Plant & Works Engineering
Smart efficiency at Hannover
Published:  08 July, 2011

PWE takes a snap shot look at some of the highlights taking place at this year’s Hannover Fair between 4-8 April 2011.

An impressive line-up of 13 flagship international trade fairs takes centre stage at Hannover Fair 2011 between the 4 - 8 April under the banner of "Smart Efficiency". Exhibiting companies will be presenting intelligent solutions aimed at cutting costs, optimising process efficiency and conserving resources at every stage of the production chain.

For many years Industrial Automation has ranked as the leading flagship fair for process automation, factory automaton and related systems. It showcases all the relevant areas of industrial automation from production and process automation to universal automation technologies. The process automation section of the show is moving to Hall 11, right next to the energy-related sections of Hannover Fair. The focus here will be on sector-specific solutions for industries such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food, as well as the metalworking sector, the automotive industry, the energy industry and electrical engineering. The production automation section will present a wide array of integrated automation solutions, as well as innovations in mechanical engineering and electric power transmission and control. Also featured at Industrial Automation are the information and communication technologies, without which industrial automation could not function. These include industrial communications as well as automation-related IT hardware and software. The special display, "Robotics & Automation" will demonstrate mobile robotics for industrial production, public undertakings and the service industry.


Motion, Drive & Automation

One of the keynote themes to be highlighted at the Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) fair within Hannover Fair 2011 is condition monitoring systems (CMS). As a core component of the fair's overarching "smart efficiency" theme, this technology substantially boosts operational efficiency by means of continuous acquisition and interpretation of data on the condition of systems and their components.

Peter-Michael Synek, a member of the Mechanatronics Forum being staged by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to showcase the potential of CMS explained: "User demands for higher productivity, system availability and process security require a high level of reliability and machine safety. By monitoring the conditions of components and systems, maintenance activities can be planned effectively and potential outages can be avoided. This reduces maintenance costs and yields distinct economic advantages for machine and system operators. The MDA forum in Hall 24 addresses CMS topics with real-world presentations based on the motto 'from the industry, for the industry'."



As the world's largest trade show for energy technologies, Hannover’s organiser says it is a 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 Fair 2011, namely "Smart Efficiency".


Power Plant Technology

In Hall 27, Power Plant Technology will focus on power plant design, systems, operation and maintenance.  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 new concepts in power plant design and construction.



Hannover’s Wind Trade Fair for wind generation technology, components and services will display the world's leading suppliers of wind turbines. 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. 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.



Compressed air and vacuum technology now plays a key role in many manufacturing processes. Embedded in modern production processes, 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).



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