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What are the SCHUNK Expert Days?

The "SCHUNK Expert Days on Robotic Material Removal" is an international platform event for robot-supported automation solutions for machining processes such as deburring, grinding or polishing. Over two intensive days, experts and stakeholders will exchange cross-industry information on the potential for development, the best practice solutions, and the future trends in all process stages of robot-based workpiece machining. Lectures by renowned speakers bring up new ideas, describe the latest findings from recent research and create the foundation for lively discussions. Robotic material removal is becoming one of the most important trending topics in the automation industry impacting the next several years. There is still a lot of untapped potential in robot-based machining, especially when it comes to automated loading and unloading of machine tools.

After our great success last year, we are now continuing on to the next round.

On October 25 and 26, 2023, the community will meet again, providing exclusive insights on current trends and new products. This year we were again able to attract top-class speakers for our event. Two days packed with expert knowledge, experience exchange, and innovations await you. It will be exciting.

Sorry, the Expert Days 2023 are unfortunately fully booked!

Thank you for your interest in our Expert Days On Robotic Material Removal 2023.

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Day 1, October 25

08:15 - 09:00 am Come together

09:00 - 09:15 am Welcome speech
09:15 - 10:30 am Presentation slot 1
10:30 - 11:30 am Networking & Visit the exhibition
11:30 - 12:30 am Presentation slot 2
12:30 - 01:30 pm Lunch
01:30 - 02:30 pm Presentation slot 3
02:30 - 03:30 pm Networking & Visit the exhibition
03:30 - 04:30 pm Presentation slot 4

06:00 pm Evening program at the Country Estate "Steng".

Day 2, October 26

08:30 - 08:50 am Come together

08:50 - 09:00 am Welcome back
09:00 - 10:00 am Presentation slot 1
10:00 - 11:00 am Networking & Visit the exhibition
11:00 - 12:00 am Presentation slot 2
12:00 - 01:00 pm Lunch
01:00 - 02:00 pm Factory Tour Hausen
02:00 - 03:00 pm Presentation slot 3
03:00 - 03:30 pm Wrap-up


SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Beyond Automation - The Role of Human Skills in Achieving Robotic Precision when Processing Surfaces

Sabina Kethelz, Nordbo Robotics A/S (DK)

Sabina has a proven track record of launching and scaling tech solutions and initiatives. She is recognized as top-50 female tech leaders in the Nordics and top-100 most influential women in Denmark. She is an award-winning leader, board member, speaker & mentor.

Nordbo Robotics makes surface processing and quality accessible to everyone. Expect to learn more about how to achieve the best finish in robotic material removal applications when you combine human know-how from skilled craftsmen with robotic precision.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Robotic Material Removal

G.A. "Fritz" Carlson III, Acme Manufacturing (USA)

Glen A. "Fritz" Carlson III is President & CEO of Acme Manufacturing, a global leading machine tool builder and robotic system integrator for material removal with over 39 years of industry experience. In 2016, he became the sole fourth-generation owner to lead the 113-year-old company .

Mr. Carlson is an active member in the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Young Presidents' Organization (Gold) (YPO) and a strategic integrator partner with FANUC America Corporation. He has been a distinguished speaker at numerous Machine Tool and Automation Conferences on Acme's success in exporting capital equipment.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Increasing demands in Robotic Material Removal

Nicholas Veschetti, ARCOS (IT)

Our values are to design and offer the best possible technology to combat the problems of deburring, polishing, cutting, grinding, and several other applications. The long-time experience of Arcos in the surface finishing field began in 1965, becoming a leader in the production of the ARCOS' manual machines.

This has allowed us to develop numerous skills in all finishing processes. The continuous need for process optimisation has imposed a constant effort for the technological development of our machines that was revolutionised with the advent of robotics.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Data-Driven Manufacturing: Robotic Finishing, a key driver of smart factories

Julien Pierre, AV&R (Canada)

Julien Pierre joined AV&R in 2018 as the Strategic Accounts Manager for the European region. He gained vast knowledge of aeronautics thanks to his work for Airbus, Safran or Spirit Aerosystems. His international experience, and particularly his extensive knowledge of European markets and cultures, helps him represent and support AV&R's activities in Europe, notably by taking an active role in the medical market development.

His ambition? Create a link between market and new technologies while taking into consideration each client cultural specificity.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Efficient implementation of sensor-guided robotic grinding and deburring processes

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Hermann, ArtiMinds Robotics (GER)

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Hermann studied robotics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and since then is focusing on sensor-based 3D real-time navigation and motion planning. In numerous nationally and internationally funded projects, he transferred the latest robotics research into practical applications over the last 11 years.

Since 2017, he has been Senior Team Leader Advanced Robotics at ArtiMinds, designing new features of the Robot Programming Suite (RPS). In addition, he manages a range of customer projects, including sensor-based material removal.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Do's and dont's when it comes to robotic grinding

Karl Ericsson, SE Automation (SWE)

In 2020, during the pandemic, Karl Ericsson set out on a path to help Swedish industry automate the dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks. With the company Svenska Elektrods history in welding since 1981, this was the process they started with. Soon thereafter they started grinding with cobots.

Now three years later SE Automation has successfully implemented several of Schunk's spindles from the R-Emendo portfolio; MFT, RCE-230, RCE-710 and PCFC-V750.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Robot-based postprocessing of additively manufactured components 2

Cornelia Tepper, PTW | TU Darmstadt (GER)

Cornelia Tepper has been a research associate at the PTW of TU Darmstadt since 2019. There, she works in the field of manufacturing technology on the topic of robot-based, hybrid manufacturing chains. Her focus is on the post-processing of additively manufactured components with industrial robots.

The talk will cover the challenges and opportunities of robot-based post-processing of components manufactured with wire-based DED.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Robotic deburring of large friction stir welded components

Alexander Bay, Kuka (GER)

Business Development Manager for Machining Processes (CNC) and Additive Manufacturing. Employed at KUKA since 2004 with the following responsibilities . Product management for heavy-duty range robots, simulation software, and software for the utilization of robots in machining processes.

Business Development for Robotic Material Removal (milling, deburring, grinding...). Establishment and management of a Tech-Center for robot-based machining tasks creating customized feasibility studies for clients and further enhancing process developments. Business Development for robots in Additive Manufacturing, leveraging the advantages of an open-serial-axis kinematics.

SCHUNK Expert Days – Speaker

Automated rework in body store

Mathias Mayer, Audi AG (GER)

Mathias Mayer is a specialist in the ProductionLab at AUDI AG. The trained electrical engineer and expert in the field of automation technology has been working at Audi at the Neckarsulm site since 2012.

Among other things, he deals with the standardization of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 5G and the car body store of the future.