Since its inception, ASA has been applying this year’s EMO motto of “smart technology driving tomorrow’s production” for the solutions we design and deliver solutions for our customers.

EMO 2019 certainly proved again to be the world’s premier trade fair for the manufacturing sector with a distinct focus this year on how digitisation and automation is providing continued momentum for innovation. The exhibits on display covered the entire range of state-of-the-art metalworking products. With over 2,226 number of exhibitors from 44 nations in 17 halls, it presented some 130,000 visitors from around the globe with an unparalleled width and depth of products and services throughout all production areas. From machine tools and production systems for cutting and forming, precision tools, controller technology, to system elements and components for automated manufacturing and everything in between.

Our impression of EMO was very positive, the sheer scale of the setup is beyond impressive, with over 181,768 m2 of floorspace, the equivalent of nine times the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Companies spend millions to be at EMO, with all the big players setting up within giant Halls that have their own restaurants, bars, stages for bands to perform, function areas and meeting areas that seat about 300 people. Mind boggling to know that all the infrastructure is set up and is disassembled after the 6-day expo.

As world leaders in robotics, FANUC were represented in all corners of every exhibition hall and shared their extensive product range with a series of demonstrations profiling the integration of robots into a wide range of applications. The Fanuc stand was really large, and its CR series of collaborative robots were very prominent and a major attraction for visitors. To demonstrate its expertise in larger handling tasks, the M2000iA/2300, which can lift 2300 to the height of about 10 metres, was on show.

EMO 2019 presented an ideal way for ASA to get a comprehensive overview of what is happening around the world in the sector. Networking was a high priority for ASA, presenting an international platform to speak with our partners, identify new opportunities and exchange ideas and we are very excited to bring cutting edge technology from around the globe back to our customers in Australia.