1. Implementations of Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 was definitely the star of the show and we saw numerous different interpretations and implementations of the concept. Screens of all shapes and sizes were everywhere: smart watches, phones, tablets, gadgets…
The diversity of solutions made the need for standardization very apparent. The information that is shared between devices and components clearly needs some guidelines. Some solutions were very abstract and high level, whereas others had been carefully planned from the beginning until the final execution.
All in all in looks like the technology is well ahead of infrastructure and standardizations.
2. Friction Stir Welding
German machine-builder Grenzebach presented their implementation of a new welding solution known as Friction Stir Welding. Friction Stir Welding joins pieces of metal together without consumables, fumes, spatter or noise.
Find out more about Friction Stir Welding at Grenzebach’s website
3. KUKA Beer Robot and KUKA Robocoaster
Hannover Fair might have just taken us one step closer to a fully automated bar. German Robot builder KUKA was showcasing its KUKA LBR iiwa robot, which poured a pint of wheat beer with a perfect head– a task that many human bartenders struggle with. The robot was programmed to fetch a full bottle of beer, open it, pick up a glass and rinse it before pouring the beverage into the glass.
Fortunately for all bartenders, the Beer Robot was fully capable of cooperating with its human colleagues and did not pose a safety risk thanks to the robot’s lightweight design and soft touch. Prost!