automatica - Digitale Transformation

automatica Talk No. 1 on July 9, 2020, 10:00 (CEST)

Please note: This is a German-speaking event

With the virtual format automatica Talk, we are further expanding our digital presence. The Online events held at regular intervals provide additional orientation and exchange opportunities during the time between the fairs. High-class experts, vendors and users illuminate current issues and trends in robotics and automation from various perspectives in the new interactive format.

The first edition of automatica Talk will address this question on July 9, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 (CEST) with a virtual panel discussion:

Covid-19: Impetus or Brake for Automation?

Robotics and automation reacted quickly to the pandemic and created solutions to deal with this crisis in record time. This ranged from the production of respiratory masks to laboratory automation and the use of cobots in production and all the way to “Drive Through for Corona Tests” and disinfection robots in hospitals.

But what long-term effects does the corona pandemic have on robotics and automation? Will supply chains have to be reconsidered for more resilience? Will production become more local – and more flexible – again? Is production depth tending to increase? Do more logistics robots ensure crisis-proof supply of component supplier parts? Is digitalization finally making a breakthrough in factories now?


Julian Bröcheler, Trend Research – Robotics Lead DHL

Wilfried Eberhardt, CMO of KUKA AG and Chairman of VDMA Robotics + Automation

Frank Konrad, Managing Director of HAHN Automation and Vice-Chairman of VDMA Robotik + Automation

Michael Thomas, Vice President of Factory Automation & Head of Production Machines, Siemens AG, Digital Factory

The Presenter

Ken Fouhy, Editor-in-chief VDI-nachrichten

To whom is this session addressed?

Users and providers of automation technology who want to know more about the future of automation – especially with regard to the impact of the corona pandemic on the medium and long-term potential for automation. automatica Talk is organized in cooperation with the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association and the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG) of the VDE.

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