By Bosch Gently, he grasps the metal part and passes it to his colleague. As he does so, he pays close attention to all her movements so he can stop before they bump into each other. Despite his height of 1.75 meters, his movements are effortless and careful, and he doesn’t make a single mistake. “He” is the APAS assistant. This robot, which can collaborate with people without any physical contact, is part of Workplace 4.0, a concept Bosch is presenting at Hannover Messe 2017. Industrial workspaces of the future are fully connected and focus on the needs of employees. “In the coming decades, everyday work in the manufacturing industry will undergo fundamental changes. People and machines will work more closely together than ever before. Industry 4.0 supports workers and makes their work easier,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH whose responsibilities include the Industrial Technology business sector.