AUTOMATICA 2008 expands further

Four months before it starts, AUTOMATICA 2008, the 3rd International Trade Fair for Automation, focusing on assembly and handling technology, robotics, machine vision and associated technologies (10 to 13 June 2008, New Munich Trade Fair Centre), is already well on course for expansion.

Currently over 31,500 square metres of exhibition space have been booked with AUTOMATICA coming to be seen as the sector’s leading international trade fair.

DENSO Europe BV Netherlands, Denso Robotics’ Sales and Marketing Manager, Bart Al, commented that: “We at DENSO Europe BV participate because we believe the AUTOMATICA is the most important platform in Europe for robotics manufacturers to show their latest developments. It allows us to meet all our buying and potential customers from all major industrial countries in the heart of Europe. The excellent logistics in the area of Munich by air and road, together with the wide range of accommodation, guarantee a good attendance of our customers. We have therefore chosen AUTOMATICA 2008 for launching a newly developed type of robot because we feel sure that here we will reach a very broad audience in a single forum.”

Research, too, is recognising more and more the opportunities that AUTOMATICA offers as an international platform. The research project SMErobotTM will be presented at AUTOMATICA 2008 for the first time. The aim of this EU-supported project is to create fundamentally new automation solutions for small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. In this project the five leading European robotics manufacturers are joining forces for the first time. The project is being coordinated by the Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung (IPA).

Progress platform for innovations and solutions

As a progress platform for the sector, AUTOMATICA takes place on a two-year cycle, the right frequency for the presentation of global launches and innovations for the manufacturing industry.

The clearly defined spectrum of products and services was developed in close cooperation with the robotics and automation industry. The key technologies of assembly and handling technology, robotics and machine vision form the core areas of the trade fair. The associated technologies are broken down into sections on positioning systems, drive technology, sensor technology, control systems technology, safety technology, supply technology, software, services and service providers and research and technology.

Trade visitors at this event find tailor-made automation solutions that respond to each production challenge with the optimum solution. Meaning not only the latest trends and innovations, but specific solutions that can further optimise the visitors´ own production processes.

High-quality accompanying programme

A high-ranking programme is being organised to accompany AUTOMATICA 2008. For the third time, the ‘Robotik’ congress is being held in parallel with AUTOMATICA. This congress, the largest trade congress organised by the VDI Wissensforum, takes place on 11 and 12 June 2008 at the ICM, International Congress Centre, adjacent to the exhibition centre. The main topics at Robotik 2008 will be industrial robots in production, robots used outside production and in new fields of applications, plus components, processes, systems and cognitive robots. Over 250 experts from the robotics sector are expected to attend.

Also taking place on 11 and 12 June 2008, in the ICM, is DAGM 2008 (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Mustererkennung). This event is being organised by the Department of Man-Machine Communication of the Technical University of Munich. Gathered together at this event will be experts from research and industry, all engaging in interactive exchange on the future of industrial imaging.

At the ‘Innovations Platform Service Robotics’ over a dozen manufacturers, suppliers and respected research institutes from Europe and overseas, working in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPA, will be showcasing the latest developments in international service robots. Trade visitors will be able to see the latest products, prototypes and components in the three theme areas, including: ‘Innovative components and new technical solutions for service robots’.

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