Innovation Forum for Automation

The Innovation Forum, organized by the Automation Network Dresden (AND), is dedicated to bringing you the latest information on best practices, new technologies and the future of factory automation. Particular focuses of the Forum will be semiconductor, electronics, PV, automotive and medical industries. In addition, open discussion and insights into other industries is encouraged. We want to facilitate and support a broad range of topics.

The 2-day-Forum provides a platform for more than 200 international executives, managers, engineers and researchers to discuss the latest factory automation technology developments, challenges, and solutions.

Each year, we select one project to honor the drivers for innovation by rewarding them with the 'Innovation Award for Automation' at the AND dinner party. Take a look at our Agenda

  • 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
    • 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

Latest Social Activities

meet the automation network


Thursday, January 18

Arrival and Registration
Welcome and Opening Steve Barlow AND
Greetings of Host AND
Dr. Rutger Wijburg wijburg Senior Vice President - Fab1
Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Wijburg held leadership positions in different international Institutes and companies in the Semiconductor industry.
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Roland Schulz schulz Key Expert
Schulz, PhD, is currently working at Osram in the technology department simulating laser and LED light sources. read more
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
Dr. Christian Heedt heedt Team Leader
- Equipment Engineering

Heedt is responsible for several automation projects in the 300 mm lines of Siltronic. read more
Siltronic AG
Discussion and Catering
Thomas Dreyer dreyer Director
Research & Development

Dreyer started the development of the new Equipment Cloud in 2017 and needs to handle the DevOps challenge for the first time. read more
AIS Automation GmbH
Marcel Jahn Jahn Head of Engineering
Jahn, MBA is a leading expert in project management for sensor technology and automotive projects read more
I2S Intelligente Sensorsysteme Dresden GmbH
Prof. Dr. Carsten Busch busch Director
Research Group Creative Media

Carsten Busch, Prof., is a leading expert in Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality, Applied Interactive Technologies and Professional Wearabals. read more
HTW Berlin, Department of Media Economics/Media Informatics and Research Group Creative Media

Friday, January 19

Arrival and Registration
Welcome and Opening Steve Barlow AND
Dr. Germar Schneider schneider Manager Thin Wafer Handling
Project leader within EU-Projects for IFD like EPT300, EPPL, SemI40, Productive4.0 read more
Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH
André Holfeld holfeld SMTS
Process & Equipment Control
Global Domain Lead

André Holfeld focuses on aligning GLOBALFOUNDRIES sites on systems and BKMs in PEC domain. read more
Dr. Markus Waiblinger waiblinger Product Manager

Waiblinger, PhD worked for more than a decade for companies like Infineon, AMD, Qimonda and AMTC. At Zeiss he is responsible for the highly automated ebeam repair platform.
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Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
Mirko Meyer Meyer Head of Product Management
Meyer is responsible for Inline PECVD deposition at Meyer Burger Germany. read more
Meyer Burger (Germany) GmbH
Discussion and Catering
Markus Keil keil CEO - HSEB Dresden GmbH
Markus Keil looks back on 20 years of experience in Semiconductor Operations and was appointed to different managing roles in manufacturing and technology. read more
HSEB Dresden GmbH
Marcin Szrom szrom Director
Advanced Manufacturing

Szrom is a leading expert with professional focus on industrial engineering and manufacturing at Kongsberg. read more
Robert Weichert weichert Managing Partner
In addition to his role as Managing Partner at WeichertMehner, Weichert is also a board member of the start up network Hightech Startbahn e. V. read more
WeichertMehner GmbH & Co. KG
Discussion and Closing


IAG (formerly DGUV), Tagungszentrum - Haus 2, Königsbrücker Landstraße 2, 01109 Dresden

best practices and networking


Conference and Evening Event, January 18/19

€500.00 + €118.74 fee & MwSt./USt.
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exchange of industry knowledge


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