Jun 30, 2017

Following a four-year pause, the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking sector, will once again take place in Hanover, Germany, from September 18-23, 2017. Running under the motto, Connecting systems for intelligent production, the show will spotlight issues on digitisation and networking for production operations.

The organisers said that as of early June, over 2,050 firms from 45 countries had signed up to take part, with more than 1,400 exhibitors from Europe. Asian participants have increased from 21 to 25%. The registration reflects an increase over the last event to indicate EMO 2017 heading for a record in terms of participation.

Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil and Cecimo’s President Luigi Galdabini will also be speaking at the opening ceremony that is scheduled to be held on September 18, apart from Steinmeier, who will then tour the fair. “We shall be demonstrating to the President the performative and innovative capabilities of our sector and the range of solutions we offer in the environment of digitisation,” Carl Martin Welcker, General Commissioner of the EMO Hannover, commented at the EMO Preview 2017 on June 21, 2017.

Intelligent production, network possibilities

The show organisers are also confident that the show will generate an important impetus for implementing the much-discussed concept of Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things (IoT). A foretaste was provided at the preview, at which 36 EMO exhibitors unveiled their innovations exclusively to the media.

“In machine tools, we have implemented digitalisation since a long time,” Welcker said and added: “Digital images, for example, for simulations have likewise been possible for quite a long time now.” Under the keyword of Industry 4.0, the task now is to network the entire production operation and the complete added-value chain.

In a networked manufacturing line, flexible production is possible with optimised sequences, so that even rush orders in small batch sizes can be handled. Complete networking of the entire production line with real-time communication and control will create maximised added value for companies when it implements horizontal communication from the receipt of the order through to dispatch. Within the added-value chain, it’s important to network with component suppliers, logistical partners and the customers to achieve maximised productivity, flexibility and efficiency, the organisers noted.

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