The organisers and industry associations consider the first Hannover Messe since the start of the Corona pandemic to have been a success. Thematically, sustainability and the fight against climate change gained in importance, while Industry 4.0 and IoT retained their topicality as perennial issues.
"Hannover Messe's comeback came at exactly the right time," says Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG. "In view of disrupted supply chains, rising energy prices, inflation and climate change, it was all the more important to meet again in person in the exhibition halls after two years of pandemic, to experience technology trends and to look ahead. After four days at the fair, industry, politics and science are sending a clear signal from Hannover: pandemic and war must not and will not slow down industrial transformation - on the contrary, we need even more speed in digitalisation and sustainability."
Dr. Gunther Kegel, ZVEI President and Chairman of the Exhibitor Advisory Board, adds: "The relaunch of Hannover Messe has been a success and has come at exactly the right time. It is irreplaceable for the dialogue between politics and industry, especially in political and social 'turning points'. With their innovations, the companies of the electrical and digital industry have shown that they can be relied upon in the transformation to a climate-neutral industrial society."
No wonder that the issue "Industrial Transformation" also focused on sustainability in addition to digitalisation. Accordingly, many companies presented their technologies as solutions to pressing global problems: getting a grip on worldwide supply chains through digitalisation, achieving sustainability through energy efficiency and renewable energies. According to Cedrik Neike, member of the board and CEO Digital Industries at Siemens, the issues of climate change and sustainability, as well as shocks such as the Corona pandemic, Russia's war against Ukraine and the supply chain problems caused by both, act as accelerators for the implementation of new technologies: "We have the right technologies, but we need to deploy them faster," he emphasises. "We need to use data transparently along the entire value chain and become more transparent and open to collaboration as an industry in general."
In view of this, Siemens is currently initiating the open, cross-company cooperation network "Estainium Network" together with other members for the trustful exchange of climate-relevant data. Founding members include: Merck Group, NTT Data, Weidmüller, WTS Global, ATS Automation Tooling Systems, TÜV Süd, Bison Forest, CircularTree, Ecobrain, Faber-Castell, Ferdinand-Steinbeis-Institut, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Sustainaccount and the University of Technology Sydney. According to Siemens, Estainium is the first ecosystem to enable the sharing of actual PCF data at scale, rather than relying on average data. The decentralised trust approach with cryptographically encrypted and verifiable certificates is designed to ensure the trustworthiness of the data and the confidentiality of the supply chain.
The partners are also establishing an association of the same name to address the need for standardisation and security in carbon footprint accounting. The "Estainium Association" is based on three pillars: "technology and infrastructure", "standards and norms" and "carbon capture, use, storage and offsetting". It uses the disruptive possibilities of digitalisation to eliminate economically relevant misallocations and the unsatisfactory or incomplete state of information on the quantity and quality of emissions and resources used along the entire supply chain. "We can only become climate neutral as an industry if we know where the emissions are coming from," comments Cedrik Neike. "With Estainium, we bring transparency to supply chains, we work in an open ecosystem, and we harness the power of data."
Arnab Bhattacharya, Territory Technical Senior Manager Simulia at Dassault Systèmes, also emphasises the importance of cooperation in the digitalised industry: "We bring together everyone who, for example, develops a fuel cell car and supplies technical system components for it, and provide the corresponding modelling and tools. The common thread we follow is sustainability, throughout the entire product life cycle and value chain."
Automation supplier Schneider Electric now also offers an Alliance Partner Program, which aims to bring together a qualified cross-section of industrial automation experts, namely system integrators, machine integrators and distributors, to promote joint innovation and offer customers greater added value. "In software-based automation, openness is key," says Dr. Barbara Frei-Spreiter, Executive Vice President Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric.
As a component of the digital transformation towards Industry 4.0, the digital twin is now also enjoying lively interest: "We also supply hardware on request, but most of the time we deal with the digital model in enclosure construction before an enclosure can even go into production," explains Uwe Scharf, Managing Director Business Units and Marketing at Rittal.
The digital twin can now be stored in the "Rittal ePocket", the "digital circuit diagram bag". Via a QR code on the enclosure, users can access the complete machine and system documentation, including the digital twin in the Eplan Cloud, which is always up to date, throughout the entire service life. Service and maintenance staff can thus call up the circuit diagrams directly at the plant via smartphone or tablet.
Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany won the Hermes Award 2022 with its product "Tuaka", a completely integrated drive for robot applications and automation technology. The gearbox, the motor and the driver with safety functions are new. Because of the sensor technology and thermal management, the product is suitable for precise, sensitive applications in service robotics as well as for interaction with humans. The modular concept and the modular systems enable an application-specific configuration of the necessary hardware.
The next Hannover Messe will take place from 17 to 21 April 2023.