7th – 11th of April 2014, Hannover
With the Hannover trade fair being held from the 7th to the 11th of April, the second week of April was as busy for IPN as the first week. We attended the fair in order to keep up to date with the latest developments in factory automation and industry 4.0. Furthermore, we wanted to get in touch with the big players in the fields of factory automation and software development for the industry.
It is more than true to say that this trade fair emanates a flair of pioneering spirit. Most of the exhibitors presented interesting and futuristic concepts of how to link factories, machines and components to each other. SIEMENS for example presented “Titan” a humanoid robot straight from the future that introduced the visitors to the idea of industry 4.0. FESTO on the other hand presented a robot-kangaroo to demonstrate the advantages of bionic components in the automation world.
We used the trade fair to establish important contacts. We have established research related contacts with companies like SIEMENS and WAGO and we started talks about possible cooperative projects with big players like FESTO, SIEMENS and ABB. These companies have shown a strong interest in our products and actively pushed the idea of a cooperation. Stay tuned as there are interesting news to come in the future!
Just as in Hamburg at the Maintenance 2014 we have seen a strong demand for predictive maintenance systems both from the user’s and the manufacturer’s side. Furthermore, we could proof that our head start in research and development pays off as most of the companies presenting their predictive maintenance solutions are at the very beginning of their product development.
Further insights from the Hannover Trade Fair:
- We are on the verge of a massive change of the ideology and mind-set in the industry
- The first official sketch (German only) of the industry 4.0 topology was made public
- In the future an increasing number of industrial innovations and improvements will come from the field of IT