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Hannover Messe 2013 puts the spotlight on Integrated Industry

11 April, 2013

Hannover Messe 2013 is being staged under the banner of ‘Integrated Industry’. The lead theme signals the fair's key focus on the growing integration of all areas of industry. "Machines, industrial equipment, work pieces and system components will soon be capable of exchanging data in real-time. This will significantly boost efficiency, safety and resource sustainability in production and logistics," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, a member of the Deutsche Messe Board of Management. "The experts have dubbed this technological development the fourth industrial revolution, coming, as it does, after the steam engine, mass production and automation."

With all themes and areas of this year’s event being underpinned by the Integrated Industry theme, the tradeshow line-up comprises:
·         Industrial Automation.
·         Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA).
·         Energy.
·         Wind.
·         MobiliTec.
·         Digital Factory.
·         ComVac.
·         Industrial Supply
·         SurfaceTechnology.
·         IndustrialGreenTec.
·         Research & Technology.
Also being staged is the Metropolitan Solutions Forum, a key part of the Metropolitan Solutions showcase, featuring wide coverage of topical issues and a quality line-up of keynote addresses, presentations and panel discussions. The Metropolitan Solutions Forum is a premier knowledge-sharing hub for international experts and trade visitors.
Additionally, there will feature a broad range of special events, workshops and congresses offering visitors the chance to learn more about the key issues affecting industry today.
Fluid power focus
As well as the wide variety of shows and features at this year’s event – many of which are cited above – Hannover Messe also serves as a valuable ‘who’s who’ of the fluid power marketplace; from the largest corporations to SME level. A brief snapshot of some of the fluid power-related companies at this year’s show follows:
Eaton Corporation
At this year’s Hannover Messe, diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation is displaying a number of new offerings, including the extension of its range of flat face couplings with the stainless steel Gromelle MLDB series dry break quick disconnect couplings for use in fluid transfer applications. The 316L stainless steel construction provides high-level resistance to corrosion caused by aggressive environments and media, increases the reliability and lifetime of the coupling and meets the needs of the most challenging fluid transfer tasks in industries such as Food and Chemical Processing, which requires cleanable fluid conveyance components.
Designed and manufactured in accordance with Article 3.3 of the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23 EC, these serviceable and cleanable couplings are designed for pressures of up to 25 bar (360 PSI), and feature a safety sleeve lock that prevents accidental disconnection when the couplings are connected. The push-to-connect design incorporates double shut-off flat face valves, ensuring that there is no fluid loss on either connection or disconnection. A range of seal materials are available to meet the needs of various applications.
MLDB series couplings are available in Eaton’s proprietary profile 1/4" (6mm), 1/2" (12.5mm), 3/4" (19mm) and 1" (25mm) body sizes, with very high nominal flow diameters compared to comparable products on the market. For easy visual identification and to help prevent mixing of fluid transfer connections, the 1/2" version is available with a colour ring for both the plug and socket halves. Standard colours available are red, green, blue and yellow. Additional colours are available upon request. The MLDB series flat face couplings come with standard NPT and BSP thread end connections. Alternative thread end connections are available upon request.
Among many more product introductions at the show, Eaton is displaying its new Gromelle Flat Face Connect Under Pressure (FFCUP) quick disconnect coupling series for use in applications found in the construction, agricultural and other industrial sectors. Designed and manufactured in accordance with Article 3.3 of the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23 EC, the design for which Eaton applied a patent allows for connection under pressures of up to 350 bar (5075 PSI).
Meeting the dimensional requirements of ISO 16028, the FFCUP series couplings are interchangeable with ISO 16028 female couplings to bring the benefits of connection under residual pressure to demanding applications. The push-to-connect design incorporates double shut-off flat face valves, ensuring there is no fluid loss when connecting or disconnecting.
Eaton’s Gromelle FFCUP couplings are manufactured in plated carbon steel providing superior corrosion protection in the most challenging environments. They are equipped both with nitrile (NBR) and polyurethane (AU) seals in order to optimise mechanical resistance. For easy visual identification and to help prevent mixing of connections, colour rings are available for the FFCUP plugs and the mating of Gromelle MLFF and FF series sockets. Standards colours are red, green, blue and yellow, with additional colours available on request.
FFCUP flat face couplings are available in 3/8” (ISO 10mm) body size with BSPP and NPT end connections as standard. Alternative end connections are available on request.
Parker Hannifin
At Hannover Messe 2013 Parker Hannifin, the diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is presenting new system solutions, components and services for a sustainable and competitive industrial production. On Parker’s exhibition stands visitors can find efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for all applications in hydraulics, pneumatics, electromechanical, filtration, fluid and gas handling, process control, and sealing technology and EMI shielding. For more productivity in diverse industrial applications, machines and processes Parker presents valves, pumps, filters, gaskets, hoses, valves, controllers, motors, drives and controls, and other components and accessories. Parker optimised with durable and resource-saving technologies, products and applications, industrial processes and maintenance and offers its customers tailor-made system solutions from a single source. At the large outdoor area Parker shows the mobile emergency and repair service Hose Doctor, the ParkerStore container and further services of the ParkerStore concept. Highlights will include:
Parker’s ORD-E is a new series of linear actuators that boast high forces, compact design, non-rotating technology and wide temperature range features that together with an IP65 rating make them an effective choice for applications with tough ambient conditions and where regular intensive cleaning and rinsing is required. From initial introduction to the market the new ORD-E will be available in 50 mm size, with further sizes 80 mm, 100 mm and 160 mm following soon after. The ORD-E series has been designed to perform high load linear movements up to 500 mm maximum stroke length and with forces up to 2.000 N.
Parker is also showing its Racor Super Impactor crankcase ventilation separator. As engine manufacturers are faced with demanding global legislation for the control of emissions, they are seeking solutions that will help them reduce Nitrous Oxide, hydrocarbon and particulate. The Super Impactor has been specifically designed to meet these challenges head on and sets the standard for high performance fit for life closed crankcase ventilation solutions.
Parker Hannifin’s Filter Division has introduced a new fully self-contained bottle sampling system that provides fast, accurate and repeatable detection of contamination in hydraulic oils and hydrocarbon fuels. The icountBSplus Bottle Sampler uses sophisticated laser particle counting technology and features an intuitive, easy-to-use Windows based user interface along with a range of other on-board functionality.
With Parker’s new drive-controlled pump, the company offers a speed-controlled, hydraulic full-system solution that can improve energy and cost efficiency. First Parker connects the electromechanical drive with the hydraulics to a speed-controlled, electrohydraulic full-system solution. For the composition and layout Parker opts for an extensive construction kit of high-grade components which will constantly be expanded and thus always stay up to date. All components are precisely matched with one another and tailored individually to the cycle of the respective application using a newly developed piece of software. At the same time, the size of the components used can also be reduced. In doing so, Parker fulfils both current and future demands in terms of energy consumption and CO2 and noise emissions as well as the wishes of machine manufacturers and users for more efficient system solutions in one fell swoop.
BFPA Pavilion
Once again the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) is staging its Pavilion at this year’s Hannover Messe – Hall 21 – with a number of member companies promoting their products and services to all key vertical industry sectors; including offshore, construction, off-highway, engineering and agriculture. In addition to the company booths, this year’s BFPA Pavilion is again feature the association’s ‘UK Hydraulic & Pneumatic Service Providers’ section, first piloted in 2011. This is a low-cost, fully serviced facility designed specifically for those companies offering a service rather than a specific product. Member companies that comprise this year’s BFPA Pavilion are:
Fluid Power (FPE) is a leading distributor of Hydraulic and Pneumatic seals, Seal Kits, Cylinder Parts and Associated products relating to the hydraulics industry. Additionally the company manufactures bespoke seals from both its Darlington and Doncaster sites. For over 25 years Fluid Power has been supplying hydraulic seals to seal distributors, mobile and heavy plant operators, ram repairers, mechanical handling and process control companies. The stock holding is substantial and comprises of most International and UK seal manufacturers. Based in the NE of England, Fluid Power is ideally situated to provide a next-day service throughout the UK. International customers benefit from the close proximity to a number of International Airports and worldwide carriers. Services include kitting to clients’ specifications, bespoke labels to suit their business and an identification service. FPE will identify clients’ old seals at no extra charge: “Just pop them in a bag and we’ll do the rest,” states the company. FPE comments that its prime objective remains to supply hydraulic seals from stock, to the customer, in a personal and friendly manner while retaining efficiency and professionalism.
Custom Fittings
Custom Fittings is specialist manufacturer and stockist of stainless steel hose fittings, tube fittings and adaptors. With a reputation founded on providing bespoke solutions, the company has achieved international recognition for providing high-quality off-the-shelf and custom-made solutions to some of the most prominent companies across the globe. Custom Fittings has a wide stock range of DNV type approved JIC tube fittings. All standard production stock is manufactured from 316 stainless steel, with the option for catalogue and special parts to be custom made from other high grade materials, such as Monel, titanium and Ional. Custom Fittings is BS 5750 Part 2 – ISO 9002 accredited so that everything from Custom is Quality.
MAC Fittings
MAC Fittings is a UK manufacturer and stockist of a wide range of hydraulic, pneumatic and associated fittings. MAC Fittings is a family-run business with over 40 years’ experience in production and precision engineering. The company is attending the Hannover Messe as part of the BFPA Pavilion and is showcasing the excellence of British manufacturing. MAC Fittings comments that Hannover has always been a good opportunity for the company to reconnect with old friends from the industry as well as forge new partnerships. During the show MAC Fittings’ sales team of Paul Collins and Neil Sharma is joined by director Roger Sharma, as well as technical staff.
Webtec Products
Webtec Products Ltd. manufactures hydraulic components and test equipment. The company is exhibiting a number of new and updated hydraulic products on the BFPA Pavilion. This includes the 180 series of zero-leak rotary control valves designed for high-pressure hydraulic control panel applications; the brand new HPM4000 series of entry-level hydraulic data loggers for hydraulic fault-finding; and a new concept in hydraulic test stand instrumentation, using CAN-BUS. Webtec staff are on hand to demonstrate products and discuss customers’ unique applications.
ComVac – Hall 26 – is the dedicated trade fair for compressed air and vacuum technology. Buyers and senior decision-makers worldwide are looking for energy-efficient and sustainable solutions in compressed air and vacuum technology, and this is what they can find at ComVac. All areas of interest are covered at the show – from the generation and treatment of compressed air to its distribution and use in machines and systems. The keynote displays include improved compressor elements, speed-controlled compressors and pumps, integrated cold dryers, improved systems for filtering, drying and condensate drainage as well as new compressor drive designs. A wide range of services for industrial users of compressed air are also featured at the show; including current state analyses, simulations to evaluate the feasibility of pneumatic applications, and compressed air contracting. Just some of the exhibitors at ComVac 2013 are:
Atlas Copco
Visitors can see the world premiere of a new type of variable speed drive compressor, below 30 kW, that offer major improvements in energy efficiency, footprint and performance. It is suitable for all customer segments and applications. Also on show for the first time is a range of products that provide improved performance and higher energy efficiency, these include a new range of GA oil-injected screw compressors that give higher efficiency, more uptime and availability, ease of service, smart control and monitoring. Also on show is a new small blower to extend the ZS screw blower range which is known to provide on average 30 per cent more energy savings than conventional lobe blowers in a wide range of low pressure applications.
Additionally, Atlas Copco’s move into a new technology with its ZM oil-free multistage centrifugal blowers (both pressure and vacuum) offers increased reliability and efficiency and can be used in a variety of low pressure air and gas applications.
This year Avelair is celebrating its 20th year. The company’s range of rotary screw air compressors and gas compressors has expanded significantly over the years. It now manufactures a full range from 2.2 kW up to 160 kW, 6 to 15 bar, fixed and variable speed oil lubricated air compressors. Avelair’s product range also now includes oil free systems, ATEX rated air and gas compressors, WIMES compliant compressors for the water industry, Profibus controlled compressors and a range of special build turnkey packages. To celebrate two decades of UK manufacturing the company is exhibiting its range at the Hannover exhibition and aims to further develop its UK and European distribution.
Gardner Denver
At this year’s ComVac exhibition Gardner Denver is exhibiting 12 of its group brands together for the first time in Europe, as well as launch its new customer commitment to provide the ‘ultimate source for vacuum and pressure’.
Representatives from each of the company’s equipment brands are on hand to offer advice on the ideal solution for the application, selecting from a portfolio of several hundred individual products and a wide range of bespoke packages.
This new, integrated sales and support approach is driven by customer requirements for an easier and more cost-efficient solution to equipment specification. Giorgio Angelino, vice president Industrial Product Group EMEA, commented: “Rather than specifying the most suitable equipment solution based on a specific brand or a customer’s purchasing history, our sales teams are now able to tailor the right solution for the application by selecting the ideal mix of products from our vacuum and compressed air equipment ranges.”
With lifetime operating costs of particular concern to manufacturers, all products in the Gardner Denver range are designed to provide highly energy-efficient and reliable performance. Gardner Denver also offers a range of extended warranty, efficient service and bespoke maintenance programmes, supported by the supply of genuine spare parts.
At this year’s Hannover Messe rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei is showcasing its new workshop compressor range aimed at the small business market. Visitors can also get an exclusive first look at the company’s new heat recovery units and its next generation of ERC compressors.
Mattei is highlighting its expanding offer for the smaller compressed air user, with a particular focus on the stand for the new Blade series. Offering high performance at an affordable price, the recently launched Blade compressors boast a quiet operation and compact dimensions suitable for small workspaces, as well as high-quality air, easy maintenance and impressive reliability to keep the cost of ownership low. Available in outputs of 4-7.5kW and fitted with Mattei’s new MaestroXB controller, the Blade range provides air delivery of 0.62-1.10m³/min (22 – 39cfm) and working pressures from 8-13bar.
Mattei is also showcasing the latest developments to the UNICA series. Characterised by efficiency and flexibility, UNICA compressors have been designed to meet the needs of small industrial businesses while incorporating all the performance and quality you would expect from an industrial compressor.
With a patented anti-condensation system to ensure optimal operating temperatures, and a special oil separation system for the highest purity air, the UNICA range offers very low operating and maintenance costs. Available with or without a tank, UNICA compressors have an output of 1.5-3kW and offer air deliveries from 160-320 l/min (5.6 – 11.3cfm).
For heavier industrial compressed air users, Mattei is presenting its latest ERC (open frame) air compressors, as well as the plug and play energy recovery system – Energy Recovery Box (ERB).

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