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Hannover Messe USA – IMTS 2018 in Chicago

Today I visited the show floor for this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2018) in Chicago to interact with SAP professionals, business partners and customers interested in manufacturing technology. IMTS is The Americas’ Largest Manufacturing Show. It is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts buyers and sellers from 117 countries. For SAP Next-Gen, this provided an opportunity to seek new ecosystem partners to work with us in preparing students for the future of work and engaging in manufacturing related curriculum with our network of universities.

The SAP themes of this year’s show included:

  • Drive greater value from your digital twin strategy using an integrated and extended digital network
  • Transform your manufacturing operations from mass production to mass personalization to cost efficiently service a segment of one
    Optimize asset performance, predictability, and services by extending asset intelligence and collaboration beyond your company’s four walls
  • Capitalize on newer technologies, including machine learning, augmented reality, additive manufacturing, IoT, and blockchain to drive smart manufacturing and intelligent supply chains
  • Predict business outcomes, generate new revenue streams and reach previously inaccessible markets to compete in new and disruptive ways by becoming an intelligent enterprise

The SAP Innovation Showcase: Enabling the Network of Digital Twins Through an Intelligent Enterprise, took attendees through a guided tour covering the lifecycle of a digital twin, from the initial CAD drawing and virtual prototype to its role in operational systems.

  • (Showcase 1) – Digital Engineering – Translating Ideas to Design
  • (Showcase 2) – Digital Manufacturing – Moving from Design to Production
  • (Showcase 3) – Digital Customer Service – Creating Customers for Life
  • (Showcase/VR Experience) – The Intelligent Enterprise – Bringing It All Together for the Manufacturer’s Sustainable Business in the Digital Age

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