Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Visit Lapp's Wire and Cable Booth at Hannover Trade Fair
President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped by The Lapp Group's booth at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair on Monday. The Lapp Group is a family-owned wire and cable manufacturer with US headquarters in Florham Park, N.J.
One of the major highlights at the booth was a basketball-playing robot made by Lapp's customer Comau, which incorporates Lapp's ÖLFLEX ROBOT cables.
"The ÖLFLEX ROBOT cables, which are laid inside the robot arm, must withstand quick and precise movement under high torsion, tight bending radii and severe acceleration. Over a robot's service life, this means that cables will be twisted 15 million times over 1400 degrees along their own axis," explained Lapp Chairman, Andreas Lapp.
"Typically, a cable cannot possibly withstand that kind of punishment but our engineers made it possible. This way, Comau can give a full eight years of warranty on their robots."
Andreas Lapp also presented the President and the Chancellor with a set of data and power cables for robots.
According to Lapp, the escalation of the Internet of Things means that robots and other machines increasingly need to be networked. The resulting rising data volumes and challenging mechanical requirements are extremely challenging for the cables.
Lapp's ETHERLINE TORSION Cat.6A can transmit up to 10 Gigabits of data per second even under permanent twisting.
"Only Lapp can deliver such complete solutions, in this we are a world market leader," Andreas Lapp stated.
Andreas Lapp accompanied his guests as they strolled through the cable specialist company's "Walk of Fame." The 'walk' featured actors dressed up as film stars Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin, in honor of this year's partner country, the USA – and also revealed the latest highlights from the Lapp portfolio.
"I am impressed at how a family-owned business like Lapp has found international success," said Chancellor Markel.
"Lapp serves as an excellent role model for US businesses," President Obama added.
In conversation with President Obama, Andreas Lapp emphasized the US market's significance for the Lapp Group: "In the USA we've recently experienced particularly good growth of more than 20%."
The importance of the USA market to the Lapp Group includes the fact that one of its key areas of focus at the trade fair is Lapp's UL-certified products, which are accredited especially for use in North America.
Lapp brands include: ÖLFLEX, UNITRONIC, EPIC, SKINTOP, ETHERLINE, HITRONIC, SILVYN, and FLEXIMARK.