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The German robotics and automation sector cannot escape the economic slowdown in the mechanical engineering industry: For 2019, the industry expects sales to fall by 5 percent to 14.3 billion euros.
Frank Notz (left in the picture) stepped down from the Executive Board of VDMA Integrated Assembly Solutions. Jochen Seidler and Jörg Kipper joined the board as its new members.
  • Part 1 of the OPC UA Robotics Companion Specification – Released.
  • Standardization of the interface for Industrial Robots enables seamless communication.   
  • The VDMA OPC Machine Vision Initiative has successfully released Part 1 of the OPC UA Machine Vision Companion Specification.
  • With standardized interfaces for machine vision, the machine vision industry is now ready to play a major role within the Industry 4.0 paradigm.
The turnover of the manufacturers of components and systems for assembly and handling technology from Germany last year rose by 9 percent to a total of 8.3 billion euros and thus grew for the fifth time consecutively.
Hardware and software manufacturers for embedded vision components must work together to promote the effective use of this pioneering technology. The potential applications of embedded vision in combination with machine learning are enormous.
Five-digit visitor numbers for the first time / Status as the world's leading trade fair for machine vision confirmed
  • 2017: German machine vision industry grew by 17.5 percent
  • Record sales of 2.6 billion euros maintained for 2018
Wilfried Eberhardt, Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Advisory Board of KUKA AG in Augsburg, Germany, has been elected Chairman of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association for a three-year term.
At the members’ assembly of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association, the VDMA Machine Vision sector group (VDMA MV) elected a new Board for a three-year term.
Volker Spanier new Chairman
  • 2017: German machine vision industry posts 17 percent growth
  • New multimedia report showing the world of vision
VDMA Machine Vision records a 17 per cent rise in turnover / Success of the industry again produces record numbers for VISION 2018
automatica 2018 (June 19 to 22) sets new records: more than 46,000 visitors (+ seven percent) and 890 exhibitors (+ seven percent).
In the smart factory of the future, machines must speak the same language. The decisive factor here is the standardization of communication interfaces.
• 2017 bringt Rekordumsatz, Prognose 2018: plus 5 Prozent • China baut Position als führender Markt für Robotik deutlich aus • automatica macht Schnittstelle von Mensch und Maschine erlebbar
• Interoperable, vendor-independent and skill-based • Developed together with 26 partners • Industry 4.0 becomes reality
“Migration from PC to Embedded & from Embedded to Vision” was the topic at the VDMA panel discussion during the embedded vision fair in Nuremburg on 28 February 2018. According to the panel participants, Embedded Vision is a promising mega trend.
2017: European and German machine vision industry achieve new record result - 2018: Growth prospects of up to 10 per cent

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