Hannover Fair 2004 widens scope, adds Interkama

Each year, Hannover Industrial Fair brings together multiple tradeshows covering a gamut of automation technologies. In 2004, the fair widens its scope by adding well-known process automation show Interkama+ to its "eight shows in one" format. Interkama and the seven other shows are scheduled for April 19-24 at the Hannover Fairgrounds.

03/01/2004


Hannover, Germany Each year, Hannover Industrial Fair brings together multiple tradeshows covering a gamut of automation technologies. In 2004, the fair widens its scope by adding well-known process automation show Interkama+to its "eight shows in one" format. Interkama and the seven other shows are scheduled for April 19-24 at the Hannover Fairgrounds.

With its process emphasis, Interkama (Halls 6-9, 11, 14, 15) is set to make the overall expo more complete, adding sectors on control systems, including human-machine interfaces (HMIs), fieldbuses, industrial maintenance and services, and information technology (IT). An Interkama Forum will offer panel discussions and presentations on topics from instrumentation and industrial communication to explosion protection. It will be exciting to see how much new enthusiasm Interkama can inject into Hannover Fair.

Seven shows

Still the flagship show, Factory Automation (Halls 9, 11, 14-17), will offer exhibits ranging from control software, industrial PCs, and embedded systems to robotics, sensor systems, electric motors, and more. A special display, "Automation Live" (Hall 17), will showcase solutions and provide demonstrations in such areas as robotics, assembly and material handling, and image processing/sensor systems.

Digital Factory (Hall 16) will highlight how digital concepts and systems are helping to optimize all industrial processes, as well as the crucial role of IT/software in this evolution.

The Energy exhibit (Halls 11-13) will show developments in renewable energy generation and distribution—including hydrogen and fuel cells—and focus on energy management. Surface Technology (Hall 5) will feature surface treatment processes available for energy conservation and environmental protection.

Microtechnology (Halls 14, 15) aims to spotlight key trends and technologies in microsystems, along with applications in automation, communication, energy, and life sciences that benefit from miniaturization.

Subcontracting (Hall 2-4) will provide a forum for market opportunities and partnering in the area of product design, construction, and production development. Research & Development (Hall 18) will allow research institutes and universities to show how to commercialize innovations and transfer them to business and industry.

U.S. presence

Though many large U.S. firms have German subsidiaries that organize their Hannover booths, smaller companies and first-timers often exhibit in one of the USA Pavilions. These are sponsored and managed by Hannover Fairs USA, at ( www.hfusa.com ). These pavilions help lower some hurdles of exhibiting and reduce expenses. In 2004, two USA Pavilions will be open: Factory Automation in Hall 15 and Interkama in Hall 6.

For more information on attending or exhibiting, visit www.hfusa.com or call +1 609-987-1202

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