With the theme of sustainability running throughout, Hannover Messe organizers add AI, industrial services, R&D and more to the 2024 event.
Hannover Messe returns as one of the largest industrial trade shows globally April 22 to 26, as show organizers shake up the event with several new conferences and themes throughout. This year’s theme will
be “Energizing a Sustainable Industry.”
“Innovative technologies like those we see in April at Hannover Messe are paving the way to a climate-neutral, high-performance industry,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. “However, companies need advice and guidance on how to make sensible use of automation, artificial intelligence, renewable energies and hydrogen. Furthermore, bureaucracy and a shortage of skilled workers are limiting growth potential.”
The event promotes close networking between government, industry and research to develop solutions and shape the necessary transformation process.
Mechanical and electrical engineering, digital industries, and energy sector companies will present solutions for a high-performance and sustainable industry. More than 4,000 companies will demonstrate how climate neutrality can be achieved through electrification, digitalization and automation. Köckler said, “The use of artificial intelligence in particular is leading to greater efficiency and product quality in industry.”
More than 170 exhibitors will be showcasing in the fluid power space, including Bosch Rexroth, Festo, Emerson, and more.
Sustainable and emission-free energy supply is increasingly coming into focus. This includes the use of renewable energies as well as their storage, the implementation of a comprehensive energy management system and integration into an intelligent power grid. About 500 exhibitors from the green hydrogen and fuel cell industry will present their solutions.
Research and Innovation Summit moves to Hannover
The next Research and Innovation Summit will take place during Hannover Messe 2024. Representatives from business and science as well as from politics and civil society will discuss the topic of innovations in Europe: catalysts, competencies and cooperation, based on the example of AI.
Discussions will center on how industry and science should cooperate, how AI will change the future and other questions.
The Research and Innovation Summit is organized by the Stifterverband (Association for the Promotion of German Science), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Expert Commission for Research and Innovation. It is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
Also, after a one-day conference last month, “AI in Industry,” Hannover Messe will also feature artificial intelligence being presented and discussed both on the conference stages as well as at exhibitor stands throughout the event.
Industrial Services exhibition comes to Hannover Messe
Organizers are responding to changing market requirements with the new Industrial Services exhibition area. German industry is facing new challenges in the face of rising energy prices, a shortage of young talent, and increasing bureaucratic hurdles. Thus, companies are outsourcing services so that they can devote their full attention to their own core activities and issues. This is where the new Industrial Services exhibition area comes into play, offering companies from the spheres of maintenance, assembly, recycling, cleaning, and industrial logistics the opportunity to showcase their service offerings and products in Hall 11.
This joint stand will be supported by VAIS (Association for Plant Engineering and Industrial Services). “Hannover Messe is the leading international trade fair and showcase for the industry. We are pleased that, with the new exhibition area, the importance and role of industrial services as enabler for the industrial transformation in Germany will become more visible,” said Dr. Dietmar Kestner, Managing Director of VAIS.
Hermes Award entries still open
The Hermes Award and Hermes Startup Award will be presented by Germany’s Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, at the opening ceremony on April 21. Submission deadline is February 21.
The independent jury will be chaired for the first time by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Jury members will nominate three products each for the Hermes Award and for the Startup Award from among submissions, and determine the respective winner from those nominees. The degree of technological innovation, benefits for industry, the environment and society, as well as cost-effectiveness and implementation maturity are key criteria in assessing which entry merits the award.
Only those technology solutions which have already been proven in industrial practice are considered. Submit application at hermes-award.alpha-awards.com.
Bosch Rexroth was presented with the Hermes Award 2023. The Smart Flex Effector project consists of a sensor-based compensation module (end effector) for robots, featuring independent, precise kinematics in six degrees of freedom. It can be used in handling or joining processes with tight tolerances in automation technology or robotics, with loads of up to 6 kg. The position of workpieces or handling objects can be sensed by robots which are outfitted with the Smart Flex Effector.
The Hermes Startup Award 2023 went to MantiSpectra, which was awarded for its ChipSense product. It is a fully integrated near-infrared sensor – the smallest of its kind on the market, with a footprint of 1 mm2. The sensor enables rapid, highly accurate analysis and is used directly on the production line, from where it delivers real-time data. This makes it possible for defects to be detected as soon as they occur and for savings to be made through immediate quality control on the spot, on the production line.
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