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Hannover Messe 2009: Hannover Messe – ContiTech Satisfied

Wind power dominates the trade show • Vibration technology allows ContiTech to position itself very well

The still booming wind power industry was the dominant topic at this year’s Hannover Messe. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany’s Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, also came around to fill himself in on the latest in this regard. ContiTech Vibration Control profited from the general interest in wind power and was able to provide information on SCHWINGMETALL© and MEGI© products. Both help wind power stations deal with the mighty forces they are up against. In an interview with the RTL television station conducted at ContiTech’s trade show booth, general manager Kai Uwe Frühauf explained what was at stake: “These days the pods weigh up to 250 tonnes. Strong and erratic wind forces must also be coped with. In other words, the whole plant is subject to enormous vibrational stress. Elastic bearing systems are needed to shield these plants from the vibration.”

In a well-attended talk given at the suppliers’ convention sponsored by Deutsche Messe AG in hall 4 at Hannover Messe, branch manager Thomas Knickelmann showed just what ContiTech Vibration Control offers in the way of active and passive bearing components for wind power stations. Every day ContiTech amply displayed at its two booths at the Messe how forward-looking solutions for the environment come to be with the help of innovative technologies employing rubber. In hall 5 visitors were able to gather information about rubber’s application fields, in particular in the area of energy efficiency and environmental protection. The eye-catcher was a 4.5-tonne wind power station gearbox with implied rotor dimensions. It provided an impressive display of the forces and masses that vibration technology has to absorb with the right bearing components. “The issue of vibration technology in wind power stations aroused quite a response. We were able to position ourselves quite well at the Messe,” notes Knickelmann. “We are highly satisfied with the way things went at the show, maintaining as it did the previous year’s level. At our booth there was no sign of a general decline in visitors. Much to the contrary, there were interesting and promising exchanges with customers.”

Under the motto “Technology meets life” in hall 25, ContiTech presented numerous other applications employing rubber, the material of the future. These included, for example, SCHWINGMETALL® and MEGI® products from ContiTech Vibration Control. As already at CeMAT, a simulation model impressively illustrated the principle underlying an active vibration system.

 

Hannover Messe 2009: Hannover Messe – ContiTech Satisfied

Branch manager Thomas Knickelmann showed just what ContiTech Vibration Control offers in the way
of active and passive bearing components for
wind power stations

Hannover Messe 2009: Hannover Messe – ContiTech Satisfied
Hannover Messe 2009: Hannover Messe – ContiTech Satisfied