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A Visionary Excursion

Steinbeis co-organizes trip to the Vision trade show in Stuttgart for schoolchildren and college students

It’s never too early to reach out to the next generation of managers and specialists. It was this thought that motivated six organizations to set up a trip to the Vision trade show in Stuttgart: the Ilmenaubased Steinbeis Quality Assurance and Image Processing Enterprise (SQB GmbH); Vision & Control GmbH from Suhl; the Ilmenau-based image processing company TechnoTeam Bildverarbeitung GmbH; GBS mbH, also from Ilmenau, which is a specialist in image signal processing; the department of quality assurance and industrial image processing at Ilmenau University of Technology; and the trade fair organizer itself, Messe Stuttgart. Together, they made it possible for a group of schoolchildren and students from Thuringia to visit the world’s leading fair for industrial image processing.

Image sensors, optical systems, and processing algorithms are not just the kind of technology you find in SLR cameras, they are also needed in manufacturing along with the right software for things like spotting errors during live production. To discover how and explore the latest technology first-hand, a group of more than 60 schoolchildren and students went on a day trip to the Vision trade show on November 9, 2016. The sponsors organized everything from bus transportation to Stuttgart to free entrance tickets, lunch, and guided tours in small groups. The idea was to provide the group with insights to the world of industrial image processing. The overall goal of the trip was to allow everyone to forge new contacts – not just the group of schoolchildren and students, but also any companies looking for potential recruits. Summing up the trip, Max Bunge, a student at Carl Zeiss High School in Jena, said: “I was totally taken aback by the number of ways image processing is used in industry. It makes you really want to get involved and develop those kinds of hightech devices yourself. So I also hung around at lots of booths and tried to get in contact with the companies. Most of them were really open and told me about the job prospects at their company.”

There was plenty of positive feedback for the team of organizers on the trip back home. Here too, lots of new contacts were made between the group of students and the companies on the trip. “As organizers, it certainly met our expectations. It made a great contribution toward reaching out to young people in Thuringia,” says Steffen Lubbecke, managing director of SBQ GmbH, drawing an extremely positive line under the trip. So it looks like this will not be the last trip of its kind for young enthusiasts!