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The 14th Innovation Forum for Automation was a great success.

Automation Network Dresden (AND) was proud to host the 14th annual Innovation Forum for automation in Dresden, the capital of the state of Saxony. More than 200 national and international guests from the commercial, industrial and research sectors came to Dresden to exchange ideas on the latest technologies, new developments in automation and the future of Industry 4.0.

As a regional network of leading companies in the field of industrial automation, the members of AND include Fabmatics, AIS Automation, SYSTEMA and XENON Automation, based in Dresden. This year's impressive list of speakers includes names of established companies such as Robert Bosch, Continental, Meyer Burger, Infineon, Texas Instruments, Globalfoundries and Leopold Kostal. Their presentations not only showed the latest automation solutions, but also offered a variety of views on the future of applications based on Industry 4.0.

A subsequent meeting allowed the participants to mingle and discuss their ideas informally.

By invitation of XENON, Dr. Kreißig of Continental AG and Mr. Schmidt (substitute of Dr. Erfurt) of Meyer Burger AG in Germany developed their innovative products: a piezoelectric actuator for injectors (Continental) fully active. The hetero-nion cell (Meyer Burger) and XENON methods to develop and integrate these components into intelligent automation solutions. Several speakers explicitly highlighted XENON for its excellent cooperation as a strategic partner in the implementation of complex and technologically demanding industrial engineering solutions.

As is traditional, the top managers of all the member companies of the DNA met for an award ceremony at the end of the first day of the conference - this time, in the historic Kasematten-Gewölbe under Brühl's Terrace in Dresden - with the annual Prize to this year's Innovation awarded to Limbach, the automotive supplier Continental AG for its automated production of miniaturized piezo actuators.

The organizers of the event were pleased to see the 2017 Innovation Forum in a successful conclusion, as they await the next new projects in the field of automation. In that spirit, the interested parties were cordially invited to visit Dresden for the 15th Innovation Forum in 2018.

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