"Integrated Industry: Connect & Collaborate" is the theme for Hannover Messe 2018 and once again robotics, automation and motion control will play a large role in Germany. Robotic companies, system integrators and providers of gripper systems are breaking new ground in human/machine collaboration. "The range of Industry 4.0 solutions coming out of the robotics industry at the moment is truly vast," commented Arno Reich, global director automation for Hannover Messe. "That is why the robotics and automation showcase is a major attraction for all visitors at Hannover Messe. All areas of the manufacturing industry are improving their production processes and outputs by integrating industrial robots, mobile robots, automated guided vehicle systems and industrial image processing solutions. The applications of these technologies are growing all the time, thanks to innovations like touch-sensitive robotic technologies, pack-and-place solutions and barrier-free, collaborative robots." Visitors should check out both the Robotics, Automation and Vision Application Park in Hall 17 as well as the Automation Forum in Hall 14. The forum lectures will have a dual-focus on R&D and in-factory applications.