Event report Hannover Messe 2018: A grand success!

Editor: Ahlam Rais

MM International brings to you a recap of all the high points at one of the world’s biggest industrial technology trade show – Hannover Messe 2018.

SCHUNK’s robotic arm was the lucky one to give a fist bump to the Chancellor.
SCHUNK’s robotic arm was the lucky one to give a fist bump to the Chancellor.
(Source: Deutsche Messe)

Stunning, mesmerising and breathtaking! Hannover Messe 2018 was all of this and more.

As the mammoth event drew to a close, visitors and exhibitors alike could not stop gushing over the countless innovations and sessions that had left them in awe. This was evident with people hash tagging their experiences and interactions with #HM18 on social networking sites. Disruptive future technologies along with sophisticated high-end creations dominated the trade fair; it’s not for nothing that Hannover Messe is known as the global hotspot for industrial technology.

Angela Merkel @Hannover Messe 2018

The opening ceremony of the show was inaugurated by prominent leaders – Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico. Both the chiefs stressed on the fact that there is a need for open markets which will lead them to progress and prosperity. An international free trade agreement between Mexico and the EU was signed following which the event was declared open for visitors. Mexico is the Partner Country for this year’s event and took the occasion to display its latest products and technologies at the event.

SCHUNK’s robotic arm was the lucky one to give a fist bump to the Chancellor.
SCHUNK’s robotic arm was the lucky one to give a fist bump to the Chancellor.
(Source: Deutsche Messe)

The German Chancellor along with the Mexican President also took a round tour of the industrial technology trade fair wherein they had a look at the technological innovations and even tested some of them. For instance, they posed for an exclusive photograph that was clicked by KUKA’s mobile home robot concept ‘i-do’, SCHUNK’s robotic arm was the lucky one to give a fist bump to the Chancellor. ABB also showcased the future of electric vehicles through their technological showcase and there were many other companies that impressed the leaders with their superior developments.

Attractions #HM18

The show offered many impressing technologies of different exhibiting companies for visitors to explore. Many of them are making waves from the show:

KUKA was the show stopper at the fair as it unveiled its contemporary LBR iisy cobot. Lightweight and efficient, the cobot is capable of loading or unloading machines, packaging, precise testing, reliable assembly, handling or difficult research tasks. The six-axis LBR iisy cobot can be integrated into any existing industrial surrounding with ease and comprises high-grade joint torque sensors.

Another interesting creation was SCHUNK’s EGP-C Co-act gripper. Capable of gripping and moving small and medium-sized workpieces with flexible force in assembly electronics and machine tool loading, the electric 2-finger parallel gripper is certified for collaborative operations. The gripper also offers a robot interface for quick and convenient integration and can also be installed on cobots from KUKA, FANUC and Universal Robots under the ‘Plug & Work’ model.

The Epson SCARA T3 Series is the latest addition to the company’s product line up. The four-axis robot is highly accurate and can be used for pick-and-place applications, part feeding, positioning and inspection tasks as well as assembly tasks. Equipped to handle payloads up to 3 kg and a standard cycle time of 0.54 seconds, the new series can be used in the automotive, electrical and electronics and medical sectors. It also supports image-processing, integration of external software and the option to design a custom user interface.

There were many other solutions that set the benchmark in their respective fields.

With an impressive footfall of 210,000 trade visitors and 5,000 plus exhibitors including the participation of 75 participating countries, the event was a huge success! The show certainly lived up to its theme of ‘Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate’.


This year’s winner of one of the world’s most prestigious industry awards, the Hermes Award was bagged by Endress+Hauser Messtechnik for its compact thermometer featuring a self-calibrating sensor for process temperature measurements that meet stringent safety and quality specifications. In addition to this, the Robotics Award was awarded to Heinz Berger Maschinenfabrik for its process chain of robot cells.

Hannover Messe is scheduled to take place from April 1–5, 2019 with Sweden as its official Partner Country.

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