Euroblech 2018 The pulse of the times: Euroblech focuses on digitisation
This year's Euroblech, taking place in Hanover from 23 to 26 October, is keeping fully abreast of the times, for not only do exhibits include lightweight construction, hybrid production and additive manufacturing, they also – and above all – concentrate on networked production.
Around 1,550 exhibitors from 40 countries will be demonstrating their expertise along the process chain of sheet-metal and pipe processing. Following the motto “Sensing the pulse of the times”, this year’s 25th edition of the fair, organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions, puts the focus on topics that are moving the sector. “The technological developments currently impacting the global sheet-metal industry are Industry 4.0 and the Factory of the Future. Thanks to connected production, companies can implement new technologies in production processes in order to raise efficiency and achieve competitive advantages,” says Stephen Brooks, CEO of Mack Brooks. “At the moment, the digital transformation is playing an important role in the sector. With innovations in production control and predictive maintenance, the whole process chain in sheet-metal processing is changing. Automated manufacturing enables optimisation of production processes. At Euroblech, visitors can find solutions and business partners in order to integrate these new systems into their processes.”
This year, visitors can expect the whole bandwidth of intelligent solutions and innovative machines for modern sheet-metal production, presented in the form of live demonstrations at the fair booths. The trade show profile of Euroblech comprises 15 technology areas, thus covering the entire technology chain in sheet-metal processing: sheetmetal, semi-finished products, component supply, handling, separating, forming, flexible sheet-metal processing, pipe/section processing, joining, welding, additive production, processing of hybrid structures, surface processing, tools, control and regulation technology, CAD/CAM/CIM systems, quality assurance, operational and warehouse equipment as well as research & development.
The 1,550 exhibitors in Hanover will be occupying a net exhibition area of 89,000 m2, already surpassing the previous record of 87,800 m2 set in 2016. Once again, Halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 27 are full. The most important exhibiting countries, after Germany, are Italy, Turkey, China, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, and the USA.
To help visitors organise their stay at the trade show as easily as possible, there will be a range of interactive tools – from the third edition of the online competition and an electronic visitor information system to an online fair preview, with a completely new feature in the form of the Euroblech App for Android and iOS, available from September.
The entire technology chain in sheet-metal processing
For the third time, companies performing outstandingly in the sheet-metal processing industry were invited to take part in the Euroblech Online Competition with a total of five categories. The companies were assessed for best practice, innovations, excellence and exceptional performance. The five winners were chosen in September by experts in the sheet-metal processing industry via an online voting system.
This year, the competition is following the motto of “Sensing the pulse of digitisation”, which forms a thematic basis covering digital and automated processes. The five categories stand for current topics in the digital context of the sheet-metal processing industry. The first category, “Digital Transformation”, is aimed at companies with excellent applications of networked production methods. The second, “25 Euroblech Fairs”, looks for the funniest Euroblech anecdotes from the past 50 years. “Cyber Security”, the third category, is for pioneers in secure data exchange within a production environment in sheet-metal processing. The fourth category is “Best Start-Up” and recognises outstanding achievement among new firms in the sector. Pioneers in lightweight construction and component design compete in the fifth category, “E-Mobility”.
A further highlight is the presentation of the “Awards at the Euroblech”, with winners selected by the specialist magazine, MM Maschinenmarkt, and its sister journal, Blechnet. This will be the ninth time that the two specialist magazines from the publishing house, Vogel Communications Group, have awarded this prize for the most innovative exhibition pieces at the fair.
In 2016 (the last edition), a total of 60,636 visitors came to Hanover to get an overview of the latest developments in sheet-metal processing.