SAP at Hannover Messe: The Smart Factory Gathers Speed

Inspire, inform, innovate. At this year’s Hannover Messe, SAP offers exciting insights into the shop floor of the future. Visitors will learn why smart production needs seamlessly integrated, end-to-end processes and how SAP helps make this possible, remaining true to its slogan “The Power of Digital Supply Chain and Intelligent Technologies.”

In tune with this year’s central theme of “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence,” SAP will show how the factory of the future will function with smart systems that master complex tasks in manufacturing, even if unforeseeable events occur; assembly robots and machines that can be quickly adapted to new or changed processes; logistics applications that handle replenishment on their own, right up to the conveyor belt; and much more.

Although the manufacturing industry has always been regarded as a digital pioneer, there is still plenty to do before the vision of a fully connected, yet agile and dynamic supply chain can become reality. To enable machines, companies, and people to interact harmoniously in a dovetailed value chain, the flow of information must no longer be hindered by department silos. At SAP booth A02 in Hall 7, exhibition visitors can learn how this can be achieved and what role the SAP S/4HANA suite and smart technologies and digital platforms from SAP play in this brave new world.

Augmented Reality: All Eyes on the Future

SAP has created an interactive multimedia installation to guide visitors into the smart universe using augmented reality. It demonstrates how SAP is moving to embed intelligence into the different stages of manufacturing and what challenges need to be tackled between top floor and shop floor. What’s more, visitors can experience first-hand how eye-tracking can be used to operate and control systems and machines. Such solutions will be the order of the day in factories of the future. And you will find them where workers – sometimes literally – have their hands full. With the help of this groundbreaking technology, people can rely on their eyes to perform important functions.

Digital Supply Chain: Intelligent End-to-End Processes

At this year’s exhibition, SAP will use the lifecycle of a smart valve to show how information silos can be overcome and various processes can be incorporated into a smooth digital supply chain. Instead of looking at the different steps during a product’s design, planning, manufacturing, delivery, and deployment in isolation, the whole process is presented in one holistic showcase using real operational data.

Visitors can follow the production process step-by-step and witness the benefits of a seamlessly integrated digital supply chain from design to operations. At the same time, they get clear insights into how innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, analytics, and 3D printing work in real-life scenarios. With the integrated showcase, SAP also underscores why it is crucial for the individual areas of manufacturing to harmonize with each other and how the sector can already set the course for the factory of the future today.

Guided Tours: Expert Knowledge in Half an Hour

In addition, SAP is offering numerous guided tours again this year. In these 30-minute tours, industry experts explain the most exciting SAP innovations to exhibition visitors. As well as presenting lighthouse projects and new products, they will delve into the topics of digital engineering, digital manufacturing, digital logistics, and asset operation. The guided tours are limited to 25 participants per tour. It is therefore worth registering early to secure a place.

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This story originally appeared on the German SAP News Center.