Hannover Messe emphasizing climate-neutral, networked industry technologies

The focus of Hannover Messe 2023 will be on technologies to promote climate-neutral and networked industry and manufacturing services.

By Fraunhofer IPA March 29, 2023
Whatever new technology a company is planning to introduce, the transformation will only be successful if it has been strategically planned in advance and is followed by a well-structured implementation process. Courtesy: Fraunhofer IPA

The focus of Hannover Messe 2023 (April 17–21) will be on technologies to promote climate-neutral and networked industry. The digitization of production processes generates efficiency gains in many areas, and with efficiency being the key to greater sustainability, Fraunhofer IPA will be exhibiting technologies that save both energy and resources. Climate change, energy shortages, interrupted supply chains, a shortage of skilled workers: The challenges facing industry are immense. Under the core topic of “Industrial Transformation – Making the Difference,” Hannover Messe will be showcasing technologies to promote networked and climate-neutral industry from April 17-21.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be presenting a series of technologies that contribute to sustainable value creation. The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA will not only be exhibiting at the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft joint stand, but will also be present at the Allianz Industrie 4.0 stand and at the stand for the FabOS research project.

Everything as a service: Manufacturers as service providers

You do not necessarily have to buy machines outright to use them. They could just as easily remain the property of the manufacturer and the user either pays a flat monthly fee for their use or a fee per unit of production. Companies would no longer have to invest vast sums in production equipment, but could start manufacturing immediately, while machine builders would have a keen interest in keeping their machines operational for as long as possible. Such innovative business models are based on the continuous exchange of data across company boundaries. In this way, manufacturers not only become service providers, but every factory floor process can be understood as an individual service:

Everything-as-a-service (XaaS). The conditions that must be met for these data-based business models to be economically viable and technically feasible are being clarified by Fraunhofer IPA experts in conjunction with industry as part of the large-scale X-Forge research project. At Hannover Messe, representatives of the consortium partners will introduce the four X-Forge projects in detail and present the current research and project results.

– Edited from a Fraunhofer IPA press release by CFE Media.