Our Trend Report from Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe 2018

Industrial Technology and Logistics

TrendReport MarketResearch 2018 Technology Industry Logistics

The Hannover Messe is the world’s leading Trade Fair for Industrial Technology. For over 50 years, this event showcases major trends and latest solutions within research, development, IT, industrial automation, industrial supply, production and services. To give you an idea of what is happening in the world of industrial technology, we compiled the most relevant, interesting and fascinating developments in this report. Enjoy!

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 will transform entire operating flows. Flexibility, individualized production, and logistics are prerequisites to remain competitive.

Machine production is networked into a self-learning system, resulting in smart factories.
Connecting production and logistics processes makes our industry more intelligent, efficient and sustainable.


Logistics 4.0

Automated supply chains complete monitoring and maximized performance.

Processes across corporate boundaries are integrated and optimally coordinated. Both inbound and outbound material flows can then be streamlined significantly. This all adds up to comprehensive and highly flexible digital supply chain management systems. Our vision is a self-monitoring and self-adaptive logistics.

Integrated Energy

The conventional energy grid needs to be upgraded and further developed. Smart Grids provide the most efficient interaction. Peripheral energy suppliers, storage units, and distributors become local energy hubs. In the best cases, this results in a self-sufficient unit that fully supplies its own needs and does not have a grid connection anymore.

Predictive Maintenance

Intelligent systems recognize faults before they appear. Predictive Maintenance will make enormous cost savings, and it will also open new possibilities.

The standard for machines and facilities will be to be equipped with sensors. Specialized maintenance software collects the sensor data, evaluates it and recognizes it in advance when a component might be in danger of failing.


Collaborative Robots do not just follow programmed commands but they also react to people enabling completely new forms of work. Cobots work hand-in-hand with their human colleagues and are also able to track positions and movements. Their design is getting more and more humanoid.

Digital Twin

A virtual copy is simultaneously created when planning a machine. Sensors are in constant exchange of data between the real machine and the digital twin, allowing the detection of mistakes that occur in development at an earlier stage. Solutions for mistakes can be immediately tested with the Digital Twin.

Facilities can also be checked after they are delivered. The result: wider variety, better quality, and fewer costs, as well as better product design and error-free operation.

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