A robotic arm at the Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe 2014

E&T magazine is again a preferred media partner for this year's Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This first of three previews surveys in brief the technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2014 – and includes details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

It's the world's leading annual showcase for industrial and related technologies, with last year's visitor numbers exceeding 217,000 attendees and 6,550 exhibitors from 65 nations: Hannover Messe 2014 (Hanover, Germany, 7-11 April) will feature seven flagship fairs taking place under this year's banner theme of 'Integrated Industry' – a theme that signals the event's key foci on the growing integration of all areas of industry, and a recognition of the steps industry needs to take in order to get from its smart-factory vision to a functioning, integrated Industry 4.0 factory.

The 2014 theme reflects continued emphasis at Hannover Messe on integration as a pivotal challenge for the future of global industry, and maps-out the next progressions on the way to the intelligent, self-organising factories of the future, according to Deutsche Messe managing board member Dr Jochen Köckler. "Industrial companies need to make their production processes as resource-efficient as possible," he says. "Integrated Industry denotes a paradigm in which production processes are geared for maximum flexibility." The next phases are about integrating these technologies into industrial production in such a way that they form a synchronised, harmonised, fully-networked whole.

One of the main challenges in this process is standardisation – ensuring software compatibility across all the components, machines and factories that are to be networked with each other. "At the moment, each company's IT system speaks its own separate language," adds Dr Köckler, "but in order to achieve integration, we now need industry-wide agreement on a common 'international language of production'. Hannover Messe is the forum for this: it integrates the areas of automation, energy, industrial sourcing, and research and development."

The seven component Trade Fairs for 2014 are Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Automation, Industrial Supply,'IndustrialGreenTec, MobiliTec, and Research & Technology – full details at www.hannovermesse.de/home

Event award

This year's event also sees research and technology prize the Hermes Award become an integral part of Hannover Messe, and embodies the event's mission as technological incubator. Eligible products must have already undergone industrial trials and/or already be in industrial use; and they must constitute a technological advancement in terms of their technical and economic realisation.

The 2013 Hermes Award went to Bosch Rexroth for its Open Core Engineering project that combined the programmable logic controllers and IT worlds into one portfolio comprising open standards, software tools, function packages and the Open Core Interface.

The nominees and winner of the Hermes Award will be selected from among the applicants by a jury headed by Dr Wolfgang Wahlster, managing director of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence.

Nominees will be profiled at the Hannover Messe 2014 Opening Ceremony on 6 April, and the winner will be presented with its prize in the presence of German chancellor Dr Angela Merkel.

All of the products nominated for the Hermes Award 2014 will be showcased at Hannover Messe at a special display at the Research & Technology fair in Hall 2.

Further information, including the terms and conditions for participation, is available online at www.hermesaward.com

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