automatica - Digitale Transformation

automatica Talk No. 4 on December 8, 2020, 13:00 CET

With the online format automatica Talk, we are expanding the digital presence of automatica. Especially in the time between the big events, the regular webinars offer additional orientation knowledge and exchange opportunities. Top-class experts as well as automation suppliers and users illuminate current issues and trends around robotics and automation in each episode. In the next edition on December 8, 2020 from 13:00 to 14:30 CET, we will present the renowned Executive Roundtable of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The focus of the English-language panel discussion is on the topic:

Next generation workforce - upskilling for robotics

Increasing needs for flexibility and resilience of production as well as an urge towards more energy and resource efficiency are currently driving automation. This trend is even speeding up with the coronavirus pandemic.

Increased robot adoption provides also great benefits for the manufacturing workers, by creating new, interesting roles with new skills profiles. With further advances in robotics this trend will continue over the next 10 and more years.

However, there is already today a shortage of properly skilled manufacturing workers – and if no action is taken, this shortage will further increase and hamper the competitiveness of this important industry sector. Manufacturers, education institutes and governments must collaborate to promote attractive career paths in manufacturing especially for young people.

The fourth edition of automatica Talk will present the IFR Executive Roundtable bringing together executives from robot suppliers, end-users and policy-making. They will draw a picture of the future of work in the factory and discuss what it takes to support the current and next generation workforce with the proper skills and develop a culture of lifelong learning.

Watch the discussion again here!

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Our panel:

Jeff Burnstein, President of Robotics Industries Association


Anna Byhovskaya, Senior Policy Advisor of The Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)

Mike Cicco, President & CEO FANUC America

Felix Rohn, Policy Officer at European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

The Presenter

Ken Fouhy, Editor-in-chief VDI-nachrichten

To whom is this session addressed?

To users and suppliers of automation technology who are interested in how the impending shortage of skilled workers in production can be averted and / or who would like to find out more about future job profiles in production.

automatica Talk is organized in cooperation with the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association and the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG) of the VDE.

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