Show Review EMO Hannover 2019: bold, smart and innovative

Editor: Ahlam Rais

EMO Hannover made headlines - with over 2,200 exhibitors and a premiere as the event witnessed a live demonstration of the universal machine tool interface – umati.

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The main highlight of this edition was the introduction of umati – the universal machine tool interface.
The main highlight of this edition was the introduction of umati – the universal machine tool interface.
(Source: Deutsche Messe)

EMO Hannover 2019 was all about smart and innovative technologies for the manufacturing industry. Having kick-started on 16 September in Germany, the six-day show witnessed the participation of more than 2,200 exhibitors from across the globe and, in terms of footfalls, about 117,000 production specialists from 150 countries. “In the context of subdued economic expectations over the past several months, the moderate decline in attendance has to be viewed as a success. We are particularly delighted at the further increase in the percentage of foreign attendees,” said Carl Martin Welcker, General Commissioner of EMO. With the theme ‘Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production’, global industry players displayed their latest solutions for industrial production.

umati @EMO Hannover 2019

The main highlight of this edition was the introduction of umati – the universal machine tool interface. The brainchild of VDW and its 17 partners, umati enables machine tools and peripherals to connect to customer-specific IT ecosystems – easily, securely and seamlessly. At the fair, 70 companies from ten countries connected 110 machines and 28 value-added services through the umati standard interface.

Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chairman of the VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenhersteller – German Machine Tool Builders' Association), at the umati press conference said: “Umati is opening up a new chapter in production. The interface enables machine tool manufacturers to fulfill another Industry 4.0 promise: the simple, fast and secure exchange of data.” Creating a connection and providing a uniform language for machines, systems and software are essential prerequisites for reaping the benefits of digitalisation in production. The fact that individual companies no longer have to concern themselves with the correct functioning of the network interconnection represents a tremendous step forward, VDW added.

IoT in production

The mega show also hosted a dedicated area for ‘IoT in Production’ in which the latest standards of internet of things (IoT) were exhibited. This zone offered an overview on several important concepts such as industrial security, data analytics, industrial cloud services, process monitoring, predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as big data management.

In addition to this, the Industry 4.0 zone offered an insight into digital as well as future developments wherein industry leaders exhibited many interesting solutions. Numerous expert lectures were also held in this zone. Concepts such as IoT, cloud computing, digital twins, artificial intelligence and other digital technologies dominated the show.

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