One reason for this could be the attractive programme of lectures which focused on one topic each on the three days of the event (modern maintenance, modules for production compatible with Industry 4.0, Leading-edge Cluster it’s OWL) and which was well attended throughout. “Maintenance Day” held on day one of the show addressed visitors from the manufacturing industry in targeted fashion. By doing so, the show extended its target group beyond the field of mechanical engineering: This is also a reason for the rise in the number of visitors.
The appeal of the show from the exhibitors’ point of view is also clearly demonstrated by the fact that many companies took advantage of the FMB to present their innovations. Some examples: KTR Sys-tems GmbH showcased their coupling alignment system (CAS) for the first time – a system to record and adjust shaft misalignment in running (pump) drives. A real innovation could also be seen at the stand of Nölle und Nordhorn GmbH in the form of a functioning model of a modular data acquisition system with cloud connection – and, at the same time, a system which is ideally suited to the new FMB focus of innovative maintenance.
At the joint stand of the Leading-edge Cluster it’s OWL, the universities and research institutes of the region presented, among other things, a mini robotic system for the autonomous and flexible transporta-tion of smaller objects in the production hall. Visitors were particularly drawn to the molded interconnect devices technology developed by Fraunhofer IEM, which enables three-dimensional plastic components to be printed with electrical conductors – thus creating new scope when it comes to the design and production of mechatronic components.
At the end of the show the organisers can offer a positive summary of the event, especially since many exhibitors booked their stands for the 15th FMB while they were still there, which will be held from 6th to 8th November 2019.
Things are also looking positive in the south of Germany where the 3rd FMB-Süd will take place in Augsburg on 20th and 21st February 2019. The three days in Bad Salzuflen also proved to be a great success for the “little sister” of the established FMB. Christian Enßle, Portfolio Manager of Easyfairs GmbH: Many exhibitors informed themselves about the new FMB-Süd during the show. Several of them also took advantage of the opportunity to book on site.”