Hannover Messe 2013, the world’s largest industrial technology trade fair, is merely two weeks away. The annual event, which is made up of 11 individual shows, including the Industrial Automation show, will be held in Hannover, Germany, April 8-12. Hannover Messe’s overall theme this year is Integrated Industry, in which “machines, industrial equipment, work pieces and system components will soon be capable of exchanging data in real time,” according to event organizer Deutsche Messe.
The big data theme will give added poignancy to organizations that advocate field communication and integration technologies. Taking advantage of this, the HART Communication Foundation, Fieldbus Foundation, PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International), OPC Foundation, and FDT Group are co-sponsoring the Field Communication Lounge at Hannover Messe.
Hannover Messe attendees who visit the Field Communication Lounge, which will be located in Hall 9, Stand D76 — one of the six halls that will make up the Industrial Automation show — will have the opportunity to view each protocol organization’s process and factory automation communication and integration technologies. The one-stop shop will have education displays on WirelessHART, FOUNDATION fieldbus, IO-Link, FDT, FDI, and PROFIenergy. There will also be live application demonstrations and experts on hand for advice and discussions.
Major automation companies, including ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, GE, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Siemens, Yokogawa, and others, will exhibit and present practical demonstrations of their respective communication and integration solutions. These include intelligent field devices, analog and digital communication protocols, configuration solutions, asset management applications, control applications, wireless technology, and integration technologies.
Deutsche Messe expects a robust Hannover Messe this year, with nearly 2.5 million net square feet of show space and over 6,000 exhibitors and 200,000 trade visitors. Out of the event’s 200,000-plus attendees representing approximately 90 countries, 60 percent are European, followed by 25 percent from Asia and 10 percent from North America.
HART Communication Foundation Announces Leadership Change
The organization’s board of directors has appointed Ted Masters as president and CEO. He will succeed Ron Helson, who has been the foundation’s chief executive since 1993 and will retire from his position as executive director.
Masters has been in leadership roles with both instrumentation and systems companies and served as president of the former Elcon Instruments, a supplier of signal conditioning I/O and HART products. Taking the reins from the retiring Helson, Masters possesses “leadership capability, technology expertise, and commitment to excellence” that “will ensure the ongoing success of the HART technology for the benefit of member companies and end users,” according to Mark Schumacher, chairman of the HART Communication Foundation Board.