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world of industries 3/2017 (EN)

world of industries 3/2017 (EN)

Compressed Air for the

Compressed Air for the Smart Factory The Hannover Trade Fair addresses Industry 4.0 again this year under the motto “Integrated Industry – Creating Value.“ This hot topic serves as a unifying idea for the various leading trade fairs. ComVac is no exception in this regard, as the Smart Factory would be inconceivable without sophisticated compressed air and vacuum technology. Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Global Director ComVac, Deutsche Messe AG, gives a forecast of what awaits visitors at the trade fair. The lead theme of HANNOVER MESSE 2017 is “Integrated Industry – Creating Value”. What exactly does it mean? Industry 4.0 is once again the focal point at HANNOVER MESSE. We are at an important point in time, because the technologies for digitalizing industrial production are ripe. Now it is time for decision makers in the manufacturing and energy sectors to identify the long-term advantages of digitalization for their companies. “Integrated Industry - Creating Value” represents digitalization’s potential to create new concepts, new business models and new markets. Can you name some additional trends in Hannover? We have a broad range of current, exciting topics related to Industry 4.0. For example, machine learning and predictive maintenance process huge amounts of data to create a distinct benefit. Additional topics include Integrated Energy, cobots, digital twin and smart materials. Of course, energy efficiency remains an important issue and is a top theme at ComVac. How may exhibitors do you expect at ComVac this year? ComVac is quite strong this year, which is great news for us and underscores the importance of this branch for the future of manufacturing. In December we recognized that Hall 26 would not be sufficient, so we now have an additional 2,500 square meters in Hall 27. This represents display-area growth of 14 percent. More than 240 companies will exhibit. Where does the growth come from – Germany or other countries? Seventy-five percent of the exhibiting companies at Comvac come from outside of Germany. A number of these foreign companies have increased their display area this year – first and foremost China, Italy and Turkey. Combined these three countries account for more than one third of ComVac’s total display area. Which trends await visitors this year at ComVac? ComVac covers the complete range of compressed air and vacuum technology, from generation and processing to pumps and measuring instruments to financing and management. Industrie 4.0 is also an important theme. For example, sensors and software enable machines and work pieces to communicate with each other, resulting in continuous monitoring that improves productivity and production security. On the compressed air side, companies show how heat recovery, control technology and predictive maintenance can improve energy efficiency. Companies from the vacuum technology branch emphasize customer service and sustainability with speed-controlled, oil-free pumps. Are there synergy effects between ComVac and other sectors at Hannover Messe? Yes, and these apply to all sectors of the fair. Whether we are talking about automation, pneumatics or environmental systems, without well-engineered compressed air and vacuum technology there is no factory of the future. You simply cannot develop energy efficient, sustainable production processes without these fundamental crossover technologies. The connection is especially strong between ComVac and the trade fairs Energy and MDA– Motion, Drive & Automation. MDA exhibitors in particular are customers of ComVac exhibitors. We also see synergies outside of HANNOVER MESSE and are bringing compressed air and vacuum technology companies to other markets. You also organize ComVac events outside of Germany. What does the upcoming calendar look like? We offer our exhibitors the chance to join us in important international markets with the high level of service they are accustomed to from Deutsche Messe. In September 2017 we are launching ComVac Canada in Toronto. Then we have ComVac Asia in Shanghai at the end of October 2017. In September 2018, ComVac North America runs parallel to IMTS in Chicago. www.hannovermesse.com Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Global Director ComVac, Deutsche Messe AG 52 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES

ComVac. How can we combine innovation and expertise? You’ll find out at ComVac: ■ Innovative compressed air and vacuum technology ■ Saving energy through improved plant technology ■ New directions in compressed air contracting 24 – 28 April 2017 ▪ Hannover ▪ Germany hannovermesse.com f+h Intralogistics 3/2015 53