Hannover Messe 2007: Spotlight on Control and Automation

01 April 2007

From 16 to 20 April 2007 Hannover will host twelve international trade shows featuring the best in modern industrial technology.

At Hannover Messe companies from all over the world present technical innovations, current trends and the latest know-how for all the key sectors of industry.

The trade fair’s organiser, Deutsche Messe, is expecting to attract a total of 6,150 exhibitors from 68 countries, presenting their products on a total display area of 204,000 m2. No less than 2,900 of the registered exhibitors—near half of the total—come from outside Germany. After Germany the nations with the largest contingents of exhibitors include Italy, China, and Turkey. The number of visitors is expected to exceed 200,000.

Topping the agenda at Hannover Messe 2007 for Control Engineering Europe readers are factory automation and Interkama+.

Interkama+ is presented in Halls 7 – 9 and 11. It is Europe’s leading fair for process automation, and will feature a complete spectrum of components, systems and services, including engineering and maintenance. The program includes a number of supporting events - for example, the Interkama+ Forum in Hall 7 and ‘The Future of Automation’ in Hall 11.

Factory automation is the largest part of Hannover Fair, and it is the reason most visitors attend. Companies
exhibiting in this programme for production automation are in Halls 8, 9, 11, and 14 – 17.

Throughout the automation industry the trend is towards networked control and automation systems. Exhibitors from the mechanical, electrical, and electronic engineering sectors will present all the latest developments. The ‘hot’topics in 2007 will be industrial robots, sensors, as well as assembly and handling.

Application Park
At the newly created ‘Application Park’ in Hall 17 visitors will be able to view prototypes and customised solutions— live and in action, the organisers say. The line-up at Factory Automation also includes the
‘Robotics Academy’ (Hall 16) and the ‘Automation Applications Clinic’ (Hall 17), the two forums ‘Innovations for Industry’ (Hall 15) and ‘Factory Automation’ (Hall 16/17), as well as the special displays ‘Automation Live’ (Hall 17), ‘Wireless Automation’ (Hall 16) and ‘Industrial Identification’ (Hall 16).

A separate fair for ‘Integrated
Processes and IT Solutions’ called the ‘Digital Factory’ will be in Hall 17. The emphasis here is on software and IT solutions for industrial applications (production, sales, service). A new feature in 2007 will be the
‘Digital Factory Guided Tours’ for visitors. A new presentation entitled ‘IT-based Services’ will augment the established display categories ‘Product Lifecycle Management’ (PLM) and ‘Manufacturing Execution Systems’ (MES).

The trade show ‘Motion, Drive and Automation’ (MDA), which takes place once every two years, will open its doors this year. Here visitors can discover the entire spectrum of electric, mechanical, and fluid power transmission.

In addition to these individual themed offerings, Hannover Messe 2007 will also feature numerous special events of interest to the entire industrial community. One such event is the presentation of the Hermes Award—the most lucrative international technology prize awarded to industry.

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