Mexico eager to display ‘innovation prowess’
HANNOVER, Germany–The co-located Hannover Messe and CeMAT tech fairs this spring will again focus on international business, with 60% of the companies showing their technology coming from outside Germany and one-third of the visitors coming from abroad, Jochen Koeckler said here today. He leads Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover, as CEO.
“Connect and collaborate really describes the time we are living in,” he said, noting the combo is the core of the brand for the two shows.
In 2011, the term Industry 4.0 was coined here in Hannover, Koeckler said. “It has become synonymous with ‘Made in Germany,'” he asserted.
New topics for the shows include “platforms” and “machine learning, he said, calling Industry 4.0 “a new Age altogether.”
CeMAT will focus on what he called “Logistics 4.0. It is time for manufacturers to get schooled on e-commerce–specifically how to quickly get products from the manufacturer to the customer, Koeckler said.
HM and CeMAT will both focus on saving energy, as well as “power grids for e-mobility.” Power grids need to be ready for peak loads, and Siemens and Volkswagen will address this topic at the fairs.
Mexican official trumpets ‘innovation prowess’
Mexico is the “partner country” for the fairs here this year. Poland held this position last year, and the US did so in 2016. Mexico is the first Latin American and the only Spanish-speaking country to arrive at such an agreement with Deutsche Messe, the trade fair organizer behind Hannover Messe.
Modern logistical and digital infrastructures in Mexico play a part in why it is the world’s fourth largest car exporter and world’s largest producer of flat-screen TVs, S.E. Rogelio Granguillhome, Mexico’s ambassador to Germany, said here today.
Mexico will not only show its industrial prowess at Hannover Messe but also will put on display its “innovation prowess,” he said.
Sick preparing ‘AppStudio’
Factories need to reflect that today’s world is online, Sick (“Zick” to the American ear) CEO Robert Bauer said here today. He spoke in German, and the conference organizer supplied simultaneous translation.
Edge computing and cloud computing involve different structures, so certain methods are needed for simplification, he said.
To that end, Sick will present “AppStudio” at the fair this spring.
It will help humans and machines interact swiftly and with up-to-date data from sensors, Bauer suggested.
“We don’t want a fully automated factory,” he said. “If we speak of complete automation, that’s really Industry 3.0. Industry 4.0 is really about cooperation.”
In an interview today with Smart Manufacturing, Bauer described AppStudio as “a management tool for our AppSpace. And AppSpace means that we can have an open program in our sensor that is directly developed in the AppStudio. Then it is downloaded to our sensor–and the sensor itself now has a special task.”
Currently, “you have to define first which type of sensor you need. And you have to deliver it,” he said. “Now, you can have an open space on the sensor and you can afterward program your application. So you have total freedom to adapt your product to the special application.”
Beckhoff advances measurement technology
Outside the auditorium where Bauer, Granguillhome and Koeckler spoke, Beckhoff displayed one of the innovations it will show at Hannover Messe: TwinCAT Vision.
“TwinCAT is our automation [software] suite, which has been around for several years,” Beckhoff’s Stefan Ziegler said in an interview with Smart Manufacturing magazine. “Now, you can also integrate a vision solution: You can make your own vision solution as a machine builder–which is really new in the market.”
In the past, “very often you had to use an external solution provider making the vision solution for your machine and integrating it,” he added. “That’s very cost and time intensive. Now, with TwinCAT Vision, you don’t have to integrate it with your automation tool; it is already part of it. And you have in one automation tool PLC technology and the vision solution.”