The managing directors, Thomas Hähn, Frank Konrad and Marco Unverzagt sent out the invitation – and many followed the call. The program for the 3-day event was quite impressive in its own right: Innovative presentations in a representative marquee accompanied by an in-house “Future Fair” promised both variety and entertainment. Neither did HAHN Automation miss the opportunity to transform its guests into a state of amazement: Augmented reality and collaborative robotics, along with injection moulding machines with handling systems and temperature control systems, all from companies within the HAHN Group, were all called into action. Moreover, exciting exhibits like the bionic butterfly along with beer-bar-tending and soccer ball kicking robots provided that special “wow effect”.??
Exciting highlights and exhibits at the “Future Fair”?
On Thursday, the 22nd of June, the specialists took the reins into their own hands; presenting the industry’s most interesting topics and exciting themes: The managing directors, Hähn, Konrad and Unverzagt, provided a retrospective overview of the developments and technical innovations characterizing the past quarter century of HAHN Automation’s progress. Moreover, Dr. Hubert Zitt discussed the parallels between science fiction and actual research into artificial intelligence, while expounding on the associated risks and opportunities. Carsten Busch, Managing director for HAHN Robotics GmbH, gave insight into the new initiatives in industrial human-robot collaboration. Christian Bubat, Sales Director for HAHN Automation, then spoke about the opportunities and experiences associated with the automation of industrial assembly processes. The guests were subsequently given a tour of the company and an opportunity to view the “Future Fair” exhibits. A parallel venture gave guests an opportunity to visit Germany’s most beautiful hanging bridge, the „Geierlay“ in Mörsdorf.
Speeches, panel discussions and musical entertainment
Patricia Küll moderated the program on the second day of celebration: Thomas Hähn, the company’s founder, held an opening speech, while Dr. Volker Wissing, Rhineland-Palatinate's Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture, and Deputy State Prime Minister, shared words of greetings to all those present. Robotics visionary, Rodney A. Brooks, co-founder of iRobot, subsequently gave a fascinating presentation on the demographic challenges faced by the human race as well as the opportunities provided by robotics in the near and distant future. The ceremonies enjoyed the musical accompaniment of the „La Finesse“ string-quartet, who offered a refreshing mix of classic and modern music by summertime temperatures. The panel discussion, „Digitalisation & Artificial Intelligence in Reality“, featured Jürgen Wild, Managing director of the RAG-Stiftung (Foundation) Investment Company mbH, Henrik Schunk, CEO of SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG, Carsten Busch and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Furbach, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau, discussing the challenges associated with digitalization and artificial intelligence in industry and daily life. The following panel discussion, „Regional opportunities in the global marketplace“, saw Dr. Volker Wissing, Dr. Helmut Linssen, Chief Financial Officer of the RAG-Stiftung, Peter Bleser, Parliamentary Secretary of State, and Kathrin Heinrichs, Chairwoman of the Regional Council for Economy Rhein-Hunsrück e.V. and Managing director of Heinrichs & Co. KG, discussing the opportunities afforded medium-sized companies in the global market, as well as the political support that must be established as a basis for taking advantage of them.
Open House with over 3,000 visitors?
The third day of festivities featured an invitation to visit HAHN Automation during its Open House. Over 3,000 guests visited the special machinery manufacturing company’s headquarters in Rheinböllen. Company tours and the exciting “Future Fair” ensured an abundance of both information and entertainment on this Saturday – and were very well received by all the visitors. All-in-all, this was a most appropriate conclusion to the company’s 25th anniversary celebration.