The innovationsforum

The innovationsforum is dedicated to bringing you the latest information on best practices, new technologies and the future of automation.

The innovationsforum originally started out as a customer event in Germany for the four Dresden-based companies AIS, HAP, Ortner, and SYSTEMA. In 2015 Xenon officially joined the Automation Network Dresden which is the organizer of the conference.

It has grown to be one the most successful conferences on innovation in automation in Dresden. In 2015 the conference took place in the USA for the first time. Typically customers of the five companies present projects they have done together over the course of two half days.

In recent years there has been a focus on showcasing new technologies and achievements in automation research. Each year an 'Innovation Award for Automation' is given to an influencer and driver of innovations in manufacturing at the evening event and dinner party.

  • For Infineon Dresden automation has been essentially important for many years now, as we have an almost fully automated production.
    The Automation Forum is globally recognized as one of the most important conferences to discuss innovative automation solutions and the perfect place for networking, discussing and sharing of new ideas.

    Helmut Warnecke
    • Helmut Warnecke
    • Managing Director, Infineon Dresden
  • Who wants to experience industry 4.0 in real world applications and (solved) problems is just right in the "Innovation Forum automation".
    Both from Lighthouse companies and SMEs practitioners speak for practitioners, and provide a global perspective on the current issues in industrial automation.

    Frank Schönefeld
    • Prof. Dr. Frank Schönefeld
    • T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH
  • For us at SEMI it is important to get direct feedback from our Members and stakeholders. The innovationsforum for automation organized by AND is an excellent networking platform for us.
    I find it personally of high value to exchange opinions, both with manufacturers but also solution providers

    Stephan Raithel
    • Stephan Raithel
    • Managing Director, SEMI Europe
  • The Innovationsforum for Automation is a very good opportunity to see innovations from different companies and get an overview on fab automation. A great benefit of this event is the chance to network with a wide range of people which have great experiences and know-how in the semiconductor and related industries.

    Nico Wohlfarth
    • Nico Wohlfarth
    • Carl Zeiss
  • I found attending the Annual Innovations Forum for Automation a truly rewarding experience, definitely time well spent. It was a unique opportunity to meet and talk with an international community of professional within and in industries closely related to SEMI Manufacturing. Topics ranged for technical cutting edge technology introductions to application developments / deployments, and related support services such as inventory , equipment, and shop floor management. The Forum has succeeded in creating a very accepting and positive environment.

    Max Maxey
    • Max Maxey
    • Director IT, SunEdison Semiconductor, Inc.
  • An impressive and well organized event! The content and topics of the presentations were all exciting and marvelous. The performance, ideas and approaches of the great number of companies attending really impressed me. The atmosphere among the participants, the choice of speakers and venues led again to lively exchanges and networking.

    Martin Steinleiter
    • Martin Steinleiter
    • HiQ4
  • I was particularly impressed by the opportunities to network and exchange ideas with both providers and users of automation solutions. In addition, the talks and presentations provide a detailed insight into current challenges regarding the automation of semiconductor manufacturing.

    • Dr. Andreas Hohner
    • Process Engineer Automation, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • In 2009 I attended the innovationsforum for the first time. Since then I enjoyed being a regular guest of the event in Dresden. Besides the numerous interesting talks and presentations , the innovationsforum for automation is an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge with colleagues from other companies, suppliers and to networking in personal conversation. The two-day program is entertaining and the evening event pleasantly tops off the forum.

    Roland Kramer
    • Roland Kramer
    • Head of Factory Automation, Elmos Semiconductor AG
  • Innovationsforum was a wonderful opportunity to learn directly from industry experts and get to know others who are leading the industry and solving the same challenges my organization faces. This event was extremely valuable for my team and it is our one must-do event for 2016.

    David Land
    • David Land
    • Hewlett-Packard

meet the automation network


Thursday, September 22

Arrival and Registration
Welcome and Opening Steve Barlow AND
Introduction Heinz Martin Esser AND
Robert Jarvis Jarvis Program Manager - INTEL
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Dr. Gunter Erfurt Erfurt CEO - Meyer Burger Germany
Erfurt has extensive international experience in project and senior management positions in globally active photovoltaic companies. read more
Meyer Burger Germany
Bill McClean mcClean President - IC Insights
Mr. McClean began his market research career in the integrated circuit industry in 1980 and founded IC Insights in 1997. read more
IC Insights
Discussion and Catering
Dr. Martin Hahmann mHahmann Senior Researcher - TU Dresden
Since 2007 Hahmann researches at the Database Technology group with participation in different research projects including collaborations with SAP, GfK, Global Foundries, SYSTEMA, … read more
TU Dresden (TUD)
Wilfried Krause & Burkhard Stegemann Krause Senior Manager
Product Development

Mr. Krause startet his career at German Air Force. Since 2014 he is senior manager for product development at HAP GmbH Dresden. read more
Fabmatics GmbH
Martin Ullery Ullery Network/Infrastrucutre
Systems Manager

Ullery has more than 17 years of experience in Semiconductor manufacturing systems automation. Currently he is driving SolarWorld’s initiatives into cloud architecture. read more
Solar World Hillsboro
Happy Hour

Friday, September 23

Arrival and Registration
Welcome and Opening Steve Barlow AND
Heinz Martin Esser Esser CEO Fabmatics and
President of Silicon Saxony e.V.

Since 1990 CEO of RROrtner in Dresden Esser is also Member of the SEMI European Advisory Board. read more
Fabmatics GmbH
Alan Weber Esser Vice President
New Product Innovations

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Cimetrix Inc.
Leonard Hoskins Hoskins Director
Business Information Systems

Leonard has 25 years experience in Aerospace and Defense and Hi-Tech complex manufacturing. read more
Boeing Spectrolab
Discussion and Catering "Hillsboro Robotics Club"
David Estrada Estrada Manager ELP RealSense team
He has 14 years of firmware and system software experience across all of Intel’s business units and was part of the team that defined and spearheaded the UEFI industry standard. read more
Sven Sieber sSieber Managing Director
- Agilion GmbH

Since 2004 Siebert is working on international projects on RTLS technologies and platforms. As Member of the german ZVEI and VDI he works in automation and IOT read more
Agilion GmbH
Bernhard Riester Riester Engineering Manager
Mr. Riester holds a Master degree in photo-engineering from university of cologne - now he is working for TI as Manager Automation/Cost. read more
Texas Instruments
Discussion and Closing

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