AUTOMATICA 2014 goes for production optimisation


AUTOMATICA 2014 goes for production optimisation

The entire value-added chain in robotics and automation is the focus of the International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics (AUTOMATICA). The 2014 edition, to be held from 3 to 6 June 2014 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, is being touted as the trade fair for industrial robotics and a business-to-business platform for professional service robotics.

Global competition and rising cost are fuelling the strong demand for industrial robots internationally. According to International Federation of Robotics (IFR), robot installations increased by an average of 9 percent yearly between 2008 and 2012. Significant increases are noted in the areas of food processing, packaging, plastic manufacturing and intra-logistics.

“In international competition, companies can only be successful if they react fast and flexibly to increasing technological requirements,” says Messe Munchen managing director Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, highlighting the importance of AUTOMATICA as a meeting place for various industries to optimize their production processes further.

FANUC Robotics general manager Olaf Kramm says the event “has become an indispensable and established factor in automation in Europe [It] represents for us the most important platform for automation in Germany and Europe.”

Supporting programs

New at AUTOMATICA will be a dedicated exhibition area for professional service robotics. It will feature saleable service robotics and components, which are used directly as capital goods.

A four-day forum will cover the application areas of automation, from sustainability in production, lightweight design, professional service robotics and other specific solution possibilities that will be presented in Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 will focus on the areas of supply chain management, order management, logistics optimization, information technology and shop floor control.

A special exhibition and two-day conference on automated composites production will look into increasing process speed and reducing cost in the production of lightweight components.

The largest robotics conference in Germany, the 8th German Conference on Robotics, in connection with the 45th International Symposium on Robotics will take place in the East Entrance on the grounds of Messe M¸nchen from 2 to 4 June 2014. Conference presenters will cover the areas of technological challenges, new solutions and automation potential in the fields of industrial and service robotics.

One of the most important topics is Blue Competence, the Sustainability Initiative of VDMA. Speakers will explain how resource-saving and sustainable production can result in economic success.

AUTOMATICA will run concurrently with the industrial maintenance show MAINTAIN and solar energy show Intersolar Europe.