Hannover Fair and CeMAT 2018

These two trade fairs took place together under the theme "Integrated Industry - Connect & Collaborate" in Hanover, the state capital of Lower Saxony from 23 to 27 April.


For a week, a total of 5,800 companies presented their developments and gave insights into topics such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, industrial IT platforms, the development of electricity grids for electromobility, the use of robotics and autonomous systems in production and intralogistics, as well as the role of humans in the networked factory. At the same time, human beings and above all their relief are the focus of the ongoing digitalization. For a week, Hanover was virtually the global center of Industry 4.0.


The fact that automation and the IT landscape continue to grow together was one of the central trends in Hanover this year, just as the entering of artificial intelligence to the factories. ipf electronic showed the latest developments in this field.
For example, in the case of the intuitively operated OC53 image processing system, the path to the digital future is provided by the extension with a Profinet interface. This interface is a standard in automation, giving the user full access to all the system's functions and test results.


In addition, the sensor specialist from Lüdenscheid presented a new generation of distance-measuring laser sensors. The PT64 series is based on the triangulation method. In this method, the distance to an object is measured indirectly via the angle of incidence of the light signal reflected by the object. In addition to distance-proportional analog outputs, the new devices offer digital signal outputs for distance evaluation. Via a device interface and a cost-free parameterization software, the user virtually has a unique view of the sensor functionality and can parameterize the devices optimally according to his needs. In this way even demanding measuring tasks can be easily realized.


In conjunction with the likewise new Ethernet adapter VKSI0297, a simple integration of the PT64 in the industrial communication and thus a comfortable parameterization of the sensors from any PC integrated into the network is possible. Compatible with the Ethernet adapter are all color, contrast or line sensors from ipf electronic, which integrate an M5 4-pin round connector for the RS232 interface. This makes the adapter ideal for on-demand retrofitting of existing equipment and an uncomplicated solution for integrating the equipment into the local network or the Internet.