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Chancellor Merkel hand in hand with the robot of tomorrow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel explored the possibilities of the Schunk SVH 5-finger grippers at the Hannover Messe.

She visited the IBG Automation booth, where the head of the German government, together with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife Angélica Rivera, got up close and personal with the robotic hands of Schunk.

“The Hannover Messe has succeeded in impressively demonstrating that the digitization of industrial production and the trend toward Industry 4.0 will be pivotal global topics in the years ahead,” emphasized Henrik A. Schunk, Managing Partner, CEO, Schunk GmbH & Co. at the conclusion of the trade show.

“The distinguished combination of leading industrial companies and research institutions, top-level politics and an international audience ensures Germany’s leadership position in the global industrial context. The trend is clear: The factory of tomorrow will be smart, intelligent and highly interconnected.”

This is also reflected in Schunk’s gripping systems: In a myriad of live applications, the gripping systems and clamping technology company presented what the gripping technology of tomorrow will look like.

Behind the playful exterior lies some serious technology: In industrial and service robotics applications of the future, it will be possible to control, configure and interact with robots only by using gestures and without any knowledge of programming.