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HANNOVER MESSE 2008 goes back to basics with the Robotics Academy Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Monday, 14 April 2008
Hannover. The robots are coming! According to forecasts by the International Federation of Robotics, worldwide demand for service robots in the manufacturing and service industries, public administration and private households will rise to around 9.1 million units by the year 2010.

The automation boom is creating a growing demand for technical personnel, and in order to promote the cause of training, HANNOVER MESSE has set up the Robotics Academy in association with Volkswagen Coaching. This provides practical, applications-oriented training courses at the Exhibition Grounds.

    * HANNOVER MESSE and Volkswagen Coaching offer short training courses in robotics for SMEs in Hall 17
    * Experienced trainers from Volkswagen Coaching act as tutors
    * Robotics companies make their high-tech products available for training purposes

In Hall 17 course participants will be taught the technical basics of robotics and industrial automation during HANNOVER MESSE 2008, learning how to program robots and finding out about plant safety and application possibilities. Various high-tech industrial robots will be available for demonstration and practice purposes.

"Our seminar program has been a great success over the last two years. So this year we are offering eight training modules instead of four, all of which can be booked separately", explains Thomas Rilke, who is in overall charge of the Automation section of HANNOVER MESSE.

New for this year are four consolidation seminars on the subject of robot applications. "At the request of participants we have extended the seminar listing to cover the additional themes of handling, shielded metal arc welding, surface coating and laser welding. Automation technology is another keynote theme this year", notes Olaf Katzer, head of advanced technology training at Volkswagen Coaching. So this year's program of robotics seminars should appeal to an even wider spectrum of learners -  from beginners to more advanced pupils. These courses are particularly popular with small and medium-sized enterprises.

Robot know-how for SMEs

"The Robotics Academy allows small and medium-sized enterprises to have access to the automation know-how acquired by Volkswagen and other companies", says Jürgen Haase, managing director of Volkswagen Coaching. "And in many ways SMEs stand to benefit most from this technology."

More and more production processes now require a combination of speed and precision that is simply not possible to achieve by hand. Another area where robots come into their own is in the performance of tasks that would pose a risk to human health. "In many cases the investment in an industrial robot can be justified simply on the grounds that it removes the risk of workplace accidents and the need to buy expensive insurance against such risks", points out Frank Ahrens, one of the trainers at the 2008 Robotics Academy. Katzer adds: "We try to develop a kind of 'robot perspective' in our seminar participants, showing them how manual tasks can be performed much more effectively by automated systems." In the past two years these seminars at HANNOVER MESSE have been attended by 350 people from all walks of life - from a neurosurgeon and a mechanical engineer to a food company executive.

Sponsoring partners for the 2008 Robotics Academy are: b + m surface systems GmbH, Fanuc Robotics Deutschland GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, Kawasaki Robotics GmbH, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Neuronics AG, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG, SICK AG, Siemens AG, Sommer-automatic GmbH & Co. KG, Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG.

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