Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, executive director of the VDW, gave details at an IMTS 2018 press conference.
EMO Hannover 2019 will present technologies for the intelligent factory with the aim of raising productivity, improving quality, and increasing flexibility. The focus will be on Big Data, data analysis and data management, industrial security and industrial cloud services, process monitoring and predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
A separate Internet of Things (IoT) in Production exhibition area will showcase companies in control technology, software, and automation. A forum on the latest Industry 4.0 trends will run throughout EMO Hannover 2019.
A year ago, VDW launched the Connectivity for Industry 4.0 project with eight well-known German machine tool manufacturers and major control suppliers. The aim is to develop an internationally recognized interface standard – a common language for Industry 4.0 in the machine tool industry – to ensure neutral and open access. The project is to present its recommendations at EMO Hannover 2019.
The trade show also will present start-up companies with good business ideas to potential investors, sponsors, and cooperation partners.
The Club of Metalworking is the VDW’s latest initiative; launched at the end of May to provide an exclusive service to potential trade fair visitors. Membership is free, yet offers benefits including free tickets to EMO Hannover, free local public transport to visit the show, club lounge, and exclusive newsletter. Conferences are being planned as well. Register at www.clubofmetalworking.com.
EMO Hannover showcases the largest range of technologies for industrial production in the world. More than 2,200 exhibitors from 44 countries presented their machines, solutions, and services at the last EMO Hannover in 2017, with 72% of the exhibitors presenting products specially developed for the show.
In 2017, 64% of exhibitors and 48% of visitors were from outside Germany, coming from around 160 countries.
The EMO Hannover 2019 Early Bird offer to exhibitors is available until Oct. 15, 2018.