We all started into the new decade in view of the challenges of a slowdown in the economy or the technological change in the digitalized production environment. The COVID-19 virus led to short-termed drastic measures in public life and economy, which significantly affected manufacturing companies. I hope that you and your family are in good health and you will get through this phase in well condition.

In relation to this situation and after discussions of our organizational team, it was decided to postpone the Wiener Produktionstechnik Kongress WPK 2020 by one year. Your health, the health of our speakers, the health of the conference participants as well as our employees are my main concern. Unfortunately, the postponement is a necessary step and I hope for your understanding. The new date for the WPK is September 22nd and 23rd, 2021.

However, I want to use this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all speakers and the WPK organizational team for all efforts in the preparation of the event and the presentations. The thematic focus, which was planned for the WPK 2020, will substantially be kept unaltered for the WPK 2021. Some updates in the main conference topics will be necessary and we will extend the focus to current problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we like to strive for productive operations and measures to overcome the effects of the crisis situation.

We hope that you remain favorably disposed towards the WPK in the current eventful times and I would like to cordially invite you to include the WPK 2020NE in your plannings. It would be our pleasure to welcome you at our WPK in September 2021.

While looking confidently forward to 2021, I am sending my best regards,
Friedrich Bleicher

In our late-modern mindset, the industrial society’s logic of the general, incorporated in the concepts of high volume production, is more and more replaced by the logic of the particular, the individualized, accompanied by the awareness of the need to taking care of our planet. We value the exceptional – unique products and objects, experiences, places, individuals and communities which are beyond the ordinary and which claim a certain authenticity. This decade will be dominated by society’s changes e.g. in the thinking of mobility, which clearly affects the production industry. Among key enabling technologies, future manufacturing will change the way people and machines physically interact taking into account safety and ergonomics. Digitalization, connectivity and interoperability are of central importance for the next generation of manufacturing systems to connect products, machines, people and the environment – aiming for operational excellence, autonomous capabilities and the creation of physical value by using information. Cyber Physical Production Systems (CPPS) ultimately represent a central entity.

The 5th Wiener Produktionstechnik Kongress – WPK 2020NE – addresses challenges of smart and highly adaptive manufacturing systems and the appropriate information technology including the application of machine learning algorithms for fast process adaptations. Top ranked national and international experts from governmental organizations, industry and research institutions will give insight into the newest results of technological, functional and implementation issues for industrial applications.

The WPK 2020NE strives to connect decision makers, production managers and manufacturing engineers with a network of experts – an opportunity to discuss best practice solutions and to contribute in shaping the future of manufacturing.

I am looking forward to meeting you at the WPK 2020NE.

Univ.Prof. Dr. Friedrich Bleicher
Head of the IFT of the TU Wien