Event review

Hannover Messe 2019: A smashing hit!

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Stunning Technologies on Display

Hannover Messe witnessed a wide range of next-gen technologies from diverse core sectors such as Integrated Automation, Motion and Drives; Digital Factory; Integrated Energy; Industrial Supply; ComVac and Research & Technology. A few of these innovations have been mentioned below:

Schunk’s Co-act EGL-C Long-Stroke Gripper

Schunk displayed the Co-act EGL-C long-stroke gripper at Hannover Messe 2019. The unique gripper handles workpiece weights of up to 2.25 kg and can achieve high gripping forces up to 450 N and combine them with a long stroke of 42.5 mm per finger.

Considered as the world’s first long-stroke gripper for collaborative operation, the gripper proves beneficial for the automotive, automotive related-supply industry and other industrial applications. With this innovation, ‘Plug & Work’ also becomes convenient. The smart gripper can also be controlled and adjusted via Profinet, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP or TCP/IP.

Siemens’ Future Distribution Substation

The Future Distribution Substation fromSiemens is equipped with an integrated IoT connection. The substation is capable of preparing the distribution grid for the challenges of the transition to a new energy mix. The innovative solution focuses on digitalisation, decarbonisation, and decentralisation and represents a future-viable power distribution.

The company explains that medium- and low-voltage power grids need to handle changes due to the increasing integration of distributed infeed of renewable energy and growing electromobility in private transportation. While more and more of the necessary connection capacity can be provided through grid expansion, the effects of changing energy flow direction, load fluctuations, and voltage range compliance can only be managed with intelligent solutions.

ABB’s New Compact wallbox

In terms of e-mobility solutions, ABB’s new compact 24kW DC wallbox is capable of providing fast-charging infrastructure directly to EV users. The new DC fast charger delivers 24 kW power directly to the vehicle’s battery and offers a faster charging time than the typical on-board converter rated at 6 kW. It is available with single or twin outlets, supporting both CCS and CHAdeMO standards.

Equipped with a seven-inch full-colour, daylight readable touchscreen display, the wallbox includes key functions such as starting and stopping of charge sessions, progress indication during charging, tariff information, help menus, language selection, and PIN code access. With an output range of up to 920V DC, it is fully future-proofed to handle the next generation of high-voltage electric vehicles. The wallbox can be installed at offices, dealerships and public parking places.

Hermes Award

The Hermes Award is one of the most awaited moments at Hannover Messe and this year, the young German-start-up firm NanoWired bagged the prestigious award for its innovative ‘KlettWelding’ solution. The KlettWelding system makes it possible to easily assemble and connect electronic components at room temperature. It is an ingenious process which is fast and eco-friendly and also produces permanent connections. The solution can be used for numerous applications such as sensors, semiconductors, automotive systems and consumer goods. It is also capable of changing production processes from soldering to simply pressing components together at room temperature.

The many inspiring and jaw-dropping solutions showcased at Hannover Messe transformed the way one perceives the industry and its functions. Looks like the grand show gave all of us an insight into the factories of the future.

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