Microsoft, Gov. Walker making presence felt at Hannover Messe

Hannover Notes: Microsoft expanding the concept of HMI; Gov. Scott Walker makes a visit to fair; Hannover Messe after hours

04/15/2015


HANNOVER, GERMANY: Microsoft is a familiar global brand and a U.S. business giant, but your first thought isn't of them as a manufacturing partner. In fact, it's been a few years since Microsoft has come to Hannover Messe with as significant a presence as they have in 2015. The company sees its role as a facilitator of data management, and it showed off several dashboard HMIs on the show floor in Hannover. That is an extension of their strong interest in the Industry 4.0/Internet of Things initiatives that are integral to every technology booth at Hannover this year.

"When you look at the industrial automation space, there's been a lot of progress around real-time data capture and managing business processes," said Sanjay Ravi, worldwide managing director for Microsoft's discrete manufacturing business. "There's so much optimization happening in manufacturing.

Ravi said there are two issues driving the surge in system intelligence. One is the unlimited computing power available today, and the other is the rich data platforms now available. "You have all this data, but now with this rich data platform, machine are learning what they need to do based on the data. A human can show the machine what needs to be done and the machine can just do it, with no programming."

Gov. Walker visits fairgrounds

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Hannover Messe Tuesday as part of his week-long economic development tour of Germany. Walker spoke briefly at the fair in support of the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIF). It's one of the few areas where Walker, who has been mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate, and President Obama are on common ground.

Research and Technology: Leading Trade Fair for Research, Development and Technology Transfer. Courtesy: Hannover MesseThe TTIF, also called the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), has supporters on both sides of the Atlantic, but negotiations of a trade deal that would strive to reduce trade barriers between the United States and the European Union has proven to be an intense and occasionally tense process. Obama began the negotiations in 2013, and hopes to have a final deal in place before he leaves office and Walker or another presidential hopeful steps in to replace him in 2017.

Hannover Messe after hours

The trade fair part of Hannover Messe is a fairly buttoned-down affair. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, business is conducted and customers wooed in the show halls. Unlike most North American trade events, which tend toward marketing, the Hannover Messe is a sales show, and customers come with money to spend and manufacturing needs to be met. 

After 5 p.m., however, Hannover Messe becomes a funground, with cocktail events and dinners scattered throughout the show floor. While the more informal events take place in the halls, the Bierhaus on the fairgrounds is the magnet that draws show workers and customers to relax and really unwind.

The beer is endless, and served in massive glass steins. The pork is plentiful, served by cheerful fräulein. And the music is truly spectacular, performed by what looks like a German oompah band. Few such bands you've ever seen have a repertoire that includes Tom Jones, The Beatles, ABBA and AC/DC. At the end of a long day, it's a 3,000-seat, double decker break from the show.

- Bob Vavra is content manager, Plant Engineeringbvavra@cfemedia.com 

See additional Hannover Messe coverage below.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Safer human-robot collaboration; 2017 Maintenance Survey; Digital Training; Converting your lighting system
IIoT grows up; Six ways to lower IIoT costs; Six mobile safety strategies; 2017 Salary Survey
2016 Top Plant; 2016 Best Practices on manufacturing progress, efficiency, safety
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation modernization; Predictive analytics enable open connectivity; System integration success; Automation turns home brewer into brew house
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas for tomorrow's fleets; Colleges and universities moving to CHP; Power and steam and frozen foods

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
Compressed air plays a vital role in most manufacturing plants, and availability of compressed air is crucial to a wide variety of operations.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
click me