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Preview Digital Factory 2017: Cloud, IoT and machine learning in the center


The press roundtable in the run-up to the Digital Factory 2017 gave a taste: In the rooms of the recently opened IBM Watson IoT center, the technical journalists were tuned to a trade show, which will once again shine with record numbers and is increasingly addressing topics that have hitherto tended to be searched at the CeBIT.

Onuora Ogbukagu, Deutsche MesseOnuora Ogbukagu, press spokesman of Deutsche Messe, opening the roundtable at IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich (photo Sendler).

The classical focus of the digital factory, CAx and simulation, MES, ERP and PLM is not only used as usual. It even stretches out. CAx and PLM (Autodesk, Dassault, Eplan, IGE-XAO, PTC and Siemens PLM) together with a strengthened circle of exhibitors of additive manufacturing (Arburg, EOS, HP and Stratasys) are showing up in Hall 6.

In Hall 7, for the second time, next to MES and ERP (Forcam, MPDV, PSI) the major providers of cloud platforms for the Internet of Things with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will have their booths. Bosch, IBM Watson IoT, Microsoft and SAP have significantly increased their performance. In addition, Intel, Software AG and Huawei are represented. And a new one is in the form of a stand in the open-air area between Hall 7 and Hall 14 as exhibitor of the Digital Factory: cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) is using its pavilion from CeBIT.

In Hall 8 there are numerous joint stands and special exhibitions as well as panels around Industrie 4.0. And finally, the high demand led to an additional exhibition area in Hall 17.

This is how the former small jewel of the Hannover Fair with industrial software is becoming a center of industrial digitalization. Perhaps it will become clear exactly at this place in the coming years, how the IT industry succeeds in combining Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with the classical standard software systems to support industrial value creation.

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