Industry 4.0 Takes the next step

TEXT & PHOTOS: DEUTSCHE MESSE AG

In the digital age, it is more important than ever that companies maintain long-term competitiveness. Which means making digitalization a priority and embracing the new ways of work and cooperation it enables. Such a transformation calls for new technologies and processes as well as new business models. Only at HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s leading tradeshow for industrial technology, and CeMAT, the world’s leading tradeshow for intralogistics and supply chain management, does one find the comprehensive solutions for achieving this goal.

Products and technologies for digitalizing the industrial value chain have been on the market for several years, but figuring out how to piece them together can be difficult. From 23 to 27 April 2018, HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT provide a complete overview of available solutions, from Industry 4.0, Logistics 4.0 and integrated energy to robots, machines and components. Exhibitors demonstrate how to integrate automation technology, software and IT into plants and factories to create intelligent production, energy and logistics systems.

For example, collecting and analyzing data in the cloud makes it possible to develop additional, internet-based services. Virtual power plants bundle electricity from numerous small generators and feed it into the power grid in the precise amounts negotiated at the time of purchase. Warehouse management systems, smart containers and driverless transport systems are integral to production logistics.

The lead theme in 2018 is ‘Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate’. The message: Companies should use digitalization to optimize their own structures and networks. Not only the production process, but also processes such as energy efficiency, supply chain management and networking with all partners along the value chain.

Hot topics include artificial intelligence, cobots, digital twin, smart supply chain, and predictive maintenance as well as decentral energy supply, virtual power plants, e-mobility, lightweight design, and platform economies. Partner Country Mexico fits perfectly in the program with its focus on industrial production, energy and environmental technologies, career development, startups and foreign investment.

Exhibitors include big names like ABB, Festo, Harting, Jungheinrich, Microsoft, Phoenix Contact, SAP, SEW Eurodrive, SICK, Siemens, SSI Schäfer, Still, and Toyota Materials Handling as well as startups, small and medium-sized companies, technical universities, and government organizations. Diverse group pavilions and special displays also highlight complex systems and solutions. During the week, more than 80 conferences and forums inform visitors of the latest industry issues and trends.

Only from 23 to 27 April 2018 in Hannover.

Secure your ticket at the following link.

hannovermesse.de/de/tickets

TEXT & PHOTOS: DEUTSCHE MESSE AG

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