What to expect from next week’s Hannover Messe event

What to expect from next week’s Hannover Messe event
The core message will be around the transformational impact of AI in factories 

Elly Yates-Roberts |

The core message of Hannover Messe 2018 will be the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in factories and the benefits this has for workers and production.

“For humans, new technologies mean assistance, not competition,” said Jochen Köckler, managing board chairman, Deutsche Messe, in an official press release. “This year, Hannover Messe will be showcasing more assistance systems than ever before, including wearable exoskeletons that enable workers to lift and move heavy objects.”

Between 23-27 April, over 5,000 exhibitors from 75 different nations will be presenting technologies for future factories and energy systems in an industrial technology showcase themed ‘Integrated Industry: Connect and Collaborate’.

Intelligent, connected technologies such as robots, drones, voice assistants and their transformative effects on logistics will be explored in depth by more than 650 exhibitors at the CeMAT intralogistics show, which is being staged in parallel with Hannover Messe.

Integration and interconnectedness are also among the defining themes of the energy and industrial subcontracting sections of Hannover Messe. The subcontractors and suppliers at the industrial supply show will focus on themes such as innovative lightweight construction and smart materials, while the exhibitors at the Energy show will present power grid technologies for electric mobility and energy efficiency solutions for industrial companies.

“The Energy show will demonstrate how efficient energy use can yield enormous cost savings for industry while making a major contribution to environmental protection,” Köckler added. “Hannover Messe and CeMAT will feature solutions from leading manufacturers of automation, energy and logistics technology, the biggest names in robotics, and global IT and software providers. For five whole days, Hannover will be the global hotspot for the digital transformation of industry.”

President, Enrique Peña Nieto, will join chancellor Angela Merkel at Hannover Messe’s official opening ceremony.

As usual, Microsoft will have a significant presence at the show, this year presenting its three key strategies for how companies can leverage technologies to improve core areas of the industrial industry. Read more from Caglayan Arkan, Microsoft’s general manager for Manufacturing, here

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