Great events are often foreshadowed: e-mobility, digitalization and calls for modular, flexible production concepts will have major effects on the future of the automotive industry. More than one hundred guests from business and research met at the 9th SICK Automotive Days on 20 & 21 June 2017 to discuss the future of the automobile.
The automotive industry set new records again in 2016. It boomed in all important industrial nations despite the geopolitical uncertainties. China, in particular, remains a stable driver of growth for the entire sector. But the pressure on the automotive industry to change is constantly on the increase. Attention is turning towards modularized and networked production processes in Industry 4.0. These topics were given an inspiring platform at the Automotive Days under the motto ‘‘Propelling progress – solutions for the automation of the future’’: speakers from business and science gave insights into the world of intelligent automation solutions ranging from the new challenges facing functional safety, through the requirements of efficient production plants, to innovative solutions for human-robot collaboration. In addition to carmakers, the participants included representatives of machine and plant constructors, system integrators, and major automotive suppliers such as BOSCH or Continental.
Focus on e-mobility
A specialist forum during the Automotive Days will focus on e-mobility, where SICK is engaged in many ways: More vehicles with electric motors, greater ‘intelligence’ in the vehicles themselves – developments in e-mobility are having massive effects on the industry. New production concepts and processes are required, not only at carmakers and automotive suppliers, but also in the areas of machine tools, handling and assembly technologies, or battery production. New components – such as powerful batteries, electric motors or the corresponding power electronics – are being used in the vehicles. Thus the number of components per car is increasing. These, naturally, must be precisely detected, inspected and identified. As sensor technology experts, we at SICK are making an important contribution towards this.
Impressions of Automotive Days 2017
2018: Ten years of SICK automotive days
Since the start of the automobile days around nine years ago, the automotive industry has significantly developed further. SICK will continue to accompany these developments: Next year the SICK Automotive Days will celebrate its 10-year anniversary, when everything will revolve around car production again in Waldkirch in July 2018.