Automation continues to be one of the megatrends in modern manufacturing. Robot-assisted machining in particular has a key role to play here: Production potentials must be exploited, contributions made to increasing efficiency, and the shortage of skilled workers counteracted. In this context, this year's Expert Days offered a wide-ranging transfer of know-how on the subject of robot machining, the future focus of the event series. At the same time, the expert platform continues to act as the initial and driving force of a network: SCHUNK intends to re-establish the tried-and-tested series of events as a platform for regular exchange after the two-year break.
With expert presentations, best practice examples, and an accompanying trade exhibition, this year's Expert Days addressed all stakeholders – from tool, component, and abrasive manufacturers to integrators, software providers, and robot experts. Questions were discussed such as: Can cobots be used for grinding? What are the possibilities for deburring with non-rigid robots? What are the results for edge and surface detection of grinding with a vision system? The packed agenda here comprised 14 technical presentations. "Fantastic presentations from a wide range of speakers," said Karl Ericsson from automation specialist Svenska Elektrod in praise of the program. Thomas Magnussen from SHL, expert for surface treatment, also draws a positive conclusion: "Two exciting days and constructive discussions."
Both days of the event were also extensively used to form a partner network and to initiate exchange beyond the Expert Days 2022. As a platform for a newly forming community, SCHUNK sees the event as a driver for international networking on robot-assisted machining. In conclusion Product Sales Manager Daniel Mayer from SCHUNK, who led the event as moderator, emphasizes: "It is inspiring to get different perspectives on the same topic and to develop joint approaches to solutions from them."
Next year's Expert Days on Robotic Material Removal will again be a networking event. SCHUNK will announce the exact date for 2023 in due time.