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EISENWARENMESSE - INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR 2020: Factory in a Box and 3D Printing special events

The EISENWARENMESSE - INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE 2020 presents two very special events in hall 3.1 from 1 to 4 March. With its "Factory in a Box" concept, Nokia shows how a complete production line in miniature format was installed in a container and how machines communicate with one another with the help of 5G-compatible technology. The "3D Printing - Additive Production" exhibition shows the exciting potential of additive production, provides insights into spare part production using additive production methods and outlooks on totally new business models.

Factory in a Box: 3D meets 5G
With the "Factory in a Box", the Finnish manufacturer Nokia presents a modular production line that was installed in a maritime freight container and can thus be placed in operation anywhere in the world within a few hours. With the goals of enabling smart, flexible production, ensuring operational continuity, dealing effectively with production peaks and reducing delivery times, the "Factory in a Box" unites current Industry 4.0 application cases like generative production, robotics, IoT sensors, augmented reality and video analysis.

The container is a proof-of-concept and demonstrates the current complexity and flexibility required for Industry 4.0 applications, customer-oriented production in batch size 1 and Internet-of-things-supported operation, including comprehensive wireless 4G and 5G connectivity.

How does "Factory in a Box" work?
The various production machines, such as 3D printer, hardening machine, robots and video analysis cameras are connected in the process via 4G/5G mobile communications with the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud. This provides the private campus network necessary in the container for data transfer and thus assures reliable communication, high data rates, short transmission delay and secure data storage at the local level. The Digital Automation Cloud is suitable for both industrial environments in small and medium-sized companies and for large-scale operations with several production halls or industrial parks. The "Factory in a Box" can be expanded by a logistics and warehouse aspect with the "Warehouse in a Box". As soon as the containers are connected with the company campus, they are transformed into a fully functional on-demand expansion that offers additional production and warehouse capacities. Access to the private 4G/5G network can be flexibly used and expanded for additional sensors, cameras and machines.

Additive hardware: 3D printing for spare part logistics and component production
For years now, the market revolving around additive production and 3D printing has seen very positive development. According to industry information, growth rates of 30 percent on average have allowed many new producers of plant systems and materials to enter the market. After the plastics sector benefited from developments in the consumer sector, revenue from metal printing alone grew by 41.9 percent in 2018 (Wohlers Report 2018).

Various industries believe that a breakthrough in additive manufacturing series production is imminent. Besides medical technology and the aviation industry, more and more 3D-printed components are becoming known, especially in the automotive sector and spare parts logistics. Companies such as Deutsche Bahn, Porsche and Mercedes have started to shift their spare parts logistics for older vehicles to additive production. These developments are supplemented by model projects in the construction and furniture industries. In the DIY market, as well as for specialty stores and online retail, additive manufacturing is also leading to new business models.

Together with HAUTE INNOVATION from Berlin, Koelnmesse is taking advantage of these changes in the market to highlight the potential of the different additive production processes in the context of the EISENWARENMESSE - International Hardware Fair Cologne. On the basis of more than 60 exhibits, the special event provides an overview of the potential of additive production and spare part production for DIY stores, the specialised and online trade, spare part production using additive production methods, as well as insights into new business models with 3D printing and co.

Exhibitors from 12 countries present best cases and state-of-the-art processes and products, including the world's first 3D-printed round window made of wood granulate, 3D-printed spare parts of the Deutsche Bahn, a lampshade made of avocado pits, 3D-printed sinks made of sand or 4D-printed textiles. Over the entire duration of the trade fair, visitors can look forward to live presentations revolving around a metal filament printer from the USA, the world's first desktop granulate printer from Spain, a carbon glass fibre printer and a desktop SLS printer from Switzerland.

Koelnmesse – Hardware worldwide   
As an international top organiser of trade fairs, Koelnmesse is the global market leader for the product sections hardware/ironware divided up into the segments Tools, Industrial Supplies, Fasteners and Fixings, Fittings, Home Improvement as well as for the innovations of these industries. The leading trade fair EISENWARENMESSE - International Hardware Fair Cologne as well as Asia-Pacific Sourcing in Cologne, the Hardware Forum in Milan/Italy and CHIS - China International Hardware Show in Shanghai/China are exemplary for this.

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