Mobile robots at the heart of industry
Written by Arjun   
Monday, 22 October 2007

HANNOVER MESSE 2008, 21 to 25 April 

    * New display category at HANNOVER MESSE
    * Fertile ground for new ideas and dialogue between robot developers and potential users
    * Fun meets high-tech at the parallel RoboCup competition

Hannover. Mobile robots are coming. According to a forecast by the International Federation of Robotics, demand for robots in industry, the service sector, private households and the public sector will rise to around 5.7 million units by 2009.

HANNOVER MESSE (the Hannover Fair) is well on its way to becoming the meeting point for providers and users of intelligent mobile and autonomous systems. Hall 25 will become home base to robots at HANNOVER MESSE, when the curtains go up on the new "Mobile Robots & Autonomous Systems" display category designed to round off the show's already excellent coverage of automation. The new category is also a perfect fit for next year's Partner Country, for Japan leads the way internationally in the development and production of mobile solutions.

Mobile robots and intelligent systems will be presented in three clusters geared to specific target groups:

- Industry: Industrial robots on mobile platforms, driverless transportation systems, service and information robots, safety robots, inspection robots

- Public sector: autonomous sweepers, firefighting robots, sewer robots, surveillance robots

- Home users: service robots, cleaning robots, lawn-mowing robots, entertainment robots

Robotics is and remains a major focus at HANNOVER MESSE. The Application Parc and Robotics Academy, for example, are well established at the show, with attendance increasing every year. The Factory Automation section of HANNOVER MESSE will remain the showcase for stationary industrial robots.

At Mobile Robots & Autonomous Systems, visitors will also find associated components displayed in right in context, alongside actual robots. This new display underscores HANNOVER MESSE's role as driver and marketplace of innovations. A range of core sectors of industry meet at the world's leading technology event to fire one another with enthusiasm. This setup helps create new development options for components and applications (for instance from sensor technology and image processing, control technology, electronics, actuator technology or wireless communication), open up new fields of business and establish partnerships. Interaction between R&D and industry is also a long-standing tradition at HANNOVER MESSE. As forum for pioneering R&D, Hall 25 will provide a welcome setting for knowledge-sharing and networking.

The RoboCup German Open will feature an exciting mix of fun, sporting competition and upbeat technology. This international tournament, which will be held for the second time at HANNOVER MESSE, will of course be located in the "mobile robots hall", Hall 25.

Automation technology, energy technologies, industrial subcontracting and future technologies are all at the heart of HANNOVER MESSE. The Industrial Automation cluster at HANNOVER MESSE is the biggest in the world, featuring three top-notch shows: INTERKAMA+ (for process automation), Factory Automation and Industrial Building Automation. Of the 241,000 visitors that attended HANNOVER MESSE 2007, 141,500 were interested in industrial automation.

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