Newnan/USA. On October 5, 2023, Grenzebach hosted their biennial Automationfest
with industry-leading manufacturers. This year marks the German-based company’s 35th anniversary in the U.S.: its first international expansion and main manufacturing and development location in Newnan, Georgia was founded in 1988. The US headquarters nearby Atlanta, Georgia houses approximately 110 employees and is one of five locations in the U.S.
“While Automationfest allows us to showcase the latest innovations, most importantly it convenes the brightest minds who are leading the next generation of manufacturing,” said John Fluker, President and CEO of Grenzebach Corporation. “We are a true Journey Partner to our clients – from the beginning, through the life of the products we engineer and manufacture to support their business, and beyond. To achieve this, we must advocate for highly skilled labor through public policy initiatives.”
There were approximately 260 customers, partners and colleagues in attendance at Automationfest. Notable attendees included Newnan`s Mayor Keith Brady, Coweta County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Candace Boothby, and many others.
Interactive Technology Sessions and Future-Facing Seminars
A full day of seminars covered topics such as how VR and AR affect the future of robotics and energy efficiency and integrated solutions in the float glass industry.
An exhibition hall featured 16 different booths from different companies and partners in the US, with live demonstrations of smart manufacturing solutions automated machinery and state-of-the-art robotics.
Additionally, John Fluker moderated a panel discussion on artificial intelligence powering the factories of tomorrow with presenters, Knudt Flor (SC State University College of Charleston), Sean Madhavaraman (Georgia Tech - Ai Program - GA-AIM) and Anna Kyriakidou (Grenzebach Hellas) the software development company part of the Grenzebach Group.
Key takeaways from this panel included:
Artificial Intelligence should be targeted, and the use should know what problems it is trying to solve
With companies effectively utilizing automation to address manpower shortages, utilization of Artificial Intelligence with the data that is collected will become necessary in order to maintain competitive positions.
Authentic Oktoberfest Celebration
This historic milestone concluded with an Oktoberfest celebration filled with food and drink to recognize Grenzebach’s Bavarian roots. Oktoberfest embodies the spirit of companionship that underpins Grenzebach’s mission to be a true Journey Partner for its clients.
Grenzebach is a leading automation solution provider for the global glass, building materials and intralogistics markets. In addition, the company develops new application areas, such as various recycling processes, friction stir welding, the automation of industrial additive manufacturing, digital networking, or solutions for sustainable energy generation such as solar-active façades. Grenzebach ranks among the international technology leaders in its markets. The global manufacturing footprint, with production sites in Germany, Romania, the US, and China, as well as additional worldwide locations, ensures on-site customer support. More than 3,000 systems installed in more than 55 countries stand for quality and reliability. Since the company opened its doors over 60 years ago, it has been owned by the founding family. With an export ratio of more than 90 percent, Grenzebach is a global player.
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