Feel the Pace of Innovation: Industry 4.0 Shapes Hannover Messe 2018

Hannover Messe has always been a must-go event for innovators and decision makers in modern industries. This year, when attending Hannover Messe, visitors could once again experience the accelerating pace of innovation and that the industry is truly changing: The digital transformation has arrived in production and Digital Twin, IoT, Predictive Maintenance, and Industry 4.0 have evolved from being heavily used buzz words to something everyone in production and product development now has to deal with and find or offer solutions for. And of course, you could feel the pace of innovation at Altair, too: Presenting our solutions we welcomed our visitors at our own Altair booth in hall 6 and at the Microsoft booth. In addition, our solutions were also on display at the booth of Leichtbau Baden Württemberg in hall 5.

Booth Highlights at Hannover

As during other recent trade shows and fairs, Altair had more than just eye-catchers to offer: With the VW Caddy of the #3iPRINT project, a markforged printer manufacturing Inspired-parts and the self-balancing scooter by Hochschule Weingarten and University Stuttgart, the booth was always busy and well attended. After all, there was a lot to talk about:

  • Design for modern manufacturing (jointly with reseller COFFEE)
  • Digital Twin and IoT solutions
  • Altair University
  • Simulation-Driven Innovation with the ABB use case for multi-body dynamics and fatigue analysis of an industry robot,
  • Autonomous engineering processes with a self-balancing scooter, developed by Hochschule Weingarten and University Stuttgart

Altair University Conference: “Automation of Digital Processes in Product Development”

The self-balancing scooter was also the example featured at the Altair University Conference session, during the CAE Forum.  With presentations from Altair, Hochschule Weingarten, and University Stuttgart, the story how the scooter was developed, using Altair’s solutions, was told. Within their presentations, they addressed the requirements of developing the innovative product by employing a simulation-driven design process that covers the entire digital tool chain.

Doing Paralympics biathlon with Lightweight Design – Altair Highlight in Hall 5

In hall 5 “Leichtbau” the German state Baden Württemberg presented their lightweight solutions for the industry, featuring the digital development chain of a seating slide, of which Altair was also a part. By means of this seating slide for Paralympics biathlon athletes, it was impressively demonstrated how development time and time to market for customized products can be dramatically shortened.

In this process, sensors are used to weigh the person interested in the product, this data is submitted to a PLM system, which is used throughout the process to exchange data between all involved parties. Simulation is then performed to customize the structure of the product and to run an optimization. Subsequently, the optimized CAD Data is transferred, again via the PLM system, to an Online-Platform which automatically requests and communicates offers and delivery times for production. Just like the Caddy and the scooter at the Altair booth, the seating slide turned out to be a major attraction. Maybe because “live mass customization” is such a great thing to experience or maybe because it is truly fascinating to experience how lightweight design and streamlining processes will impact the future of our products.

Another highlight and proud moment of the trade show was the announcement of our nomination to be one of the first members of the AWS Industrial Software Competency group at the AWS booth, also in hall 6.

Once again, we enjoyed the Hannover Messe very much! Thrilled by the visitors’ highly positive response to all the Altair highlights we returned to our offices. The overall approving feedback clearly demonstrated the value of Altair’s solutions, which address exactly the needs of product developers in the age of IoT, Industry 4.0 and Digital Twins.

Already today we are looking forward to next year’s Hannover Messe. For more information, the presentations of the Altair University Session and the presented use cases please visit: http://web2.altairhyperworks.com/hannover-messe-2018.

Mirko Bromberger
Mirko Bromberger

About Mirko Bromberger

Mirko Bromberger is Altair's Marketing Director at Altair GmbH. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Applied Sciences in Furtwangen, Germany. He has been with Altair since 2004, working in various positions in consulting, application engineering, sales and marketing.