EMO-2017: INDUSTRY 4.0 -

& laquo; Welcome to the world of metalworking! & raquo; & mdash; such words on the huge screen of the Hanoverian Convention Center exhibition center were greeted by the participants in the opening ceremony of the world's largest machine tool exhibition EMO.

German Mittelstand

The Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the doors to the world of metalworking in the sample of 2017. In the focus of attention, of course, was Industry 4.0. The meaning of all the welcoming speeches boiled down to the fact that this is a fundamental revolution, and before our eyes it changes not only the notion of the principles of building modern business, but also business thinking. It becomes networked.

Prime Minister of the Federal State of Lower Saxony Stefan Weil underscored in his speech that Industry 4.0 fills the new meaning with the international term German Mittelstand & mdash; German small and medium business. According to Mr. Weil, there is no such successful, deeply innovative small and medium-sized business as in Germany anywhere in the world, and it is on small and medium-sized business that the success of Industry 4.0, and the entire German economy, is maintained. To a large extent, the German economy owes its success to the machine tool industry, because German machine-tool constructors & mdash; in the majority it is Mittelstand & mdash; became world leaders in exports.


The exhibition, which is called the leader of the world exhibition premier league, was formed by 2,216 companies from 45 countries. As in any international exhibition, firms from the host country are most involved. German machine tool industry was represented by 804 companies. Germany follows Italy & mdash; 273 firms, with 190 firms Taiwan participated, leaving behind continental China with 186 firms. Closes the top five of exhibitors Switzerland & mdash; 116 participants. The exhibition accurately reflected the alignment of forces in the machine-tool market. It is no exaggeration to say that it is Germany and Italy that largely shape the shape of the European machine tool industry. With what these countries came to the EMO?

According to the union of German machine tools VDW, in the first half of 2017 the total volume of orders, while remaining at a high level, fell by 1%. At the same time domestic orders decreased by 15%, and orders from abroad increased by 6%. The indices of equipment for metal forming are better than machine tools. Export orders continued their upward trend, and the Eurozone countries remained the drivers: the growth dynamics of their orders was twice as fast as the growth in orders from the rest of the world. Domestic demand has subsided after high growth in 2016, but experts predict a significant improvement in performance. Italian industry is closely connected with the German industry. According to the information announced by the Italian association of machine-tool construction, robotics and automation equipment UCIMU, in 2016 Italy exported more than 58% of its machine-building products to Germany. The sales volume amounted to more than 377 million euros, which corresponds to 12.3% of total exports. This is followed by the United States (11.5%, 352 million euros) and China (10.3%, 316 million euros), France (7.3%), Poland (4.5%), Spain (3.8%), Mexico (3.2%), Turkey (2.9%), Great Britain (2.7%) and Russia (2.5%). In 2016, the economy of Italy grew by only 0.9%. However, in the machine tool sector, where UCIMU also includes robotics and automation, there was an increase in output by 6.4%, consumption by 15.3%, imports by 2.7%, and only exports showed a negative value of 4.0%. It is noteworthy that in 2016 the production of Italian machine tools grew, while world machine-tool production fell by 1.3% to just over 71.6 billion euros. In absolute numbers, output reached 5,552 billion euros, consumption was 3.859 billion euros. So, the European machine-tool market is full of optimism, but not the volume of output today is its essence, but a new ideology of building a business.


Six days of the exhibition were filled with intense work at the stands and in the conference rooms. Among the many events, I would like to mention those that lead us to the level of trends, namely, & mdash; to increase attention to connecting systems for intelligent production.

First of all, we are talking about a press conference of the German Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers VDW, at which an unprecedented initiative was presented. The German machine-building industry unites to jointly take Industry 4.0, to the success of which digitalization and network interaction lead. As the chairman, Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, said at the press conference, the goal of the initiative of German machine tool-makers is to develop standards for connecting a large number of different machine control systems to a single interface (connector) and creating the necessary software . This is the essence of the megatrend for digitalization in the context of Industry 4.0. The command with different controllers will be read and sent to production management systems or to the cloud in a standardized data format for their evaluation and use in solving optimization problems. & laquo; This is the basic premise for the success of Industry 4.0, especially for midsize business & raquo ;, & mdash; said Mr. Prokop. To machine manufacturers, this would also reduce the work load, allowing to get rid of tasks that, although they require urgent implementation, are nevertheless not the main production competencies and are associated with high costs.

Thus, the created standard frees an individual member of VDW from solving labor-intensive infrastructure tasks, which is especially important for small and medium-sized businesses. This creates an open system that provides much-needed independence and flexibility. Particular attention is paid to technologies for secure data transmission. The first results are expected by the beginning of 2018, when the following aspects should be realized:

  1. Joint development of the interface specification.
  2. Implement a so-called connecting stack that converts signals from different management interfaces to OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture).
  3. Implementing a gateway based on the OPC UA data structure, which allows secure connection to various IT systems and clouds via standard protocols

& laquo; Our goal & mdash; continuous creation of networks & raquo ;, & mdash; stressed Mr. Prokop.


The EMO is considered a scene worthy of world premieres. So it was this time. At a spectacular press conference of the concern DMG MORI, which took the whole pavilion with an area of ​​8000 sq. M, 17 world premieres were presented. Innovations were made by Danobat, the Fraunhofer Institute, and other companies. The EMO of this year was pleased with the presence of several Russian manufacturing companies, especially considering that the catalog of the EMO-2015 exhibition, held in Milan, did not include any Russian participants. Among the participants and veterans of the EMO, such as the Belgorod company, SKIF-M & raquo; and Yekaterinburg Pumori, and debutants, including the Sverdlovsk Instrument Factory, NPK Delta Test Co., Ltd. INTERMASH, ZAO Lipetsk Machine-Tool Enterprise, GK KOSKO, R & D, STAN & raquo; OOO & la StankoMashStroy & raquo;.

PPE presented samples of solid-cutting and metalworking tools, including broaches with a diameter of 6 to 250 mm, worm cutters, shavers, dolbyaki, taps and carbide cutters. But more importantly, the plant showed promising scientific developments and prototypes of the assembly tool with carbide-tipped plates. As the plant specialists told me, visitors from Iran, Egypt, Southeast Asia, India, Malaysia, and the countries of the former USSR showed the greatest interest in PPE products. Some visitors left data for calculating the production of the instrument according to individual drawings. Participation in the exhibition this year, specialists of PPE confidently called useful and have already thought about participating in EMO-2019. The group of companies & laquo; Cosco & raquo; as a co-exhibitor of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, presented its products at the stand of the Russian Export Center. The basis of the exposition was band-saw machines COSCO MSC, the production of which the group of companies launched three years ago. At the exhibition, the whole range of 6 series of machine tools of various types was demonstrated, as well as band saw blades of own production, suitable for equipping machines of any brand. As the commercial director of GC "COSCO" said, raquo; Sergey Kostyuchenko, & laquo; by the main characteristics the products of the group of companies are not inferior to European analogues, and reasonable price and high quality of assembly make it attractive, including for EU partners. Right at the exhibition, a number of important international agreements have been reached, which will continue in the near future. Our expectations from the first in the history of "KOSKO & raquo; participation in EMO was justified by 100% & raquo;.

In the INTERMASH stand, included in the Lipetsk machine-tool cluster, a high-precision surface grinding machine with a round table and NC models Inter600 and a precision surface grinding machine with a cross rectangular table and NC model Inter630. Specialists of the plant are satisfied with the level of attention of visitors to their products. At the booth, information materials were also presented on new CNC machining centers for the Russian market. The company definitely intends to participate in the next exhibition in 2019. NPC "Delta Test" & raquo; Presented the latest development of the company & mdash; ultra-precision electroerosive 6-axis wire-cutting machine ARTA 454 C. The best designs of the company are embodied in the model. The complex is built on the basis of the latest generation of the ARTA-X.10 CNC system, a high-performance energy-efficient generator with energy recovery, a heat stabilization circuit and a precision tracking system along the axes. Achievable processing accuracy is up to ± 1.5 microns. According to company specialists, meetings were held with representatives of companies from Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Mexico, Iran, Israel, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Switzerland and other countries.


The opening ceremony of the EMO-2017 was spectacular. A wave of a magic wand in the artist's hands, one after the other, the words "efficiency", "accuracy", "ergonomics", "safety", "safety", "quality", "energy efficiency", "rakeback", "energy efficiency" доступ availability &, производительность performance,, автомати automation ra, & digitalization ra, rak. These are the concepts on which modern industrial production is held. But no less effective was the completion of the EMO-2017. The survey of visitors reflected the intention to invest more than 20 billion euros in production and technology within the next 24 months. During the exhibition week deals were concluded for 8 billion euros.

Zinaida Satkaia