Interaction and project experience generate new insights on the route to the digital factory

Dr. Steffen Haack

Dr. Steffen Haack, Member of the Executive Board with responsibility for the Business Unit Industrial Applications and Coordination Sales of Bosch Rexroth AG

"The central topic of Hannover Messe 2016 is connectivity. But not just in terms of technology. We will present technical innovations on the route to Industry 4.0 and have discussions with our customers so that we can take a further joint step in order to implement concrete Industry 4.0 projects. Trough open interaction, new opportunities for cooperation beyond day-to-day business result on both sides. It is well known that a base of invaluable domain knowledge has been built up over many decades in many sectors. Though only when this expertise is combined with the networked world, can we then take optimal advantage of synergies. This is why we think that a collaboration between the fields of mechanical engineering, IT, users, automation and science is both useful and necessary. Because, in the end, it's about finding the best for the customer, for instance higher levels of productivity or machine availability.

In Hannover, we won't only be showing exciting new developments for the networkability of all technologies. In addition to that, we'll be able to report on many practical projects and partnerships. These examples of partnership-based development for networked factories even include tailor-made software and hardware solutions, including project consulting by Bosch Rexroth, for a complete networked assembly line.

Even when it seems that everything about Industry 4.0 has already been said: the current hype, not only during the Hannover Messe, helps enormously to accelerate open interaction about future-proof factory automation."


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