October 12, 2017

Business platform for automated production

automatica 2018: Growth in all areas

automatica, which will take place in Munich from June 19 to 22, 2018, has already allocated more exhibition space than in 2016, nine months before the fair opens! The increase in area from international exhibitors is 16 percent, and the area increase for first-time exhibitors is 12 percent, including Dürr Systems, Rollon, SIASUN Robot, Siemens, Sumitomo, TÜV SÜD, Volkswagen and WAGO Kontakttechnik.

According to figures of International Federation of Robotics (IFR), global sales of robotics increased in 2016 by 18 percent to USD 13.1 billion. Consequently, the number of robots sold was 294,312 in 2016 (+16 percent compared to 2015). Patrick Schwarzkopf, Managing Director of VDMA Robotics + Automation, sees enormous economic and social potential: “It is not a coincidence that robotics and automation are booming. They are the driving force behind digital, networked production with higher productivity and increased competitiveness. In the smart factory, man remains at the center and works closely with machines. Workstations are becoming more efficient, ergonomic and attractive.”

With the Trend-setting topics digital transformation in manufacturing, human-robot collaboration and service robotics, automatica makes an important contribution to designing Work 4.0 at places where people bear more responsibility than ever before. These topics will be exhibited tangibly and concretely at the trade fair.

Digitalization in manufacturing
Virtual and real production worlds merge thanks to the simulation of machines and systems. As a result, the participation of Siemens, one of the leading Industry 4.0 solution providers, is a milestone in the further development of contents at automatica. Ralf-Michael Franke, CEO of Factory Automation at Siemens, emphasized: “At automatica, we want to show in particular how industries of any size can benefit from digital transformation along the entire value chain: from product design and production planning to the engineering process all the way to new services. In addition, we will present the integration of robotics in mechanical engineering based on specific solutions.”

IT goes automatica
Digitalization has long been recognized as a key driver of competitiveness and sustainable success. With its own topic area, IT2Industry, automatica covers everything from robotics and automation to information technology, and all the way to cloud computing and big data. These highly relevant topics will be discussed in an ICT exhibition area as well as the IT2Industry Forum. At the same time, the OPC Day Europe 2018 will again take place within the context of automatica.

New: AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION Congress from June 18 to 19
automatica will host the AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION Congress in collaboration with AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION for the first time. With the subtitle “On the way to autonomous production”, the Congress will focus on the impact of digitalization and artificial intelligence on vehicle production.

Orientational knowledge for users and experts
The automatica forum provides valuable know-how transfer. From vision to concrete implementation in actual practice, talks and discussions deal with current industry trends and future scenarios.

The world's leading robotics conference International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) 2018 will take place from June 20 to 21 within the context of automatica. More than 150 talks will provide insights into “state-of-the-art” robotics technologies.

EU projects, service robotics, start-ups and Makeathon
Hall B4 will be the place for innovation and the future at automatica. In addition to IT2Industry, the latest developments in Service Robotics will be shown live and tangibly. One European project will be presented: European Robotics Challenge (EUROC). In addition, the Makeathon and the exhibition space for start-ups will provide a central meeting point for promoting the next generation and young entrepreneurs in the fields of robotics and automation.

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