Automation and Handling are the focus of the METAV Web Sessions at the beginning of November

Frankfurt am Main, 27 October 2020. – Automation and handling are in-creasingly gaining in significance as mega trends in industrial manufactur-ing. The problem of skilled workers is becoming ever more serious, espe-cially in these difficult times when many companies are under pressure from high costs. At the same time, there are enormously high demands on the quality of products, meaning that businesses are now well advised to consider automation.

"We know from a recent VDMA survey that almost one in four machine manufacturers (23 per cent) will have to adjust capacity levels," says Dr Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the METAV organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association) in Frankfurt am Main. When business picks up again, many companies will then find it difficult to process orders quickly enough and at the required quality level. In such times, having a consistent automation strategy can be essential for survival. Against this background, the question of automation could soon become even more pressing.

Ten companies will be presenting their solutions as part of the Automation and Handling Theme Days in the third edition of the METAV Web Sessions on 3 and 4 November 2020. These include Allmatic-Jakob clamping sys-tems, Erowa System Technologien/Certa Systems, Gressel, Halter CNC Au-tomation, HandlingTech Automations-Systeme, Industrie Partner, Isra Vi-sion, Müller Maschinentechnik and Zeltwanger Automation. They all spe-cialise in this particular field and are looking to inspire their customers with their solutions and offers. Jörg Franz, Head of Project Planning at the spe-cial-purpose machine builder Industrie-Partner GmbH in Coswig, Ger-many, will be presenting the company's newly developed robot automa-tion kit, for example. "It enables robot-supported sorting, assembly, clean-ing and measuring of parts weighing up to 5 kg using standardised, indi-vidually combinable function modules. It is aimed at producers of serial products in all sectors, from mechanical engineering and battery cell pro-duction to automotive and aerospace." Also taking part is Halter CNC Au-tomation based in Hoevelaken in the Netherlands: Area Sales Manager Oliver Löffler will be showcasing a software tool that allows customers to calculate the payback time of their investment on the basis of their own particular parameters. "We use the app when advising our customers about our machine loading systems. The resulting calculation provides on-the-spot answers to any questions concerning the expected returns follow-ing an acquisition," he explains.

The Automation and Handling Theme Days are aimed at users from the entire industry. Each presentation lasts 30 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute chat session in which participants can ask questions and discuss issues. In addition, it is also possible to arrange a video chat with the speaker to discuss specific questions in a one-on-one conversation away from the general audience.

On request, METAV Web Session participants can obtain a certificate of participation as documentation of their further training. There has been strong uptake of this attractive and valuable service feature.
For further information please contact Stephanie Simon, VDW Trade Fairs Project Officer, Tel. +49 69 756081-53, The full programme and registration details can be found at

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