Hannover. HANNOVER MESSE’s Digital Factory show is where professionals from the manufacturing industries go to find software and IT solutions that enable their companies to become fully integrated and collaborate at the digital level. From artificial intelligence (AI) to industrial IT platforms – in halls 6, 7 and 8, software and IT providers showcase the full range of solutions for users from all industries. Apart from AI, key themes at this year’s show include machine learning, virtual reality/digital twin and industrial security.
“Digital technologies are the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution often referred to as Industry 4.0,” said Arno Reich, Global Director Digital Factory for HANNOVER MESSE. “Together, the Digital Factory and Automation shows at HANNOVER MESSE cover all the technologies industrial enterprises need to become fully integrated and able to collaborate quickly and efficiently. We expect that Digital Factory exhibitors, in particular, will really breathe life into this year’s HANNOVER MESSE keynote theme: ‘Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate.’” Human/robot collaboration, digital twins as virtual versions of physical products and simultaneous engineering are all different manifestations of an unprecedented level of connectivity that is transforming processes, business models and companies in equal measure. Industrial IT platforms that are capable of collecting, combining and analyzing vast quantities of data from different sources play a key role in this context. The same is true for software, which provides the technological basis for integrating product development, manufacturing and suppliers. Other key themes at this year’s Digital Factory include ERP, MES, CRM, industrial cloud services, industrial security and additive manufacturing.
Visitors to the show can expect a wide variety of software solutions, including highly specialized applications for virtual product development, production planning and control, and predictive analysis. Another topic to be covered: ways of achieving an optimal flow of huge volumes of data in digital factories. Amazon Web Services, IBM and Microsoft with their machine learning and big data analytics solutions today rank among the most important digital transformation partners to industry. Chinese technology companies Huawei and Haier, who participated at last year’s Digital Factory for the first time, will also be back this year with even bigger stands.
Among the companies represented in Hall 6 are leading providers of CAx and PLM software, such as EPLAN, Siemens PLM and Dassault. The additive manufacturing lineup at Digital Factory 2018 includes ARBURG, EOS and, for the first time, 3D Systems. MPDV, Forcam and PSI PENTA are among the MES and ERP solutions providers that will again be largely concentrated in Hall 7. Oracle, Fujitsu and SAP will also return with significantly bigger showcases. Industrial Security will be a particular focus theme at Digital Factory this April. The solutions on display include Security by Design, authentication, encryption, copy protection and access control systems – essentially all the technologies that protect manufacturers from cyberattacks and unwanted shutdowns. The MES Conference, which will again be held in the Convention Center, is another big highlight. Hall 8 will host another edition of the Industry 4.0 Forum, which has become a popular fixture of the Digital Factory event in recent years. 2018 will also see the greatly anticipated third edition of the Additive Manufacturing Symposium where industry experts will report on the latest trends, developments and topical themes in 3D printing, such as additive layering of plastics and metals as a way of creating added value.
HANNOVER MESSE – Get new technology first!
HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. With its core focus on “Integrated Industry” and “Integrated Energy”, it is the No. 1 global platform for Industry 4.0. The show will next be held from 23 to 27 April 2018 in Hannover, Germany, and will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest visions and technologies for the digitization of production and energy systems. The upcoming HANNOVER MESSE will feature five parallel shows: IAMD (Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives), Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply and Research & Technology. It will also be co-staged with CeMAT, the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management. Mexico will star as the Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2018.
Deutsche Messe AG
As one of the world’s foremost organizers of capital goods trade fairs, Deutsche Messe (Hannover, Germany) stages a rich array of events at venues in Germany and around the globe. With 2017 revenue projected to total about 357 million euros, Deutsche Messe ranks among Germany’s top five tradeshow producers. The company’s portfolio features such world-class events as (in alphabetical order) CEBIT (digital business), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and other floor coverings), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), INTERSCHUTZ (fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security), LABVOLUTION (lab technology) and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). The company also regularly hosts a number of internationally renowned events by third parties, among which are AGRITECHNICA (agricultural machinery) and EuroTier (animal production), both of which are staged by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), EMO (machine tools; staged by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, VDW), EuroBLECH (sheet metal working; staged by MackBrooks) and IAA Commercial Vehicles (transport, logistics and mobility; staged by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA). With more than1,200 employees and a network of 58 sales partners, Deutsche Messe is present in approx. 100 countries.
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