Review of SpotLight on Automation Technology + Kick-Off of the Focus Group “Advanced Manufacturing”

How do existing cooperations in automation projects and systems look? Which successes and weaknesses are there? 

Which technologies will be the focus of production in the future? And how can you best prepare for the future technologically? 

What can motivate companies and research institutions in general to cooperate even more efficiently in the production of the future? And how do you overcome possible hurdles and make a complex cooperative project a success? 

These questions were underpinned by the first cooperation event between Silicon Alps and ARGE Plattform Automatisierungstechnik Steiermark (AT Styria) on Oct. 3rd, 2018. The event was opened by the representatives of the two event partners – Udo Traussnigg (AT Styria) and Oana Mitrea (Silicon Alps Cluster) – with short presentations of the two organisations. The following reflections and discussions on the topic of automation technology were introduced by several impulse lectures. In the first lecture, Udo Traussnigg (FH CAMPUS 02 and AT Styria) presented the training offer at the University of Applied Sciences, which was also the host, as well as the research focus on the basis of specific cooperative projects and spanned topics from the driverless transport system to the end-of-line test. Michael Pravits (Pilz Ges.m.b.H. Sichere Automation) focused on the challenges and solutions of “human-robot collaboration and the production of the future” with particular attention being paid to the topic of IT security for networks and systems. Last but not least, a best-practice cooperation was illustrated using the example of the Clean Production Competence Group by Hermann Grundnig, “SMB Industrieanlagenbau GmbH” and Wolfgang Sattler “PMS Elektro- und Automationstechnik GmbH”.

The impulse lectures were thematic incentives for productive exchange rounds in groups. A special focus was on the survey of the current status of cooperations in the field of automation technology, both between the academia industry and between users and suppliers of automation solutions. It was easy to see that there is still enough networking and development potential, especially in the areas of “cloud solutions and data analysis”, “driverless transport systems”, the interaction of people with the increasingly autonomous technologies in the factory of the future, and the associated training needs.

In the second part the focus group Advanced Manufacturing was founded as a cooperation between Silicon Alps and ARGE Plattform Automatisierungstechnik Steiermark (AT Styria) in the context of a kick-off workshop with lively discussions. The group sees itself as an open exchange platform for interested companies and research institutions, enabling them to carry out even more efficient and targeted cooperation in the field of advanced manufacturing (market advantage, innovation).

The group’s current priorities are technology scouting (relevant radars) and technology assessment and will be addressed in a follow-up workshop in early 2019.
The event was rounded off by networking at the buffet and a visit to the FH CAMPUS 02 laboratory facilities (additive production/3D printing, robotics, electronics).
We would like to thank the speakers, the host FH CAMPUS 02 and the active participants!


FOTOS CREDIT Patrick Werba, ATStyria