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Fraunhofer IFF Will Be Presenting Mobile Assistive Robots and Versatile Inspection Systems

New automated solutions and mobile assistive robots will revolutionize manufacturing as well as the service and medical sectors. Among other things, the Fraunhofer IFF will be presenting state-of-the-art technologies for safe human-robot collaboration, versatile mobile assistive robots and optical inspection systems at the Automatica trade fair in Munich from June 21 to 24, 2016. Some of the mobile assistance systems they will be presenting are bound to be in use in manufacturing soon.

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19th IFF Science Days in Magdeburg: Digital - Real

The digitization of manufacturing is affecting the economy and society profoundly. The challenges and opportunities this holds for companies in the logistics sector and machinery manufacturing and plant design will be the subject of the 19th IFF Science Days to be held in Magdeburg from June 22 to 23, 2016.

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Magdeburg Logistics Days: Experts Will Be Discussing Logistics 4.0

The digitization of business is both a challenge and a major opportunity for the logistics industry. How can companies reconcile both in practice, though? National and international experts from industry and research will be discussing new ideas and technologies and successful Logistics 4.0 applications at the Fraunhofer IFF’s annual Magdeburg Logistics Days from June 22 to 23, 2016.

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Plant Design of the Future Conference: Paths to Digitization

How is the German machinery manufacturing and plant design industry transitioning to digitized manufacturing? Experts from industry and research will be discussing Plant Design 4.0, new technologies and old challenges at the 9th conference on Plant Design of the Future in Magdeburg on June 22 and 23, 2016.

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The Human in Manufacturing

All of the systems in a digital factory of tomorrow are interconnected. Production controls itself. All of the systems communicate with one another. Fortunately, the prediction of deserted factories in which only robots work has proven to be false: People have kept their jobs and guide and control operations creatively and flexibly. They control the manufacturing’s growing interconnectedness. They are adding the strength, precision and indefatigability of technical systems to their skills. Humans and machines are moving closer together in work areas. Their combined capabilities make it possible to shorten manufacturing cycles and increase the range of models of products. Manufacturing is becoming more flexible.

A great deal of research and development is still needed to make sure this works. We need technical assistance systems that enable humans and machines to work together safely in shared work areas. Not least, this division of labor is a response to the demographic trend: We are already suffering a shortage of young professionals. We will have to support the skilled labor we have with technical assistance systems that match their skills. We will thus enable them to work more capably and longer in workplaces designed for an aging workforce.