Hannover Messe: At the Controls of Modern Industry

Hannover Messe 2016

Since 1947, Hannover, the capital city of Lower Saxony, has hosted the world's leading fair for industrial technology: Hannover Messe. At this year’s event, more than 5,000 exhibitors presented their latest news to more than 190,000 visitors. The main topic was industry’s transformation from physical to digital: the so-called Industrie 4.0 (or Industrial Internet or IIoT).

Automation & Controls was represented at the center of a nice GE booth. We proudly displayed the latest solutions for the Industrial Internet, installed within a complete cabinet assembled by GE Industrial Solutions. Our display featured everything from QuickPanel+ operator interfaces to RX3i controllers, RSTi-EP I/O to RXi IPCs, all the way up to Equipment Insight—the solution that makes the Industrial Internet real today.

Our controllers and solutions drew great interest at Hannover Messe because they have three key characteristics that make them ideal for IIoT applications:

1) They are powerful and built on industrial standards. We manage real-time data in microseconds, using the most widely accepted standards (Ethernet, PROFINET, OPC-UA, etc.).

2) They are cyber-secure. Our solutions help protect data and processes from cyber attack—for example, our CPE330 processor has achieved an Achilles Level 2 certification.

3) They are connected. We design our solutions to allow remote asset performance optimization, data collection, analysis and management (through Equipment Insight).

While 5,000 exhibitors claimed to have developed future solutions for Industrie 4.0, we were able to show real solutions that are available today and integrate with solutions from other GE Energy Connection businesses to create synergies and additional opportunities.

Thanks to all who made our presence at Hannover Messe 2016 a success.

P.S. On my way back to Italy after the show, I had the chance to meet and talk to many visitors, all taking back large (and heavy) quantities of catalogues and brochures. Interestingly enough, while industry is ready for its fourth revolution, many visitors still seem to be in the middle of the third...

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Martino Caranti

Martino Caranti is a chartered journalist and the author of more than 200 articles and five books. With more than 20 years of experience in the industrial business—8 with GE— he is now the senior marketing manager EMEA for GE’s Automation & Controls business. Martino is also a passionate cyclist and guide.

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