EMO 2017 Sets the Pace for Future Production

While the topic of Industry 4.0 took center stage in Hannover at the world’s largest metalworking trade fair, EMO 2017, Gardner's European Correspondent Barbara Schulz was on the lookout for what's new in production machining.

I have always enjoyed my visits to EMO Hannover (Germany) since 2005, and this year was no exception. Themed “Connecting Systems for Intelligent Production,” the show had a strong focus on current manufacturing trends such as Industry 4.0, digitization and energy efficiency. And the high number of deals sealed during the six-day event worth $8 billion surely reflects the strong economic growth in the major industrial markets around the globe.

The biggest show was probably once again put on by DMG Mori, who were showcasing around 80 machines on 107,000 square feet in the entire Hall 2 at the Hannover showgrounds. Among the company's eight world premieres were two new machines, the Multisprint 25 and 36 multi-spindle automatic lathes. The machines allow for the manufacture of complex turned and milled parts in both chuck and bar machining and combine DMG Mori's Swisstypekit from its Sprint model series with a multi-spindle machine.

A similar concept was shown by Tornos with its Multi-Swiss machines, combining the production capability of a six-spindle CNC with the sliding headstock Z-axis feed of a Swiss-type.

But there was so much more to see in all 17 halls, where 2,200 companies were showcasing their newest developments. Browse our slideshow above to see what keeps you turning.