EMO Hannover - Tools to Die For

Christoph Miller, managing director EMO Hannover, doing a presentation at the EMO Hannover 2019 media conference in Sandton on 13 February 2019

The 22nd EMO will be opening its doors from 16 to 21 September 2019 in Hanover. Once again, the world's leading trade fair for metalworking is being held in Germany, the world's third largest machine tool market.

"All major manufacturers of production technology will be presenting their products and services in Hanover at the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of industrial production. Nobody can afford to miss it," says Christoph Miller, managing director EMO Hannover of the EMO organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Essentially, EMO Hannover is the only truly international platform for metalworking. "EMO Hannover is the undisputed innovation platform for metalworking machines, solutions and services," emphasises Miller.

EMO Hannover is addressing one of the biggest challenges facing the industry with its Smart technologies driving tomorrow's production! theme. "What is decisive for intelligent factories is the comprehensive networking of people, plants and business processes along the entire value chain," explains Miller. Networking in industry is gaining momentum much faster because greater processor power is now available which makes the processing of large amounts of data possible in the first place. According to estimates by the international market research institute International Data Corporation, 30 billion private and industrial endpoints could be networked worldwide by 2020. Smart technologies are the key to greater productivity, better quality and more flexibility. Digitalisation and intelligent factory networking also facilitate new functions such as process monitoring or predictive maintenance, which go one step further with self-learning machines based on smart data and data analysis. These create the basis for new business models like the platform economy, allowing customers and providers to reach the next level of efficiency.

IoT (Internet of Things) will be a key focus of EMO Hannover 2019 with a dedicated exhibition area for IoT in production. This section is reserved for individual exhibitors in the field of control technology, software and automation technology. In addition, the VDW has joined forces with the Software association of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), the umbrella organisation for mechanical and plant engineering, the second-largest customer sector for machine tools. Together they are organising a high-calibre forum on the latest Industry 4.0 and machine learning trends, including presentations and panel discussions which will run throughout the EMO. The future of work will constitute a further focus.

The VDW together with eight well-known German machine tool manufacturers and all major control suppliers launched the umati interface more than a year ago. umati stands for universal machine tool interface. To date, more than 20 use cases have been defined: these include at-a-glance overview of production, program progress and machine status, handling of a production order, creation of error statistics, and operating status in a time stream. They are described by over 100 relevant parameters, e.g. "Machine running yes/no". A joint working group was set up for OPC UA at the end of 2018. The international machine tool community is now able to participate in revising and disseminating the standard.

The goal is to present a complete implementation of the specification at EMO Hannover 2019 – to the extent that it is available by then – together with a larger number of partners. "The VDW is assuming that the first products will also be offered in which preconfigured OPC UA servers are integrated directly into the respective control units based on the specification, explains Miller.

In summary, EMO Hannover 2019 will be addressing all the production-related challenges, from machine technology and IT solutions through to the changing world of work. It will be highlighting how much more productive, efficient and flexible the next generations of machines will be. With many supporting events, it will show how networked production is increasingly spreading to all areas. Order processing, production preparation and planning, manufacturing and logistics will all change. New functions and services are being created. And the people working in industry need to be given the skills to perform these tasks. "EMO Hannover 2019 has plenty to offer on all these topics. The EMO organisers will be complementing the exhibitors' offerings with a wide range of supporting events and special shows. EMO will once again be a Mecca for international production technology and point the way for development in the coming years," concludes Miller of the VDW.  

The 22nd EMO will be opening its doors from 16 to 21 September 2019 in Hanover. Once again, the world's leading trade fair for metalworking is being held in Germany, the world's third largest machine tool market

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