During the opening walk of HANNOVER MESSE 2016, April 25, Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and President Obama, inspect a Cubesat miniaturized satellite for space research.

With more than 190,000 visitors, attendance at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 jumped 8.5% from 2014 and drew a record 5,000 American visitors including President Barak Obama. Manufacturing technology companies from the United States, the 2016 partner country, showed off their systems, explaining how advanced controls and machines can tap into Industry 4.0 – the connected manufacturing future in which data flows from design to manufacturing to sales to customers – improving efficiency and quality.

“The United States and Germany are equal partners in the pursuit of digitalized manufacturing and energy,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe. “In order to connect products, machines, industrial enterprises, and people across countries and continents, we need to arrive at universally applicable technologies and standards. At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, the U.S. and Germany – along with other leading industrial nations – have sparked the dialogue needed to make that happen.”

Solutions on display ranged from retrofits of individual machines to full production-line integration, complete with data capture and analysis in the cloud.

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Wind turbine manufacturer, Enercon displays its ENERCON E-141 EP4 for inland sites. www.enercon.com
Harting Technology Group displays HAII4YOU Smart Factory. www.harting-usa.com
Volkswagen 3D prints to metal and plastic components – for prototype production. www.volkswagen.com
Honda displays its FCX Clarity, a research project that emerged from the Transport Energy Strategy (TES) established in December 2002 as a joint political initiative lead-managed by the German Ministry of Transport and Industry. The vehicle represents the biggest demonstration project in Europe in the field of hydrogen technology. www.honda.com
The 13th WoMenPower Conference, under the motto “Work 4.0 - Career Cultures in Transition,” empowered attendees to explore individual career paths while providing continued education opportunities.