A+A 2021 To Feature Robotics Park

The main theme “Digitalization” at A+A 2021, International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work, will also be reflected by the Robotics Park. At this special exhibit area and the associated Selfexperience Space and the Exoworkathlon, numerous exhibitors, the Fraunhofer IPA Institute and the University of Stuttgart IFF will present how physical stress for employees can be reduced and productivity increased at the same time. The exoskeletons on display protect the health of employees and reduce physical strain during physically demanding work. The Ottobock company offers an adequate solution with its Paexo series. “Our exoskeletons store the body’s own energy for a short time through so-called  “energy harvesting” and release it again in a targeted manner when peak loads are reached for the spine or shoulder at work. This principle is reflected in our Paexo Back and Paexo Shoulder and is our answer to the main cause of musculoskeletal disorders,” said Dr. Sönke Rössing, Head of Ottobock Industrials. A+A will be held from October 26 – 29, 2021at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Robotics Park & Selfexperience Space: see prevention at work

In the Robotics Park, manufacturers of exoskeletons will present themselves together with Fraunhofer IPA and demonstrate how these technologies can support physically demanding activities or in non-ergonomic positions. In the adjacent Selfexperience Space, exhibitors can additionally present their innovations in operation. Three simulated work situations relevant to industrial exoskeletons, selected by experts, will be made accessible there. The three parkours areas are: Logistics, Assembly and Welding. The parkours were designed by the Fraunhofer IPA and the University of Stuttgart IFF and can be used by exhibitors and customers to test the various exoskeletons. “With the Selfexperience Space, we want to show that industrial exoskeletons are fascinating new devices. They are being developed and used to support physical work,” stated Dr. Urs Schneider from Fraunhofer IPA. For information about  participating in the Robotics Park and the Selfexperience Space: Robotics Park & Selfexperience Space

EXOWORKATHLON: live study on load control

As an additional feature in the Robotics Park, Fraunhofer IPA and the University of Stuttgart IFF will organize the EXOWORKATHLON. Here another parkour will be set up which trainees and technical college students will complete once with and once without exoskeletons. Various jobs will be performed to demonstrate and discuss functionalities in terms of user feedback, ergonomics, metabolism and production quality of exoskeletons.

START-UP ZONE – young and innovative companies in focus

At the special START-UP ZONE, young and innovative companies from all over the world will be in the spotlight. Companies founded less than five years ago can still apply for a space in order to meet with top decision-makers in the occupational safety and health sector as well as experts and representatives from business, research and politics during A+A. A place in the international START-UP ZONE includes a number of benefit such as an attractive stand design and inclusion in the marketing for the START-UP ZONE.  To register for the START-UP ZONE: www.aplusa.de/start-up  or  contact Anja Theiss-Wirth at TheissA@messe-duesseldorf.de

A+A Connected: web session on exo-skeletons on June 1

Even before the start of A+A in October 2021, automation and robotics will be the topic at a new digital event. The web session “Industrial Exo-Skeletons: Ergonomic Benefits for the Work of the Future” will provide valuable insights from various perspectives: science and research, industry and end users will present the wide variety of possibilities as well as  the opportunities that will be available to the industry in the future. The online web session will take place on  June 1, 2021 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET. Dr. Urs Schneider, Head of the Institute for Production Technology and Automation at Fraunhofer, will host the session. Speakers will include Verena Kopp, Fraunhofer IPA, Team WearRAcon Stuttgart, Dr. Sascha Wischniewski, Head of the expert group Human Factors and Ergonomics at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA,) as well as David Duwe, Head of Sales at Ottobock, one of the market leaders in exoskeletons. The conference language is English. For tickets and more information on the agenda: www.aplusa.de/connected_2

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at A+A 2021, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit  www.aplusa-online.com and www.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/mdnachicago

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