Huawei showcases digital transformation technology at Hannover MESSE 2016
Leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei, has showcased a number of new Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing products and solutions at Hannover MESSE 2016, which began on April 25th and ends on April 29th. Based around the theme of 'Leading New ICT, Enabling Digital Transformation', Huawei has collaborated with customers and partners as part of its inaugural participation at Hannover MESSE 2016, focussing on several key projects enabling - and driving forward - the ongoing fourth industrial and IoT revolution.
Committed to continuously developing partnerships which foster open ecosystem development and innovation, the solutions being showcased focus on transforming enterprise ICT systems through cloud-computing, high-performance computing and software-defined networking solutions promoting agility and openness.
Key projects being demonstrated at Hannover MESSE 2016 include:
- Road safety – Working with ESI Group (ESI), Huawei is showcasing a car crash simulation solution based on its high-performance computing (HPC) technology. Modelled on an ESI virtual reality solution, Huawei's HPC simulation provides customers with equivalent digital equipment room layouts to those found in real car crash environments. Leveraging 3D technologies, designers can keep improving virtual prototypes during product R&D to reduce physical prototype hardware requirements. These dramatically reduce design costs and shorten product development cycles when designing and developing new cars
- Agriculture – In collaboration with its partner Fraunhofer, Huawei is demonstrating a jointly-developed solution for HOLMER Maschinenbau GmbH, a leading German agricultural machinery manufacturer. The solution consists of more than 200 sensors collecting operating data generated by HOLMER's agricultural machinery in real time. The ‘big data’ is uploaded through Huawei industrial routers to the cloud for analysis on the data to improve the operating efficiency of HOLMER's agricultural machinery
- Energy – Huawei is showcasing a number of solutions for the energy industry, including an oilfield analytics solution based on SAP HANA, an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution, and a gas pipeline monitoring solution
- Predictive maintenance - Huawei is also exhibiting a predictive maintenance solution for elevators. The solution collects the real-time operating data of elevators, and uploads the data through Huawei industrial routers in real time to the control center to improve the O&M efficiency and safety of elevators through the identification of faults prior to their happening
“Pioneering a new era in ICT innovation, we’re working to ensure our customers are able to quickly reap the rewards of the fourth industrial revolution by developing solutions providing real benefits for enterprises across multiple industries” said Karabet Krikorian, Head of WEU IoT & Industry 4.0 Solution Innovation, WEU Solutions Management, Huawei. “We work with nearly a thousand partners across Western Europe to jointly develop solutions based on the key principle of openness to ensure full integration and easy deployment. Hannover MESSE 2016 has been a great opportunity to bring these experiences to life.”
University of Dresden constructs carbon concrete building
The Technical University of Dresden, in partnership with German architecture firm Henn, is constructing the first building to be made out of concrete and carbon fibre, rather than traditional steel.
The combination of materials, known as, “carbon concrete” has the same structural strength as its steel-reinforced alternative but less concrete is used, according to researchers at the university.
The building, called “The Cube” is currently under construction at the University of Dresden’s campus in Germany, and is believed to be the first carbon concrete building in the world. Strengthening the concrete, the carbon fibre yarns are used to create a mesh into which the concrete is then poured.
Unlike steel, the mesh is rust-proof meaning that the lifespan of carbon concrete is longer than that of the more typical steel-reinforced concrete. This also allows the layers to be much thinner than steel.
The design and shape of The Cube
According to the companies, the flexibility of carbon fibre allows the walls to fold up and become a roof. In a statement talking about the building’s design elements, Hen said: “The design of The Cube reinterprets the fluid, textile nature of carbon fibres by seamlessly merging the ceiling and walls in a single form, suggesting a future architecture in which environmentally conscious design is paired with formal freedom and a radical rethinking of essential architectural elements.
"The wall and ceiling are no longer separate components but functionally merge into one another as an organic continuum.” Displayed as a showpiece for TU Dresden’s major project, backed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, The Cube aims to explore the potential uses of carbon concrete in construction.
"Carbon concrete could contribute to more flexible and resource-saving construction processes, and switching to carbon concrete could reduce the CO2 emissions from construction by up to 50%," Henn said in a statement.
Bio-based carbon fibre under development to reduce carbon footprint
While carbon fibre may be lighter and stronger than steel, it has a much higher carbon footprint. Describing the material’s impact on the environment, Dr Erik Frank, Senior Carbon Scientist at the German Institute of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF), said it is “usually very bad.” To reduce the carbon footprint, Frank is finding ways to make carbon fibre out of lignin, a common plant-based substance found in the paper manufacturing industry.