Today is our last day at the world’s leading industrial trade show – the Hannover Messe. In addition to the countless and various innovations, robots, and smart solutions we’ve seen, some questions do occur: How will tomorrow’s working environments change, and how can we prepare for it? Those questions are in the focus of a conference called “Future of work in Industry” (the very first of its kind) that took part on the third day of Hannover Messe. Numerous top-class speakers from different companies and associations took part and shared their visions and ideas. The visitors had the opportunity to experience many different conferences and workshops about Industry 4.0 and its effects on working in the future.
News and highlights from the floor
Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies gain in importance
The world increasingly turns to renewable energy sources. Therefore, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are rapidly gaining importance as energy sources as well as storage media. At Hannover Messe, more than 150 exhibitors including Audi, Toyota, and Daimler present in the Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Europe Exhibition Hall their latest fuel cell applications and solutions that are used for storing electricity. Visitors can test fuel cell-powered cars such as the Hyundai Nexo, the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell or the Toyota Mira in the Ride & Drive area of the open-air site.
Digitalization in food and beverage industry
Tetra Pak unveiled its “factory of the future”. Here, digital technology revolutionizes the way food manufacturing plants operate. Machines will be able to communicate with each other as well as with the digital systems of the entire operation, automatically taking on tasks such as diagnosing problems, ordering and delivering parts, and looking for an engineer who is most suitable for the service needed. Supported by these smart solutions, the workforce will then be able to focus on plant management and will be capable of making quick, informed decisions while continuously increasing the speed of production, reducing errors and minimizing product waste.
Focus on partnerships
For Microsoft, Artificial Intelligence, mixed reality and Internet of Things are in the focus of attention. Together with 30 partner companies including Osram, Zeiss, Toyota, Electrolux, and Vaillant, Microsoft demonstrates what intelligent manufacturing looks like. Siemens Gamesa, a leader in renewable energy, shows how to reimage manufacturing by streamlining inspection and maintenance of industrial wind turbines by migrating their autonomous drone-digital process to Microsoft Azure and infusing it with Azure Artificial Intelligence. Bühler, one of the largest providers for food processing solutions, showcases how the company is leveraging Microsoft Blockchain technology to improve global food safety standards and reduce food poisoning rates.
Safety is everything
There is no doubt that new technologies bring huge benefits. The automotive industry is rapidly evolving, connected cars and mobility services offer a wealth of new opportunities. But with greater technologies and innovations, always-on connectivity and on-demand services, new cybersecurity threats make carmakers vulnerable to attacks. That’s what Trend Micro in collaboration with Swiss software company Luxoft strives to change by developing special systems to protect networked cars and mobility services against cyber-attacks.
Improving health of workers
German Bionic presents the German Bionic Cray X first robot exoskeleton for the Industrial IoT that supports the user’s lower back when lifting heavy loads by strengthening movements. It was specifically designed for people who are manually handling goods and tools. The exoskeleton is a human-machine system that combines human intelligence with machine power. German Bionic IO cloud platform connects the Cray X exoskeleton with all common enterprise solutions and networked manufacturing systems, thus enabling complete integration in to Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 environments.
Hannover Messe 2020
Indonesia was officially presented as the partner country for next year’s Hannover Messe. The island nation is dedicated to becoming one of the world’s top ten economies by 2030. It recently launched the initiative ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ to revitalize manufacturing by introducing Industry 4.0 concepts.
The world’s largest industrial technology fair has shown a strong vision for the future of manufacturing and digitization in the industry. The event has paved the path ahead for tomorrow’s factories with in-depth coverage of Industry 4.0 technologies, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, lightweight construction, and the future of work.
That’s all for Day Three. We hope you enjoyed our daily digests from the HMI and eventually found some interesting news and inspirations to share. If you missed the first two reports, please find here Day One and Day Two.