United States is the Partner Country at Hannover
Every year the Hannover Fair committee selects a country to be the special invited guests and highlight the country’s technical highlights especially related to advances in IoT. For the first time, the invited Partner Country is the United States. President Barak Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the show on Sunday afternoon and toured the show floor Monday morning. Last year the show’s invited guest was India and 2017 will see the country of Poland as the invited Partner Country.
Research and Technology from Universities Around the World
There are over 15 different halls at Hannover showcasing different technologies. One hall is solely dedicated to research & technology. Several universities and research test programs from the around world are in attendance to display their latest advancements. Here the Universität Stuttgart is demonstrating their program for robotic arms to sew a pre-determined pattern.
The Innocampus AG is a scientific foundation for application oriented research and development in the technology sector. Here, scientists with an idea can apply to become part of the campus where scientists, laboratories, and test facilities are at your disposal. The main research areas are advanced manufacturing technologies, energy storage and mobility, and medtech.
Kawaski Robotics Doing Some Heavy Lifting
Here located in the Industrial Automation section, which spans 8 halls, the Kawaski robotic arm is lifting a 4x4 vehicle. Kawaski robots can be used for product handling, assembly, packaging, and machine loading and unloading.
Pflüger Präzision Gripper Solutions
Pflüger Präzision is a specialist in automation and robotics. Here a robotic arm is being used in conjunction with their grippers. They have more than 170 gripper systems which can be installed on a variety of robotic solutions.
Kaku, the Robotic Bartender
Kaku had a massive display for the robotic solutions ranging from large manufacturing and assembling robots to their smaller and collaborative robots. Here the LBR iiwa is being put to entertain guests at the show by opening and serving refreshments to the show attendees.
Kaku Innovation Awards
Showcasing the multi-level capacity of their robotic arms, Kaku had different university programs demonstrating their projects using the LBR iiwa. Here Technische Universität Dresden are using a motion capture glove to move the robotic arm. While moving the arm, the software developed by the university can capture and record the movement which can be refined and repeated for factory automation.
Motors Harnessing Wind Power
The ZF Intelligent Wind Gearbox is used in large scale wind turbines for harnessing and creating energy from wind. The gearbox has dynamic load monitoring and active torque control, advanced vibration monitoring, and integrated sensors with Bluetooth Smart Tags that can be monitored via the cloud.
Aventics ES05 Simple Solution for Elementary Pneumatics
The ES05 is designed to be a straightforward pneumatic valve system. Based on the demand from their customers for a straightforward solution, Aventics designed a valve system that is easy to install and scalable up to 12 valves. To ease assembly, the screws for the entire assembly are set to equal torque values.
Aventics Challenges You to A Race
To emphasize the ease of assembly, Aventics had a contest to see who can assemble the valve solution the fastest. Here a group of college students race each other for the best time. The 1st place record reached as low as 1 minute and 58 seconds. The ES05 is also nominated for an iNovo Award.
Aventics IO-Link is a Connection Hub
The IO-Link from Aventics is a connection hub for multiple inputs. The hub can do power regulation, control, data collection, and is compatible with many of the Ethernet standards used in today’s market. Here you can see the IO-Link being used to connect a variety of multiple systems.
Volkswagen Cars and Assembly Showcase
Volkswagen has a significant presence at the show and here we can see an engine being assembled. The demonstration is using a Kaku robot to highlight the human-robot cooperation pilot project from Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen e-Golf
The Volkswagen e-Golf car is an electric car concept introduced in 2011. It has a max speed of 86 mph and can accelerate to 100 km/h in 11.8 seconds. Fast forward a few years, the car has already been sold thought several European countries and started selling in the United States in 2015.
Delta Electronics Press Conference
Delta Electronics is a world leader in energy solutions. The German committee invited them as a guest company to the Paris Climate talks that took place in 2015. They have 21 buildings around the world that are self-sustaining. Their building in Freemont, California is complete sustaining with rainwater harvesting, an EV charging system, and renewable energy collection.
Festo Future Concepts Continue to Wow
The Festo booth had on display their future concept projects. Here Festo presents an autonomously flying assistance sphere which can be used to transport lightweight items. The sphere is controlled via eight drone propellers, four in the vertical direction and four in the horizontal direction, to provide complete and steady XY axis motion.
The 3D Cocooner
Inspired by the cocoons made by butterflies, the 3D Cocooner is part of their bionic learning network. It spins out delicate shapes and custom lightweight structures. The material being dispensed is a glass-fiber thread which are laminated with a resin which is then UV cured. In contrast to many 3D printing techniques which print layer by layer, these structures are constructed in free space.
Harting Connectors and RINSPEED Concept Car
On display at the Harting booth, the RINSPEED Concept Car highlights the uses the MICA Connectors designed by Harting. MICA stands for Modular Industry Computing Architecture is used to collect data and facilitates the cloud integration for analysis.