For the industrial automation sector, the proven trade fair duo Motek/Bondexpo will be the most important trade fair in the coming fall. All participants are preparing for the presence event from 05. to 08 October 2021 in Stuttgart. The main topics include software for assembly.

The trade fair organizer, P.E. SCHALL GmbH & Co. KG, is currently preparing the 39th Motek – international trade fair for production and assembly automation – together with the 14th Bondexpo – international trade fair for adhesive bonding technology – for October 5-8, 2021 in Stuttgart. Exhibitors and trade visitors alike are waiting to finally meet in person again and exchange news about production, assembly, feeding technology, handling technology as well as joining technology in industrial manufacturing. Companies want to show in concrete terms how developments in digitization, automation and robotics have progressed over the past few months and what new potential applications have emerged as a result. “The entire industry is longing for the reunion and is looking forward to technical talks, discussions, new products and approaches to solutions. That’s why we’re optimistic and, together with everyone involved, are doing everything necessary to meet the framework conditions then in place for a safe trade show,” says Managing Director Bettina Schall. And, “Motek/Bondexpo will be the most important industry event in the fall of 2021.”

"Automation intelligence for production and assembly" with special show on software

Nothing less than the future is at stake: Companies and businesses have pushed automation and digitization, and optimized and adapted manufacturing processes and industrial material flows. Ensuring unbroken supply chains and at the same time complying with safety specifications and zero-defect production make it more important than ever to effectively implement “automation intelligence for production and assembly” on an industrial scale. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are no longer buzzwords – and the importance of the software is increasing. The trade fair organizer has therefore elaborated and expanded the nomenclature and product classification in the “Software for Assembly” item accordingly: among other things, planning and simulation software, project management software, and software for robot and plant control are now listed as product groups. The focus on the software complex is also made clear by the fact that the theme will be centered in Hall 1, where exhibitors from the software sector will be able to present their solutions.

Presence fair brings together all stakeholders and initiates collaboration

As a unique communication platform, Motek/Bondexpo brings all the players together and spurs collaboration, especially on current driver topics in industry. This also includes climate-friendly and energy-efficient production, informs Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke, Head of the Chair of Manufacturing Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. “Ultimately, production can be made completely CO2-neutral by consistently integrating regenerative energy sources as well as suitable energy storage solutions,” he says. Energy- and resource-optimized production is one of the main areas of research at his institute; one project is concerned with converting the electrical energy supply in production to direct current. Prof. Franke emphasizes the advantages of cooperation between industry and research: “Especially the close interaction between industry and world-leading research in the fields of automation, production and materials is a significant competitive advantage that medium-sized companies could also make greater use of.” Prof. Franke is looking forward to the direct dialog at the presence fair: “The personal conversation is and remains unsurpassed.”

Advancing future-oriented automation projects face to face

For Motek/Bondexpo in the fall of 2021, rebooking rates are rising steadily, as companies want to get back in touch with customers and prospects and are therefore securing their place at attendance trade shows. Industrial suppliers and users are working to improve technology, achieve greater efficiency, promote sustainability and reduce overall costs. For the industry of production and assembly automation as well as joining and bonding technology, Motek together with its complementary Bondexpo is one of the most important trade events because, as the leading trade fair for the world of automation, it presents the appropriate portfolio of products and services up to date – components, assemblies, subsystems, software, complete systems. The date 05. to 08 October 2021 for the gathering of the excellent business community in Stuttgart should definitely be firmly noted.

Here you can read the complete interview with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke, Head of the Chair of Manufacturing Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.