【DE】Control 2022: “Great that we can exhibit again!”  

The 34th Control – International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance – has from 03. to 06. May 2022 with great success. After the pandemic-related two-year break, more than 600 exhibitors finally experienced QA innovations live and at hand. Current and forward-looking further developments include artificial intelligence (AI) technologies as well as production-integrated testing processes.

 

 

Frickenhausen – 18,531 trade visitors to Control 2022 finally experienced QA developments in the fields of vision technology, image processing, sensor technology as well as measurement and testing technology in Stuttgart – up to date, live and present. 617 exhibitors showed from 03. to 06. May 2022 on almost 23,000 square meters of space in six halls, new solutions and efficient QS cutting-edge technologies. “It’s great that we can exhibit again at Control after two years of renunciation,” said Gerhard Mohr, Managing Director of Kapp Niles Metrology GmbH in Großostheim. It is gratifying to see that trade visitors are arriving again, that the face-to-face fairs are picking up speed again and that we are approaching a bit of the old reality. Georg Gutsch, Area Sales Manager at Kapp Niles, reaffirmed this statement and added: “Personal exchange simply has many great advantages that are not possible with online formats.”

 

Hubert Meintrup, Advisor New Technology at Matrix Automations GmbH in Ostfildern, also expressed relief about finally being visible to interested parties and users in the industry again. “We are happy that we can be here again.” Matthias Ruf, Head of Sales at the SKZ Plastics Center in Würzburg, was also pleased. “For us, Control was already successful from the first day of the fair and with great interest on the part of visitors,” explained Ruf. “We are happy to be able to present ourselves professionally here as SKZ.”

 

Finally there live again!

 

For the industry highlight in 2022, 31 percent of exhibitors had come from abroad; six percent of exhibitors came from Switzerland, four percent from Italy, three percent from the USA, and a good two percent of exhibitors came from the UK. Fabian Krüger, project manager of Control, expressly thanked every exhibitor and the trade fair teams for realizing the control restart. Bettina Schall, Managing Director of the trade fair organizer P. E. Schall, expressed himself pleased and satisfied: “This fair was expected with great anticipation, excitement and with the best mood in advance. Because we all missed the personal exchange, the expert discussion on an equal footing, the real experience of the systems with all senses. Fortunately, this is now possible again!”

 

Fast, precise and inline

 

Control is considered a pacemaker in terms of quality assurance and provides trade visitors with everything necessary to score points in international competition with excellent QA in production. In all halls, it was consistently felt that the need for personal exchange about new developments is huge. In the past three years since the last control, quality inspection and quality assurance have gained new importance due to growing automation and digitization, contactless processes and remote services, small batch sizes, zero-defect manufacturing and data analysis. Therefore, news about measurement and testing technology, material testing, analysis devices, vision technology, image processing, sensor technology as well as weighing and counting technology were eagerly awaited. Above all, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) methods met with great interest. The fact that AI has long since arrived in production and significantly simplifies QA processes has been experienced in many places. Even small industrial companies can realize an easy introduction to AI support, as Dr. Dominik Lausch from Denkweit GmbH from Halle together with Marvin Krebs from Xactools from Bönnigheim. Measurement processes must increase quickly, and they must always be more reliable. AI-supported methods support this. Current topics also include the fact that measurement, testing and inspection processes are an integral part of the production processes. Instead of in specially created measuring environments, test processes take place in environments with dust and vibrations as well as under time pressure, which poses new challenges for measuring machines and test equipment. “We are working harder on this,” confirmed Dr. Heike Wenzel, Managing Partner of the Wenzel Group, who was also enthusiastic about finally being there live again in Stuttgart.

 

Control is the most interesting and also largest trade fair on the subject of quality assurance on an international scale. With top-class trade fair-accompanying events with the renowned research institutions of the Fraunhofer Institute, Fraunhofer Allianz Vision and Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation (IPA), as well as the special show “Contactless Measurement Technology”, Control has traditionally been a firmly established marketplace for innovations. The next Control – International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance – will take place from 09. to 12. May 2023.

 

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