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You don't want to miss out on METAV digital and want to get an idea of what to expect well in advance. Or the anticipation has gripped you and you want to get a feeling for the possibilities a virtual trade fair has to offer. Then this is the right place for you. On this page, we keep tutorials and information sheets ready for you and continuously add to them so that you can see what we have to offer. If you get stuck, our FAQ and support will give you all the help you need. And once you have found the information you were looking for, make a note of the fact that METAV digital will be taking place from 23 to 26 March 2021. As usual, with a focus on machine tools, tools, accessories, measuring technology, surface and computer technology for metalworking, software, machines and systems for additive manufacturing, production systems and components for medical technology.
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General

Basically, METAV digital is aimed at the same visitor groups that also show interest in a METAV in attendance format. These are above all: Automotive industry and suppliers. Working and processing of new materials. Electrical engineering and electronics. Fine mechanics and optics. Manufacture of iron, sheet metal, and metal goods. Aerospace technologies. Machine building, apparatus construction. Metal handcrafts. Surface finishing, hardening. Rail vehicle construction and part supplies. Shipbuilding. Steel and lightweight metal construction. Road vehicle construction and supplied parts. Tool and mould building, jig manufacturing. Drawing shops, cold rolling mills, and steel forming.

In principle, the virtual trade fair runs on all common browsers. If you have problems with your preferred browser, we recommend Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome in the latest version. For best results, close any applications you do not need and clear your browser cache before visiting the virtual exhibition. If you stay at the virtual exhibition for a longer period of time, it may also be useful to clear the cache regularly during your visit.

You will find the registration page at https://my.fairsnext.com. This will take you directly to the registration portal.

You may still have to add METAV digital with a voucher code. You will receive this code as well as the registration link from the organiser of METAV digital.

Please go to https://my.fairsnext.com and register with an e-mail address and a password of your choice. Please do not use any personal passwords, as you will have to share your login data with all colleagues who are to work at the stand (enter appointments, operate the chat, etc.). You will then receive a link in a confirmation e-mail (please also check your spam folder!), which you can use to complete the registration. If your company IT system recognises the mail as spam and does not forward it to you, we will have to verify your account manually - please contact us in this case.

Please empty your browser cache. On Windows, use the key combination CTRL + Shift + Delete (Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge) or select "clear cache" in the browser menu. In Safari, please use the key combination Option + Command + E or select "empty cache memory" in the menu under developers.

Basically, the same exhibitors can register for METAV digital that can also participate in a METAV in the presence format. The following exhibition areas are admitted: Additive manufacturing. Sheet metal, wire, and pipe machining centres, forming machines. CAD/CAM. Industrial electronics; sensor and diagnosis technologies. Components for flexible automation. Cooling lubricants. Machines and systems for tool and mould building, rapid prototyping, model building. Material flow and storage technologies. Mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and electronic accessories for manufacturing technologies. Medical engineering. Surface technology, thin film processes. Precision tools, diamond tools, instruments. Testing technology and instrumentation. Quality management systems. Robotics and automation. Welding, cutting, hardening, heating. Controllers. Software for the whole range of production technologies. Forming tools. Thermal, electrochemical, and other machine tools. Machine tools, cutting, parting, and abrasive.

Virtual Exhibition

PDF files can be stored under the media tab and accessed at the stand by clicking on the brochure stand as a media overview. The integrated PDF reader supports the password and jump mark function.

Depending on the complexity of the stand design, the data volume required may be higher. If you are in a hall with particularly sophisticated stands, the image build-up may therefore be delayed. The data is constantly reloaded until everything is completely displayed. This process can be accelerated if you clear the browser cache before starting your virtual visit to the trade fair and if you close applications that are not needed.

With your mouse: position the target symbol on the position you want to reach on the ground and click on it. You can control the viewing direction by clicking and dragging.
With your keyboard: Use the W/A/S/D keys to control the movement: W moves you one step forward, S moves you one step back, A and D move you left or right respectively. With the mouse you can click and drag to control the viewing direction.

You will find the hall plan tab in the menu bar. Your stand is marked in yellow in the hall and you can reach it by clicking on the "jump to stand" button. If you cannot find your stand on the hall plan, it may be in another hall. Once you have moved to the correct hall, you should be able to find your stand.

Use the left mouse button to rotate the stand horizontally and vertically, use the right mouse button to move the stand. With the scroll wheel of your mouse you can zoom in and out.

The products tab allows you to create small microsites for your exhibition highlights. To do this, select the header image or video, assign suitable keywords and then enter the texts you want - the microsite is ready and the product is displayed in the news tab.

Videos can only be added as a link. Upload your videos to a platform such as Youtube or Vimeo and copy the respective link to connect it to your stand at METAV digital. If you do not want your video to be visible to everyone, you can also set the video on the streaming platform as "not listed" (video does not appear in the search, but users with a link can access it) or "private" (video can only be viewed by the respective admin). In this case, however, make sure that the options for integration ("embedding") are enabled!

Please always use images in JPG format. For products or logos, we recommend PNG files if they are to appear detached. The aspect ratio is set to 4:3 or 16:9, it is possible to zoom or move images.

A friendly portrait picture in 1:1 format (square) is the right choice. The text address to the visitor can comprise a maximum of 250 characters including spaces. Please note: Basically, at a virtual trade fair the same rules of conduct apply as at a trade fair in presence format. However, spoken and written language can be perceived differently. On the one hand, virtual events allow for more looseness through textual condensation; on the other hand, humorous remarks in particular can be misunderstood without corresponding gestures and facial expressions. It can be helpful to write various introductory texts and test the respective perception with colleagues first.

The chat can be operated by all stand staff. This means that a quick response is possible if a member of staff is not at his desk or is tied up in another conversation. Every visitor can view his or her chat history with the respective exhibitors in the menu item messages.

You can set up your stand after the organiser has assigned it to you. Please contact the organiser of METAV digital.

Matchmaking

You can find the Matchscore in the exhibitor and visitor overview of the virtual trade fair. Behind each visitor you will see a value between 0 and 100 - the higher this value, the more likely the visitor could be interested in your products and solutions. This way you can establish contact with visitors who did not know your company before visiting the event or who would not have visited your stand without this information. In addition, you will see the Matchscore in the communication tool when you are in conversation with a visitor at the virtual stand.

The Matchscore matches the competences in products and solutions that you and your colleagues indicated during registration with the interests of the visitors. In addition, the system learns from the visiting behaviour of the participants at the virtual trade fair and draws further conclusions from this. From this information, a value between 0 and 100 is determined - the higher the value, the better your competences match the interests of the visitors and the more productive an exchange might be.

No, the Matchscore is only an aid to your guidance! The Matchscore is intended to help visitors get to know interesting exhibitors and experts whom they might not have met without this information. For exhibitors, too, the Matchscore is only an aid to help you identify particularly promising contacts more easily. However, this does not mean that conversation partners with a low score may not be interested in your products and solutions - perhaps visitors have not fully completed their profile or have gained new stimuli from a previous conversation that they would like to pursue. The same applies to a virtual trade fair as it does in real life: keep your eyes and ears open, because exciting contacts also arise unexpectedly or by chance!

Web-Sessions

At METAV digital, each web session will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session of up to 15 minutes. You will achieve the best results if you tailor your presentation to the challenges of your participants. Choose practical examples and present how you can solve pressing problems in production and thus also achieve important goals for management. Keep your presentation free-flowing instead of sticking to the text. Address the participants directly and give them a view of the big picture instead of getting lost in details - once you have aroused the interest of your audience, you can provide additional information in the Q&A session or discuss specific questions bilaterally in a video call.

The METAV web sessions are aimed at an international audience with a regional focus on German-speaking countries. Therefore, we generally offer web sessions in German or English. So, depending on the target group and the scope of your presentation, you can register for German or English or German and English web sessions. Depending on the number of web sessions, the day's presentations will be held in parallel.

The METAV web sessions serve as a presentation area for your competences. You have the opportunity to present your know-how and innovative products and solutions to interested visitors and to establish yourself as an expert in the respective subject area. In addition, speakers receive a statistical evaluation of the participants' questions as well as GDPR-compliant contact data after each session - valuable leads that you can use as an impulse for follow-up discussions.

FAQ for visitor

Virtual Exhibition

In principle, the virtual trade fair runs on all common browsers. If you have problems with your preferred browser, we recommend Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome in the latest version. For best results, close any applications you do not need and clear your browser cache before visiting the virtual exhibition. If you stay at the virtual exhibition for a longer period of time, it may also be useful to clear the cache regularly during your visit.

If the organiser has not yet released the visit, you cannot start it. However, depending on the configuration, you can already access the exhibitors' calendars via the list of exhibitors or the hall plan in order to arrange appointments.

With your mouse: position the target symbol on the position you want to reach on the ground and click on it. You can control the viewing direction by clicking and dragging.
With your keyboard: Use the W/A/S/D keys to control the movement: W moves you one step forward, S moves you one step back, A and D move you left or right respectively. With the mouse you can click and drag to control the viewing direction.

Depending on the complexity of the stand design, the data volume required may be higher. If you are in a hall with particularly sophisticated stands, the image build-up may therefore be delayed. The data is constantly reloaded until everything is completely displayed. This process can be accelerated if you clear the browser cache before starting your virtual visit to the trade fair and if you close applications that are not needed.

If you have watched videos, accessed media or looked at the contact screen, a click on the picture can help. The control with the W, A, S, D keys should then work again without any problems.

Each stand has at least one avatar, in other words a virtual contact person. When you visit a stand and click on an avatar, you will see the contact person of the respective exhibitor. Here you can start a chat, in writing or with video, and exchange your virtual business card. This provides you with various options for direct communication.

Basically, the same exhibitors can register for METAV digital that can also participate in a METAV in the presence format. The following exhibition areas are admitted: Additive manufacturing. Sheet metal, wire, and pipe machining centres, forming machines. CAD/CAM. Industrial electronics; sensor and diagnosis technologies. Components for flexible automation. Cooling lubricants. Machines and systems for tool and mould building, rapid prototyping, model building. Material flow and storage technologies. Mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and electronic accessories for manufacturing technologies. Medical engineering. Surface technology, thin film processes. Precision tools, diamond tools, instruments. Testing technology and instrumentation. Quality management systems. Robotics and automation. Welding, cutting, hardening, heating. Controllers. Software for the whole range of production technologies. Forming tools. Thermal, electrochemical, and other machine tools. Machine tools, cutting, parting, and abrasive.

Matchmaking

You can find the Matchscore in the exhibitor overview of the virtual trade fair. Behind each exhibitor representative you will find a value between 0 and 100 - the higher this value, the better the respective contact person matches you. This way, you may find a fitting contact person with an exhibitor you didn't even know before visiting the event. You can also find the Matchscore when you visit a stand and click on one of its avatars - here, however, only the Matchscores with the representatives of the respective stand are displayed.

The Matchscore matches the interests you mentioned during your registration with the skills of the exhibitors. In addition, the system learns from your visiting behaviour at the virtual trade fair. A value between 0 and 100 is determined from this information - the higher the value, the more similar your profiles are and the more productive an exchange might be.

No, because the Matchscore is only an aid to your guidance! The Matchscore is intended to help you get to know interesting exhibitors and experts whom you might not have met without this information. This does not mean, however, that contacts with a low score cannot help you - perhaps you just forgot to provide a few details or a colleague who perfectly matches your interests can be brought in? Real life and a virtual trade fair are much alike: Keep your eyes and ears open, because exciting contacts can also arise unexpectedly or by chance!

Web-Sessions

Once you have selected the METAV web sessions you are interested in from the agenda, you can register for the events by clicking on the button "details/join". These will then appear in your personal session planner. Here you can also save the events as a calendar entry.

There is no limit: You can attend as many METAV web sessions as you like! However, in order not to block free places for other participants, we kindly ask you to register only for those sessions you actually want to attend.

If something comes up, you can cancel your participation quickly and easily. Use the X button in your session planner to release your place so that it can be given to another participant.

We offer the METAV web sessions completely free of charge. You will not receive an invoice from us afterwards.

Once you have registered and logged in, you will see all the events you have registered for in your session planner. Click on contact to send the speaker a request. If the speaker has set dates for a video call, you can directly book an appointment and set up a conversation with the experts.

Each exhibitor can only offer a limited number of appointments. To allow all visitors to book an appointment, you can only book one appointment per exhibitor. If you are interested in additional meetings, it is best to arrange one directly with the exhibitor.

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