We are thrilled to produce HANNOVER MESSE in the United States alongside IMTS 2018. As part of the iconic brand’s launch in North America this year, we have created new content and educational platforms for attendees. A key new educational platform is the Solutions Theater located in the middle of the HANNOVER MESSE USA show floor at McCormick Place on Level 2 of the East Building.

Location: East Building, Level 2 - Aisle near Booth 121847

Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday  |  Saturday

Monday, September 10 : Industry 4.0 Meets IIoT with Networking Reception

Time Topic/Description Speaker(s) / Moderator(s)
8:30 am – 9:00 am Opening Ceremony / Press Breakfast Dr. Koeckler, Board Member, Deutsche Messe AG
Mr. Prof. Georg Rosenfeld , Member of the Board, Fraunhofer
9:15 am – 9:30 am Welcome & Introduction: Solutions Theater Dr. Jan Siedentopp, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
9:30 am – 10:15 am Opening Panel: Public Policies
The opening session spans the framework for the subsequent expert views on different Industrie 4.0/IIoT-related topics throughout the first day of the Solution Theatre. From an overall perspective, the public policy panel sheds light on the “big picture” of the digital transformation of manufacturing from a political, scientific as well as industrial perspective. The podium consisting of high-level representatives from politics, science and industry will address questions such as: Seven years after the birth of “Industrie 4.0”: What has been achieved so far? Where do we stand today? Digital transformation of US, German and global industry: What are today's key challenges for industry? And what are our answers to those challenges? Which public policies are helpful and needed to successfully manage the digital transition of manufacturing in the US, Germany and globally?
Bob Vavra, Editor, CFE Media
Rainer Glatz, Managing Director Software and Digitalization. VDMA e.V. - Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, Germany
Joseph Eaves, Government Relations, NEMA
Mr. Prof. Georg Rosenfeld , Member of the Board, Fraunhofer
Michael Molnar, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
Dr. Jan Siedentopp, Deputy Head of Unit, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
10:20 am – 10:50 am Keynote: Global Challenges for Industrie 4.0 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke, Chairman, SmartFactory KL and Member Scientific Council Plattform Industrie 4.0
10:55 am – 11:15 am Session 1:
The 3 Dimensions of Manufacturing 4.0
David Brousell, Manufacturing Leadership Council
11:20 am – 11:40 am Session 2:
Achieving AGility Through Industry 4.0
Kevin McDunn, UI Labs
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Digital Business Models Panel:
In the era of digitisation, digital business models seem to be crucial in order for businesses to succeed. What is the actual benefit of digital business models for companies? How can new value chains be organised in a profitable way? How do we use data and ensure that it is exchange securely? What are the challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises in this context? These questions and others will be discussed by senior experts. They will share their experience and knowledge when it comes to rethink and reconfigure business models in a digitized manufacturing world.
Henning Banthien, General Secretary, Plattform Industrie 4.0
Dr. Hans Jörg Stotz, SVP IoT Strategy and Innovation, SAP SE and Member Steering Commitee Plattform Industrie 4.0
Frank Lubnau, Business Chief Digital Officer, Robert Bosch GmbH and Member Steering Commitee Plattform Industrie 4.0
Sari Germanos, B&R Automation
Jan Douglass, COO, ARM
Mimi Hsu, Corporate Digital Manufacturing Lead, Lockheed Martin
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Keynote: Connect Digitally, Perfect Reality Hans Thalbauer, Senior Vice President of Digital Supply and Industry 4.0, SAP
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Keynote: Intelligent Technologies Power Intelligent Manufacturing – Better Outcomes from Enterprise Processes
Achieve better results when your company invests in innovation. Discover how you can gain a competitive advantage and become intelligent enterprises with SAP Leonardo. Hear about customers transforming their business using the innovative technologies and industry excellence found in SAP Leonardo.
Mike Flanagan, SVP, SAP Leonardo
1:35 am – 1:55 am Standards for Industrie 4.0 Dr. Birgit Boss, Business Chief Digital Office - Industrial Technology, Robert Bosch GmbH and Representative of Plattform Industrie 4.0
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Standards Panel:
Industrie 4.0 / IIoT relevant standards and norms are negotiated and developed at various technical levels and by different standards bodies. Overarching goal is a consensus-based, research-accompanying standardisation process which is essential for the rapid realisation of more highly digitised industrial manufacturing processes. Only open and interoperable standards will benefit all companies since their machines, storage systems, products, employees, suppliers, partner companies and customers are networked and able to exchange information in accordance with uniform standards. Various concepts such as RAMI 4.0 (Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0) and the asset administration shell have been introduced into the international exchange on this topic. High-level standard experts shed light on the current developments and give recommendation on how to implement new standards into the manufacturing process.
Dr. Jens Gayko, Managing Director Standarization Council Industrie 4.0
Eric Barnstedt, Head of Azure Industrial IoT Microsoft Corporation and Participant in Working Group Standards of the Plattform Industrie 4.0
Thomas Hahn, Chief Expert Software, Siemens AG and Member Steering Commitee Plattform Industrie 4.0
Dr. Moneer Helu, Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing USA
Kirk Anderson, Industry Director - Industrial Systems, NEMA
2:50 pm – 3:10 pm Session 4:
TSN as a Unifier for Automation Networks
David Doggett, Senior Director System Architecture & Cybersecurity, Schneider Electric, NEMA
3:15 pm – 3:35 pm Session 5:
Testbeds: Learning About Industrial IoT by Doing
Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium
3:40 pm – 4:20 pm Security Panel:
Secure digital value networks are based on connectivity and data. They have the potential to foster strong and sustainable growth in the world economy. Currently, companies who want to be integrated in global value networks face different security requirements depending on specific customer needs and varying international regulatory approaches. The panel will bring together international top-level experts from industry for dialogue and discussion, presenting various approaches on how to cope with the challenges of securing global industrial value networks and required international standardisation.
Michael Jochem, Business Chief Digital Office, Robert Bosch GmbH, Head of Working Group IT-Security Plattform Industrie 4.0
Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST and Project Manager Industrial Data Space e.V.
Clifford Whitehead, Rockwell Automation, Member Industrial Internet Consortium
Steve Griffith, Industry Leader, NEMA
Anthony King, President/Owner Associated Konsultants Inc. and Member Manufacturing Leadership Council
Koushik Subramanian, Director of Manufacturing Cybersecurity for DMDII and CISO, UI Labs
4:25 pm – 5:00 pm Testbed Live Session a) Testbed "smartfactoryKL e.V.", Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke, CEO smartfactoryKL e.V.
b) Testbed "Basissystem Industrie 4.0", Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Peter Liggesmeyer, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering and Member Scientific Board Plattform Industrie 4.0
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Network Reception *Sponsored by ThyssenKrup

Tuesday, September 11: Meeting the Demands of IIoT Through Wireless, Apps, and Automated Quality Control

Time Topic / Description Speaker(s) / Moderator(s)
9:00 am – 11:00 am The Expanding Role of Wireless in Industry 4.0
As the demands of the Industrial IoT continue to grow, so do the demands from wireless technologies, like Bluetooth®. This unique track will feature four interactive sessions from industry leaders showcasing how case studies and implementations of wireless technologies like Bluetooth are expanding the footprint of the Industrial IoT (IIoT).
9:00 am – 9:30 am Meeting the Needs of Industry 4.0
Asset tracking and management solutions, large-scale wireless sensor networks and automation through location services and mesh-networking capabilities are poised to revolutionize the Industry 4.0 conversation. We'll outline how wireless technology has grown into industrial-grade connectivity solutions that are well positioned to be a solution norm in the IIoT for decades to come.
Chuck Sabin, Senior Director, Business Strategy, Bluetooth SIG
9:30 am – 9:50 am The Emergence of Lighting as a Platform for Factory Automation
Enabling the centralized automation of a factory's essential systems has become an essential initiative for factory automation. Mesh networking and the emergence of lighting as a platform have emerged as key methods to meet the needs of automation solutions. We'll examine how wireless lighting solutions can also function as a platform to create industrial sensor networks and asset tracking in the smart factory.
Ray Pfeifer, VP Sales & Business Development, Silvair
9:50 am – 10:10 am Remote Condition Monitoring Using Bluetooth Wireless Sensor Networks
In a drive to improve production efficiencies and reduce cost due to downtime, leading manufacturers are deploying factory-wide sensor networks that enable predictive maintenance and detect machine failures before they occur. Learn how large-scale wireless sensor networks are lowering overall machine downtime and increasing flexibility in the manufacturing line.
Van Krueger, VP of Operations, Cassia Networks
10:10 am – 10:30 am Asset Management: Providing Transformational Improvement to Manufacturing
Automated asset tracking and location services enable manufacturers to better determine location, availability, and condition of equipment, as well as track the overall output across the supply chain. Learn how industrial deployments of asset tracking and management solutions can help manufacturers improve material management and process flow and allow factories to achieve new levels of operational efficiency.
Philipp von Gilsa, CEO, Kontakt.io
10:30 am – 11:00 am Q&A Discussion with all Presenters  
11:00 am – 11:20 am AI-based Production Optimization for Interlinked Manufacturing Process Chains: Autonomous Production Optimization Thomas Hilzbrich
11:30 am – 11:50 am Discovery Partners Institute: Igniting the Illinois Economy through Collaboration and Innovation Dr. William Sanders
12:00 pm – 12:20 pm Magnetic Transmissions and Application Examples Dr. Stefan Vonderschmidt, Georgii Kobold
12:30 pm – 12:50 pm Modular Shopfloor IT Interconnects Heterogenous Digital Twins Thomas Knothe, Fraunhofer
1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Digital Manufacturing Driving the Next Generation of Operational Excellence with IoT and Industry 4.0
The demand for individualized products and fast delivery requires a more automated and digitally streamlined intelligent factory. Transform manufacturing operations, digitally and meet highly variable market requirements. Leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and increase visibility into the health of the equipment and machinery on the shop floor to maximize production, eliminate downtime, and accelerate time to market.
Mike Lackey
Mary Bunzel, SAP
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Why IIoT Needs Good Connectivity Marcel Leonhard, Telegartner
2:00 pm – 2:20 Integration and Application of Process Sensors in Complex Adaptive Manufacturing Systems Moritz Fraundorfer, Fraunhofer
2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Communication and Architectures in Industry 4.0 Eelco van der Wal, PLCOpen
3:00 pm – 3:20 pm Hey Manufacturer – There's an App for That
Manufacturers around the world are leveraging Manufacturing Apps to drive the digital transformation of their operations. In this talk, we'll go over real-life examples from manufacturing leaders who have built apps to address the challenges of their operations. Attendees will be able to see manufacturing apps in action and learn how to build one for free.
Natan Linder, Tulip
3:30 pm – 3:50 pm AM Gives a Boost of Industrial Production: From Complex Shapes to Large-scale Components Prof. Christoph Leyens, Fraunhofer
4:00 pm – 4:20 pm The More Is Less Paradox – Universal Metrology Automation and Quality Control
Traditional approaches to quality control are unsatisfactory to support modern manufacturing demands and underutilize the full capability and talent of an organization’s manufacturing and quality assurance team. Capturing more high fidelity 3D data reduces improves quality makes it easier to make objective decisions and reduces scrap. Robots and motion control systems (including CMMs) have been around for some time, but only recently its become possible and acceptable to integrate them with 3D scanners for automated inspection. Universal Metrology Automation removes the uncertainty and empowers your engineering and quality team to make decisions based upon real-world manufacturing insights.
This presentation discusses the best practices in deploying automated quality control and the results that you can expect to achieve with a simple and rapid implementation. Additionally, there are functions that your team can turn on in phases that transform quality control from a cost center to a center of excellence in the organization.
Paul M. Oberle, 3D Infotech

Wednesday, September 12: Intelligent Drive Technology and Fluid Power/Smart Power Transmission and Fluid Power Solutions

Time Topic / Description Speaker(s) / Moderator(s)
10:00 am – 10:30 am Industry 4.0 in Practice: Use Cases Delivering Operational Business Outcomes with Smart Manufacturing Jackson Bond
10:30 am – 11:00 am Development and Practice of Industrie 4.0 in German Manufacturing Rainer Glatz, Managing Director Software and Digitalization. VDMA e.V.
11:00 am – 11:30 am Digital Photonic Production – Perspectives on Tomorrow's World of Individualized & Smart Industrial Products Professor Johannes Schleifenbaum
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Future of Maintenance – Knowledge-based and Data-driven Maintenance Strategies Professor Wilfried Sihn
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Discovery Partners Institute: Igniting the Illinois Economy through Collaboration and Innovatio Dr. William Sanders
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Predictive Maintenance for Hydraulic Systems Christian Kienzle, CEO, ARGO-HYTOS Group
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Predictive Maintenance Through Connectivity Jon Frey, Head of Engineered Systems Solutions, N America, The Rexroth Corporation
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EtherCAT P – Industrial Ethernet and Power Combine for Smart Power Transmission and Predictive Maintenance Robert Trask, North American Representative, EtherCAT Technology Group
3:40 pm – 4:00 pm PLCopen Motion Control Standard Provides a Cost Effective Worldwide Solution  

Thursday, September 13: Innovations Day

The digital transformation of mobility and transportation has far reaching implications for consumers, industry and the public sector. Mobility is critical to economic and social development and must therefore be accessible and affordable to everyone. Driverless vehicles promise a leap in productivity, but at the same time threaten the industrial base and related jobs in view of digital business models, automation and new forms of ownership. At the same time, the digital transformation promises a future where mobility is not only sustainable and zero emission, but shared and available on demand in a highly customized fashion. Such personalization of mobility services rely on data and the ability to translate such data into products and services that consumer's value. Data has become the ultimate control point and is at the center of emerging business models. What are the future business models in this emerging ecosystem of mobility? 
Time Topic / Description Speaker(s) / Moderator(s)
9:00 am – 9:20 am 4 Key Things a Self-Driving, 3D Printed, Crowdsourced Bus Can Teach You About Edge IoT: Meet #AccessibleOlli:
What happens when Fortune 500’s, Fortune 100’s, start-ups, schools and enthusiasts come together to answer the question “how can we make it easier for people with disabilities to get around?” Meet #AccessibleOlli, the self-driving, 3D printed, crowd sourced, IoT enabled bus bringing inclusive mobility to all, including the deaf, blind, elderly and youth by IBM, Local Motors, the CTA Foundation, and an ecosystem of over 16 partners pioneering the “Autonomous for All” movement. In this talk, we’ll discuss 4 key things #AccessibleOlli can teach us about leveraging Edge IoT in our own companies and operations.
Joe Speed, CTO, ADLINK IoT Solutions & Technology
9:30 am – 9:50 am DLT in New Mobility: Jochen Renz, New Mobility
10:00 am – 10:20 am The Intelligent Industrial Machinery & Components Enterprise – Thriving in a Digital World:
Digitalization of businesses across all industries is happening rapidly and Industrial Machinery & Components companies are at the heart of this because they provide the digitally enabled equipment and machinery needed for this transformation. See how your peers are using SAP’s Intelligent Enterprise Architecture to launch new business models and thrive in this new world.
Goerge Kube, SAP
10:30 am – 10:50 am The New Industrial:
Venture Capital is making “The New Industrial” a reality with over $60B in investments since 2011. In this session, GE Ventures' Senior Managing Director Karen Kerr will discuss this surging sector and its investment trends, including the transition from cleantech and other early favorites to technologies like AI, blockchain, 3D printing, AR, and predictive maintenance.
Ralph Taylor Smith, Managing Director, GE Ventures
11:00 am – 11:20 Xometry, who recently acquired MakeTime and raised an additional $25M in funding, offers the ability to access manufacturing on demand by providing the most efficient way to source high-quality parts. In this session, the startup will discuss how they’re pioneering manufacturing through their unique business model, propelling the vision of Industry 4.0 forward. Xometry
11:30 am – 12:20 pm Additive Panel:
In this panel, several additive companies will discuss how additive technology is being used to propel Industry 4.0, and whether it can truly revolutionize industrials long-term.
Steve Taub, Managing Director, GE Ventures
Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partnerships, Carbon
Behrang Poorganji, Senior Materials Design & Development Manager, GE Additive
12:30 pm – 12:50 pm A Manufacturer's Journey to Digitization: Bringing the Industrial IoT to Life with Edge-Cloud Insfrastructure Ron Victor, Iotium
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pitch Showcase: In Partnership with Sente
The rise of the Digital Factory creates exciting new opportunities for startups to make their impact across the manufacturing value chain. Come join Sente and GE Ventures in a Startup Showcase event on Thursday afternoon at the Solutions Theater, where early-stage startups will pitch their groundbreaking products and solutions for the Internet of Things, analytics, 3D printing, robotics, blockchain, and other digital disruption areas. Startups will be judged by a panel of investors and will be available to answer questions about their businesses and the impact they have on the Digital Factory.
Pitch show case judge:
Ralph Taylor Smith, Managing Director, GE Ventures
Pitch Companies that will be presenting:
Atlas 3D (Plymouth, IN) - atlas3d.xyz - Their cloud-based software automatically chooses the best orientation for your part and generates the necessary support structures for your successful additive manufacturing build
Idatase (Frankfurt, Germany) – idatase.de - Idatase has a tool for end-to-end IoT analytics that starts with rapid prototyping, connects data, and adds intelligence with predictive analytics
Vartega (Denver, CO) – vartega.com – Vartega has developed a low cost grade of carbon fiber through the use of its patent-pending recycling process
IOTA (Berlin/Oslo/Chicago) – iota.org – IOTA is the next generation of distributed ledger technology (beyond blockchain), designed for industry usage in the new economy
Steamchain (Milwaukee, WI) – steamchain.io - Connects industrial machinery to a platform that enables manufacturers to deploy advanced business models based on the performance, usage and service records of their machinery
Amper (Chicago, IL) - amper.xyz – Amper has a non-intrusive machine monitoring system to ​track the performance of every machine on your factory floor.
About Sente:
Sente is a Chicago-based, analysis-driven accelerator and innovation platform that connects startups with corporate innovators and global institutions. Sente searches the world for the most high-potential startups and helps them scale through unprecedented guidance, support, and connections. Since 2013, Sente has supported early-stage companies that operate in over 40 countries, received over $20M in funding, and have generated revenues exceeding $80M
3:00 pm – 3:20 pm Where Is Your Edge? Gain Access to Real-Time Plant Data for Improved Analytics:
Typical Industrial IoT systems use IT-based gateways to aggregate and send data to cloud platforms for monitoring and analytics. But this approach loses the granularity of information that is within the real-time OT networks such as EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP or even OPC UA, that carries high fidelity, more deterministic data. Understanding the domain differences and how to bridge this gap will be key to a successful IIoT implementation. This talk will explore those challenges and the concept of a real-time IoT gateway that can bridge these OT and IT domains much more seamlessly and help to enable better analytics of the plant.
Renesas Electronics America
3:30 pm – 3:50 pm Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT – Connecting the Unconnectable:
With Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT now a reality, companies are investing billions in hopes of generating a positive ROI but are challenged with connectivity issues within their plants and between older machines. There are 40 plants across four continents that have 1,000 CNC machines distributed from various vendors. These machines, some of which are 30 years old, can benefit from preventative maintenance even more than the newer industrial equipment. However, several of the challenges range from how to connect older machines and how to manage the different brands and protocols with each machine. Companies must also address the need to automate data collecting and the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) calculations per machine, per shift, per operator and per plant. Connecting PLCs and devices on the plant floor has been an ongoing issue for the Industrial Internet of Things. Enterprises deal with a host of hang-ups caused by custom coding and additional coding for syncing plant floor data and top floor data.
This session will share real-world experiences and explore the benefits of visual log engines implemented on factory floors to accelerate the launch IoT projects in days rather than weeks or months. It will cover the use of advanced software technology and out of the box instrumentation to illustrate how to rapidly provide a connectivity solution that increases productivity and productivity traceability.
Ricardo Buranello, VP IoT Factory Solutions, Telit
4:00 pm – 4:20 pm DLT in Industrial Internet of Things / Industry 4.0:
Complex products rely on sophisticated factory automation systems and highly integrated supply networks to achieve operational efficiency, quality and compliance. In many ways, manufacturing and supply networks are complex systems of systems where discrete, self-contained components form a larger symbiotic ecosystem. We believe that blockchains and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have a significant role to play securing Industrial IoT and enabling companies to harness the value of data.
Jochen Renz, New Mobility

Friday, September 14: Intelligent Manufacturing Solutions Forum

Time Topic / Description Speaker(s) / Moderator(s)
9:00 am – 9:10 am Welcome: Industrial Internet Consortium Opening Remarks Dr. Said Tabet, Office of the CTO, Chief Architect for IoT Solutions, & IIC Steering Committee Member, Dell Technologies
9:10 am – 9:35 am A Digital Transformation Case Study Microsoft Emerson Automation Solutions
9:45 am – 10:05 am A Modern Architectural Approach to the Intelligent Mobility of People and Things: Dan Isaacs, Director of Strategic Market Development, Xilinx
Dave Hofert, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, Perrone Robotics, Inc. (PRI)
10:15 am – 10:50 am Panel: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Innovations & Testbeds Moderated by:
Dr. Said Tabet, Office of the CTO, Chief Architect for IoT Solutions, & IIC Steering Committee Member, Dell Technologies
Radhika Chaturvedi, Global Cybersecurity Business Development: Energy, Power and Technologies, UL, LLC
John Kowal, Director of Business Development, B&R Industrial Automation
Dan Isaacs, Director of Strategic Market Development, Xilinx
Josh Jabs, VP, Office of the CTO and GM IoT Solutions, Entrust Datacard
Kym Watson, Deputy Head, Information Management and Process Control Department, Fraunhofer IOSB
11:00 am – 11:20 am Leveraging the IOT Ecosystem to Accelerate Value Adebayo Onigbanjo, Sr. Director Business Operations, GE Transportation
Michael Thomas, Senior Systems Architect, SAS
11:30 am – 11:50 am Intelligent Solutions for Processing & Packaging John Kowal, Director of Business Development, B&R Industrial Automation
Davide Azzolini, Automation Manager, IMA Automation Technology Solutions S.p.A. (Pharma Processing & Packaging deployment)
12:00 pm – 12:20 pm Emerging Technologies and Open Innovation Platform – Creating Business Value for Manufacturing Enterprises:
See how Intelligent Industrial Manufacturing Enterprises can leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT), and analytics from SAP Leonardo to enable process automation, anticipate and proactively respond to end-customer needs, and monetize data driven capabilities to create new business models and revenue streams.
Sayan Bose, SAP
12:30 pm – 12:50 pm #Tech4good Case Study: Edge IoT Saves the Day by Connecting the Unconnected in Disaster Stricken Puerto Rico:
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in late 2017 and is regarded as the worst natural disaster to hit the Caribbean and deadliest storm of 2017 to hit the Atlantic. You'll hear the story of how the island leveraged Edge IoT technology to monitor and control thousands of mobile generators to power Puerto Rico's most critical places - hospitals and schools - for post disaster relief. When thinking about all the people, places, and things that are involved in any operations process it may seem daunting - legacy machines, new IoT-enabled systems, back-end IT, operations technology, cloud vendors, analytics, partners, customers, mobile devices - oh my! Edge IoT is about making things simple by allowing all of these systems to start communicating with one another by sharing data at the source where it's created to create truly intelligent operations from start to finish. Sharing real-time information where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, precisely to whomever needs it, after a deadly hurricane, can save a life.
Joe Speed, CTO, ADLINK IoT Solutions & Technology
1:00 pm – 1:20 pm EMO: What to Expect Bill Fox, Hannover Fairs USA
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Discovery Partners Institute: Igniting the Illinois Economy through Collaboration and Innovation Dr. William Sanders
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm WIP 2.0: From Spreadsheets to Big Data:
As the manufacturing industry is trending towards mass customization and producing more complex products, managing production effectively is becoming a more significant challenge day by day. Still, the majority of manufacturers cannot tell you immediately where an order is on their floor if you asked them.
Legacy systems and spreadsheets are not flexible enough to handle the unique workflows of each individual manufacturer, making their work-in-process (WIP) a black box. By leveraging the power of cloud-native applications, software exists today that can take manufacturers with a basic level of traceability to advanced in 30 days. Learn how you can replace your spreadsheets and clipboards with big data and real-time action in days.
Param Shah, Founder and CEO of FactoryFour
Networking Reception with B&R Industrial Automation (Booth 134111) immediately following the presentations

Saturday, September 15: The Next Generation

Time Topic / Description Speaker(s) / Moderator(s)
10:00 am – 10:20 am Bionics4Education: Generating Enthusiasm for STEM:
Festo bionics projects inspire young and old around the globe. Festo is now presenting a bionics education concept that combines digital and analogue learning. The aim is to get young people interested in science and technology (STEM). Bionics and technical education are combined in a meaningful way - in the form of a modular system for testing and learning.
10:30 am – 10:50 am BionicANTs – Cooperation Based on the Behaviour of Ants:
What can we learn from ants? For example, cooperative work. Festo has developed the "BionicANTS - autonomous ant robots that communicate and work together." Dr. Reinhard Pitschellis will explain what this means and what ant alogorithms are.
Dr. Reinhard Pittschellis, FESTO
11:00 am – 11:20 am Virtual Power Train Manufacturing – The Global Fraunhofer Network Dr. Marco Kampka, Fraunhofer
11:30 am – 11:50 am Biological Transformation – Fraunhofer Goes Beyond Prof. Fritz Klocke, Fraunhofer