Manufacturing AUTOMATION

German Technology Day’s growth continues in its fifth year

November 8, 2023
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Kristina Thony, German Consul General of Toronto, with Andreas Sobotta, general manager of Pilz Canada.

The fifth iteration of the German Technology Day (GTD) was bigger than all its previous editions but just as successful. Held at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on October 26, the event welcomed Canadian businesses to evaluate and explore the wide array of automation solutions and technologies that the exhibitors had to offer.

Launched in 2019 with four companies spearheading the event, GTD has seen steady growth over the years. The 2023 edition featured 22 German automation companies that have significant presence in Canada. Participating companies included Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Buerkert, Eplan, Euchner, Fraba, ifM, KUKA, Murrelektronik, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Puls, Rittal, Samson, Schmalz, Schunk, SEW, SICK Sensor Intelligence, Trumpf, Wago, Weidmueller and Wieland Electric.

From the latest in AI, machine learning led tools, to the solutions for manufacturing, automotive, robotics, building automation, smart city automation, safety and more, the show brought in the best that the participating companies had to offer to their Canadian customers.

Kristina Thony, Consulate General of Germany in Toronto, presented the opening address at the event, welcoming all attendees and sharing the importance of the German-Canadian partnership.


Check out the snapshots captured from the event floor.

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With the theme of Transformation, the show not only showcased each company’s industry-leading, energy-efficient solutions but also a series of 30-minute presentations from each participant throughout the day.

Presentations included Weidmuller’s Automation and Network Specialist, Visal Jhurry, discussing the company’s recently released u-OS, a Linux-based embedded OS designed for IIoT and automation applications and Pilz’s product manager, Guillaume Lavoie, explaining how IO-Link Safety is transforming the future of safety communication and diagnostics. WAGO’s Tyrone Visser presented a case study on optimizing uptime with predictive maintenance and Murr Elektronik head of System Solutions Tom Jensen offered a concise summary of IIoT infrastructure technologies. KUKA focussed on different ways of collaborating with robots while SICK shared its insights on how deep learning and intelligent inspection will change the game for automation and production efficiency in industry.

The German Technology Day Innovation Hub was introduced in 2022 where the participating companies showcased all their technologies working harmoniously. This year, all the participating companies displayed their prominent and most popular solutions in the Innovation Hub wall panel display. The idea was to help visitors spark ideas and allow them to see new ways to use automation hardware and process solutions from German automation experts.

To learn more about all the exhibiting companies, flip through the official show guide for the 2023 event.

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