Finding a balance at Hannover Messe

03 May 2022

From 30 May to 2 June, around 2,500 exhibitor companies will come together to display their technologies for the factories and energy systems of the future at the Hannover Messe 2022, for the first time since 2019.

Under the lead theme of ‘Industrial Transformation’, exhibitors at the Hannover Messe 2022 will demonstrate how connected production facilities can operate more efficiently and conserve resources as well as how to generate and transmit energy sustainably.

“In view of the current global political situation, the topics are more relevant than ever,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe, at the Hannover Messe preview event. “We need to answer the question of how to ensure security of supply and growth in a dynamically changing world – politically, environmentally and economically – while also counteracting climate change. Innovative technologies will play a key role in this,” he added.

Exhibiting companies include Siemens, Bosch, Schneider Electric, Schaeffler, Microsoft, SAP and Service Now. These industrial giants will be joined by many medium-sized industrial enterprises including Beckhoff, Festo, Harting, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Wago and Ziehl-Abegg. Accompanying them, as in past events there will also be major research institutes such as Fraunhofer and Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) as well as around 100 startups.

Because of the current energy supply debate, the topic of hydrogen is gaining further importance. “We have the largest European platform for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry for years. In Hannover, more than 200 companies – including Iberdrola, Saint Gobain, Emerson, ElringKlinger, Plug Power, Siemens, Phoenix Contact, Enapter, Bosch, Hexagon Purus, Nel Hydrogen, Hydrogenious and GP Joule – will present solutions for a sustainable energy supply based on hydrogen derived from renewable energy sources,” continued Köckler.

Combatting climate change
Europe is striving to become climate-neutral by the middle of the century. More and more companies have set ambitious goals and are in the process of completely converting their production and services. Hannover Messe exhibitors can supply the necessary technologies.

Not only can the production of virtually all goods be made more resource-conserving and energy-efficient with the help of state-of-the-art machinery and equipment, but solutions from mechanical and plant engineering, electrical engineering, and the software and IT industry can also improve the control processes of complex systems, boosting innovation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Recording the CO2 footprint across entire supply chains is often the first step towards climate neutrality. Siemens has developed software that captures emissions data along the supply chain and combines this with data from the company’s own value chain to determine a product’s actual carbon footprint.

Siemens will also be presenting numerous real-world examples to demonstrate how you can combine the real and digital worlds to become a true digital enterprise and benefit from highly flexible and scalable production, increased transparency across all processes, more efficient engineering, and more sustainable products.

In addition to the exhibits at the show, attendees can look forward to a supporting program. The four conference stages cover topics such as automation, cloud and infrastructure, analytics and data management, digital platforms, robotics, IT security, artificial intelligence, renewable energies, green hydrogen, energy-efficient and CO2-neutral production, digital energy management, the circular economy and much more. 

PC-based technology
As a specialist in PC-based and EtherCAT-based control technology, Beckhoff will be demonstrating how pioneering automation technology can actively support digital transformation in industrial production and in the field of renewable energies. As in previous years the company will be showing its complete range of products, including industrial PCs, I/O and fieldbus components, drive technology, automation software as well as revolutionary concepts for control cabinet-free automation. 

Safety and security solutions
Pilz will be presenting automation solutions including safety and security. 

With industrial transformation and resource efficiency being the focus of the exhibition, the packaging industry in particular is changing  and Pilz will be demonstrating how all-round safe, complete solutions can support this process.

The company will also illustrate how control systems are a key to safe and individually adaptable processes, using ‘safe cardboard feed’ as an example. With the solution package certified by TÜV-SÜD, users have twice the flexibility: they can select an individual controller, tailored to the application. 

Finally, Pilz will launch the latest addition to its product portfolio for decentralised applications and applications directly in the field. Equipped with protection type IP67 and robust die cast zinc housing, the remote I/O module is suited for positioning directly on the machine – only one device type is needed so users can save on stockholding space and costs.

Shape of the future
Omron will demonstrate the future shape of its manufacturing innovation concept – i-Automation. Its booth will aim to reflect a real factory floor, embodying three pillars of the automation concept – intelligent, integrated, and interactive automation. 

Visitors can experience solutions based on robotics, machine vision, high-speed and high-precision control application technology, artificial intelligence, and data science. 

One example of innovative automation will be its new Intelligent Cell Production Line which brings together control, information, and manufacturing systems to support efficient and high-quality assembly and production. This concept has already been tested and deployed in its own factories to help achieve harmony between workers and machines.

AI in real time
If manufacturers of automation technology want to create real added value for their customers, digitalisation solutions are the way to do it. “That is why Festo developed the Festo Automation Experience, or Festo AX,” said Dr. Oliver Niese, vice president digital business at Festo. This software solution was created to boost the performance of machines and systems – helping users to make decisions based on the data produced by their equipment through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Festo AX, which analyses live data in real-time will be highlighted on the Festo stand. It can be integrated flexibly into a system – on premises, on edge or in the cloud. The data analysis is not just limited to components and modules from Festo, it can also analyse data from third-party components. 

Connectivity solutions 
In addition to introducing its Connectivity+ concept – which presents products, solutions, services and applications aligned with technological and social megatrends to provide answers to the challenges of the future – Harting will display a range of connectivity products and solutions. With energy efficiency and decarbonisation both strongly linked to the Hannover Messe theme for this year, control cabinet applications involving the Han Eco and its targeted use as an interface in data centres, as well as transformer or converter applications will be exhibited. 
In an exhibition area of small connectors for the topics ‘All for Ethernet’, the focus will be on Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) – another Connectivity+ solution that is both resource-saving and highly efficient allowing power and data to move from sensors to the cloud via just two wires. SPE creates a seamless data infrastructure and helps to unlock previously hidden optimisation potential in factory automation. 

The food and packaging industry and the robotics industry will be the main focus on the Schaeffler stand. It will be presenting its new food-based product range as well as demonstrating ways of solving the challenges faced by the industry using automation solutions. Examples of how digitalisation and sustainability can be combined to ideal effect in everyday operations will also be demonstrated. 

An expanded range of strain wave gears and a sensor-based strain wave gear will be presented for the first time for use in articulated arm robots with a payload of up to around 20kg, as well as its PSC-series planetary gearboxes for industrial robots. These gearboxes are characterised by a torsional backlash ten times lower and a service life that is three times longer than the market standard. 

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