Technical closing report on the EMO Hannover 2017
Frankfurt am Main, 19 February 2018 – Under the motto of Connecting systems for intelligent production, the exhibitors at the EMO Hannover 2017 from 18 to 23 September presented innovations designed to network the world of metalworking and progress its technological optimisation. There was a particular focus on cloud- and offline-based solutions for networking machines, tools, handling aids and production sequences, in order to achieve the intelligent production operations of tomorrow.
Networked machines, whose operating states can be acquired and statistically evaluated at any time, plus intelligent tools in conjunction with intelligent tool management systems, constitute only one aspect of tomorrow’s manufacturing operations. Improved service structures at the customer’s facility thanks to smartglasses, comprehension-enhancing projections of complex tools using augmented reality, increase the customer benefits involved. But solutions for security-driven management of the data generated were also presented.
From a technological viewpoint, many innovations were spotlighted in the field of additive manufacturing. Besides new machines for producing additive components, numerous exhibitors showcased new process variants, and demonstrated their capabilities as exemplified by innumerable additively manufactured components. The use of innovative materials, such as CFRPs for machine tool spindles, renders processes faster and more productive. Responsively customised tool dimensioning and more efficient machine tools additionally enable significant gains in productivity to be achieved in conventional chip-cutting production of high-precision components.
The descriptions below exemplify what trends and issues are the major focuses of production technology today.