EMO Hannover 2017:
An Intensified Focus on Networked Systems for Intelligent Production
"Connecting systems for intelligent production" is the motto of the EMOnHannover 2017. The world's premier trade fair for the metalworking sector willnthus, from 18 to 23 September 2017, be intensifying its focus on the mega-trendnof digitisation within the context of Industry 4.0. "Entrepreneurs all over thenworld are progressing the digitisation and networking of their products, theirnproduction operations and their logistical chains, because they see this as thennext quantum leap forward in development, with concomitant gains inncompetitiveness," explains the EMO's General Commissioner Carl Martin Welcker."As the key technology for industrial production operations, the machine toolnand the production process are particularly crucial to the networked factory,"nhe adds, and asks: "Where if not at the EMO Hannover can the internationalntrade public expect an abundance of new solutions designed specifically forntheir production operations?"
Carl Martin Welcker,
General Commissioner of EMO Hannover 2017
Customers are demanding holistic production andnautomation solutions
Smaller batch sizes, morencomplex parts, increased part diversity, and a combination of processes arenjust some of the ongoing challenges for industrial production operations.nCustomers need intensive support in ensuring that their machines' capacitiesnare utilised to maximised efficiency, in optimising the material flow, and innvery largely automating the increasingly elaborate administration-relatednnon-productive times, from drawing up quotations to issuing invoices. "Thesenprocesses are very complex," explains Carl Martin Welcker. But once they've beennmastered, major gains in productivity lie open to the customers concerned.nRendering these accessible with fit-for-purpose, coherently harmonised optionsnfor mid-tier companies as well, that is the current challenge for machine toolnmanufacturers, he says.
Digitisation is transforming products and production
The focus, then, is on digitised products andnprocesses. It's not possible to image all processes in their entirety, fromnonline ordering and order handling, manufacture and dispatch. However, the aimnis to create a maximally faithful image of the factory's actuality in real time:nwhat is known as a digital shadow or digital twin. Process knowledge, too, isnbecoming progressively more digital, and can thus be reproduced and optimisednmore rapidly. Delivery times are getting shorter, the defect rate is falling.nMachine tool manufacturers, and also vendors and users of networked products,nare deploying their corporate expertise to ensure the success of thisndevelopment thrust.
Networking the value creation chain is the next step
Further progress is being driven byncomplete-coverage networking of the value creation chain. This includes thencompanies' own agents, subsidiaries, vendors and customers. Cross-companynnetwork thinking utilises resources and intelligence from all parts of thencorporate matrix. This necessitates openness in terms of both systems andnthinking. Comprehensive IT expertise is taking hold in the machine toolnindustry.
Networked knowledge - increased focus on service capabilities
New solutions and business models with highncustomer benefits can emerge from the digitisation of products and processes. Andnnew vendors can enter the market. Services, consultancy and customer supportnfrom the machine tool manufacturers are gaining in perceived importance, andnwill secure a competitive lead in the years ahead as well,since their share of total turnover is rising.
"Users want holistic solutionsnthat can be coherently imaged in a single system. These require thoroughncomprehension firstly of the processes in place at our customers' facilities,nwhich can be highly disparate, and secondly of the complex technologiesnfeatured in our machines," is how Carl Martin Welcker describes the ongoingndiscussion. Where the individual vendors currently stand in this process andnwhich of them have their noses in front, this will be revealed at the 2017 EMOnHannover. "It's the international shop window for production technology, andnthe best platform for users to find solutions for their increasinglynmultifaceted requirements. In 2017, the EMO Hannover will once again be thenmeeting point for the global world of the machine tool industry," to quote the EMO'snGeneral Commissioner.