Festo-Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel Visits the Festo Stand

  • A tour of the Hannover Messe with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • On her tour of the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Festo stand on 13th April 2015
On her tour of the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Festo stand on 13th April 2015. The Chancellor was accompanied this year by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.  (Photo courtesy of ©Festo AG & Co. KG, all rights reserved)

Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi visit the Festo stand at Hanover Messe 2015. (Photo courtesy of ©Festo AG & Co. KG, all rights reserved)

On her tour of the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Festo stand on 13th April 2015. The Chancellor was accompanied this year by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. India is the partner country of the Hanover Messe 2015.

In addition to state-of-the-art production technology, at the trade fair Festo is presenting its latest Future Concepts once again this year, with numerous practical approaches to the topic of Industry 4.0. This year’s highlights include the latest projects from the Bionic Learning Network: the BionicANTs and the eMotionButterflies.

For the BionicANTs, the Festo engineers have not only taken the delicate anatomy of the natural ant as a role model. For the first time, the cooperative behaviour of the creatures has also been transferred to the world of technology using complex control algorithms.

Like their natural role models, the BionicANTs work together under clear rules. They communicate with each other and coordinate both their actions and movements. Each ant makes its decisions autonomously, but in doing so is always subordinate to the common objective and thereby plays its part towards solving the task at hand. In an abstract manner, this cooperative behaviour provides interesting approaches for the factory of tomorrow. Future production systems will be founded on intelligent components, which adapt flexibly to different production scenarios and thus take on tasks from a higher control level.  For more information about the BionicANTs, press here.

The eMotionButterflies developed by Festo demonstrate complex issues from the world of future production such as functional integration, ultra-lightweight construction and communication between individual systems that is networked and optimised on a real-time basis. The aesthetically appealing bionic butterflies show the extent to which the virtual and real worlds can grow together. The coordination between the individual flying objects is effected autonomously and safely by means of a well-networked external guidance and monitoring system. The communication and sensor technology used, which constitutes an indoor GPS system, enables the butterflies to exhibit collective behaviour without danger of collision.

Festo: Long-term Partner of Indian industry
For around 50 years Festo has been a partner of Indian industry. Festo India is making an important contribution to the success of the family enterprise and the development of the region. The size of the Indian national economy, transformations in the age structure of the population and the relatively high level of economic growth make the Indian subcontinent an important market for the future. Despite the cautious forecasts for the Indian economy, Festo grew by 12% last year alone. The Global Production Centre Bangalore manufactures around 2,000 different products and components. Some 80% of the products made at the GPC are destined for the regional market. India is thus an important factor not only for Festo, but also for the global economy.

Festo at the Hannover Messe in 2015
At the main stand in Hall 15, Stand D07 from 13th to 17th April 2015, in addition to new product features for factory and process automation Festo will be showing its Multi-Carrier System, a freely configurable transportation system solution, and the OPAK research project, which is concerned with efficient engineering processes. This year’s bionics projects and Future Concepts will also be on exhibit. The Didactic unit for industrial education and training is also represented, for example with the Transfer Factory.

Festo
Hannover Messe 2015
Main Stand, Hall 15, Stand D07
April 13-17, 2015

Kontakt für Rückfragen/ Contacts for enquiries:
Corporate Communication – Business (CC-S)
Henriette Wielandt
Festo AG & Co. KG
Ruiterstraße 82, 73734 Esslingen-Berkheim
Telefon: +49/711-347-57152
E-Mail: wihe@de.festo.com
www.festo.com/press

Festo AG & Co. KG
Ruiter Strasse 82
73734 Esslingen
Germany
Phone +49 711 347-0
Fax +49 711 347-21 55
cc@de.festo.com
www.festo.com/bionics

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