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Hannover Messe: Industrie 4.0 reaches next stage

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2017-10-06

The interplay between automation and energy, IT platforms and artificial intelligence is driving the digital transformation of industry. With the lead theme "Integrated Industry - Connect & Collaborate", Hannover Messe 2018 spotlights the potential of this development.

 - "Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate" is the lead theme of Hannover Messe 2018.
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"Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate" is the lead theme of Hannover Messe 2018.

Humans, machines and IT – these are the cornerstones of tomorrow's factories. However, only with networking will they reach their full potential. "The new connectivity – that is, the organization of networks – is taking Industrie 4.0 to the next stage," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. "With 'Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate' we highlight how connectivity in industry facilitates completely new forms of business, work and collaboration. The result: more competitiveness, better jobs and new business models."

Factory and energy technologies are more efficient than ever. So is data analysis. Industrial IT platforms push their way into the market. Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable machines to make decisions. Engineers digitally simulate entire production chains. New players and new business models emerge, blurring boundaries between industries.

"Hannover Messe is the place to experience the rapid development and impact of Industrie 4.0," emphasized Köckler. "Companies from all over the world demonstrate robots, automation technology, IT solutions and software as well as platforms for networking. Only in Hannover will you see the digital transformation of industry as a complete system."

The lead theme "Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate" is relevant to many branches of industry. For example, companies of all sizes can easily use human-robot collaboration. The digital twin, a virtual representation of a product connected to manufacturer and customer data, optimizes production processes.

Energy is another area where digitalization and networking are proceeding rapidly. For example, virtual power plants feed energy from various producers precisely into the electricity grid. Or in the areas of energy transition and mobility, electric vehicles store energy and can then distribute their electricity to consumers to stabilize fluctuations in the grid.

Hannover Messe 2018 will take place from 23 – 24 April 2018. For further information please have a look at: hannovermesse.de.