Three members of the Design News staff were in Germany for the Hannover Technology Fair. The April 16-20 extravanganza featured 6,000 exhibitors from 60 countries. Innovations include a new ball bearing family from igus, a rapid tooling system capable of producing stamping and die-casting tools and the use of fluidic muscles in Festo's bionic demos. Be sure to check back for additional coverage, podcasts and videos from the Fair.
VIDEO: Dieter Ramsauer, a Fasten-ating GeniusWell-known fastening and lock inventer Dieter Ramsauer explains the workings of his D-Snap fastening technology for industrial and computing enclosures. DN editor-in-chief John Dodge shot the video and conducted the interview. 2:56 Watch Now
VIDEO: Cisco and Rockwell Discuss New Ethernet PactJohn Lewis from Rockwell Automation and Dan Knight from Cisco discuss how they are collaborating on an Ethernet reference model for industrial automation. DN editor-in-chief John Dodge was behind the camera at the Hannover Fair and asking the questions. 6:07 Watch Now
Turck, Woodhead, GGB and Pacific Bearing roll out new products at Hannover FairEditor-in-Chief John Dodge gives a wrap-up of the several new motion control and bearing products he learned about at Hannover Fair booth visits. Turck, Woodhead, GGB and Pacific Bearing were among those touting innnovations. Read More
Adaptronics Controls Vibration At The Hannover FairAdaptronics, which you may know as "smart structures," promises to change the way we control noise and vibration. Adaptronic systems for vibration control in aircraft, robots and cars were on display. Read More
Germany Leads in Wind Turbine, U.S. Catching UpSome 18,000 wind turbines spin in Germany, weaning the nation off fossil fuel dependency and creating 64,000 jobs in the process, according to the German WindEnergy Association (BWE). Watch the video below to see the turbines in action. Read More
Acoustic Camera Sees Noise ProblemsGFaI, a German society that promotes applied computer science, showed off its latest acoustic cameras, which consist of a microphone array, a data recorder and sound analysis-and-visualization software. Read MorePlastic Bearing ImprovementsIgus rolled out bearing technology developments that employ manufacturing technology advances as a way to improve the cost and performance of high-end plastic bearings. Read MoreIndustrial Ethernet, Food and Robots Dominate
Major impressions that Editor-in-chief John Dodge took away from the Fair include the German love for machine tools and industrial technologies and Kuka domination of robotics.
Rapid Tooling at the Hannover Fair Tschopp Technical Engineering GmbH unveiled a new rapid tooling system capable of producing stamping and die-casting tools. The new process creates the tools from stacked layers of steel sheet.
Siemens Ties Businesses to Demographic, Urbanization Mega-TrendsAt the Hannover Fair, Siemens head of corporate technology Hermann Requardt laid out the company's broad strategy based on two mega trends – demographic change and population migration into the cities, also known as urbanization.
Festo’s Bionic Demos Use Fluidic MuscleFesto's racing simulator, robot arm and waterborne manta, on display at the Hannover Fair, all make extensive use of the company's fluidic muscles, an alternative to pneumatic cylinders and other actuators.
Rockwell and Cisco Announce Automation/Ethernet IP pactRockwell Automation and Cisco announced a pact at the Hannover Fair this morning that promises to ease the design and implementation of Ethernet IP on the factory floor.