‘Get new technology first’ at Hannover Messe 2006

01 April 2006

During the last week of April, tens of thousands of engineers and managers will make their annual trip to the greatest industrial show on earth.

Established nearly 60 years ago, Hannover Messe ranks as the leading international showplace for industrial technologies, materials, and product ideas. Over the years the focus has shifted from stand-alone components to end-to-end solutions. For industrial automation companies, technical innovation is the key element, as well as a sharp focus on the creative application of existing technologies.

Hannover Messe is really a combination of ten different trade shows. The most important two for Control
Engineering-Europe readers are the process automation fair (‘Interkama+’) and the factory automation fair. Many of the 1,300 automation exhibitors have products and solutions of interest to both process and factory automation engineers, and will occupy Halls 8, 9, 11, 14, and 15. In addition, Interkama+ will also use Hall 7
and factory automation will use Hall 17.

Special exhibits
Factory automation in Hall 17 will be interesting to many attendees. The ‘Automation Live’ exhibit, staged in cooperation with Volkswagen AG, presents the key planning and production stages in car manufacturing using VW’s new Eos convertible as an example. There will also be a robotic applications centre in Hall 17, along with a special ‘vision sensors’ display featuring the work of companies in this specialist field.
The fair opens on Monday, 24 April and lasts until Friday. Each day it is open from 9:00 to 18:00. Visitors may buy advance tickets online at www.hannovermesse.de/tickets_e. Advance tickets are Û19 for one day
and Û44 for five days; at the ticket office they may be purchased for Û24 and Û53. The fair ticket entitles visitors to free travel in the greater Hannover region.

Hermes Award
For the third year Deutsche Messe AG will present the Hermes Award, (worth a total of Û100,000) in recognition of outstanding technical excellence. To qualify for the award, the products must be on display for the first time at Hannover Messe and must have already stood the test of industrial practice. The products must also be ‘extremely innovative’ in terms of technical and economic criteria. The winner and the other nominated products will be on show at the Hermes Award stand in Hall 2 (part of the ‘tech transfer – Gateway 2Innovation’ group presentation). To see the final selections for the award, visit www.hermesaward.com

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