Since 1982 the German metalworking show AMB has been a showcase for products, technologies, innovations, services and concepts for people who are passionate about metalworking. After an interval of four years due to Covid, the organisers are keen to report it “open for business” once again. Aerospace Manufacturing reports.
One of Europe’s biggest showcases for the metalworking industry AMB returns to the Stuttgart Messe exhibition centre this year. Last held in 2018, the show - backed by the German VDMA precision tools association, the VDMA software and digitalisation association and the VDW German Machine Tool Builders’ association - is expected to attract around 90,000 trade visitors and 1,400 exhibitors in 120,000m² of exhibition space.
Held this year from 13-17 September, every aspect of metalworking innovations is featured at the show from metalcutting machine tools, precision tools, measuring systems and quality assurance, robots, workpiece and tool handling, industrial software and engineering, and parts, components and accessories.
“We are hugely grateful and even a little proud that the overwhelming majority of companies are continuing to commit to AMB,” states Roland Bleinroth, president of Messe Stuttgart. “The support of our partners and exhibitors has played a key part in ensuring that Messe Stuttgart has survived the Covid-enforced closures of the last two years relatively unscathed.”
Aside from its homegrown audience, the show attracts visitors and exhibitors from around the world. Around a quarter of the exhibition space is filled with overseas companies with the leading countries this year being Italy, Switzerland and Spain.
The topic-themed floor plan has been largely retained this year, but with a few minor changes. For example, spindle manufacturers are moving from the gallery in the L-Bank Forum (hall 1) to the Oskar Lapp Hall (hall 6) and the zones for gear cutting and surface technology will this time be located together in hall 5.
The digital approach
Automation and digitalisation will be key themes this year, not only from the manufacturing technology on display but also in terms of the visitor experience. There will be an innovative online exhibitor overview in which exhibiting companies can provide videos, animations, product brochures and similar for download in addition to exhibits found in the halls. They can also incorporate interactive content for social media. Furthermore, companies can add multiple contacts for different target groups to ensure that the right people are brought together at their stands.
It will also be much easier for visitors to plan a route for the stands they are most interested in visiting. They can plan their own specific topic-based tours using a new function in the online exhibitor overview, enabling them to arrange their visit to the exhibition in advance. These self-guided tours are managed by means of numerous filter options, which take visitors to exhibits and applications at stands showcasing the various industry technologies.
AMB will feature digital developments too, when it comes to presentation subjects. Each day seminars covering different topics will be held in the Trend Lounge in the ICS foyer. The content will be recorded and made available on demand once the exhibition has finished. This year’s themes include additive manufacturing, metal as a material, industrial security, digital networking, climate change and sustainability, as well as start-up pitches.
Other conference sessions and forums include the SmartFactory show at Entrance East that will present a fully-automated and digitalised process chain involving seven companies. A personalised giveaway gift will be produced directly at the stand. All process steps from the start of an order to the final workpiece will be networked and mapped in a physical and a virtual form for visitors to observe.
The umati (universal machine technology interface) is a joint initiative between the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) and the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) to promote the dissemination and use of open interface standards based on open platform communications unified architecture (OPC UA). The umati zone will feature in the Paul Horn Hall (hall 10), and will demonstrate how machines and systems can communicate with each other or be integrated into customer-specific or user-specific IT ecosystems.
Live production will also be seen at a special event for young people, which is organised by the Mechanical Engineering Youth Foundation and aims to inspire young people to consider a career in mechanical engineering and to showcase new technologies used during training. From the stand in the Atrium, an entire process chain from the design to the manufacture of a Formula 1 car will be reproduced. Apprentices from the partner companies involved will be on hand to answer any questions.
The Atrium is also the location for a further highlight for young industry talent: WorldSkills Germany will be battling it out in various disciplines as part of the AMB country contests. In addition to the turning, milling and machining competitions that have been held in the past, contests in the fields of additive manufacturing and CAD are also planned.
Start-ups stay smart
At AMB 2022, Entrance East will for the first time become a start-up area and a BMWK (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action) group stand for young, innovative companies. Plans include holding an investor day on the Saturday and the exhibition will be awarding the AMB Start-Up 2022 prize.
The VDMA Technology Forum in the L-Bank Forum (hall 1) is an established format from the VDMA Precision Tools Association in which specific technical implementations relating to Industry 4.0 and current research projects are showcased in 15-minute presentations.
In the Stuttgart Region Lounge (Entrance East) keynote presentations will be held on topics ranging from the digital transformation to the use of artificial intelligence in industry.
“Planning for the exhibition is in full swing,” concludes AMB’s director of mechanical engineering and production, Gunnar Mey. “Momentum is high and everything is set for the success story of AMB to continue. Together with exhibitors, we will design the best platform for all users of metal cutting technology from all over Europe to enable direct dialog and exchange between people and face-to-face encounters.”