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Automatica 2018: Innovative automation solutions in plastics, foodstuffs and packaging

Leading automation companies will be at automatica in Munich, Germany, from June 19 to 22, 2018. Visitors from industries such as food and beverages, plastics and packaging will find numerous innovative automation solutions and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts.

Companies from the fields of plastics, foodstuffs and packaging are increasingly employing innovative automation to improve their competitive position. Compared to the pioneering automobile industry, however, these three industry sectors have some catching up to do.

The great economic importance of automation technology can be felt on a global level: According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), more than 1.7 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories all over the world by the year 2020, which will increase global inventory to more than three million units.

The above-average growth in the automation industry in the past few years is due to the rapidly growing number of variants in many production fields, a zero-error strategy required more and more frequently during processes as well as increasing cost pressure, among other things.

These requirements can only be fulfilled with higher degrees of automation, increasingly powerful systems and more flexible processes.

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