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Company February 2024

Developing and applying AI skills

For interested companies and educational institutions, SCHUNK organized a networking event together with the employment agencies in the region on February 1, 2024, on the topic: "artificial intelligence (AI) - my competitive advantage of tomorrow? Train now - use AI - shape the change!" The platform brought together potential partners to highlight qualification strategies and further training opportunities in the field of AI.

SCHUNK – KI network event Companies and educational partners came together at SCHUNK to discuss further training opportunities in the field of AI.

AI will change our economy, our working world, and our way of life– the transformation has already started. AI fields develop rapidly and offer extensive opportunities, from diagnostics in medicine via new learning platforms in education up to manufacturing of products. But AI will also play a growing role in terms of responsible environmental management.

AI skills are in urgent demand. But how to get started? What skills are required and how can employees be actively taken along on the path to the future? At this networking event, AI pioneers reported on their experiences and presented examples of best practice. A total of 19 partners introduced themselves as part of an exhibition and invited participants to find out more about further training and funding opportunities. The program also included a tour through the CoLab robot application center, where participants learned how SCHUNK is paving the way for its customers into automation with the help of gripping technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Approaching AI with an open mind

The AI network meeting was also an informative marketplace on the areas of application of AI. Experiences and practical know-how were exchanged in a spirit of partnership. As a future-oriented employer, SCHUNK is taking a decisive approach and sees itself as having a responsibility to share knowledge and actively support its own employees with further training and development opportunities. "We want to create an openness to new technologies," says SCHUNK CTO Timo Gessmann. "For us, sharing our knowledge and experience is a matter of course. AI affects us all - regardless of the industry," says Timo Gessmann, underlining the partnership concept at SCHUNK. SCHUNK is also taking its own employees on the AI journey. "In our tech talks, we share our experiences and learn from each other."

SCHUNK – KI network event Professor Nicolaj Stache explained the principles of artificial intelligence and gave insights into the research work at Heilbronn University's AI lab.

The AI network is growing

The interest was high, and the event was quickly fully booked. A total of 71 participants from companies in the region and from a wide range of industries had registered - from the automotive industry to assembly and connection technology to electrical engineering. They eagerly awaited the keynote speech by AI expert Professor Nicolaj Stache from Heilbronn University as well as the best-practice presentation by Dr. Robert Rost, Managing Director of XACTOOLS, who reported on the use of AI in the quality inspection of indexable inserts. 19 educational partners are part of the AI exchange platform and contribute to its success, including Applied AI, the DHBW (Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University), TUM, the Fraunhofer Institute ISI, Heilbronn University, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Ipai. They all had offers with them with which companies can empower and support their employees in the use of AI, to successfully implement their development projects in the field of artificial intelligence in a spirit of partnership.