inspecting objects from several angles simultaneously. It is also using two new photoelectric sensors to show how state-of-the-art production concepts and Industry 4.0 can benefit from intelligent solutions. These extremely versatile units combine various measuring principles in a single device and communicate the switching signal via IO-Link along with information about sensor status and current ambient conditions. In fact, IO-Link features prominently throughout Balluff’s activities, as it sees this communications interface as a key enabler of Industry 4.0. At HANNOVER MESSE, it’s demonstrating how easy it is to create intelligent diagnostics and parameterization concepts, for example, using IO-LINK. Other innovations on show include the expanded safety portfolio, including a new, TÜV-certified all-in-one I/O module with an actuator segment that can be shut off safely. Finally, Balluff is also focusing on the Internet of Things. Its IoT concept study - developed in collaboration with Lufthansa - uses Smart Mold-ID to produce an intelligent manufacturing solution. The concept shows how data can be generated, transported, processed and encrypted via OPC-UA or MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) to a cloud-based application.
Balluff GmbH (73765 Neuhausen, Germany), Hall 9, Stand F53
Contact: Dr. Detlef Zienert
Tel.: +49 715 8173 418
There's always room for improvement!
The AWS Institute has chosen HANNOVER MESSE to unveil 'predictive quality' - a brand new approach to quality assurance which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The AWS Institute for digitized products and processes is an independent body that researches new technologies and develops innovative business models, placing great value on closely combining research, innovation and entrepreneurship right from the get-go. The institute is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to showcase predictive quality - a preventive, data-based approach for designing and implementing quality assurance in manufacturing sectors. The AWS Institute uses artificial intelligence and machine learning methods to perform automated analyses on data obtained from quality controls and returns and thus identify correlations between product characteristics and quality. Findings are then fed into the continuous product development process, where developers are supported by an assistance system.
In contrast to predictive analysis, which only attempts to forecast future quality issues, predictive quality goes one step further. Implementing a holistic approach in which the causes of errors are analyzed and an assistance system is utilized helps to prevent errors right from the outset. The system provides recommendations for optimizing product development and displays the alternatives and economic consequences of product-related decisions. Design and quality are thereby perfectly balanced and the potential for errors significantly reduced, even before the development process has been completed. Predictive quality is primarily aimed at optimizing quality assurance in sectors with creative product design and for high-variant manufacturing.
AWS Institute for digitized products and processes GmbH (66123 Saarbrücken, Germany), Hall 2, Stand B46
Contact: Irmhild Plaetrich
Mobile: +49 172 458 03 08
One for all – and all for digitization!
Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact have launched a technology network to ensure they pursue the end-to-end digitization of industrial engineering and production processes. An extravagant live demonstration at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 is showing how it’s all going to work.
How can you digitize industrial engineering and production processes from start to finish? The "Smart Engineering and Production 4.0" technology network, comprising Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact, have set out to answer just that question at HANNOVER MESSE 2018. The network is staging a remarkable live demonstration using the example of a switchgear installation to show visitors what highly automated manufacturing based on a batch size of 1 looks like. The exhibit showcases the companies' latest results in their work to develop an administrative shell specifically for switchgear engineering. The aim is to enable Industry 4.0 software systems, plant and machinery to communicate.
"Our technology network highlights the potential of end-to-end digitization and the networking of configurators, engineering platforms, production plants and digital assistance and test systems - for SMBs and large companies alike," says Maximilian Brandl, Chairman of the Management Board at Eplan and Cideon. Dr Thomas Steffen, Managing Director Research and Development at Rittal adds: "Our particular focus lies on developing manufacturer-neutral data description and interface standards along with appropriate communication protocols." Roland Bent, member of the Executive Board at Phoenix Contact, provides the following summary of the technology network's goals: “A semantic description of the properties and options of the software systems, plant and machinery involved in the administrative shell is required to clarify what the data being exchanged means and is saying. Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact are actively driving and shaping the development of this technology and incorporating the results in SEAP 4.0."
BOPLA Gehäuse Systeme GmbH (D-32257 Bünde), Halle 12, Stand D48
Contact: Esther Pereira da Silva
Tel.: +49 4181 9289 212
One for all - and all for digitization!
Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact have launched a technology network to ensure they pursue the end-to-end digitization of industrial engineering and production processes. An extravagant live demonstration at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 is showing how it's all going to work.
How can you digitize industrial engineering and production processes from start to finish? The "Smart Engineering and Production 4.0" technology network, comprising Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact, have set out to answer just that question at HANNOVER MESSE 2018. The network is staging a remarkable live demonstration using the example of a switchgear installation to show visitors what highly automated manufacturing based on a batch size of 1 looks like.
The exhibit showcases the companies' latest results in their work to develop an administrative shell specifically for switchgear engineering. The aim is to enable Industry 4.0 software systems, plant and machinery to communicate.
"Our technology network highlights the potential of end-to-end digitization and the networking of configurators, engineering platforms, production plants and digital assistance and test systems - for SMBs and large companies alike," says Maximilian Brandl, Chairman of the Management Board at Eplan and Cideon. Dr Thomas Steffen, Managing Director Research and Development at Rittal adds: "Our particular focus lies on developing manufacturer-neutral data description and interface standards along with appropriate communication protocols." Roland Bent, member of the Executive Board at Phoenix Contact, provides the following summary of the technology network's goals: A semantic description of the properties and options of the software systems, plant and machinery involved in the administrative shell is required to clarify what the data being exchanged means and is saying. Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact are actively driving and shaping the development of this technology and incorporating the results in SEAP 4.0.
EPLAN Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG (40789 Monheim, Germany), Hall 8, Stand D28
Contact: Birgit Hagelschuer
Tel.: +49 2173 396 4180
Augmented reality and the fight against particulate and noise pollution
Working in tandem with the Frankfurt-based FES waste management enterprise, the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is preparing a project dedicated to conserving natural resources and improving the purity of air and quality of life in Frankfurt.
Located in the heart of the Frankfurt metropolitan region, the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (UAS) is known for its practical innovations. Particularly when it comes to applications-oriented scientific expertise and the development of solutions involving challenges in the spheres of technology, economics and social affairs, the university's Innovation, Research and Transfer department (FIT) is the ideal contact partner. At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, UAS is teaming up with the Frankfurt-based FES waste management enterprise to present a project for the conservation of natural resources and the improvement of air purity and the quality of life for the city’s residents. With the support of the state of Hesse, researchers at FIT are testing the feasibility of using waste collection vehicles powered by natural gas-electric hybrid drives, compared with the currently-used diesel drives. Among other things, the study will measure and record the exhaust and noise emissions from diesel-powered waste collection vehicles in actual operation.
The accurate placement of the necessary measuring probes, especially microphones, often requires lengthy alignment work. Up to now, either complicated auxiliary designs were used or testers had to rely even on the naked eye – which predictably led to inaccuracies, especially in the case of handheld measuring probes. But now, thanks to the options offered by augmented reality, new approaches to the exact positioning of the measuring microphones are available. Instead of the previous physical auxiliary constructions, virtual grids are now used on data glasses, with which the probes can be aligned simply and precisely. This not only improves efficiency, but also significantly increases the quality of the results due to the elimination of designs that can have an influence on the sound field. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE can also stop by the UAS exhibition stand to put on AR data glasses and view the emissions behavior of a garbage truck.
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences – Innovation, Research, Transfer (FIT) (60318 Frankfurt, Germany), Hall 2, Stand B25, Partner of Hessen Trade & Invest
Contact: Kristiane Seidel
Tel.: +49 69 1533 2162
Everything under control!
At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, SensoPart will be unveiling its VISOR Robotic product, a sensor-based solution for the user-friendly, individual control of automation tasks.
SensoPart Industriesensorik is a family-owned company in the southwestern part of Germany, with locations at Gottenheim and Wieden-bei-Todtnau. As the name reveals, SensoPart develops, produces and sells optoelectronic and camera-based sensors. In a wide range of factory automation applications, they are used to detect objects and colors or measure distances in Industry 4.0 settings. In order to do accommodate the demand for greater ease of use in today’s increasingly complex robot solutions, SensoPart developed VISOR Robotic, which it is unveiling to an international trade audience at HANNOVER MESSE 2018.
VISOR Robotic comes in a wide variety of models, making it ideal for use in a wide range of automation tasks. Thanks to its standardized interfaces, it can be easily integrated into existing plant and equipment and adapted to almost any process, using a number of calibration methods and flexible data structures. No matter whether the task involves picking up or depositing components, workpieces or objects, VISOR Robotic has everything under control, in the words of its developers.
SensoPart Industriesensorik GmbH (79288 Gottenheim, Germany), Hall 17, Stand E42 (11)
Contact: Bernd Eckenfels
Tel.: +49 766 5947 690
Smartening up the value chain
ERP integration specialist KUMAVISION AG will be using HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to support industrial firms with the software side of readiness for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
The competitive advantages conferred by digital transformation are many, and include new lines of business, increased productivity and end-to-end transparency, to name but a few. KUMAVISION AG, a long-time ERP specialist from southern Germany, has made it its mission at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to explain to manufacturing firms that digital transformation and its many competitive advantages are about more than just hardware. At "Software and Digitization", a group pavilion in Hall 7 organized by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), KUMAVISION will present the latest version of its ERP solution for midsized manufacturers based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It will also be advising visitors on Industry 4.0 and sharing insights gained from successful IoT projects.
"Integrating machines and ERP software to create smart factories and automating data and information flows between manufacturers, customers and suppliers offers enormous potential for all value chain participants," explains Markus Kiessling, Director Sales Manufacturing Industry at KUMAVISION. ERP providers like KUMAVISION are still relative newcomers to HANNOVER MESSE, but visitor interest has been growing steadily. "We've seen steady growth in inquiries about solutions that closely integrate ERP systems with the Internet of Things," Kiessling said. The benefits of these sorts of solutions include increased manufacturing productivity through digitized processes, smart IoT-based services such as preventive maintenance, and lucrative new lines of business for mechanical engineering firms, such as pay per use.
KUMAVISION AG (Markdorf, Germany), Hall 7, Stand E26
Contact: Armin Schneider-Lenhof
Tel.: +49 711 1606 942
Hey there, what's that sound?
In a first for HANNOVER MESSE, ultrasonic measurement specialist SONOTEC will be showcasing SONAPHONE, a nifty little mobile solution it has developed for preventive maintenance.
The benefits of Industry 4.0 - the interconnectedness of all things industrial - are many and varied. Arguably among the more notable are process optimization, greater energy efficiency and enhanced plant reliability. The latter is an important area, and the art of ensuring it is called predictive maintenance - a term that brings to mind the work done by all kinds of ingenious algorithms as they calculate and compute and generally look into the future to prevent breakdowns before they happen. But even the best algorithms can’t compute and predict everything. Often there's simply no substitute for taking a close look - or even better, a close listen. Listening is SONOTEC's forté. Committed to the Maintenance 4.0 part of the Industry 4.0 paradigm, the company has developed SONAPHONE, a solution that it will be débuting at HANNOVER MESSE 2018.
The SONOPHONE is a mobile touchscreen device that can perform numerous tasks across the entire testing workflow, from planning, measurement and analysis to repair. Test values, spectrographs, graphs, photos, voice memos and text comments can be captured and stored quickly and easily right on site at the test location and converted into test reports with just a few clicks. The SONAPHONE uses ultrasound to find and analyze leaks in compressed-air, gas and vacuum systems; identify leaks in windows, doors, vehicles and components; detect partial electrical discharges; check the proper functioning of steam traps and valves; and prevent energy and water losses and damage in steam and condensate systems. And, of course, it can monitor the condition of machines to determine the optimal maintenance time - core preventive maintenance stuff. Depending on requirements and applications, users can also expand SONAPHONE's functionality by adding intuitive maintenance software, innovative ultrasound sensors and various other accessories.
SONOTEC Ultraschallsensorik Halle GmbH (Halle, Germany), Hall 22, Stand A39
Contact: Kevin Lang
Tel.: +49 345 1331 7838
Omron Corporation from Japan, a global forerunner in industrial automation, is showcasing a wide range of practical robotic applications at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 - and has chosen the event for the European debut of the world's first onboard driver motoring sensor.
The cutting-edge sensor, control and AI technologies designed by Omron Corporation from Japan, which operates a German branch in Langenfeld, Rhineland, have made it a global forerunner in industrial automation. In keeping with its eminent status, Omron is keen to tackle this year's "Connect and Collaborate" motto head on, demonstrating groundbreaking innovations that are destined to shape the future of the manufacturing industry. The company is offering a close-up look at how flexible robot cells, data capture/processing and artificial intelligence can be combined to create production environments that seamlessly switch between customized and mass production. And as if that’s not tempting enough, Omron has chosen HANNOVER MESSE for the European premiere of the world's first onboard driver monitoring sensor, which assesses a driver's ability to control a vehicle, thus forming a basis for future advances in safe autonomous driving.
The technology in the onboard driver monitoring sensor uses three parameters to evaluate a driver's ability to focus on the serious task in hand. To start with, a sensor in the seat ensures that a driver is present who can manually operate the vehicle. The second test scans drivers' eyes to check whether they're watching what's going on. Finally, the driver's response time for resuming control of the vehicle is measured and classified as either "fast", "medium" or "slow".
The development phase of the onboard driver monitoring sensor focused mainly on advancing the company’s face recognition technology, OKAO Vision, to the extent that it can now apparently evaluate a driver wearing sunglasses - or even a mask!
OMRON ELECTRONICS GmbH (40764 Langenfeld, Germany), Hall 9, Stand F24
Contact: Diane van der Sanden
Tel.: +49 217 368 000
Mobile: +31 6 29 43 6751
Helping robots go the extra mile
At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, Rollon GmbH is showcasing cost-effective modular solutions for industrial automation based on linear axes.
Rollon GmbH, part of the global Rollon Group, specializes in developing and manufacturing linear guide rails, telescopic rails and linear axes. The outstanding quality of its products makes them a very popular choice in highly discerning fields such as the aerospace industry and medical engineering. At the forefront of industrial advances, Rollon’s stand at HANNOVER MESSE is dedicated to automated handling processes in manufacturing and intralogistics. As seamless intralogistics processes are marching to the fore and becoming increasingly automated, Rollon GmbH provides customized system solutions that head precisely in this direction.
That doesn’'t mean that the manufacturing industry is sold short. Rollon is also exhibiting a sample application based on its modular Actuator System Line to demonstrate how its Seventh Axis can be used to increase robots’ range of motion. The system is designed to move entire robots weighing up to 2,000 kilograms along a ground-level linear axis, using a Cartesian linear axis system with a telescopic feeder. The Seventh Axis is constructed mainly from Rollon’s Tecline profiles, whose prismatic roller guides and profile rails coupled with a rack and pinion drive are designed to combine highly dynamic performance with high load-bearing capacity. This enables an articulated-arm robot, for example, to run back and forth along a production line on a linear axis while performing its usual movements. The system can also be used to turn a robot into a mobile feeder for delivering pieces to several workstations.
Rollon GmbH Lineartechnik (40589 Düsseldorf, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C32
Contact: Klaus Hermes
Tel.: +49 2119 5747 391
Updating cable systems needn't be a drag
U.I. Lapp GmbH is exhibiting several new drag chain cables from the ÖLFLEX series at HANNOVER MESSE that offer genuine added value thanks to innovative sheathing and PROFINET-compliant design.
Drag chains are used in mechanical engineering applications to guide and protect the flexible cables, pneumatic lines and hydraulic hoses that supply power and data to moving machine parts. Without this kind of guidance, which ensures cables don't overstep their permissible bending radii, the rough and tumble of long-term use would quickly destroy these vital lifelines of machinery. However, despite this solid protection, there is still a limit to the amount of cables and lines that can and should be installed to control increasingly complex machine components. Stuttgart-based Lapp Group, one of the leading suppliers of integrated solutions and branded products for cabling and connection technology, is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to showcase several innovative connection solutions for drag chains from the ÖLFLEX series.
For instance, ÖLFLEX CHAIN 819 P and the shielded model ÖLFLEX CHAIN 819 CP are highly flexible control cables with a robust, highly oil-resistant sheath that are designed for up to five million alternating bending cycles. Their strength and flame resistance can be attributed to the innovative, UL-certified Lapp PU special mix. The same material has also helped to lower the cost of the new drag chain cables, while the abrasion-resistant sheath material can even help extend maintenance intervals.
What's more, Lapp is also extending its already extensive range of PROFINET-compliant cables in time for HANNOVER MESSE 2018 with the highly flexible ÖLFLEX CHAIN PN cable. The new addition is particularly suitable for users in the automobile and automotive supplier industries that are designing their plants according to the PROFINET standard and therefore want to use PROFINET-compliant components.
U.I. Lapp GmbH (70565 Stuttgart, Germany), Hall 11, Stand C03
Contact: Dr. Markus Müller
Tel.: +49 711 7838-5170
Two heads are better than one
N+P Informationssysteme GmbH believes the best way to boost productivity, uncover previously unknown potential and tap into new fields of business is to have your own digital twin.
"Intelligent integration" is the strapline for the leading trade show “Digital Factory”, which is putting integrated processes and IT solutions center stage at HANNOVER MESSE 2018. These two words stand for a smart interplay between automation, energy technology, intralogistics, IT platforms and artificial intelligence. It is against this backdrop that N+P Informationssysteme GmbH is giving visitors a practical insight into exactly how real and digital data can be linked together to help optimize existing processes. The aim is to boost productivity, uncover previously unknown potential and even tap into new fields of business.
As far as N+P is concerned, making production more transparent while simultaneously enhancing productivity starts with the creation of a digital twin. What that means, according to the company, is linking together various systems to reduce failures and downtime and support employees with the operation and maintenance of machinery. At the heart of the digital twin is the NuPMES MES solution developed by N+P. Thanks to its OPC-UA connection to plants, the solution ensures up-to-date actual values and error messages can be read out directly. This is complemented by a viewer based on Autodesk Forge technology that displays the 3D CAD model and links it to actual machine data. Among other things, the digital twin is used to show up faults in machinery and is enhanced with troubleshooting tips. All this means that a failure can be rectified significantly faster.
N+P Informationssysteme GmbH (08393 Meerane, Germany), Hall 7, Stand E26
Contact: Jens Hertwig
Tel.: +49 376 440 000
For photos and video clips, visit: Trendspots/Product Innovations