Fraunhofer USA wraps up successful participation at Hannover Messe USA /IMTS 2018


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Fraunhofer Center representatives at Hannover Messe USA/IMTS 2018

HANNOVER MESSE USA at International Manufacturing Technology Show IMTS 2018: 

Fraunhofer USA joined Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and partners 

Digitalized production technologies are transforming business models and changing market structures. Concepts like Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things represent a paradigm shift in business and society, generated by a growing number of increasingly connected and automated devices, machines and products.

Visitors to the joint booth of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer USA Inc. and partners at this year’s IMTS in Chicago could experience how a vibrant mix of new technology in the fields of artificial intelligence, augmented reality as a service, cybersecurity and data sovereignty, sensor and actuator systems, digital engineering, human-machine interaction, 5G, smart materials and smart maintenance is reshaping the future. “The future of digitalized manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 rests entirely upon the ability to pool expertise and resources”, says Prof. Georg Rosenfeld, Member of the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. “Our interdisciplinary expertise sparks new ideas that meet the challenges of a digitalized world and helps create customized solutions right along the value chain for companies of all sizes. Attending HANNOVER MESSE USA at IMTS has created a sustainable opportunity to share our ideas with US and international stakeholders.”

Prof. Thomas Schuelke, Executive Vice President of Fraunhofer USA Inc., added “Being present in the Unites States enables us to most effectively support our partners from industry and government in one of the world’s most advanced technology markets where Industrie 4.0 will have significant impacts on sustainability and competitiveness of manufacturing. IMTS 2018 was an impressive show and we were excited and proud to be part of it with HANNOVER MESSE USA.”

In addition to a wide array of exhibits, Fraunhofer offered a variety of in-depth lectures, talks and expert sessions by renowned German and US scientific leaders at IMTS. “HANNOVER MESSE USA at IMTS 2018 has proven: The economic impact of digitalization is staggering. Industrie 4.0 will give significant rise to productivity in all economically important industries”, Prof. Fritz Klocke, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, concludes. “But from the new opportunities that accompany digitalization, expectations grow. As well as being cost-efficient and sustainable, connected production and work processes must be secure, flexible and intuitive. As an established partner to worldwide industry, Fraunhofer is perfectly positioned to support highly customized mass production, developing solutions that are always tailored to customers’ practical requirements. Our experts are playing an active role in strengthening the long-term global competitiveness of the companies that make up Germany’s and Europe’s industrial base and continue do so for US enterprises as well.”

Dr. Marco Kampka, Program Manager at Fraunhofer CMI in Boston remarks, “At Fraunhofer USA we don’t keep to ourselves, instead we seek to spread knowledge and inspire new ideas. The Solutions Theatre at Hannover Messe USA gave us the opportunity to present our work to a diverse audience attracted by the exciting exhibitions all around. The many following discussions showed how valuable this platform really is.”

Fraunhofer, Fraunhofer USA and partners successfully offered insight into the latest research results in the fields of production, digitalization, automation and networking, resulting in competitive advantage for businesses at IMTS 2018.

We look forward to manufacturing the future with you!

Fraunhofer USA