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A new era of smart robotics and automation With a robot density of 292 units per 10,000 workers, the German economy is among the most automated locations worldwide and ranked number one in Europe according to recent robot statistics (IFR). AUTOMATICA, from 21-24 June 2016 in Munich, is the world’s largest robot trade fair and one of the leading technology platforms for automation. TEXT & PHOTOS: MESSE MÜNCHEN GMBH

It is the place to be for decision-makers, manufacturers and developers, providers and users of robotics and automation. Up to 825 companies are going to display their solutions for the optimisation of production processes and professional service robotics in six exhibition halls. Highlighted topics will be humanrobot collaboration, Industry 4.0 and professional service robotics. One trade fair – many industry sectors AUTOMATICA offers a birds-eye view of technological development drivers in the automation sector: robotics, machine vision, integrated assembly solutions and professional service robotics are core exhibition areas. Robots, which are mobile and collaborate with people, are indispensable in a networked production world that can react flexibly and are fully automated to changing needs. Industry 4.0 and the resulting applications are a chance to establish Europe as a technology leader and pioneer. AUTOMATICA shows the complete spectrum of products, systems and solutions for almost every automation project and therefore appeals to users from the most diverse sectors of production 82 | Issue 39 | June 2016

such as automotive and metalworking industry, medical, pharmaceutical, food and plastics industry. The breakthrough of smart robots The exhibition area ‘Professional Service Robotics’ in Hall B4 will once more be a source of inspiration. Robots have left their protective cage and now work closely with people. Regardless of whether mining or agriculture, construction, forestry or cargo handling, whether in soil or underwater, in the air or in space: service robots relieve people not only of dangerous work, but also provide better quality of life. Industry 4.0 Parallel to AUTOMATICA, the new platform IT2Industry will take place in Hall B4. It will demonstrate the link between automation and information technology and focus on digital transformation in production, new opportunities for users and suppliers of robotics and automation as well as ‘Industry 4.0 in Practice’. STARTUP WORLD STARTUP WORLD is the new marketplace of innovation at AUTOMATICA. With the

STARTUP WORLD Market, the STARTUP WORLD Award, and the STARTUP WORLD Stage, it is set to offer a unique matchmaking platform for thriving startup companies, investors, and other industry entities while showcasing product innovations in automation and service robotics. One Stop – Four Shows The trade fairs AUTOMATICA and IT2Industry, as well as the guest events Intersolar Europe and electrical energy storage (ees), will take place overlapping on the grounds of Messe München. Visitors can visit all four trade fairs using their respective admission ticket. Intersolar Europe is the leading trade fair for the solar industry and its partners. In parallel, ees Europe, Europe’s largest trade fair for batteries and energy storage systems, takes place annually.

AUTOMATICA 21 – 24 June, 2016 Messe München, East Entrance Exhibition Space: A4, A5, A6, B4, B5, B6 (66,000 square metres) AUTOMATICA 2014 – Key Facts: - 34,493 trade visitors from more than 100 countries - 32 per cent international visitors - 724 exhibitors from 42 countries