Want to learn about the latest in production technology? Production experts visiting EMO Hannover 2023 will be doing just this in September. They can experience the latest trends live and on site at a total of four joint booths. These booths will be focusing on additive manufacturing, connectivity, open space cobot solutions, and sustainability.
Martin Göbel, Director Exhibitions, VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken, or German Machine Tool Builders’ Association)—the organizers of EMO—in Frankfurt am Main, knows the value of a visit: “Nowhere else can production specialists experience the sector’s innovations so close up—presented in thematic packages over the entire process chain and up to date at all times. So, if you’re coming to EMO Hannover 2023 in September, you shouldn’t miss out on the joint booths.”
Innovative 3D printing as a fixed constituent
No matter whether in aircraft construction, medical engineering, or the hydrogen economy, additive manufacturing methods are growing in importance in production. And the business prospects are good. This was verified recently by a survey among the approximate 200 member companies of the Additive Manufacturing Working Group within the VDMA. Almost three quarters of these companies are expecting an upward trend in their business in Germany in the coming 24 months. Yet the technology can utilize its full potential only when it is successfully integrated into highly automated industrial process chains. How this works is demonstrated in the Additive Manufacturing Area. Here, companies will be presenting pioneering concepts from the whole bandwidth of the additive process chain, whether direct and indirect 3D printing technologies, engineering materials, or rapid product development (RPD).
Connectivity of production processes at a glance
In digital production, machines must be able to communicate with each other, irrespective of their make, age, or controller. The ‘Future of Connectivity Area’ therefore focuses on these processes. Here visitors will encounter new applications, automation processes, smart production, Industry 4.0, machine learning, predictive maintenance, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), and many other aspects. And the editorial series ‘Future of Connectivity’ will also be reporting on these subjects in the run-up to EMO Hannover.
Humans and robots work hand in hand
More and more companies are investing heavily in automation to maintain their productivity and competitive strength, augment their resilience and versatility, and keep pace with growing demand. For instance, the number of new industrial robots installed in 2021 exceeded the 500,000 mark for the first time—a new record. Specifically, cobots, or collaborative robots, are in high demand. They already make up 7.5 percent of all industrial robots installed, and this is an upward trend.
The ‘Open Space Cobot Solutions Area’ is therefore fully dedicated to the interactions between humans and industrial robots and their actual and potential applications. Manufacturers will be presenting to an international trade audience their automation solutions based on cobots and their innovative uses: grippers, image processing, measuring systems, software, industrial electronics, feed systems, and much more can be experienced up close.
Sustainability to underlie tomorrow’s production
The declared goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to limit the rise in mean global temperature to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius. At the latest since then, it has become clear: The subject of sustainability is seen as a challenge of global import affecting society as a whole. Among other intentions, the European Union has resolved to render its economy and society carbon-neutral by 2050. The manufacturing industry too is feeling the considerable effects, and it sees itself faced with equally imposing challenges—and opportunities.
At EMO Hannover 2023, the ‘Future of Sustainability in Production Area’ provides the ideal environment for experiencing the latest solutions for tomorrow’s production. Here visitors can learn about the current trends in energy efficiency, the integration of renewable energies, the circular economy, and lifecycle concepts—a fair highlight, not only with an eye to climate protection and reduced production costs in times of persistently scarce energy and raw materials. The focal theme ‘Future of Sustainability in Production’ is also the subject of professional articles that appear regularly online.
Further details for visitors and exhibitors online
The joint booths are not only an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about the latest trends and topics. Exhibitors, too, can focus specifically on the addressed products and technologies. “Our offer is intended to give all exhibitors, from the start-up to the global player, an opportunity to present their innovations simply, economically, and tailored to their target groups. As all-inclusive packages, the joint booths provide the perfect framework for this,” concluded Martin Göbel when asked to summarize their benefits.
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