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Motion, Drive & Automation at Messe

12 April 2011

The vital importance of energy efficiency was reflected at all the trade fairs at Hannover Messe 2011 (4 to 8 April), including Motion, Drive & Automation.

Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) showcased the complete spectrum of electrical and mechanical power transmission and control technologies as well as all the latest innovations in hydraulics and pneumatics. The headline themes for 2011 were Energy Efficiency, Lifecycle Management and Condition Monitoring Systems. The new trade fair Mobilitec completed the lineup in Hall 25. More examples of power transmission and control technology could be seen at Industrial Automation and Wind. More than 1,300 manufacturers of gears and transmissions, roller bearings, electric motors, pumps, cylinders, filters, hoses and seals, as well as many other components used in power transmission systems, will be exhibiting in Hannover this year.

As the world’s largest trade show for energy technologies, the leading international trade fair Energy is a unique showcase for the energy mix of the future and covers both conventional and renewable energy generating technologies. Energy and its three companion trade shows – Power Plant Technology, Wind and MobiliTec – document the complete energy cycle, from generation, supply, transmission and distribution to transformation and storage. And common to all the energy-related displays will be the overarching theme of HANNOVER MESSE 2011, namely “Smart Efficiency”.

Among the topics covered extensively at Energy are smart metering, smart grids, smart building and ICT for the energy industry. All these are featured at the E-Energy Center. The group display “SuperConductingCity” is another highlight of Energy, where high-tech companies will be demonstrating examples of superconductor technology in action. This technology makes it possible to conduct electricity without electrical resistance. Also back again in 2011 is “Hydrogen & Fuel Cells”, Europe’s largest joint presentation for these cutting-edge technologies. Here specialist firms will be presenting systems for hydrogen production, fuel cell components, stationary, portable and mobile fuel cells, and their applications.

Power Plant Technology 
Power Plant Technology is the Leading Trade Fair for Power Plant Design, Systems, Operation and Maintenance. Located in Hall 27 in 2011, this show is an important platform for innovations in power plant engineering, whether fired by coal, gas, oil, water or steam. In various display categories such as “Power plant components”, “Engineering” and “Power plants/Thermal power plants” leading suppliers to the industry will be presenting innovative concepts in power plant design and construction. At the request of exhibitors at Power Plant Technology the show will in future be staged in tandem with Wind, so that it will now take place in alternate (odd-numbered) years.

Wind is the Leading Trade Fair for Wind Generation Technology, Components and Services. It celebrated its successful premiere in 2009 and will now take place once every two years as part of the HANNOVER MESSE lineup. The world’s leading suppliers of wind turbines will be exhibiting at the upcoming Wind, thus ensuring that this is the No.1 gathering of the year for the wind energy industry. As in 2009, Wind can be found this year in Hall 27, where the focus is on the complete energy mix of the future. Here it will be sharing the space with the displays of renewable energy, the joint presentation “Hydrogen & Fuel Cells” and the trade show Power Plant Technology. 

The Leading Trade Fair for Hybrid and Electric Powertrain Technologies, Mobile Energy Storage and Alternative Mobility Solutions is an outstanding addition to the HANNOVER MESSE portfolio and showcases the mobility technologies of the future. It brings together energy suppliers, systems and component suppliers for electromobility applications and manufacturers of hybrid and mobile drives. This makes it the central communication platform for interdisciplinary dialogue, and the ideal forum for scientists, politicians and business leaders to discuss the latest technical developments as well as the economic and political incentives the industry needs in order to move forward. 

Digital Factory
As the Leading Trade Fair for Integrated Processes and IT Solutions Digital Factory will be focusing on industrial software solutions – especially solutions for production and product development designed to be integrated into corporate processes. Last year the theme of visualization proved a popular addition to the program at Digital Factory, and the coverage continues in 2011. For the fourth year in succession Digital Factory is hosting the special display RapidX, which documents the process chain for product development and production; this year’s show features the “Festo Fast Factory”, presented in association with premium industry partner Festo. The Digital Factory portfolio also embraces Virtual Product Development (CAx), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Development (CAD), Production and Process Planning (ERP, PPS), Simulation, Manufacturing and Automation (MES), Process Integration, Order Processing, Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing as well as Technical Sales and Service (CRM). 

Compressed air and vacuum technology now plays a key role in many manufacturing processes. Embedded in modern production processes, innovative compressed air and vacuum technologies are an ideal means of creating energy-efficient and cost-effective solutions that keep companies competitive in today’s global markets. ComVac presents the latest trends and developments in generation, treatment and distribution, as well as specific applications in machinery and systems. Located in the northern part of Hall 26, the ComVac Eco Park serves as the central source of information on all aspects of compressed air and vacuum technology. It will provide visitors with an excellent point of reference for answers to the questions that will affect them and their business in the future. The ComVac Eco Park is a joint pilot project initiated by Deutsche Messe AG and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA)

Industrial Supply
This year many of the displays at Industrial Supply will focus on the more efficient use of materials and resources, while the overarching theme of “Lightweight Construction” will be further developed at the Solutions Area and the Materials Forum for Lightweight Construction. As the Leading Trade Fair for Industrial Subcontracting and Lightweight Construction, Industrial Supply accounts for the largest single block of exhibitors at HANNOVER MESSE, making it a powerhouse of innovation within the lineup and the most important event for global sourcing.

With so many sectors of industry represented at HANNOVER MESSE it is an important mirror of the end-to-end process chain for the component supply and subcontracting market, embracing materials know-how and technology know-how, design and development, parts, components and systems. A whole series of well-established forums, special displays and themed presentations once again provides in-depth coverage of many topic areas featured at Industrial Supply in 2011.

A new feature in Hall 5 is the Materials Café, which will be devoted to the world of materials and the people who develop – and already successfully employ – revolutionary innovations in this field. The inaugural Materials Café at Industrial Supply will be organised by Thomas Bade from universal design GmbH, Aart van Bezooyen from Material Stories and Tim Oelker from industrial design. Visitors at the Materials Café will learn about the background and history of new materials in the world of industrial subcontracting. Materials experts will be on hand on all five days of the fair to discuss trends and topics relating to the world of materials in a café atmosphere. 

Following its successful premiere in 2010, CoilTechnica, which showcases technologies for the manufacture of coils, electric motors, generators and transformers, is being further developed and expanded for 2011. This makes it an ideal companion show not only to Industrial Supply and the subcontracting sector in general at HANNOVER MESSE, but also to the group of energy-related trade fairs. The main display categories include coil components and accessories, insulation materials, winding technology and production equipment, electronic components, accessories, and systems for testing, measuring and diagnostics. Much of the focus throughout is on aspects such as energy use and energy-efficiency. 

The Leading Trade Fair for Surface Technology covers the complete spectrum from pre-treatment, cleaning, painting and electroplating technology to plasma technology and nanotechnology. A series of special displays will also focus on future challenges and solutions in the industrial process chain for surface treatment and finishing. The special presentation “World of Surface Treatment” documents the entire process chain in industrial surface treatment – from the cleaning of components and electroplating to quality assurance and testing. The “Practice Park” documents the surface treatment process from the raw material stage all the way through to the finished product. The group display “SurfPlaNet” has its sights set on plasma technology. During the first four days of HANNOVER MESSE 2011 the SurfaceTechnology Forum will present lectures by companies and organizations. Each day will be devoted to a different substrate: metals and wood, followed by plastics and glass/ceramics. Targeted at young persons in particular, the fifth day will center on training and careers. The Forum will be staged by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation (IPA), Stuttgart, in collaboration with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and Deutsche Messe.

MicroNanoTec presents the complete spectrum of applied microsystems technology, nanotechnology and laser technology for micro-materials processing. “Printed Intelligence” and “Energy Harvesting” are two of the hot topics for 2011. Dealing with phenomena and structures measured in fractions of a millimeter – the nanoworld – the B2B platform “SchauPlatz NANO” showcases market-ready solutions and applications developed by nanotechnology which improve the properties of the finished product. Once again the centerpiece of the show will be the international forum “Innovations For Industry”, organised by the IVAM Microtechnology Network based in Dortmund.

Research & Technology
In recent years Research & Technology has become an important showcase for new technologies at HANNOVER MESSE, and from 2011 the show will be known as the Leading Trade Fair for R&D. It is the premier marketplace for research findings and pioneering industrial developments, with the primary focus on technology transfer between the science lab and industry. Businesses come to HANNOVER MESSE with specific investment plans in mind and use Research & Technology as a platform where the latest research findings are matched to the needs of industry.

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