In doing so, the FMB once more demonstrates its reputation as an information platform for mechanical engineering. As shown by the many participants in the programme of lectures, information providing a deeper insight into the topics is also in demand. This year the content of the theme days focused on corrective maintenance of the future and digitalisation in practical applications. On the third day of the show, the programme of lectures was presented by the Leading-edge Cluster Intelligente Technische Systeme – it´s OWL. The cluster also showcased innovative and practice-oriented solutions for the production of tomorrow at its stand.
Among the eye-catchers was a measuring case with which existing systems – at the show it was a decades-old box column drill – can be digitalised with state-of-the-art sensor technology. The initiative “owl maschinenbau”, which was involved in initiating the show 15 years ago, offered interested visitors a “Walk of Champions” to particularly innovative suppliers of the region.
The blend of well-known suppliers and newcomers offering their products and services to the mechanical engineering sector is typical of the FMB. This year, this included joint stands from Spain and – with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) – from Kosovo. Dutch suppliers are traditionally well represented at the event, and they accounted for the largest group among the 79 foreign exhibitors. From the point of view of the visitors, it was also clear that the FMB is gaining importance as the place to be and as a networking platform. Christian Enßle: “We were hosts to several delegations of overseas companies, including from Russia and several groups from the Netherlands.”
The satisfaction of the exhibitors can also be deduced by the fact that many booked their stand for the 16th FMB, which will be held from 4th to 6th November 2020, while they were still attending this year’s event. Before that, however, the FMB-Süd will take place in Augsburg on 12th and 13th February 2020. It was initi-ated just under four years ago with a view to providing the mechanical engineering companies located at the technological hub of the south with an information platform similar to that available to the northern half of Germany by the FMB.