Control 2022: “It’s great to exhibit again!”

The 34th Control international trade fair for quality assurance took place as a tremendous success from the 3rd through the 6th of May, 2022. After the two-year interruption due to the pandemic, above 600 exhibitors finally experienced hands-on QA innovations once again live in Stuttgart. Current, forward-looking developments include artificial intelligence (AI) technologies as well as inline production inspection processes.

 

18,531 expert visitors at Control 2022 finally experienced QA developments again in Stuttgart from the fields of vision technology, image processing and sensor technology, as well as measuring and testing technology – up to date, live and on-site. 617 exhibitors presented innovative solutions and efficient, cutting-edge QA technologies on nearly 23,000 square meters of floor space in six exhibition halls from the 3rd through the 6th of May 2022. “It’s great to exhibit at Control again after two years of abstinence,” said Gerhard Mohr, managing director of Kapp Niles Metrology GmbH in Großostheim, Germany. “It’s good to see that expert visitors are beginning to travel again, that on-site trade fairs are picking up steam and that we're getting a bit closer to the way things were done before.” Georg Gutsch, area sales manager at Kapp Niles, corroborated this statement and adds: “The face-to-face exchange of ideas has a lot of significant benefits that aren’t possible at all with online formats.”

Hubert Meintrup, New Technology Advisor at Matrix Automations GmbH in Ostfildern, Germany, also expressed his sense of relief at finally being personally available again to interested parties and users in the industry sector. “We’re very pleased to be back again.” Matthias Ruf, head of sales at the SKZ Plastics Centre in Würzburg, was equally enthusiastic. “For us, Control was successful from the very first day with great interest on the part of the visitors,” explained Ruf. “We’re happy to be able to present ourselves here professionally as the SKZ.”

 

Live Again – Finally!

31% of the exhibitors at the 2022 industry highlight came from outside of Germany – 6% came from Switzerland, 4% from Italy, 3% from the USA and more than 2% from the UK. Control project manager Fabian Krüger expressly thanked each and every exhibitor, along with their trade fair teams, for relaunching Control. Bettina Schall, managing director of trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG, also expressed her appreciation and satisfaction: “This event was awaited in advance with great anticipation, excitement and high spirits, because we all missed the personal exchange, technical discussion on an equal footing and the opportunity of experiencing QA solutions with all of our senses.  Fortunately, this is now possible again!”

 

Fast, Precise and Inline

Control is setting the pace where quality assurance is concerned, and provides expert visitors with everything they need to excel in international competition with outstanding QA. In all of the exhibition halls, it was evident across the board that there’s enormous demand for face-to-face exchanges concerning new developments. Over the last three years since the last Control, quality inspection and quality assurance have taken on new importance due to increasing automation and digitalisation, contactless workflows and remote services, small lot sizes, zero-defects manufacturing and data analytics. For this reason, new developments covering all aspects of measuring and test technology, materials testing, analysis equipment, vision technology, image processing and sensor technology, as well as weighing and counting technology, were eagerly awaited. Above all, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) processes met with great interest as well. The fact that AI has long since arrived in production and significantly simplifies QA processes was experienced by the visitors at numerous exhibits. Even small industrial companies can easily get started with AI support, for example as demonstrated by Dr Dominik Lausch from Denkweit GmbH in Halle, Germany, together with Marvin Krebs from Xactools in Bönnigheim. Measuring procedure tempo and reliability have to be continuously increased. This is supported by AI methods. Measuring, testing and inspection procedures as an integral part of the manufacturing processes is also a current issue. Inspection processes are taking place in environments with dust and vibration, and under time pressure, instead of in specially created measuring environments, which is resulting in new challenges for measuring machines and inspection equipment. “We’re working on this intensively,” confirmed Dr. Heike Wenzel, managing partner of the Wenzel Group, who was also thrilled to finally be back in Stuttgart live Control is the most interesting, and the largest trade fair for quality assurance anywhere in the world. Traditionally, Control is a firmly established marketplace for innovations with world-class events held alongside the trade fair by the renowned research facilities of the Fraunhofer Institute, the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation (IPA), as well as the special show for “Contactless Measuring Technology”. The next Control international trade fair for quality assurance will take place from the 9th through the 12th of May, 2023.