Industry 4.0 to top Hannover Messe agenda

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 30 March 2015
Industry 4.0 to top Hannover Messe agenda

Top of the agenda at this year’s Hannover Messe will be Industry 4.0 – exploring how manufacturers can leverage new technologies to develop the smart factories in which machines can communicate, production lines can autonomously reconfigure themselves and cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes.

The event, which will take place at the Hannover Exhibitions Grounds in Germany from 14-17 April 2015, is expected to attract more than 180,000 delegates from over 100 countries.

Presentations and exhibitor demonstrations will highlight how IT-based automation solutions, networked production plants, innovative production processes, internet of things (IoT) devices and next-generation industrial robots with integrated sensors will help manufacturers to transform business models, achieve universal standards for machine-to-machine communication and maintain data security.

Among the leading technology companies exhibiting at the event is Microsoft, which will focus on ‘reimagining the enterprise in a connected world’.

The company will join industry experts, scientists and solution providers (including ICONICS and OSIsoft) to showcase how manufacturers can leverage IoT and connected devices to build on their existing infrastructures and develop the smart factories of the future.

“Microsoft will showcase how it is helping customers leverage IoT to build on existing systems and infrastructure for big impact,” said Sanjay Ravi, managing director of Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing at Microsoft. “We are the company best suited to provide the technology backbone that allows manufacturing and resource companies to embrace Industry 4.0 by improving efficiency and reducing costs, increasing business agility and connecting employees and machinery with mobile- and cloud-based solutions.”

Microsoft and several of its partners, including ICONICS, will co-exhibit on the two-level C48 booth in Digital Factory Hall 7. Delegates will be able to watch demonstrations and speak with customers to find out how Microsoft technology has helped to transform their businesses by improving efficiency, pursuing new opportunities with connected products and new service offerings, and enabling collaborative innovation. They can also attend one-to-one executive briefings, live theatre sessions and a device bar, which will showcase ruggedised devices and new mobile apps.

In addition, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit will demonstrate how it works with law enforcement agencies – such as Europol, the FBI and Interpol – and other academic, global governmental and non-governmental organisations to prevent cybercrime and improve digital security.

To find out more, visit the Microsoft Hannover Messe website.

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