The Hannover Messe Short List

By Contributed Article | April 04, 2014

Hannover MesseOnce again, Hannover Messe is upon us, and with all there is to see and do in its numerous halls, you’ll want to maximize your visit. To be sure you don’t miss any highlights, we present Connector Supplier’s Hannover Messe Short List.

Weidmuller (Hall 11, Stand B60) will showcase the next step on the road to networked production – Industry 4.0 – with a demo machine that delivers energy-efficient process optimization through condition monitoring and diagnosis. The demonstration machine is a conventional injection molding machine incorporated into a production network with communicative components, so the vision of the fourth industrial revolution can already be implemented in sub-areas. Additionally, Weidmuller will spotlight an integrated energy management system from a single source, so companies no longer need to undergo the often time-consuming process of coordinating between different project partners. The system is designed as a pre-configured plug-and-play solution, which reduces system downtime.

LEMO at Hannover MesseLEMO will highlight its new IP68 T Series. Samples and T-shirts promoting the 0T and 1T Series will be available at the booth (Hall 12, Stand D33).

Provertha’s booth (Hall 11, Stand E26) will feature its connector technology for robust data networks. Representatives will be available to personally advise you on choosing the right interconnect for your application, and you can take part in discussions on how to achieve the highest physical stability in a system with high-quality electromechanical parts. Provertha also encourages booth visitors to ask which proven connector series now offers the same excellent performance at a better price.


HARTING (Hall 11, Stand C13) will highlight “Smart Solutions for Integrated Industry,” including a scalable production system with modular infrastructure; a flexible mounting concept of best manufacturing processes; solutions for temperature- and RFID-controlled smart factories; and preventative maintenance. Featured products will include M12 Stecker flexible cabling, RFID connectors, and the Han Modular. Visitors can discover more than 1,000m² tangible solutions for intelligent production processes, predictive services, and smart product ideas around power, signal, and data. Additionally, HARTING’s contribution to the charging infrastructure for emerging electric mobility will be demonstrated on the Porsche Panamera Hybrid.

Visit Impact Coatings (Hall 27, Booth C73) at the Group Exhibit: Hydrogen+Fuel Cells+Batteries. The company will showcase PVD systems that support Lean Production for various industries and Ceramic MaxPhase, a protective coating that makes metal bipolar plates for fuel cells possible.

The HERMES AWARD is one of the most sought-after international technology prizes. It is offered every year in conjunction with Hannover Messe and carries a prize package valued at around €100,000. The award recognizes outstanding innovations that are unveiled at Hannover Messe for the first time. This year’s winner will be announced by the jury president, Professor Wolfgang Wahlster, during the Hannover Messe Opening Ceremony on April 6. Among the nominees is Phoenix Contact, for its PROFICLOUD product.

Phoenix Contact Proficloud technology

Phoenix Contact‘s PROFICLOUD (Hall 9, Stand F40) takes the tried and proven PROFINET fieldbus system into the cloud. PROFICLOUD gives users location-independent access to smart-factory data by enabling them to connect directly to the cloud from anywhere in the world. PROFINET devices connected to smart-factory sites via the cloud using PROFICLOUD can be used in the same way as locally connected devices. This enables the more efficient use of shared resources across multiple sites. With PROFICLOUD, existing automation projects can be extended easily and without costly infrastructure upgrades. The technology uses SSL/TLS encryption protocols to ensure secure connections to the cloud.

If you’re not sure where to start when you arrive at the fair, perhaps a little guidance might help. The Technology Tours 2014 offer visitors overviews of their fields of interest. Trained guides lead the groups to the highlights and innovations of the show. The tours are limited to 25 participants per tour. Tour topics include:

  • Energy and Environmental Technology: On this tour, exhibiting companies and research institutes will display transformative energy systems and industrial production processes, including efficiency, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and competitiveness.
  • Industrial Automation and IT: On this tour, visitors will be shown all the right equipment and associated software to optimize factory and process automation solutions of every description, as well as how robotics and high-tech assembly and materials handling can significantly boost manufacturing efficiency.
  • Industrial Supply, Production Technologies, and Services: More than 60% of all industrial innovations are created in the fields of subcontracting parts, components, and processes. Take this tour to learn more about materials, the latest components and systems, and advances in process engineering and related services.
  • Solutions for Mechanical Engineering: Global competition calls for ongoing innovation and the optimization of plant and machinery. But how can ramp-up and processing times be accelerated and energy consumption lowered, while at the same time raising production output and equipment reliability? How can production planning and actual manufacturing be more closely linked by means of state-of-the-art communication? This tour will treat visitors to forward-looking solutions to today’s production challenges.
  • Transformation of Energy Systems: The transformation and transition of energy systems is one of the core topics addressed at Hannover Messe 2014. If smart energy systems are important to you, this is a tour you can’t afford to miss! It’s all about innovative ways to integrate decentral/renewable forms of energy into the grid, including promising approaches to energy storage and consumption-based control.

To register for a Technology Tour, click here.

If you’d like a little guidance but would prefer to walk the exhibits at your own pace, take part in the self-guided Automation and IT Tour. The halls housing HANNOVER MESSE’s displays of factory and process automation, system solutions, and industrial IT will once again be linked by a high-visibility red-carpet walking circuit. Minimize your pre-show preparation — just relax and follow the red carpet! It will automatically guide you to the highlights of the Industrial Automation and Digital Factory shows and allow you to check out each of the eight halls along the circuit at your own pace. Attractions along the route will provide added excitement and entertainment.

Arthur Visser, Bishop & Associates, Inc.Finally, be on the lookout for Bishop & Associates’ Arthur Visser. He’ll be roaming the floor to learn more about the next great innovation that we should cover in Connector Supplier.

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