Robotics companies, systems integrators and providers of gripper systems and more will be showcasing their Smart Factory solutions under the banner of the HANNOVER MESSE’s lead theme of "Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate". Their presence reflects the integral role of robots and automated guided vehicles in today's modern manufacturing landscape. It is a landscape in which robotics and automation are constantly breaking new ground in human/machine collaboration. What's more, as these technologies mature and grow in diversity, they are becoming increasingly affordable for small and mid-size manufacturers. In 2018, the organizers of HANNOVER MESSE will again be offering the ROBOTICS AWARD for applied robotics solutions. It will be the eighth time that the show has sponsored the award.